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Week 16 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you evaluate players you might be on the fence about.

Prior to the season, we never thought we'd have to recommend starting Michael Vick. He was drafted as an elite Fantasy quarterback in all leagues, and some of you even selected him No. 1 overall.

But you know what happened to Vick by now. He struggled with injuries and inconsistent play and is looking up on the stat pages at better Fantasy options in Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and even less-than-stellar quarterbacks in Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

I'm starting Vick over ...
Eli Manning, NYG at NYJ
Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. STL
Tim Tebow, DEN at BUF
Matt Ryan, ATL at NO
Tony Romo, DAL vs. PHI

He is the No. 13 quarterback in a standard league at 207 Fantasy points, but he can still help you win your championship game in Week 16. We expect Vick to have a standout performance at Dallas.

Vick, who was started in 51 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com in Week 15, has already shined against the Cowboys once this year in Week 8 when he had 28 Fantasy points. It was one of his few highlights of the season since he had 279 passing yards and two touchdowns and seven carries for 50 yards. He was nearly flawless with just seven incomplete passes and no turnovers.

Last year, Vick went to Dallas and had 25 Fantasy points, and we expect him to play well again. The Cowboys have allowed 20 touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks and seven have reached at least 19 Fantasy points.

The Eagles need a big game out of Vick to remain in playoff contention, and he was solid in Week 15 in a tough matchup against the Jets with 23 Fantasy points. He should have a similar performance against Dallas.

Vick has failed Fantasy owners for most of this season, but he can still make it up to you this week. He should be trusted as a starting option in all formats with a potential Fantasy title on the line.

Quarterback

Start 'Em

Week 16 sleeper QBs
Mark Sanchez, NYJ vs. NYG
Kyle Orton, KC vs. OAK
John Skelton, ARI at CIN

Cam Newton (vs. TB): Newton has helped many Fantasy owners reach the playoffs, and he should be able to carry you to a title with his matchup with the Bucs. He has at least 22 Fantasy points in his past three games, and in Week 13 at Tampa Bay he had 39 points. The Bucs have allowed nine touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in their past three outings against Newton, Blaine Gabbert and Tony Romo, and Newton should have another big game in the rematch. (Started in 78 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Matt Ryan (at NO): Ryan is closing the season like the elite Fantasy quarterback we expected him to be all along. He has at least 18 Fantasy points in six of his past seven games, with five games of at least 24 points, including two in a row. Included in that stretch is a Week 10 matchup against the Saints when he had 351 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The Saints have allowed at least 20 Fantasy points against Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford and Jake Locker in the past four games, and Ryan had 23 Fantasy points at New Orleans last year. (Started in 76 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Tim Tebow (at BUF): When Tebow has a good matchup, you start him. And this is a good matchup against the Bills, who have allowed at least 18 Fantasy points to five of the past six quarterbacks they have faced in Romo, Matt Moore twice, Sanchez and Philip Rivers. Tebow had 21 Fantasy points at Minnesota in Week 13 and 26 points against New England last week, which were both good matchups. He should have another productive outing this week and remains a No. 1 Fantasy option against the Bills. (Started in 45 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Matt Moore (at NE): Moore has an excellent matchup at New England, and he is worth starting ahead of standout Fantasy quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger and Manning. Moore has four games with at least 18 Fantasy points in a standard league in his past seven outings, including two on the road. The Patriots have also allowed multiple touchdowns to their past three opposing quarterbacks in Dan Orlovsky, Rex Grossman and Tebow, and New England is now without top pass rusher Andre Carter (quadriceps). It's risky to trust Moore at this point in the season, but he could be a useful option if you need a starter this week. (Started in 12 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Rex Grossman (vs. MIN): Grossman has the best matchup of any quarterback this week against the Vikings. Minnesota has allowed the most touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks (33) with the fewest interceptions (six). The last time a quarterback did not have multiple touchdowns against the Vikings was in Week 5. It's hard to trust Grossman at this point in the season, but he does have three games with at least 18 Fantasy points in his past five outings, including two at home. Like Moore, I would start Grossman ahead of Roethlisberger and Manning this week. (Started in 17 percent of leagues in Week 15)

