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Week 16 Lineup Advice: Championship Week!

In all likelihood, week 16 serves as your league’s championship week.  If you’ve come to us seeking advice for this week’s games you’ve come to the right place.  If you’re playing for a ring this week, congratulations!

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Jeff Haverlack
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Oh really?
10 years ago

PPR league, 100yrd bonuses, I hate to sit Gore but I’m currently starting K. Smith and Celek over him in my flex spots. Too cute?

Thanks!

Lowenthal
Reply to  Oh really?
10 years ago

Too cute for me. I’m going Gore and Kevin Smith. Close call though. Celek just feels inconsistent to me but he did explode last week with Vick back.

SE
10 years ago

Pick 3: Lynch, BJGE, Wells, or Kahlil Bell

Lowenthal
Reply to  SE
10 years ago

Lynch, Wells, Bell for me unless it is TD-heavy scoring… then I sub BJGE for Bell.

Jimmy Graham Cracker
10 years ago

For three receiver spots, I have Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Percy Harvin, and Hakeem Nicks – who do I sit?

Also, for three RB spots I have Chris Johnson (bleh), Roy Helu, Ryan Mathews, Felix Jones, and Shonn Greene.

Thanks!

Tim Mercier
10 years ago

Hey, How’s it going?? Obviously every1 writing in to you this week is in their championship matchup and have a lot on the line. Need some advice on my RB2 and WR3 situation in a PPR League.

PPR pick 1 out of the 3 RB’s,
Felix Jones @home against Eagles
Marshawn Lynch against 49er’s
Darren Sproles against Falcons

At 1st I was leaning in Felix’s direction, as I did last week, but this hamstring injury concerns he won’t get the rock as much. With Lynch going against the vaunted 49er D I think I am gonna go with Sproles, especially because the team I am taking on has Drew Brees. So Maybe Sproles gets 5-6 catches and 1 of those lead to a TD that would off set any TD Bree’s gets. What do you think???

And as for me WR3 I gotta pick between 3 of the following
Santonio Homes against Giants
James Jones agaisnt Bears
Jabar Gaffney against Vikings

Like I did last week as well think I am going to go with Gaffney but Holmes has been on a TD streak but not too much else after that. You opinion is appreciated. Thanks for the help, Tim.

Lowenthal
Reply to  Tim Mercier
10 years ago

I’m going Sproles, then Lynch, then Felix (don’t like that hammy situation)

For WR I gotta roll with Santonio here, then Gaffney, then J Jones.

Drew
10 years ago

PPR Flex:

Pick 2 from:

Hernandez vs MIA
Finley vs CHI
Antonio Brown vs. STL
Either CAR Back vs. TB
Crabtree @ SEA

Lowenthal
Reply to  Drew
10 years ago

Antonio Brown and Finley are my top 2, with Crabtree at a close #3.

Boondock Saints
Reply to  Lowenthal
10 years ago

I would agree with Lowenthal…. Brown/Finley.

Lowenthal
10 years ago

PPR HELP:

Starting Stafford, R Rice, Austin, J Graham and need 2 more

Pick 2 more from the following:
Felix Jones (tweaked hammy)
Laurent Robinson
Hakeem Nicks (Revis Island)
Brandon Lloyd (vs PIT)

Chris
Reply to  Lowenthal
10 years ago

Nicks and Jones.

Mike App
10 years ago

Standard decimal scoring, with no bonuses.

I need to start 2 of the following; Hakeem Nicks, Santana Moss, Kahlil Bell or Demaryius Thomas.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Chris
Reply to  Mike App
10 years ago

This one is really tough. I would actually go Bell and Nicks or Moss. I have a hard time sitting Nicks, even against Revis, so I would go with Nicks.

Coach
10 years ago

Non PPR. 100 yard bonuses

i need 2 of :
Antonio Brown vs. St. Louis
Benjarvus Green Ellis vs Miami
Stevie Johnson vs. Denver
Demaryus Thomas vs. Buffalo

Chris
Reply to  Coach
10 years ago

A. Brown and S. Johnson. If Johnson’s injury flares up, I would go with D. Thomas instead.

Chris
10 years ago

Partial PPR league. I have to choose two running backs; four wide receivers; and a RB/WR out of the following:

Running Backs:
Mendenhall
Jackson (stl)
Sproles
J. Stewart
B. Tate

Wide Receivers:
Crabtree
Demaryius Thomas
Dez Bryant
H. Nicks
DeSean Jackson
M. Williams
R. Cobb
James Jones

Im leaning towards RB’s Mendenhall, Jackson; RB/WR Sproles; WR Crabtree, D. Thomas, D. Bryant, and H. Nicks.

