Start/Sit of the Week: Week 16

Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Start/Sit Of The Week

You have made it to the championship!  Or…as I said before, if you are league has its championship next week, you’re doing it wrong.  This is the week that bragging rights are made of, and it happens to kickoff with a game on Christmas.  Below are some observations for this championship week, hopefully they help you win the hardware in your league.  Thank you for reading my work all year, and hopefully you have enjoyed the articles.  Stay safe this holiday season and best of luck!

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Start Them

Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland:  Baker has been on a roll over his last 3 outings, averaging 325 yards and close to 3 touchdowns over that span.  It would be less impressive if two of those games were not against two top 10 defenses against the pass in Baltimore and the New York Giants.  Cleveland plays a less impressive pass defense this week in the New York Jets.  The Jets allow the 3rd most points to opposing quarterbacks this year and will play a Browns team that will be playing inspired football as they will have a chance to leapfrog the Pittsburgh Steelers after seeing them play some uninspiring football over the past 3 weeks.  Las Vegas only has this point total sitting at 47, but has tabbed Cleveland as 10-point favorites over the Jets.  After the win last week, you must think that someone in upper management pulled Head Coach Adam Gase aside, and informed him that he most likely cost them a generational talent in Trevor Lawrence.  The Jets have nothing to play for outside of draft position and pride, and the former should win out in this one, propelling Baker from his ranking outside of the top 15, into top 10 fantasy production.  

Sit Them

Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina:  Robby has been the equivalent of a boom/bust option for fantasy owners this year, scoring less than 10 points in 0.5ppr leagues 6 times, and over 10 points 8 times.  Roughly a 50% chance of going over 10 points isn’t what you are looking for out of a WR2, especially in a matchup like the one Anderson has this week that sees him lining up against a bottom 5 matchup for opposing wide receivers.  Washington has a nasty defensive line, and as a result, the wide receivers that they play suffer.  Outside of the matchup, Anderson also has fellow receivers D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel that will be competing for looks in this game.  In an outing with the lowest over/under of the week, and with Carolina being an underdog to Washington in this game, it just does not bode well for Robby to finish as his WR2 ranking implies he will.  You may have a better option on your bench to play in a championship matchup than Anderson this week.

Brandon Gunn

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