Monday Night Football is Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers
Week 16 2013 Fantasy Football Start or SitSTART'EM WEEK 16 2013
Quarterbacks:Philip Rivers should be able to burn through Oakland's lousy defense and another awesome fantasy day. Jay Cutler plays the Eagles where Matt Cassel just tossed two touchdowns and almost 400 yards. Cutler should go crazy with his receivers. Kirk Cousins gets the Dallas Cowboys horrendous defense in Week 16, where Matt Flynn torched them last week. Cousins should score plenty. Andy Dalton is the fortunate recipient of the giving Vikings defense where Nick Foles went off last week. Drew Brees is the first time I've mentioned him here. Note that Brees hasn't done well on the road and the Panthers defense could dish him some trouble. Consider your options if you have another QB facing a better defense. Matthew Stafford should be started with caution. The Lions passing game has been horrible even at home where they play in Week 16. I would start him only if your other options are worse. I can't promise he'll have a bounce back day, because he burned me last week at home in his comfy dome. Ryan Tannehill has been consistent and on a roll, so continue to trust him against Buffalo this week if he's the best you've got. Colin Kaepernick you just have to start him against Atlanta who gives up the fourth most fantasy points to QB's. Keep in mind though, if the 49ers gain a big lead, Kaepernick could sit out and rest.
Running Backs:Le'Veon Bell is doing a decent at getting things done. Start him as a mid RB1. Giovani Bernard has a an awesome matchup against the Vikings who allow the fifth most fantasy points. Mid RB1. Jordan Todman if he plays for Maurice Jones-Drew faces Tennessee who give up a ton of points to opposing running backs. Dennis Johnson gets the start against Denver this week, who just allowed 127 yards and a touchdown to Ryan Mathews. Mid RB2. Fred Jackson has a user-friendly matchup against Miami. If healthy, he should be started. Ryan Mathews should stay in your lineups as long as he's producing, which he's doing a wonderful job lately. Frank Gore has improved a bit and Atlanta's terrible defense shouldn't stop him.
Wide Receivers:Pierre Garcon is an excellent start against Dallas horrific aerial defense. Antonio Brown is a thumbs up against the Green Bay Packers who give up tons of yards to wide receivers. Keenan Allen is too hot to sit and has a favorable matchup against Oakland. Julian Edelman seems to be the guy getting the majority of Tom Brady's targets, so he should be started. Mike Wallace has a positive matchup against the Bills who give up the fourth most fantasy points to wide receivers. Torrey Smith is a borderline start for me. He will be covered by the Patriots top corner, Aqib Talib, so if you have a more suitable option, you might play them instead of Smith. Rod Streater should be started as a flex, as he consistently produces. Denver Wide Receivers start if they're your best guys, but keep in mind Houston's defense give the fourth fewest fantasy points to WR's. Also note that if the Broncos gain a big lead, they may sit some of their starters. Heads up on Andre Caldwell, who scored the Broncos only two passing touchdowns last week. Anquan Boldin/Michael Crabtree should be started as this matchup is too easy not to get these into your lineup.
Tight Ends:Greg Olsen if PPR, because he gets the receptions, and yards, but there's been no score since Week 12. Dennis Pitta is a good start against the Patriots who over the past five weeks, have given up the second most fantasy points to tight ends. Zach Miller is a great start as is any tight end who faces the Cardinals who surrender the most points to the position. Logan Paulson faces Dallas where many passes and yards will be thrown. Delanie Walker is an excellent start against the Jags giving defense. Andrew Quarless has two scores back to back and is catching targets nicely. Pittsburgh's matchup is a bit tougher, but you probably need to start Quarless if you own him.
Defenses:Cleveland Browns defense should be started as Geno Smith and the Jets give up far too many fantasy points. St. Louis Rams defended the heck out of the Saints last week, causing them to lose. They should have their way with the Buccaneers no problem. Miami Dolphins defense faces Thad Lewis as quarterback, so the Bills could struggle in Week 16. Denver Broncos is a go this week as it shouldn't have too much difficulty keeping Matt Schaub and company quiet Week 16. San Diego Chargers kept Peyton Manning of all people in check last week, so there should more points to be had against the Raiders. Baltimore Ravens didn't have to work hard to limit the Lions last week and Tom Brady's army is thinning. Detroit Lions is not always an ideal start, but the face the turnover king in Eli Manning without Victor Cruz this week. Mayhem could be caused. SIT'EM WEEK 16, 2013
Quarterbacks:Mike Glennon shouldn't be trusted against St. Louis who made Drew Brees struggle last week. Matt Cassel shined last week, but starting against the Bengals at home is not recommended. Carson Palmer in Seattle just spells trouble. Stay clear of him and perhaps all your Cardinals this week. Eli Manning would be better on your bench with no one in his place. A guy who got over -5 fantasy points doesn't belong on anyone's roster, period. Matt Ryan botched up an easier matchup last week. Don't trust him for one bit against the 49ers defense.
Running Backs:Andre Brown is struggling because of his awful quarterback. If the Giants rarely have possession, Brown's fantasy value diminishes. Andre Ellington/Rashard Mendenhall steer clear versus Seattle. The Cardinals are in a for a big ride. Shane Vereen is hard to sit, but the Ravens give up the fewest fantasy points overall to running backs. Remember the dreadful fantasy points he brought you last week. History could repeat. Danny Woodhead is a borderline sit to me. He's losing his carries and goal line work to Ryan Mathews. I'd start him a PPR league since he catches a few passes but as a flex option only if you must. Darren Sproles/Pierre Thomas I have a feeling the Saints will need to throw to be competitive against the Panthers. These guys won't see many carries. Panthers Running Backs none of them see enough carries to be productive. Steven Jackson does not have a friendly matchup against the 49ers. Go with another option if you have better.
Wide Receivers:Golden Tate/Doug Baldwin Arizona's pass defense is pretty impressive, so these guys could struggle a bit. Larry Fitzgerald/Michael Floyd don't do it against Seattle's defense which is downright scary. Find better options. Riley Cooper has been pretty disappointing losing a lot of work to Desean Jackson. Too risky to start against the Bears. Giants Wide Receivers shouldn't be trusted with a quarterback who threw five interceptions in his last game. Steve Smith faces the New Orleans Saints who give up the fifth fewest fantasy points to receivers. Sit for a better option. Roddy White/Harry Douglas are really not advisable against the 49ers with Matt Ryan under center.
Tight Ends:Tim Wright had a great week last week, but beware about starting him against the St. Louis Rams defense who held Jimmy Graham to only 25 yards last week. Coby Fleener I wouldn't trust after a big fat zero last week, and the Chiefs defense is just too stout. Charles Clay could struggle against the Bills who defend tight ends pretty well.
Defenses:Arizona Cardinals is usually a start, but I think I'd look elsewhere on Seattle's home turf. Carolina Panthers is a must start most weeks, but if the scorned Saints have their act together, they could be trouble. New Orleans Saints will be facing the Panthers on their home turf who will want to avenge their loss to the Saints two weeks ago. Indianapolis Colts no way against the Chiefs in my opinion. New England Patriots is not a recommended start against Justin Tucker - oh I mean the Ravens. If this boy gets within 60 yards of the field goal, he's scoring points.