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NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

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QB David Garrard JAC home against WAS

The soap opera in Washington is in full effect with both sides of the ball playing terrible. Washington’s pass defense currently ranks 31st in pass defense. Without Albert Hayensworth  the team has not managed to put any pressure on any opposing quarterback. Expect the Jaguars to take advantage of this gigantic hole as Garrard has all day to pick apart their defense.

Other QB to Start: If you’re looking for a solid keeper quarterback or a good weekly filler look no further than Tim Tebow. Tebow faces the league’s worst rush and pass defense in Houston, which should allow him to put up solid run totals, while supplementing his play with some passing yards. Ben Roethlisberger should be a solid play as he faces a Carolina team that is headed for the number one pick. Joe Flacco versus Cleavland should be a no brainer start, last time he played Cleveland he went for 262 yards and 3 TD so you can expect a similar performance this week.

RB Arian Foster HOU @ DEN

In a game where both teams are only playing for pride, Arian Foster should produce some great numbers. The Broncos continually have been torn apart by opposing running backs, giving up over 158 rushing yards a game, good for 31st in the league. Denver’s rushing defense has gotten worse as the season progresses since week 9 they have only managed to hold one running back under 100 yards. In that time they have given up 100 yards to some pretty mediocre backs including Tim Hightower and Mike Tolbert. If these backs can have bid days, their should be no doubt that  Arian Foster at the very least will hit the century mark and get you a TD.

Other RB to Start: Rashard Mendehall should be able to romp through a terrible Carolina defense. I expect the Steelers to have the game well in hand and for Mendehall to be given the ball to run out the clock for most of the second half. When Darren McFadden has been healthy this season, his owners have been guaranteed at least 100 total yards. Facing a bad Colts rush defense, he should be guaranteed at least 100 rushing yards. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should find a spot in your starting lineup. Green-Ellis is playing both the 32nd rush defense and the game is played in Buffalo. With how crazy Buffalo weather can get in the winter, you can be guaranteed New England will have to rely on a strong rushing attack.

WR Greg Jennings GB Home against NYG

Jennings has been productive these last two weeks, but nothing close to the dominance earlier in the year. Most of this can be blamed on Aaron Rodgers going down. With Rodgers finally back Jennings should once again produce some big weeks. The Giants cornerbacks have struggled this season in stopping mediocre wide receivers, put them up against a elite wide receiver with one of the best quarterbacks throwing should produce a great week.

Other WR to Start: Hakeem Nicks looks to be healthy and playing at the same level prior to his injury. With another week under his belt, Nicks should once produce some solid numbers. Miles Austin faces a terrible Cardinal defense this week. With Dez Bryant going down, Austin should be Kitna’s number one target and should get a lot of balls thrown his way. Brandon Llyod looks to still be the number one wide receiver in Denver. Tebow didn’t manage to throw for that many yards, but when he did he looked Llyod’s way.

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QB Jay Cutler Home against NYJ

Cutler play these last couple of weeks has been solid for the Bears, but not so much for his fantasy owners. Cutler has once again had problems with turnovers with at least one turnover in each of his last 3 games. Cutler also has not managed to throw over 200 yards in each of his last two games. Facing a Jets defense that has both Darrelle Revis and Antoino Cromartie who are noted ball hawks. Those two alone should make you look in another direction this week.

Other QB to Sit: Ryan Fritzpatrick faces the elements and a New England pass defense with something to prove after a poor performance last week. I wouldn’t bet on Fritzpatrick being able to overcome both. Rex Grossman managed to put in a solid performance last week, but throughout his career Grossman has always struggled to do that in consecutive games. I would not bank on the good Rex to show up this week. Jason Campbell main job this week will be handing the ball off to Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. I doubt Campbell will get that many opportunities to throw.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ @CHI

Tomlinson runs into a buzz-saw this week in a tough Bears defense. The Bears rush defense ranks as the third best in the league and have increasingly stingy as the season progresses. Tomlinson also has slowed down dramatically these last three weeks getting under 75 total yards in each week. The other downside to starting Tomlinson is the fact that he has not found the end zone since week 6. You can also add in the fact that Shonne Greene will pilfer some of his carries equals a terrible matchup this week.

Other RB to Sit: Cedric Benson faces a recharged San Diego defense that has been tough against the rush. With Terrell Owens going down with injuries, the rush offense should have further difficulty in getting anything going. With the O-line struggles in front of him, Matt Forte has struggled to get anything going on the ground. Forte gets no breaks this week facing the 4th best rush defense, once again making him a tough start.

WR Eddie Royal/Jabbar Gaffney DEN

Both wide receivers had been fringe starters with Kyle Orton in the starting lineup, with Tim Tebow now the quarterback they should be headed back to the free agent pool. Tebow can not be expected to pass the ball around enough to guarantee either wide receiver will get both the yards or the touchdowns needed to be in you starting lineup. Until Tebow develop as a passer you should be only confident in starting his number one wide receiver in Brandon Lloyd.

Other WR To Sit: Santoino Holmes is dealing with a foot injury and a inconsistent quarterback. Two things that should make you hesitant before putting him in your starting lineup. Robert Meachem is struggling with a foot injury and with the Saints having plenty of other wide receivers options I would not put Meachem in your lineup. It’s already a toss up with Meachem on whether or not Meachem will get you any points. With the added injury you have to think his production will not be there. With Joe Webb the for sure starting quarterback this week, you can bet Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice should struggle in giving any fantasy value this week. If these guys get a quarterback next season, these guys should once again be solid fantasy options.


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