Good morning and welcome to the week 16 version of lineup tips.
Oh, Pierre Thomas, how different things might have been had you not suffered a knee injury in the pre-season. You were the starting RB on the NFL’s most high-powered offense. Mike Bell was an after-thought. Reggie Bush was incapable of carrying the load. And I was drafting you in the third round of many drafts expecting first round production. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.
Thomas hasn’t scored a rushing TD since week 9 and hasn’t rushed for over 100 yards since week 3. Chances are that if you drafted Thomas you’re no longer in the playoffs; and if you were, could you trust him?
Make sure Jamaal Charles is in your lineup as he makes it seven straight weeks with a TD.
Jermichael Finley finds the endzone one more time and continues to build a case as a top 10 TE heading into 2010.
Fred Davis will find the endzone for the fifth straight game. There’s no way I’m going to draft Chris Cooley in 2010 with Davis lurking on the bench.
Despite having scored single-digit fantasy points in his last two games, I fully expect Brett Favre to bounce back and have a solid game against the Bears on Monday night.
There is absolutely no way that I’m sitting Peyton Manning this week.
Definitely consider alternative starting options should you have Calvin Johnson.
Beanie Wells goes for 100 yards and a score and he continues to lay the foundation for a breakout 2010.
Ray Rice goes for 100 combined yards and hits pay-dirt via the air.
The Ravens haven’t allowed a rushing TD since week 11 and I don’t expect Steelers’ RB Rashard Mendenhall to break that streak.
Good luck in week 16 and have a safe and Happy New Year!
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