Fantasy Football Week 16: Start’em / Sit’em

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Wide Receiver

Golden Tate, SF (69%, 11) – Has five TDs and five double-digit fantasy games since the Lions moved Jim Bob Cooter to offensive coordinator. This was what I expected from Tate most of the year when I drafted him in most of my leagues. With Calvin Johnson seeing most of the attention from the secondary, Tate should have been productive all season. Tate’s late season surge is a little too late for the hopes of my fantasy squads, but if you are still alive put him in your lineups this week.

Emmanuel Sanders, CIN (65%, 11) – Even though Sanders has less than 20 receiving yards in two of the last four games, it wasn’t like he was being ignored by new QB Brock Osweiler. Sanders has averaged just under 10 targets per game over that stretch and has two monster games in the two he wasn’t shut out. Fellow starting WR Demaryius Thomas hasn’t been as reliable as usual, which has left Sanders as the de facto #1 WR lately. I expect Osweiler to look Sanders way often this week.

John Brown, GB (53%, 10) – Has averaged around 75 yards per game over the last three and has scored TDs in two of them, that is despite dropping at least three long TD passes over that stretch. If Brown catches two of those three, he one of the best WRs in the football over the last three week stretch. The Cardinals could need to air it out to keep up with the Packers this week and I expect John Brown to be a big part of that this week.

Kamar Aiken, PIT (35%, 11) – Literally the Ravens only legitimate WR option now that Steve Smith is out and has put up respectable numbers with double-digit fantasy points in five of the last six games, including a monster 25 pointer last week.

Willie Snead, JAX (17%, 8) – Healthy again and has averaged 10 targets and just under 100 yards over the last two games. If Drew Brees doesn’t play, then I wouldn’t play Snead either, but if Brees is in the lineup then Snead should be in yours.

Dorial Green-Beckham, HOU (6%, 7) – The rookie receiver with elite size and all the talent in the world is finally starting to contribute. DGB has over 100 yards receiving in two of the last three games and is starting to figure out what it takes to get open at the NFL level. I feel bad liking this guy, as by all reports he’s an awful person off the field, but DHB has the size and all the skills to be a dominant NFL receiver.

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