Coaches’ Picks – Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 16

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Championship Week Edition

Start ‘Em

Quarterbacks


Russell Wilson vs ARI – Russ has been cool the last several weeks, but it’s high time he wins you a natty. He heads home to take on the Cardinals who are 1st in Points Allowed to opposing QBs, averaging 23.8 Fantasy Points Per Game. His top option, Tyler Lockett appears to finally be over his flu symptoms and is ready to resume smashing after catching 8 of 9 targets for 120 yards and a touchdown last week in Carolina.

Kyler Murray @ SEA – On the other side of the ball, I really like Kyler this week. His performance last week, while respectable, was overshadowed by Kenyan Drake’s career-high performance. Ian Hartitz called the chopper down last week for Kyler, but I think it was just a week early. This game has the highest total on the slate, currently sitting at 50.5 O/U.

Drew Brees @ TEN – It pains me to say, but I’m afraid Breesus is gonna pick apart the Titan’s secondary this week. Tennessee did a great job containing DeAndre Hopkins last week until about halfway thru the 4th quarter when he began to do DeAndre Hopkins things. Michael Thomas could be in for another monster game, per usual, but don’t forget peripheral option Tre’Quan Smith, who reminded the world last week that he is in fact alive and #goodatfootball.

Ryan Tannehill vs NO – In what figures to be a must win at home for the Tits, we stay in the flames with Tannewheels, who’s hard carried us to the Fantasy Super Bowl. New Orleans is giving up 19 FPPG to opposing QBs, just outside the top 10 in Points Allowed. If Henry is limited again, Tannehill should air it out even more against this Saints secondary and could see a few more scampers on the ground.

*Start of the Week – Lamar Jackson @ CLE, Deshaun Watson @ TB

*Long Shots of the Week – Philip Rivers vs OAK, Drew Lock vs DET, Dwayne Haskins vs NYG, Will Grier @ IND

Running Backs


Saquon Barkley @ WAS – It appears Barkley has finally recovered from that high ankle sprain earlier this year after his decimation of the Miami Dolphins. Washington ranks 8th in PA to opposing RBs, giving up 21.4 FPPG. Daniel Jones and his wheels may also be back under center this week, who should help Barkley in the run game even more, as opposed to the Eli Manning Statue.

Alvin Kamara @ TEN – It’s been a frustrating few weeks for Kamara owners, but remember he also suffered a high ankle sprain earlier this year. This is a huge blow to RBs, and even once they return to the field, it’s often several more weeks before they’re back to 100%. The volume is still there, and I firmly believe AK is the Saints’ key to winning this football game. Don’t think about getting cute and benching him now when it matters most. The Tits are giving up nearly 19 FPPG to RBs, on average.

Joe Mixon vs MIA – What looked like a bust for the first several weeks of the 2019 season, may in fact turn out to be a league winner. Over the last 5 weeks, Mixon is 1st in carries, 2nd in rushing yards, 6th in rushing TDs, top 30 in targets, 17th in rec yards, and 6th in PPR points. Now he’s up against the Miami Dolphins (3rd in PA, 22.9 FPPG to RBs) in the Game of the Week: Tank Wars edition.

Melvin Gordon @ OAK – It should be safe to pencil MG3 back into your lineups for the Fantasy Super Bowl this week against the poor Raiders, who’ve lost 4 in a row and all but given up, putting rookie Josh Jacobs back on the shelf with that bum shoulder. Oakland is giving up 19.9 FPPG to RBs, which is just outside the top 10.

Marlon Mack vs CAR – This is a get right spot at home for Mack against the Panthers, who are 1st in PA to enemy backs, giving up 27.3 FPPG. Carolina is also going to test drive rookie QB Will Grier, after clearly seeing enough from Kyle Allen, which bodes well for the IND defense and run game.

*Starts of the Week – Leonard Fournette @ ATL, Chris Carson vs ARI

*Long Shots of the Week – Devonta Freeman vs JAX, Kenyan Drake @ SEA, Phillip Lindsay vs DET, David Montgomery vs KC, *Mike Boone vs GB

Wide Receivers


Amari Cooper @ PHI – After facing the likes of Stephon Gilmore, Jalen Ramsey, Tre White, and Darius Slay it’s no wonder Coop’s been relatively quiet the past 6 weeks. Now, he gets a dream match-up against the Eagles in a battle for the NFC East LOL. Philly’s non-existent secondary is 3rd in PA to WRs, giving up an average of 28 FPPG. The Amari nuclear week couldn’t have come at a better time for fantasy owners.

