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

We’ve finally made it to championship week, well, as long as you didn’t take my advice last week you might have. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys finally rode Zeke to a victory. Mike Gesicki and the Dolphins were stymied by the Giants. And, the Bucs once again relied upon the passing attack. Week 16 Start or Sit is the most important of the year and hopefully its a success. Good luck in your championships!

Players who will shine

John Ross ([email protected] 1pm est)

He was a top waiver addition earlier in the season, until the injury bug hit him again. Since returning, Ross has been an afterthought in an offense more committed to running than earlier in the season. He has seen only 6 targets while playing less than half of the offensive snaps over the last 2 weeks. I believe that changes in Week 16 against a Dolphins’ defense allowing the most ppr fantasy points to opposing receivers over the last 4 games. As the team’s deep threat, Ross posted 158- and 112-yards during Cincy’s first two games and should be utilized similarly this week. Miami is horrendous against the pass and the Bengals will exploit this weakness. If you’re looking for upside, John Ross is your guy.

Prediction: 5 rec 92 yards 1td: 17.7 pts

James Conner ([email protected] 1pm est)

He returned to a lineup that had utilized all its backfield depth during his absence and was expected to split the touches still. This was not the case on Sunday night with Conner seeing 9 more touches (12) than anyone else, while also playing close to 60% of the snaps. Both numbers will surely increase during Week 16, as the Steelers are in a must-win situation to stay in the playoff picture. After watching “Duck” Hodges throw 4 interceptions last week, and even against a stout defense, Pittsburgh will lean on Conner to terminate the Jets. He hasn’t exactly lived up to the pre-season ranking but much like Arnold, James Conner can help save the day.

Prediction: 14 car 59 yards 1 td, 5 rec 37 yards: 18.1 pts

Jacob Hollister ([email protected] 4:25pm est)

Tis the Season for giving gifts and that is what the Cardinals defense is for Tight Ends. Last week, Arizona surrendered 2 touchdowns to former Cardinal, Ricky Seals-Jones, and minus Vance McDonald, who left due to injury, has given up 5 scores to the position over the last 4 games. Hollister burst onto the fantasy radar while scoring twice in Week 9 then recording an 8 catch, 62-yard performance, in Week 10. He hasn’t scored since that Week 10 game against the 49ers but is playing over 70% of the snaps and most importantly, plays the Cardinals this week. Matchups are key when looking for sleepers and Arizona is the BEST matchup Hollister could ask for.

Prediction: 6 rec 68 yards 1 td: 15.8 pts

Ride the Pine

Carlos Hyde ([email protected], Saturday 1pm est)

Run and Hyde from Carlos this week against the Buccaneers. Although he quietly surpassed the 1000-yard mark last week, his passing game usage is inconsistent at best and mostly non exhistant. This game and matchup sets up for a lot of Duke Johnson and passing. The floor is in the basement in matchups like this and you can’t afford a letdown during fantasy championships.

Prediction: 13 car 41 yards, 2 rec 11 yards: 6.2 pts

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Tyrell Williams ([email protected] 4:05pm est)

The Raiders are a mess right now and Tyrell Williams has been almost invisible over the last month. After finding the end zone in his first 5 games played, Tyrell went 6 straight weeks without a td and had 48 or less yards in 5 of those 6. This week, Williams plays his former team, the Chargers. This would normally signal a revenge game, but LA has completely shut down opposing wide receivers over their last 4 games allowing only 22 ppr fantasy points per game. Even without Josh Jacobs, the Raiders will maintain a run first attack as they know throwing on the Chargers will be difficult. Stay away from Tyrell as the only revenge to be had will be by the DBs against him.

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Prediction: 4 rec 54 yards: 7.5 pts


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