Week 16: Fantasy Football Start and Sit

Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/ Eastside Staff

Well, it’s championship week in fantasy football, meaning it is the last week to show off for your team, and for my picks, which haven’t been the best this year, but regardless…

Note: This doesn’t include the SD/TEN game.

Start of the Week:

QB Matt Schaub (HOU) vs. MIA: He has had a great past 2 weeks since his shoulder injury, and with Miami missing its best corner and struggling to defend the pass, he is a great start on Sunday.

Who to Start:

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. BAL: After a 503 yard game last Sunday, he is playing pretty well, and lucky for owners, he is playing the Ravens who have struggled against the pass and are minus Ed Reed as well.

RB Cedric Benson (CIN) vs. KC: He has to be licking his chops this week and so should owners. With the Chiefs coming off a game in which they allowed over 300 yards on the ground, Benson should easily excel.

WR Wes Welker (NE) vs. JAX: Even though the Pats offense has been struggling, and so has Welker, that should change against a Jags pass D that is 27th in the league.

TE Tony Scheffler (DEN) vs. PHI: The Eagles do not defend the Tight End very well, and with Kyle Orton needing a safety blanket, he will look to his tight end for that.

DEF Arizona vs. STL: With Keith Null starting, I wouldn’t be too afraid of the Rams offense aside from Steven Jackson. Therefore, the Cards D is a great start this week.

Who to Sit:

QB David Garrard (JAX) vs. NE: New England, while struggling on the road, have been great at home, considering they only allow 163 pass yards a game at home this year.

RB Matt Forte (CHI) vs. MIN MON: What a disappointment this year in terms of fantasy. He hasn’t produced much this season, and facing a very good Vikings run D, he will continue to struggle.

WR Calvin Johnson (DET) vs. SF: He has really struggled since Matt Stafford was lost to injury, only averaging 2-3 fantasy points a game, and Drew Stanton is starting.

WR Hakeem Nicks (NYG) vs. CAR: Carolina has been very stout against the pass this year, 4th in the league against the pass, so Nicks will struggle.

 TE Dustin Keller (NYJ) vs. IND: After a nice start to the season, he has been very quiet of late. This should continue against the Colts, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to Tight Ends this year.

DEF Baltimore vs. PIT: The Steelers have put up great offensive numbers at home this year, averaging over 25 points and 400 yards a game, and with the Ravens missing Ed Reed, the D should struggle.

Sleepers:

QB Alex Smith (SF) vs. DET: The Lions are one of the worst at defending the pass, so Smith should have success this year.

RB Jason Snelling (ATL) vs. BUF: The Bills are the worst at defending the run, and allow almost 27 fantasy points to running backs this year.

WR Steve Smith (CAR) vs. NYG: This Steve Smith is facing the poor playing Giants pass D, as they have allowed 24 pass TD’s and many big plays this year.

WR Antonio Bryant (TB) vs. NO: The Saints have struggled to defend the pass in the past couple of weeks, so Bryant is a good sleeper.

TE Jermichael Finley (GB) vs. SEA: He has played very well this year, and with him scoring plenty since week 13, he is a good sleeper option.

DEF Dallas vs. WSH: After watching the horrendous performance last week, the Dallas D should be licking its chops after holding the Saints to 17 points.

I thank you personally for reading and I thank Mr. Gags for letting me do this. Good luck in fantasy championship week if you’re playing and I will be writing about other sports soon. Thank you and happy New Year!