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THE DIVE: Week 16 (Frigid Finale)

With Christmas on Sunday, Week 16’s schedule is one for the ages. There will be one game on Thursday, twelve on Saturday, two on Sunday, and one on Monday. Eight of these games will be played in temperatures forecasted for 40 degrees or colder. In fact, the current game forecast in Green Bay is 29 degrees and foggy. You may be having second thoughts about starting your studs when the weather is projected to be that cold!

For most leagues, Week 16 is championship week. Hopefully, your team is still alive and ready to win the trophy during this holiday weekend!

QB Philip Rivers

Despite a disappointing season for San Diego Chargers fans, Philip Rivers has been relatively consistent this season as a source for touchdowns as well as picks. In fact, he has thrown multiple touchdowns in seven straight games, but also thrown 14 interceptions during that same time frame. For faithful Philip Rivers owners, your day has arrived. In Week 16, Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers visit the Cleveland Browns who have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing quarterbacks. Rivers has performed well in three previous games against the Browns and should be a mid-tiered QB1. Although the game will be in the 30s, snow and rain shouldn’t be a factor nor hinder Rivers’ performance.

Week 16: 250 passing yards; 2 TD


RB Terrance West

Terrance West appeared to be losing his grip on the Baltimore Ravens’ starting running back job to Kenneth Dixon recently. However, West rushed 13 times to Dixon’s 9 attempts last weekend and impressed by averaging at least five yards per carry in three of the last five games. West has also caught at least three passes in each of the past four games as well. West and the Baltimore Ravens will visit the division leading Pittsburgh Steelers who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing running backs.   Look for West to encore last weekend’s solid performance with another gem.

Week 16: 80 total yards; 1 TD


WR Tyler Lockett

The Arizona Cardinals’ feared secondary has now become one to target.   After the New Orleans Saints’ wide receivers torched them for over 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns, they appear more vulnerable than ever. Tyler Lockett and the Seattle Seahawks will be hosting the Arizona Cardinals who have surrendered the 8th most fantasy points and continue to fall further down the ranks. Although Russell Wilson may not post the same elite numbers as Drew Brees last weekend, he will continue to target Lockett who average 78 receiving yards, but also scored twice including a 75-yard run. Treat Lockett as WR3 or Flex with high upside.

Week 15 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD


TE Dion Sims

Miami Dolphins’ tight end Dion Sims has scored four times over the last four games and has entered the fantasy radar for Week 16. Sims’ matchup against a Buffalo Bills defense that has allowed the 22nd most fantasy points to tight ends may not be overly favorable, but he should still be considered as a low-TE2/high-TE3. Sims appeared to have strong chemistry with backup quarterback Matt Moore who appears to be set for another start in Week 16.

Week 15 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD


DST Green Bay Packers

The Green Bay Packers defense began the year well, struggled mightily midseason, but now appear to finishing the year strong. During their recent four game winning streak, the Packers defense has generated 10 sacks, 9 interceptions, and 3 fumble recoveries.   With a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings’ disintegrating offense on Lambeau Field in foggy below freezing temperatures, look for the Packers defense to post another strong outing.   Minnesota allows the 11th most points to opposing defenses and played poorly against the Indianapolis Colts defense last weekend. Their offense appears to have thrown in the towel and it won’t get any easier against Green Bay who is still vying for playoff contention.

Week 15 projection: 12 points


Weel 15 results:   A couple solid predictions!

QB Colin Kaepernick

Week 15 projection: 200 passing yards; 30 rushing yards; 2 TD

Week 15 results: 183 passing yards; 21 rushing yards; 2 TD (good call)

RB Kenneth Farrow

Week 15 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

Week 15 results 53 total yards; 1 fumble lost (bad call)

WR Adam Thielen

Week 15 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 15 results 0 receiving yards; left game early with injury (bad call)

TE Charles Clay

Week 15 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 15 results: 72 receiving yards; 1 TD (good call)

D/ST Atlanta Falcons

Week 15 projection: 11 points

Week 15 results 8 points (ok call)

Good luck in championship week and have a great holiday weekend!

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.