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5 must starts for fantasy football in Week 16

Who to put in your line up to secure a Week 16 victory.

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Its fantasy football championship week and though you have done extremely well to make it this far, to lose in the final due to a poor lineup decision is going to sting for the next 8 months or so. Therefore I’m back again for your final list of must starts for 2019.

A quick recap on Week 15 and it was a pretty damn solid week as I gave you 4 starters who finished in the top 20 at their position, including 2 top 5 finishes. I nailed the Miles Sanders breakout game as he turned 25 touches into 172 yards and 2 touchdowns to finish as the RB3 in fantasy. I also called the Bucs’ D/ST turning up against the lowly Lions and putting 17 points to finish as the D/ST4. If you were brave enough to stream them then you were not left disappointed. There were solid performances at tight end by O.J. Howard (8.6 points, TE15), at running back by Kareem Hunt (15.6 points, RB17), and at receiver by DK Metcalf (11.6 points, WR40) which would have served you well. However Deebo Samuel saw just 3 targets as Jimmy Garoppolo just kept feeding George Kittle (17 targets). Deebo turned those 3 targets into 1 catch for 29 yards as he finished with just 4.7 points.

Onto this week and though you might not need a lot of help with your lineup if you’re playing in Week 16, here the guys I’m looking to roster this week to get me that all important fantasy championship.

WR Courtland Sutton, Broncos vs Lions

The lowest hanging fruit of my Championship week starters, Sutton faces a potential league-winning match up against the Lions this week. The Lions have given up an average of 24 PPR points to their opponent’s WR1 the past 3 weeks as they stumble towards the end of the season. Sutton has been a top-20 receiver in 2019, despite catching passes from a quarterback trio Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen and Drew Lock. Strap in for a big game from the breakout receiver.

QB Gardner Minshew, Jaguars @ Falcons

With Minshew-mania set to see out the 2019 season for the Jaguars, I expect him to have a big game in this meaningless match up with the Falcons and their bottom-3 pass defense. Minshew’s stock is rising again after a big comeback win against the Raiders last week and DJ Chark is trending to play so I’m backing him to continue to produce and give the Jaguars front office some off season headaches over where they go at the position.

WR Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers vs Texans

Here’s a must start where you are banking on the opportunity. The Bucs have lost two of the best receivers in the league in back-to-back weeks and this means Perriman has gone from bit-part player to number one receiver. With Jameis Winston slinging the rock all over the place as he plays for his future, I expect more big plays from Perriman, though maybe not the 3 touchdown game from Week 15.

TE Jacob Hollister, Seahawks vs Cardinals

It’s been no secret the Cardinals have found it impossible to cover tight ends this season and the next one up rubbing his hands with glee is Jacob Hollister. He has been up and down, with 3 double digit performances in the last 6 weeks but against the league’s worst rated pass defense, should make some hay as the Seahawks look to solidify their position at the top of the NFC West.

RB Adrian Peterson, Washington vs Giants

I was struggling to find an RB to put in my must starts this week but Peterson fits the bill perfectly. Running like a man 10 years his junior, Peterson is in stat compiling mode at the end of this season and has three consecutive games with at least 12.5 fantasy points, scoring a touchdown in each of them. The Giants run defense has been average, but with Peterson set to run the ball 15-20 times, his floor is solid in this big fantasy week.

WR DeVante Parker, Dolphins vs Bengals

The guy I’m hoping will net me a league championship this week. Out of nowhere, Parker has been a top-20 fantasy receiver in 2019—WR18 to be exact—and has done it on a team that ranks dead last in offense. Against a Bengals team that is aiming to lock in the number one pick, Parker should continue to see his usual 8-10 targets and will hopefully continue his touchdown scoring form that has seen him find the end zone 4 times in the past 3 weeks.

Broncos D/ST vs Lions

If you need a streaming defense for Week 16, then look no further than the Broncos this week. Facing a Lions offense under the command of David Blough last week, the Buccaneers scored 17 fantasy points to finish as the D/ST4 and the Broncos at home should be looking to do something similar. With Kenny Golladay the only major threat, the Broncos will be going hard after Blough and should reap the benefits in Week 16.


Which must start will have the best fantasy performance?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Courtland Sutton
    (99 votes)
  • 1%
    Gardner Minshew
    (9 votes)
  • 43%
    Breshad Perriman
    (200 votes)
  • 4%
    Jacob Hollister
    (22 votes)
  • 5%
    Adrian Peterson
    (26 votes)
  • 21%
    DeVante Parker
    (100 votes)
456 votes total Vote Now