As we head into the second round of fantasy football The playoffs, making WR decisions start or sitting for Week 16 become more important as teams try to survive and advance. With not all matches being equal, here are the best wide receivers to play starting and sitting for Week 16 of fantasy football.
16th week, start ‘Em or Sit’ Em: wide receivers
Fantasy playoffs are here. Let’s start this week and sit back and play the wide receiver position. What broad receivers start heading into week 16?
Start ‘Em | Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams (vs Maine)
When Robert Woods came down, all eyes were on Odell Beckham Jr., but the man who had the most to gain in my eyes was Van Jefferson. All he did was succeed. After his farewell week (week 11), Jefferson has scored in three consecutive games and has seen over 7 goals in five of his last eight games. He has scored over 14 PPR points in three of the last four.
There is no reason to overreact from his failed 15th week against Seattle. No one allowed more fantasy WRs in the season than Minnesota (41.68), and they’ve been ranking 30th over the past four weeks (42.28). Jefferson is a reliable WR3.
Start ‘Em | Amon Ra St. Brown, Detroit Lions (@ATL)
I mean, what can I say? The guy is only good at soccer, and not every beginner flies out at the same time. What you’re watching right now is Amon-Ra St. Brown.
Over his last three games, St. Brown has a whopping 35 goals, 24 receptions, 249 yards and two touchdowns as a No. 3 WR in fantasy (21.2 PPR). It’s WR2 in Week 16 against the Hawks and their 30th defense against WRs over the past four weeks (41.40 dpi).
Be sure to keep an eye on Jared Goff and his condition after putting him on Reserve List / COVID-19. Under center Tim Boyle is sure to change the upside for St Brown’s. It will go from a WR2 that should start to someone you can start as a flexible gamer but will likely see a significant drop in goals.
Start ‘Em | Gabriel Davis, Buffalo Bills (NE)
With Emmanuel Sanders missing for the majority of the last two games, Gabriel Davis has been sensational and looked just like the rookie we saw starring in last season. In his last two games, Davis played more than 80% of shots in both games while hitting 10 of 15 goals for 126 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has found the end zone in each of the last three matches.
Sanders may return this week, but Cole Beasley is out after testing positive. Even if Sanders returns (which is to be expected), Davis has done more than enough to have a bigger role no matter what. But with Sanders possibly spotting his surprise count, Davis is in the middle of WR2 in Week 16 in a must-win game for the Bills.
Start ‘Em | Russell Gage, Atlanta Falcons (versus DET)
Russell Gage didn’t come out of nowhere. This is the man who, despite playing alongside Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley last season, had more than 70 receptions and nearly 800 yards. Over his last four games, Gage has scored 18+PPR in three games, two of which are with 12-plus goals and 8 concedes in each.
The seventh-placed Lions allowed the most points for WRs (36.00) and allowed five receivers to score 14+ PPR points in their last five games. Gage is mid WR3 at week 16.
16th week, start ‘Em or Sit’ Em: wide receivers
Sometimes wide receivers have a match issue. Or maybe it’s down to inconsistent play, forcing them to stay on the bench. Whatever the reason, these WRs should be left off your starting list at week 16.
sit m | Chase Claypool, Pittsburgh Steelers (@KC)
It’s time to panic about Chase Claypool. This is not the offense of pushing the ball down the court, and Claypool is not a short to intermediate track runner. Claypool has not scored more than 15 Fantasia Half PPR points since Week 5. Furthermore, he has failed to score more than 7.5 points in two of his last three contests while playing on less than 64% of the shots in each.
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Get it if you don’t have better options. But Claypool is a bust candidate and is much closer to the low-end WR3 than to the mid-WR2.
sit m | DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins (@NO)
DeVante Parker did what we all expected last week. He picked up 4 of 8 goals for 68 yards and landed with Jaylen Waddle due to COVID. In five of seven games this season, Parker has scored more than 11 points.
With all of this, Waddle is back, and Parker isn’t used up in the red. In fact, he’s seen targets in the red zone in only two of his games. Add Marshawn Lattimore (who shut down several elite WRs) and the Saints with a five-best defense in deep passes, and this week Parker may be battling for the imagination.
sit m | Jerry Judy and Denver Broncos (LV)
The last Broncos WR I was able to make a case for in fiction was Jerry Jeudy. However, so far, it is off the starting radar in most leagues.
Drew Luke as Teddy Bridgewater (concussion), this should not be seen as an improvement although I admire his rapping skills and talents. In his limited run, Lock has completed 22 of 40 passes for 227 yards (5.7 yards per attempt) this season, with 1 touchdown, 3 spins, and 5 sacks.
Even with Bridgewater, Jeudy has less than 59 yards or double-digit fantasy points in three of his last four games. This is a team that runs first, and it’s hard to find a lot of positives in a Jeudy or any Broncos WR going forward in the imagination.
sit m | AJ Green, Arizona Cardinals (versus IND)
In Week 16, with DeAndre Hopkins out of the lineup, AJ Green had 4 of 8 passes for 64 yards against the Lions. However, Green was hard to trust despite his 102-yard lead in Week 14. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 6 and has only one game over 12 fantasy points in his last nine games.
Add the Colts defense who has ranked second in yards over the last four games (261), is #1 in fantasy points allowed (18.27), and hasn’t allowed a 100-yard receiver since Week 8, and I’ll be sitting green in Week 16 with my life on the line.