Hello everyone, and welcome to a very important Wednesday here at Razzball. Yes, it is rankings day, but it is also Week 16 of the NFL season. For most of you, this only spells out one thing: Championship Week.

With the help of myself, MB, Jay and the Razzblitz podcast (coming out on Friday), we’ll be with you guys every step of the way during this crucial week.

So without further ado, let’s get to it.

Projections are courtesy of the Pigskinonator.

 

 

 

Players I’m High On

Case Keenum (@GB): Proj: 16.35 pts (#11 QB)

I don’t think there is any risk for Keenum to be benched in this one, even though they have locked up the NFC North. Keenum has been playing some pretty great football as of late, and draws a very very good matchup against this Green Bay secondary

Dion Lewis (vs. BUF): Proj: 13.72 pts (#5 RB)

There are a LOT of good running backs this week, but Lewis makes a legitimate argument to be up there with the best of them. Lewis is a must-start this week in a cake matchup as a home favorite against the Buffalo Bills rush defense, without Burkhead to vulture touches away from him. Lock him in.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (@ HOU): Proj: 9.01 pts (#12 WR)

Someone has to take over the void left by AB’s absence this week against the Texans secondary, and JuJu is the candidate to do so. This is a great matchup for the rookie wideout this week, and with a likely increase in target share in this offense, he becomes a must-start this week.

Vernon Davis (vs. DEN): Proj: 7.46 pts (#7 TE)

If you need a streaming option this week at the TE position, look no further than Davis. The one weakness of the Broncos secondary in their LB coverage against TE’s, where Kirk Cousins will be looking to exploit them on Sunday with Davis.

Players I’m Not So High On

Kirk Cousins (vs. DEN): Proj: 17.18 pts (#8 QB)

Listen, Cousins has been up-and-down this entire season, so don’t let one good performance last week sway you into forcing yourself to play him this week. Yes, they are at home, but I think I’d rather go with a safer option out there that actually has some reliable targets they can throw the ball to.

Jordan Howard (vs. CLE): Proj: 11.96 pts (#10 RB)

So here’s the deal. As I said earlier, there are a lot of great RB choices this week. Chances are, you drafted Howard in the first or second round, so he may be the best option you have to work with. If that’s the case, there is no way you can bench him. However, if you have better options, and there are a lot of them, just keep in mind Howard will be facing one of the toughest rush defenses in the game (#1 against the run according to Football Outsiders).

Marquise Goodwin (vs. JAC): Proj: 7.68 pts (#21 WR)

He’s been coming through for us over these past few weeks, but against this secondary, you just can’t roll him out there in the championship week. Some of you may think to yourself, “Well DHop scored a TD and did sort of okay for himself”, and while that may be true, Goodwin doesn’t have the floor that Hopkins has every single week. Plus, you probably didn’t draft Goodwin, so I think it is safe to assume that Goodwin’s owners have a pretty solid backup plan.

 

Alright ladies and gentlemen, that is my time for today. Remember, let’s win this fantasy championship together, so if you have any and all lineup questions, send ’em our way. I’ll see you guys Friday for another episode of the Razzblitz podcast.

Kick ass this week guys.

You Can Follow Zach on Twitter @razzball_zach.

  1. Bigbear says:
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    Does the Minn D ranking account for no Rodgers @GB? Have Charger D starting though.

    Picked up Foles for the championship game. If nothing else it should count his Ertz and Alshon! Feeling good about this weekend, but we’ll see!

    • Bigbear says:
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      @Bigbear: * counter

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Bigbear: Yes, and while the Vikings defense is a little low, I still think if you have them, you should start them. There are just a lot of other great defenses out there.

      Good luck my dude!

  2. E says:
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    What would you have said if in the preseason I told you I would be choosing between Jared Goff, Blake Bortles, and Nick Foles to be my championship week starting quarterback? Because, that is what I’m doing.

