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2011 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start’Em Sit’Em

Week 16 NFL player matchups and fantasy football previews to help decide who to start or bench on your fantasy football team in week 16 of the nfl season.

Dave B’s Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit Week 16

Championship week is here for most of us – time to put our Fantasy money where our Fantasy mouths are. Dave B is here to help with all of your tough lineup decisions in this week’s Fantasy Matchups – Start and Sit Week 16.


Enjoy a preview of all of this week’s games and who, in those games should start for you during the most important time on the Fantasy calendar. Drop me a line and let me know what you think!

Houston at Indianapolis 8:20 PM

Ugh! This is one Thursday night game I may not even watch! Arian Foster for Houston and Reggie Wayne are the only two Fantasy starters in this game – period!

Denver at Buffalo 1:00 PM

I actually like Tim Tebow in this one – he could be a combined yardage machine against the worst defense in the NFL. Willis McGahee and Demaryius Thomas are also quality starts for Championship week. For the Bills, CJ Spiller is worth considering as a RB2/flex.

Arizona at Cincinnati 1:00 PM

Both these teams need a win to stay in the playoff hunt but that doesn’t mean that there is Fantasy Gold in the game. Larry Fitzgerald is a no-brainer as usual and John Skelton could be used as an absolute desperation start. For the Bengals, Cedric Benson is an average play and if AJ Green plays he is a good start. Stay away from all other Cardinals and Bengals.

Jacksonville at Tennessee 1:00 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew is the only Fantasy worthy Jaguar – period! For the Titans, it is hard to trust anybody. You may have to start Chris Johnson – I just don’t know what to expect from him. Nate Washington has been Hot lately as well but in Championship week, he may be too big a risk, Washington is more like a low end WR3 this week.

Oakland at Kansas City 1:00 PM

Oakland is a sneaky Fantasy team – inconsistent and a tad scary. Carson Palmer is simply an average option this week but Michael Bush is still a start based on the number of touches that he will receive. Derrius Heyward-Bey had quite a breakout game last week but is too risky this week for my blood. He is another low-end WR3 in my books. For the Chiefs, Kyle Orton may actually be a decent desperation start (I can’t believe I just said that!). Because of that, Dwayne Bowe and even Steve Breaston on deserve some starting consideration.

Miami at New England 1:00 PM

Remember, New England’s defense has been absolutely terrible this season. So Matt Moore may be an OK start, not great. Brandon Marshall is a fine play this week as is a scorching Reggie Bush. If desperate at Tight End, Anthony Fasano is a decent play. For the Patriots, the usual suspects are in play here – start Brady, Welker, Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. I still can’t recommend anyone in the Patriots running game.

NY Giants at NY Jets 1:00 PM

This should be an interesting game. I like Eli Manning to bounce back even against the Jets terrific pass defense. With Darrelle Revis guarding Hakeem Nicks, he is a scary man to rely on this week. Victor Cruz and even Mario Manningham will likely have better games. The Giants running game is hard to recommend this week! For the Jets, I think Shonn Greene bounces back this week. He, Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes could all be used.

St. Louis at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM

Sit all Rams! For Pittsburgh, expect OK not terrific numbers from Ben Roethlisberger. Rashard Mendenhall should have his way against the brutal Rams run defense. I like Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown to be solid in this game as well. The Steelers defense is the top DST this week without a doubt! There is a chance that Big Ben may not play. If this is the case, downgrade all Steelers a bit.

Minnesota at Washington 1:00 PM

Adrian Peterson was upset about the lack of carries he got last week. Expect the Vikings to feed him often and for AP to have a good game. He is the only Viking that I trust this week. You want some Week 16 sleepers? Look no further than Rex Grossman, Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney who should all have good games. Roy Helu may be a sneaky flex as well.

Tampa Bay at Carolina 1:00 PM

For Tampa Bay, I like nobody but if forced to pick one, Mike Williams would edge out LeGarrette Blount as their only quality starter. For Carolina start Cam Newton and Steve Smith for sure. Of the two running backs in Carolina, DeAngelo Williams has surpassed Jonathan Stewart as the more productive. [ad-8469823]

Cleveland at Baltimore 1:00 PM

Sit all of you Browns this week. For the Ravens, expect Ray Rice to steal the show! That leaves Joe Flacco, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith and Ed Dickson as very risky starts.

San Diego at Detroit 4:05 PM

This is likely the shootout of the weekend! I like Philip Rivers, Vincent Jackson, Antonio Gates and even Malcolm Floyd in this one. Ryan Matthews could also be used at RB. For the Lions, Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson absolutely have to be in lineups. I also like Brandon Pettigrew to have a decent game at TE. I have no idea who to pick between Titus Young and Nate Burleson. Right now, I am staying away from the Lions running game.