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Ben Roethlisberger (vs. STL): There is a chance the Steelers could sit Roethlisberger this week to rest his injured ankle, but even if he plays he has minimal upside for Fantasy owners. We saw what he looked like limping around at San Francisco on Monday night in Week 15, and he finished with five Fantasy points thanks to no touchdowns and four turnovers. The Rams don't pose a tremendous threat defensively, but teams tend to run all over them. Alex Smith in Week 13 is the lone quarterback to pass for multiple touchdowns against St. Louis in the past eight games. Look for Pittsburgh to run a lot in this matchup, and Roethlisberger is now a risky starting option in the majority of leagues. (Started in 48 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Carson Palmer (at KC): Palmer did well in Week 15 against the Lions and has 20 Fantasy points in two of his past three games, but he could struggle in his rematch with the Chiefs. The last time he played Kansas City in Week 7 he came off the bench and had three interceptions and minus-2 Fantasy points. The Chiefs have allowed some big games to quarterbacks recently, but they haven't allowed multiple passing touchdowns at home in their past three outings against Tebow, Roethlisberger and Rodgers. (Started in 34 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. DEN): Fitzpatrick is too inconsistent to trust in the majority of leagues during the Fantasy playoffs. He is averaging just over 12 Fantasy points a game for his last three outings against Tennessee, San Diego and Miami, and he has three touchdowns and six turnovers over that span. The Broncos have allowed just two quarterbacks to pass for multiple touchdowns in the past six games, and they should be able to contain Fitzpatrick even on the road, especially with Steve Johnson (groin) at less than 100 percent. (Started in 27 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Joe Flacco (vs. CLE): Flacco heads into this game on a productive two-game stretch with 37 Fantasy points combined against Indianapolis and San Diego, and it's the first time this season he's had consecutive games with multiple touchdowns. Prior to that, Flacco faced Cleveland in Week 13, and he had four Fantasy points as the Ravens ran all over the Browns. You can expect a similar game plan against Cleveland, which is why Flacco is a risky starting option in the majority of leagues. In his past five games against the Browns, Flacco is averaging just 204 passing yards with six touchdowns and two turnovers. (Started in 32 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Josh Freeman (at CAR): Freeman enters this matchup against the Panthers having not thrown for more than 200 yards in each of his past three games. He has two touchdowns and three interceptions over that span as well. Carolina is No. 18 in pass defense, giving up under 235 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 17 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Freeman did not play when the division foes met earlier in the year due to a shoulder injury. He has thrown for 740 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions in three career games against the Panthers, so even if he was at full strength he would not be a recommended starting option in the majority of leagues. (Started in 12 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Bust alert: Eli Manning (at NYJ): Manning has been great for Fantasy owners this season and he has become an elite option in all leagues. But he cost many Fantasy owners in Week 15 when he had three interceptions and four Fantasy points against the Redskins, and he could struggle again in Week 16 against the Jets. For all the good Manning has done this season, he still has three games with 12 Fantasy points or less against Buffalo, Philadelphia and Washington, all at home. The Jets have also allowed just three quarterbacks to throw multiple touchdowns in Romo, Brady and Fitzpatrick, but they limited Brady in another matchup and held Rivers to 11 Fantasy points. It's tough to bench Manning given how he's played this season, but this week he should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback in the majority of leagues. (Started in 74 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Running back

Start 'Em

Week 16 sleeper RBs
Kevin Smith, DET vs. SD
Kahlil Bell, CHI at GB
Chris Ivory, NO vs. ATL
Ricky Williams, BAL vs. CLE
Mike Tolbert, SD at DET

