Fantasy football championship weekend is here, which means it’s never been more important to have the best lineup possible. Deciding on who to start and sit isn’t easy, especially when a player like Breshad Perriman steps into a fantastic situation. Let’s take a dive into all of the best start em’, sit em’ matchups of the week to put together the best possible lineup.
Breshad Perriman, John Ross Highlight Fantasy Football Week 16 Wide Receiver Start Sits
Start: Breshad Perriman
Play Breshad Perriman in every single format you can. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are both going to miss Week 16’s matchup against the Houston Texans, which means somebody is going to have to catch passes from Jameis Winston. That somebody is going to be Breshad Perriman. Last week, the former first-round pick went off to the tune of five receptions, 113 yards, and three touchdowns. He probably won’t replicate that absurd stat line again, but he should have a strong outing in a perfect game script. Nothing is going to stop Winston from throwing deep, and Deshaun Watson should be able to turn this game into a shootout. Perriman has WR1 upside with a WR2 floor and could win you a fantasy championship.
Sit: John Ross
John Ross was one of fantasy football’s surprise stars early in the season before landing on the short-term injured reserve. He made his return to action in Week 15, recording two receptions for 24 yards while playing in 38% of the snaps. He could very well see an increased workload in Week 16, but he’s too risky to trust. With your fantasy football season on the line, you can’t trust someone with such a high probability for a bust week. Even when he was playing a high percentage of the snaps, he only had a good fantasy performance in two of his first four games. Unless you’re truly desperate, you should pivot away from Ross.
Start: Terry McLaurin
Terry McLaurin could easily be the best rookie wide receiver in the league and looks like a future star. However, he’s been on my bench list in recent weeks thanks to quarterback Dwayne Haskins. McLaurin doesn’t need an elite quarterback to succeed, but Haskins didn’t look like he even belonged in the NFL during his first five starts. However, Haskins finally looked like a competent passer against the Philadelphia Eagles, which means Haskins is back in play. McLaurin was tearing up the league with Case Keenum under center, so McLaurin should deliver a strong performance if Haskins can play anywhere close to a Case Keenum level. That’s not a high bar to clear.
Sit: John Brown
John Brown only needs one or two plays to have a big week, but it’s hard to envision those big plays coming in Week 16. Brown and the Bills travel to Foxboro to face off against Stephon Gilmore and the New England Patriots. Gilmore is arguably the best cornerback in the league and can shut down just about every receiver he faces. Any defense can be beaten, but Buffalo’s margin for error is going to be slim. Josh Allen is not an accurate quarterback, so he won’t be able to hit tight windows. Brown has been a fantastic player for fantasy considering where you took him in the draft, but you’re better off leaving him on your bench this week.
Start: Tyler Boyd
Tyler Boyd had a rough day in Week 16, recording just three receptions for 26 yards while lined up against Stephon Gilmore. The slot receiver should bounce back with a strong performance against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphin have perhaps the worst secondary in the league and Andy Dalton should have no problem tearing the unit apart through the air. Boyd is Dalton’s most reliable target, so he should see a high percentage of the targets. Don’t overreact to last week’s ugly performance, Boyd should deliver a strong performance for the fantasy championship.
Sit: Kenny Golladay
Kenny Golladay is a great player trapped in a terrible condition. David Blough simply is not an NFL-caliber quarterback and you cannot trust him to get the ball to Golladay with any sort of consistency. Last week against a porous Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense, Blough averaged just 6.05 yards per attempt and threw two interceptions with no touchdowns. He looked an undrafted free agent and is going to struggle to get much of anything done against a solid Denver Broncos defense. Golladay can get open, but Blough probably can’t make the connection work.
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