Fantasy Football's Week 16 Start/Sit

Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IDecember 17, 2008



Matt Schaub (Texans) vs. Raiders

Schaub has thrown for 698 yards and three TDs in his past two games. In Week 15 he connected with WR Andre Johnson 11 times for 207 yards. The Raiders gave up 49 points to the Pats last week, while QB Matt Cassel threw for four TDs.


Shaun Hill (49ers) vs. Rams

Hill threw for 233 yards and completed 65 percent of his passes against the Dolphins last week. Coming into Week 15 he had multi-TD games in four of his past five games. The Rams are allowing about 30 points per game and have just one interception in their past seven games. They also are allowing 223 passing yards per game, which is 24th in the league.

Honorable mention: Chad Pennington (Dolphins) vs. Chiefs



Kyle Orton (Bears) vs. Packers

Orton threw for just 172 yards and two interceptions against the Saints last week. He has thrown 172 yards or fewer in three of his past five games with six interceptions in that span. In Week 11 against the Pack, he completed 13-of-26 passes for 133 yards and zero TDs.


Jason Campbell (Redskins) vs. Eagles

Campbell has thrown for one TD or fewer in seven straight games and has thrown for under 218 yards five times in that span. In Week Five against the Eagles, he threw for 176 yards and zero TDs.

Honorable mention: Jake Delhomme (Panthers) vs. Giants


Running Backs


Pierre Thomas (Saints) vs. Lions

Thomas has rushed for at least 87 yards or more in four of his past five games. He is averaging 4.7 yards per rush and has 11 total TDs on the season. The Lions allow 168 running yards per game, which bodes well for Thomas.


Steve Slaton (Texans) vs. Raiders

Slaton is averaging 116 rushing yards per game over the past five weeks. The rookie has 20 or more carries in four straight games and should shred a Raiders rush defense that allows 167 yards per game.

Honorable mention: Cedric Benson (Bengals) vs. Browns



Reggie Bush (Saints) vs. Lions

Bush has been dealing with an injured left knee that has caused his on-field struggles. He only had six carries and two receptions last week against the Bears. He is averaging just 3.8 yards per carry and was placed on IR today, ending his season.


Willie Parker (Steelers) vs. Titans

Parker has rushed for under 47 yards in three of his past four games. He has just one TD in the past seven weeks and is averaging 3.8 yards per carry on the season.

Honorable mention: Joseph Addai (Colts) vs. Jags

Wide Receivers


Lance Moore (Saints) vs. Lions

Moore is due to break out this week since he has just 77 yards over his past three games. The Lions have allowed 20 passing TDs, and Moore just needs 199 more receiving yards to reach 1,000 for the season.


Isaac Bruce (49ers) vs. Rams

Bruce has averaged 6.5 catches for 82 yards over his past four games. He is facing his old team this week and looks to shred a secondary that is allowing 223 yards per game.

Honorable mention: Jerricho Cotchery (Jets) vs. Seahawks



Chad Johnson (Bengals) vs. Browns

Johnson has 12 catches for 157 yards in his past three games. He has just four TDs on the season and is on pace for his lowest numbers since 2001.


Lee Evans (Bills) vs. Broncos

Evans has just 49 yards over the past two weeks and should bounce back against a soft Broncos secondary this week. QB Trent Edwards is starting this week for the Bills in Denver, which could have cold and windy conditions.

Honorable mention: Amani Toomer (Giants) vs. Panthers


Tight End


John Carlson (Seahawks) vs. Jets

Carlson has 19 catches for 250 yards and a TD over his last three games. Amongst TE he is in the top 10 in receptions, yards, TDs, and targets. The rookie has already set franchise records in receptions and yards for the tight end position.

Honorable mention: Owen Daniels (Texans) vs. Raiders



L.J. Smith (Eagles) vs. Skins

Smith has not topped 44 yards this season and caught just two passes for 13 yards against the Browns last week. Against the Skins in Week Five he had three receptions for 26 yards.

Honorable mention: Todd Heap (Ravens) vs. Cowboys




David Akers (Eagles) vs. Skins

Akers has 32 points while converting 7-of-9 field goals the past three weeks. He is tied for second with 35 field goals attempted.

Honorable mention: Garrett Hartley (Saints) vs. Lions



Nate Kaeding (Chargers) vs. Bucs

Kaeding has scored four points or fewer in three of his past five games. He is 15th in the NFL with 24 field goals made, and the Bucs should limit the kicker's opportunities this week.

Honorable mention: Olindo Mare (Seahawks) vs. Jets