Week 16 Sunday Slate Fantasy Preview

  • Packers (+3.5) @ Dolphins (-190) O/U 50

    Broncos (-155) @ Rams (+3) O/U 36.5

    Buccaneers (-365) @ Cardinals (+7.5) O/U 40.5

     

    Packers vs. Dolphins

    Key storylines/What to Watch

    There are some big fantasy implications in this game between the Packers (6-8) and the Dolphins (8-6). With a win, the Phins can set themselves up nicely to clinch a playoff spot next weekend, meanwhile the Packers are hanging onto their playoff hopes and desperately need a win to keep stay in the hunt. Both teams have some very key fantasy pieces that their GMs will be relying on for big performances to keep their championship aspirations alive.

     

    Top Starts

    Aaron Jones: In the first round of the fantasy playoffs, Jones was great. He finished the week as the RB11, scoring 20.6 fantasy points and falling just short of another touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Jones finished with 90 yards on 17 rushes with one fumble lost, adding four receptions for 36 yards and a score. Jones’ usage in the passing game and on the ground give him a safe RB2 floor, with weekly RB1 upside.

     

    Tyreek Hill: Hill continues to beat his opponents with ease and Week 15 was no different, torching the Bills to the tune of 9-69-1 on 13 targets. Although the Packers have a run-funnel defense, Hill is still locked in as a WR1 in the semi-finals.

     

    Jaylen Waddle: Last week against the Bills, Waddle hit on his longest reception of the season, hauling in a 67-yard touchdown. Don’t expect a crazy score like that every week, but his production is undeniable. He finished the game with seven targets, grabbing three passes for 114 yards and one touchdown. Much like Hill, Waddle is a solid option regardless of matchup, making him a WR1/2 option.

     

    Boom/Bust Dart-Throw

    Tua Tagovailoa: With two high-performing WRs, fantasy GMs would think that Tua would also be a top-end QB, but that has not been the case lately. He has looked bad over the past few games, including against a Chargers defense that is among the worst in the league. He has a tough matchup against the Packers, but in a historically poor weather weekend, Tagovailoa and the Dolphins will be comfy down in Florida, avoiding the cold. Tua is a low-end QB1 option this weekend.

     

    Raheem Mostert: With Jeff Wilson Jr. missing last weekend’s game, Mostert looked very good. He finished with 136 yards rushing against a very tough Bills defense and now he gets matched up with the Packers run funnel. There is potential for Mostert to sneak into the RB1 range this weekend, but he is more of a safe RB2/flex option.

     

    Christian Watson, Allen Lazard & Romeo Doubs: With the return of Doubs and emergence of Watson, this WR room has become a mess for fantasy purposes. All three players have WR1/2 weekly upside, but with all three healthy, it’s very tough to predict who will be the best that week. Fantasy GMs can roll with any of the three, but there are likely much more reliable options, although the scoring ceiling on this trio is incredibly high.

     

    Aaron Rodgers: If there has ever a time for Rodgers to step up for fantasy GMs, this is the week. The Dolphins have allowed over 300 yards each of the past two games, including a four-touchdown performance last week to Josh Allen. Rodgers has been a fringe QB1 this season, but has shown promise lately. In a week of gross weather games, his rankings will see a slight bump.

     

    A.J. Dillon: Dillon exited the Week 15 early due to concussion protocol, but that was after he did all of his damage on the field. He was equally as good as Jones, scoring two touchdowns on the ground, scampering for 36 yards on 11 carries. Dillon has already exited protocols and has been cleared for the upcoming matchup with the Dolphins, in which he will be a touchdown-dependent RB2/3 option.

     

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    Broncos vs. Rams

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