NFL Week 16 Start/Sit/Grab/Drop

Welcome to Start/Sit/Grab/Drop for Week 16, where I not only take a look at which players you should start or sit, but identify players to grab from waivers and disappointing players you can safely drop.

START


Jalen Hurts (QB - PHI) @ DAL


Jalen Hurts, take a bow. If you started Hurts right after picking him up from waivers, you’re probably in the fantasy finals, unless you went up against the Tannehill owner. Regardless of your outcome this past week, Hurts has established himself as a league winner in the fantasy playoffs, especially when you consider he’s playing the Dallas Cowboys in the finals, a team that gives up 19.2 FPPG to the QB position. He has a solid rushing floor as he’s run the ball 29 times for 169 yards in his first two starts. Hurts also just threw for over 300 yards against the Cardinals so he could confidently be started as a top 6 QB this week.


Other QBs to start:


Tom Brady - TB (@ DET)

Baker Mayfield - CLE (@ NYJ



Le'Veon Bell (RB - KC) vs ATL


On paper, the matchup isn’t great for Le’Veon Bell against the Atlanta Falcons, who have a very stout run defense that gives up just 15.3 FPPG to RBs. That being said, Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is most likely out for the rest of the regular season, so his touches have to go somewhere and I believe the bulk of them will go to Bell. Kansas City signed Le’Veon Bell for this exact situation and we know he’s an exceptional pass catcher so the matchup doesn’t scare me. You could roll out Bell as a solid RB2 in the fantasy finals since he should see quite a few targets.


Other RBs to start:


Myles Gaskin - MIA (@ LV)

JD McKissic - WAS (vs CAR)

David Johnson - HOU (vs CIN)



Marvin Jones Jr. (WR - DET) vs TB


MJJ has been getting peppered with targets over the last four games and I expect that to continue against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their defense that gives up 25 FPPG to WRs. It took him a while, but over the last month, Jones has really taken advantage of Kenny Golladay’s absence. He’s seen 12, 12, 8 and 12 targets respectively over his last 4 games with two 100+ yard games and 2 TDs over that span. If you have MJJ on your roster, don’t hesitate to start him as a solid WR2 in the finals.


Other WRs to start:


Emmanuel Sanders - NO (vs MIN)

Darnell Mooney - CHI (@ JAX)

Allen Lazard - GB (vs TEN)



Logan Thomas (TE - WAS) vs CAR


Thomas has established himself as a top 8 TE for fantasy. I’m just going to go ahead and say it after being on the fence about the Washington Football Team starting TE for a while now. He has been a godsend for the TE streaming community and he should continue to produce for fantasy against the Carolina Panthers, who give up 8.6 FPPG to TEs. Sure, game script may have played a big part in Thomas’ huge game this past week, but Dwayne Haskins targeted him 15 times against the Seahawks! That’s now 9, 7 and 15 targets respectively over his last three weeks. You can start Thomas with no reservations in your finals matchups.


Other TEs to start:


Austin Hooper - CLE (@ NYJ)

Tyler Eifert - JAX (vs CHI)

SIT




Russell Wilson (QB - SEA) vs LAR


This is a bit of a hot take, but ever since Russell Wilson trademarked the phrase “Let Russ Cook”, he’s been doing anything but that. Wilson hasn’t finished as a top 5 fantasy QB since Week 8 against the 49ers. That’s a long, long time ago and it doesn’t get any easier for him in the fantasy finals against the Los Angeles Rams, who give up a measly 13.2 FPPG to the QB position. That’s if you even reached the finals with his performance against Washington. You really should be exploring other QB options on the waiver wire this week like Tom Brady and even Baker Mayfield, but I would understand if you still feel compelled to start Wilson.


Other QBs to sit:


Kirk Cousins - MIN (@ NO)

Ben Roethlisberger - PIT (vs IND)



Kenyan Drake (RB - ARI) vs SF


Drake failed to do much of anything against the Philadelphia Eagles this past week, turning 12 touches into just 40 total yards and 0 TDs. It wasn’t a great game for the Cardinals RB and I don’t expect things to get much better this week against the 49ers, who allow 15.9 FPPG to RBs. Now, Tony Pollard dominated that same San Francisco defense, but he did most of his damage in the receiving game. Drake hasn’t been getting as many targets as teammate Chase Edmonds and may be running into a brick wall more often than not, so he’s one to avoid this week.


