Our Week 16 start ’em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 16 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
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It’s fantasy football championship time this week, it’s for all the marbles! So of course I am coming out blazing with a Tony Romo endorsement, which is entirely abnormal for me any other week. The Colts are a damn fine team, but so are the Cowboys lately. Even without DeMarco Murray (who could miss the game due to his hand injury), Romo should be able to move the offense effectively. If the ‘Boys O-line can hold up and give Romo a little time, Romo can torch this secondary the same way Colt McCoy did a few weeks ago. Romo is a must start if you got him.
The Saints are still in the hunt after their thrashing of the sinking Chicago Bears ship. Brees tossed around 3 touchdown passes and for fantasy football owners he redeemed himself from the week before. This is a very juicy matchup against a Falcons squad that oozes leaks all over the place on defense. If the Saints can avoid running it in the end zone all day long then there should be plenty of opportunities for Graham, Stills and Colston to do work in this one. Start all 5’9″ of Brees for a big payoff.
Playing matchups and thinking about sitting Foster? Stop tinkering! Start your studs, duh. Baltimore is a solid defense, but with the injuries at quarterback in Houston it will be the Foster show on Sunday. Foster has made it publically clear that he does not care at all about your fantasy team, but he’ll make you happy he’s a beast at the running back position. Foster should see over 20 carries and expect at least a few catches and touchdown as well.
One mas more time as Kenny Powers would demand. Here is another case of not overthinking your matchup. The Cardinals play physical for Coach Bruce and the Seahawks will match that intensity with a bruising running game. I expect Beast Mode to unleash the complete assortment of juke moves and stiff arms Sunday. This game has huge ramifications on the NFC West crown and I expect a ball controlled offensive approach for the Seahawks. Lynch for 2 scores this week.
It’s all about the Benjamin baby! Bringing back some Puff Daddy and the Carolina offense even without Cam Newton, possibly. Anderson quarterbacked the Panthers to a win last week and Benjamin saw nearly all the targets a fantasy owner could ask for in that one. He has another 100 yard performance in store despite the Joe Haden factor. He has been too good to bench for a long time now, so don’t do it on championship Sunday.
Edelman has put together a promising PR campaign as the most beloved Tom Brady target, one that even Edelman (the Public Relations company) would endorse. So the Jets can stuff the run, but they don’t have Revis anymore and they don’t defend the pass any better than I write in cursive. So what we have is a mismatch boyos and girls. With homefield advantage for the Pats still in play, I recommend keeping with the hot hand in Edelman to get your fantasy football championship glory.
So who is throwing passes for Tennessee? It’s no other than touchdown jesus. No, not Notre Dame’s mural, but rather long time back-up Charlie Whitehurst. I don’t know if Whitehurst throws any harder than Chad Pennington did at his best (which is like underhand softball compared to Aaron Rodgers). Walker will be a perfect recepient of those floaters from Uncle Charlie backup quarterback. Jacksonville is a perfect matchup for him and there should be more points scored in this game than you would imagine.
Jimmy is coming back into the fold as Brees’ go to guy down the stretch. With 2 must win games to get into the playoffs, the Saints start the journey with a very advantageous matchup against the Falcons. I am usually not a big proponent of stating the obvious starts for this column, but I want to re-iterate to not get cute with your team. Graham has had some ups and downs this year for fantasy owners, but fantasy football is all about consistency and the entire body of work. Graham is consistent enough to trust and Atlanta’s defense is bad enough to burn badly. Start Jimmy!
New England Patriots
Show your Patriot pride and start the Pats for the fantasy football win. Simply put, it’s Geno Smith against one of the hottest football teams in the NFL. The game could get out of hand early, which would lead to Geno needing to throw more. The more Geno throws, the more the opposing defense intercepts the football. Patriots defense looked great last week and even though this is a rivalry game of sorts, it’s more about the fall from grace for Rex Ryan. I imagine Belichick is not going to let up in this one. I expect 15 plus points from this unit.