Welcome to week 16 of the NFL fantasy season. If you're still looking to compete in your league, congratulations, because that means that you are either in the playoffs or (more likely) in the championship game this week. That being said, maybe you're dealing with uncertainty following Drew Brees' injury. Maybe you're streaming running backs and missed a gamble last week. Or maybe you were riding Odell Beckham Jr. until the NFL sentenced him to a spot riding the bench this week. Rolling the dice can be difficult especially this late in the season, as your opponent likely has a strong team, just like you. However, some favorable matchups are always helpful, and can make a difference for your fantasy team. Everybody might be injured, but in the NFL, it's next man up and business as usual every week. Looking for some streamers this late in the year? Here are some options. Just be sure to not overthink your lineups and remember to start your studs! Good luck!
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets. Quarterbacks are tough to find on the waiver wire this time of year, especially with continued injuries at the position. Fitzpatrick is still criminally unowned, and will put up reasonable numbers in all scoring formats consistently. Start accordingly if needed.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings. Bridgewater is finally heating up, just like most people expected him to at the beginning of the season. It's a bit late, but just soon enough to potentially help your fantasy team. Especially if AP is limited this week, Bridgewater is a good starting option.
Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears are giving up a lot of fantasy points to quarterbacks, especially to mobile quarterbacks. Winston is picking up some consistency as of late, and could have a big game against Chicago.
Karlos Williams, RB, Buffalo Bills. With LeSean McCoy out with a torn MCL, Williams should get the start against the Cowboys. Dallas has a habit of allowing a lot of fantasy points to running backs, and Williams should be a strong fantasy play. If you need help at the position, he's an option.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions. Abdullah is a running back facing the 49ers, who are horrible against running backs. If you're rolling the dice, Abdullah is a worthy gamble.
Christine Michael, RB, Seattle Seahawks. Christine Michael is finally fantasy relevant as the backup to Marshawn Lynch's backup. With Thomas Rawls injured, Michael had a really nice game against Cleveland. I wouldn't put a huge amount of stock in the performance since, as stated, it was against Cleveland, but Michael could be first in line for carries this week in the Seahawks offense. He's worth targeting if needed.
Cameron Artis-Payne, RB, Carolina Panthers. Artis-Payne looked decent when he inherited the lead slot in the Panthers backfield last week. This week, against a struggling Falcons run defense, he should put up some solid numbers, especially if he is the starter again.
Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets. Chris Ivory is allegedly the guy in the Jets backfield, but much like he has in the past, Powell has managed to make himself a sneakily useful fantasy play. He's been on a hot streak over the past few weeks, and could be worth a flex start.
Donald Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers. Danny Woodhead is probably owned in your league, so Brown gets the nod here. Melvin Gordon is on IR and somebody has to inherit his spot in the Chargers offense. Brown could be that guy.
Reuben Randle, WR, New York Giants. With Odell Beckham suspended for week 16, somebody is going to have to catch passes in the Giants offense. Randle is a good bet to pick up the slack. He may be owned in your league, but if he's not, he borders on must-add status, especially with Dwayne Harris banged up. However, with defenses focusing most of their attention on Randle, he could potentially struggle even though this is a good opportunity for him.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins. Garcon put up some great numbers last time he faced the Eagles. He gets another shot at them this week. He could be a decent option, and is worth at least considering.
Markus Wheaton, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers. Wheaton has scored three touchdowns over the past four weeks. The Ravens have allowed the most points to WRs in fantasy this season. Snag Wheaton if you need a starter at WR.
Ted Ginn, Jr., WR, Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have to lose some time this season, right? Even if they do, Ginn is putting up some great numbers this season. He's been consistent and could put up solid numbers for your team this week. Well worth a shot this week.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins. DeVante Parker is quickly becoming a big play machine. The Colts defense is especially vulnerable to big plays from receivers. That could spell a very effective game for Parker this week. Worth a gamble if needed.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings. With Adrian Peterson dinged up, the Vikings will likely try to throw it more this week against the Giants. The Giants have been known to give up big games to tight ends, and Teddy Bridgewater had a breakout game last week. If he can build off of that, it should be a good week for both Bridgewater and Rudolph.
Richard Rodgers, TE, Green Bay Packers. This week, Rodgers and Rodgers face the Cardinals, who have been giving up a lot of points to tight ends over the past few weeks. This could be a good situational gamble for Rodgers.
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST. This week, the Steelers face the MASH unit known as the Baltimore Ravens offense. This should be a defensive feast for Pittsburgh. Start accordingly.
Buffalo Bills D/ST. Remember back at the beginning of the year when the Bills defense looked like it could be a defensive powerhouse this season? Man, that seems like years ago. That being said, the Bills get to face a Cowboys offense starting third string quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore had a rough week last week and could struggle again this week, making this unit a nice gamble.
Houston Texans D/ST. This week, the Texans face a Titans offense starting Zach Mettenberger. Mettenberger was competent last season, but isn't nearly as dangerous as Marcus Mariota. This could be a huge game for Houston's defensive unit.
Hope this helps and happy streaming!
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