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Week 16 fantasy football matchups, starts and sits

You've made it to the championship round in your fantasy league, and now are faced with the arduous task of setting one last lineup. Don't worry, our NFL Fantasy staff is here to help. They provide game-by-game, player-by-player matchup breakdowns for Week 16 below to help you set a winning lineup. Think of this as the one-stop shop to crushing your opponent in fantasy football.

Now, onto the best and worst Week 16 fantasy matchups.

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers: 4:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network (Sunday)


Joe Flacco, QB -- SIT: Since Week 11, the Steelers are allowing just 14 points and 250 yards per game to opponents. They're going to bring the pressure and force Flacco to get rid of the ball quickly, as they lead the league with 24 sacks since Week 9.

Ravens RBs -- FLEX: The Ravens' backfield has been an unpredictable committee in recent weeks, and that's not likely to change against the Steelers. Pittsburgh boasts the league's No. 5 rush defense, so Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon are nothing more than flex plays.

Steve Smith, WR -- FLEX: Even with a touchdown last week, Smith only managed 10 fantasy points. He's been touchdown dependent all year, and is nothing more than a flex in what could be a low-scoring affair in Pittsburgh.

Mike Wallace, WR -- FLEX: Wallace hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 9 ... Against the Steelers. He also had 124 yards in that game. If you want to roll the #NarrativeStreet dice once again, be our guest.

Dennis Pitta, TE -- SIT: Pitta's totaled fewer than 20 receiving yards in each of his last two games. He's not a viable fantasy option this week.


Ben Roethlisberger, QB -- START: You always start Big Ben at home. He's at home. Start him.

Antonio Brown, WR -- START: Brown was a disappointment last week, but hey, nobody's perfect. You drafted him in the first round for moments like this. Don't be silly.

Le'Veon Bell, RB -- START: Bell has the second-most receiving yards and third-most rushing yards among running backs ... and he missed three games to start the year. He's matchup proof and you don't need us to tell you to start him in the fantasy championship.

Ladarius Green, TE -- SIT: Green missed practice Wednesday and saw a specialist for a concussion. He seems like a long shot to play. Jesse James or Eli Rogers could see more targets in his stead.

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs: 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC (Sunday)


Trevor Siemian, QB -- SIT: If you need a streamer, Siemian is a frisky option. Frisky is not something you want to mess around with if you're vying for a title. With just a single touchdown pass in his last two games, you can find better options.

Broncos RBs -- NOPE: Denver's running game has been anemic lately, with the team's running backs combining for just 25 attempts the last two games. NOPE.

Demaryius Thomas, WR -- START: Thomas has 90-plus yards in back-to-back games and has seen 27 targets in that span. He's impossible to bench with that kind of volume.

Emmanuel Sanders, WR -- LOW-END FLEX: Sanders has fewer than 50 receiving yards in four of his last six games and will likely lineup against Terrance Mitchell who has surrendered just seven receptions for 53 combined yards in Weeks 12 to 14 to wideouts in coverage.


Alex Smith, QB -- SIT: In a favorable matchup, Smith's ceiling is low. In unfavorable matchups, Smith's floor is basement-level low. This is an unfavorable matchup.

Spencer Ware, RB -- FLEX: Ware is averaging 72.9 scrimmage yards per game since Week 7. Still, he should see enough volume to bring flex value to fantasy rosters since the Chiefs will have to beat Denver on the ground.

Tyreek Hill, WR -- LOW-END FLEX: Hill had ONE touch last week. ONE! Granted it was a 68-yard touchdown run. Still, he's a boom-or-bust kind of player. And after what Hill did to Denver in Week 12, you'd have to imagine that they studied this cat on film obsessively and are on to his shifty ways.

Jeremy Maclin, WR -- SIT: Denver shuts down wide receivers. Jeremy Maclin is a wide receiver.

Travis Kelce, TE -- START: Denver allows the third-most receptions to tight ends from the slot. Kelce has hauled in 49 percent of his receptions from the slot. It's a great matchup for one of the best tight ends in the NFL.

Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys: 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Monday)


Matthew Stafford, QB -- SIT: Stafford has lost some of his early-season luster down the stretch. And since he injured his finger a few weeks back, he's been less productive. He's tossed three picks and just one touchdown in his last two games. There are better options available for this week.

