Welcome to Week 16 and the fantasy football playoff finals.
Whether you’re setting lineups for the championship, for third place, or for pride, be sure to check out some good plays at each position below, as well as some other players you should consider avoiding.
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Who to Start in Week 16
Jalen Hurts (QB), Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Hurts is looking like a potential league-winner after the last two weeks. A four-touchdown performance against the Cardinals propelled the 2020 second-rounder into the top spot for the week and many managers into their finals. Start him with confidence this week in Dallas, whose permeable defense is allowing the second-most points in the NFL.
Tony Pollard (RB), Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Of the two Dallas running backs, one has three touchdowns and has finished as a top 20 running back in each of the last two weeks; the other is Ezekiel Elliott. Pollard shined in the workhorse role with Elliott sidelined last week and scored twice on 18 touches and 132 total scrimmage yards. With Elliott’s health in question, Pollard should be a solid start heading into the finals against the Eagles.
Jeff Wilson Jr. (RB), San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals
Wilson led the 49ers with 16 total touches for 60 yards and scored for the second week in a row. He could see an even more expanded role with Raheem Mostert ailing once again with an ankle injury. Head coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Tuesday that he expects Mostert to miss the remainder of the year after he was diagnosed with a high-ankle sprain. They will likely turn to some kind of committee led by Wilson, with Tevin Coleman and Jerick McKinnon sprinkled in. There’s always a risk starting any 49ers’ running back in light of Shanahan’s mercurial tendencies, but Wilson still has RB2 appeal for the championship week.
Corey Davis (WR), Tennessee Titans at Green Bay Packers
Davis shined in Week 15 and caught four of six targets for 110 yards and a touchdown. It’s his fifth 100-yard game this year as he continues to be a key piece of the Titans’ explosive offense. He faces the Packers this week, but will likely evade coverage from Jaire Alexander, who will probably have his hands full with A.J. Brown. Davis is a high-upside WR2.
Jarvis Landry (WR), Cleveland Browns at New York Jets
Landry reeled in seven of eight targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 15 against the Giants. He has posted three top-15 finishes in the last four weeks and has a plush Week 16 matchup on deck against the Jets, who are allowing the third-most passing yards this year. Pencil him in as a high-end WR2 this week, especially with quarterback Baker Mayfield playing at a very high level.
Noah Fant (TE), Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers
Fant posted a fantastic Week 15 — his best since Week 1 this year. He led the Broncos with 11 targets and caught eight passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Fant faces the Chargers in Week 16, who have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to tight ends this year.
Who to Sit in Week 16
Russell Wilson (QB), Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams
It’s been a painful decline for any managers who have Wilson rostered. After finishing as a top-ten QB in seven of the first eight games, the Seattle signal-caller has finished outside the top 10 in all but one game, which came against the Jets in Week 14. He completed 18 of 27 attempts for 121 yards, one touchdown, one interception and six rushes for 52 yards in a tough Week 15 matchup against Washington. He isn’t a trustworthy start against the Rams this week, against whom he threw zero touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 10.
James Robinson (RB), Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears
Robinson helped many managers reach the finals as perhaps the best waiver wire find of 2020. You may be reluctant to start him in the championship, however, as he faces the Bears, who can be tough against the run. Robinson is also banged up after suffering an ankle injury last week in Baltimore. He is a risky, low-end RB2 heading into Week 16.
Mike Davis (RB), Carolina Panthers at Washington Football Team
Davis came back down to earth in Week 15 on the heels of a two-touchdown performance in Denver. He and the Panthers face a top-notch defensive line this week in Washington, who are allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points to running backs this year. He is also a risky RB2 play with a near-zero floor this week.
JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR), Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Indianapolis Colts
Smith-Schuster posted another dud in the Steelers’ third straight loss in Week 15 and caught three of six targets for 15 yards. He’s finished above the WR2 mark in just five games all year and is slowly solidifying himself as the third receiver on this team behind Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. He cannot be trusted against the Colts’ defense in Week 16.
Brandin Cooks (WR), Houston Texans vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Many expected Cooks to take over the No. 1 role in Houston with Will Fuller out for the year. He hasn’t delivered, however, and was eclipsed by Chad Hansen, KeKe Coutee and pass-catching running back David Johnson in Week 15 against the Colts. He faces the Bengals this week, who held the Steelers to just 17 points on Monday. Consider him a low-end WR2 with downside for your fantasy finals.
Hayden Hurst (TE), Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs
The Hurst Experience was in full effect last week as the tight end scored for the first time since Week 6 on the heels of two one-point performances. He hasn’t been efficient at all of late, catching just ten of 22 targets in the last five games for 85 total yards. In spite of last week’s touchdown, he isn’t a safe play against the Chiefs, who are above-average against the pass.