It’s bowl week for most fantasy footballers, and we’re back with a fresh batch of starts and sits for your perusal. I’ve posted three starts for the four major positions and a player to avoid for each as well. As always, for information on players not listed in this article, I encourage you to check out my full lineup rankings at Rotobahn.
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Mark Sanchez, Eagles at Washington
The top nine quarterbacks are pretty well locked in by my math. After that, I see Sanchez as a good option because he has a nice matchup and because of the weapons around him.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks at Cardinals
He’s a big-game player, and he’ll make enough plays to give you QB1 output. The Cardinals are not fully loaded on either side of the ball right now, so stick with Wilson unless you have a higher-ranked option.
Eli Manning, Giants at Rams
The emergence of Odell Beckham has changed Manning’s fortunes for the better. He’s a viable quarterback this week in all leagues if you are in need. The Rams are tough, but I expect low-end QB1 output, so start him if you have the need.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers vs. Chargers
There’s just too much going wrong in San Francisco to try him this week. The Harbaugh situation has gone from bad to worse, and it’s showing up on the field. You can do better on the average waiver wire. Check the Week 16 rankings for options.
Fred Jackson, Bills at Raiders
The seemingly ageless Jackson will be energized in this game and he should get most of the red zone work. He’s a high-end RB2 in all formats and has enhanced value in PPR formats. It’s hard to envision a poor outing barring injury.
Andre Williams, Giants at Rams
He’s a viable option unless Rashad Jennings somehow makes a late-week comeback and plays. I doubt that will happen. Williams has a tough matchup, but he’ll get plenty of opportunity, and that gives him RB2 appeal in 12-team standard (non-PPR) scoring leagues.
Dan Herron, Colts at Cowboys
He’s been the best back in Indianapolis since Ahmad Bradshaw departed with a season-ending injury. I doubt that changes this week. Herron splits snaps and carries with Trent Richardson, so he’s a low-ceiling RB2 but a dependable one, and he has a little extra appeal in PPR formats.
Trent Richardson, Colts at Cowboys
He must score to get the job done for fantasy purposes and he’s been held out of the end zone with staggering frequency. So much so that I can’t recommend him outside of huge leagues. He’s a player to avoid this week.
Sammy Watkins, Bills at Raiders
He was a letdown last week, but this week provides a lot more opportunity because he gets a very beatable Raiders defense and some warm weather, too. Watkins has too much upside to bench unless you are pretty well loaded at receiver. I’d be happy to start him in any league this weekend.
Kenny Stills, Saints vs. Falcons
This game should feature plenty of offense, and Stills is a big-play weapon who is developing into a good mid-range receiver as well. He is a strong option this week as a WR3. It also helps to play with Drew Brees.
Jarvis Landry, Dolphins vs. Vikings
New England got a good look at Landry last week. Landry’s Week 16 matchup is a lot better, as the Vikings have no stud defensive backs. The rookie will continue to be consistently targeted out of the slot. WR3 numbers seem likely, and he’s worth even more in PPR.
Eric Decker, Jets vs. Patriots
I like Decker as a player, but he is in for a tough week against the Patriots corners and he has a quarterback who gives him no advantage whatsoever. The former Bronco is a good red zone weapon, so you never know for sure, but I am not risking my season on Decker this week with Revis and Browner lurking. No matter where the Jets line him up, he’s got problems.
Travis Kelce, Chiefs at Steelers
He’s now locked in and I seriously doubt that the Chiefs dial him back now — with their season on the line. Chelsea is the Chiefs’ best weapon after Jamaal Charles, and they seem to realize it now. Keep him active.
Dwayne Allen, Colts at Cowboys
He was banged up for a few weeks and he’s now getting back into top form. Allen scored last weekend, and that raises his season total to eight. Not bad for a guy who missed a lot of time. Allen is a good low-end TE1 option for finals week. Start him with confidence.
Owen Daniels, Ravens at Texans
He has a tough matchup, but he’s a very solid option who can be picked up on a lot of waiver wires. He’s also returning to play the team he spent most of his career with, so he will be pumped up and ready to go.
Jermaine Gresham, Bengals vs. Broncos
He’s nursing a sore toe, and he may end up getting bogged down in pass protection against Denver’s bookend rushers. I’d avoid him this week unless you are desperate. I’ve got 19 tight ends ranked higher than Gresham this week.