Lions RBs -- SIT: Unless Theo Riddick returns from injury, nobody in the Lions' backfield is safe enough to start in your quest for a fantasy title.

Marvin Jones, WR -- SIT: Since Week 3, Marvin Jones has put up double-digit fantasy points zero times. You absolutely cannot start him in Week 16 with a championship on the line.

Golden Tate, WR -- FLEX: Tate has posted 100 receiving yards in two of his last three games and leads the Lions with 942 yards on the year. He's a fine flex play as the No. 1 target for Matthew Stafford.

Anquan Boldin, WR -- LOW-END FLEX: Boldin leads the Lions with seven receiving touchdowns this year, but he's a touchdown-or-bust kind of fantasy play.

Eric Ebron, TE -- SIT: Ebron has not been a factor for three straight games. During that stretch he has posted fewer than 40 yards in each game. There's a good chance's he's not running at 100 percent health, and is too risky in championship week.


Dak Prescott, QB -- SIT: With one or fewer touchdown passes in each of his last four games, Prescott has slowed as a fantasy asset down the stretch. The Lions allow the highest completion percentage (72.8) in the league, but that's not reason enough to risk starting Prescott.

Ezekiel Elliott, RB -- START: Really? You scrolled all the way down here for reassurance? How did you even make it this far?

Dez Bryant, WR -- START: Dez has been far from elite this season, but has posted 70-plus yards in four of his last five games. He's a must-start kind of player in your title contest, despite the somewhat unfavorable matchup.

Jason Witten, TE -- SIT: Witten has posted fewer than six fantasy points in every game since Week 10. He's tough to trust outside of PPR formats.

Cole Beasley, WR -- SIT: Beasley's production has slowed over the last month because of his quarterback's struggles. He's too much of a risk seeing as he hasn't eclipsed 59 yards in a game dating back to Week 4.

New York Giants at Philadephia Eagles: 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC, NFL Network and Twitter (Thursday)


Eli Manning, QB -- START: Over the last month the Eagles allow 271.25 passing yards and two passing touchdowns per game. Manning hasn't scored 17 fantasy points since Week 12, but his last 20-plus point outing was a four-touchdown performance back in Week 9 ... against the Eagles.

Giants RBs -- SIT:Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins have been splitting touches pretty much right down the middle over the last month, though Perkins has been more efficient (4.0 ypc to 2.9 ypc). If forced to start one, Perkins has slightly more yardage upside, though Jennings would probably get the goal-line opportunities.

Odell Beckham Jr., WR -- START: Not a question.

Sterling Shepard, WR -- FLEX: Shepard is a touchdown-dependent flex, as he's scored in five of his last seven games, but hasn't posted more than 57 yards in a game since Week 3.

Giants D/ST -- START: Even though they're on the road, the Giants are a solid streaming option. Over the month prior to Week 15, the Eagles allowed opposing defneses to score nine, eight, 10 and seven fantasy points.


Carson Wentz, QB -- SIT: Wentz is facing a great defense and has only posted 15-plus fantasy points once since Week 5. Pass.

Ryan Mathews, RB -- START:Darren Sproles is set to return, but after Mathews' performance last week against one of the league's best run defenses (128 yards, TD) it stands to reason that he'll remain the featured back. Sproles will mix in, but unless the Eagles are WAY behind the Giants (unlikely given Big Blue's offensive struggles), Mathews is a safe start.

Jordan Matthews, WR -- SIT: Matthews has seen 21 targets over the last two weeks but just 106 yards and no touchdowns. Janoris Jenkins should be back for this game, keeping New York's secondary stout and allowing Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to shore up the slot, where Matthews roams. Matthews will be hard to trust with a very low ceiling.

Zach Ertz, TE -- START: Ertz averages 12 targets, 8.3 receptions, and 90.3 yards per game over his last three contests. The Giants are susceptible to the tight end position, making Ertz a strong play this week.

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills: 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS


Matt Moore, QB -- SIT: Don't chase Moore's primetime production last week. He threw four touchdowns on 18 attempts, an unsustainable pace. The Bills grind the clock with a strong ground game, and Moore is destined to fall back to Earth.

