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15 Fantasy Football Transactions for Week 16

Our friends at numberFire.com have come up with these key fantasy football transactions for Week 16. Good luck in your championship week!

Add Joseph Randle

After 351 carries, DeMarco Murray has hurt his…hand. Naturally.

Clearly this is a big deal for Murray owners, who have ridden the Cowboys’ running back all season long. In PPR formats, he’s finished worse than eighth in weekly scoring just twice this season. He’s arguably been fantasy football’s MVP.

So who takes his place in the Dallas backfield this weekend? My money’s on Joseph Randle, but an annoying “hot hand” approach may be in store, as Lance Dunbar steals some looks as well.

The matchup against a 19th-ranked Colts rush defense, according to our Net Expected Points (NEP) metrics, is attractive enough to add one or both of the Dallas backs. Let’s just hope the backfield picture becomes a little clearer as we approach Sunday.

Add Mark Sanchez

Trusting Mark Sanchez in your championship seems like a foolish thing to do after failing to produce in a plus matchup last week, but there’s reason to believe that he’ll bounce back in Week 16.

The Eagles will face Washington on Saturday, which places Sanchez in the best matchup imaginable for a quarterback. The Redskins rank 32nd against the pass according to our schedule-adjusted metrics, have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and have given up six top-five weekly quarterback performances this season. No quarterback has scored fewer than the 11.4 fantasy points Chad Henne scored on the Redskins in Week 2, giving Sanchez a nice floor as well.

I would trust him in your championship game — get him if he’s available, which he appears to be in nearly 60% of ESPN.com leagues. Owners may drop him this week out of frustration, too.

Drop St. Louis Rams’ Wide Receivers

Rams wide receivers haven’t been the most reliable bunch since Brian Quick’s season-ending injury. In fact, they’ve produced just two top-10 performances since Week 5, and in PPR leagues, those two outings are the only that have reached 14 fantasy points. It’s not the time of year to get cute with your lineups, so feel free to drop a guy like Stedman Bailey or Kenny Britt for other players on this list. And, remember, adding players to block your opponent is just as important as adding them for your own lineup.

Add Carlos Hyde

Frank Gore, who once won you fantasy championships, left Week 15’s game with a brutal concussion, and his status is up in the air for Week 16. Enter rookie Carlos Hyde, who’s dealing with an injury himself after going down awkwardly in the same contest.

If Hyde ends up going without Gore in the backfield, he could have a decent day against San Diego. San Francisco, despite being inefficient, is still one of the run-heaviest teams in the NFL (ninth-lowest pass-to-run ratio in the league), while San Diego ranks 16th in rushing attempts faced this season. Gore’s seen double-digit touches in all but two games this year, and many of those would hypothetically go to Hyde.

If Hyde doesn’t suit up, be prepared to add Alfonso Smith.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine…

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