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Start and Sit: Week 16

This is the week you have been waiting for since August.  If you are fortunate enough to still be playing for something congratulations. Enjoy this week because, if this is indeed your championship week, this will be your last taste of season long fantasy football for about eight months.

There will still be a start and sit article for next week because there are still people who play into Week 17, so if you are still alive check back next week.

Also if this is your last week being alive make sure you check back for a playoff contest – I will post more about that following the Week 17 games.

Good luck to everyone this week.

As always, post any questions you may have in the comment section below or hit me up on twitter @TheSportsGuy40.

QUARTERBACK

Start

Blake Bortles at Saints (65% started): He is in a great matchup against the Saints and is now the number five fantasy quarterback for the season, behind only Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Carson Palmer. The Saints, on average, are giving up 23.9 points per week to opposing quarterbacks. That would rank second in points per game if you just started whoever was playing the Saints every week; only Cam Newton’s 24.4 points per game has been better than what the Saints have allowed.

Ben Roethlisberger at Ravens (62% started): I assume the low start percentage is because a lot of people benched him last week, lost, and then have not changed their lineups leaving him on the bench. If you have him you need to start him in a game where I think the Steelers will destroy the Ravens through the air.

Matt Stafford vs. 49ers (51% started): Stafford has had a really nice stretch of games since the bye week. I think he can keep it going against the 49ers, even though they have been good in terms of fantasy points against opposing quarterbacks.

Sit

Aaron Rodgers at Cardinals (71% started): It would be hard to sit Rodgers, but if you have a Bortles type guy on your bench it might be the right call. The most yards he has thrown for in the past five games is 273, and about 60 of those yards came on the desperation hail mary at the end of the game. If you take away that play his highest yardage total in the past five games is 218 yards against the Cowboys. Odds are you are starting him, but I would really consider other options.

Eli Manning at Vikings (33% started): Losing Odell Beckham Jr. is a huge loss. There aren’t enough other weapons in that offense that would make me happy to start him this week.

Matt Ryan vs. Panthers (21% started): He has been really bad for a while now and another matchup against the Panthers makes him an easy sit this week.

Digging Deep

Tommy Landseadel covered QB streamer options earlier in the week.

RUNNING BACK

Start

Charcandrick West vs. Browns (77% started): A really nice matchup in a game the Chiefs should win pretty easily. West should get a lot of touches as this game winds down.

James White at Jets (28% started): The last time these two teams played LeGarrette Blount was active and he only received three carries. The Patriots might use a similar game plan this week and attack the Jets through the air early and often to avoid the Jets front seven.

Darren McFadden at Bills (66% started): The Bills looked bad last week. McFadden has combined for 25 carries and 211 yards in the past two games – You read that correctly. The Bills have given up at least 100 yards rushing in each of the past 4 weeks.

Sit

Tim Hightower vs Jaguars (73% started): He has been getting a lot of touches but isn’t doing a lot with them. With a gimpy Drew Brees I don’t see the Saints hanging in with the Jaguars which could limit Hightower’s carries.

Chris Ivory vs Patriots (69% started): Bilal Powell is getting more involved in recent weeks and Ivory has seen shaky production lately. He only has one touchdown since Week 10 and only one 100-yard game.

Frank Gore at Dolphins (60% started): For some reason I am seeing some outlets giving praise to Gore for this week. He only has one game above 45 yards since the bye and his high mark in that time period is only 60 yards.

WIDE RECEIVER

Start

Michael Floyd vs. Packers (61% started): He has been the best Arizona receiver in the past three weeks, and the Packers are coming off a game where they got torched by Amari Cooper.

Ted Ginn at Falcons (39% started): It is a risk reward play. Ginn could turn in 100 yards and two touchdowns or not get a single catch. I think you have to start him and take the risk based on his recent trend.

Allen Hurns at Saints (37% started): Hurns is a risky play based on recent production, but with the matchup I think he is a near must play as a borderline top 20 option.

Sit

A.J. Green at Broncos (86% started): Green has a back issue, a backup quarterback, and a really bad matchup with the Broncos. I would look for another option.

T.Y. Hilton at Dolphins (52% started): Hilton hasn’t been the same without Andrew Luck this season.

Jeremy Maclin vs. Browns (79% started): He will need a touchdown to have value. The Chiefs tend to not pass a lot unless they are playing from behind or in a back and forth game. I don’t see either of these scenarios playing out this week against the Browns.

TIGHT END

Start

Will Tye at Vikings (10% started): He has at least five catches in four of the past five games and has found the endzone in the past two. Without Odell Beckham Jr. in the lineup, Tye should get some more targets.

Zach Ertz vs. Redskins (31% started): He is coming on lately and had his best game of the season last week with eight catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Benjamin Watson vs. Jaguars (54% started): This should be a high scoring game. Even without Drew Brees, Watson should be able to manage a good game for a tight end.

Sit

Jason Witten at Bills (39% started): Just take one minute to look at his game log – it speaks for itself.

Richard Rodgers at Cardinals (34% started): There are a lot of problems with the Green Bay passing attack, and Rodgers is far down on the food chain in terms of targets.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

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Andy Germani
I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.

One comment on “Start and Sit: Week 16

  1. Start Hightower, D. Robinson, or Hurns at Flex?

    Also, would you drop Tevin Coleman and/or Luck at this point for players like Spencer Ware, Tavon Austin, G. Bernard or any other player that opponents may need for week 17?

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