Rashard Mendenhall (vs. STL): Mendenhall, as we expected, has struggled this season with just five games with double digits in Fantasy points. He has just one game with a touchdown in his past four outings, and he has let a lot of Fantasy owners down. But he should have an outstanding game against the Rams this week. The Steelers will lean heavily on Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, who should be considered a sleeper, and St. Louis has allowed 13 touchdowns to opposing running backs and 10 to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Mendenhall also has scored in four of six home games this year. (Started in 70 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Cedric Benson (vs. ARI): Benson should be able to take advantage of the Cardinals this week just like Peyton Hillis and Frank Gore did the previous two games. Hillis and Gore combined for 28 Fantasy points with each scoring touchdowns, and Arizona has allowed 11 touchdowns to opposing running backs this year with nine reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Benson has at least 14 Fantasy points in three of his past five games, and he should be able to reach double digits in this matchup with the Cardinals. The good thing about Benson is he continues to see plenty of work with at least 21 carries in three of his past four outings. (Started in 71 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Ahmad Bradshaw (at NYJ): Teams have had success running on the Jets as LeSean McCoy proved in Week 15 and Roy Helu showed in Week 13. Both gained over 100 rushing yards and combined for four touchdowns, and Bradshaw enters this matchup coming off his best performance since Week 6. He had 13 Fantasy points against Washington last week, and we expect him to reach double digits in Fantasy points against the Jets. Brandon Jacobs will obviously steal some touches, but Bradshaw should be at full strength now that he's been back for three games after sitting out four games with a foot injury. (Started in 42 percent of leagues in Week 15)
C.J. Spiller (vs. DEN): Spiller had the best Fantasy performance of his young career in Week 15 against Miami with 28 points, and he now has 43 points in his past two home games. Spiller is showing his ability as a dual-threat running back, and his value in point-per-reception leagues is higher than in standard formats. Denver has allowed three running backs to score in the past two games against Chicago and New England, but the Broncos have also allowed nine running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points since Week 8. (Started in 44 percent of leagues in Week 15)
DeAngelo Williams/Jonathan Stewart (vs. TB): We like Williams much better than Stewart this week, but both running backs have the chance to start for you in this matchup. The Bucs allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs with 19 total touchdowns and 12 reaching double digits in Fantasy points. Williams comes into this game with double digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four games with four touchdowns over that span. The lone game where he didn't score was Week 13 at Tampa Bay, but Stewart had 15 Fantasy points in that matchup. We consider Williams a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back, with Stewart a quality flex option in all leagues. (Started in 32 percent of leagues in Week 15 for Williams and 36 percent of leagues for Stewart)

