It’s time for the holidays; put your elf on the shelf, stockings by the chimney, and studs into your roster.
Let’s avoid the naughty and figure out who’ll play nice in Week 16.
Here is your Week 16 DraftKings expert lineup.
QB: Philip Rivers – $6,900
RB: Jordan Howard – $6,300
RB: Ty Montgomery – $5,900
WR: T.Y. Hilton – $7,800
WR: Michael Thomas – $6,000
WR: Ted Ginn Jr. – $4,500
TE: Kyle Rudolph – $4,900
FLEX: Mark Ingram – $4,400
DST: Green Bay Packers – $3,300
Philip Rivers has scored multiple touchdowns in seven games straight as his offensive playmakers have dropped like flies around him. The Chargers will look to snap a three game losing streak against the winless Browns, a defense that’s in the middle of the pack in passing yards allowed. Most teams run up the score quickly against them and end up running the majority of the time. That will be difficult for the Chargers with Melvin Gordon unlikely to play; back-ups Ronnie Hillman and Kenneth Farrow don’t combine for a backfield capable of closing out a game. The Browns might not give up many passing yards, but they have allowed the most passing touchdowns in the NFL. Rivers should be rolling early in this one, and continue rolling with the Chargers lack of running backs.
This young cub has taken the Bears starting running back gig and ran with it. He hasn’t rushed for under 84 yards in his last four games and has scored four touchdowns in the same span. Chicago hasn’t enjoyed a Jordan this much since MJ pushed off Byron Russell. The Redskins have gotten run all over all year; most recently it was Jonathan Stewart who steam rolled them for 132 yards on the ground. Jordan shoots, he scores in Week 16.
The backfield in Green Bay has been a revolving door of running backs, that door seemed out of order when Ty Montgomery was unable to play due to a sickle cell trait. He is healthy now and appears to have retaken starting duties, James Starks is out with a concussion and Christian Michael is Christian Michael. Montgomery exploded for 162 yards and two touchdowns on only 16 carries against a stiff Bears defense last week. Minnesota is a tough opponent but running backs have put up good fantasy numbers against them, even Robert Turbin hit pay dirt twice last week. The volume and cheap price makes Ty a strong play.
Another strong play based on assured volume is Hilton, but he also comes with a juicy matchup in Oakland this Sunday. The Raiders give up the tenth most receiving yards and are usually involved in high scoring shoot outs. Hilton will be busy with Andrew Luck’s lack of reliable targets; Moncrieff out for the year leaves a heavy workload in Hilton’s foreseeable future.
Drew Brees played without a true No. 1 receiver his whole career and made it look easy. It’s a nice change for the aging quarterback to finally have a game changing 6’3” stud to pass too. Thomas appears completely healed from a hindering foot injury, last week he caught seven balls and a touchdown against a tough Cardinals secondary. Thomas is Drew Brees’ main man, there’s a good chance he could go off against the Bucs this Sunday.
Ted Ginn Jr.
Tedd Ginn Jr.
Homerun threat Tedd Ginn Jr. has showed more consistently of late than at any point in his 10 year career. He’s scored four touchdowns in his last 5 games and has seen an increase in targets with Greg Olsen battling an elbow injury. Atlanta’s defense is highly vulnerable through the air; they’ve allowed the second most receiving touchdowns and the fourth most receiving yards. Take of swig of some Ginngerale in Week 16.
It’s a fitting time in the season to plug in Rudolph the Red Zone Reindeer into your lineup. Rudolph’s red nose for the end zone is brighter than ever, scoring six touchdowns this season and seeing a whopping 40 targets in his last four games. Green Bay’s defense has improved as the season has gone on, but their secondary is beatable and Rudolph will be heavily involved in the Vikings game plan. Let Rudolph guide your slay tonight and Sunday afternoon.
Ingram got all Walter Paytonish on head coach Sean Payton last week, throwing a fit on the sidelines while Tim Hightower turned a goal line carry into a touchdown. However unlike Walter, Ingram didn’t really have a right to be upset since he carried the ball 17 times; he carried the ball only seven times in his previous two games. None the less, expect Ingram’s wheels to get greased this Sunday; he ran well against the Cardinals last week with 78 yards on 17 carries. Mark Ingram down for at least one touchdown.
Green Bay Packers
The Pack have approved their defense attack as the weather began to get colder, they haven’t scored under eight fantasy points in their last four games. The Vikings offense is a good matchup playing in Lambeau, Sam Bradford has been erratic and the environment should be hostile. This division rivalry matchup should be controlled by the Packers from the get-go.