Other RBs to sit:


Mike Davis - CAR (@ WAS)

Nyheim Hines - IND (@ PIT)

Todd Gurley II - ATL (@ KC)




Robby Anderson (WR - CAR) @ WAS


Anderson saw a season low five targets last week against the Green Bay Packers, in a game where the Panthers were playing catchup from the get-go. Even though he was being shadowed by shutdown corner Jaire Alexander for most of the game, those are very disappointing numbers. This week, Carolina is facing Washington and their stout defensive line that should be pressuring Teddy Bridewater all day and making things difficult for the Panthers QB. Washington’s fierce pass rush allows their defense to shine against WRs, allowing just 19 FPPG to the position, so Anderson is in position for another down game this week.


Other WRs to sit:


Tyler Lockett - SEA (vs LAR)

Cole Beasley - BUF (@ NE)

DJ Chark Jr. - JAX (vs CHI)



Jonnu Smith (TE - TEN) @ GB


Smith is such a physically gifted TE, but Tennessee seems to have trouble finding ways to utilize him effectively in their offense. He finally had a decent game this past week against the Detroit Lions, where he caught all five of his targets for 52 yards and 0 TDs, but it wasn’t an incredible performance. It was dead average for the TE position and that was in a good matchup, but this week Smith is up against a Green Bay Packers defense giving up just 6 FPPG to TEs. It’s going to be difficult for the Titans TE to get anything going in that one.


Other TEs to sit:


Eric Ebron - PIT (vs IND)

Zach Ertz - PHI (@ DAL)

GRAB




Tony Pollard (RB - DAL) vs PHI


If Tony Pollard is still somehow available on waivers, he has to be the priority add this week. There’s a chance Ezekiel Elliott comes back next week, but what a year 2020 is when Zeke returning to the lineup is probably a bad thing for your fantasy team. As the lead dog, Pollard went off against the 49ers, turning 18 touches into 132 yards and 2 TDs. He was more efficient than Zeke was in any game following Dak Prescott’s injury. If Zeke is out for Week 16, Pollard could no doubt be a league winner and should be started as an RB1.


Other players to grab from waivers:


Quarterbacks (QB)


Marcus Mariota - LV (vs MIA)

Mitchell Trubisky - CHI (@ JAX)

Baker Mayfield - CLE (@ NYJ)


Running Backs (RB)


Salvon Ahmed - MIA (@ LV)

Sony Michel - NE (vs BUF)

Le’Veon Bell - KC (vs ATL)


Wide Receivers (WR)


Chad Hansen - HOU (vs CIN)

Russell Gage - ATL (@ KC)

Tyron Johnson - LAC (vs DEN)


Tight Ends (TE)


Austin Hooper - CLE (@ NYJ)

Tyler Eifert - JAX (vs CHI)

Jordan Akins - HOU (vs CIN)


Defense/Special Teams (DST)


Houston Texans - vs CIN

Washington Football Team - vs CAR

Philadelphia Eagles - @ DAL


DROP


DJ Chark Jr. (WR - JAX)


Heading into the fantasy finals, it’s time to strategically cut bait on DJ Chark Jr. and use him as a landmine for your opponent to pick up and possibly play in their FLEX. Chark has been a tremendous disappointment this season and is up against a solid Chicago Bears defense in the championship week. He’s unlikely to produce a great fantasy statline, so why not drop him in the hopes of your opponent starting him and dealing with the headache you’ve had all season? That’s what I would do.


Other players to drop:


Cam Newton (QB - NE)

Todd Gurley II (RB - ATL)

Jordan Reed (TE - SF)

Thanks for reading! Hopefully this article helps you bring home that coveted Fantasy Football Championship. Check back with us over the off-season so we can keep #FixingYourFantasy. Good luck!


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