Jay Ajayi, RB -- START: Ajayi hasn't rushed for more than 70 yards in a month, but his matchup is encouraging. The Bills allow 134 yards per game at a 4.9 yard-per-carry clip over the last month, with six touchdowns in that span as well. It's hard to turn away from Ajayi's volume in the fantasy championship, though, as he's seen 39 carries the last two weeks.

Jarvis Landry, WR -- FLEX: Typically, Landry was a safe play based on volume, but over the last two weeks he's made the most out of minimal opportunities. He's turned just 10 targets into 211 yards and one touchdown inthat span. Matt Moore under center makes Landry a dicier play, though, so tread with caution.

Kenny Stills, WR -- FLEX: The King of Boom-or-Bust Mountain, Stills has three touchdowns of 50-plus yards in 2016 (tied-most with Odell Beckham Jr.). He has week-winning upside if he hits one of those plays.

Dion Sims, TE -- STREAM: Desperate for a tight end? Sims has four touchdowns over the last month and is the TE4 in that span. YOLO.


Tyrod Taylor, QB -- START: Miami allows over 273 passing yards per game over the last month, with over two touchdowns per contest as well. Taylor has been up-and-down, but could hit his ceiling this week in a plus matchup.

LeSean McCoy, RB -- START: Only a fool would bench Shady.

Mike Gillislee, RB -- FLEX (DEEP LEAGUES): Gillisee has eight carries and five touchdowns inside the 10-yard line since Week 8 compared to 12 and five for LeSean McCoy. He's a touchdown-dependent flex in deep leagues.

Sammy Watkins, WR -- FLEX: Watkins' playing time dropped to 63 percent last week after peaking at 94 the week prior. He carries a ton of risk (as always), but his upside could be worth chasing for those who like to live dangerously.

Charles Clay, TE -- STREAM: Clay has played in 13 games, but 28 percent of his receiving yards and 100 percent of his receiving touchdowns have come in the last two weeks.

New York Jets at New England Patriots: 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS


Bryce Petty, QB -- SIT: Petty has been great for Robby Anderson owners, but he shouldn't be trusted in fantasy championships.

Bilal Powell, RB -- START: It sounds like Matt Forte (shoulder, knee) could miss this game outright, making Powell a must-start. He's seen 61 touches the last two weeks, and is the RB2 in that span.

Brandon Marshall, WR -- SIT: Marshall is battling injuries and seeing minimal targets from Petty. There's waaaay too much risk here.

Robby Anderson, WR -- FLEX: The speedy rookie owns 25.8 percent of Petty's targets in 2016 -- a WR1-sized market share. Anderson has carried some owners through the playoffs and there's no reason to turn away now.


Tom Brady, QB -- START: Having Brady as your QB1 is more soothing than a pair of Ugg boots ... or something to that effect. Start Brady.

Patriots RBs -- FLEX: Last week proved LeGarrette Blount's weekly viability, as even in a game where he averaged just 1.8 yards per carry he still plowed his way into the end zone. He and Dion Lewis can both be flexed after Lewis' emergence last week (20 touches, 104 total yards), but owners need to be aware that #Belitricks could return at any moment and spoil this backfield.

Julian Edelman, WR -- FLEX: Edelman has become an even safer floor play of late, with 70-plus yards in six straight games. He owns 33.6 percent of Brady's targets since Week 13 (first game sans Gronk).

Malcolm Mitchell & Chris Hogan, WRs -- FLEX: Mitchell leads the Patriots wide receivers in snap percentage since Week 11, while Hogan remains a boom-or-bust deep threat. Against the Jets' struggling secondary both are in play.

Martellus Bennett, TE -- START: Bennett's health is improving, which has led to increased playing time (and more production) the last two weeks. His attachment to a high-scoring offense makes him a strong play at such a volatile position.

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars: 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS


Marcus Mariota, QB -- SIT: Mariota has scored a combined 12.76 fantasy points over his last two games. The Jaguars, despite their record, have a strong defense that has allowed just two passing touchdowns in the last month.

DeMarco Murray, RB -- START: On paper, this doesn't look great for Murray or Derrick Henry, as the Jags allow just 3.8 yards per carry on the season. But Murray averages 22 touches per game, and that volume is impossible to turn away from.

Derrick Henry, RB -- FLEX: His playing time is increasing a bit and he averages 10 touches per game over his last three. He vultured two scores last week, so those who play him better pray for another.

