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2017 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start-Sit

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If you haven’t yet, read my Week 15 Start-Sit introduction for a quick pep talk for those of you fortunate enough to have reached the Fantasy Football Finals.

The main takeaway there is to not panic. Remember how you got this far. Don’t get cute with your lineup and start your studs, several studs have tough match-ups this week, but did that stop Todd Gurley from abusing the Seahawks’ defense in Week 15? Nope! Trust the trends and show us what you learned this fantasy season.

But we won’t make you do it alone, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start-Sit preview.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start-Sit

Starts

Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs San Francisco 49ers

Bortles has been on a tear recently making him a reliable Fantasy QB, like he was two years ago. He now has four games in a row with 18 or more Fantasy points, three of which were 22 or more Fantasy point outings.

Now he gets the 49ers defense who allow the third most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Go ahead and roll Bortles out this week.

Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens vs Indianapolis Colts

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After posting four games in a row with double digit Non-PPR Fantasy points, Collins was stalled and saw his touchdown streak end against the Browns.

He gets a much easier match-up this week against the Colts who allow the sixth most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Collins will get back on track this week.

Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Funchess only managed one reception for 19 yards in a plus match-up shootout against the Packers last week. With last week’s outlier discarded, Funchess has been very reliable since Kelvin Benjamin was traded, posting 8 or more Non-PPR Fantasy points in five of his last six games.

In a get right match-up against the Buccaneers who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, start Funchess this week.

Start of the Week: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburg Steelers vs Houston Texans

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Antonio Brown went down in Week 15 opening the door for Juju to be the main guy. He rose to the challenge, garnering 114 receiving yards.

This week he gets the Texans who allow the fourth most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. With Antonio Brown sidelined, JuJu is in line for a massive day.

Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers

This is more about usage than match-up. Jameis Winston loves his tight ends, and Brate was excellent earlier in the year before Howard began to take over the tight end snaps. Now Howard is out which means Brate will return to his role as the main tight end, which made him an elite Fantasy tight end a year ago.

At a position with few volume driven players, Brate should see plenty of volume to be worthy of starting.

Honorable Mention: Cam Newton vs TB; Ezekiel Elliott vs SEA; Jarvis Landry vs KC; Vernon Davis vs DEN

Sits

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys vs Seattle Seahawks

Prescott has been inefficient as of late with only one game with more than 14 Fantasy points in the last six games.

With a tough match-up against the Seattle defense, expect the Cowboys to lean heavily on Ezekiel Elliott and the run game, after seeing what Todd Gurley did to the Seahawks in one half of football last week.

Sit of the Week: Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders vs Philadelphia Eagles

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After starting the year slow, Lynch has been reliable in the second part of the season. He now has six games in a row with seven or more Non-PPR Fantasy points, four of which were double digit performances.

However, Lynch could disappoint this week against the Eagles who allow the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. The Eagles offense seems to still b e cooking without Wentz and the Raiders may be forced to lean on the pass game. Sit Lynch this week.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings

The Packers abandoned the run game with Rodgers return last week. However, Rodgers is now out for the rest of the season and the Packers could go back to leaning on Williams.

But that doesn’t solve the match-up problem, as the Vikings allow the fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Williams can remain on benches this week.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Goodwin has been quietly terrific since Jimmy Garoppolo took over as the starter in San Francisco. He has five games in a row with 78 or more receiving yards.

But a tough match-up, the toughest, is in store for Goodwin this week as he goes up against a daunting Jags defense that allows the fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Sit Goodwin.

Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers

Rudolph is on a four-game touchdown streak in which he has five touchdowns. But the yardage totals remain mediocre as he has not topped 41 yards in the last three weeks.

With a tough game against the Packers, who allow the third fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends, looming, expect the Packers to keep Rudolph out of the end zone. Look elsewhere at the tight end position this week.

Honorable Mention: Marcus Mariota vs LAR; Doug Martin vs CAR; Jamison Crowder vs DEN; Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs LAC


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About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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