Fantasy Football Week 16 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Musts, Trusts and Busts

Kyle Gibbons@@FI2ANCHISEAnalyst IIIDecember 23, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 16 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Musts, Trusts and Busts

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    After an extremely rough start to the beginning of the 2011 season, Philip Rivers has thrown for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions over San Diego’s last four games.

    Rivers is red hot, and for his fantasy owners, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

    Come Saturday, the Rivers led San Diego Chargers offense will find itself behind enemy lines in front of a raucous sold-out Ford Field crowd.

    Fortunately for Rivers’ fantasy owners, the injury-riddled Detroit Lions defense has given up the most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks over the last five weeks. And with talented safety Louis Delmas going under the knife, it isn't looking very promising for Detroit.

    After seeing what Rivers did last week against the historically stingy Baltimore Ravens defense, it’s hard to bet against him.

    I myself, like most, sold high on Philip Rivers after his slow start. In hindsight, it could be a move that cost me the 2011 fantasy football crown.

    After his departure, he bounced around to a couple of other teams before finally ending up on my mortal rival’s roster—a rival who I now find myself locked in against for the league's championship.

    As of right now, he’s elected to start Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick over Rivers.

    Shhhhhhh, if you don’t say anything I wont.

    He should have checked the MTB formula before making any rash decisions.

    Must, Trusts and Busts championship edition, here we go.


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    1. Philip Rivers

    2. Aaron Rodgers

    3. Drew Brees

    4. Tom Brady

    5. Matthew Stafford



    Trusts: Michael Vick, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan

    Busts: Rex Grossman, Josh Freeman, Taylor Yates, Caleb Hanie

    Injury Fill-In: Dan Orlovsky, John Skelton, Carson Palmer

Running Back

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    1. Ray Rice 

    2. Arian Foster

    3. Maurice Jones-Drew

    4. Ryan Matthews

    5. LeSean McCoy



    Trusts: Rashard Mendenhall, Reggie Bush, Michael Turner, Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson

    Busts: Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Peyton Hillis, Ben Tate

    Injury Fill-In: C.J. Spiller, Donald Brown, Kevin Smith, Kahlil Bell

Wide Receiver

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    1. Calvin Johnson

    2. Larry Fitzgerald

    3. Marques Colston

    4. Roddy White

    5. Vincent Jackson



    Trusts: Jordy Nelson, Wes Welker, Mike Wallace , Percy Harvin, Dez Bryant, Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall, Michael Floyd

    Busts: Miles Austin, Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Lloyd

    Injury Fill-In: Malcom Floyd, Torrey Smith, Jeremy Maclin, Laurent Robinson