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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 16 Start-Sit

Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 16

December 19, 2013

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It’s championship week in a lot of fantasy leagues out there, so Week 16 will offer an all-or-nothing scenario for countless owners everywhere. Lineup decisions will be highly scrutinized, and those annoying lower-end calls can get even more hectic than usual. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a few names who should be on your radar this week, for better or worse.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 16 Start-Sit

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Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago Bears: If you’ve been cobbling together QBs over the past few weeks (as in Aaron Rodgers-subs), Cutler might be just the ticket to get you over the hump on Sunday. He’s coming off a somewhat-rusty game against the Browns, but he still tossed for a trio of scores and a 71 percent completion rate. Cutler and his plethora of weapons will take on a Philly defense that’s trending in the wrong direction.

Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans: After a crummy fantasy week against Denver, Wright bounced back in a big way against the Cardinals. He got a whopping 20 targets, catching 12 balls for 150 yards. He probably won’t get as much work against Jacksonville, but has become a key part of the Titans’ plans in the mid-range passing game. Wright should be good for a double-digit fantasy day.

Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens: After a promising performance in his return from injury two weeks back, Pitta laid down a dud in Detroit, with two grabs for just 24 yards. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t trust him this week, though. The Patriots give up a lot of fantasy points to opposing tight ends, and Pitta should remain a reliable part of the game-plan now that he’s got his legs underneath him.

Sit ‘Em:

Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan will go down as one of 2013’s biggest fantasy disappointments (and there have been a lot of them), and he’s in for another letdown this weekend. He gets a yucky matchup against the 49ers, and enters the game with seven turnovers to six touchdowns over his last five outings. Ryan will get destroyed by the Niners front and won’t have any room whatsoever to let routes develop. There are several better options out there if you need a QB.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks: We don’t realistically expect you to sit Lynch, but you should temper expectations and be aware of some possible scenarios. Considering Arizona’s injured secondary, we expect an additional focus on the pass in this one. Seattle doesn’t have a whole lot to gain either, so if they’re comfortably ahead you could see Lynch and the starters’ day cut short. Go ahead and keep rolling with him, but don’t expect total Beast Mode.

Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Let’s go back to that Falcons-49ers game and look at Jackson. He’s been fantasy relevant over the past four weeks, rushing for five scores in that span. His 38 yards against a crummy Redskins defense was scary enough, and now he’s going up against San Francisco’s brick wall. Don’t expect much yardage from Jackson, but if you start him as a flex or low-end WR2, you should hope for a short TD to save his day.

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