Tyler Lockett vs ARI – After a trip to the hospital, contracting the flu, and letting us down for 4 weeks straight, Lockett is finally back and ready to win us a natty against the Cardinals in Week 16, who rank 11th in PA to WRs, averaging 24.8 FPPG.

DJ Moore @ IND – Hopefully Will Grier is an upgrade and locks on to DJ Moore, who’s blossomed into a stud this year, already going over 1,100 yards on 86 receptions with 4 touchdowns. Indianapolis is allowing 25.2 FPPG to opposing wide outs, ranking 8th in the league in terms of points allowed.

Keenan Allen vs OAK – Allen has been incredibly consistent over the past 5 weeks, averaging 21.6 FPPG. He now draws the Oakland Raiders at home, who are 7th in PA to WRs conceding 25.3 FPPG. I like firing up Mike “Air Yards” Williams this week as well, who’s also strung together a trio of solid games, finally finding the end zone.

AJ Brown vs NO – OROY, who says no? When was the last time a Titans WR went for over 1,000 yards? I’ll tell you – Kendall Wright in 2013. AJ Brown is about to do it this year in his rookie season, with the majority of them coming after catch. The Saints are 6th in PA to WRs, giving up 26.2 FPPG. AJB has been en fuego the last 4 weeks and there’s no chance you’re sitting him now.

*Starts of the Week – Michael Thomas @ TEN, Davante Adams @ MIN, *DeAndre Hopkins @ TB

*Long Shots of the Week – Courtland Sutton vs DET, Michael Gallup @ PHI, *Christian Kirk @ SEA, Tyler Boyd @ MIA, Will Fuller @ TB

Tight Ends


Hunter Henry vs OAK – I like all of the Chargers this week against the Raiders, who are 7th in PA to WRs and 2nd in PA to TEs, averaging 9.6 FPPG. Look for HH to bounce back this week after going quiet against the Vikes last week, who are extremely stingy against the tight end position.

OJ Howard vs HOU – Now down Mike Evans AND Chris Godwin, Jameis is going to have to throw to someone other than Breshad fkn Perriman, right? Houston ranks 6th in PA to TEs, giving up 8.5 FPPG. Howard has scored double digits the last 3 weeks in a row and is averaging 6 targets over that span. He could see an even greater uptick this week.

Jacob Hollister vs ARI – Flowchart game in the highest total of the week, at 50.5 O/U. Arizona is still 1st in PA to the tight end position, giving up nearly 14 FPPG.

*Starts of the Week – Zach Ertz vs DAL, Travis Kelce @ CHI

*Long Shots of the Week – Kyle Rudolph vs GB, Dallas Goedert vs DAL, Jared Cook @ TEN

D/ST


*Starts of the Week – Ravens @ Browns, Steelers @ Jets, Colts vs Panthers, Broncos vs Lions

*Long Shots of the Week – Giants/WAS, Bills/Patriots, Dolphins/Bengals (all of these are in play)

Sit ‘Em

Quarterbacks


Jared Goff @ SF – IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN. ‘Thursday Night Football: Saturday Edition’ is back folks and Goff and the LA Rams head to San Francisco to face the 49ers that are looking to bounce back after a tough loss last week against the Falcons. Goff comes up against the number one ranked pass defense in the league that allowed Goff to post a laughable 1.12 Fantasy Points in their last match-up. I don’t think you can afford to risk playing Goff this week in the most important match-up of the Fantasy Football Season.  

Carson Wentz vs DAL – After a mediocre first half of the season, Carson Wentz has been finding his groove lately in a dysfunctional offense. He comes up against the 8th ranked pass defense in the league that gave up 6.84 fantasy points to Wentz in their week 7 match-up. For some reason, Wentz has actually played better in away games rather than home games, and with this week being the deciding match-up for the god-awful NFC East Best of the Worst Title, I wouldn’t trust Wentz or the Eagles (besides Ertz) in this match-up. The Cowboys just manhandled the Rams and look to gain some momentum before potentially losing in the first round of the playoffs. Save yourself some points and find an alternative for Wentz.

Josh Allen @ NE – Josh and the #BillsMafia table-smashed their way to the playoffs this year. Unfortunately, he comes up against the 2nd ranked pass defense in the league that has given up the fewest points to QB’s throughout the season at just 11.0 FPPG. Even though he has large hands, Josh can not be trusted this week in your Fantasy Football Super Bowl matchup.

