DeAndre Hopkins puts up a huge Week 16.
Hopkins found new life last week with Tom Savage at quarterback. Even though he didn’t find the end zone, he still had eight catches for 87 yards on 17 targets. Yes, I said 17 targets. Savage knows who he’s supposed to throw the ball to and that trend will continue this week. Hopkins does have a tough matchup against the Bengals, but he has the skills to be matchup-proof as long as he’s getting the ball thrown his way. Expect another healthy load of targets and a trip to pay dirt in Week 16. Hopkins will put up the type of numbers you were expecting when you drafted him in the first round.
Bench Brandin Cooks in the fantasy finals.
Like Hopkins, Cooks has also been very inconsistent this year. He has games where he completely disappears and doesn’t even catch a pass, but then he explodes for 186 yards and two scores. It’s very hard to bench a player who put up 30 fantasy points the week before, but that is what you need to do. Drew Brees struggled against the improving Tampa Bay defense two weeks ago as did Cooks. He’s going to need to catch a deep touchdown to save his fantasy day and I don’t see that happening. Look at one of the sleepers below for a better option.
Dontrelle Inman, WR, San Diego
Inman has had a nice stretch of games over the last month. He’s scored three touchdowns and is averaging right around five receptions per game. Inman has been very consistent and gets a date with the Cleveland Browns this week. The matchup alone warrants a fantasy play for him. Owned in less than 40% of fantasy leagues, Inman is a great substitute for guys like Cooks and Brandon Marshall this week.
Cameron Meredith, WR, Chicago
Staying on the wide receiver path, Meredith is another great play this week. He’s a very talented player, but for some reason Jay Cutler barely targeted him. Now that Matt Barkley is behind center, Meredith has really shined. Over the past two games, he has seen 21 targets. He’s caught 15 of those targets for 176 yards and a score. Meredith is a must-start this week against Washington. You have to figure Josh Norman will square up with Alshon Jeffery for much of the day so Meredith should find plenty of room to operate.
Lock of the Week
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego
Henry is clearly the tight end of the future for the Chargers, but his value will continue to take a hit until Antonio Gates retires. Even with the splitting of targets, Henry still manages to keep scoring touchdowns. That trend will keep going in Week 16 against the lowly Browns. Cleveland has allowed 12 touchdowns to tight ends this season and Henry has scored seven so far. Pencil in number eight and if he can steal some more balls from Gates, he could be one of the top scoring tight ends in fantasy this week.