It’s Week 16. Crunch time. Remember what got your fantasy team to this point. Don’t over-think your decisions. If you have Jordy Nelson, play him. Do not worry about Green Bay resting players this week. The NFC East will be plentiful with passing yards while the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers will lead the way on the ground. Good luck this week and Happy Holidays!
I utilize statistical analysis combined with more than 15 years of fantasy football experience to give you an inside look of how players will perform on a week-to-week basis. The Studs list will be updated on a regular basis as players emerge and injuries occur, but be patient with those players listed early in the season. They were ranked and selected high in your draft for a reason.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.
2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Chicago
Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Tom Brady, New England vs. Miami
Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Tampa Bay
Matthew Stafford, Detroit vs. San Diego
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. Philadelphia
Matt Ryan, Atlanta at New Orleans
Philip Rivers, San Diego at Detroit
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis
Michael Vick, Philadelphia at Dallas: Vick had a very solid game against the New York Jets last, week throwing for 274 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 32 yards and a touchdown. Look for his passing numbers to increase this week as Vick attempts to match his Week 8 performance against the Cowboys when he threw for 279 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and 50 yards rushing. This Eagles team suddenly has a new life and they are the scariest team in the NFC East by far. You’ll see more reasons why this week.
Rex Grossman, Washington vs. Minnesota: Grossman had his worst game in over a month last week, throwing for just 185 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions against the New York Giants. He gets a much more favorable matchup this week against a Vikings defense that has been lit up to the tune of 260.4 yards passing per game this season (30th in the NFL). Look for Grossman to make up for last week’s performance with solid stats as he takes advantage of a soft Vikings pass defense.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore vs. Cleveland: Flacco had one of his worst games of the season the last time he faced the Browns (Week 13), throwing for 158 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Coming off a very disappointing showing on Sunday night, you can bet the Ravens will be very run-centric against a Browns team that has struggled mightily at stopping the run all season. I’ll be shocked if Flacco even attempts 25 passes this week which should tell you all you need to know about his projected output.
Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee vs. Jacksonville: Talk about falling down from a hot start, Hasselbeck has gone from a fantasy darling to a curse word in five quick weeks. Since Week 10, Hasselback has thrown for more than 200 yards once (223 last week vs. Indianapolis), and that was in a losing effort where he threw two interceptions and no touchdowns. Don’t look for a quick turn back to the glory days of the first half of the season this week as the Titans will continue to struggle in the passing game, but Chris Johnson will do just fine.