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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 16

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 16

Championship week is upon us.

If you're playing for a title, keep reading. If you aren't, please do so anyway.

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START

Matt Barkley, QB, CHI (vs. WSH) - In his first four starts with the Bears, Barkley is averaging nearly 14 fantasy points per game. If you're looking for consistency, Barkley is the perfect plug-and-play quarterback to win you a fantasy title. The Redskins have allowed 300-plus passing yards in five out of their last six games, setting up to be another ideal fantasy matchup for the Bears signal-caller. (Scott Krinch)

Kenny Britt, WR, LA (vs. SF) - The Niners D is susceptible to every facet of the game, as one of those defense you mark on the schedule hoping to get your fantasy guys going up against in important games. Now we're in championship week and I'm all about players on the Rams offense, even though they're, you know, the Rams. Britt is a target monster and should continue that this week. (Tony Andracki)

Taylor Gabriel, WR, ATL (@ CAR) - Deemed as unfit for the 0-14 Cleveland Browns, Gabriel has turned into a treasure for the Atlanta Falcons. Gabriel has scored 5 TDs in his last six games, and has seen no fewer than 5 targets per game during that stretch. With Julio Jones still nursing a toe injury and not at 100 percent if he suits up, Gabriel is in line for another big game against the lowly Carolina Panthers (sixth-most generous to opposing fantasy wideouts) in Week 16. (Krinch)

Cam Newton, QB, CAR (vs. ATL) - Atlanta gives up the most fantasy points to quarterbacks, including three tuddies to Newton and Derek Anderson in Week 4. Cam has been nursing a sore shoulder of late, but he had his best game in Week 15 (300 yds, 2 TD) since Week 6 and I'm betting he continues to ride that momentum to finish out the fantasy season. (Andracki)

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SIT 

Davante Adams, WR, GB (vs. MIN) - If I'm in a title game, I can't trust Adams. I understand that he's a Top 10 fantasy wide receiver in terms of points scored, but he's too much of a boom-or-bust play. Adams has scored less than 4 fantasy points in three out of his last five games. This weekeend he draws a Vikings pass defense which has not given up more than 1 receiving touchdown in a game since Week 9, and are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. (Krinch)

Jimmy Graham, TE, SEA (vs. ARI) - Tight end is such a fickle market this year in fantasy, and Graham is one of the main culprits. He was a stud from Weeks 3-13, but now he has only one catch in each of the last two games. This week, he draws the toughest matchup a tight end could get: An Arizona defense that allows just 2.4 standard fantasy points per game (6 PPR points). Graham is impossible to trust this week and ranks among the most risky plays in all of fantasy football. (Andracki)

Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN (@ GB) - In his three starts this season, Peterson has accumulated a dreadful 5.5 total fantasy points. Don't buy into the hype and start him because he's a big name and he's finally healthy, Peterson has done nothing to warrant "must-start" status this year, let alone in a championship matchup. If you're desperate, search your waiver-wire. There's plenty of better players to take a flyer on. (Krinch)

Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (vs. ARI) - Arizona is also a Top 5 defense at limiting RB production, despite allowing some big games (4 weeks allowing multiple TDs to RBs). Rawls had that one big game (106 yds, 2 TD) but in his other four games since returning from injury, he has only 239 yards on 65 touches (3.7 yds/touch) and zero scores. Yikes. (Andracki)

D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

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D Rose is training at the Bulls' practice facility

Don't get too excited, Bulls fans, but Derrick Rose is playing basketball in Chicago in a Bulls facility.

The former NBA MVP was spotted training at the Advocate Center, the Bulls' practice facility in Chicago.

Rose just finished a partial season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (a.k.a. the TimberBulls), playing under former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, and seemed to regain some of his former glory by averaging 14.2 points per game in five playoff games off the bench. He is now an unrestricted free agent.

Could this mean he is going to return to Chicago for another stint with the Bulls? Probably not.

Rose is, of course, a native Chicagoan and the Advocate Center opened in time for Rose's last two years with the Bulls. Both the city and the facility are familiar to Rose, which makes it an ideal place to train in the offseason. That surely won't stop hardcore Rose fans in Chicago from wishing it into an omen.

All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

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All the best moments from the Cubs-Marlins benches clearing incident

The Cubs and Marlins delivered a benches clearing incident Tuesday night at Wrigley Field but instead of tempers boiling over, a ticklefight ensued a few feet from home plate.

Lewis Brinson lined a hard single to right field off Cubs pitcher Rob Zastryzny in the fourth inning. Ben Zobrist came up firing with an absolute beauty of a throw to home plate to nab Derek Dietrich trying to score:

Some things to focus on:

First off, what a throw from a guy that's about to turn 37 later this month and has played a lot more second base than outfield since joining the Cubs.

Secondly, it was interesting and amusing to see the bullpen doors open and both teams come sprinting out from under the bleachers to join the foray. A couple years ago, a benches clearing incident would've just resulted in each team's bullpen coming from a couple hundred feet down the foul line.

Willson Contreras was MOVING out of the Cubs dugout, looking like he was ready to hand out some serious punishment to protect his fellow catcher.

But instead of an actual fist fight, however, we got some comedy gold, like Bryzzo teaming up to play-fight with former teammate Starlin Castro.

First there was Kris Bryant tickling Castro:

Shortly after that moment, Anthony Rizzo jokingly pushed Castro from behind and the two players laughed it off:

Javy Baez loved it all:

Nobody was ejected and the coaches and umpires were able to quickly gain control of the situation, which couldn't have been that difficult when opposing players are out there tickling each other and laughing.