Updated 2017 Fantasy Football: Week 16 Rankings | Sleepers | Projections
Okay, first things first before the Week 16 rankings, sleepers and projections.
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Week 16 QB Sleepers
Philip Rivers, LAC @ NYJ – I really want to go back to Nick Foles, but he was last week's pick. You know what? He's still this week's pick too! Go Foles!
If you're looking for a higher-level option and were disappointed in Rivers' Week 15 pick-filled performance, it's time to forgive and forget. Despite being a favorable matchup, something with Rivers just doesn't click in Kansas City, but it should snap back in Week 16 against the Jets. Every quarterback has scored at least 14.3 points against the Jets, and they have allowed eight games of 20-plus with Tyrod Taylor hitting 31.8 and Alex Smith 41.3. No, Rivers won't rush for one like Taylor and Smith, but he can easily be the 10th quarterback to throw for multiple touchdowns.
Week 16 RB Sleepers
Joe Mixon, CIN vs. DET – Obviously, Mixon needs to pass the protocol to play, but assuming he does, you can get him back in the lineup. If Mixon is out, Giovani Bernard becomes intriguing despite his quiet performance in Week 15. Why? Well, the Lions weren't stopping any running backs before the Buccaneers mishmosh of a backfield in Week 14 and the Bears going away from the run once behind last week. In fact, the Lions gave up five double-digit scores in the previous four games and a sixth in PPR scoring.
C.J. Anderson, DEN @ WSH – It all comes full circle, doesn't it? Here he is, Mr. C.J. Anderson. The apple of my eye and the bane of my existence all at the same time. I know I shouldn't do this, but, whatever...
Anderson has dominated the Broncos backfield the past three games and just put up 158 on 30 carries against the Colts. The Redskins are limping to the finish line, and the only concern for Anderson now is if Paxton Lynch or Brock Osweiler torpedoes his value.
Deeper: Theo Riddick, DET; Jonathan Stewart, CAR; Kerwynn Williams or Elijhaa Penny, ARI
Week 16 WR Sleepers
Devin Funchess, CAR vs. TB – Yes, Week 15 was frustrating, and there is some concern over Greg Olsen's impact, but this offense can support two options… it's still just two. Fortunately, the Buccaneers also present the best rebound potential of any team. The allow the most FPPG to receivers and have given up a touchdown to them in all but two games: one with Brett Hundley at quarterback for the Packers and the other where Deonte Thompson still put up 107 yards for the Bills. Funchess has been too good for too long since Kelvin Benjamin headed off to Buffalo for you to be upset over one game.
Martavis Bryant, PIT @ HOU – Bryant hasn't succeeded in his attempts to be the Steelers No. 2 option, but with Antonio Brown out, he's thrust back into that role anyway. Part of Bryant's issue is his limited route running ability, but at least he can run the nine/deep route and is a solid touchdown maker.
More good news… the Texans allow the third most FPPG to receivers and have given up the most receptions of 40-plus yards (16), three more than the second place Chiefs.
Stefon Diggs, MIN @ GB – Diggs found solid Fantasy value and the end zone for the first time in weeks, and a game against the Packers gives him a great chance to finish with back-to-back good games. Only the Cowboys have given up more receiver touchdowns than the Packers, including four allowed in the last two games.
Mike Wallace, BAL vs. IND – As with Bryant, Wallace is a deep-play based receiver, and he too has a matchup boosting that potential. The Colts are fourth in receptions of 40 or more yards allowed and first in plays of 20-plus yards (61). The Colts have also given up four touchdowns to receivers in the last three games with Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin, Keelan Cole and Marqise Lee being the beneficiaries. Latimer? Really?
Deeper: Paul Richardson, SEA; Tyrell Williams, LAC; Adam Humphries, TB (if DeSean Jackson is out, and Chris Godwin for deep leagues)
Week 16 TE Sleepers
Jesse James, PIT @ HOU – Yes, that was a catch. Logic needs to win out at some point. James had 12 targets, 10 receptions and 97 yards against the Ravens in Week 14 and little to nothing last week on five targets… well… dumb call notwithstanding.
Antonio Brown is out and the Texans can't stop the tight end. James has TE1 upside and the chance for a touchdown that counts this week.
Fantasy Football Week 16 Rankings | Week 16 Flex Rankings
I couldn't find an appropriate spot for this GIF (not that most of these truly fit anway this week) but this one is a gem, so consider it a Christmas present from me to you. I'm sure Marshawn Lynch wouldn't mind a few bags of these under the tree.
Fantasy Football Week 16 Projections: QBs
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