Rishard Matthews, WR -- FLEX: The Jaguars are tough against the pass and Jalen Ramsey could shadow Matthews for much of this game. However, as the top target in the passing attack Matthews merits at least flex consideration.

Delanie Walker, TE -- START: The tight end position stinks in fantasy, but Walker is among the bright spots. He's a must-start.


Blake Bortles, QB -- SIT: Unless you're prepared to go full YOLO with a streaming option, Bortles is best left on the bench. Those who need a ray of hope will remember he racked up 337 yards and three touchdowns the last time these teams faced (though it was largely all in garbage time).

Jaguars RBs -- SIT: With Chris Ivory back in the mix both he and T.J. Yeldon once again become fantasy irrelevant.

Jaguars WRs -- FLEX:Allen Robinson has burned us all year long, but this is a great matchup. Marqise Lee has been the more stable contributor and could be worth a look in PPR formats. Just know that by starting either you're playing with fire.

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX


Sam Bradford, QB -- SIT: Please don't do this to yourself.

Vikings RBs -- SIT: Again, please don't do this to yourself.

Stefon Diggs, WR -- FLEX: Diggs has just five catches in his last two games and hasn't crossed 60 receiving yards since Week 10. But he did gash the Packers back in Week 3 and appears to be getting healthier.

Kyle Rudolph, TE -- START: Rudolph has target totals of 10, eight, 12 and 10 in his last four games. That volume is impossible to pass up at such a volatile position.


Aaron Rodgers, QB -- START: You don't bench the QB1 when he's at home in the fantasy playoffs.

Ty Montgomery, RB -- START: Hopefully, Montgomery's epic Week 15 performance (162 rushing yards, 2 TDs) earned him the starting job outright. Hopefully.

Jordy Nelson, WR -- START: Nelson has 90-plus receiving yards or a touchdown in 12 of 14 games this year.

Davante Adams, WR -- START: Adams dropped two touchdowns last week, but is in a prime spot to bounce back here. He hasn't had back-to-back games with fewer than eight fantasy points all season ... so trends?

Randall Cobb, WR -- SIT: Cobb's role in the offense has been de-emphasized as he works his way back from an ankle injury. Leave him on the bench.

Jared Cook, TE -- SIT: Cook is the ultimate fantasy fools gold. Those who chase his outlying productive games (like last week's) almost always get burned.

Packers D/ST -- START: The Packers defense has scored eight or more points in each of its last four games, and is facing a Vikings team lacking an offensive line or run game on the Frozen Tundra.

San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns: 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS


Philip Rivers, QB -- START: Even though his on-field play has been up and down of late Rivers is still producing for fantasy. The Browns have allowed a league-high 31 touchdown passes, so Rivers makes sense as a high-floor play.

Kenneth Farrow, RB -- FLEX: He did not get the 20-touch volume we had hoped for in relief of Melvin Gordon with Ronnie Hillman snaking seven carries. However, this is still the Browns we are talking about here. Farrow has decent odds at a score.

Tyrell Williams, WR -- FLEX: We have to wonder how healthy Williams really is as he plays through a labrum injury. He let multiple passes slip through his hands on Sunday. But again, this matchup with Cleveland is too nice not to chase his big-play potential.

Dontrelle Inman, WR -- FLEX: With target totals ranging from five to eight since the Chargers Week 11 bye, Inman has been a steady contributor. He's worth chasing in this matchup.

Chargers TEs -- START: The Gates touchdown narrative is in play, but he has as many red-zone targets as you do since Week 11. Hunter Henry rarely blocks and may be the better bet for a score in this game against the Browns who allowed four touchdowns the last two games to Tyler Eifert and Charles Clay.


Robert Griffin III, QB -- SIT: He's actually put up decent fantasy numbers because of his rushing touchdowns the last two weeks, but he's also played quite horribly. No thank you.

Browns RBs -- SIT: There's no consistent usage pattern or predictable volume in this offense which carries the lowest rush play percentage in the NFL.

Browns WRs -- SIT: Robert Griffin's place as the starter has sapped all life out of a passing game that had its moments this year. Terrelle Pryor playing with a hand injury now just makes matters worse.

Gary Barnidge, TE -- SIT: He has not been a factor all year and has not caught more than three passes since Week 7.

Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears: 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX


Kirk Cousins, QB -- START: This should be a bounce-back spot for Cousins after he was one of the more disappointing players of Week 15. The Bears pass defense numbers look solid but note that they've only given up 104 pass attempts the last four weeks (second fewest).

Rob Kelley, RB -- START: This game should be high-scoring and Washington should be in a positive game script throughout. Those are the times you want to use Kelley.

DeSean Jackson, WR -- FLEX: Jackson has hit the last two weeks in great matchups. Tracy Porter has had a solid year and could limit Jackson but it's hard to go away from him when he's been on.

Pierre Garcon, WR -- START: Probably the safest bet in the Washington wide receiver corps right now, Garcon has target totals of nine, six and 11 the last three games. There's been an emphasis on getting him the ball.

Jamison Crowder, WR -- FLEX: Despite a good matchup in the slot last week Crowder garnered just five targets for the second week in a row. This is another good spot in a high-scoring game, but he's become quite boom or bust.

Redskins TEs -- ?????: It's clear Jordan Reed is not healthy, so playing him would require leaps of optimism that is hard to find right now. Vernon Davis would only be an option if Reed is a scratch.


Matt Barkley, QB -- START: If you're in need of a low-end streamer, Barkley is the choice. He's been productive and averages 43 pass attempts in the Bears' three losses during his time as the starter.

Jordan Howard, RB -- START: He has a chance at a top-five scoring week in this spot. Washington just gave up Jonathan Stewart's first 100-yard game of the year. Howard should smash.

Alshon Jeffery, WR -- START: He got right back to business with 80-plus yards and a touchdown last week. However, he was third on the Bears in targets and should draw coverage from Josh Norman this week. Jeffery is a bit boom-or-bust, but is worth chasing.

Cameron Meredith, WR -- START: He's played quite well this year and led the Bears with 13 targets last week. Meredith sees 71 percent of his targets from the slot with Barkley under center and that should help him completely avoid Josh Norman's coverage.

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers: 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX


Matt Ryan, QB -- START: He's been a stud quarterback all season so there is no reason to go away from him in a potentially high-scoring game in your championship matchups.

Devonta Freeman, RB -- START: He put on a show last week against the 49ers, as most all backs do. He's been the clear leader in the committee even with Tevin Coleman back. This is a tough matchup with Carolina, who has allowed just 280 rushing yards the last month.

Tevin Coleman, RB -- FLEX: You're chasing a big play with Coleman, as he has not been a reliable option. Make the choice based on whether you can accept a low floor while hoping for his ceiling.

Julio Jones, WR -- START: If he's active, we think you need to just take a shot and accept the risk. The Panthers secondary is much better than the unit he ripped up for 300 yards earlier this year, but that memory is tough to erase.

Taylor Gabriel, WR -- FLEX: You can't possibly feel good about leaving his potential 20-point upside on your bench, especially if this game shoots out. He's the only other pass-catcher worth using if Jones does indeed return.


Cam Newton, QB -- START: He was fantastic last week on Monday night and now has sandwiched his 11 and 12 point outings of Week 13 and 14 between two 20-point hammers. We'll roll the dice that this is one of the big weeks. The Falcons secondary is not at 100 percent and the Panthers don't look ready to fold on the season.

Jonathan Stewart, RB -- FLEX: Coming off by far his best game, and only 100-yard contest, of the year it's tempting to roll Stewart out as a clear-cut starter. Nevertheless, do remind yourself that for most of the season he's been a touchdown-or-bust fantasy play. That's who he is, not what he showed Monday night.

Ted Ginn, WR -- FLEX: This is a good matchup for Ginn, as the Falcons have been beaten by receivers at times this season even though their competition the last two weeks (Rams, 49ers) won't show it. Ginn is the only relevant receiver in Carolina right now as Kelvin Benjamin isn't a factor at the moment.

Greg Olsen, TE -- START: The Falcons have given up 14.2 yards per catch to the position over the last month and have struggled to cover tight ends all year. Olsen is back in the circle of trust after two-straight games with solid production following a weird month-long cold streak.

Indianapolis Colts at Oakland Raiders: 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS


Andrew Luck, QB -- START: Luck has been a solid QB1 all season and a matchup against a Raiders defense that has been surprisingly tough on QBs lately won't change that.

Frank Gore, RB -- START: When you've committed yourself to outliving all of humanity, something like Oakland's 25th-ranked run defense isn't going to be your downfall.

