Fantasy Football News and Updates: 2013 NFL Week 16 Matchups to Watch
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: Week 16 Matchups to Watch
December 21, 2013
Week 16 Matchups to Watch
Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs - This is going to be an interesting game for all NFL fans, and it will be of particular interest to fantasy footballers who decided to roll with Andrew Luck. It is the championship week in the majority of fantasy football leagues, and the battle between Luck and the Chiefs defense will take center stage. Luck and the Colts have struggled on offense since Reggie Wayne went down in week 7. The Colts have managed to stay relevant and win the AFC South since then, but they have not been a fantasy producing machine like they were with Wayne. Some fantasy owners may be hopeful for Luck after his big game against the Bengals, but that was a bit of a mirage as the Bengals were in control of that game from the start and they played a little "laid back" once they knew the game was under control. Fantasy owners thinking of starting Luck should also note his poor outing against the defeated Texans last week and the fact the Justin Houston could return to the football this week. The Chiefs have returned to their dominating defense, and Luck could be in trouble this week, especially if T.Y. Hilton is unable to play.
There could be another dilemma regarding the Colts offense, and that is which running back to start this week. Trent Richardson finally had a strong performance last week against the Texans and Donald Brown did not, but that does not mean Richardson should be trusted with a fantasy championship on the line. The Chiefs defense looks like a good matchup since they have given up and an average of 117 rushing yards and a touchdown in their last six games, but that does not make Richardson a good play this week. The Chiefs will be treating this as a home playoff game as they need a big win and they only allowed one team to rush for over 100 yards in their first eight games. The Colts backfield is one of the riskiest to trust this week, and fantasy owners would be better off looking to the waiver wire with fantasy championships on the line.
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The Chiefs offensive players could be started on Sunday as well, but they too will come with risk, with the exception of Jamaal Charles of course. Alex Smith could throw for 3+ touchdowns or he could throw for 0 touchdowns. In a game that is supposed to be played in bad weather, the Chiefs will most likely run more then they pass and that is bad news for Smith and Bowe. But at the same time, if they pass it should be short passes to Charles and that could be good for Smith as we saw last week. Smith and Bowe are risky option this week, but they have more upside than the Colts offensive players.
Will the Chiefs defense play like the top scoring fantasy defense?
Can Luck play like a fantasy stud during a hostile road game with bad weather?
Could Richardson, Brown, Bowe, or Smith be the missing piece to a championship roster?
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers - This one will be a battle of two historic franchises fighting for their playoff lives. One interesting trend in this match is the fact the Steelers rushing defense has gotten better as the season has progressed while the Packers rushing defense has gotten worse. The same trend applies to these teams offenses as Lacy has become one of the most dominate backs in the NFL and the Steelers have been relying more on Roethlisberger than their rushing attack. This matchup has a lot of key fantasy players involved, and this game will most assuredly impact fantasy football championships all around the world.
Can Lacy carry the load for another week since the Packers will not have Aaron Rodgers?
Will Big Ben be able to keep airing it out on the frozen tundra?
Which Green Bay receiver will have the biggest game?
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