Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

Due to multiple factors we have quite an interesting slate of games from an over/under perspective. Weather will once again be an issue, and it likely will cause game totals to continue to fall as we get closer to Saturday. There are 12 games with an over/under of 44.5 or lower as of Wednesday night, and just four games are expected to be over 46.5 points with three match-ups expecting a combined total of between 52 and 53 points.  That means plenty of opportunity for defensive success, or at the very least there isn’t too much risk. Let’s take a look at how things rank:

  1. New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  3. Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  4. Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  5. San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  6. New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  7. Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

Championship week, the most anticipated and nerve wracking time of the year for fantasy football players. If you are still playing for something this week that means you’re either in the semi-finals or finals, so congratulations. To take that last step you need to have the best team possible and hopefully we can help you out with that as we look at the top receiving options of the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore
  2. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants @ Philadelphia
  3. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans
  4. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland
  5. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota
  6. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina
  7. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Michael Crabtree – Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis
  9. Doug Baldwin – Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona
  10. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. NY Jets Read more

Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 16: Ryan Mathews, Jordan Matthews, Eli Manning & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Thursday games are often tricky, because there isn’t necessarily a reason to take any undue risks with questionable options (which could set you back and spoil your week).  Who are the borderline players that should be in lineups?  Who should be sat down?  Let’s take a look at the skill players taking the field tonight and try to answer those questions:

 

New York Giants

Eli Manning – Quarterback
We all know just how good Manning and the Giants offense has the potential to be, but they continue to fall short.  While he has been throwing for TD, which helps, look at the yardage over the past five games:

  • vs. Chicago – 227
  • at Cleveland – 194
  • at Pittsburgh – 195
  • vs. Dallas – 193
  • vs. Detroit – 201 Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the frustrating nature of the tight end position (maybe not quite to the extent of kickers), though as the season has worn on a nice group of dependable options has developed.  Are they going to post a dud on occasion?  Absolutely, but you can say that about anyone.  Now the question is who to trust with your fantasy title on the line.  Let’s take a look:

  1. Zach Ertz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Giants
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  3. Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Denver
  4. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  5. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at Chicago
  6. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  7. Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals – at Houston
  8. Ladarius Green – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  9. Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  10. Martellus Bennett – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Fantasy football is not easy and you need a lot of things to go right to get to this point, so hopefully you still have something to play for this week. While we won’t object to third place, especially if there is a financial benefit, first place is where the glory lies.

Remember that this is a short week. While things still goes through Monday night, the majority of the week’s action will be taking place on Saturday. That means one less day of practice and one less day of decision making. Let’s not waste any time as we jump into the running back rankings for this week:

  1. Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  2. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Detroit
  3. LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  4. DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  5. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
  6. Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapolis
  7. Devonta Freeman – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina Read more

Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The football season goes by in the blink of an eye, doesn’t it?  It feels like things just got started and now this week marks the championship game for most leagues.  If you are still standing you likely have a steady quarterback, or maybe you have more than one.  Who should you start with your season on the line?  Let’s take a look at our rankings for the week:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  4. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  7. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  8. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Chicago
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta Read more

Waiver Worthy: Week 15 Fallout: Dion Lewis, Tyler Lockett & More

by Will Overton

Championship week isn’t the ideal time to be relying on waiver wire pickups to save your team, but you also don’t want to be so stuck in your ways that you pass up guys who can be helpful. If you have an injury to fill, or a spot that you find yourself streaming week to week, we are going to help you navigate the waiver wire by looking at some of the standouts from Week 15 available in a majority of leagues:

Dion Lewis – RB, New England Patriots
The running back pool right now is very weak, but Lewis is available in over 50% of leagues on ESPN. It seemed like the Patriots were content to keep Lewis as a piece of a three headed monster and not a focal point of the offense, until yesterday. Lewis ran the ball 18 times for 95 yards and also caught a pair of passes. We know he is more talented than James White, and if the Patriots are looking to move back to a two man crew at running back then Lewis is a great add.
Verdict: Must Add If Available Read more

Sunday Morning Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Adrian Peterson, Kenneth Farrow, Alshon Jeffrey & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just hours before the start of Week 15 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?  Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:

 

Adrian Peterson – Running Back – Minnesota Vikings
It was a shocking development that Peterson was going to return this week, but now it adds an intriguing twist for fantasy owners.  According to Bob Holtzman of ESPN:

I asked one of Adrian Peterson’s teammates how Peterson looked behind closed doors at practice this week and here’s what he said: “He looked ready to me. Looks like Adrian.”

Given the lengthy absence it remains to be seen exactly how much usage Peterson is going to get this week.  In fact there appears to be significant doubt in regards to his usage this week.  According to Mike Triplett of ESPN (click here for the article): Read more

Going Deep: Who Will Pick up the Slack with Julio Jones Sidelined?

by Ray Kuhn

We cannot understate how big of a blow it is to the Falcons that Julio Jones will be out of the lineup this week. Of course, it is clearly the correct call though. Atlanta should have no problem defeating the 49ers at home this week without their star receiver, and his health heading into the playoffs is more important.

But, that doesn’t take into account the issues you, as a fantasy owner, must overcome this week without Jones (your likely first round pick) at your disposal.

In most leagues, the waiver wire is pretty thin, and Taylor Gabriel has already been snatched up. But replacing Jones is not merely one mans job. Over 12 games, Jones has 72 catches for 1,253 yards, five touchdowns, and seven games with more than 100 yards.  Read more

Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em (2016): Week 15: Dak Prescott, Brandon Marshall, Doug Martin & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

 

Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:

 

Quarterbacks
Start – Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New Orleans

After back-to-back strong games, Palmer took a significant step backwards in Week 14 (18-33, 145 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT).  That said he did throw for multiple TD for the fourth straight game (and fifth time in six games).  Last week’s performance also came on the road, where he’s consistently struggled in ’16:

  • Home – 62.6% completion, 2,094 yards, 11 TD, 3 INT
  • Road – 58.5% completion, 1,282 yards, 9 TD, 10 INT

This week he returns home in what should be a shootout with a defense that’s allowed 6 TD vs. 1 INT to opposing QB over the past four weeks.  In other words, fire Palmer up in all formats. Read more