The fantasy playoffs are upon us and everybody has burning questions about their upcoming lineups.
Luckily, we have you covered as we tackle a few of the biggest positional questions heading into such a critical point in time. Let’s set aside NFL game betting and the NFL odds for now, and dive right into the starts and sits for Week 16.
Start ’em: Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford had a pedestrian outing against the Seattle Seahawks in his last game, but that isn’t going to slow him down moving forward.
He has a date with the Minnesota Vikings up this week, a team that has allowed three of their last five opposing quarterbacks to score 25- plus fantasy points.
Stafford himself has scored over 27 points in two of his last three. With Cooper Kupp and Odell Beckham Jr. on his side, Stafford is a must-start.
Sit ’em: Cam Newton
Yes, Cam Newton was given the starting nod for this game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He shouldn’t go near your fantasy lineups though.
He has averaged 17 fantasy points this season but is quite literally a quarterback by committee with Sam Darnold.
Head coach Matt Rhule admitted that Darnold will see the field despite listing Newton as the starter, and let’s face it, Newton hasn’t been all that great the last few games. Plus, a stiff matchup with a tough defense doesn’t make his job any easier.
Start ’em: Miles Sanders
Somehow, Miles Sanders hasn’t scored a touchdown. He has 864 yards from scrimmage and zero touchdowns to show for it.
Eventually, that streak is bound to end though. It could be the time this weekend against the New York Giants. Even if he isn’t able to break into the end zone, Sanders proved his value by taking 18 carries for 131 yards, with over 16 points in fantasy in back-to-back weeks.
You may not trust him to score but he gets a lot of volume in this new run-first offense.
Start ’em: Antonio Brown
Antonio Brown is coming off of a three-game suspension and about five missed games due to an ankle injury.
Now, he steps into the primary receiving role for the most pass-heavy team in football. Chris Godwin and Mike Evans both went down for Tampa Bay in their last game, and Tom Brady has already proven to have a solid connection with Brown in this offense.
He will be looking to get his pass-catcher involved whenever possible.
Sit ’em: DeVonta Smith
Outside of the touchdown potential, DeVonta Smith hasn’t been a reliable and consistent wide receiver option in fantasy. Smith hasn’t scored a touchdown in four games now and has scored less than 10 points in all of those contests.
To make matters worse he hasn’t seen over six targets in a single game dating back seven weeks. With the Philadelphia Eagles absolutely killing it on the ground, there is no need for them to air the ball out – especially against a mediocre New York Giants team.
Start ’em: Kyle Pitts
Kyle Pitts went into a game against a tough San Francisco 49ers defense and performed like a top tight end.
The position itself is really weak, yet Pitts proved that he can still contribute in a lot of different ways. The upcoming matchup with the Detroit Lions makes his situation look a lot better, and even just five catches could end up putting him in the top five tight ends for fantasy.
Sit ’em: Tyler Conklin
Tyler Conklin has been a solid tight end in terms of fantasy production. Some would think that he may get better with Adam Thielen potentially missing another week and Kirk Cousins throwing the ball at a high level.
However, he plays the Los Angeles Rams defense this week, a squad that has allowed the fourth-fewest total points to the position in the last month. Conklin is better left on the bench.
Start ’em: Greg Zuerlein
Despite only averaging a little under 10 fantasy points per game since returning to action in Week 11, Greg Zuerlein is still an excellent fantasy option due to his consistency.
Zuerlein hasn’t scored less than seven points since his return and that game in Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders. He has a terrific offense to get him into field goal range often and his floor is so high that he should be started no matter what.
Sit ’em: Graham Gano
Graham Gano is an excellent kicker in a terrible situation. The Giants’ kicker gets a tough matchup with the Eagles, a team that stonewalled the Washington Football Team after the first few drives of the game.
Plus, the Giants are without Daniel Jones still and Mike Glennon is clearly not the answer at quarterback. It won’t be a very efficient day for the G-Men.
Start ’em: Philadelphia Eagles
Speaking of the Eagles, their defense should be started instantly across leagues. Glennon looked horrible in his last game against the Dallas Cowboys, though a lot of that struggle has come from a bad offensive line.
That poor line isn’t helping them establish any sort of run game and throwing the football gets that much harder because of it. Philly could honestly even shut them out if they don’t turn the football over. The total is low in the sportsbook.
Sit ’em: Pittsburgh Steelers
They just had a great game against the Titans and covered versus the NFL odds. On top of that, some of the Kansas City Chiefs’ top playmakers are currently on the COVID list and might be out. Even so, don’t start them.
There is a pretty high chance that the Chiefs get Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce for this matchup, which could instantly lower the floor that Pittsburgh has. It wouldn’t be surprising if it turns into a shootout either, something that seriously doesn’t help fantasy defenses.