Fantasy Football: Week 16 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup

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Fantasy Football: Week 16 NFL Player Breakdowns By Matchup
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It’s championship week. Welcome to Week 16 ladies and gentlemen. Congratulations if you’re reading this as you’re most likely planning your roster accordingly to attempt your shot at a league title in your league’s fantasy football playoffs.

It’s important to know every little detail about your fantasy roster. If a guy has a tweaked hamstring, he could miss a few carries, or plays, and you don’t want that guy starting in your lineup.

NFL Soup brings you it’s 16th edition of its Weekly Player Breakdowns by Matchup. It’s do or die time.

Carolina Panthers @ Pittsburgh Steelers (Thursday Night)

Carolina Panthers

QB Jimmy Clausen- Clausen had a turnover free game, and was somewhat efficient. But this is one of the worst matchups he could have. *

RB Jonathan Stewart- This is a good week to bench Stewart. He’s not getting into the end zone either. **

RB Mike Goodson- Pass on Goodson this week. **

WR Steve Smith- He’s not producing, so you should reduce him to the free agent wire. **

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WR David Gettis- No thanks to Gettis.. **

TE Jeff King- Jeff King has almost no fantasy value. *

Carolina Defense- There’s never a reason to start the Panthers defense. *

Key note: DeAngelo Williams went on the IR in Week 11.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger- This is as good a matchup as possible. Get him in unless you have a guy like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. ****

RB Rashard Mendenhall- Mendenhall should continue to roll this week. Stick him in. ****

RB Mewelde Moore- Moore only really has value in very deep PPR leagues as a Flex. **

WR Hines Ward- The Panthers are solid shutting down the No. 1 receivers, but Ward should still have a nice game. ****

WR Mike Wallace- No reason to sit Wallace this week. He should be big. ****

WR Emmanuel Sanders- Sanders is a solid Flex play this week in deeper leagues. ***

TE Heath Miller- Miller will be back, but I’ll pass on him in the next two weeks. **

Pittsburgh Defense- There is no reason to bench Pittsburgh’s defense. *****

Dallas Cowboys @ Arizona Cardinals (Saturday Night)

Dallas Cowboys

QB Jon Kitna- Keep Kitna in for the next game. He could have a pretty good day, again. ****

RB Felix Jones- Felix is making plays in the air and on the ground. I like him as a Flex back. ***

RB Marion Barber- There’s no reason to rush Barber back. He may sit again with Choice and Jones playing well enough. *

RB Tashard Choice- Choice is a deep league Flex play at the most. The matchup is favorable, however. ***

WR Miles Austin- I still like Austin to score this week. Although he’s not getting the yardage he used to. ****

WR Roy E. Williams- If Williams plays, I still wouldn’t recommend the start. Inconsistency is scary. **

WR Sam Hurd- If Williams sits, Hurd could be a decent deep Flex in PPR. **

TE Jason Witten- Witten is a great option this week and next. ****

Dallas Defense- Dallas was somewhat of a sleeper last week, but after giving up four TD’s to Rex Grossman, I’m questioning starting them at all, although the matchup is great. ***

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Key note- Dez Bryant is on the IR with a fractured right fibula.

Arizona Cardinals

QB John Skelton- Skelton is playing well enough to keep his job. But he has no fantasy value. *

RB Beanie Wells- Go ahead and get rid of Wells if you have him. He was useless in 2010. *

RB Tim Hightower- Hightower could rebound against a soft defense in the Flex. Be cautious, however. ***

WR Larry Fitzgerald- Skelton’s downfield ability makes Fitz a good start at the Flex or WR2.  ****

WR Steve Breaston- Breaston is a nice Flex player, but Skelton isn’t lighting it up. ***

TE Ben Patrick- I’m not sure why I even let Patrick in this article.

