Week 16 Fantasy Football Versus | Playoff Decision-Maker
Here are the toughest match-ups on the docket for week 16:
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
These two division foes will square off in the most important game of the season for both teams. Romo struggled badly in week 8 against the Eagles, but he’s now healthy and their offense seems to be running full steam ahead. Vick is still nursing those broken ribs and hasn’t looked like the quarterback he did last season. I think both quarterbacks will have good games, but you should feel more confident in Romo this week.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants, vs. Tim Tebow, QB, Denver Broncos
It seem like every week Tebow is one of our choices and it’s mainly because he has been a great fantasy quarterback all season long. Manning struggled last week against Washington and only scored 5 fantasy points, so if you’re still in the playoffs, kudos to you. There’s nothing scary about Tebow match-up this week, as Buffalo has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Tebow should be your choice this week.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Kahlil Bell, RB, Chicago Bears
Both of these players are coming off of their best fantasy output of the season in week 15. With Marion Barber not expected to play this week against the Packers on Sunday night, Bell will get his first start of the season. Spiller should get more opportunities then Bell and I think Spiller has the better chance at repeating his performance from last week. I will favor Spiller slightly more, but I think both backs should have good games.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks vs. Roy Helu, RB, Washington Redskins
Lynch will be going up against a defense that has not allowed a rushing touchdown all season, in San Francisco. On the other hand, Lynch has scored a touchdown in 10 straight games, in which he has played in. Helu is nursing a toe and ankle injury, so I expect the Redskins not to overuse their young running back. Even with the tough match-up, I’ll roll with Lynch and I think he will get into the end-zone at least once.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos vs. Laurent Robinson, WR, Dallas Cowboys
Thomas has been an absolute beast over his past three games, in averaging over 18 fantasy points per game. Even though Robinson is the Cowboys third wide receiver on the depth chart, he seems to be Romo’s favorite target once they get into the red-zone. Robinson scored 16 fantasy points in week 8 against the Eagles, and I expect a similar type game this week. I’ll take Robinson this week.
Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
With Ben Roethlisberger now ruled out for week 16’s game, Charlie Batch will get the start against the St. Louis Rams and that will slightly hurt Brown’s value. Maclin has battled injuries all season long, but now he appears to be fully healthy. Both players should put up similar numbers in yardage, but I think Maclin has a better chance at getting in the end-zone. Maclin is your guy this week.
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Vernon Davis, TE, San Francisco 49ers
Celek was left for dead in all fantasy formats after week 5, after only scoring five total points. Since then Celek has been a top 10 tight end in any fantasy league. Davis continues to be a solid tight end option every week in fantasy, even though he hasn’t had the type of season he did last year. Celek has more upside this week, so I’ll go with him.
Detroit Lions, D/ST vs. Seattle Seahawks D/ST
Both of these defense are ranked in the top 5 this season in fantasy points. Detroit has the tougher match-up this week against the suddenly surging San Diego Chargers. Seattle will square off against a less then stellar offense in the San Francisco 49ers. Seattle should be your choice this week.
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