We are at Week 16, which means we are at championship week! So if you’ve gotten it that far in your respective leagues, it’s clearly because you’ve been listening to my advice and reading my writing every week. If you didn’t make it, sorry, but maybe you should listen to me more. But, alas, there is still one more week where who you have on the bench for options and who should have dropped is important and that is what I’m here to help with!

Firstly, if you still own Andy Dalton, Andrew Luck, or even Peyton Manning on your teams, it’s time to let go. They are either not going to play due to injury or just can’t play anymore (ahem, Peyton). These quarterbacks are taking up valuable bench space that could be used for widely available Tyrod Taylor or Ryan Fitzpatrick, who both are coming off solid weeks this past weekend and have plus matchups this weekends for their respective teams. Tyrod helps you with his lack of bad decisions and his legs, while Fitz helps you with his high yardage totals and three of his weapons (Marshall, Decker, Powell) are fully healthy and doing great.

Also, a guy like Ryan Tannehill should be let go by now. He clearly isn’t going to finish the season strong and has regressed terribly as a passer this season, despite getting better weapons and having a solid run game (which continues to be ignored). Instead, maybe a quarterback like Kirk Cousins takes his place despite him playing away from home this weekend. On the plus side, Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson are fully healthy and the Eagles are known for giving up a lot of points and big plays in the pass game. Cousins scored over 20 fantasy points the last time these two teams met and with how Cousins is playing, it wouldn’t be shocking to see another game like that out of him.

Bilal Powell and James White are both running backs who have excelled in the receiving game over the past few weeks, with both having at least 20 receptions, 150 yards receiving, and two touchdowns over the past three games, respectively. White may have the inside edge as he is the #2 target in the New England with Danny Amendola down with a knee injury and Julian Edelman probably not returning this week. But Powell is undoubted #3 target in a surprisingly strong passing attack in New York. Both are top 25 plays in PPR this week and shouldn’t be on any waiver wires.

Meanwhile, injured players such as Melvin Gordon (put on IR) and LeSean McCoy (torn MCL) are all but safe to drop from re-draft leagues as they are not expected to make any more contributions this season. The same can also be said for DeMarco Murray, who has just 21 touches in the run game over the past three games, including only two last game as he appears to have burned all bridges in Philadelphia and probably won’t have any meaningful touches for the rest of the season as both sides are just waiting this out until the offseason.

For wide receivers, consistent performers such as Tyler Lockett, Kamar Aiken, Ted Ginn Jr. and Markus Wheaton (yes, THAT Markus Wheaton) deserve to be on fantasy football benches if not already as for players like Ginn and Aiken, they continue to perform despite all odds (Aiken’s quarterback situation and Ginn’s drop problems). For Lockett and Wheaton, their quarterbacks are performing at such a high level that they have benefitted greatly from it and have both been top 25 wide receiver plays over the past few weeks and nothing suggests that this trend can’t continue for both (although I have much more faith in Lockett than Wheaton). Both could be solid FLEX plays this weekend as they both have plus matches up this weekend.

Lastly, for the tight end position, there are a few notables. Will Tye has scored in two straight games, and with Odell Beckham Jr. suspended for this weekend, Tye could be called on to do more after recording five receptions in the past two games as well. Crockett Gilmore was placed on injured reserve today, so despite his impressive season, he will have to finish out the rest of the season on the mend rather than on the field. Zach Miller has two straight games of at least five receptions and 50 yards and with Martellus Bennett out for the rest of the season (if you still have him rostered, he is perfectly fine to be dropped), Miller has the chance to be a very consistent contributor for the next two weeks in fantasy football. And finally, it’s time to drop the failed Vernon Davis experiment. He choked horribly on Sunday and finished with only one reception for five yards. He is an inconsistent contributor and has had some inexcusable drops over the past couple of weeks that doesn’t help his chances. It’s time for him to be placed on the waiver wire.

