NFL Week 16 Start’em Sit’em

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QB- Matthew Stafford

Last time the Lions faced the Bears, Matthew Stafford had himself a day, throwing for 390 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions.  Chicago’s pass defense has mightily struggled, allowing 33 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks and a generous 7.4 yards per attempt.  Stafford is a must start this week.

QB- Joe Flacco

Joe Flacco and the Ravens will look to solidify a playoff spot when the face the Houston Texans on Sunday.  The Texans pass defense has already given up 3600 pass yards to opposing quarterbacks, so Flacco should have no issues airing it out come game time.

RB- Eddy Lacy

After coming off of a difficult loss to the Bills, the Packers will look to establish their running game when they travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers.  Eddy Lacy should have a big day, as the Bucs have already given up 1628 yards on the ground, to go along with 12 rushing touchdowns.

RB- Tre Mason

The Rams will be running the ball plenty on Sunday as they play host to the league’s worst run defense in the Giants.  Tre Mason is a must start, as the Giants are giving up 4.9 yards per rush and 13 rushing touchdowns.  With a struggling passing game, expect Mason to get close to 30 touches on the ground.

WR- Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson has the best matchup of all fantasy receivers on Sunday, as he will be up against a banged up Bears secondary that just cannot stop the pass.  The Bears have already given up 3811 pass yards to opposing quarterbacks, which ranks 31st in the league.  Expect monster numbers from Megatron.

WR- Kelvin Benjamin

Although the Browns have one of the league’s better pass defenses, they may be without shut down corner Joe Haden and rookie Justin Gilbert.  With Cam Newton listed as probable, Kelvin Benjamin is a must start on Sunday.  Benjamin is having himself a fine rookie year, and should be targeted early and often on Sunday.

TE- Greg Olsen

Has there been a more consistent fantasy tight end over the past few seasons than Greg Olsen?  For the first time in his career, Olsen is on pace to eclipse the 1000 yard mark.  He is a great red zone target and has a very favorable matchup against the Browns on Sunday.

K- Dan Carpenter

The Buffalo Bills shouldn’t have any issues moving the ball against the 2-12 Raiders come Sunday; however they are still struggling in the red zone.  Dan Carpenter has been one of the best fantasy kickers this season, and will be called upon if the Bills continue to struggle in the red zone.

DST- Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have arguably the best defensive unit in the NFL, ranking first in sacks and fewest touchdown passes allowed.  On Sunday, the defensive line should be constantly in the backfield as the Raiders really struggle against a strong pass rush.  Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes should have themselves a day.

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QB- Andy Dalton

The Bengals and Andy Dalton will be hosting the Denver Broncos in Primetime.  Denver’s defense is only allowing 5.4 yards per pass, while intercepting the opposing quarterback 16 times.  Not to mention that Dalton has never played well in Primetime during his career.  Look elsewhere at the quarterback position for this week.

QB- Ryan Tannehill

For the second straight season, it seems like the Dolphins are running out of gas in the final month of the season.  Ryan Tannehill faces off against a Vikings defense who has allowed just 3024 yards passing and 6.2 yards per pass attempt.  Keep Tannehill on the bench for this one.

RB- Ryan Matthews

Ryan Matthews and the Chargers face a must win game on Saturday in San Francisco.  Matthews will be in for a long game as the 49ers defense has allowed just seven rushing touchdowns all season, and just four yards per carry.

RB- Matt Asiata

Matt Asiata has proven to be a solid goal line running back, but hasn’t been overly effective anywhere else.  The Dolphins have allowed just ten rushing touchdowns all season, so Asiata’s opportunities to produce points may be limited.

WR- Larry Fitzgerald

There will be lots of uncertainty with the Arizona Cardinals offense this Sunday when they face off against the Seahawks.  With Brett Hundley under centre it would be wise to keep Larry Fitzgerald on the bench.  Fitzgerald isn’t fully healthy and probably won’t get too many targets as he will be covered by Richard Sherman.

WR- James Jones

Although James Jones has been a nice surprise for the Raiders this season, don’t expect him to produce much on Sunday when the Raiders host the Bills.  Buffalo has shut down two future hall of fame quarterbacks the last two weeks in Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers so chances are they will have no issues shutting down the Raiders offense.

TE- Travis Kelce

The Chiefs face a must win game when they travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday.  The Steelers have not been kind to opposing tight ends this season, so Travis Kelce will be in tough.  Kelce also hasn’t been targeted much in the red zone of late, which is another reason to keep him on the bench.

K- Nick Folk

The New York Jets are one of the league’s lowest scoring teams this season, and they will be facing one of the league’s top ten defenses.  Kicker Nick Folk is having himself a solid season; however, he will be in tough come Sunday.  Keep Folk on the bench as his attempts will be limited due to the Jets inability to move the ball.

DST- Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Although Aaron Rodgers has been just average on the road this season, he should have no issues when the Packers head south to face the Buccaneers.  With top defensive player Gerald McCoy out of the lineup, Green Bay should be able to have a solid balance with the run and pass game, resulting in lots of points on the board.

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