Week Sixteen! Superbowl week for most, semi-finals for some. Best of luck everyone!
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(STL) Sam Bradford vs. (TB) – For someone who had such potential when he came into the league as a rookie, Sam Bradford as been a very quiet name in the fantasy landscape this past season only throwing for three touchdowns twice all season, including last week. There are two main reasons why Bradford could be a good start once again this weekend. Sam tends to play much better when he has Danny Amendola available, and will get to play the struggling Buccaneers who just got dominated by the Saints. Unfortunately though the Rams will be on the road.
(BAL) Joe Flacco vs. (NYG) – Joe Flacco tends to play much better at home and the Giants were so bad last week against the Falcons that I think I just might be able to bring myself to start Flacco should I need to. The Giants may come back this weekend pissed off and ready to roll the also struggling Ravens, but I think Flacco has a decent game as he spreads the ball around at home to Torrey, Boldin and Pitta.
(MIA) Reggie Bush vs. (BUF) – Bush was a massive dud for me a couple weeks ago when he played the Bills, rushing the balls ten times for a measly 20 yards. This week, in a rematch against the Bills I am depending on Miami to give him closer to 15-20 carries which should be more than enough to have a much better game than last time. Daniel Thomas is also unlikely to play which is a huge boost to Bush.
(DEN) Knowshon Moreno vs. (CLE) – With over 400 yards and three touchdowns on the ground alone since taking over the starting role a few weeks ago, Moreno has basically cemented himself as one of the league top rushers; largely helped by the potency of Peyton Manning and the passing game. Moreno will have 100 total yards at least against the Browns.
(NYJ) Shonn Greene vs. (SD) – I have always hated Greene in fantasy football for whatever reason, and perhaps it is time I got over my bias. Greene now has over 950 yards for the season to go along with six touchdowns (granted, three of them came in one game), even while splitting carries with Bilal Powell. This weekend the Jets will play the Chargers, the same Chargers who let Mike Tolbert rush for a pair of touchdowns against them last weekend while letting DeAngelo Williams run for 93 yards. Shonn and Bilal should see quite a few opportunities to score some fantasy points in week sixteen. Bilal may be the better choice if he gets a few goal line carries.
(IND) Vick Ballard vs. (KC) – With Donald Brown on the IR, Vick Ballard should see a healthy workload of carries in week sixteen against the Chiefs. Ballard is not as good as Charles who only ran for 10 yards against them last weekend, but the Colts are a smarter team with a better offense and should be able to find better opportunities for Ballard.
(GB) James Jones vs. (TEN) – Jones now leads the league in touchdowns catches; start the guy leading the league in touchdowns catches.
(STL) Danny Amendola vs. (TB) – In his first game back from injury, once again, Amendola caught his third touchdown pass of the season on 12 targets. Amendola has seen games with targets of 9, 16, 9, 19, 5, 12, 11, and 12 this season, excellent numbers; start Danny with confidence anytime he is good to go.
(CIN) Jermaine Gresham vs. (PIT) – The Pittsburgh secondary has struggled the last few weeks, allowing Philip Rivers to have one of his better games of the season while and losing to Tony Romo and the Cowboys. A.J. Green is a must start this weekend as usual but can’t do it all alone. Sanu is still out and Hawkins is extremely hard to predict, so I would be very confident in starting Gresham as my tight end or in a flex spot.
(SEA) Russell Wilson vs. (SF) – In what is the Superbowl week for the majority of fantasy weekends, I would not be looking to start either Wilson or Kaepernick in their Monday night matchup against each other. The Seahawks and ‘49ers host two of the best defenses in the entire league and have been flexing their defensive muscle in recent weeks. Despite how good Wilson has been in particular, I might try finding someone else to start in the biggest week of the season.
(SF) Colin Kaepernick vs. (SEA) – See Above ‘Russell Wilson’
(CIN) BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. (PIT) – It has been a much better season for the Law Firm than I would have predicted, already sitting on more than 1000 yards with six touchdowns, including four 100-yard games in his last five starts. The run of success for BJGE should take a week off this weekend though when he is on the road against the Steelers, as both teams compete for the playoffs.
(ARZ) Beanie Wells vs. (CHI) – Beanie was great last week for anyone who started him as he ran for three touchdowns before the game was through and could be a hot topic for this coming weekend. I myself however am not too interested in starting Beanie for another week, especially against the Bears. Also, Beanie was handed two of his touchdowns by the Lions themselves on turnovers in their own redzone.
(JAX) Montell Owens vs. (NE) – Montell Owens is the lone back for Jacksonville so he is almost guaranteed a decent workload, but since the Jaguars struggle so much to not fall behind, that workload is never quite as big as it could be.
(NE) Brandon Lloyd vs. (JAX) – ten catches for 190 yards last week, and 89 with a touchdown the week before, where has this been all season? None-the-less, I am not starting Lloyd in week sixteen if I have the choice. The Jaguars suck and could let Lloyd break a big one, but the Patriots running game and short pass game will be enough to control and win this game. Rob Gronkowski may play.
(SF) Michael Crabtree vs. (SEA) – Since I am expecting it to be a tough, low scoring game between the ‘49ers and Seahawks on Monday night, I am not expecting much from the teams wide outs. I am more comfortable in starting Michael Crabtree if I had to, as he is the more consistent receiver. The potential of Seattle CB Richard Sherman to miss this game could be very good for Crabtree however, so if it is ruled that Sherman can’t play, starting Michael is much safer.
(SEA) Sidney Rice vs. (SF) – See Above ‘Michael Crabtree’
(IND) Dwayne Allen vs. (KC) – Had a touchdown last week but only saw three targets each of the last two weeks. Against the bad Chiefs team that doesn’t allow much to opposing tight ends, am look elsewhere for a TE this weekend.