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2018 NFL DFS Week 16 Picks


Welcome everyone to the last reliable week of fantasy football.

Hopefully, you’re playing in your season-long championship, but if not, welcome to the real life consolation bracket that is NFL DFS.

We hope we can help you win some extra Holiday bucks in Week 16 – let’s jump right in.

2018 NFL DFS Week 16 Picks

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The top picks

Baker “the touchdown maker” Mayfield vs Cincinnati Bengals

DraftKings 6100
FanDuel 7700

The Browns face the Bengals at home for the first time since Hue Jackson left town. So I am considering this a revenge game even though the Browns already beat the Bengals since.

In addition to that win, Baker Mayfield had his finest fantasy day of the year against the Bengals in their last outing. Baker’s ceiling is the highest of his price range this week and makes for a good low-cost play.

Dak Prescott vs Tampa Bay Bucs

DK 5700
FD 7300

This is barely me picking Dak himself, more me knowing Amari Cooper will be unstoppable. When Cooper went off against Washington and Philadelphia, Dak scored 27.4 and 30.4 points.

Tampa has an equally bad secondary and arguably a worse pass rush than either of those teams and which should give Dak all the time he needs to march downfield comfortably.

Running Backs

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The top picks

Nick Chubb vs Cincinnati Bengals

DK 7300
FD 7900

Chubb has been unstoppable lately. He’s had 100 yards or a touchdown in 6 straight games. While nobody is winning a tournament on 10 points, his last three games have seen consistent output in unfavorable matchups.

Now that he has a favorable matchup Chubb has one of the highest ceilings of the week with a very solid floor.

Marlon Mack vs New York Giants

DK 5500
FD 7000

After Fournette flopped last week I made a rule not to put one player in every lineup I set, regardless of how well I think they’ll do. I’ll be breaking that rule for Mack this week.

Mack is for whatever reason only 5500 on Draft Kings and has a huge ceiling. The Colts defense is rolling through any offensive obstacles so the game script might heavily favor Mack.

Jordan Howard @ San Francisco 49ers

DK 4400
FD 6000

San Fransisco and Nick Mullens have done exceptionally well in Jimmy G’s absence. But these are the Bears and they’re going to do what they do best and dominate.

Jordan Howard on the other hand has quietly had back to back 20 touch and 14 points performances. The fact is, with the weird D-lineman at the goal line nonsense we’ve been seeing and Tarik Cohen, Howard has little chance to blow up. But his low cost and safe floor make him worth a shot this week.

Wide Receivers

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The top picks

Amari Cooper vs Tampa Bay Bucs

DK 7500
FD 7000

I can’t express with words how much I recommend Cooper this week. I don’t believe he’ll have another 200 yards 3 touchdown day but he’ll be tearing it up in Tampa’s secondary.

In games this year, both in Dallas and Oakland, when Cooper has had 6 or more catches, his team has been 6-0. In games where he has 5 or fewer catches, his team has been 1-6. Despite all the crap the Cowboys took for the Cooper trade, he has been their best bet to make the playoffs.

Alshon Jeffery vs Houston Texans

DK 5300
FD 6300

Jeffery is currently questionable so keep an eye on him this weekend. But that being said if Nick Foles is going to target him as much as he did last week, Jeffery is a good start.

The Rams defense is no joke and Foles handled it quite well. And while the Texans have a formidable defense as well, the Eagles should keep this one interesting.

Josh Reynolds @ Arizona Cardinals

DK 4600
FD 5300

This will be the best matchup Todd Gurley could ask for so limit your expectations with this one. But if Goff has a bounce back, there is a chance the Rams try to make a statement.

Reynolds actually led the team in targets last week showing they have confidence in him to some extent. And the big question here is who gets Patrick Peterson.

Whether it is Cooks or Woods, somebody is getting locked down. Reynolds once again has a legitimate shot at leading the team in targets again.

James Washington @ New Orleans Saints

DK 3100
FD 4600

Juju Smith-Schuster is currently questionable. If and really only if he can’t go, Washington will be up for some very high volume. As a deep threat/ home run hitter type of receiver, he will be very boom or bust.

The Saints defense has played very well lately, but these Steelers are on the warpath in an attempt to dethrone the Patriots. Angry Steelers are dangerous Steelers and Washington could get a lot of points for a small price.

Tight Ends

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The top picks

Evan Engram @ Indianapolis Colts

DK 4600
FD 5700

It’s really not that difficult of a pick, somebody somewhere has to catch the ball. If Beckham is out again, Engram is a likely candidate to earn targets.

The Colts have done extremely well this year against wide receivers, but they have struggled immensely against tight ends giving up the 11th most PPR points.

David Njoku vs Cincinnati Bengals

DK 3800
FD 5300

I usually advocate for spending the money on elite TEs, but none really catch my eye like Njoku does this week. Showing up the old coach seems to have motivated the boys last time.

Njoku’s second-best fantasy performance of the season came against the Bengals a few weeks ago. And the Bengals may love to spoil playoff hopes, they might be outmatched here again.

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About Bobby Shepherd

Bobby has played fantasy football since he was first tall enough to reach a draft board. He eats sleeps and breathes stats and is always excited to share his findings.

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