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Week 16 - Do or Die!

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Although Week 15 was packed with amazing performances from many key fantasy studs, Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker has topped the headlines. His six field goals, including a 61-yard go-ahead blast in the fourth quarter, sealed the late comeback victory for Baltimore, and more importantly, kept their playoff hopes alive. In his postgame interview, his reference to helping both his “real team” and his fantasy football team win made the event even more memorable for fantasy football fans.

Whether you are in a battle for the fantasy Super Bowl this week or just trying to close the season on a positive note, take a dive with me as we look into Week 16.

Quarterback

Andy Dalton has been very frustrating this year for fantasy owners. As soon as it appears that Dalton has reached the next level as he showed from Weeks 6-8, he posted a complete dud in Week 9. With Cincinnati battling for playoff seeding, he should be productive in Week 16 against Minnesota. Minnesota has allowed the second-most points to opposing quarterbacks, including three passing touchdowns in each of the last two weeks. Cincinnati’s quarterback also has performed considerably better at home with a quarterback rating almost 20 points higher than on the road this season.

Week 16 forecast: 250 passing yards, 2 TD

Running Back


Not much has worked for the Oakland Raiders this year. However, their rushing attack has been one of the few bright spots. As usual, Darren McFadden has missed more games than he has started, but Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece have filled in admirably. Jennings returned from his own injury and was dynamic against a tough Kansas City line. Jennings ran for 91 yards with two scores and averaged 4.0 yards per carry. Jennings will shine again in Week 16 against an average San Diego defense and should receive the bulk of carries.

Week 16 forecast: 100 total yards, TD

Wide Receiver


Mike Wallace may be the more talented Miami wide receiver, but also lacks consistency. If you are looking to fill your second or third wide receiver slot, don’t forget about Brian Hartline. Hartline has averaged 9.5 targets with at least five catches per game over his last six contests. With a matchup against the Buffalo defense that allows the fourth-most points to opposing wide receivers, Hartline should reward fantasy owners this weekend. Don’t forget that he hauled in six passes earlier this year against Buffalo’s weak secondary.

Week 16 forecast: 80 receiving yards, TD

Tight End


The Arizona defense continues to play well this season, but consistently struggles against opposing tight ends. In fact, the Cardinals have allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends over the last six games and surrender the most points to the position. Seattle tight end Zach Miller has been quiet over the last two games, but will be welcoming Arizona to CenturyLink Field where he has averaged almost 50 yards per game. If you are desperate at tight end, consider Miller based on this great matchup.

Week 16 forecast: 50 receiving yards, TD

Defense/Special Teams

After a heartbreaking defeat at home on Monday Night Football, the Detroit Lions must win to stay in playoff contention. Fortunately, they will welcome the dreadful New York Giants offense to Motown. After seeming to “turn the corner,” the Giants have looked awful over the last two games where they have allowed six sacks, while Eli Manning has thrown seven interceptions. Detroit should pressure Manning the entire game and be a strong start in Week 15.

Week 16 forecast: 13 points
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Week 15 Results: I hope you listened!

Quarterback - Matt Ryan

Week 15 forecast: 250 passing yards, 2 TD
Week 15 results: 210 passing yards, TD, INT (good call)

Running Back - Eddie Lacy
Week 15 forecast: 125 total yards, TD
Week 15 results: 171 total yards, TD (great call)

Wide Receiver - James Jones
Week 15 forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD
Week 15 results: 49 receiving yards, TD (good call)

Tight End - Delanie Walker

Week 15 forecast: 75 receiving yards, TD
Week 15 results: 53 receiving yards, TD (good call)

Defense/Special Teams - Chicago Bears
Week 15 forecast: 13 points
Week 15 results: 11 points (good call) - points may vary based on league scoring settings

Good luck in Week 16. Bring home the trophy!