Week 16 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Smart Lineup Decisions That Will Win Your League

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2013

Dec 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) stiff arms Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) on a run in the first half at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 fantasy football championships are here for a majority of leagues, making it absolutely critical for many owners to make wise decisions when it comes to their lineups.

A single misstep could completely derail your epic season, dropping you from a potential champion and guru amongst your friends to a runner-up spot that is ultimately forgettable in the offseason.

You don’t want to be remembered as the guy who made an awful start in the fantasy finals that cost you the title, so keep reading to see which stars you should stick with and which busts to avoid in Week 16.



Start ‘Em: Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (at Washington Redskins)

The Cowboys collapsed in Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers, but that doesn’t mean Romo is going to have another meltdown on Sunday. His team is fighting for its playoff life and can force an effective NFC East championship showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 17 by simply winning against the ‘Skins.

Bleacher Report’s Brad Gagnon deconstructed the popular myth that the Dallas signal-caller suffers in December, showing instead that his numbers are actually respectable.

While Romo has yet to throw for more than 300 yards in a game against Washington during his career, that should all change in what is essentially a meaningless game for the flawed and collapsing home team.

Don’t bench Romo, as he is a legit QB1 in this matchup and should put up very good numbers against a weak secondary.

Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) after the game at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 36-31. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY
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Sit ‘Em: Eli Manning, New York Giants (at Detroit Lions)

Manning has a tough road matchup against a Detroit team that is crushing quarterbacks at Ford Field.

The Lions have given up the third-fewest points per game to that position and will have a field day against this inept offense that failed to score a single point in Week 15. Don’t put Eli in your lineup unless your league rewards turnovers committed.


Running Back

Start ‘Em: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins (vs. Dallas Cowboys)

Morris is a Cowboy killer, having notched five scores in just three career meetings with this NFC East rival. Considering Dallas is conceding 129.9 yards per game to opposing rushers, this is an A+ matchup that you can’t avoid, even if the ‘Skins as a whole project to get creamed.


Sit ‘Em: Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons (at San Francisco 49ers)

Jackson’s hot streak will end in Week 16. The Falcons offense is about to run into the brick wall that is the 49ers defense, and they are going to come up empty. Don’t be surprised if San Francisco holds Atlanta to under 50 yards rushing as a team and doesn’t allow a single score on the ground. The Niners have given up just 9.4 standard fantasy points per game to opposing rushers over the last month.


Wide Receiver

Start ‘Em: Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Green Bay Packers)

If you bench Brown in Week 16, quite frankly you deserve to lose. This stud burst onto the fantasy scene early in 2013 and is going to end the campaign with a bang.

Green Bay’s secondary is the definition of incompetent and is just asking to be torched by Brown's playmaking ability. Expect at least 100 yards and a touchdown as a bare minimum for Brown this Sunday, with the potential for much more.

Dec 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) runs for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Heinz Field. The Dolphins won the game, 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
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Sit ‘Em: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at Seattle Seahawks)

Fitzgerald has been a reliable receiver with Carson Palmer under center, but it’s time to shelve him due to a nightmare matchup.

The Seahawks are dominating opposing wideouts at home and give up an average of just 12.5 standard fantasy points per game to them. They love to lock down Fitzgerald in particular, as he caught just two passes for 17 yards against them in Arizona earlier this season.

It’s going to be tough to swallow, but stick this veteran on your bench or risk losing the championship.