Fantasy Attack: Week 16
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It’s Week 16. In pretty much every league that matters, it’s Championship Week. You’re either stressing over your upcoming championship games or diving into fantasy basketball or fantasy hockey at this point. Or you’re me and doing all of the above, because there is no off-season in fantasy sports.
I’m in two championship games this week, which isn’t a bad total when you’re in five leagues. One of the semi-finals came down to Monday night, when I was up 15 points but going against a team with Drew Brees. I didn’t like my chances, but somehow the fantasy gods smiled upon my team and moved it on to the finals.
Talk amongst readers that I included Brees in my Fave 5 last week as a reverse jinx is purely speculation. At least that’s my story. I’ve got nothing like that going on this week, as we’re all about helping you win your championship(s).
Russell Wilson (17.60 DRAFT proj.): The Hall of Famer is going to have to do a ton of throwing on Sunday night against a Chiefs team that’s been known to get into a shootout or two. He isn’t the flashiest fantasy quarterback out there (that’s been his Week 16 opponent this season), but he gets the job done in the big moments. I’ve seen him win fantasy championships before, and I expect to see it again this week.
Davante Adams (16.40 DRAFT proj.): It hasn’t been a banner season for the Packers. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have many people to throw the ball too. That’s been good news for Adams owners, as he’s gotten over ten targets four out of the last five weeks. Expect that trend to continue in New Jersey against a Jets team that’s been known to get carved up by quarterbacks. Adams will be the beneficiary.
Nick Chubb (16.20 DRAFT proj.): You want your running backs to be playing against the Bengals, especially when your running back is coming off a 100 yard performance in Week 15. Chubb lit Cincinnati up for 24 points in their Week 12 meeting, and there’s no reason not to expect a similar result here in Week 16, It’s been nothing but double digits for Chubb the last six weeks, and I’m guessing a lot of his owners are in championship games. It’s the closest the Browns have been to a championship game since 1987. (Hey, I gotta get my Browns jokes in now while I still can.)
Phillip Lindsay (14.40 DRAFT proj.): The undrafted Broncos running back has been one of the best stories of the 2018 season, and if you picked him up early on you’ve benefited from double-digit point weeks in six out of his last eight weeks. He had a poor showing against Cleveland & really didn’t do all that much in Week 14 against San Francisco, but he’s in a good spot to bounce back against a sorry, no account Raiders defense. All they need is a good pass rusher, but those don’t fall off trees.
Dak Prescott (19.00 DRAFT proj.): Odds are you’re probably not in the championship game if you rolled with Dak at QB1 this year. Especially if you started him in the playoffs last week. If, somehow, you have him on your roster and you’re in a championship game, you gotta think about running him out there against a Tampa Bay team that’s super easy to pass, run and score touchdowns against. Dak could be one of those guys nobody saw coming. Except us.
Philip Rivers (not listed): After a rough start on Thursday night, Rivers was able to turn things around & have a productive game against Kansas City. The sledding will be tougher this week when the Chargers host the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night. The Ravens’ defense has been stout for most of the season, and have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. I don’t see Rivers getting a whole lot accomplished.
Odell Beckham Jr. (12.00 DRAFT proj.): I’m not even sure if this guy will play. Even if he does, it’s not a great matchup. Even if the Giants “have no plans to shut him down”, he hasn’t practiced yet this week. The Giants are out of the hunt & going to Indianapolis to play a Colts team that is very much in the hunt. I think they’re better off letting Beckham rest, even if it puts us fantasy owners in a pickle.
Tevin Coleman (10.70 DRAFT proj.): Coleman was certainly the right Falcons running back last week. Dude got 145 yards & a touchdown against the Cardinals, having his most productive game since early November. That trend won’t continue this week. The Panthers’ front seven has been effective against the run all year, and should be able to bottle Coleman up this week.
George Kittle (12.50 DRAFT proj.): Kittle had the best post-game interview of Week 15, when he had to leave early to make it to WWE TLC on time. I’d love to put him over this week, but he’s going up against one of the greatest defenses of all time. The Bears completely shut down every tight end in their path, and Kittle won’t be any different. He’s going to need more than the Stone Cold Stunner to get something done.
Case Keenum (19% Yahoo-owned): To say that Keenum has been a disappointment in Denver this season would be a lie. Nobody except John Elway expected him to repeat what he did in 2017. He hasn’t been a viable fantasy QB1 for months now, but he just might be able to do a little something something against that sorry, no account Raider defense we were talking about early. If you’re in a 2 QB league, or if you’ve got a one-armed Cam Newton, Keenum might be worth a look.
Isaiah McKenzie (1% Yahoo-owned): The Buffalo Bills are still in the NFL, and Josh Allen’s actually been looking somewhat useful lately. McKenzie has benefitted from this, getting seven targets each of the last two weeks. He got carted off last week against the Lions, but got carted back onto the field later. You don’t see that too often. You can see wide receivers getting things done against New England, so McKenzie may be worth the dart throw if you’re in a pinch.
Zach Zenner (2% Yahoo-owned): I know I advised you all to stay away from Detroit Lions running backs not named Kerryon Johnson. Detroit also has an unenviable matchup this week with the Vikings. Zenner has benefitted from not being LeGarrette Blount or Theo Riddick, as he’s gotten double digit carries, 40-60 yards & a touchdown each of the last two weeks. He’s getting goal line work & more early down work every week. So you’re telling me there’s a chance!
Good luck, everybody!