Boondock Saints
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

I would also agree with what you were thinking. The only guy that you mentioned I would second guess is Crabtree, but the rest are safe bet.

Boondock Saints
10 years ago

Im starting Brees/R. Rice/ ?? /Calvin/Miles/Holmes this week. Who do I go with for my #2 RB from Benson/Lynch/Spiller? I am thinking Benson…..Thoughts?

Chris
Reply to  Boondock Saints
10 years ago

PPR – Spiller; Non-PPR – Benson. No way I would go Lynch against 49ers.

Boondock Saints
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Thanks. Just what I needed to hear. I just need to go with my gut and start Benson since it isnt PPR. These damn rankings this week just got me second guessing myself. lol

Richard
10 years ago

Need to pick 2 RBs and 2 WRs and one flex RB/WR from the group:

RB
A. Peterson
C.J. Spiller
F. Gore
M. Barber
M. Tolbert
L. Blount

WR
D. Bryant
V. Jackson
M. Austin
L. Moore

Who would your 2 RBs be, 2 WRs, and flex RB/WR?

Thanks!

Chris
Reply to  Richard
10 years ago

PPR?

Richard
Reply to  Chris
10 years ago

Yes.

Richard
Reply to  Richard
10 years ago

Actually partially PPR.

Chris
Reply to  Richard
10 years ago

A. Peterson
C.J. Spiller
F. Gore

V. Jackson
and (D. Bryant or M. Austin). I like Bryant better to score but Austin is guaranteed more catches. I think Austin is the safer bet.

I don’t think you can trust starting Moore over Bryant or Austin, he’s feast of famine with too many mouths to feed in N.O.

tidewaterjc
10 years ago

Need some advice

Start: 1QB 2RB 3WR 1TE 1FLEX(RBWRTE) 1K 1DST – PPR .5RB/1WRTE

Current Starters:
Stafford
FJones/RBush/Turner
Nicks/Marshall/SMoss
Hernandez
Bailey
Tenn DST

Bench:
Blount
TBMW
Little
DNelson
Dallas DST

Question: What combo of WRs & RBs would you play? Do I take a chance on Blount vs. CAR, and who do I bench? Is TEN the right play over DAL?

Thanks!

Chris
Reply to  tidewaterjc
10 years ago

I’d leave the starters as you have them.

tidewaterjc
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Picked up KBell off waivers to hedge against Felix

Ryan
10 years ago

A few holes/questions on championship week…

1. With Ben now likely sitting, who should I play? Locker (if he plays), Orton, Flacco or Grossman? I really like locker if he starts, it would just kill me if he doesnt start again and I have to watch Hasselbeck stink up the show again

2. Rb, pick 2- Ap, Cj2k, Ryan Matthews, Cj Spiller. I like AP and CJ, but Matthews has been consistently good as of late.

3. WR, pick 1- hakeem nicks, nate washington, anquan boldin, or santana moss. This is up in the air

Chris
Reply to  Ryan
10 years ago

If Locker starts play him. I don’t think he’ll start though (he’ll probably come in relief again), so you won’t have that option. Instead I would actually start Grossman (as scary as that is).

CJ and Matthews

Between Nicks and Moss. Personally, I would probably go Nicks, even with Revis (he’ll do what he can to make up for last week’s drop), but it’s tempting to gamble on Moss.

Patrick
10 years ago

Fantasy Football Super Bowl time. Standard League championship. Pick 3:

Lesean McCoy @DAL
Frank Gore @SEA
Michael Turner @NO
Felix Jones PHI
Kevin Smith SD

Thanks!

Chris
Reply to  Patrick
10 years ago

McCoy, Gore, Turner. Not really close for me.

Flavius
10 years ago

Need 2 RB’s , 2 WR’s 1 Flex (non PPR standard scoring)

RB’s – Mathews, Mendenhall, Lynch
WR’s – J.Jones, AJ Green, B.Marshall

Who sits this week?

