2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2021 Fantasy Football Week 8 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start-Sit article.

It's Fantasy Football Semifinals time! Congratulations to everyone who advanced in the playoffs after an absolutely wild week in fantasy football. Sorry to everyone who didn't, Unfortunately, Covid-19 is killing some team's playoff hopes.

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, I'll be here the rest of the way trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.

2021 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start-Sit

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Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (ECR QB)

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Joe Burrow is coming off of his worst fantasy performance since Week 11. It was a tough matchup on paper and it ended up being so. Burrow was only 15-22 for 157 yards and one touchdown.

Both teams just wanted to grind it out on the ground. That caused Burrow to throw the ball the second-fewest times he had all season.

Burrow saved his day by hitting Tyler Boyd for a 56-yard touchdown in the second half. Burrow has been somewhat quiet over his past six games, in which he has only thrown six touchdowns.

The Matchup - Baltimore Ravens

The Bengals are welcoming their division rival the Baltimore Ravens to town, in a huge matchup that could decide the playoff hopes for both teams.

The Ravens have allowed the 13th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season at 19.8. The Ravens' secondary is extremely banged up, with them missing their top two cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey for the rest of the season.

The Bengals should attack the Ravens early and often, which should allow Burrow to produce as a QB1 this week.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR RB18)

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Miles Sanders has been playing very well since he has come back from his ankle injury. Sanders has been a stud the past two weeks, he saw a whopping 24 carries and ran for 120 yards, and also caught all three of his targets for 22 yards in Week 14.

Then last week was one of the better games of his career. Sanders got 18 carries for 131 yards and caught his lone two targets for 15 yards.

The only thing that worries me about Sanders is his touchdown upside. We saw last week that when all the running backs are healthy Its Miles Sanders, and it's Jordan Howard down towards the goal-line.

Sanders will have to break a long run to find himself in the endzone.

The Matchup - New York Giants

The Eagles are welcoming the New York Giants to Philadelphia for a divisional matchup. The Giants' defense hasn't been good lately, as they are allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

Sanders has a solid floor because of the volume he is receiving. Sanders could return your RB1 upside this week.

Gabriel Davis, WR, Buffalo Bills (ECR WR29)

UPDATE - COVID continues to stir the pot during the Fantasy Football Playoffs. The Buffalo Bills are down to Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie at WR on Sunday against the Patriots.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been crushed by injuries with Chris Godwin out for the season and now Mike Evans (hamstring) ruled out. That leaves Tom Brady with Antonio Brown, Breshad Perriman and Tyler Johnson as his top wide receivers if you are looking for a warm body now that Waivers have cleared.

You never like to see injuries in football, but sometimes when one happens that opens up a window for someone to do something with the opportunity, and that is exactly what Gabriel Davis has done.

With Emanuel Sanders down with an injury Davis put up his best game of the season.

Davis scored double-digit fantasy points for the second week in a row when he caught five of his seven targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

He has now seen 15 targets over the past two games. Sanders is questionable to play this week, however, Cole Beasley was placed on the reserve covid-19 list, so Davis will see the field quite often this weekend.

The Matchup - New England Patriots

I know what you're wondering why I put a receiver going up against Bill Bellichek and the New England Patriots.

We have seen time and time again that Bellichek likes to take away a team's best weapon on offense, and that would be Stefon Diggs who will draw Jaycee Jackson.

That should open the door for Davis to have his third solid week in a row.

Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears (ECR TE14)

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I have gone to the well once again with Cole Kmet as my starting tight end this week. I have been burned a few times by him this season, but other times it has worked out ok.

Kmet has only seen under five targets one time since week six and is coming off a very solid performance.

Kmet caught six of nine targets for 71 yards but is still looking for that first touchdown of the season, and I believe that could come this week.

The Matchup - Seattle Seahawks

The Bears are traveling to Seattle to take on the Seahawks, as rookie quarterback Justin Fields gets his first taste of the 12th man.

I expect Seattle to take command of this game early and put the Bears in a positive game script for their pass catchers.

The Seattle defense is also susceptible to opposing tight ends allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to the position at 11.2 per game. Seattle has also given up the fourth-most touchdowns to tight ends as well with eight on the season.


Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings (ECR QB12)

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Kirk Cousins is in the midst of having one of the better fantasy football seasons of his career. In fact, before Week 13 Cousins was QB8 in all of fantasy football.

But since then, Cousins has struggled. He is completing less than 50% of his passes the past two weeks, in pretty good matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears in which the Bears had most of the secondary in covid protocols.

Cousins is QB18 during that stretch averaging just over 13 fantasy points per game.

The Matchup - Los Angelos Rams

The Matchup this week gets a whole lot worse than the previous two weeks, taking on the Los Angelos Rams.

The Rams are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to the quarterback position this season. They have also allowed the second-fewest Passing touchdowns to the position as well.

Cousins may be coming back down to earth after having a great start to the season. With Cousins being bad the past two weeks in good matchups I can't start him in my playoff matchup.

I would rather start Russell Wilson and Matt Ryan over Cousins this week.

Myles Gaskin/Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Miami Dolphins (ECR RB43/RB34)

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This is the first time I have done this all year in which I am sitting an entire backfield. Last week with Myles Gaskin coming off of the covid-19 reserve list, he was out-snapped by newly sign Duke Johnson Jr. 41-26.

Johnson had a career day seeing 22 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns for 25 fantasy points. He did that on not being used in the passing game which was Johnson's calling card for the most part of his career.

Gaskin had an efficient day gaining 54 yards on his ten carries but just didn't see enough volume to be fantasy-productive. With Johnson Jr. now in the fray, it kind of makes this backfield unusable for fantasy purposes. The Dolphins rushing offense has been poor all season long.

The Matchup - New Orleans Saints

The Dolphins had one of their better rushing days as a team in a great matchup against the Jets. This matchup is a complete 180 going against the New Orleans Saints this week.

Saints just dominate opposing running backs, only allowing 15.5 fantasy points per game to the position, which happens to be the best in the NFL. We have learned you want to stay away from the Saints rushing defense this season.

Terry Mclaurin, WR, Washington Football Team (ECR WR24)

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This pains me to have to put Terry Mclaurin on the sit portion of this article, after being so high on Mclaurin heading into this season in which I drafted him in multiple leagues.

Last season Mclaurin was one of the most consistent wide receivers in fantasy football with some very bad quarterbacks throwing him the football.

The quarterback position is a little better than last year, but unfortunately, Mclaurin's fantasy production has taken a dip.

Mclaurin is currently WR22 on the season which isn't awful, but he has been so boom or bust this season. He has scored over 18 fantasy points in four games this season maxing out with 27.3 fantasy points in Week 4.

Unfortunately the other 10 games Mclaurin has scored less than 10 fantasy points in those games. He is just no longer someone you can trust on a weekly basis, especially in a playoff matchup.

The Matchup - Dallas Cowboys

The second time in three weeks the Washington Football team will be taking on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys have allowed the fifth-fewest receiving yards to the position this season.

Mclaurin will most likely draw Trevon Diggs who has been very solid this season. The last time these two met up Mclauring went out with an injury in the second half after not catching a pass in three targets.

I definitely don't expect Mclaurin to have a boom week this week. I am starting Christian Kirk over Mclaurin this week.

Hunter Henry, TE, New England Patriots (ECR TE11)

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Last week Hunter Henry was my start tight end in this article, and it happened to pay off. Henry saw a season-high eight targets last week catching six of them for 77 yards and two touchdowns for 22.7 fantasy points.

He had been struggling heading into last week but I had thought some positive regression was coming his way after he hadn't scored a touchdown in the three games prior to last week but had seven touchdowns heading into last week.

This week however I don't see Henry repeating that performance.

The Matchup - Buffalo Bills

The Bills are traveling to New England to take on the Patriots for the second time in three weeks. We can pretty much toss the first game out however considering the Patriots only threw the ball three times in a bad weather game. The Bills' defense has been really good throughout the year, they are allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to the tight end position this year. They have also only allowed three touchdowns to position, and we know that's where Henry gets most of his production from. I would start Cole Kmet over Henry this week.

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