Start Em Sit Em Week 16

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 2015

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 16 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start all your Pittsburgh players vs the #26 worst Baltimore defense ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “opinions” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week


Quarterbacks Start Em Week 16

SD Philip Rivers ( at OAK )- QB P Rivers was great for fantasy football owners for the first 8 weeks of the season, then tanked for them….until Week 15. Home against the Dolphins Rivers put up 311 yards and 3 TDs. Oakland is the 5th worst passing defense in the NFL

WASH Kirk Cousins (at PHIL)–  If you read my team reports in the preseason, in my Washington report- LINK– I was a clear believer in QB Cousins over QB RG3 and now it’s reported that the team and staff are as well. QB Cousins had 330 total yards Week 15 and 4 TDs. He has a nice match up week 16. Only owned in 9% of Yahoo leagues

MINN Teddy Bridgewater ( vs NYG) –I didn’t suddenly fall in love with QB Bridgewater because of his impressive Week 15 ( 248 total yards and 5 TDs)…but I do love his match up Week 16 vs the Giants. The New York Giants are the worst passing defense in the NFL!

Sleeper Start Em Week 16- SF Blaine Gabbert ( at DET )- QB Blaine Gabbert has put up surprisingly good numbers in the 5 games that he’s started, especially Week 15 vs a very tough Cincy defense- 305 total yards and 1 TD. He will want to impress for next year, vs a subpar Detroit defense

Start Em Week 16 No Brainers- QB Matt Stafford (vs SF )…..Cam Newton (at ATL)…..NYG Eli Manning (at MINN)…..JACK Blake Bortles (NO)


Running Backs Start Em Week 16

TB Doug Martin (vs CHI )- Bucs HC Lovie Smith said RB Doug Martin winning the rushing title is “important.” Currently with a 6-8 record, Lovie Smith can feel good about his rookie QB fairing pretty well in this first year, and getting Martin the rushing title. Chicago is 7th worst vs the run

SD Danny Woodhead/ Donald Brown (at OAK)- I like both of these backs this week at Oakland. Fantasy football owners who didn’t start Woodhead last week won’t make the same mistake twice, and RB Melvin Gordon’s season ending injury gives the RB D Brown the start as the lead running back

HOU Alfred Blue (at TENN )- Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Alfred Blue “ran with a purpose” Week 15 against the Colts. Blue should continue his recent success against a bad Titans defense

ARI David Johnson ( vs GB )-RB David Johnson was by far the #1 running back in Week 15- 187 yards and 3 TDs. Now he’s at home vs a subpar GB running defense

Start Em Week 16 Sleeper- SEA Christian Michael (vs CLEV )- Any running back facing Cleveland’s 31st worst rushing defense has to be started

Start Em Week 16 Sleeper and caution- NO Tim Hightower (vs JACK )- A lot of RB Hightower’s success Week 16 will depend if QB D Brees (foot) plays or not

Start Em Week 16 NFL No Brainers- KC C West ( vs CLEV )….MINN AP ( vs NYG)


Wide Receivers Start Em Week 16

Jeremy Maclin ( vs CLEV )- In the AFC wild-card chase has the New York Jets looking to bump either Pittsburgh or Kansas City for a playoff spot so the Chiefs will want to win this easy one

DET Golden Tate ( vs SF )- It appears that the Lions really want to end the season on high notes, and are playing their best football. QB Stafford’s go-to-guy is WR Tate right now, and SF has the 26th worst defense vs the pass

BALT Kamar Aiken (vs PITT)- A favorite Waiver Wire mention of mine during the season -LINK– and the clear cut favorite target in Baltimore now, and for the rest of the season

Sleeper Start Em Week 16- TENN Dorial Green-Beckham (vs HOU) Coming on strong of late, DGB had 6-of-9 targets for 113 yards in Week 15, and his 100-yard day was his second in three weeks. He is probably the wide receiver that new QB Zach Mettenberger has practiced with the most

Sleeper Start Em Week 16- NYG Rueban Randle (at MINN)-WR Odell Beckham Jr’s 1 game suspension automatically lifts the fantasy value of all NY Giant’s offensive options

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers- TB Mike Evans ( vs CHI)…..JACK WRs A Robinson & A Hurns ( vs ATL)….BUFF Sammy Watkins ( vs DAL)……SEA Doug Baldwin ( vs STL)


Tight Ends Start Em Week 16

NYG Will Tye (at MINN)- WR Odell Beckham Jr’s 1 game suspension automatically lifts the fantasy value of all NY Giant’s offensive options- TE Tye has 2 TD receptions in his past 2 games with OBJ playing

TENN Delanie Walker ( vs JACK )- On fire of late ( 30 targets in the past 3 games and 3 TDs) and it makes sense that he’ll be targeted often as a safety valve receiver by new QB Z Mettenberger

WASH Jordan Reed (vs BUFF)-  A “Recommended Start Week 14- LINK and he paid off with 3 TD receptions in the past 2 games. TE Reed is a must start with Kirk Cousins as quarterback