Arizona Defense- No reason to start Arizona’s defense in any week.  *

Detroit Lions @ Miami Dolphins

Detroit Lions

QB Shaun Hill- Hill is still banged up, as is Stanton now. Whoever starts could struggle against an improving secondary. *

QB Drew Stanton- Stanton separated his shoulder and will try and play injured, I don’t recommend a start. **

RB Jahvid Best- Best has almost no value, especially this week against a solid run defense. **

RB Maurice Morris- Morris was great in Week 15, but we’ll pass on him this week. **

WR Calvin Johnson- Megatron produces no matter who is throwing to him. ****

WR Nate Burleson- Burleson could be a decent Flex, but he isn’t anything to write home about with Stanton in. **

TE Brandon Pettigrew- I’d consider benching Pettigrew. Stanton seems to be looking more downfield than anything. **

Detroit Defense- They can’t stop anybody in the air. I wouldn’t trust the start. **

Miami Dolphins

QB Chad Henne- Henne was solid as predicted, but not great. He gets a favorable matchup this week, however. He’s a low end QB2 this week. ***

RB Ronnie Brown- Brown just doesn’t get the yardage. It’s too hard to predict the carries between the two backs. **

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RB Ricky Williams- Williams just isn’t trustworthy enough to start. **

WR Brandon Marshall- Marshall got back into the habit in Week 15. He’s a solid WR2 this week. ***

WR Davone Bess- Bess should be started at the Flex, especially in PPR. ***

TE Anthony Fasano- I’ll pass on Fasano. He hasn’t produced well since Week 10. **

Miami Defense- Miami could shut down Detroit’s injured quarterbacks this week. They are a solid sleeper. ***

Key Note- Brian Hartline has been placed on the IR.

New York Jets @ Chicago Bears

New York Jets

QB Mark Sanchez- Sanchez has been mediocre at best, and he’ll be playing with a sore shoulder. I’ll pass although the matchup isn’t terrible. **

RB Shonn Greene- Greene was mediocre against the Steelers. He faces another tough rush defense in Week 15. Flex start at the most. **

RB LaDainian Tomlinson- Tomlinson is a Flex start at the max this week. Splitting carries is rarely favorable for fantasy. **

WR Santonio Holmes- Holmes is a solid play this week. ***

WR Braylon Edwards- Edwards is a mediocre Flex play at most. I’d stay away despite his Week 15.  ***

WR Jerricho Cotchery- I’ll pass on Cotchery this week. *

TE Dustin Keller- Keller is a great player, but his value remains limited with Holmes in the lineup. **

New York Defense- I like this matchup. Cutler is a turnover machine. ****

Chicago Bears

QB Jay Cutler- Cutler just isn’t reliable enough to start in your championship week. ***

RB Matt Forte- Forte still has value making plays in the air, but this isn’t a great matchup. **

RB Chester Taylor- He’s still limited in terms of overall value. I’d pass. **

WR Devin Hester- Just say no to Hester. *

WR Johnny Knox- Knox maintains a nice Flex play in all leagues. ***

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WR Earl Bennett- I like Bennett to keep seeing targets. Plug him in your Flex. ***

TE Greg Olsen- Olsen is just too inconsistent to warrant a start in Week 16. **

Chicago Defense- The matchup isn’t terrible, although the Jets have weapons. ***

New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills

New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady- There’s no reason to bench Tom Brady. ****

RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis- BJGE continues to score. Keep him in the Flex. ***

RB/WR Danny Woodhead- Woodhead see’s a good amount of touches. Not a bad Flex option in deeper leagues. ***

WR Deion Branch- Branch took a step back this week, but he’ll rebound in Week 16. ****

WR Wes Welker- Welker should continue to play well, although Week 15 wasn’t fantastic. I still like him here. ****

TE Rob Gronkowski- Gronk is a solid play most weeks. He could get into the end zone. ***

TE Aaron Hernandez- Hernandez will make plays when the defense is in man coverage. He’s faster than the linebackers and bigger than corners. Not a terrible start.  ***

Patriots Defense- The Pats gave up 27 points and still scored plenty of points. Get the defense in this week. ****