T.Y. Hilton, WR -- START: More than one out of every four Andrew Luck throws (26.5 percent) goes in Hilton's direction. Just hope that (unlike last week) some of those targets end in touchdowns.

Donte Moncrief, WR -- SIT: Moncrief has scored a touchdown in each of his last six games. But without that, his production would be negligible. That's not a way to live in your championship game.

Colts TEs -- SIT: The Raiders haven't been in the business of giving up many yards or scores to tight ends. That gets even worse when that production is split between three players.


Derek Carr, QB -- START: You get worried when you see that the Colts have allowed 9.78 fantasy points to QBs in the past month. Then you see that three of those QBs are Sam Bradford, Brock Osweiler and Bryce Petty.

Latavius Murray, RB -- FLEX: Murray is sharing touches with Jalen Richard, but the veteran sees more opportunities and gets the all-imporant goal-line carries.

Amari Cooper, WR -- START: Cooper's inconsistency could be offset by increased target volume in a game that could be a high-scoring one.

Michael Crabtree, WR -- START: Much like Cooper, Crabtree could see increased target volume. Unlike Cooper, Crabtree gets a lot more targets in the red zone.

Seth Roberts, WR -- FLEX: Roberts might be third in line for targets, but he's a bigger red-zone threat than Cooper. This isn't recommended outside of deeper leagues or desperate situations.

Raiders D/ST -- START: The Raiders floor has been seven fantasy points going back to Week 9. Look for them to harass Luck behind a porous offensive line.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints: 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX


Jameis Winston, QB -- SIT: It's been awhile since you've gotten a legitimately good fantasy game from Winston. His last meeting against the Saints resulted in fewer than nine points. Gross.

Buccaneers RBs -- SIT: This has become a three-headed monster with no clarity and no real production from anywhere. Jump off this sinking pirate ship. No, we will not delete our account.

Mike Evans -- START: Evans has certainly disappointed but his stature in the Bucs passing game makes him nearly impossible to sit. Oh yeah, and he's still really good at his job.

Cameron Brate, TE -- START: The Raiders have been middle-of-the-road against tight ends this year, but Brate's target and touchdown upside make it hard to ignore him this week.

Buccaneers D/ST -- START: Over the past month, the Bucs boast fantasy's second-best defense. This same unit posted 11 fantasy points against the Saints just two weeks ago.


Drew Brees, QB -- START: After last week, it's really hard to fade Brees at home. But caveat emptor this week against a defense that's playing as well as any in the league.

Saints RBs -- SIT: Trying to predict the Saints backfield is on par with pulling jagged rocks out of a raging fire. We'd advise against doing that like we'd advise against trusting either Mark Ingram or Tim Hightower.

Michael Thomas, WR -- FLEX: Thomas has slowed down from his impressive start to the season, but he is a consistent red-zone target for Brees. The touchdown upside is worth chasing.

Brandin Cooks, WR -- FLEX: Cooks is primarily a ceiling play. As we saw last week, he can explode at any time. He can also fizzle and leave you with nearly nothing. That's worth keeping in mind if you start him.

Willie Snead, WR -- SIT: It's been nearly two months since Snead has had any real fantasy relevance. This is not the week for you to live exclusively on hope and good luck.

Coby Fleener, TE -- SIT: Every time Fleener has a big game, it feels a little bit like an accident. If you enjoy that sort of thing, start Fleener. The rest of us will look elsewhere for TE help.

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks: 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX


Carson Palmer, QB -- SIT: Palmer has struggled against Seattle in his career as a Cardinal. He has a six-to-eight touchdown-to-interception ratio with a 72.1 passer rating against the Seahawks. This is not a good time to get cute.

David Johnson, RB -- START: No matter what.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR -- FLEX: Did you know Fitzgerald leads the NFL with 98 receptions this season? Now you know. He's a flex play given the tough matchup.

John Brown, WR -- SIT: Brown put himself back on the map with a big Week 15 performance but remains a high-risk option against Seattle. He also isn't playing a full slate of snaps, even with Michael Floyd out of the picture.

J.J. Nelson, WR -- SIT: Despite his low usage, J.J. Nelson has scored in three straight games and saw a huge uptick in targets (11) last week. He's still a high-risk option in a tough matchup.

