If you’re thinking about bailing on the season because you’re not in the main playoffs, suck it up and play! There’s nothing worse than playing a guy in fantasy late in the season and seeing he is starting a ton of dudes on IR.
Here is our Fantasy Football Sit/Start for Week 16 of the 2017 NFL season…and enjoy our strange MS Paint masterpiece of Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. My ‘sit’ players are guys I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.
- QB Jared Goff (Los Angeles Rams) – Goff was barely needed in their blowout win in Seattle. He only threw for 120 yards and just handed the ball off to stud RB Todd Gurley the rest of the game. The Rams play the Titans this week and their secondary is piss poor. They seem focused on getting Gurley in the MVP discussion with his multi-touchdown game last week. He will get plenty of action, but with wide receiver Robert Woods back, I expect Goff to keep hitting him as well.
- WR Keelan Cole (Jacksonville Jaguars) – I mentioned Cole a few weeks ago when he first started to get hot. He had an insane game last week when QB Blake Bortles was let loose on the Texans poor secondary. #1 wide receiver Marquise Lee and running back Leonard Fournette were both out, so Bortles targeted Cole nine times. He took those nine targets and got 180 receiving yards and a touchdown. He faces the 49ers this week and if Lee is out again, Cole should have every opportunity to get a 100+ yard game.
- RB Kenyan Drake (Miami Dolphins) – Drake is on here for the third week in a row. He is another very good play since he’s getting a lot of touches and the Dolphins face the Chiefs this week. Kansas City hasn’t been very good against running backs in fantasy for quite some time. Drake should be a RB1/RB2 on your team.
- QB Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles) – Foles didn’t put up the crazy passing numbers, but he did have four passing touchdowns last week. He faces the Raiders on Monday night and they have been dominated nearly all season. Foles should have another good fantasy week.
- RB Kerwynn Williams (Arizona Cardinals) – For all intents and purposes, Williams is the guy in Arizona. The Cardinals are benching QB Blaine Gabbert and will start Drew Stanton against the Giants. Williams will get plenty of touches and it is up to him to make the most out of them. He is dealing with a quad issue, so keep an eye on the injury report. If he can’t go, RB Elijhaa Penny could be worth a look.
- Dallas Cowboys Defense & Special Teams – Seattle’s offense looked God awful last week. QB Russell Wilson was beat up and his offensive line has already packed it in for the season. The Cowboys should be able to get to him and at least knock him down more than ten times.
- WR Kendall Wright (Chicago Bears) – Wright appears to be the only Bears wide receiver worth a second-look in fantasy. He had a 10-catch game last week and his match-up against Cleveland this week is intriguing. I realize Chicago QB Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t have the best track record in his short career, but I think the Bears will take the handcuffs off of him again this week. Green
- RB Aaron Jones (Green Bay Packers) – RB Jamaal Williams took over while Jones was dealing with a knee injury, but Jones is back and was more efficient with his touches last week. Jones and Williams are in a timeshare, but even though it isn’t a great match-up against the Vikings, I’d rather have Jones than Williams right now.
- TE Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions) – Ebron has been very hot and cold all season for the Lions. At one point, it looked like he was the clear #2 tight end in Detroit. He has bounced back with 18 targets combined in the last two weeks. He faces the Bengals who are done and may not be very motivated.
- WR Tyrell Williams (Los Angeles Chargers) – It is unknown how much #1 wide receiver Keenan Allen will be able to play after getting carted off last week with a back injury. Williams should take over and get Allen’s targets along with Travis Benjamin. I’d take Williams over Benjamin if you’re stuck with a decision.
- QB Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) – The Ravens face the Colts on Saturday and Indy’s secondary just gave up three touchdowns to Brock freakin’ Osweiler. I know Flacco isn’t an ideal fantasy quarterback, but he has a good match-up against the Colts.
- WR Damiere Byrd (Carolina Panthers) DEEP LEAGUE ALERT – This is a deep, deep sleeper. Byrd is a speed guy and if he get the ball with some room, he could break one…especially against the Packers secondary.
- RB LeGarrette Blount (Philadelphia Eagles) – Blount seems to have been eclipsed by the duo of Chris Clement and Jay Ajayi. He isn’t even getting the goalline stuff anymore. It looks like they are more comfortable with Clement and Ajayi in there, who could both catch the ball. Blount is too one-dimentional for this offensive without QB Carson Wentz.
- WR Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos) – One of the storyline’s in the Colts/Broncos game the broadcaster’s focused on was the ineptitude of Sanders. He isn’t getting the touches, he’s rarely open and Denver has been going to other guys. He’s not worth a start right now…especially since he’s day-to-day with an ankle injury.
- RB Lamar Miller (Houston Texans) – Miller is owned in nearly every league and it’s time to dump him. You should dump him for Kenyan Drake, immediately!
- Seattle Seahawks Defense & Special Teams – This is the second week in a row that I’m throwing Seattle’s defense under the bus. They were skewered by the Rams and they face the Cowboys this week…who should also put up 28+ points. The Seahawks are done and it is clear by watching them play.
- WR T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts) – Hilton faces the turnover-hawking Ravens secondary on Saturday. If I had to only choose one player on the Colts, I’d rather have TE Jack Doyle over Hilton in fantasy. He’s not getting the volume of targets and he will be blanketed in this game.
- TE Vernon Davis (Washington Redskins) – Some people are still hoping Davis gets all the old Jordan Reed targets, but they are just now there with Samaje Perine in at running back. QB Kirk Cousins is passing less and Davis isn’t the level of playmaker as Reed…and it shows on the field.
- QB Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – Winston threw for nearly 300 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Falcons last week. He plays at Carolina this week and he will not get the same redzone looks, especially with TE O.J. Howard dealing with an ankle injury. I love the Panthers this weekend.
- WR Kelvin Benjamin (Buffalo Bills) – I had high hopes for Benjamin when he was traded, but he’s been dealing with injuries since the first game he appeared in a Bills jersey. He faces the Patriots and I don’t like QB Tyrod Taylor in games against them…so Benjman may not be the best play this week.
- RB Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers) – Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo is killing it as the captain of the 49ers. They are winning games and things are looking up…except if you’re Carlos Hyde. He’s stuck in a small timeshare with Matt Breida. Hyde isn’t worth starting in fantasy since the Niners are now a pass-first offense.
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.