Buy/Sell/Steal for Week 16
Emptying Out the Notebook
— For most (and hopefully all of you) this is Championship Week. If you made it, congrats, because last week was one of the worst weeks for fantasy football I have ever seen!
— Follow the Todd Gurley injury closely. He has some swelling in his knee and could possibly be held out this week.
— Thursday games are over, but we have two Saturday games again: Washington at Tennessee and Baltimore at the Chargers.
— Denver at Oakland closes us out Monday.
Ravens Fantasy Pick of the Week
Even with Kenneth Dixon playing a role, Edwards is still the lead back, having gone over 100 yards in three of the past five games. The Chargers have allowed RBs to go over 100 scrimmage yards in back-to-back games. The Ravens will have to rely heavily on Edwards in the run game to control the clock if they want to keep their post season hopes alive.
QB: Baker Mayfield: He put up 30 points the last time these two teams faced off. With the Bengals having allowed the second most fantasy points to QBs this year, Mayfield should repeat his performance or surpass it. I like Baker to finish as a top 3 QB this week.
RB: Damein Williams: Forget that Spencer Ware could return, Williams is the back to start this week. Since Kareem Hunt has been released, Williams has scored 4 TDs (3 rushing, 1 receiving) and is coming off a 120 yard game l. The Seahawks have had trouble controlling backs who can catch and Williams has 10 receptions are the past two weeks.
WR: Tyler Lockett: For whatever reason, the Niners have Lockett’s number. Look for Lockett to return to normal this week against the Chiefs, in a day where he could see 100+ yards and at least 1 TD. The Chiefs have allowed 6 TDs to WRs over the past four games.
Other names: Jarvis Landry, Amari Cooper, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, T.Y. Hilton, DaVante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins, Julio Jones, Brandin Cooks, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith- Schuster, Michael Thomas, Tyreek Hill
TE: Austin Hooper: Hooper had 16 points against the Panthers in Week Two. With not many good TE options and Carolina having cashed in their season, Hooper is in a good spot to replicate his performance.
Def: Tennessee, Dallas, Minnesota, Miami, Green Bay, Houston, Rams, Chicago
QB: Jameis Winston: Dallas has held QBs to 16 points or less at home this year. While Winston has a high ceiling given Tampa’s love of throwing the ball, it also comes with major risk as he is prone to throwing INT’s (13 in nine games).
RB: Leonard Fournette: Back to back single digit games and a decrease in rushing attempts. I don’t like where this is heading for a team already out of playoff contention and a nagging foot injury for Fournette. This isn’t so much about who the Jags are playing, but what exactly is there game plan.
WR: Demaryius Thomas: Thomas has not been a reliable target as many have hoped since joining Houston. Thomas has posted double digits just twice in six games and while the match-up against Philly looks promising, remember that they just held the Rams in check at home.
TE: Rob Gronkowski: How can you trust him? Five targets last week and just two catches for 21 yards. Buffalo has been sneaky good on defense this year including holding Gronk to 3/43 earlier in the year. The Pats offense is struggling and Gronk is a risky play.
Def: Buffalo, Philadelphia, Carolina, Arizona, New Orleans, Seattle
QB: Mitchell Trubisky: The Niners have allowed 21+ points to QB’s in three of the past four games. Trubisky looks like he is coming back around after his solid performance against the Packers.
RB: Kalen Ballage: Frank Gore is done for the year and last week Ballage came in and ripped off a 75-yard run en route to a 100-yard game. Ballage is the future in Miami, so look for him to get an extended looked with more opportunities.
WR: Reuben Foster: Foster has scored 17 or more points in three of the last four games. Need a flex or a cheap play in DFS? Here’s your guy.
TE: Evan Engram: Since OBJ has been out, Engram has seen 17 targets and going over 70 yards in both games.