Start Em Sit Em Week 16: Flex Options Who Should Be in Fantasy Playoff Lineups

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 16:  Mark Ingram #28 of the New Orleans Saints is pushed out of bounds by  Mark Barron #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 16, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Buccs 41-0.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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While teams around the NFL are battling for playoff spots, fantasy football owners are fighting for championships. Depending on the league format, Week 16 is either the semifinals or finals, and the margin for error when it comes to setting lineups is small.

Perhaps the most difficult decision owners have to make is the flex position. It takes a strong roster to reach this point, but filling out the flex position with the remaining roster options is tricky. But that's what makes fantasy sports great.

With that in mind, let's examine some fringe flex options that should be in all lineups for what should be exciting weekend of football.


1. Cecil Shorts

After missing one game due to concussion issues, Shorts returned to his usual level of production last week. He caught six passes for 101 yards, giving the Jacksonville Jaguars wideout five straight starts with double-digit fantasy points.

Even though Shorts has been one of the few productive players on the Jaguars, opposing defenses haven't figured out a way to contain him. Between his gamebreaking ability and chemistry with Chad Henne, he's developed into a fantasy force.

There's no reason to believe that hot streak will come to an end in Week 16. The Jaguars are going up against the New England Patriots, who rank 29th in pass defense. Add in the fact the Jags will likely be playing from behind all afternoon and Shorts should excel once again.


2. Danny Amendola

Staying healthy has been Amendola's biggest problem. When he's on the field, there are few possession receivers that can match his type of fantasy production, especially in PPR leagues. But he also causes plenty of headaches for owners because of his injury woes.

The good news is the St. Louis Rams star was able to make it through last week's game, in which he racked up 13 fantasy points, without any problems. Furthermore, there have been no setbacks reported, meaning he should be good to go for Week 16.

Amendola will also benefit from the best possible matchup. The Rams face off with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who rank dead last against the pass at 311 yards against per game. He should be in line for a lot of targets and another strong fantasy performance.


3. Mark Ingram

After a slow start to the season, Ingram has taken on a larger role in the New Orleans Saints offense over the past month. He's coming off his best fantasy game of the season, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs.

The Saints have a crowded backfield, which has suppressed Ingram's value over the past couple seasons, but he's the team's best pure running back. The Alabama product is finally getting a chance to prove that, and that gives him fantasy appeal.

In terms of matchups, the Dallas Cowboys are an average one for Ingram. They rank in the middle of the pack in yards and rushing touchdowns allowed. As long as Ingram matches his recent workload, and there's no reason to believe he won't, he should crack double digits again.