Start/Sit Week 16
December 19, 2014 | Mike Braude
Mark Sanchez at WAS
While I’m not a fan of Sanchez, sometimes fantasy football is matchup-based. He certainly comes with risk but could not ask for a better matchup. The Redskins have allowed 33 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks while intercepting just five passes. They’ve allowed 10 passing touchdowns in their last three games. I also like Robert Griffin III as a streamer.
C.J. Anderson at CIN
While he found little room against the Chargers, C.J. Anderson is still a solid RB1 play. He’s received at least 21 touches in each of his last four games and is still averaging an explosive 4.6 yards per carry. The Bengals are allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Mark Ingram vs. ATL
While he didn’t have a great day, Mark Ingram’s volume on Monday night was promising. The Falcons are allowing the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. They’ve allowed two touchdowns to opposing running backs in three of their last four games.
Fred Jackson at OAK
While C.J. Spiller’s possible return does add some concern, Fred Jackson has seen massive workloads lately: he’s averaging 21.7 touches over his past three games. The Raiders are allowing the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Jordy Nelson at TB
Owners should know by now that you never bench Jordy Nelson. He had a disappointing game against the Bills but he’s always a good bet to bounce back. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will have a big day against the Bucs defense; you’ll want to have Nelson and Randall Cobb in your starting lineups.
Jordan Matthews at WAS
Over the last two weeks, Mark Sanchez has held the Eagles’ offense hostage. I do think Chip Kelly’s quarterback is capable of taking advantage of the dreadful Redskins’ secondary. The Redskins have proven to be a favorable matchup for opposing wide receivers.
Harry Douglas at NO
I’ve never been a fan of Harry Douglas; he’s not especially talented or athletic. Here’s what he does have going him: volume. Whenever Julio Jones or Roddy White is out, Douglas will see a heavy amount of targets because the Falcons have a limited amount of weapons. The Saints will likely force the Falcons to be pass-heavy while playing from behind.
Jason Witten vs. IND
Witten got back on track last week by catching seven passes for 69 yards. He may see a bigger role in the short pass game with DeMarco Murray’s hand injured. At 55.5 points, Colts at Cowboys is the 2nd highest projected total of this week. The Colts are allowing the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends.
Cam Newton vs. CLE
The Browns defense has been strong against the pass all season allowing a TD-to-INT ratio of 19 to 20. They’re allowing the 3rd fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Newton is just returning this week so I’d prefer to avoid him in this tough matchup.
Andre Williams at STL
With Rashad Jennings banged up, Andre Williams will remain the Giants’ starter. He’ll see consistent carries but has an unfavorable matchup on the road against the Rams. The Rams are allowing the 6th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs.
LeGarrette Blount vs. NYJ
Although Blount scored last week, he cannot be trusted in fantasy lineups. Blount was out-touched and out-snapped by Jonas Gray. Both runners should be benched against the Jets’ top five run defense.
Kerwynn Williams vs. SEA
While Williams played well on Thursday night against the Rams, he cannot be relied on against the Seahawks. The Seahawks are allowing the second fewest points to opposing running backs.
Andre Johnson vs. BAL
Johnson will return this week after passing the concussion protocol. With Ryan Fitzpatrick out, Case Keenum will start – making Johnson a risky option in even the most favorable of matchups. Johnson is still yet to top 100 yards this season.
Larry Fitzgerald vs. SEA
Over his last three starts, Fitzgerald has not topped 34 yards. This week he faces Seattle, who is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Fitz cannot be trusted during championship week.
Eric Decker vs. NE
While Decker has been warming up over his past two games, this is a dreadful matchup. The Patriots’ secondary has been great against opposing outside receivers. The last time Decker faced the Patriots he finished with four catches for 65 yards.
Larry Donnell at STL
Since the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr., Donnell’s production has been disappointing. It likely won’t get any better against the Rams. The Rams are allowing the 2nd fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends.