Michael Vick (PHI): Vick started last week against the Jets and had his best performance in quite some time. This week in a divisional matchup against Dallas, Vick is a must start. Maclin is apparently back to 100% after missing a few weeks, giving Vick his dynamic duo of Jackson and Maclin back; and don’t forget how good Celek has been lately. Vick shoud be able to throw for 2-3 touchdowns against the soft Dallas secondary, and possibly add more value with his legs.
Julio Jones (ATL): Atlanta gets a chance for redemption and to stay in the wild card hunt when they rematch the Saints under the Monday night lights. Both teams have high powered offenses that will be looking to explode with the entire nation watching. Roddy White has been playing solid lately which should attract defenders, but he can’t do it all by himself. I expect the young speedster Jones to cash in at one point in this game while other focus on White.
Malcolm Floyd (SD): San Diego plays Detroit this weekend in a battle of two of the leagues premier slingers. Rivers has been on fire lately and Stafford just led a 2 TD 4th quarter comeback against Oakland. Detroits secondary is pretty shaky and I imagine Rivers will be able to expose them through out the game. Jackson is the go to receiver but Malcolm floyd, coming off a 96-yard with a TD performance, should see a healthy number of targets.
Rashard Mendenhall (PIT): The Steelers play the Rams this week which is a chance for them to bounce back from an ugly loss to San Francisco. Big Ben is still pretty banged up and St Louis gives up over 150 rush yards per game, look for Mendenhall to get 20+ carries and top 100 yards with a score or two as the Steelers try to limit the need for Roethlisberger.
LaGarrette Blount (TB): It has been a very up and down season for the second year running back, he has been stymied at times, but also has some extremely impressive runs (one that Deion Sanders named the play of the year so far). This week is a great chance for Blount to have one o his “up” weeks as he and his squad takes on Carolina, one of the leagues worst rush defences. Provided he gets enough carries, there is no reason Blount should not hit 80+ yard with a TD.
Felix Jones (DAL): Felix Jones was able to top 100 yards last week and has a great opportunity to do so again this week against division rivals, the Eagles. Felix has missed a couple practices with hamstring problems. Barring any setbacks, Jones should see a good workload against the Eagle and be able to cross pay dirt.
Brent Celek (PHI): Celek had a monster game last week against the Jets catching 5 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. This week the Eagles get a much softer Dallas secondary and Jeremy Maclin back. Maclin and Jackson should keep defences on their toes and vertical, opening up the middle for Celek to have another good game and a possible TD.
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): EDIT: Will Not Play Week 16
Carson Palmer (OAK): Palmer and the Raiders play the Chiefs this weekend, and believe it or not, the Chiefs actually still have a chance at the playoffs, albeit very slim. Earlier this year when the Raiders and Chiefs played it was Palmer’s first time playing this season and he threw 3 INT’s. I don’t expect him to play that poorly, but I do think he will struggle against the Chiefs defence that held the packers to 14 points last week.
Brandon Lloyd (STL): Lloyd’s move to St. Louis was a pretty effective one from the viewpoint of fantasy owners, he was quickly a favourite target of both QBs Sam Bradford and AJ Feeley before 3rd string Clemson was brought in. With Clemson under centre for the Rams again this week I seriously doubt the performance of any WR, even one as talented as Lloyd.
Hakeem Nicks (NYG): The Giants (including Nicks) have been struggling with dropped passes recently and now take on one of the leagues best secondaries this weekend. It is not out of the question for the Giants to be able to throw a couple pass TD’s, but with Nicks likely getting most of the attention from Darrell Revis, Eli may be looking for Manningham and Cruz that much more.
Marshawn Lynch (SEA): Something has got to give. Lynch has scored a rushing touchdown in 8 of his last 9 games while adding a reception TD in the one game he did not score a rush TD. San Fran has not allowed a rush TD all season. As good as Lynch has been, this is as tough of a matchup any RB can face in recent seasons.
Beanie Wells (ARZ): Beanie is constantly banged up and hasnt had a 100 yard game in December despite seeing the bulk of the teams carries. This week he will be running against a tough Cincinnati rush defence that will likely force the Cardinals to go to the air more often. I picture Beanie will getting around 15 carries, but being held to 60-70 yards without a score.
Greg Olsen (CAR): Olsen is already sharing targets with TE Jeremy Shockey and now faces what is in my eyes an unfavourable matchup. The Buccaneers have the leagues worst rush defence, and will likely be exposed on a regular basis by QB Cam Newton and by RB’s Jon Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. I don’t see Olsen getting enough target to warrant him a start.
Hope you enjoyed my Sit em / Start em Picks for Week 16 of the 2011-2012 season!
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