That’ll do it for me this week. Good luck and we can discuss how we will split your winnings next week. Happy holidays!

  1. The Big Yabu says:
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    The Bills defense was terrible this past week, but has a tasty matchup against the Cowboys. Would you roll with them again? Best options on waivers are probably the Redskins (@ Phi) or the Raiders (vs. SD). Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Big Yabu: I think they are going to do better than what’s available, so I’d stick with em.

  2. Jake says:
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    Im part of 3 leagues and made the championship game in all 3. My biggest questions for this coming week is what to do with Calvin Johnson. I have Tyrod at QB that I am not comfortable with against Dallas and Calvin at wide receiver.

    My current plan is to pick up Desean Jackson and Curt Cousins and carry that stack to the victory. I see this being a huge game for Desean against his old team. Plus the Eagles secondary should have gotten toasted this past week had the Cardinals receivers made catches that were right in their arms.

    What are your thoughts ?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jake: I could see that working out, but double check my rankings tomorrow. It should be close enough to where the double dipping is a good start.

  3. NattyLite says:
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    A.J. Green.

    Why couldn’t Dalton have injured himself a few weeks earlier so that we’d have something more tangible to dissect when it comes to Green and McCarron’s compatibility? Green didn’t help much either last week by being mostly inactive.

    I guess it boils down to passing defense vs necessity of the passing game (McCarron can’t possibly get by with just 21 attempts again this week).

    I’m leaning towards Markus Wheaton as a replacement, but that matchup seems like the exact opposite problem (lack of defense vs switching to the run game early). It’s a 3WR Standard League, and I’ve already got Hopkins and Allen Robinson as locks.

    Thoughts anybody?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @NattyLite: Wheaton is serviceable there. And Dalton seems to have entrenched himself, for better or worse.

  4. Pickleball says:
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    I havent seen much worry about a potential benching or kiddie gloves with Cam Newton this week… Is everyone pretty confident the Panthers will play the whole way through vs Atlanta?

    I ask because since cam gets banged up so much every week (rolled ankles, big hits, etc) I could see them start to sit him down after ticky tac injuries

    I mean they’re going to hold out Jon Stewart this week and it’s not exactly like he’s the face of their franchise

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Pickleball: Unless it’s a total blowout, I expect them to keep the normal rotations in. Everyone goes for an unbeaten season if it’s there this late.

  5. Scooter G says:
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    Trying to figure out who to drop and who to target for RB this week. How would you rank these RBs ?

    Forte, McFadden, hightower, Powell, C Michael, denard Robinson ? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Scooter G: I think you have them in the correct order. Except for Robinson. I’d put him behind the top-3, despite him not showing much this past Sunday.

  6. Side Dish says:
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    Going for the championship in a 12 team, 4 keeper, 1/2 point ppr league . I have some questions about pickups and how to prioritize them ….

    My team :
    Qb – Wilson
    Rbs – Lacy. Gore
    Wrs – Evans, a. Brown
    Te – Heath Miller , eifert (? If he plays )
    K – santos
    D – New England
    Bench – Matt jones, bolden, Maclin, Randall Cobb , Drew Bree’s,

    He has :
    Te – Enron
    Wr – Jeffrey, Julio, Edelman

    Trying to play defense with priorities as he might be looking for a wr or te

    Available free agents are :
    Rbs – k. Williams, sproles, c. Michael , Vereen , artis-Payne, Donald brown
    Te – ertz, tye, witten
    Wr – ginn, Aiken
    Defense – Denver

    who would you drop and what picks would you prioritize for the wire ? I am ok with dropping my kicker too if you think it’s better to block one of the free agents from my opponent and just pick up a kicker before Sunday

    Thanks for the help !

