Week 16 Fantasy Football Sneakiest Plays
Brandon Murchison of RotoExperts.com drops off his sneakiest Fantasy Football plays at each position for Week 16 and your championship.
Matt Barkley vs. Washington Redskins
Since taking over for the injured Jay Cutler, the Chicago Bears’ offense has seemed more consistent on a weekly basis under Barkley. He doesn’t lock onto receivers, and has poise in the pocket while he reads his progressions. Coming off a 362-yard, two-TD performance, Barkley will be facing a Redskins defense that has been the worst in points allowed to the position over the last month. Going up against the high-octane Skins’ offense, one has to assume that the passing attack for the Bears will have to at least keep pace. With the return of Alshon Jeffrey, Barkley has a top-end target to utilize in this matchup. While Jordan Howard will undoubtedly get his, look for Barkley to put up some very solid numbers in Week 16. I wouldn’t expect that you would start him in season-long championship games, but a 280-yard, three-TD game is not out of the realm for DFS players here. This is all, of course, weather permitting. Adverse weather has killed production in Fantasy over the last two weeks.
Charles Sims @ New Orleans Saints
In the two weeks that Sims has been back from injury, he has been less than involved in the offense for Tampa Bay, as it has been the Doug Martin show. Look for that to change in this week’s matchup on the road in New Orleans. NFC South games in New Orleans tend to be shootouts, which puts more weight on the shoulders of Jameis Winston and the passing game and falls under the skill set of Charles Sims.
Although I don’t expect for him to be heavily involved in the rushing game, he will make his hay in the reception department in this one. I expect Sims to haul in six catches for 70 yards while also finding the end-zone. You can call this my longshot for the week. It would take some guts to include him in your Flex for a seasonal title, but he could be the cheap option in DFS that will help you build a winning lineup.
John Brown @ Seattle Seahawks
Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve had a John Brown sighting. This is not a drill. After a total of seven catches over the last seven games, Brown finally shows back up in Week 15 with a five-catch, 81-yard and a score performance. Has he finally returned to form, or is this a one-off game? Week 16 will be big test for Brown, as the Cardinals go on the road to Seattle. One might think that this will be a tough spot for Brown, but the Seahawks have actually allowed the second-most TDs to opposing WRs over the last four weeks. With the loss of Earl Thomas, the Seahawks’ secondary has been slightly exposed. While Seattle’s offense should put up plenty of points in this one, the Cardinals will be playing from behind. Larry Fitzgerald will more than likely see the majority of coverage from Richard Sherman, while Brown will play out of the slot and should find plenty of room to roam. A repeat of his performance from Week 15 seems quite feasible in Week 16, as I can see him going for five catches and 90 yards with a score. He’s a very Sneaky Play as a WR3/Flex in your seasonal title game, and a DFS option that I see players avoiding this week so they’re not chasing the previous game’s points.
Charles Clay vs. Miami Dolphins
Clay has always been a very streaky producer as a tight end and if you can catch him on the right week, he can provide you with plenty of value for a cheap price. That has been the case over the last two games, in which he’s gone off for 10 total catches and two TDs. In Week 16, he will look to continue the hot streak against a Dolphins defense that has allowed the second-most TDs the position over the last month. I say ride the wave as long as it lasts if you stream TEs on a weekly basis. He should finish this game with four catches for 65 yards and a score. He’s worthy of consideration as a low-end TE1 this week, while in the DFS world he could be a highly-owned option in Week 16.
Greg Zuerlein vs. San Francisco 49ers
In a matchup of the offense that can’t move the ball versus the defense that can’t stop anyone, who wins? The kickers, that’s who. Look for the Rams to be able to get into scoring position enough to warrant consideration of Zuerlein as a streaming option at kicker in Week 16. He will also be a very cheap option in DFS, which is where many owners look to save money as they are building their lineups.
Tennessee Titans @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The follow Blake Bortles train makes its weekly stop here, as the Titans get their turn to take advantage of the turnover happy Jaguars offense in this one. They will be worth the stream in Week 16 with a low floor for points, but the potential for a pick-six in this one. Start them with confidence in your seasonal title game. In DFS, this will be a defense that many owners will have their eyes on; expect then ownership to be high.
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