Buffalo Bills

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- Fitzpatrick should take a seat this week against a turnover forcing defense. **

RB C.J. Spiller- Spiller may see an increased workload. But it’s not enough for a fantasy start. **

RB Fred Jackson- I’ll pass on Jackson this week, but he does have Flex value in PPR. ***

WR Steve Johnson- Johnson has Flex value at the most going forward. ***

WR Donald Jones- Jones and Nelson will see an increased workload with Lee Evans out. **

WR David Nelson- I wouldn’t recommend the start, but Nelson had a decent Week 15. **

TE Jonathan Stupar- Buffalo rarely targets tight ends. *

Buffalo Defense- No thanks to the Buffalo defense in any week. *

San Francisco 49ers @ St. Louis Rams

San Francisco 49ers

QB Troy Smith- Smith was great against the Rams at home last time. He could repeat those numbers but this game has more riding on it. ***

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QB Alex Smith- Smith was worthless on Thursday Night Football. He's benched against St. Louis. *

RB Brian Westbrook- I’d consider benching him. The Rams are stingy against touchdowns on the ground. **

RB Anthony Dixon- There’s some Flex value with Dixon who’s ran hard in the last few weeks. He needs more carries though. **

WR Michael Crabtree- Crabtree is worth passing on, although the matchup is favorable. ***

WR Josh Morgan- Morgan has made plays in two straight weeks. He could be worth a Flex start. ***

TE Vernon Davis- Davis is a solid play this week against a weak pass defense. ***

San Francisco Defense- This isn’t a terrible matchup for the 49ers, but their defense is way too inconsistent. **

Key Note- Frank Gore has been placed on IR, effective Week 13.

St. Louis Rams

QB Sam Bradford- Bradford has struggled in his last few weeks. This matchup is favorable. He’s a low end QB2 at most, still. ***

RB Steven Jackson- Jackson is a RB2 this week. He hasn’t found the end zone much this season. ****

WR Danny Amendola- Amendola’s value lies strictly in PPR leagues. ***

WR Brandon Gibson- Gibson has deep league Flex value. ***

WR Laurent Robinson- Robinson is starting to see more consistent targets. Deep Flex player at the very most. **

TE Billy Bajema- Bajema has red zone potential, but that’s about it. **

St. Louis Defense- Not a bad sleeper defense this week against a struggling Alex Smith. Very risky. ***

Washington Redskins @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Washington Redskins

QB Rex Grossman- Grossman took over for McNabb to start Week 15. He lit up the Cowboys, and could fare pretty well against Jacksonville. I’d pass, however. ***

RB Ryan Torain- Torain should be started against a weak Jags run defense. ****

RB Keiland Williams- Williams value takes a big hit with Torain as the main guy again. **

WR Santana Moss- Moss should continue to start as a Flex at the worst. ***

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WR Anthony Armstrong- Armstrong has become a decent Flex option in recent weeks, but he won’t find the end zone often. ***

TE Chris Cooley- Cooley should continue to be targeted consistently. ***

Washington Defense- I’ll pass on Washington’s defense. *

Key Note- Clinton Portis has been placed on the IR effective Week 12.

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB David Garrard- Garrard is just too inconsistent for fantasy. However, he has a favorable matchup.***

RB Maurice Jones-Drew- Despite a disappointing Week 15, you have to roll with MJD this week. ****

WR Mike Sims-Walker- He scored twice in Week 15, but the inconsistency scares me. **

WR Mike Thomas- Thomas is a solid Flex play in PPR leagues. ***

TE Marcedes Lewis- This is a solid matchup for Lewis. He should score here. ***

Jacksonville Defense- Keep the Jags defense on the bench every week. *

Tennessee Titans @ Kansas City Chiefs

Tennessee Titans

QB Kerry Collins- Collins has been great for the last two weeks. But I’d bench him against KC, who’s shut down Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers this year. **

RB Chris Johnson- Johnson will continue his roll this week. Keep him plugged in. ****