Sit 'Em

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Peyton Hillis (at BAL): Hillis finally helped Fantasy owners with his performance in Week 15 at Arizona with 15 points, and it was just his second game this season with double digits in Fantasy points. He did fare well against the Ravens in Week 13 with nine Fantasy points, but he had a 52-yard reception in that matchup. It's doubtful he will reach double digits in Fantasy points this week even though Baltimore was run over by Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert in Week 15. The Ravens have only allowed two running backs to score at home this season in Beanie Wells and Benson, and Hillis should be shut down this week. (Started in 30 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Steven Jackson (at PIT): Jackson has returned as an elite Fantasy option the past two weeks with 32 points against Seattle and Cincinnati, but those defenses don't compare to the Steelers, especially with James Harrison returning from a one-game suspension and coming off a tough loss at San Francisco. Jackson has just two touchdowns on the road this season, and the Steelers have allowed just Ray Rice and Chris Johnson to score at home. It's tough to bench Jackson in the majority of leagues, but just lower your expectations based on the matchup. (Started in 81 percent of leagues in Week 15)
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. MIA): Green-Ellis is probably the most frustrating Fantasy running back this season because he always has the chance to score even in a difficult matchup. He has four touchdowns in his past four games even though he has a combined 35 carries over that span and has just one game with more than 50 rushing yards since Week 10. He had 34 rushing yards and a touchdown at Miami in Week 1, but the Dolphins have only allowed five rushing touchdowns on the season. Green-Ellis could come away with multiple touchdowns in this matchup, but he could also fail to score with limited production. I wouldn't trust him in the majority of leagues with a Fantasy title on the line. (Started in 50 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Toby Gerhart (at WAS): Gerhart had 17 Fantasy points last week against New Orleans even with Adrian Peterson back, but this week Peterson should take on a larger role with his ankle close to 100 percent. Gerhart had just two carries against the Saints, but he had four catches for 46 yards and two touchdowns. It's hard to count on him for guaranteed production as a receiver out of the backfield so consider him just a flex option at best in PPR leagues. (Started in 14 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Marion Barber (at GB): Barber could easily score in this matchup with the Packers since Green Bay has allowed nine touchdowns to opposing running backs this year, but it's clear Barber has taken a backseat to Kahlil Bell. In Week 15 against Seattle, Barber had just 11 carries for 33 yards while Bell had 15 carries for 65 yards, and Bell should see an increase in touches against the Packers. Barber was a beast against Denver in Week 14, but his costly fumble in overtime as well as running out of bounds at the end of regulation may have ruined any chance for him to finish the season strong with Matt Forte (knee) out. (Started in 49 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Bust alert: Marshawn Lynch (vs. SF): At least one streak will likely end this week with Lynch facing the 49ers. Lynch has scored a touchdown in 10 straight games with 13 over that span. The 49ers haven't allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back all year, and they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in 36 consecutive games. Now, in full disclosure, I am starting Lynch in a championship game against my colleague Dave Richard. I also projected Lynch to score with just 39 rushing yards. But I doubt he reaches double digits in Fantasy points, and he had only four Fantasy points against the 49ers in Week 1. If you plan on starting Lynch, just lower your expectations since San Francisco has been the best run defense this season. (Started in 93 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Wide receiver

Start 'Em

Week 16 sleeper WRs
Davone Bess, MIA at NE
Titus Young, DET vs. SD
Andre Roberts, ARI at CIN
Dwayne Bowe, KC vs. OAK
Plaxico Burress, NYJ vs. NYG

Miles Austin (vs. PHI): Austin has been stellar since returning from his latest hamstring injury in Week 14. In his past two games against the Giants and Tampa Bay he has nine catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, and he should stay hot against the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers in the past five games, and Austin, Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson all have the chance to play well in this matchup. This game has the makings of a high-scoring affair against the Eagles. (Started in 61 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Julio Jones (at NO): Jones is ready to close the season strong based on his play the past two weeks. He had eight catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns against Carolina and Jacksonville, and he should continue to play at a high level against the Saints. New Orleans has allowed 12 touchdowns to opposing receivers this season and nine have reached double digits in Fantasy points. Jones has double digits in Fantasy points in four of his six games on the road with four touchdowns over that span. His worst road game this season was six Fantasy points at Houston in Week 13. (Started in 58 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Santana Moss/Jabar Gaffney (vs. MIN): The Vikings have allowed the most touchdowns to opposing receivers at 19, which should allow Moss and Gaffney to continue to play at a high level. Moss comes into this game with five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns in his past two outings against New England and the Giants, and Gaffney has at least seven Fantasy points in four of his past five games with two touchdowns over that span. We consider Moss a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver, and Gaffney should be started as a No. 3 option in all leagues. This should be a good week for the Washington passing game based on the matchup. (Started in 43 percent of leagues in Week 15 for Moss and 37 percent of leagues for Gaffney)
Demaryius Thomas (at BUF): Thomas has been the best receiver in all Fantasy leagues the past three weeks, and he should remain hot against the Bills. He has 50 Fantasy points over that span with 18 catches for 338 yards and three touchdowns, and he has a favorable matchup this week at Buffalo. The Bills have allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing receivers and 10 to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Tebow should continue to look for Thomas, who has 33 targets in his past three outings. (Started in 27 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Jeremy Maclin (at DAL): Maclin said he is finally over the hamstring and shoulder injuries that cost him three games prior to Week 14, and we're expecting him to finish the year on a solid note. Maclin had a good game against the Cowboys in Week 8 with three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown, and this Dallas secondary has struggled with opposing receivers all year. In their past five games, the Cowboys have allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers and six to reach double digits in Fantasy points, including less-than-stellar options in Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Andre Roberts, and Dezmon Briscoe. Maclin, when healthy, is better than all of those receivers, and he should be started in all leagues this week now that he's back at 100 percent. (Started in 22 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Sit 'Em

