Draftster Plays Week 16: Start your Lineups with Le’Veon Bell December 19, 2014  |  adam cook


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Quarterbacks

 

Top Play

Matthew Stafford– Detroit Lions- $7000

It is hard to trust Stafford in December games, but the matchup and price are too appealing. The Lions go on the road to face a Bears team that ranks 32nd against opposing QB’s and who just got shredded by Drew Brees. The Bears are allowing 272.2 PYPG and a league high 33 touchdown passes. Stafford torched this same Chicago team on Thanksgiving to the tune of 390 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 116 QB rating. Stafford is the top play in Week 16.

 

Top Value Play

Johnny Manziel– Cleveland Browns- $5600

I like Jimmy Clausen for the minimum as well, but I will roll out Johnny in a few lineups against the masses. It is no secret “Johnny Football” struggled last week versus Cincinnati in his 1st start. I look at it as that things can’t get any worse versus a struggling Panthers defense. Carolina has allowed QB’s to throw for 24 TD passes and complete 65.8% of their passes. I would much rather play Stafford or Tony Romo (6800), but if you need the $1000 savings then he is your guy. Remember that the Browns played the lowest number of offensive snaps last week, so there is room for improvement.

 

Running Backs

 

Top Play

Le’Veon Bell- Pittsburgh Steelers- $9900

The price is very high, but you have to start your lineups with this guy. Don’t be worried about the fact that the Chiefs have only allowed 2 rushing touchdowns this year; they have allowed 132.6 RYG and 4.9 YPC. Bell hasn’t scored less than 28 PPR fantasy points in 4 straight weeks! A complete stud versus a terrible run defense is a prime play to win money.

 

Top Value Play

Latavius Murray– Oakland Raiders- $3300

I still believe Murray was the right value play as he averaged almost 5 YPC last week, the Raiders just refused to keep feeding him the rock. He still posted a solid 76 total yards on 14 touches. He faces a tough Bills defense, but there aren’t many workhorse running backs that you can play for $3300. The size/speed freak has a solid chance to top 80 total yards with a touchdown. Eddie Lacy totaled 108 yards and 6.5 YPC last week, so they aren’t invincible.

 

Wide Receivers

 

Top Play

Jordy Nelson– Green Bay Packers- $7800

Jordy broke a lot of fantasy hearts last week when he dropped a 90 yard touchdown pass and caused some to miss out on the fantasy championship. Nelson will look for vengeance this week versus a terrible Tampa Bay secondary. He is a basic lock for 100 yards and 1 touchdown. His down week last week (5 receptions for 55 yards) helped reduce his salary to must play territory.

 

Top Value Play

Marquess Wilson– Chicago Bears- $3300

Wilson is on here for the 2nd straight week. He caught a touchdown pass yet his salary decreased by $200. His short touchdown catch did save an otherwise putrid stat line, but here comes Jimmy Clausen. I expect these two to have some chemistry from 2nd team practices when Brandon Marshall was healthy. At his price, a 10 point outing won’t kill you in cash games. I like him to reach the end zone against a Lions secondary that can be susceptible.

 

Tight Ends

 

Top Play

Travis Kelce– Kansas City Chiefs- $5600

I’m tired of talking about Rob Gronkowski every week, so we will pick the closest thing to him. Kelce is an emerging stud facing a Pittsburgh Steeler team who ranks 22nd against the TE. I don’t want to jinx him, but it seems like Andy Reid and Alex Smith are finally figuring out that Kelce is their best option in the passing game. He scored a touchdown last week and had 110 yards receiving in Week 14.

 

Top Value Play

Owen Daniels– Baltimore Ravens- $3300

Daniels is my revenge game pick of the week. Daniels returned from the dead last week posting a solid 4 receptions, 62 yards, and 1 touchdown. The Texans elite pass rush won’t allow for Joe Flacco to look deep and I look for him to rely on the intermediate passing game. I like Daniels to find the end zone versus his former team and his price is extremely reasonable.

 

Team Defenses

 

Top Plays

Buffalo Bills- 4200

The Raiders refuse to rely on Latavius Murray and choose to keep chucking the ball to their average wide receivers. This style of play fits right into the Bills strengths. The Bills have had the most underrated defense in the league and they finally got some recognition last week by shutting down Aaron Rodgers. I look for a long day in the “Black Hole” for Derek Carr.

Seattle Seahawks- $3500

It is not secret the Seahawks aren’t quite as good on the road, but they are facing Ryan Lindley! I repeat, Ryan Lindley. Seattle is the number 1 defense overall in fantasy this week and they are priced in the middle range. They only allowed 3 points to this same Cardinals team with Drew Stanton at the helm. They have a high probability to shut out this current Arizona offense. I will be playing the Seahawks defense almost everywhere in Week 16.

 

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