WR Randy Moss- You can safely drop Randy Moss. *

WR Kenny Britt- Britt should struggle this week against KC. But he’s still a decent option in Flex. ***

WR Nate Washington- I’ll pass on Washington this week. **

TE Bo Scaife- No thanks. *

Tennessee Defense- Tennessee’s defense can’t be trusted. **

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Matt Cassel- Cassel is just a QB2 this week as he still doesn’t seem fully recovered. Not a bad sleeper though. ***

RB Jamaal Charles- Charles is a good start going forward with Cassel back. ***

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RB Thomas Jones- Jones is a mediocre Flex start this week. He’s so inconsistent, however. **

WR Dwayne Bowe- Bowe could have a solid game, but he’s been in a slump in the last three weeks. ***

WR Chris Chambers- I’d pass on the inconsistent Chambers. *

TE Tony Moeaki- Moeaki hasn’t done much in the fantasy world as of late. I’ll pass going forward. **

Kansas City Defense- No thanks against Chris Johnson, who should have a nice day. **

Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns

Baltimore Ravens

QB Joe Flacco- The Browns pass defense has improved slight, but Carson Palmer was decent. Flacco is a low end QB1 this week. ***

RB Ray Rice- No reason to bench Ray Rice against the Browns, who just gave up 150 yards on the ground to Cedric Benson. ****

RB Willis McGahee- I’ll pass on McGahee. *

WR Anquan Boldin- Tough call here. Boldin hasn’t been effective in a couple of weeks and goes up against Haden. I’d consider benching here, but it’s still Anquan Boldin. ***

WR Derrick Mason- Mason could have a solid game going up against Sheldon Brown. **

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh- He just doesn’t play a big enough role in the Baltimore offense to start in fantasy. **

TE Todd Heap- Heap should be back this week, but he’s not a recommended start. The Ravens will be busy running. *

Baltimore Defense- The matchup is very favorable. Although Colt McCoy is playing well, and Peyton Hillis ran all over them last time. ****

Cleveland Browns

QB Colt McCoy- McCoy is a low end QB2 against a struggling secondary. I wouldn’t recommend the start, however.

RB Peyton Hillis- Hillis has struggled in recent weeks, and while he ran all over the Ravens last time, he could be held to 50-60 yards this week. RB2 this week at best. ***

WR Mohamed Massaquoi- Mass is improving, but he’s too inconsistent to play in fantasy. *

WR Brian Robiskie- Robo caught his first touchdown of his career. Don’t get used to this. *

TE Ben Watson- Watson is a mediocre start this week, matchup wise, but Colt McCoy finds ways to get him the ball. ***

Cleveland Defense- No thanks to a team that can’t tackle. **

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New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers

New York Giants

QB Eli Manning- Eli has Nicks back, and will score a lot. But expect turnovers. Keep him in. ****

RB Ahmad Bradshaw- I like Bradshaw more than Jacobs this week, especially to catch out of the backfield.  ****

RB Brandon Jacobs- Jacobs could be reasonable, but I wouldn’t expect much this week. ***

WR Hakeem Nicks- Nicks is back, and is worth a start in your WR2 slot at the least. ****

WR Mario Manningham- Manningham was great last week. Don’t expect another two TD performance, but he is worth a Flex start. ***

WR Derek Hagan- I’ll pass on Hagan in your championship week. **

TE Kevin Boss- Boss is a nice play against a weak defense against tight ends. ***

New York Defense- They are quite tough and should fare better, point wise, than the Patriots if Flynn plays. They are a solid start this week. ****

Key Note- Steve Smith is out for the season.