Anquan Boldin (vs. CLE): Boldin has reverted back to the receiver we saw last year who disappeared down the stretch. He has now gone four games in a row without a touchdown and hasn't reached double digits in Fantasy points since Week 8. He faced the Browns in Week 13 and was held to two catches for 32 yards, and Cleveland has only allowed three No. 1 receivers to score this season in A.J. Green, Michael Crabtree and Brandon Lloyd. (Started in 70 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Brandon Lloyd (at PIT): Lloyd has been terrible the past three games with the Rams dealing with issues at quarterback. Kellen Clemens is the latest starter with Sam Bradford (ankle) and A.J. Feeley (thumb) out, and Lloyd was held to five catches for 42 yards in Week 15 against Cincinnati. He has combined for 15 Fantasy points in his past three outings, and the Steelers will likely shadow him with Ike Taylor. Pittsburgh also has allowed just eight touchdowns to opposing receivers this year with one touchdown allowed in the past four games. (Started in 69 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Steve Johnson (vs. DEN): Johnson is dealing with a groin injury, and that could further limit his production against the Broncos. He has played well of late with at least eight Fantasy points in his past four games, but Denver has done a solid job against opposing No. 1 receivers in part because of Champ Bailey. Since Week 7, Bailey has helped limit Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Bowe, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Vincent Jackson to six Fantasy points or less in each matchup. Consider Johnson just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week. (Started in 79 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Michael Crabtree (at SEA): Crabtree has struggled the past two games and has not played well on the road this year. In his past two outings against Arizona and Pittsburgh, Crabtree has 11 catches for 98 yards and no touchdowns. He has just one touchdown since Week 8, and he has no touchdowns on the road and five games with six Fantasy points or less. He had one catch for 4 yards against the Seahawks in Week 1, and he has combined for 10 catches for 77 yards in four previous meetings with Seattle. This could be a tough week to consider Crabtree a starting Fantasy option in the majority of leagues. (Started in 36 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Reggie Wayne (vs. HOU): Wayne scored against the Texans in Week 1, and he's coming off a productive game for him by this year's standards with nine Fantasy points against Tennessee in Week 15. But he remains too inconsistent to trust at this point in the season since he has just three touchdowns on the year and only one at home. The Texans have allowed three touchdowns to opposing receivers in the past three games with Roddy White, Jerome Simpson and Steve Smith all scoring, but Wayne doesn't have Ryan or Newton throwing him the ball == or even Andy Dalton. We can't recommend starting Wayne or Pierre Garcon with a potential Fantasy title on the line. (Started in 28 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Bust alert: Hakeem Nicks (at NYJ): Darrelle Revis has been far from perfect this season. Just ask Steve Johnson, Austin, Bryant and Marshall, who have each reached double digits in Fantasy points against the Jets this season with Revis mostly in coverage. But you also have to look at who Revis has shut down this year. He has held Bowe, Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Moss, Thomas and Vincent Jackson to six Fantasy points or less in each matchup, and he should make things difficult for Nicks. He has been awesome of late with an average of 11 Fantasy points in his past six games, and he has 47 targets in his past four outings. But Nicks should not be considered a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues against Revis, and you should lower your expectations if you start him this week. (Started in 97 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Tight end

