Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 16 Start or Sit

Well, most leagues have made it. It’s championship week. Unfortunately, for me and many others I started Cam, Aaron Jones, Keenan Allen, and Gronk on one team, while having Goff, Zeke, Cooper on another. Just to add salt to the wound, I happened to play the team which started Justin Jackson and Jaylen Samuels! At least I was right about their performances lol. Its been a fun and crazy season, hopefully our week 16 start or sit will help you find that hidden gem which can win you the championship.

Running backs who will shine

Elijah McGuire ([email protected]NYJ 1pm est)

Over the last 2 weeks, Elijah has 41 total touches and turned those into 102 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 6 receptions, for 52 yards. Multiple injuries to running backs have once again elevated McGuire to an every down role for Jets. Facing a Packers team who has been eliminated from playoff contention may be the ticket to a big performance. The Packers are top five in sacks, which should make New York lean on the ground game a little more.

Prediction: 17 car 83 yards 1 td, 3 rec 16 yards: 17.4 pts

John Kelly (LAR@Ari 4:05pm est)

I like the board game “Risk” do you? I’m taking a risk, but the pre-season stud may finally get his chance to shine for the Rams during Week 16. Todd Gurley is ailing, the Rams have already clinched the division, and they’re playing the Cardinals. Arizona has allowed an average of 147 rushing yards over the last 6 weeks, with over 200 coming last week to the Falcons. The Rams will want to get their offense rolling once again, while also resting their superstar Gurley. I’m going waaaaay out on the limb here, but I think Kelly gets plenty of playing time and may get the whole second half to himself. Ask yourself, “do you feel lucky?”

Prediction: 10 car 46 yards 1 td, 2 rec 11 yards: 12.7 pts

Chris Carson ([email protected]Sea SNF 8:20pm est)

Still one of the most under appreciated players in the league, Carson has been a true workhorse this season. He is averaging 18 carries/game this year and the game-plan against the Chiefs will based on time of possession. Seattle will want to lean on the ground game in order to keep Mahomes and company off the field. They have yet to be shut down and will see plenty of success this week. Carson will be a championship winner with multiple TDs! Book it!

Prediction: 20 car 116 yards 2 td, 2 rec 10 yards: 25.6 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Adrian Peterson (Wash@Ten Sat 1:30pm est)

All-Day has proven once again that age is just a number, but success isn’t based on past successes. Peterson travels to Nashville, where he’ll face a Titans’ defense that held Saquon Barkley and the Giants to 47 rushing yards. Led by Josh Johnson, the Redskins will find Tennessee stacking at least 8 defenders in the box forcing them to abandon AP and the run game. The hall of famer just isn’t somebody you want in your championship game lineups.

Prediction: 14 car 41 yards, 3 rec 12 yards: 6.3 pts

Alfred Blue (Hou@Phi 1pm est)

You might just be singing the blues if Alfred is one of your starting running backs this week. Lamar Miller is banged up and may miss Week 16, allowing Blue to handle most of the backfield snaps. He has run the ball 13 or more times on 6 occasions this season, for an average of 33 yards/gm. This week, Blue and the Texans travel to Philly where the reinvigorated Eagles and a stout defense await. Running room should be hard to come by and I expect the Texans to put the game in Deshaun Watson’s hands.

Prediction: 14 car 50 yards, 2 rec 9 yards: 6.9 pts

Matt Breida ([email protected]SF 4:05pm est)

He reaggravated his ankle injury Sunday and the Bears are coming to town this week. Even with gobbling up touches, his upside is very limited during week 16. Once an every week starter, bench him with confidence this week.

Prediction: 11 car 43 yards, 3 rec 21 yards: 7.9 pts

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Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

Michael Gallup ([email protected]Dal 1pm est)

Zero, yes, zero official targets for Michael last week during a shutout loss in Indy. He had seen 5 or more targets each of the last 4 weeks and at least that many will head his way against Tampa. The Bucs will attempt to contain Zeke and Cooper, leaving him alone to Gallup past defenders for his first touchdown since Week 7.

Prediction: 5 rec 74 yards 1 td: 16.4 pts

Robert Foster ([email protected] 1pm est), Week 10, and has 100+ yards or a td in four of five games. His success will continue this week in a game against the Patriots who will commit to containing Josh Allen. This, plus Foster’s speed, will allow him to get behind the D during Allen’s scrambles.

Prediction: 4 rec 86 yards 1 td: 16.6 pts

Jared Cook ([email protected]Oak 1pm est)

Currently fifth among tight ends with 63 receptions, Jared Cook is having a career year. Having already surpassed his previous career high in receiving yards by almost 100, he is only 152 away from 1000 for the season. Derek Carr has looked to Cook more than any other option and Jared is coming off his worst output since Week 9. I expect him to once again be the focal point of Oaklands pass offense and score this week.

Prediction: 6 rec 71 yards 1 td: 16.1 pts

Splinter Time

Bengals Receivers (Cin@Cle 1pm est)

The last man standing is John Ross, and he is nothing more than a gadget player. Joe Mixon will be their offense on Sunday.

Prediction: None worth risking in the championship

Cardinals Receivers ([email protected]Ari 4:05pm est)

Unfortunately for my wife and Cardinals fans everywhere, they’re terrible! Probably the worst team in the NFL.

Prediction: They’re just a bad team

Courtland Sutton (Den@Oak MNF 8:20pm est)

The top waiver add after DT was traded has faded back to irrelevance mostly due to Case Keenum’s poor play and Denver’s commitment to the ground game. Only one touchdown since Week 7 and poor quarterback play, make Sutton a risky play, if not a championship game loser.

Prediction: 4 rec 62 yards: 8.2 pts


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