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Week 16 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

It’s Week 16 and fantasy football championships are here! Each week I’ve taken a look at some players with favorable matchups that are start-worthy and others with not-so-favorable matchups that you should keep on the bench. If you are a daily fantasy player, some of these starts could be great values. Be sure to check back often for updated player rankings, weekly waiver wire targets, and weekly deep sleepers.

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Start ‘Em

Matthew Stafford (QB, Detroit Lions) at Chicago Bears

All eyes are going to be looking at Stafford’s opposing QB this week with the news that the Bears are benching Jay Cutler in favor of Jimmy Clausen. However, the production will come from the Lions’ side. This is the best matchup Stafford could ask for as he and the Lions’ offense will be facing a Chicago defense that is giving up the most fantasy points to signal callers. Look for this offense to have a big day.

Matt Ryan (QB, Atlanta Falcons) vs. New Orleans Saints

Ryan and the Atlanta offense have been on a hot streak recently. Look for the trend to continue as he’ll get a good matchup against a bad New Orleans defense in Week 16. The Saints are giving up the third most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.

Sleeper QB for Week 16: Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)  vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Mark Ingram (RB, New Orleans Saints) at Atlanta Falcons

Ingram owners have been frustrated when terms like “hot hand” and “committee” get thrown around concerning the Saints’ running backs. Rest assured that Ingram is the back with by far the most upside in this offense. They’ll be facing an Atlanta defense that is worse in the league in terms of giving up fantasy points to running backs, so look for success from Ingram. He’s a solid play.

C.J. Anderson (RB, Denver Broncos) vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Anderson has been hot and all indications suggest Week 16 should be another nice week. He and the Broncos will be facing a Bengals defense that has struggled to limit visiting running backs and are giving up the fourth most fantasy points to RBs in the league.

Sleeper RB for Week 16: Fred Jackson (Buffalo Bills) at Oakland Raiders

Mike Evans (WR, Tampa Bay Bucs) vs. Green Bay Packers

mike-evans-2014-01Evans has been making the most of his rookie season and has shown that he has good chemistry with quarterback Josh McCown. This week should give him another opportunity to put up big production as the Bucs will be facing a Packers defense that is giving up the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers. The matchup is good and Evans should be a nice play.

DeSean Jackson (WR, Washington Redskins) vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Between injury and a dip in production Jackson hasn’t done much in recent weeks. Things should be looking up in Week 16 as he’ll be facing his old team in the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are giving up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and Jackson had a big game against them in their previous meeting in Week 3. DJax is a strong start this week.

Sleeper WR for Week 16: Golden Tate (Detroit Lions) at Chicago Bears

Dwayne Allen (TE, Indianapolis Colts) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Allen should be in much better shape to produce in now his second week of action after suffering and ankle injury. The Colts have a potent offense and Luck has been keeping his tight ends involved of late. The matchup will be good this week as the Cowboys are giving up the third most fantasy points to TEs.

Zach Ertz (TE, Philadelphia Eagles) at Washington Redskins

Ertz and the Eagles have a good matchup in Week 16 versus the Redskins. Washington is giving up the second most fantasy points to tight ends this season. Ertz should be a good value play.

Sleeper TE for Week 16: Tim Wright (New England Patriots) at New York Jets

Carolina Panthers D/ST vs. Cleveland Browns

The Panthers’ defense has been solid of late. With the struggling offense of the Cleveland Browns coming to town the matchup is favorable. Look for Carolina to take advantage of the struggle rookie Manziel in his second start.


Sit ‘Em

Colin Kaepernick (QB, San Francisco 49ers) vs. San Diego Chargers

colin-kaepernick-2014-01Kaepernick’s struggles continue. After starting off well in 2014 his production has plummeted in recent weeks. At this point it’s safe to avoid Kaep if you can until things shape up. This being championship week for most leagues means he may not be worth the risk. Go with another option if you can.

Latavius Murray (RB, Oakland Raiders) vs. Buffalo Bills

Murray has a ton of upside and is definitely worth hanging onto in keeper leagues. However, his production hasn’t been that great so far and the matchup isn’t so favorable in Week 16. Buffalo is giving up the seventh fewest fantasy points to running backs this season.

Josh Gordon (WR, Cleveland Browns) vs. Carolina Panthers

Fantasy owners waited a long time to get Gordon back into their lineups, but it’s been rough sledding for the Browns’ offense. The offense is struggling and there are too many uncertainties with rookie Johnny Manziel going into Week 16 versus the Panthers. They say he’s “matchup proof”, but that doesn’t take QB woes into account. It’s probably best to stash Gordon this week.

Vernon Davis (TE, San Francisco 49ers) vs. San Diego Chargers

Davis hasn’t had the kind of production in 2014 that we’re used to seeing, and the struggles of his quarterback certainly hasn’t helped. Week 16 will pit the Niners against a Chargers defense that is fairly stingy in terms of giving up points to tight ends. San Diego is giving up a paltry average of 6.2 fantasy points to TEs this season.

Cincinnati Bengals D/ST vs. Denver Broncos

The Bengals put up a big score last week, but don’t be fooled. They were playing a struggling Browns team. Week 16 is bringing Peyton Manning an the potent Denver offense to town, and things won’t go so easy. Beware.


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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...