Fantasy Football 2014: Week 16 Key Matchups
Taking a Look at the Week 16 Matchup Plays in Fantasy
December 17, 2014
It’s fantasy football playoffs time, and in Week 16 that means championships in many leagues, and semifinals in others. Regardless of your setup, the roster moves are all that much more important heading into this weekend, so it’s important to peruse the schedule before you set your lineup. Let’s check out a few good-looking matchup plays that are trending among fantasy owners this week.
Joseph Randle, RB, Dallas Cowboys: This is less a matchup play than it is an injury play, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention it. With starting RB DeMarco Murray getting hand surgery this week, it’s a good bet Randle will have an increased workload at the very least, and a full start if Murray sits.
If Randle does indeed start, he’s immediately a solid RB2. He might be the guy you have to turn to if you’ve ridden Murray into the championship.
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Green Bay Defense: After a torrid stretch in which they dropped 47 fantasy points in the span of two weeks, the Green Bay D has been something of a letdown over the past month. They haven’t scored more than six points in a game, and they did that this past week against Buffalo.
That said, the team will travel to Tampa Bay this weekend to visit the lowly Buccaneers. This could prove the perfect opportunity for stringers to pick them up and plug them in.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins: Many fantasy owners slap their foreheads at the mere mention of RG3, who has been a complete fantasy bust this season. That said, he’s coming off a nice game against the Giants, during which he had a pass score and very nearly posted another TD (save for a dumb NFL possession rule).
Griffin makes a nice streaming QB heading into a home game against Philadelphia this week. The Eagles aren’t so good against the pass.
Carolina Panthers Defense: Let’s head back to the defensive side of the ball once more and check out the Panthers, who have a tasty matchup this week against the Browns. Carolina is coming off two consecutive 10-point fantasy outings, compiling five sacks, two picks and three fumble recoveries in that span.
The Panthers will see Johnny Football and company this week at home, and judging by what the Bengals did to them, the outlook here is pretty rosy.
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans: Our WR play this week is Washington, who is coming off a nice outing against the Jets. He put up six grabs on 10 targets in that one, doing very well as the main man in Tennessee.
If Kendall Wright sits once again, Washington makes a solid fantasy play against Jacksonville this week. Even if not, he’s probably still got some value as a nice No. 2 guy who will still get a decent amount of targets.
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