Tom Brady vs BUF – Unfortunately for the Pats, they probably couldn’t get a sneak peek of the behind the scenes play calling of the Bills like they did on the poor Bengals. Bill and co. will probably go into this game like good boys without cheating so the media will get off their back again, just for them to cheat again once we all forget about it. Classic Pats man. Anyways, Brady goes up against the Bill’s defense that gives up the 2nd fewest points to QB’s at just 13.3 FPPG. Combine that stat with the fact that Touchdown Tom hasn’t been putting up sexy numbers and this makes for an easy sit.

Running Backs


Nick Chubb vs BAL – I’m going to try and avoid all the Browns this week versus the STILL flaming hot Ravens. The Browns will most likely be forced to play catch-up and Hunt will probably be the most used back in the passing game. Baltimore comes into the match-up with the 5th ranked rush defense in the league.

James Conner @ NYJ – My condolences to Conner owners who couldn’t trade him before his second injury this season. I told you to keep him on the bench for last week’s matchup against the Bills where he got a total of 51 scrimmage yards but managed to fall into the end zone. Now, he should be kept on the bench again. He comes up against the 2nd ranked rush defense in the league that has been giving up a lot of air yardage to opposing receivers. I think the Steelers will still work on easing Conner back, (which we saw with 3 or 4 other guys getting touches last week) as well as relying more on the passing game than the run, with JuJu looking to return.

Le’Veon Bell vs PIT – On the other side of the ball, Le’Veon Bell is also a questionable fantasy football start this week. He comes in with a huge risk against the defense that gives up the 5th fewest points to RB’s this season. Bell’s usage this season has been questionable at best, and I don’t think he can be trusted in your Fantasy Football Super Bowl match-up.

Carlos Hyde @ TB – Carlos came in hot last week for 26 totes and 104 yards with a TD. Don’t chase the points this week and keep him on the bench when he comes up against the defense that’s given up the fewest fantasy points to RB’s this season, at just 11.6 FPPG.

Wide Receivers


Cooper Kupp @ SF – Though his usage has drastically dropped, Kupp has secured 3 TD’s in his last 3 matchups. This week he comes up against the number one ranked pass defense in the league that should blow past the decimated Ram’s offensive line and give Goff a tough time in the pocket. Kupp has recently become a touchdown-dependent play, but this week doesn’t seem like a week the Ram’s will score a lot of points on the road.

*DJ Chark @ ATL – The stats still say Atlanta is a cakewalk of a defense, but throughout their last 3 weeks, the defense has actually been very solid, especially against opposing WR1’s. This defense kept Mike Thomas to 46 yards, DJ Moore to 80, and Deebo Samuel to just 29. Chark may come back from an ankle injury, but should receive the most attention from the Atlanta secondary, should he suit up.

Deebo Samuel vs LAR – Deebo has shown us what he’s about and we’re excited to see how his future plays out, but this week he comes up against Jalen Ramsey’s secondary that has been shutting down opposing WR’s recently. Last week they kept Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup to just 25 yards combined!

John Brown @ NE – This season’s consistent WR2 in fantasy has been a reason why many teams made the playoffs this season. Unfortunately, he comes up against Stephon Gilmore who has been on an absolute tear this season and should not be messed with. Sit Brown in this probable low scoring matchup against the potential Defensive Player of the Year.

Tight Ends


Tyler Higbee @ SF – If you have made the Fantasy Football Super Bowl streaming TE’s, you are greater than most. You are playing the game on hard mode, but making it look easy. Higbee was a great option last week against Dallas’s awful TE defense, this week should be a different story when he faces the defense that gives up the 2nd fewest points to TE’s. LA will probably opt to have a pass protect TE to help that awful O-line out so Goff doesn’t completely meltdown.

Jack Doyle vs CAR – Is Brissett the guy? That’s yet to be determined, but right now the Colt’s offense does not look the least bit attractive. Doyle faces the defense that gives up the 4th fewest points to TE’s this season.

Jason Witten @ PHI – The GOAT TE comes up the defense that gives up the 3rd fewest points to TE’s this season. Expect a big day for Dallas WR’s, but Witten shows very little upside in this week’s divisional rival match-up.

D/ST


Packers @ Vikings

Vikings vs Packers

Eagles vs Cowboys

Buccaneers vs Texans