Start 'Em

Week 16 sleeper TEs
Jermaine Gresham, CIN vs. ARI
Jared Cook, TEN vs. JAC

Aaron Hernandez (vs. MIA): Hernandez broke out of his slump in Week 15 with his performance against the Broncos. He had nine catches for 129 yards and a touchdown, and he should remain hot to close the season. Hernandez had an outstanding game against the Dolphins in Week 1 with seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, and he should see a healthy amount of targets in the rematch this week if Deion Branch (groin) is out again as expected. (Started in 70 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Brent Celek (at DAL): Celek is worth starting in all formats in Week 16 at Dallas. The Cowboys have allowed five touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season and four have reached double digits in Fantasy points, including Celek in Week 8 when he had seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Celek had six targets from Vick against the Jets last week and finished with five catches for 156 yards and a touchdown, and he should remain heavily involved once again this week in a must-win game for the Eagles. (Started in 35 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Brandon Pettigrew (vs. SD): Pettigrew has scored in four of his seven home games this season, including Week 14 against Minnesota when he had 11 Fantasy points. The Chargers have allowed seven touchdowns to opposing tight ends, including last week when Ed Dickson scored. This should be a good week to rely on Pettigrew if you need a starting option, especially in deeper formats. This game between the Lions and Chargers has the chance to be a high-scoring affair, which should help Pettigrew be successful. (Started in 47 percent of leagues in Week 15)

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Heath Miller (vs. STL): This is a bad week to rely on Miller. Not only is Roethlisberger banged up and iffy to play, but the Rams are the best team against opposing tight ends in terms of Fantasy points allowed. Jason Witten is the only tight end to score against St. Louis this season, including matchups against Celek, Fred Davis, Jermichael Finley, Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis and Gresham. Miller also hasn't scored since Week 7. (Started in 14 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Kellen Winslow (at CAR): Winslow has now gone six games in a row without a touchdown, and he has combined for 17 Fantasy points in his past four outings. Included in that stretch is his Week 13 matchup against the Panthers where he had just four Fantasy points, and Winslow might not score against Carolina this week. The Panthers have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends this season, but Fred Davis is the only tight end to score in Carolina this season. (Started in 44 percent of leagues in Week 15)
Owen Daniels (at IND): Daniels has now gone 10 games in a row without scoring a touchdown, and it's hard to envision him breaking that streak against the Colts. Indianapolis has allowed seven touchdowns to tight ends this year, but the tight ends who have hurt them are Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Tony Gonzalez. Daniels was held to one catch for 12 yards in Week 1 against the Colts, and that was with a healthy Matt Schaub (foot). T.J. Yates has not shown the ability to get the ball to Daniels on a consistent basis, and he should only be used as a No. 2 Fantasy tight end in this matchup. (Started in 48 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Bust alert: Greg Olsen (vs. TB): The last time Olsen faced the Bucs in Week 13 he had one catch for 21 yards. He has one touchdown in his past six games, and he continues to share targets with Jeremy Shockey. Olsen started the season as a No. 1 Fantasy tight end, but his value has plummeted to where he has become a risky starting option in the majority of leagues. Even in a favorable matchup against the Bucs it remains difficult to start Olsen based on his inconsistent play. (Started in 24 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Defense/Special teams

Start 'Em

Week 16 sleeper DSTs
Broncos at BUF
Redskins vs. MIN
Chiefs vs. OAK

Titans (vs. JAC): The Titans DST left most Fantasy owners upset with their performance in Week 15 at the Colts. The Titans had just six Fantasy points against the Colts and have now gone three games in a row with single digits in Fantasy points. But we're counting on the Titans to play well at home against the Jaguars. Last week, the Falcons DST had 27 Fantasy points in a standard league against the Jaguars, and Gabbert has seven turnovers in his past four games. The Titans also have four games with double digits in Fantasy points at home, and they should be considered a starting option in all leagues in this matchup. (Started in 42 percent of leagues in Week 15)

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Bears (at GB): The Bears DST heads into this matchup with the Packers playing well with double digits in Fantasy points in their past three games against Kansas City, Denver and Seattle. But facing the Packers, even with a banged up offensive line and with Greg Jennings (knee) out, is still a daunting task, especially in Green Bay. The Bears were held to eight Fantasy points against the Packers in Week 3, and Green Bay should be highly motivated following its first loss of the season in Week 15. The one saving grace for the Bears DST would be if the Packers decide to rest starters based on what happens with San Francisco on Saturday. If Rodgers is sitting then you can still consider the Bears DST a No. 1 option. (Started in 86 percent of leagues in Week 15)

