Fantasy football Week 16 preview

It’s championship week, and that means there’s no room for error. With that in mind, here are some players you’ll definitely want to start, in addition to some you’ll absolutely want to leave on the bench. Most games are Saturday, so hurry up and set your lineups!

Start

Jameis Winston, QB, Buccaneers — Though he struggled two weeks ago against the same Saints he’ll face Saturday, Winston should perform better this time. Winston wasn’t pressed to throw the ball as much when they won 16-11. The Saints should play better at home, forcing the Bucs to air the ball out.

Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers — San Diego gets to face the Browns, and that’s great news for Rivers owners. He has had just one bad game in the past six weeks, and the Browns are last in points allowed to quarterbacks.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers — The last time Big Ben faced the Ravens, he threw for 264 yards, one touchdown and an interception. That game was on the road. If you know anything about Roethlisberger, you know his home-away split is huge. Bank on a big game from him.

Todd Gurley, RB, Rams — If you’ve made it this far with Gurley on your roster, you must have drafted really well. He’s been a big disappointment, but this week he faces the 49ers’ awful run defense. They’ve given up nearly a dozen 100-yard games and have even allowed a couple of rushers to surpass 200 on them.

Jordan Howard, RB, Bears — Howard hasn’t had fewer than 15 touches since Week 7, and he faces the 30th-ranked team in points allowed to running backs. He should thrive against Washington.

Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers as he scores a touchdown in the 4th quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 30-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears is hit by Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers as he scores a touchdown in the 4th quarter at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 30-27. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bilal Powell, RB, Jets — Matt Forte hasn’t practiced and is doubtful to play. Powell had eight carries for 36 yards the last time he faced the Patriots, but if he’s the main guy, then he should start for you. I can imagine a lot of dump-off passes when the Jets trail early in this game.

Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers runs the football into the endzone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers runs the football into the endzone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 18, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ty Montgomery, WR/RB, Packers — He’s allowed to be a WR in some leagues, so don’t fear tossing him into that slot. Though the Vikings are second in points allowed to running backs, it’s misleading since they’ve allowed at least 100 yards from scrimmage to the position in seven of their last nine games.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots — The Jets are in a bad way right now. New England should dominate, and Edelman is due a touchdown.

Michael Thomas, WR, Saints — Drew Brees at home should be able to feed everyone.

Chargers tight ends — There’s probably enough production to go around for Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry against the Browns.

Sit

Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs — He’s got a low ceiling, and he’s playing the Broncos. Don’t even think about it.

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals — While the Seahawks aren’t the same without Earl Thomas, Palmer will have a tough time against the third-best team at limiting quarterbacks.

Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens — In the past five weeks Flacco has had three subpar games, and he’ll face the Pittsburgh defense, which is fifth-best in points allowed to quarterbacks.

Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens fumbles the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens fumbles the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Ravens running backs — Neither Terrance West nor Kenneth Dixon made a positive impact the last time against the Steelers. They’ll play them on the road this time.

Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans tackles T.J. Yeldon #24 of the Jacksonville Jaguars behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans tackles T.J. Yeldon #24 of the Jacksonville Jaguars behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on December 18, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Jaguars running backs — Three so-so games in a row aren’t enough to convince me T.J. Yeldon can help win a championship. Chris Ivory didn’t produce well last week, so he shouldn’t do much better against the Titans, who are sixth-best in points allowed to running backs.

Tevin Coleman, RB, Falcons — He couldn’t turn in a solid outing against the 49ers last week, so I’d steer clear of him against the Panthers, who are in the top-10 when it comes to limiting running backs.

Tyreek Hill, WR, Chiefs — Though he’s been hot, you can’t rely on a one-touch, one-touchdown performance in a week like this.

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins — It seemed he turned a corner midway through the season, but he’s been awful the past two weeks. Matt Moore at QB won’t help.

Randall Cobb, WR, Packers — His ankle hurts, and he’s had two bad games in a row. He faces a Vikings defense that is second-best in points allowed to receivers.

Jordan Reed, TE, Redskins — He’s not healthy. Even if he suits up, I’d avoid him.