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Fantasy Football Week 16 Start ‘Em / Sit ‘Em

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And now the fun begins, it’s Championship week for 99% of the yearly fantasy leagues out there. Hopefully you have made it this far and can utilize some of the research below to make the most of your teams this week.

We had a pretty good week last week calling the Seahawks dominance over the Giants and hopefully you got a c
hance to play Matt Flynn in one of your leagues. He payed huge dividends, but it came along with a scare as he didn’t do much in the first half but came back in the second with a vengeance. We were fooled, as were others, on the pickup of  in Cleveland with McGahee out and Patterson didn’t get the ball in space as much as we thought with Peterson being on the shelf.

And onto the final week of Start ‘Em / Sit ‘Em:

Quarterbacks:



Kirk Cousins (WAS) – Shanahan says Cousins could be flipped for a 1st round draft choice. I disagree with this sentiment. However, he’s a pretty good back up QB and he’s shown it in his time filling in for RGIII. Cousins had a juicy matchup last week in Atlanta and he threw for 381 yards and three scores. He also threw 2 picks and lost a fumble, but that comes with the territory. I’m expecting some offense in this game and the weather should be ripe for it. Watch for the run game to emerge as Dallas doesn’t do much on defense at all. Start ‘Em

Jay Cutler (CHI) – Cutler made it back last week and in a controversial move he was inserted into the lineup and performed well against a decent Cleveland defense. This week he gets a terrible Philadelphia pass defense that allowed Matt Cassell to throw for 382 yards and 2 scores. Start ‘Em

Nick Foles (PHI) – It’ll be pretty tough to sit Foles as he’s been so good. But take into account that the Chicago defense has been very respectable against the pass this year, probably because they’ve been so terrible against the run. I expect McCoy and company to have a field day on the ground and Foles may not get the chances to score you enough points to win you a Championship. Sit ‘Em

Drew Brees (NO) – Here I go again. I said I wouldn’t do it, but I have to. The last time I said to sit Brees it was against Carolina and he torched them. This time it is against Carolina again and I’m not taking my chances. Carolina hasn’t allowed a 300 yard passing game at home since week one and has only allowed 5 total TD passes all year at home. There are better plays out there on your waiver wire. Sit ‘Em

Running Backs:
Alfred Morris (WAS) – He’s not much of a pass catcher, so he won’t help you there. If Washington’s defense can keep them in the game against a stout Dallas offense, I could see Morris getting upwards of 25 carries and at least one end zone dance or two. He’s pretty safe this week. Start ‘Em

Ryan Matthews (SD) – San Diego has become a ball control offense. Which, in recent weeks has really hurt fantasy owners with Danny Woodhead. This week San Diego gets Oakland at home and Oakland just allowed Jamal Charles to have the biggest week in fantasy football we’ve possibly ever seen. Matthews has a foot injury but Mike McCoy is calling it a non issue. Matthews has also rewarded owners who have played him the past two weeks with a combined 230 yards and two scores. Start ‘Em

Marshawn Lynch (SEA) – What has happened to this guy recently? He’s not going to usually help you as a pass catcher and I see what he did last week in catching 6 passes for 73 yards as an anomaly. This guy usually gets it done on the ground, but the last three weeks he’s had 52 carries for a combined 164 yards and he’s getting a tough Arizona defense which hasn’t allowed a 100 yard rushing in seven weeks and in that time only allowed two rushing scores. Sit ‘Em

Steven Jackson (ATL) – Jackson has had five total trips in the end zone in the past four games which has probably helped you since he hasn’t gained 100 yards in a game all season. I’d expect Atlanta’s offense to be under constant pressure all game against San Francisco and I wouldn’t expect those trips to pay dirt to continue this week. Sit ‘Em

Wide Receivers:
Rod Streater (OAK) – It’s rare that you will find a player on Oakland’s roster to get a positive review in this blog, but here’s one. Streater has been off and on all year but I expect Oakland to be passing the ball with a fury to get a possible lead in San Diego and Streater could be the beneficiary of that. He’s most likely found on your waiver wire and can be picked up if you have other tough match ups with your receivers or flex. Start ‘Em

Pierre Garcon (WAS) – Garcon hooked up with Cousins quite well last week to the tune of 7 catches for 129 and a score. If you believe that Dallas is going to be able to score on Washington’s defense (likely) Garcon is a must play this week. Start ‘Em

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) – Fitzgerald will probably play this week after undergoing a concussion last week. However, beware. Those symptoms could still be around and he’s getting the toughest pass defense in the league in Seattle. Fitz is likely a mainstay in your lineup, but think about other possibilities. Sit ‘Em

Torrey Smith (BAL) – If he doesn’t catch the long ball, he doesn’t help your team. He has only two 100 yard games all season long and hasn’t had one since week week five, and since week five he’s only scored three times. This week is too important to lay at the feet of Smith as he’ll likely draw Talib most of the game. Sit ‘Em

Tight Ends:
Delanie Walker (TEN) – Walker has been a stud while he’s been on the field, and can be found on your waiver wire in some leagues. Outside of the obvious choices to start, Walker is a good one. And he gets Jacksonville, who has given up 15 catches, 165 yards and a score the past two weeks combined to TEs. Start ‘Em

Tony Gonzalez (ATL) – Gonzalez has been pretty good all year with the exception of a few hiccups, but he’s not healthy and he goes against SF who has been pretty good all year against tight ends. Sit ‘Em

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