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Week 16

Week 16 is upon us and for those of you still reading this, congrats on making it this far in your league! When it gets to be this late in the season, you need to be wary of your fantasy players on playoff teams. Michael Vick will more than likely sit this week out as Atlanta has locked up the #2 seed in the NFC. With T.O. already done for the playoffs, you can bet Coach Reid won’t play McNabb or Westbrook for the entire game. The most attractive fantasy options are on those teams battling to stay in the playoff race. Any Jets, Jaguars, Ravens, Broncos, Bills, Seahawks, and Vikings should be strong considerations for your starting lineup.

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.

Enough of the chit-chat, onto the list!!

 

Quarterbacks

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota vs. Green Bay
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. San Diego

Removed from Studs list:

Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia: No T.O. and will start to rest for playoffs

Start

Brett Favre, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): Favre rebounded from back-to-back poor starts with solid numbers last week (30-44, 367, 2 TDs, 3 INTs). Expect another strong showing from Favre as both the Packers and the Vikings will light up the scoreboard early and often.

Kerry Collins, Oakland (vs. Kansas City): In case you didn’t hear, Collins threw FIVE TDs last week. What’s his reward? This week he faces the team that allows the most passing yards per game in the NFL. Five TDs may be tough to repeat, but 300+ passing yards is practically a given.

Bench

Luke McCown, Cleveland (vs. Miami): McNown has proven that he belongs in the NFL with some decent performances against some top notch defenses: N.E, Buffalo, & San Diego. He faces another tall task in Miami this week and McCown will not have his breakthrough game this week.

A.J. Feeley, Miami (vs. Cleveland): For the first time in six games, Feeley did not throw an INT last week. Against the Browns this week, look for Miami to try and establish the running game to exploit the weakness of the Browns defense. Feeley won’t hurt Miami, but he won’t be the deciding factor either this week.

 

Running Backs

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Tiki Barber, N.Y. Giants vs. Cincinnati
LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego vs. Indianapolis
Edgerrin James, Indianapolis vs. San Diego
Curtis Martin, N.Y. Jets vs. New England
Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. Arizona
Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Dallas
Ahman Green, Green Bay vs. Minnesota
Domanick Davis, Houston vs. Jacksonville

Removed from Studs list:
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore: Questionable, ankle

Start

Larry Johnson, Kansas City (vs. Oakland): After breaking the 100-yard rushing mark for three straight games, Johnson will get another start this week and should not disappoint. Four straight games of 100+ yards rushing with at least a score is entirely possible.

Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati (vs. N.Y. Giants): More impressive than the 130 yards rushing last week for Johnson was that he posted those numbers against the Bills. The Giants will put up less resistance paving the way for another big day for R.J.

Tatum Bell, Denver (vs. Tennessee): Bell played through the pain of a separated shoulder last week and still outperformed Reuben Droughns. Expect Bell to once again get more carries and more carries will translate into nice stats for Bell in Tennessee.

Bench

Kevan Barlow/Maurice Hicks, San Francisco (vs. Buffalo): Barlow looks to regain his starting job this week, but neither Barlow nor Hicks has a favorable matchup against Buffalo looking to hang on in the AFC playoff hunt.

Marshall Faulk, St. Louis (vs. Philadelphia): Marshall, Marshall, Marshall. It’s been a tough year for one of the best running backs in recent history. Things won’t get any easier against the Eagles as Faulk’s days are sadly numbered.

Julius Jones, Dallas (vs. Washington): I know this one will raise some eyebrows, but the Redskins are ranked 3rd in the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed and the Cowboys passing game won’t exactly open things up for the rookie. Parcells may give Jones close to 30 carries, but even that won’t be enough to crack the 100-yard mark this week.

 

Wide Receivers

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina vs. Tampa Bay
Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Atlanta
Javon Walker, Green Bay vs. Minnesota
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. San Diego
Torry Holt, St. Louis vs. Philadelphia
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. San Diego
Derrick Mason, Tennessee vs. Denver
Randy Moss, Minnesota vs. Green Bay
*Drew Bennett, Tennessee vs. Denver

Removed from Studs list:
Terrell Owens, Philadelphia: out, ankle
Andre Johnson, Houston: Texans passing game cooling off
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis: No Bulger, no thanks

Start

Eddie Kennison, Kansas City (vs. Oakland): Kennison has quietly emerged as a top notch fantasy WR. Five TDs in three games with two 100-yard receiving games in that time makes Kennison someone you must have in your lineup against the porous Raiders pass defense.

Jerry Porter, Oakland (vs. Kansas City): Porter finally had the bust out game last week (8-148, 3 TDs), that his owners have been waiting for. But wait, he’s not done! With Oakland heading into Kansas City, expect another solid performance from Porter as he finds openings all over the field.

Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville (vs. Houston): Smith was removed from the Studs list and responded with a 2-TD performance. Sorry Jimmy, didn’t mean to offend you. With a matchup like Houston this week, Smith will put up numbers that should return him to the Studs list. Don’t miss out.

Rod Smith, Denver (vs. Tennessee): Ashley Lelie may be the home run hitter, but Smith is the on base guy that consistently gets the job done. Smith has had at least 75 yards receiving in each of the past four games and that streak should continue this week in Tennessee.

Bench

Antonio Bryant, Cleveland (vs. Miami): Bryant has returned back to earth after his back-to-back 100+ yards receiving, 2 TD games in weeks 12 & 13. The Browns has seen some tough pass defenses recently and that doesn’t change against Miami this week.

Chris Chambers, Miami (vs. Cleveland): Miami comes off of an impressive win on Monday night, but no one player really stands out on the offense. Feeley spread the ball around to several different receivers and used Chambers as more of a possession receiver than a deep threat. Facing an underrated Browns passing defense will keep Miami’s passing numbers in general down, leaving Chambers with only table scraps.

Antwaan Randle El, Pittsburgh (vs. Baltimore): Don’t get too excited over Randle El’s performance last week (5-149, 1 TD, 1 TD passing). The Ravens defense and the Giants defense are like night and day and Randle El will be lucky to post half those numbers this week.

Keyshawn Johnson, Dallas (vs. Washington): What a mess down in Dallas. I’m surprised Keyshawn has kept his mouth shut this long, even with Parcells. Johnson has cracked the 100-yard mark only twice all season and had a whopping one catch for 26 yards the last time these teams met.

 

Tight Ends

Studs (* = new addition to the list)

Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Indianapolis
Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Oakland
Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Washington
Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. Buffalo
Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. New Orleans
Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Cleveland

Start

Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota (vs. Green Bay): Wiggins has had a quiet couple of weeks, but the last time he faced Green Bay he caught six passes for 94 yards and a score. Expect more fireworks this week as the Vikings and Packers wage an old fashioned shoot-out.

Bubba Franks, Green Bay (vs. Minnesota): Franks also found the end zone in the last meeting between the Packers and the Vikings. Expect both tight ends to play a big role in their offensive game plans this week.

Bench

Todd Heap, Baltimore (vs. Pittsburgh): Heap’s return has brought a spark to the Ravens offense. Heading into Pittsburgh with an injured ankle, however, will keep his numbers low.

Kris Mangum, Carolina (vs. Tampa Bay): Mangum posted his best numbers of the season last week (4-53, 1 TD) against Atlanta. Expect much lower numbers against the Bucs in Tampa.

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