    You think the Jacksonville D is still a strong play against the rejuvenated Jimmy G 49ers? I picked up Chicago’s D and Carolina is also available for pickup.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @E: Hahaha I would have punched you in the face! Nah, but I think you should roll with Goff in all honesty. I don’t think you can bench the Jags D.

  3. Steve Stevenson says:
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    You’re relatively high on Dak vs. SEA. What are you seeing there? I get with Zeke back he’ll be in a better spot, but last week even with getting stomped the Hawks didn’t give up much to Goff (admittedly, because he didn’t need to do anything, but then again that could very well be the case this week with Zeke picking up where Gurley left off). Was thinking about going with Foles over Dak this week.

    Also, dynasty, standard scoring, I’m in the championship so I have to think about both this week and next year with my waiver claims. We start 2WR and 1 Flex, and it’s a shallow 10-tm league, so there are usually a lot of decent WR available and I tend to start RB at Flex if possible. Anyway, a few questions:
    1. My bench WR this week are Goodwin, Doctson and C. Coleman. Do you like any of them for dynasty? Drop any of them for any combination of M. Bryant, M. Wallace, R. Woods, Shepard or Cobb? This is really a next year play as none would be starting for me this week.
    2. Are you looking to hold Mike Davis for next year, or would you rather have Gallman or Ekeler?
    3. TE next year: Brate or Trey Burton (who’s a FA and presumably leaving Philly)?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Really good question, so here’s my thought process. The Seahawks defense is not the same from year’s past, not even from earlier this year. If you were to tell me at the beginning of the year that I could get Dak against a beat-up defense at home with Tyron Smith back, fully healthy, and Zeke Elliott in the backfield? I think Dak is in for a good game. This game also has a very healthy total of 47.

      1.) I love Goodwin and Coleman, not so sure about Doctson, because I’m not sure if Kirk Cousins is gonna stay in Washington. You can drop him I think for Robert Woods.
      2.) I would rather have Ekeler to be honest.
      3.) Brate.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Zach: Thanks for the thoughtful response.

      • Steve Anus says:
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        @Zach: my guess is he’s thinking brate goes elsewhere as well as burton. SEA’s D is majorly injured from like 6 weeks ago.

  4. ramon rocha says:
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    Couple Questions:
    Flex (1 PPR, 10 bonus points at 100 yds rushing or rcving)
    D Lewis or J Landry ? (Also have Kupp, R Woods , A Cooper avialable)

    QB – 6 Pts per TD, 5 Bonus points at 200 yds, 5 @ 300 yds, 10 @ 400yds

    Tom Brady or Russel Wilson

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @ramon rocha: Lewis, Brady

  5. RS says:
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    My biggest decision to make in the championship game:

    PPR – Painfully need to bench one of these four:

    Kamara, Lev Bell, Zeke Elliott, Kareem Hunt

    Would you start them in the order you have them ranked, leaving Hunt on the bench?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @RS: Kamara, Bell and Elliott, yes.

  6. The Shady KHunt says:
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    Hey Zach!
    Championship week! With the help of all the writers at Razzball I have made it through. With the highest total pts in my league, placed 4th going into PO’s and managed to beat the guys that just creeped in. Pretty confident about this week. BUT I do have a question.

    Marvin Jones Jr. or CJ Anderson? Gut tells me don’t trust CJA in championship week.
    0.5PPR scoring

    • The Shady KHunt says:
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      @The Shady KHunt: Forgot to add. Thank you guys so much for everything you do.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @The Shady KHunt: Congrats man! Honestly, I think you’re better off playing Anderson and Jones. I like the matchup for Anderson, as Washington funnels to the run, and even Rudy’s projections like Anderson. He should see a boatload of carries after his great performance on TNF, and Devontae Booker isn’t playing. I think you can start him.

      Thank you man!

  7. Josh says:
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    Why do you like LAC’s defense more than KC’s defense this week?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Josh: LAC’s defense is just a better unit overall, and I love the matchup against Bryce Petty

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