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Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 16: Non-Playoff Teams to Watch

Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 16 Non-Playoff Teams to Watch

December 19, 2013

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Week 16 Non-Playoff Contenders

Fantasy footballers want and need to start NFL players that are playing their best each week.  As the season comes to an end, some teams step up their game and some simply fade into the offseason.  The problem for fantasy footballers is that they must determine which teams are still giving maximum effort despite being eliminated from the playoffs and which teams are not giving any effort.  He is a brief look at some teams with key players this week that fantasy owners will be counting on to win a fantasy championship.


Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 16: Non-Playoff Teams to Watch

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Spoiler Teams to Trust

St. Louis Rams - Fantasy owners don't need anymore proof then the Rams victory last weekend over the Saints.  The Rams defense held one of the most explosive QBs in the league to just one touchdown pass while forcing Brees into three turnovers.  The Rams defense did not play like a defeated group, and their maximum effort can be attributed to the never say die attitude of their head coach, Jeff Fisher.  Zac Stacey also had a great game, and his fantasy owners can relax as he seems to have righted his ship after having two disappointing weeks where he went on the road to face the Cardinals and 49ers.  Stacy's recent struggles were due to tough matchups and not a lack of effort.  The Rams are a team that will play hard to the end of the season, and fantasy owners should not worry about the effort they will get from Stacy or the Rams DST.

Minnesota Vikings - The Vikings performance last week may have been the biggest shock of the week.  Without AP or Gerhart, the Vikings still put a whooping on the playoff bound Eagles.  Matt Cassel is auditioning for jobs, and Cordarrelle Patterson is getting pumped for next season.  Despite this teams losing record, they are a group of NFL players that are refusing to roll over and die.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Buccaneers have one thing going for them and that is youth.  They are a team led by first and second year players; and therefore, they don't know they are supposed to lose.  This is a group that is trying to find their way through the NFL, and their close game last week against the 49ers is proof they are not going to be an easy victory over their last two games.

Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguars are actually one of the hottest teams in the NFL, and they are getting better and better each week.  They had won three games in a row before last week's letdown loss to the Bills.  While they are not the most impressive or talanted team in the NFL, they are giving good effort and means there key players (hmm, well their starting RB anyway) can be trusted moving forward.


Spoiler Teams to Avoid

Houston Texans - Of all the teams in the NFL, this is the one that really looks pathetic.  It is surprising how far the Texans have fallen since they have Andre Johnson on offense and J.J. Watt on defense.  Watt hates losing probably more than 99% of the NFL and yet he can't do anything to get his team motivated.  The Texans laid absolute eggs the past few weeks, and the proof is in the getting swept by Jacksonville pudding.  Andre Johnson is a stud, and Schaub may try to go out in style this week, but it is hard to trust anybody on a team that plays with as little effort as these guys.

Atlanta Falcons - The only team that has been more disappointing then the Texans is the Falcons.  Matt Ryan is not a quitter, but the Falcons as a whole are not playing very good football.  Considering this deflated Atlanta squad is traveling to California to take on the pumped up and ready to roll 49ers, fantasy owners will most likely be better off if they leave their Falcons on the bench this week.  Matt Ryan is capable of shocking the NFL world, but are the Falcons capable of exceeding the energy output of the 49ers?


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