Everyone has a good matchup except Lynch, but its awfully hard to sit him right now.

Chris
Reply to  Flavius
10 years ago

I’d sit Jones or Lynch. Im leaning towards Jones.

TN TarHeel
10 years ago

What are your thoughts on the following (partial PPR)?

Need 2 RBs:
R. Mathews
R. Bush
K. Smith
M. Ingram
C. Benson
A. Bradshaw

Need 2 WRs:
Julio Jones
J. Nelson
M. Crabtree
B. Lloyd

Also need one flex RB/WR out of this group. Thoughts?

Thanks!

TN TarHeel
Reply to  TN TarHeel
10 years ago

Sorry, but which TE do you recommend?

T. Gonzalez
A. Hernandez

Chris
Reply to  TN TarHeel
10 years ago

R. Mathews
R. Bush
C. Benson

J. Nelson
M. Crabtree

Hernandez

The Vich
10 years ago

Hi Jeff and Ken,

Two title games for me this week!

1st Game:

Ryan or Vick – I’m really hoping for a shootout w/ New Orleans.

Pick 5 (must play at least one RB):
Ahmad Bradshaw
S Jax
Brandon Jacobs
Mendenhall
Boldin
Andre Johnson(would love to play him, but can’t)
Megatron
Brandon Marshall
Hakeem Nicks
Denarius Moore

I’m leaning Mendenhall at home agnst St Louis, Calvin, Brandon, Nicks, and am really at a loss for my 5th?

Thanks

The Vich
10 years ago

2nd game:

Brees or Rivers – If Brees vs Ryan is a defensive war I probably lose both games……

RB – No choice, but Marshawn Lynch as he’s the only healthy back I have

WR – I need 4:
Fitz
Jacoby Ford
Marshall
Brad Smith
Steve Smith Carolina
Mike Williams TB

Patriots or Giants Defense?

john
10 years ago

chris johnson or felix jones ppr?

Hakeem nicks or dez bryant ppr?

Thanks.

Brad
10 years ago

Pick 2 WR (0.5 PPR)

Wallace (Big Ben injury?)
Nicks (Revis Island)
AJ Green (Shoulder?)
L.Robinson

Thanks.

Dutchmen
10 years ago

Hey guys…a few questions this week.
In league one I managed to make the Big Game.
Should I be worried about A.Rodgers? I have him, R.Fitzpatrick, and M.Flynn.
Also, from the following group I need to start 3 RBs, 3 WRs, and 1 flex. C.Benson, F.Gore, L.Blount, K.Bell at RB and do to Jennings going down I’m thin at WR with R.White, H.Nicks, J.Gaffney, J.Simpson, and V.Brown.

I’m thinking RB: Benson, Gore, and Blount. WR: White, Nicks, Gaffney Flex: Bell
Thoughts?

In league two I managed to make it to the Semi-finals with the superbowl in week 17.
QB: pick one of P.Rivers, M.Sanchez, and A.Dalton
RB: pick three of A.Peterson, R.Rice, R.Bush, and M.Tolbert
WR: pick three of B.Marshall, H.Nicks, M.Wallace, S.Johnson, N.Washington, T.Young, D.Moore
TE: pick one of A.Gates and J.Graham
Plus one flex of any 3 postions

I’m thinking:
Rivers, Peterson, Rice, Bush, Marshall, Nicks, Wallace, Graham, and Johnson(flex)
— that is if Big Ben plays. if he sits I think start Gates in place of Wallace….
Thoughts?

Dion
10 years ago

Mike Tolbert, Ben Tate, or Kevin Smith? Pick one please.

Dion
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

thx, non ppr. it’s hard to trust smith but that’s the way i’m leaning. I am starting Arian Foster and Ryan Mathews, just need a 3rd RB

Dion
Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

awesome call man. THANKYOU.

Mike
10 years ago

Non-ppr

Pick one of the following to pair with Foster: Tate, Bradshaw, K. Smith.

Pick three of the following five WRs: Austin, Colston, Cruz, L. Robinson, Boldin.

Thank you.

Mike Garman
10 years ago

First time I’ve ever been in the final and it’s going to be close.
Dez Bryant…….or…………Julio Jones ? ?
Defense..Tennessee over Jscksonville…or…Cinnci over STL ? ?

