The fantasy championship is upon you. This is what you've worked towards all season. All those millions of in-season waiver-wire pickups. The accepted trades and blatantly poor propositions that you quickly denied. You've read all the articles and you know every starting player on every team, including the second and third string guys behind them. Now is the time to use all of your acquired knowledge and put it into week 16. Now is the time to win your fantasy championship.
Before we get started, let's do a quick accountability check and see how TheSportster did last week in helping you get to the championship. We were right on our season average of 50 percent. Not our best week, but in the world of fantasy, things could always be much worse.
We had some surprise hits and misses in week 15. For example, despite being a featured part of the offense with a 22-carry effort, Panthers' Jonathan Stewart only managed 75 rushing yards. That was good enough for a shallow seven fantasy points and a lot of disappointed fantasy owners. Ryan Tannehill was a surprise hit posting a great fantasy line against New England's elite secondary. It could have gone either way with Tannehill. New England's defense also had a superb fantasy day, sacking him four times and recording two interceptions, but the Dolphins' quarterback posted a ton of passing yards and threw a beautiful touchdown to Mike Wallace. In a game where the Dolphins had to abandoned their run game in the second half, it makes sense Tannehill was able to come back strong. Last but not least, did anybody watch the Bills upset the Packers? It's those types of upsets that should motivate you this week.
Remember, anything is possible in real-life football just as much as it's possible in fantasy football. Whether you're projected to lose by 10 or win by 10, remember to do your homework (i.e., read our column) and put your best team out there. It all comes down to this week, so best of luck!
20 Arizona Cardinals' Defense – SIT
19 New England Patriots' Defense – START
18 Jordan Reed – TE, Washington Redskins – SIT
17 Dwayne Allen – TE, Indianapolis Colts – START
16 Sammy Watkins – WR, Buffalo Bills – SIT
15 Odell Beckham Jr. – WR, New York Giants – START
14 Emmanuel Sanders – WR, Denver Broncos – SIT
13 Vincent Jackson – WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – START
12 Percy Harvin – WR, New York Jets – SIT
11 DeSean Jackson – WR, Washington Redskins – START
10 LeSean McCoy – RB, Philadelphia Eagles – SIT
9 Mark Ingram – RB, New Orleans Saints – START
8 Andre Williams/Rashad Jennings – RB, New York Giants – SIT
7 C.J. Anderson – RB, Denver Broncos – START
6 Jeremy Hill – RB, Cincinnati Bengals – SIT
5 Steven Jackson – RB, Atlanta Falcons – START
4 Eli Manning – QB, New York Giants – SIT
3 Alex Smith – QB, Kansas City Chiefs– START
2 Ryan Tannehill – QB, Miami Dolphins – SIT
Sometimes 1 p.m. games on the east coast between two AFC East division rivals go widely unnoticed by the rest of the country. That's fair. Tannehill actually put up great fantasy stats against the Patriots, throwing for 346 yards and a touchdown. However, he also threw two interceptions.
1 Ben Roethlisberger – QB, Pittsburgh Steelers – START
If the guy is in MVP talks, you should probably start him. That's why we're going with Ben Roethlisberger, once again this week, as our number one quarterback. Kansas City is a tough matchup. They've only surrendered 200 passing yards overall over the past three games, but Roethlisberger is also on a tear and he'll be at home this week. Over the past three games, he's thrown for 1,145 yards. While Kansas City has been a tough defense to go up against in fantasy, something has to give and we believe it'll be the Chiefs.
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