PHIL Z Ertz ( vs WASH)- 20 targets in the past 2 games ……2 TD receptions in his past 3 games

Here’s a great link for rankings of NFL Teams vs the TE positionLINK


Defense Start Em Week 16

BUFF ( vs DAL)- New QB Kellen Moore did pretty well Week 15, replacing QB Matt Cassel vs the Jets Week 15. Many QBs have good days against defenses that did not prepare for them. Buffalo will come prepared

HOU (at TENN)– With no running game to speak of, and a new QB Z Mettenberger under center, JJ Watt and company should be more than rwdy for this one. Houston’s record will go to under .500 if they lose this game

Start Em Sleeper JACK ( at N.O.) – QB Drew Brees ( foot) is really hurting and may not play this game. Whoever starts will be under great pressure from the Jag’s defense

Start Em Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers- KC Defense vs CLEV….CAR Defense vs ATL



Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 16

DAL Kellen Moore (at BUFF)- Although QB Kellen Moore faired pretty well Week 15, replacing QB Matt Cassel vs the Jets Week 15, Buffalo will come prepared and I do not like any of the Cowboys players Week 16…except perhaps Dez

KC Alex Smith ( at CLEV )– Even in mouth-watering match ups, QB A Smith disappoints any fantasy football owners who make the mistake of starting this QB. The guy who I have named “Deacon Dunk”, has only 2 TD passes in the past 2 games, and that was against SD & BALT

ATL Matt Ryan ( vs CAR )- Even if QB M Ryan wasn’t having a disastrous season ( which he is)….I would not recommend starting vs this Carolina defense

Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers-CLEV J Manziel ( at KC )…….ST L Case Keenum  vs SEA


Running Backs Sit Em Week 16

BALT Javorius Allen (vs PITT)- It is a whole easier to pass against Pittsburgh than it is to run against them. ( PITT #5 vs the run)- Additionally, RB Allen seems to have hit an offensive wall, rushing for only 32 yards in his past 2 gamess

NYJ Chris Ivory (vs NE)-  RB Ivory’s numbers have dropped drastically ever since the Jets started involving RB Bilal Powell more in the offense. The Pat’s are 10th best defending the run, and Ivory has only scored 1 TD since Week 9

Caution on ATL Devonta Freeman (vs CAR)– QN Matt Ryan’s poor play and a Great Panther defense makes RB freeman a very risky play Week 16 for fantasy football owners. These 2 teams played each other just 2 weeks ago, and RB Freeman was held to only 40 yards rushing on 12 attempt

Sit Em Week 16 No Brainers- TENN Antonio Andrews( vs HOU)….NO CJ Spiller ( vs JACK)


Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 16

NE Danny Amendola (at NYJ )- Any Patriot player can surprise you any given week with a monster stat line, but with only 1 TD reception since Week 7, with only 1 reception Week 15, fantasy football owners can’t risk starting Amendola Week 16 in their championship playoff

CINN Marvin Jones (at DEN )- If you have WR AJ Green, you have to start him week 16, even against the #1 pass defense of the Denver Broncos and hope he does an “Antonio brown” on them. I wouldn’t start WR Marvin Jones however

N.O. Brandon Cooks/ Willie Snead (vs JACK) – If QB D Brees doesn’t play ( Asked when he’ll make clear Drew Brees’ (foot) status, N.O. HC Payton replied, “Before I let you guys know, it’ll be Sunday morning.”)…his back up is QB Matt “Ugh” Flynn

CLEV Travis Benjamin (at KC)- The only Cleveland offense player you can realistically start is TE Gary Barnidge

Sit Em No Brainers Week 16- SF WRs Torrey Smith ( at PHIL )…..STL WRs not named Tavon Austin


Tight Ends Sit Em Week 16

BALT Crockett Gillmore ( vs PITT )- Although Pittsburgh is one of the easier teams to throw against, Gillmore’s numbers have tanked since QB M Schaub’s injury

PITT Heath Miller (at BALT)- QB Ben Roethlisberger likes TE Miller, but he isn’t looking for him in the red zone at all… TDs since Week 2. Also, Baltimore is the the #2 NFL defending the TE position

Caution on CLEV Gary Branidge (at KC )- TE G Barnidge will probably have a good Week 16 regardless, but the caution is: The Chiefs are the #1 NFL defending the TE position


Defense Sit Em Week 16

SF Defense ( at DET )– The 49er defense isn’t very good to begin with, and the Lions seem to be finally playing well, (albeit too late too save their season)

CLEV (vs KC)- The Chiefs play too safe of football to start a defense against them, especially a bad Cleveland defense

GB Defense ( vs ARI )- The Cardinals are playing too good, and the Packer’s defense is in the bottom half of the NFL statistically

Sit Em Defense Week 16 No Brainers- NYG ( vs MINN)…..N.O. (vs JACK)