It all comes down to this. You’ve been locked in since August, very likely even before that. You followed all of the free agent action in March before turning your attention to the rookie draft about a month later. It’s time for all of your analysis and gut instincts to pay off.
Week 16 kicks off on Saturday instead of Thursday this week. The Colts take on the Ravens and the Vikings visit the Packers. One player you won’t be starting is Aaron Rodgers, who has been shut down since the Packers have been eliminated from the playoffs. Case Keenum should be pretty solid against Green Bay, however. Here’s a look at who else you should start, and sit, in Week 16.
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Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers: Before his ugly game at Kansas City last week he was on a roll. I’m expecting him to bounce back against a bad Jets pass defense. He’ll be highly motivated as the Chargers need a win to stay alive for the playoffs.
Nick Foles, QB, Eagles: His first start in relief of Carson Wentz went as well as could be expected as he tossed four touchdowns against the Giants. He’ll face a disappointing Raiders team in Week 16 and if he can put up numbers close to the ones from Week 15 his owners will be satisfied.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jaguars: I suggested Bortles as a strong start last week and I think he can come through again this week. His receivers Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook are playing really well right now. It’s a great matchup for Bortles as he faces the 49ers.
Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins: Drake’s had at least 16 carries in three straight weeks and has a nice matchup against the Chiefs this week.
Dion Lewis, RB, Patriots: Lewis gets to face the Bills this week, who are very bad at limiting running backs in fantasy scoring. Lewis has had double digit carries in eight of the nine last games.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Broncos: He’s coming off a game in which he rushed 30 times for 158 yards. Anderson has run the ball at least 15 times in three games in a row and has a good matchup against the Redskins.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Steelers: With Antonio Brown out for a few weeks, Smith-Schuster is likely to get more targets. He caught six passes for 114 yards last week against the Patriots. He has a better matchup this week against the Texans.
Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings: Diggs didn’t play the last time the Vikings took on the Packers, but he should have a nice outing against a bad Packers pass defense.
Robert Woods, WR, Rams: He scored a touchdown in his return in Week 15 and has been targeted at least seven times in the last three games that he’s played in. The Titans are in the middle third in fantasy points allowed to receivers.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Seahawks: This is a vote of confidence despite his last two games which have been terrible. If you drafted Graham, you have to start him. Sometimes you have to trust your stars even when they have tough matchups.
Evan Engram, TE, Giants: Engram’s been very impressive this year and it doesn’t look like the Giants are quitting. He’s had at least 54 yards receiving in three straight games.
Bears defense/special teams: They’re facing the Browns and that could end up helping you take the championship.
Lions defense/special teams: The Lions have a good matchup as they face a Bengals team that looks as disinterested as it looks bad.
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Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: He’s been a bust this season and his fumble through the end zone last week with the game on the line shows that he’s willing to make desperate plays. Carr has a tough matchup against the Eagles this week.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, 49ers: I think he’ll be really good next season. Heck, he’s been really good this season so far since coming over from New England. But facing the Jaguars and its two pro bowl defensive backs is too tall a task.
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bills: Taylor was injured the last time he faced the Patriots and this time he has to go on the road. I can see him having a productive day if the game turns into a high-scoring affair, but I don’t expect a big day out of him.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Packers: He’ll be without his starting quarterback and he has to face a tough Vikings defense. Williams didn’t play against the Vikings in Week 6 but his team was held to just 72 yards rushing.
Buccaneers running backs: Peyton Barber underperformed in place of Doug Martin, who was a healthy scratch, on Monday night. Martin will likely return to the field against the Panthers. Neither is a good start this week.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Lions: He returned to the field last week, but he had just one rushing attempt. He’s been a real bust this year and can’t be trusted in your lineup.
Robby Anderson, WR, Jets: Anderson was on a roll for a bit, but without Josh McCown in the lineup, he’s not a reliable starting option. He faces a tough Chargers defense this week.
Packers receivers: Davante Adams is in the concussion protocol, and it’s hard to predict whether Randall Cobb or Jordy Nelson will have a good day. Most likely, none of the Packers receivers will be very productive against the Vikings defense.
Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers: Like Garoppolo, Goodwin’s run of solid performances will likely come to an end against a dominating Jaguars secondary.
Buccaneers tight ends: O.J. Howard has been moved to injured reserve and it doesn’t help that Cameron Brate has to face the Panthers who are good at defending the position.
Seahawks defense/special teams: It’s not the same defense after all the injuries. They’ll have to face Ezekiel Elliott in his return to action after a six-game suspension.