Fantasy Football Talk: Week 16

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Well, Cam Newton and Aaron Jones are out for the season, pro-bowl snubs are all around, and the Browns haven’t been eliminated yet. Lets jump right into who to start, sit, and pick up off the waiver-wire. All point totals are done in the basic ESPN PPR point format.

Start:

Nick Chubb- Running Back- Cleveland Browns- He’s had a fantastic rookie season since the Carlos Hyde trade and now Chubb has a very favorable matchup versus the Bengals. The Bengals have allowed the second most total YPG to RBs, the third most total fantasy PPG to RBs, and the third most rushing TDs to RBs. Chubb has a crazy good matchup which should give him solid RB1 play value this week.

Mitch Trubisky- Quarterback- Chicago Bears- Trubisky has struggled as of late barely being able to even put up a QBR of 50 in a couple games. They play a 49ers team who has been friendly to QBs in the TD department as they have allowed 30 passing TDs to QBs. Trubisky has struggled with racking up yards so the potential for TDs makes him a super valuable play this week.

Robby Anderson- Wide Receiver- New York Jets- He finally started to look how he did last year. Anderson has been playing very well recently and now gets a super easy matchup versus the Packers. The Packers have allowed the second most reception TDs to WR all year and the fourth most fantasy PPG to WR also. The Packers do not have any stud players in their secondary which could let Robby Anderson do what he does best. Make big plays.

Sit:

Adrian Peterson- Running Back- Washington Redskins- He has had a really nice year considering all the circumstances. He is 33 years old and is getting a ton of workload too. They play the Titans this week who have been nothing short of outstanding versus the rush. They have allowed the second lowest rushing TDs to RBs all season, they’re the only team to not allow a reception TD to RBs either, and allow the second lowest total fantasy PPG to RBs as well. Keep in mind AP is 33 and his body is older. We are heading into week 16 so not only does he have a tough matchup, but his age at this point maybe be a major factor.

Kenny Golladay- Wide Receiver- Detroit Lions- Golladay had a nice streak going early this season as he was hidden behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones Jr, but has not looked good recently. He did break out last week though has he put up 21.6 fantasy points, but I think he will return to his slump this week. They play the Vikings who have allowed the second lowest amount of reception TDs to WR and the second lowest fantasy PPG to WR also. Personally, I do not like to mess with Xavier Rhodes, so I would say bench Golladay this week.

Kenyan Drake/ Kalen Ballage- Running Backs- Miami Dolphins- Ballage emerged last week and dropped 19.1 fantasy points. I think Drake still has a major role in the Miami backfield so we’ll just have to wait and see. With that said though, you have no business starting either against the Jaguar rush defense. Not only do we not know who will get the biggest nod from the coach, but the Jags are great against RBs. They have allowed the fifth lowest total fantasy PPG to RBs and only one reception TD to RBs all year. What scares me the most is that we do not know how carries will be split between them this week so we will have to wait and see.

Wire

Kalen Ballage- Running Back- Miami Dolphins- As I mentioned above, he put up 19.1 fantasy points while posting 12 carries, 123 rushing yards, and a TD. He looks like he could be the rushing back in Miami with Drake being a passing back, but time will tell. Ballage is definitely worth a pickup especially heading into championship week. He is only owned in 15% of ESPN leagues so give him a pickup.

Jamaal Williams- Running Back- Green Bay Packers- Aaron Jones is on IR and out for the season which means it’s Jamaal Williams time. He put up 19.7 fantasy points and showed really well in Jones’s absence. I picked him up in a couple leagues due to his workhorse potential, and I am even starting him in a championship game at FLEX. He is only owned in 57% of ESPN leagues and has a great ceiling.

Mike Williams- Wide Receiver- Los Angeles Chargers- He had a monster night against the Chiefs and with Keenan Allen questionable to play could find himself putting up similar numbers. Williams is a solid WR2 and has a massive ceiling if Allen doesn’t play. He gets force fed the ball when Allen isn’t in. Even when Allen is in though it helps since he doesn’t have the CB1 on him. He is only owned in 40% of ESPN leagues and can easily jump into a starting role in your lineup.

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