Jermaine Gresham, TE -- SIT: Gresham has been a decent play in PPR formats with a stretch of three straight games of five receptions. But last week he fell off a bit and may be limited with a knee injury.


Russell Wilson, QB -- START: It's not an ideal matchup, but Wilson proved with three touchdown passes last week just how lethal he can be in a given week. If you're going down this week, don't let it be with Wilson on the bench.

Thomas Rawls, RB -- LOW-END FLEX: Rawls struggled mightily last week, and has another tough matchup against the Cardinals. But his volume upside is what is keeping him in the flex conversation here. Seattle has zero other options.

Jimmy Graham, TE -- SIT: With just two catches for 47 yards in his last two games, Jimmy Graham will be hard to trust as a TE1 against a Cardinals defense that has allowed just one touchdown to tight ends all season.

Tyler Lockett, WR -- FLEX: Lockett has been surging of late and started for the first time last week in two-receiver sets over Jermaine Kearse. We saw Brandin Cooks roast the Cardinals secondary (twice) last week, and Lockett is capable of the same.

Doug Baldwin, WR -- START: Baldwin leads Seattle with 102 targets, 72 receptions, 913 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Even in a tough matchup, he's a WR2.

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams: 4:25 p.m. ET on FOX


Colin Kaepernick, QB -- START: Apart from his nightmare at Soldier Field, Kaepernick has been a nice streaming option. For anyone looking for a QB streamer, Kap should be near the top of the list.

Carlos Hyde, RB -- START: Hyde has been a solid RB2 all season and has shown RB1 upside in the past month. There's no excuse for not starting him this week.

49ers WRs -- SIT: Can you name the three top targets in this passing game? You can? Good. Now you know three names of players who shouldn't be in your lineup this week.

Garrett Celek, TE -- SIT: There aren't strong enough words (that can be used on this website) to tell you not to do this.


Jared Goff, QB -- SIT: Goff hasn't been a complete dumpster fire, but you'd be playing with fire if you try starting him this week.

Todd Gurley, RB -- FLEX: In a battle of Stoppable Force (Rams run game) versus Movable Object (49ers run defense), there's hope that Gurley can offer at least a little something.

Kenny Britt, WR -- FLEX: Britt has remained a consistent performer all season long and should see plenty of targets against one of the league's worst defenses.

Lance Kendricks, TE -- START: If you're streaming tight ends, Kendricks could have a little bit of value against a middling defense versus tight ends.

Rams D/ST -- START: The Niners have given up plenty of sacks since Kaepernick has taken over at quarterback. Plus the Niners are good for a few turnovers. What more do you want?

Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans: 8:25 p.m. ET on NFL Network


Andy Dalton, QB -- SIT: Dalton ranks outside of our top 15 quarterbacks this week for a few reasons. The Texans are tough against quarterbacks, and Dalton doesn't have a full set of healthy weapons. A.J. Green might be back which would be nice, but who knows if he'll be limited. Dalton's upside is capped this week.

Jeremy Hill, RB -- FLEX: You're looking for a touchdown if you start Hill. He's scored in three straight games, but has only rushed for 45-plus yards in one of those three.

A.J. Green, WR -- WAIT AND SEE: Green is practicing for the second straight week but his status for Saturday night's game is still up in the air. Start him if he suits up, but monitor the situation.

Tyler Eifert, TE -- START: Eifert didn't practice on Wednesday but it may just be a day of rest for the tight end. He's too much of a red-zone threat to leave on the bench in your championship match.


Tom Savage, QB -- SIT: Savage might be better than Brock Osweiler, but he's not starting fantasy quarterback material unless you're extremely desperate.

Lamar Miller, RB -- START: Miller is banged up but has played through injuries for the majority of the late-season stretch run. He should be fine to suit up in a favorable matchup against Cincinnati and will be a high-end RB2.

DeAndre Hopkins, WR - START:Tom Savage brought DeAndre Hopkins back to life last week. Nuk logged 17 total targets for 87 yards on eight receptions. He should be started this week as a low-end WR2 with Savage under center.

C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE -- SIT: The Texans' tight end is a risky play with Tom Savage under center. We know Brock Osweieler was locked-in with Fiedorowicz but we aren't ready to take a chance on him with a new quarterback who may be less afraid to throw down field.

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