Mike
10 years ago

Thanks for the help last week. Championship game in a non ppr tough decisions at WR and RB

1st would you consider starting Kevin Smith or DeAngelo Williams over Steven Jackson and his matchup with Pitts?

2nd…I hate being stuck with Crabtree and Boldin as starting WR’s (through a combo of injuries to Andre Jonhson & Johnny Knox) – my only alternatives to either are WR David Nelson or starting a 2nd TE in Jared Cook.

Are either Cook or Nelson worth a risk over (a now injured) Boldin or Crabs?

Thanks for the great work all season.

chubs4cubs
10 years ago

ppr with 100 yard bonuses…. maclin, boldin, or robinson

Chief1246
10 years ago

Hey,

Well, I’m still alive and in the finals. Still no Forte or Jennings…hoping Santa brings me some extra points this week.

PPR league, need to pick 3 flex players off the following list, only 1 can be a RB:

Breaston vs Oak
Lance Moore vs Atl
Green-Ellis vs Mia
Tate vs Ind
Gresham vs Ari

I’m leaning Breaston, Moore and Tate (I like Tate’s matchup with Ind…figure they will be running the ball late in the game.)

Chief1246
Reply to  Chief1246
10 years ago

One more possibility…I have Jamie Harper on the bench. With CJ’s injury and limited practice, would you gamble on Harper vs the Jags instead of anyone I mentioned previously?

Vic
10 years ago

K.Smith Beenie Wells K.Bell

I need two. I’ve rode Beenie all season and ever since Murrary went down Smith has been my man but here we are in the final round and who do i go with.

10 years ago

PPR league, balanced scoring among positions. Which 3 do I sit? M.Bush, Lynch, Fitz, A.J.Green, Calvin, T.Smith, M.Williams(TB), V.Davis, Keller.

10 years ago

Give me 4 LB’s this week: D.Bishop, D.Harris, D.Hawthorne, D’Q Jackson, J.Mayo, S.Weatherspoon, P.Willis. -thx

Alex in Tulsa
10 years ago

In the SB in 2 of 4 leagues. and need some advice/confirmation:

League 1
@ Flex: Greene or Mathews (I have Mathews)
@ TE: Graham, Finley or Cook (I have Graham)

League 2
@ Flex: Kevin Smith, Denarius Moore, or TBMW (I have Kevin Smith)
@ D: Bears or Titans (I have Titans)

Thanks!

Blount force
10 years ago

Only have mere hours to decide…

Do I play Tate @ IND over Blount @ CAR in my flex???

Steve in Boston
10 years ago

non-PPR. I could use your help for my championship game:

For D/ST, should I go with the Texans or 49ers?

For WR, which 2 out of Santana Moss, Jeremy Maclin, Demaryius Thomas, and Nate Washington should I start?

Thanks!

Aggie
10 years ago

Michael Bush, Roy Helu, Chris Johnson & Felix Jones – Need your thoughts on who to start this week?

Aggie
10 years ago

… I forgot to state, I need to pick 2… Thanks!

BuyLow
10 years ago

PPR:
#2 RB – Tate or B. Wells

tosnsprx
10 years ago

non ppr standard scoring what QB would you start Matt Ryan or Michael Vick.
Also I need a RB and a flex spot. Blount, D Bowe or felix.

And for the bonus question Jets Giants or seahawks D?

Thanks guys its hard to good line up advice with my friends right now every ones afraid of being wrong.

tony
10 years ago

pick 1 1 ppr

s greene v nyg
harvin v wash
dem thomas v buf

thanks

gresham v arz or fasano v ne

DLF_Jeff
Reply to  tony
10 years ago

I’d go with Harvin but Thomas is really coming on.

Gresham.

Man of Walt
10 years ago

Pick one

Bowe vs Raiders
Robinson vs Eagles

Then

would you play Either guy over, Gore vs Seattle, who is now my flex?

DLF_Jeff
Reply to  Man of Walt
10 years ago

Very even .. but I’d play Bowe.

Nope … I’d play Gore first.

Fins Fan
10 years ago

PPR Championship Game

Who would you pick as my 3rd WR, Mike Wallace or Harvin and why?