Green Bay Packers

QB Aaron Rodgers- Rodgers has been cleared to play. But the matchup is tough, and he could be slightly risky here.  ***

QB Matt Flynn- Looks like Flynn's 15 minutes is over. *

RB Brandon Jackson- Jackson proved me wrong in Week 15, but he won’t produce in Week 16 against a tough run defense. Count on that. **

RB James Starks- I’ll pass on Starks. He didn’t have a carry in Week 15 with Jackson running well. *

WR Greg Jennings- Jennings still scored, but didn’t have a great game. If Rodgers is back, he should be started. ***

WR Donald Driver- Driver is generally a solid Flex, only if Rodgers starts, however. **

WR James Jones- Flynn loves Jones, apparently. If Flynn starts, Jones could be a solid Flex. ***

TE Andrew Quarless- Quarless is a sleeper with a young QB in the mix. I wouldn’t advise a start, though. **

Green Bay Defense- I’ll pass on this struggling secondary against Eli and the Giants powerful offense. **

Key Note- Aaron Rodgers could be out with a concussion. Jermichael Finley is out for the season with a torn meniscus. Ryan Grant is done for the season.

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Indianapolis Colts @ Oakland Raiders

Indianapolis Colts

QB Peyton Manning- Manning will continue to make plays. Keep him in the lineup. ****

RB Joseph Addai- Addai could come back this week, but the Colts may save him for the playoffs. Brown ran well last week so I wouldn’t advise starting. **

RB Donald Brown- Brown finally had a meaningful game, rushing for 100 yards for the first time in his career. He could play well, but I wouldn’t put much stock into what happened last week. **

RB Javarris James- James had one carry in Week 15. I’d sit him. **

WR Reggie Wayne- Wayne was shut down in Week 15. He’ll go up against Nmamdi, but he still has Peyton Manning as his QB. He’s more of a Risk/Reward start. ***

WR Austin Collie- Collie was great on Sunday, until he suffered, yet another, concussion. He’ll be out most likely. **

WR Pierre Garcon- Garcon is a nice start with Collie likely to sit. ***

WR Blair White- White has good Flex value with Collie out and in PPR. ***

TE Jacob Tamme- Tamme hasn’t done much since Week 12, but that should change this week. I’m still starting him. ***

Indianapolis Defense- I’m not crazy about starting the Colts defense any week. *

Key Note- Dallas Clark is out for the season with a wrist injury. Anthony Gonzalez was placed on the IR.

Oakland Raiders

QB Jason Campbell- Campbell isn’t worth starting in your championship game. I’ll pass, although the matchup is solid. **

RB Darren McFadden- Keep plugging McFadden in, especially against this run defense. ****

RB Michael Bush- Bush had two touchdowns, just didn’t do anything yardage wise. He’s a risky Flex play. ***

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- DHB shouldn’t even be on your roster. *

WR Louis Murphy- Murphy is worth a Flex start in PPR leagues. Although he was shut down in Week 15. ***

WR Jacoby Ford- Ford is a nice Flex option. He even had a 71 yard rushing touchdown.. ***

TE Zach Miller- Miller is a mediocre start going forward.  ***

Oakland Defense- No thanks against Peyton Manning. *

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Houston Texans @ Denver Broncos

Houston Texans

QB Matt Schaub- Schaub is a good start against a very week Bronco defense. ****

RB Arian Foster- Foster is battling some soreness and sat out some in Week 15. Assuming he’s healthy, this matchup is fantastic. ****

WR Andre Johnson- Johnson maintains excellent fantasy value. *****

WR Kevin Walter- Inconsistency tells me to stay away from Walter, but Week 15 was encouraging. **

WR Jacoby Jones- Jones has 12 receptions in his last two weeks. He’s worth a deep PPR Flex start. ***

TE Owen Daniels- Daniels made a few plays in Week 15, but he’s still not a very safe start. **

TE Joel Dreessen- Dreessen could see a few catches, but not enough to warrant a start. **

Texans Defense- I can’t start this defense so long as they continue to give up touchdown after touchdown. *

Denver Broncos

QB Tim Tebow- Tebow had a nice fantasy week in his first NFL start. He could produce again against a very weak defense. But I wouldn’t risk it in your championship game. ***

