Our Week 16 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. 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.
Robert Griffin III
Don’t do it to yourself! Bob the III is not going to get you any closer to fantasy football stardom than is the guy trying to get a date over MySpace. What is RGIII doing even in the conversation as a starter? I have absolutely no idea, aside from Philly being pretty generous to opposing quarterbacks this season. The Eagles did let Kirk Cousins torch them, but Kirk Cousins is a pure pocket passer. RGIII is…well he’s probably focused on Philly and he’s probably trying to sell Subway sandwiches and is going to be on another team next season. Pass.
The RussBuss that is normally DangeRuss takes a turn this week to the sits side. While I would play Russell if there is nobody worthy of picking up, like Big Ben or Philip Rivers, I would not feel confident starting him in this matchup. I will go on record as believing that Arizona is going to put a ton of pressure on Wilson. Seattle will run the ball first and foremost and that will open up some play-action pass options and read-options for him. However, my gut says he is no better than 15 points in the desert this week. Try to do better.
Jonas Gray and LeGarrette Blout
Feeling Gray and want to pass around the Blount? No, don’t do it kids. Why, because it’s championships and nobody knows better how to hose you with a running back by committee approach than the New England Patriots. There are too many variables with the offense and the Jets one strength is their rush defense. Brady will pick apart this team with precision. The running backs will leave you with the feeling that you got robbed by someone you actually live with after smoking a blount. Paranoia is no good and either are these guys.
Dougie Fresh Martin getting a shout out in the sits column this week. He has made owners very upset this season and there is no gamble worth trying him out now against Green Bay. The Packers are going to light up the scoreboard and Tampa will be forced to air it out. So while I like Mike Evans and maybe even Vincent Jackson, I am no fan of Doug Martin. He’s been a dissapointment all year, don’t let him let you down again.
Big time controversy with this sit’em pick for Week 16. Peyton Manning changes his favorite target the way Walmart decides to cut back prices. It’s all about catering to your consumer or opponent in this case. Cincy is exploitable down the middle with Julius Thomas’ athleticism and DeMarius Thomas has been unstoppable from the outside. It’s not that Sanders can’t or won’t deliver, it’s that there are better options for Manning to carve up the Bengals with on Monday Night. If you have him, it would be very difficult to bench him, but I would take Miami’s Landry or even Steve Smith Sr over him this week.
Bob is back to quarterbacking the drama queens of the NFL. So let it be known that the stock of DeSean has just sunk astrnomically. It’s against the Eagles and Jackson would love to burn his former team again like he did in Week 3. However, I expect the Eagles to be especially geared up to stop that and moreover they have to win out to even have a shot at making the playoffs. Jackson is too risky a play. Now if Cousins comes in relief of Bob III, then I see Jackson doing big things. Sit’em.
Ertz has made his way into the conversation as a starter for fantasy football championship week. But for what reason? The Redskins are a sorry bunch at defending the pass, but they didn’t allow Donnell, NYG tight end, to do much of anything last week. Ertz is not Maclin and Sanchez is still limited in his abilities as a quarterback. While Zach is probably a nice guy and has a wierd/kinda cool to say last name, there should be no reason to all of sudden think he will post up points after having a pretty bad stretch of games with Sanchez under center.
Donnell did diddly-do squat against the Skins last weekend. St. Louis is a much stronger defensive squad and Coach Fisher has his team finishing out the year on a high note. Eli’s eyes are almost exclusively locked in to Odel Beckham Jr’s gloves. Donnell should be donezo for playing time this season on your fantasy football team. Better options exist, such as Health Miller.
Ka-ka-kaaw! The Seahawks defense is back and looking like the formidable squad that ran away with the Super Bowl last season. Arizona has their 3rd string quarterback running the show and it appears this would be an ideal matchup for owners. Well, not so fast my friends. This game is on the road, which is where the Seahawks can struggle defensively. The Cardinals game plan is to run the football and let their defense do the work, so I don’t foresee the turnovers that you would want in your championship matchup. While there is potential for the Hawks D, I like Arizona to make it a good game and for it to be pretty clean, without a bunch of turnovers. Call me crazy (you already do), but I’m starting the Patriots over the Seahawks defense this week.