Both have similar matchups albeit over the last 4 weeks Wallace’s matchup is slightly more favorable. Harvin averages 9 targets a game in the past 4 weeks to Wallace’s 6.5. Min have to get the ball to Harvin if they are to win, and Batch will be starting more than likely for Big Ben.

So I’m leaning towards Harvin, but Wallace seems to be coming into a better run of form at the right time and Harvin did nothing last week… so I’m torn…Who would you pick?

DLF_Jeff
Reply to  Fins Fan
10 years ago

Harvin for me. Look at what Harvin has been doing recently. He is clearly the playmaker in that offense and they are moving him around to get him touches. I won’t be surprised if he throws a TD this week.

Wallace will have Batch under center and Wallace is relatively streaky as is. I want the player in there that an offense runs through and in MIN, it’s not Peterson right now.

I’d start Harvin without any lost sleep. It’s still a choice that could bite you because both are talented, but I’d still roll with Harvin.

Steve
10 years ago

.5 PPR
Who should I start at RB2 and flex?
Marshawn Lynch (SF)
Kahlil Bell (GB)
Pierre Thomas (ATL)
Toby Gerhart (WAS)
Ryan Grant (CHI)
Donald Driver (CHI)

I am leaning towards starting Lynch and Bell but wondering if I should put PT in there over Lynch with Ingram out.

DLF_Jeff
Reply to  Steve
10 years ago

Even with .5 PPR, Bell is a nice play this week. Barber is out so Bell will be the man. We’re expecting him to get 5-7 receptions alone.

And I’d probably put in PT over Lynch for the reason you stated. With Ingram out PT should get a lot of touches. ATL is a good run D, but they will have their hands full.

We’re sitting Lynch as well this week.

Brian
10 years ago

Stafford against SD or Romo against philly

Then choose 3 of 5 1/2 ppr league
V Jax
Lynch
Stevie Johnson
Dez Bryant
Cj Spiller

thanks

John
10 years ago

Need 2 WRs?

V. Jackson (groin) @ DET
P. Harvin @ WAS
Dem. Thomas @ BUF

Then, need 1 Flex RB/WR?

V. Jackson
P. Harvin
Dem. Thomas
M. Lynch v. SFO
C. Spiller v. DEN
L. Blount @ CAR
A. Bradshaw @ NYJ

Thanks!

Zero Hero
10 years ago

PPR league, 100yrd bonuses. Should I start Antonio Brown sans Rothlisberger against the Rams or Vernon Davis against the 49ers?

I feel they both are high upside, huge risk plays. Please help. Please be right. LOL

greg saunders
10 years ago

In a td heavy scoring league do you go Vick or Romo? Philly defense is playing much better than Dallas but Dallas has better weapons.

Also, Kevin Smith or Jonathon Stewart?

Thanks

Duane
10 years ago

0.5PPR, Need 1, Nicks(Revis) or S. Holmes. I’m thinking it’s pretty even this week.

Vic
10 years ago

V-Jax is riding my Flex spot. now that he is all dinged up should i just let him sit this week out. My only two options are both smiths. Torrey Smith BMORE and K.Smith Detroit should i slide one of those guys in for V-Jax even if he suits up. And if he doesnt which one do you like more?

Vic
Reply to  Vic
10 years ago

PPR and bonus pt milestone league. Thanks for your advice all season! Merry Christmas hopefully santa will bring us bragging rights for the entire off season!

10 years ago

This is PPR with either 1rb/3wr or 2/2.

Options:
L.McCoy vs the Cowboys
Chris Wells vs Bengels
Pierre Thomas vs Falcons (just heard Ingram out)

Miles Austin vs Eagles
Dwayne Bowe vs Raiders
Darius Heyward Bey vs KC
Julio Jones vs Saints

Also have Felix Jones but believe he won’t be a good play due to hammy issues.

Thanks in advance, and have a Merry Christmas!

Reply to  Jeff Haverlack
10 years ago

Thanks man!

Bowe has been a mystery for me all year. I was leaning on starting him due to Orton now hurling the rock. You’re not concerned with Sproles and Ivory watering down the workload for PT?

Reply to  Matthew
10 years ago

I should add that currently I am starting McCoy, Austin, Bowe and Jones.

Brian
10 years ago

Ppr 3 of 4 bowe s smith (car) Marshall or santana moss?

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