Matt Hicks, Staff Writer
Ben Roethlisberger vs HOU
Big Ben has been on fire since Week 11; going 153-226 for 1,727 yards, and a 14:5 TD:INT ratio. That’s propelled him to QB7, making him a sure fire QB1. This week he faces Houston, who has allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Even without Brown, Roethlisberger has enough weapons to lead you to fantasy glory.
Blake Bortles vs SF
Forget everything you’ve ever known about Bortles, close your eyes, and put this man in your starting line-up. Bortles has finished as a Top 10 QB in 3 of the last 4 weeks and has thrown for 1,063 yards and 7 touchdowns, with just 1 interception, in the process. The 49ers have allowed the 9th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the last 4 weeks, and the 3rd most on the season. Bortles can win you a fantasy championship, I repeat; Bortles can win you your fantasy championship.
Case Keenum vs GB
Green Bay has allowed 7 touchdowns over the last 2 weeks, Keenum has 4 touchdowns over the last 2 weeks. Green Bay has allowed 14 touchdowns over the last 4 weeks, Keenum has 8 touchdowns over the last 4 weeks. Keenum has been a safe play since Week 12; finishing as QB 13, QB 6, QB 17, QB 4. He’s sure to make an impact against the Packers who have allowed the most points to opposing QBs since Week 12.
Lamar Miller vs PIT
Miller struggled in Week 15, but that can be attributed to a game script that favored the pass. In Week 16, he faces a Pittsburgh defense that’s allowed the most points to opposing running backs over the last 4 weeks. In that span, opposing running backs are averaging 104 yards and 2 touchdowns per game. IF the Texans can keep the game close, Miller can make a big impact; he’s a must start if he’s on your squad.
Frank Gore vs BAL
Baltimore sounds like an intimidating match-up, but for running backs it’s not. The Ravens have allowed 7th most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last 4 weeks. That includes allowing 8 touchdowns and 4.1 yards/carry. Over those 4 weeks, Gore has rushed for 284 yards and caught 6 passes for 64 yards. He’s averaging 3.7 yards/carry and 19 carries a game. Gore is the RB20 on the season, making him a weekly RB2; this match-up secures his value as a starter.
Latavius Murray vs GB
Murray finished as RB10 in Week 15, rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. That’s Murray’s 4th touchdown since Week 12. The game script is going to favor Murray; as the Vikings are likely to take an early lead against the Rodgers-less Packers. This, combined with Green Bay allowing the 9th most fantasy points to opposing running backs over the last 4 weeks makes Murray a solid flex play.
JuJu Smith-Schuster vs HOU
This is a perfect storm for JuJu’s high upside. Smith-Schuster put up 114 yards and caught all 6 of his targets in Brown’s absence in Week 15. Expect more of the same, and at least one touchdown, from JuJu against the Houston offense that’s allowed 26 receptions, 461 yards and 3 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers over the last two weeks. JuJu is WR 31 on the season, but becomes a high-end WR2 in Week 16, as he takes over as WR 1 in Pittsburgh.
Mike Evans & Adam Humphries vs CAR
In deep leagues, you should already know to start Evans, but I’ve seen him questioned a lot in shallow leagues. Evans and Humphries face off against a Carolina squad that’s allowed 15.5 receptions, 205 yards, and 1.75 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers over the last month. Both Evans and Humphries have had the impact diluted by the vast array of options in Tampa. With injuries to Jackson, Howard, and Brate in Week 15 these two WRs could both have big impacts in Week 16.
Josh Gordon vs CHI
Since returning to the league in Week 13, Gordon is averaging 9 targets per game. He’s facing off against Chicago in Week 16; the team that’s allowed the 12th most fantasy points to opposing wideouts over the last 4 weeks. Corey Coleman has failed to catch more than one pass in 2 of his last three games; making Gordon the WR1 in Cleveland and a solid flex play with high upside in Week 16.
Eric Ebron vs CIN
Ebron has been hot over the last two weeks, catching 15 of his 18 targets for 127 yards and a touchdown. In Week 16 he faces off against the Bengals, who have allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends over the same two-week span. Consider the red-shot Ebron a WR 1 this week, and a difference maker in PPR championships.
Benjamin Watson vs IND
Watson caught all 4 of his targets in Week 15, wracking up 74 yards and a touchdown. In Week 16, Watson is matched up against the Colts, who have allowed 13 receptions. 212 yards and 2 touchdowns to opposing tight ends over the last four weeks. He won’t make a huge impact, but if you’re in need of a safe option in a deep league; Watson could be your saving grace.
Jack Doyle vs BAL
On the other side of this match-up, Doyle also makes a solid streamer. He caught 7 of 8 targets in Week 15, the 8th game this season he’s caught at least 5 receptions. The Ravens have allowed 16 receptions to opposing tight ends over the last 2 weeks; giving Doyle a safe floor in PPR leagues. The Ravens have also allowed 90.5 yards/game to tight ends over that timespan; giving Doyle some upside. Just like Gore, don’t let Baltimore’s name intimidate you, Doyle is a TE 1 this week.
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