Kicker

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Week 16 sleeper Ks
Graham Gano, WAS vs. MIN
Mike Nugent, CIN vs. ARI
Alex Henery, PHI at DAL

Nick Novak (at DET): Prior to Week 15, Novak had gone five games in a row without reaching double digits in Fantasy points, but he had 10 points against Baltimore last week. He has the chance for another solid outing against the Lions. Detroit has allowed 10 kickers to make multiple field goals, including five at home. This game should be a high-scoring affair, and Novak should have plenty of scoring chances. He has five games this season with double digits in Fantasy points, and he should have six after Week 16. (Started in 60 percent of leagues in Week 15)

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Matt Prater (at BUF): Prater has been a solid Fantasy option of late with three games with at least nine points in his past four outings. But those are his only three games with at least nine Fantasy points this season, and he has struggled outdoors away from the thin air in Denver. He has just one game with multiple field goals on the road outside, and that was in Week 12 at San Diego. Otherwise he is 4 of 8 on field goals at Tennessee, Green Bay, Miami, Oakland and Kansas City. The Bills have allowed 8 of 9 field goals in their past three games at home against Nick Folk, Rob Bironas and Dan Carpenter, but we're expecting Prater's road woes to continue, especially if the weather is a problem in Buffalo. (Started in 7 percent of leagues in Week 15)

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(5/22/2015) This might finally be the year Lawrence Okoye can crack a spot on the 49ers' roster, per the Bay Area News Group.

Okoye, a former British Olympics discus thrower and rugby player, is feeling confident about his improvements and feels like his potential is worth a roster spot.

“It’s very different from the first time I came here. I’m feeling very good about things,” Okoye said Thursday while sitting at his locker. “I’m just happy I was given the opportunity to stay here so long, so I could catch up. I have a good opportunity to show what I can do.”

Okoye has worked under new head coach Jim Tomsula for two years and with Justin Smith's retirement, his emergence might be rewarded.

“You’re going to get lots of people telling you things. But the main thing is to just keep yourself motivated, despite what people say about you," Okoye said. "People will write you off. People will say this or that. Just keep yourself motivated, keep going every day and you’ll be good.”

 


Bengals' Terrelle Pryor still dreams about winning it all
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Terrelle Pryor's chances of taking the Bengals to the Super Bowl and winning it are slim, but that won’t stop him from dreaming.

Pryor -- in his fourth year in the league -- dreams about winning the Super Bowl with quite some frequency, he just isn't sure what team he's doing it with.

“I don’t know the team. It’s always in black uniforms,” Pryor said. “I didn’t see any orange. No, it’s not the Raiders. But I believe it can happen because I can visualize it like that. I’m into visualization.”

Pryor hasn't played a down since the 2013 regular season, when he passed for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 11 games.


Flowers' college position coach thinks he can fill in for injured Beatty
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) Things are moving really fast for Giants offensive lineman Ereck Flowers. The eighth overall pick in the draft, because of an injury to Will Beatty, might have inherited a huge workload this season, per nj.com.

Art Kehoe, Flowers' offensive line coach at the University of Miami, thinks Flowers will be up to the task of protecting quarterback Eli Manning.

"I'm sure he raised his level up a notch or two, but I think he plays every week, I think he plays hard in practice," Kehoe said. "He's an unproven commodity at the next level, and he's a high draft pick, [the Giants] drafted him to be a fixer, so I'm sure he's going in there to do what he did in Miami — scrap his ass off every day in practice, and if you're supposed to be a badass the next weekend [against] your opponent, he's gonna be there and he's gonna bring everything he's got. That's what he does. He wants to know that there's a dude, and he has to take care of him, and he'll be up to the challenge.

Giants' 2013 first-round pick, Justin Pugh is also a top candidate to fill in for the injured Beatty.


