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GRAB BAG: Week 16

For the majority of leagues, this is what the season all boils down to – one last week. You’ve fought hard, made trades, scoured the waiver wire all season and it is all coming to fruition. Destiny awaits. For some of you, there is still one last hurdle to jump before the big game. So let’s not waste any time!

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins

If you’ve been streaming quarterbacks all year, Fitzpatrick is the guy you want. Averaging 285 yards over the last 5 games – as well as throwing multiple touchdowns in 3 of those 5 – Fitzpatrick has been quite reliable. Facing off against the Bengals in Week 16 provides a promising matchup for the 15 year veteran.

You can still find Fitzpatrick in 75-85% of leagues. He can provide week-winning numbers in any matchup.

WR Kenny Stills – Houston Texans

Stills has scored 3 times in as many games. He is averaging 13 yards per reception in those games, as well. The Buccaneers have surrendered loads of points to fantasy wide receivers this year. Here’s the kicker – over his last two games against Tampa, Stills has caught 12 balls for 262 yards. His 7 grabs for 180 yards was from perennial backup quarterback, Matt Moore. Imagine what DeShaun Watson will do for him.

I added Stills to my teams last week because of how excited I am for his upcoming performance. He’s still available in 75-85% of leagues – unless you’re facing me.

RB Mike Boone – Minnesota Vikings

After Dalvin Cook exited the game early and Alexander Mattison had been ruled out before the game, Boone took over the lead ball carrier duties. His 13 carries, 56 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns were all career highs – all numbers that could be eclipsed if Mattison and Cook miss Week 16 against the Packers. Ameer Abdullah will likely take a few snaps as well, but only as a change-of-pace back.

Boone is unowned virtually everywhere. He’s worth a start unless either Cook or Mattison return from injury.

WR Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears

Solely based on his targets share over the last 5 weeks, Miller should be owned in every fantasy league. He was targeted a season high 15 times in Week 15, catching 9 of them for 118 yards and a score. Miller is showing the talent that got him drafted in the 2nd round of the 2018 draft – talent that can take him and your fantasy team to great places. He comes into a potential shootout situation in Week 16 against the Chiefs.

Miller’s explosive ability and roughly 75% availability make him a wide out to look for this week.

RB Adrian Peterson – Washington Redskins

Opportunity continues to speak in fantasy football, and Peterson is getting a lot of it. He is averaging 16.3 carries per game over his last 3 contests. In games where he gets at least 16 carries, Peterson averages 89.8 rushing yards. His Week 16 opponents, the Giants, are giving up 115.1 rushing per game this season.

This former NFL MVP could be your fantasy MVP this week. He is nearly 50% available across many leagues.

TE O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Howard burned everyone who drafted him back in August. With Mike Evans hitting the shelf, Howard has become relevant again – at least 5 targets and 4 catches in each of his last 3 contests. Houston has been quite beatable against tight ends this season – giving up 10 catches on 10 targets and 2 touchdowns in their last two games.

Most people gave up on Howard weeks ago, making him 50-65% unrostered.

QB Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals

Week 15 wasn’t very kind to Dalton as he threw for only 151 yards and 4 interceptions against the Patriots. Week 16 presents an interesting storyline for for the veteran signal caller – an audition for his new team. Dalton’s contract is for over $17 million and very little of it is ‘dead cap’ – making him a likely cut candidate next season. Dalton’s opponent this week, the Dolphins, should make for a good matchup – and a victory doesn’t hurt their draft stock.

If you’re scrambling for a quarterback – or couldn’t nab a higher tiered one – Dalton is available in more than 90% of leagues.

RB Duke Johnson – Houston Texans

The Texans need to win this week and Johnson will play a significant role in their game plan. In the past 3 weeks, he has hauled in 13 receptions for 113 yards – he is even averaging 4.65 yards per carry in his last 5 games. In Week 16, Johnson could see a good number of targets against the Buccaneers who have been giving non-pass catching backs fits this year. He also caught 4 of 4 targets against them last season.

Johnson is a bit harder to find outside of smaller leagues – he’s between 40-45% unowned. He’s got a solid floor in points per reception leagues.

Still need some help? Looks for these guys for your Week 16 matchups.

QB Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts
QB Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers
QB Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars
WR Darius Slayton – New York Giants
WR Randall Cobb – Dallas Cowboys
WR Russell Gage – Atlanta Falcons
RB Patrick Laird – Miami Dolphins
RB Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts
TE Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
TE Ryan Griffin – New York Jets

About Benjamin Ditlevson

I may be new to the Fantasy Football writing game, but I've been giving winning advice to friends and family for years. I have run numerous leagues including my league of record for 18 years. If I'm not working/studying Fantasy Football, I'm spending time with my wife and my furry, long-eared kids, Cinna and Grayson.