RB Knowshon Moreno- Moreno is quite sore and could be limited in Week 16. If he does start, he’s a nice RB2, but keep an eye on that situation. ***

WR Brandon Lloyd- Lloyd still made a few plays and caught a tough touchdown, but he’s a tough start if Tebow only throws 15-20 times a game. ***

WR Jabar Gaffney- Gaffney is nothing more than a Flex in deeper leagues. **

WR Eddie Royal- Inconsistency makes him a limited option in fantasy football. **

TE Daniel Graham- Graham still isn’t worth a look in any format. *

Broncos Defense- This would be one of the worst defenses to start in Week 16. *

San Diego Chargers @ Cincinnati Bengals

San Diego Chargers

QB Philip Rivers- Rivers should have a field day against the Bengals. ****

RB Ryan Mathews- Mathews now has a 65 yard game, and 56 yard game under his belt in the least two weeks. I’d recommend a Flex at the very most. ***

RB Mike Tolbert- Tolbert always seems to score. He’s a solid Flex option as he’ll continue to see carries. ***

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WR Malcolm Floyd- Floyd’s hamstring is bothering him a bit, and he could sit out in Week 16. He could be solid play if he does start.  ***

WR Vincent Jackson- Jackson had a huge game on Thursday night. If Gates and Floyd are back, he could have a slightly lesser role, but he’s still a great option. ***

WR Legedu Naanee- I’ll pass on Naanee with Jackson and Floyd leading the charge. **

WR Seyi Ajirotutu- Tutu won’t see much time on the field with Jackson back. Time to bench. *

TE Antonio Gates- Gates sat out, yet again. He may end up sitting the rest of the season. ***

San Diego Defense- SD’s defense has a favorable matchup, yet again. ****

Cincinnati Bengals

QB Carson Palmer- Palmer should be sat in all formats this week. *

RB Cedric Benson- Benson won’t have the game he did in Week 15 where he killed the Browns rushing for 150 yards. He’ll likely be held to 55-60 yards and without a touchdown. **

WR Chad Ochocinco- Ochocinco may have a bit more value with Owens out for the season. I wouldn’t recommend starting him in anything but the Flex, however, as Carson Palmer just isn’t getting it done.  ***

WR Jordan Shipley- Shipley’s value lies in PPR leagues only, but he will see a boost in production with Owens out. ***

TE Jermaine Gresham- Gresham catches a few balls here and there, but it’s best to sit him. **

Cincinnati Defense- Cincinnati won’t shut down Philip Rivers and Co. **

Key Note- Terrell Owens is out for the season with a torn meniscus.

Seattle Seahawks @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Seattle Seahawks

QB Matt Hasselbeck- Hasselbeck played very poorly in Week 15, but he does get a favorable matchup. He could be a sleeper to rebound, but I wouldn’t risk it. ***

RB Marshawn Lynch- Lynch had a respectable Week 15, and has an excellent matchup. Risk him in the Flex. **

RB Justin Forsett- Forsett has great ability, but doesn’t get the touches that he deserves. **

WR Mike Williams- Williams will continue to be targeted heavily. He struggles to get into the end zone. Not a bad option in PPR leagues as a Flex. ***

WR Ben Obomanu- Obomanu is battling a hand laceration, and caught just one pass. But this could be a solid week to get him in the Flex in deep leagues. ***

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WR Brandon Stokley- Stokley caught one pass. I wouldn’t count on him this week either. **

WR Ruvell Martin- Martin was a one week wonder, just say no.

