Your holiday gifts are wrapped, your cookies are baked, and your fantasy football lineup is just about set. If you are still playing in Week 16, then you are likely dueling for the coveted fantasy championship in your league. Whether you are vying for a trophy, money, or simply pride, it is imperative to put your best team on the field this weekend.
Take a dive with me as discuss several players that may help you inch closer to hoisting your league’s trophy!
QB Kirk Cousins
In the beginning of the season, Kirk Cousins’ job was potentially in hiatus with Robert Griffin III looming on the bench. Today, fantasy owners are considering starting Cousins in their championship matchup due to his strong play and favorable matchup in Week 16 when the Washington Redskins visit division rival Philadelphia Eagles. Over the last seven games, Philly has allowed an average of 279 passing yards and almost three passing touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. Cousins’ has been posting top tier quarterback lines with a quarterback rating over 100 in 5 of his last 6 games. Additionally, he threw for 290 passing yards and a score in a Week 4 win against the Eagles. If you are in need of a quarterback or your starter has a difficult matchup this weekend, then consider Kirk Cousins for Week 16. Also, be sure to mimic him by yelling “You like that! You like that!” to your opponent after he throws a touchdown!
Week 16 Projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD
With Jonathan Stewart potentially on the shelf for Week 16, look for Cameron Artis-Payne to lead the undefeated Carolina Panther’s running back committee. Although Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert were in the mix last weekend Artis-Payne was the clear lead back as he rushed 14 times for 56 yards and added two catches for 34 yards. Carolina visits the Atlanta Falcons who have allowed the 4th most fantasy points and 2nd highest touchdown total to opposing backs. If you are desperate at RB or handcuffing Jonathan Stewart, then consider Artis-Payne this weekend.
Week 16 Projection: 75 total yards; 1 TD
It may appear I am jumping on the Washington Redskins’ bandwagon, which I may for fantasy purposes as their offense has been hitting on all cylinders recently. As Kirk Cousins’ play has improved, veteran wideout DeSean Jackson has also begun a mini-breakout for the second half of the season. Jackson has scored in four of the last five games and should have a “chip” on his shoulder in a Week 16 matchup against his former team led by head coach Chip Kelly. The Philadelphia Eagles have surrendered the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing wideouts including touchdowns to the position in every week this season except one. Start D-Jax!
Week 16 Projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE Ben Watson
Generally, I try to avoid recommending the same player more than once in the regular season, but Watson deserves attention for Week 16. The veteran tight end had huge shoes to fill when Jimmy Graham was traded to Seattle, but he has performed exceptionally well and consistent. After a mid-season breakout, Watson began to cool off and was held without any catch until late in Week 15’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Detroit Lions. However, Watson rewarded fantasy owners again with 6 catches for 49 receiving yards and a touchdown as he heated up in the 4th quarter. He should be in store for an encore when the Jacksonville Jaguars’ visit the “Big Easy” in Week 16. The Jags have surrendered the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends and have been torched for two touchdowns and over 100 yards in three of the last four games by opposing tight ends. Consider Watson as a low TE1 or high TE2 for Week 16. However, his ceiling will shrink if Drew Brees sits this weekend.
Week 16 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD
Defense/Special Teams Detroit Lions
Although the Detroit Lions’ defense almost choked against the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, they were able to hold onto the lead until the final tick, which had been an issue earlier in the season. Detroit welcomes the San Francisco 49ers to Ford Field for an enticing Week 16 matchup. The 49ers’ offense has allowed 13 sacks, 3 interceptions, and a fumble recovery to opposing defenses over the last two games. Grab Detroit if they are available for a juicy matchup!
Week 15 Results:
QB Matt Ryan
Week 15 Projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD
Week 15 Results: 246 passing yards; 1 TD; 1 INT (good call)
Week 15 Projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD
Week 15 Results: 74 total yards (ok call)
Week 15 Projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 15 Results: 18 receiving yards
TE Will Tye
Week 15 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD
Week 15 Results: 43 receiving yards; 1 TD (good call)
Defense/Special Teams Miami Dolphins
Week 15 Projection: 11 points
Week 15 Results: 4 points (bad call)
Happy Holidays and good luck!