Philadelphia at Dallas 4:15 PM

I love Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy this week in yet another shootout. Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek should also have strong games. For Dallas start Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Laurent Robinson and Dez Bryant. Miles Austin is also very usable here.

San Francisco at Seattle 4:15 PM

Two good defenses are on display here – don’t expect a whole lot of Fantasy points in this one. Frank Gore is the best 49ers option. But if necessary, Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree could be used. For Seattle, Marshawn Lynch is the only Fantasy option but he is going against the league’s best run defense. If you can, look elsewhere.

Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM

There is no Bear that I would consider this week at all. Green Bay on the other hand should be motivated after their first loss of the season. Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jermichael Finley are all great fantasy options this week. Ryan Grant is only an OK RB2 this week. Be sure to get the Packers defense in your lineups as well.

Atlanta at New Orleans 8:30 PM

The final game of the weekend should produce a Fantasy bonanza! For Atlanta, I like Matt Ryan – he’s been hot lately. Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez are all fine starting options. Michael Turner has slowed significantly but has to start for you this week – he was likely your #1 pick! For the Saints, Brees, Colston and Jimmy Graham are automatic. I also like Lance Moore and Darren Sproles in this game.



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10 replies on “2011 Fantasy Football Week 16 Start’Em Sit’Em”

I need some advice – PPR league one rb, two wr, te flex
wr – Santonio Holmes, Michael Crabtree, Golden Tate, Dwayne Bowe, Santana Moss.
rb – Michael Turner, Jonathon Stewart, DeAngelo Williams, Toby Gerhart, Isaac Redman, Kahlil Bell.
te – Antonio Gates, Brent Celek, Kevin Boss.

Thanks for your time and consideration


Thanks for the inquiry. When looking at your choices, I looked at the players with the best chance to score and went with that.

At WR I rank them in this order – Santana Moss (I think he will be enormous against Minnesota’s brutal defense). Santonio Holmes and Dwayne Bowe are neck-and-neck with Holmes getting the slight nod. The other two will likely get you 4-5 catches, 50-60 yards and no scores.

At RB, Michale Turner and DeAngelo Williams believe it or not have the best chance to get into the end zone – touchdowns in most leagues are 6 points which amounts to 60 yards rushing or 6 catches. Kahlil Bell and his pass catching ability is the only other one that I would consider on the list.

Ranking them, it would go Turner, Williams and then Bell.

At TE, no doubt go Antonio Gates.

At flex, in a PPR league, I would take one of your leftover WRs – Bowe or Holmes.

The old addage is in play here – go with your Studs and the ones that got you here!

Good Luck,

Dave B

Thank You for your advise, one more question if I may, In this league you may use a tight end as flex, Is Celek a good option? PPR league and tight ends get 1 point every 5 yards?


Hmmm – interesting question. In this casr I think celek would be a good option. I project Celek with 4-5 catches, 50 yards and a touchdown. Bowe or Holmes are good for about 4-5 catches for around 70 yards and a touchdown. So in this case if you take my projections Celek becomes a tad more valuable than Bowe or Holmes.

It is close though!

Dave B

Okay pick 2 mcgahee, cj spiller and laurent robinson?….then also arizona d, titans d or kc or even oak pick 1.


Interesting question. In a PPR league, it completely changes things. Spiller is a good bet to catch
4-5 balls and get over 100 combined yards with a touchdown. McGahee doesn’t catch the ball but is good for close to 100 yards and a touchdown and Laurent Robinson has been catching 4 balls for 50 or so yards and a touchdown since Miles Austin returned.

If you are being safe, Spiller and McGahee may be the best option – they are guaranteed 15-25 touches while Robinson could flop – he is injured and has Austin Witten and Dez Bryant to compete with.

If you are a gambler, leave McGahee out of the mix – only in a PPR league of course.

As for the defense, I’d reank them in this order – Chiefs, Titans and the rest!

Good Luck,

Dave B

If i threw gaffney in the mix what would you say? Picking 3 gaffney robinson, spiller, mcgahee


Gaffney is a great option as well – I have him neck-and neck with Laurent Robinson. I would take Gaffney as the second option in the passing game over Robinson as the fourth option in the Dallas passing game.

Dave B

Appreciate it…still torn though we dont have a championship until next week so this is my in. Just one more if you get to it robinson for several weeks has had an good game one week then a great one the next literally average then big average then big well his last was average soooo…you think consistency wins here?…And again spiller, mcgahee, gaffney, robinson, and guess what barber is down and out and i own kahil bell lol any thoughts on all this? If not merry christmas or whatever you may celebrate.

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