TE Jon Carlson- Carlson has done nothing in 2010. He shouldn’t even be on your roster. *

Seattle Defense- No thanks to Seattle’s defense going forward. *

Key Note- Deon Butler is out for the season with a compound fracture in his right leg.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Josh Freeman- He won’t light up the scoreboard, but the matchup is very favorable. ***

RB Carnell Williams- Williams is only valuable in PPR leagues as a Flex, being the 3rd down back. **

RB LaGarette Blount- Blount should have an excellent Week 16. Get him in as your RB2 or Flex at the worst. ****

WR Mike Williams- Keep plugging Williams in, he continues to produce. ****

WR Arrelious Benn- Want to see more consistency from the rookie. **

TE Kellen Winslow- Winslow has a nice matchup. He’s a big risk/reward guy for Week 16. ***

Tampa Bay Defense- They are a risky pick this week, and losing a few more starters on defense definitely doesn’t help. **

Minnesota Vikings @ Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday Night)

Minnesota Vikings

QB Brett Favre- Favre could be out with a concussion this week. He’s not worth a start at all even if he does play, which he most likely won’t. *

QB Joe Webb- Webb can run well and get in the end zone, but don’t count on him to pass the ball well. I’ll pass. **

RB Adrian Peterson- Peterson sat in Week 15 against the Bears, and he may not play much in Week 16 if the Vikes don’t want to risk further injury. Keep an eye out. ***

RB Toby Gerhart- If Peterson sits, I’d take a chance on Gerhart at the Flex. He’s a powerful runner. ***

WR Percy Harvin- I’d be cautious with Harvin who will have a rookie QB at the helm. He still finds ways to score, however. ***

WR Sidney Rice- Rice may not do much the rest of the year with Harvin back and a rookie QB. I’d stay away. **

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TE Visanthe Shiancoe- There’s limited value in Shiancoe in Week 16. *

Minnesota Defense- No thanks to Minnesota’s defense against Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy. *

Philadelphia Eagles

QB Michael Vick- There’s no reason to sit the guy that helped you get to this game. ****

RB LeSean McCoy- McCoy only rushed 10 times, but he was still effective. I’d keep playing him. ****

WR DeSean Jackson- I wouldn’t sit Jackson this week. The Eagles are still hot. ****

WR Jeremy Maclin- Maclin is a Flex start at the least weekly. ***

TE Brent Celek- Celek is a tough play. He doesn’t get targeted often, but he can score if he does get the ball. I’d pass, still. **

Philadelphia Defense- This may be a good week to start the Philly D. Especially if Adrian Peterson does sit. ***

New Orleans Saints @ Atlanta Falcons (Monday Night)

New Orleans Saints

QB Drew Brees- Brees gets a nice matchup against a weak secondary. Keep him in. ****

RB Pierre Thomas- I’ll still pass on Thomas against a respectable run defense. **

RB Reggie Bush- Bush has PPR Flex value in very deep leagues at most. . *

RB Chris Ivory- Ivory sat in Week 15 with a hamstring injury, and may not play in Week 16. I won’t recommend the start. **

WR Marques Colston- Colston is still making plays. I’ll take him for a WR2 at the most. ****

WR Lance Moore- I’d keep Lance in the Flex in PPR at the least. ***

WR Devery Henderson- Henderson can make plays, but he’s so inconsistent. **

WR Robert Meachem- Meachem is frustrating. One week he can score two touchdowns, the next he’ll be invisible. Start at your own risk. **

TE Jeremy Shockey- Jimmy Graham seems to be stealing the spotlight. I’ll pass on Shockey. **

TE Jimmy Graham- Graham is a solid sleeper. He’s a nice red zone target. ***

New Orleans- Their defense is solid, but Baltimore can score points. Start at your own risk. ***

Atlanta Falcons

QB Matt Ryan- Ryan could struggle against a tough secondary, but he’s a solid QB2. ***

RB Michael Turner- Turner has a mediocre matchup. I’d still plug him in at RB2. ***

RB Jason Snelling- It’s hard to start a guy who’s lucky to see 10 touches a game. **

WR Roddy White- White is one of the top fantasy wideouts. Keep him in every week. ****

WR Michael Jenkins- Jenkins is worth a Flex play as he keeps scoring.  ***

TE Tony Gonzalez- Gonzalez struggled in Week 15, and he’s a risky play in Week 16. He’s underachieved all season. **

Atlanta Defense- I’ll pass against Drew Brees and Co. **

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