Union: Goodell must back off hearing of Patriots QB Tom Brady
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith is growing impatient awaiting word from Roger Goodell on the request of the NFL commissioner to recuse himself as arbitrator of the appeal hearings ofPatriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The league suspended Brady for the first four games next season for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal, claiming that he likely knew that game balls were being deflated for his benefit before the 2014 AFC title game.

Smith is claiming that neither Goodell nor the Wells Report, which investigated the incident, could legitimately claim impartiality. He added that the NFLPA will "advance the volume" of the request if they don't hear from Goodell by next week. Part of the union's press release reads as follows:

Given a process that has contained procedural violations of our collective bargaining agreement, the Commissioner's role as a central witness in the appeal hearing and his evident partiality with respect to the Wells report, the Commissioner must designate a neutral party to serve as arbitrator in this matter. The players also believe that the Commissioner's history of inconsistently issuing discipline against our players makes him ill-suited to hear this appeal in a fair-minded manner.

As for the Wells Report, Smith stated that "you can't really have credibility just because you slap the word independent on a piece of paper." He offered into evidence the findings in regard to NFL official Walt Anderson, who was a key figure in the investigation, citing one part of the report questions his memory and another credits it.


Zimmer happy with progress of Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Mike Zimmer has expressed optimism that underachieving Vikings wideout Cordarrelle Patterson is gaining a better understanding of route-running and the nuances of playing the position in the NFL, which would allow his talent to result in greater productivity.

Patterson took a step back in 2014 after a mediocre rookie year. He played in every game, but managed just 33 receptions for 384 yards and one touchdown. He has since stated that 2015 is his make-or-break year and is apparently acting like it in the offseason.

"He's done real well," Zimmer told Fox Sports North. "He's running routes good. He's working hard. So we just need him to continue to do those things and continue to keep getting consistent and keep improving. I've been impressed."


GM: Dolphins LT Branden Albert should be fine for Week 1
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey has expressed optimism that left tackle Branden Albert will be ready to roll by the regular season opener.

Albert has been rehabbing from a torn ACL and MCL sustained last November against Detroit. He had signed a five-year, $46 million contract the previous March and had been performing particularly well before going down.

"It's been a long rehab and he's really attacked it every day," Hickey told SiriusXM NFL Radio, adding that there was a "reasonable explanation" that he would be ready for Week 1. "We really like his progress. He's out there with his team working out. We're really encouraged by what we're seeing with him."

Ja'Wuan Williams was forced to move to left tackle following the Albert injury in 2014. But he struggled at that position and is expected to move to his more familiar right tackle spot this year.


Report: Bills still want to extend Marcell Dareus
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The Bills still want to extend the contract of defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, according to a report by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Despite the one-game suspension levied by the league against Dareus on Thursday, the team still hopes to have an extension wrapped up before the start of training camp. 

2015 is scheduled to be the last season of Dareus' current contract. He'll make $8.06 million.


Shanahan: Struggles of Robert Griffin III unrelated to injury
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Former Redskins coach Mike Shanahan does not believe injuries have prevented quarterback Robert Griffin III from maximizing his potential in the NFL. Rather, he feels it was the team not creating an offensive system that best fits his talents and his own belief that he could play a traditional role at that position.

Griffin sustained a serious knee injury in the 2012 playoffs. He then struggled in 2013 in an offense designed to transform him into a drop-back quarterback rather than one that took advantage of his mobility. He suffered another knee injury last year and did not perform well in the offense of new coach Jay Gruden.

"I don't think getting hurt has anything to do with it," Shanahan told 106.7 The Fan. "In college he didn't have a route tree, didn't have a playbook. That does take some time. ... If you take a quarterback like that you must run the kind of system that allows him to be successful. ... I really believe Robert thought he was more of a drop-back quarterback. He hasn't done things the NFL asks you to do. It does take some growing pains. You better really work on it inside and out."

Some have wondered why the Redskins went so hard after Griffin if they weren't willing to create an offense that maximizes his skill set.


 
 
 
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