The 2012 NFL season has absolutely flown by. We now approach the second to last week of regular season action. In most fantasy football leagues, Week 16 is the championship week or may be the semi-finals in others. If you are still alive and fighting, then you deserve credit for a successful season. With that being said, who wants to finish in second place? Second place does not get to raise the most precious and coveted fantasy trophy!
Take a dive with me as I discuss who you should start for Week 16 to help your team bring home the trophy.
QB Cam Newton– You may have had doubts earlier this season, but it is time to roll with Cam Newton if you are still alive in the playoffs. With no interceptions and 13 total touchdowns since Week 11, Newton is now providing first round production to owners. His rushing yards have also been on the rise, which is another valuable incentive. In Week 16, Newton faces a weak Oakland defense that will struggle to contain him all game as they allow the seventh most points to opposing quarterbacks. Look for a blowout win for Carolina at home.
Week 16 Forecast: 250 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, and 2 TDs
RB Jackie Battle– It is difficult to suggest a running back to start who has received less than five carries in every game since Week 4, especially since Curtis Brinkley performed better in Week 15. With Ryan Mathews out and Ronnie Brown either out or limited, the Chargers will be down to Brinkley and Battle. Coach Norv Turner seemed to lean towards Battle to receive the bulk of work, and is likely to receive goal line duties as demonstrated earlier in the season. With an attractive matchup against the New York Jets who allow the tenth most points to opposing running backs.
Week 16 Forecast: 90 total yards and 1 TD
WR- Danny Amendola– Durability, not talent, has been the primary concern for Amendola owners. In Week 15, Amendola was productive with 58 receiving yards and a score on twelve targets. With a matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who allow the most points to opposing wide receivers, Amendola should have a solid outing for fantasy owners if he can stay intact.
Week 16 Forecast: 100 receiving yards and 1 TD
TE Heath Miller– Earlier in the season, Ben Roethlisberger publicly announced that he would like to help his tight end earn a spot in the Pro Bowl. With the Steelers nearly out of playoff contention, Ben may be able to divert his focus to helping Heath. Miller has been consistent all season long and has at least five catches and more than 60 receiving yards including two scores over the last month. Miller will face the Cincinnati Bengals, whom he scored against in Week 7 and have allowed the twelfth most points to opposing tight ends.
Week 16 Forecast: 60 receiving yards and 1 TD
D/ST San Diego Chargers– Although Carolina just embarrassed the Chargers defense, they should rebound against a poor New York Jets offense that will be led by third string quarterback Greg McElroy. San Diego has been one of the more consistent defenses in the second half of the season and should dominate the lackluster New York Jets offense that allows the third most points to opposing defenses.
Week 16 Forecast; 12 points
Week 15 Results
QB Andy Dalton
Week 15 forecast: 225 passing yards and 2 TDs
Week 15 results: 127 passing yards, 18 rushing yards, and 2 TDs (good call)
RB Reggie Bush
Week 15 forecast: 110 total yards and 1 TD
Week 15 results: 104 total yards (good call)
WR Josh Gordon
Week 15 forecast: 100 receiving yards and 1 TD
Week 15 results: 27 receiving yards (bad call)
TE Brandon Pettigrew
Week 15 forecast- 75 receiving yards and 1 TD
Week 15 results: 43 receiving yards and 1 TD (good call)
D/ST Cincinnati Bengals
Week 15 forecast- 12 points
Week 16 results: 23 points (good call)
Good luck in Week 16!