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Side Dish: wow, should’ve became the main dish, you got skipped apparently, too late now i’m sure, just in case
      drop brees just to grab useful player your opp can’t have. can’t say who since i don’t know your opp’s RB.
      odd league you’re in there where DEN D is available, the top team this year, while you’ve kept the 8th. this might be matchup dependent, but i’m scared of the competition level where the top team isn’t owned at all. you grab DEN for this week.
      probably drop matt jones/brees to grab whatever position players your opp is weakest in, but can’t tell since you didn’t mention his RB’s. probably some mix of michael/artis/aiken/k-will.

  7. CL says:
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    PPR need two backs:

    Miller
    Starks
    Powell

    Have claim in for Christine Michael
    Bryce Brown… Yeah right.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @CL: I’d go Miller and Starks at the moment, but Michael would be in the conversation.

  8. Spammer Jay says:
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    I’m debating which QB to start this week, which one should I go with?

    Wilson vrs Rams, Taylor vrs DAL or Fitz vrs PAT (leaning Taylor).

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Spammer Jay: I’m leaning Taylor too, but I’m doing rankings as I type. Be sure to double check tomorrow.

  9. Braun Weasleys says:
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    In a deep 16 league and fantasy championship this weekend and need a tight end! Eifert most likely out again and Richard Rodgers has 2 catches for like 17 yards last 2 games and it’s ppr.

    Any of these guys you’d start over Richard?

    Kroft
    Ladarius
    Owen Daniels
    Vernon Davis
    Ryan griffin
    Jared cook
    Clive walford (7 targets last 2 games)
    Maxx Williams (no more Gillmore and played well last gm)
    Blake bell
    Jordan Cameron

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Braun Weasleys: Not tat the moment, no. But double check my rankings tomorrow!

  10. William says:
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    Howdy! Could you help me with who I should start this week? I am in a ten team standard league. I really appreciate it!

    QB1-Rodgers? Cousins?
    RB1-Gurley? Powell? Karlos Williams?
    RB2-Martin
    F- Michael Floyd? Lacy? Mathews?
    WR1-Fitzgerald
    WR2- John Brown
    TE- Eifert? J. Thomas?
    D-Oakland? NYJ? AZ?
    K- Santos? Crosby?

    Bench: R. Mathews, Lacy, Spiller, Powell

    Possible waiver wire moves: Spiller for Cousins,
    Santos for Crosby, Karlos William for NYJ and Oakland for AZ.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @William: I think oyu have to go Rodgers, Gurley, Williams, Martin, with Thomas in the TE if Eifert can’t go.

  11. Tom says:
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    I’m in serious need of help! In the finals of a non ppr league, who do I play???!!

    2 rbs, 2 Wrs, 1 flex

    Rb: gurley, cj anderson, Hillman, Hightower, Donald brown
    Wr: megaton, aj green, Baldwin, Aiken, ginn

    Am I crazy for wanting to play the following five…Hightower, brown, Aiken, Baldwin, ginn

    Help!!!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Tom: Gurley, Hightower and Green plus Megatron with Ginn. So we’re a little different. Honestly, your group has a good balance too.

  12. DiRo says:
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    Do I dare start Lacy of do I go with Artis-Payne or Gillislee?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @DiRo: I could see going with Payne, but Lacy is the guy right now out of this group.

  13. Mordacious Levator says:
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    have you personally seen tyrod or fitzy available in any of your leagues? i’m guessing you are going off the % owned numbers that are likely completely skewered by defunct teams, entire leagues were maybe 3-4 owners have added any player in many weeks. neither of those are available over most of the last month in any 12 teamer or bigger i’m in, and i’m in a lot of leagues.

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @Mordacious Levator: also quite interesting that you’d think anybody reading this would have kept m.bennett in redraft leagues. interesting mindset for somebody to read this post but not the INJURED RESERVE next to his name on their own team page.

  14. whl says:
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    Need to pick two out of these for my WR2 and FLEX (Antonio Brown is my other starter.): Michael Floyd, Fitzgerald, Jackson, Lockett, Hilton.

    I’m leaning towards Jackson and Floyd.

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