If you are reading this, we can probably offer congratulations on remaining alive for the Super Bowl week of the fantasy football season.
Here's the thing: You are not done yet. One more win and you drink from the cup of glory. Lose this weekend and the pain lingers all winter.
Week 16 rankings come out Wednesday, but here's a quick look at some potential sleeper or spot start options worth considering.
Do your best not to overthink all candidates.
Most likely the players who helped you reach this point are the best bets in Week 16. For those dealing with injuries or rough matchups, here are some names to consider.
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Blake Bortles (at 49ers):
Super Bowl week and you might start this guy? Seemed impossible even a few weeks back but Bortles is cooking right now. Over his three starts, seven touchdown passes and zero interceptions while averaging 301 yards per game. Meanwhile, San Francisco has allowed at least two touchdown passes in eight of its last nine games. Now, here’s the rub: those last three games for Bortles were all at home where his numbers are significantly better across the board. Consider the Jaguars passer a low-end QB1. Consider Bortles for Week 16 if you normally start Kirk Cousins, Jameis Winston and perhaps Matt Ryan.
Marshawn Lynch (at Eagles):
Overall during the fantasy season, running backs haven’t scored big points against Philadelphia. The second fewest, for the record. That version isn’t what’s been showing the past two games as the Rams and Giants averaged 29.5 points in PPR formats. Therefore Lynch owners might believe their guy is worth a start this week despite the statistical poor matchup. Fair enough, though tread lightly. New York thrived with 12 receptions, but only averaged 2.7 yards per rush. Lynch only has four catches on the season. Always a goal-line threat, but keep an eye out for news on projected usage now that Oakland is eliminated from postseason contention.
Theo Riddick (at Bengals):
Overall we’re looking at an RB3 option, but Riddick is dominating touches of late in Detroit’s backfield. PPR owners can certainly consider him – 14 receptions over last three games. He has at least 61 yards from scrimmage in each of those games and three touchdowns in that span. Yet the real intrigue here involves the Cincinnati defense, which allows the second most points to fantasy running backs on the season.
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Joe Flacco/Mike Wallace (vs. Colts):
Don't look now, but the Ravens passing game is making moves. Flacco's top-3 yardage performances of the season have occurred in the last three weeks with five touchdown passes in that span. The home matchup against Indianapolis presents another soft landing spot. Flacco represents a decent fallback for those Aaron Rodgers owners dealing with their guy's return turn into a one-week scenario. As for the receiving part of this tandem, sure, he’s no longer MIKE WALLACE, but the deep threat is picking up the pace recently. Over the last three games, 116, 72 and 89 receiving yards with 14 receptions. Now Wallace faces an Indianapolis defense that ranks 27th in points allowed to fantasy receivers and surrendered 213 and 197 yards in recent games. Ideally, we’re talking about an upside WR3 option, but considering the flow and the opponent, Wallace should also receive looks in two-receiver formats.
Martavis Bryant (at Texans):
One of the season’s main fantasy busts is poised for a redemption story. Antonio Brown’s injury opens the door for more opportunities and against a Houston pass defense giving up gobs of production. The Texans rank 28th in points allowed to fantasy receivers with some truly horrific weeks during the season. JuJu Smith-Schuster likely becomes Ben Roethlisberger’s main target, but Bryant went for 4-59-1 in Week 15 against the Patriots. Owners in three-receiver leagues will be very tempted, as they should.
Kyle Rudolph (at Packers):
Owners that took the risk of Rudolph producing in Week 15 despite a “doubtful” tag earlier in the week were rewarded with a touchdown. That’s four consecutive games he found the end zone, five times in that span. There’s a chance for another one against Green Bay. Seventh overall against fantasy tight ends, the Packers have allowed a TD in three of their last four games and four overall. They had no answer for Greg Olsen last week and the Bucs had success in Week 13. Rudolph finished 5-47 against Green Bay back in Week 6.