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Just a reminder, this column includes only Sunday afternoon games (not SNF), as that’s considered the main slate on DFS sites. We won't include Saturday games either for the Week 16 column, just to clear the air.
Now onto the NFL DFS Must Plays for Week 16!
PLATINUM: Build your lineup around these guys
Lamar Jackson - QB - Baltimore (at Cleveland)
There’s not much that needs to be said about Jackson. He has been a fixture of this column throughout the season, and the usual rationale continues to make him an excellent play every week. He’s not cheap, but there are numerous value options on this slate (more on that later) to make him blend easily through all formats. Jackson has excellent efficiency in the passing game while holding unmatched upside in the rushing department (for a quarterback). He posted 27 FP against the Browns earlier this season, and that’s a realistic expectation this time around.
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GOLD: Next wave to consider in terms of priority
Chris Carson - RB - Seattle (vs. Arizona)
Carson enjoyed life with Rashaad Penny sidelined (injured reserve) last week, turning 24 carries into 133 yards and two touchdowns at Carolina. We could see something similar in Week 16, as Carson will continue to see extended touches against an Arizona team that ranks 25th against the run. Seattle checks in as 8.5 point home favorites, which plays to Carson’s favor in terms of game flow. Making matters even better, the Seattle RB is marginally cheaper than the other top running backs of this slate (McCaffrey, Henry, Barkley, etc.).
DeAndre Washington - RB - Oakland (at LA Chargers)
Washington profiles as one of the best bargain lifts of Sunday’s main slate. Josh Jacobs has been ruled out with a shoulder injury, promoting Washington to lead RB duties for Oakland. He looked good in that role two weeks ago vs. Tennessee, putting up 53 rushing yard and a touchdown (11 carries) with six receptions for 43 yards. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 15-20 touches with 80-100 total yards and a score seems like a reasonable expectation for Washington.
SILVER: Good options that narrowly rank ahead of similar players
Devonta Freeman - RB - Atlanta (vs. Jacksonville)
Freeman finds himself in one of the best matchups for a running back, as Jacksonville has allowed the second-most fantasy points to the position. The Atlanta RB thrived in a similarly intriguing draw against the Panthers two weeks ago, putting up 17 fantasy points in that one. The Falcons are favored by 7.5 points, which should give Freeman more work with game flow leaning towards the rushing attack. Needless to say, he’s a strong RB2 choice on Sunday.
Zach Ertz - TE - Philadelphia (vs. Dallas)
The matchup isn’t fantastic, but it doesn’t discourage Ertz either. Dallas has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to tight ends this season, and Ertz has been trending upward over the last month. He has commanded double-digit targets in five of his last six games, paying off with 14-152-3 total over his last two. I’m aware that the Philadelphia TE is one of the most expensive lifts of his position, but taking value in other places makes that easier to accept.
BRONZE: Not 100% necessities, but they mix well into a quality lineup
Terry McLaurin - WR - Washington (vs. NY Giants)
It seems like McLaurin is finally starting to develop some rapport with QB Dwayne Haskins. That has translated to lines of 4-57-1 and 5-130-1 over the last two weeks. Both rookies are playing with more confidence lately, which is good news heading into a date with the Giants - who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to receivers.
D.J. Moore - WR - Carolina (at Indianapolis)
Will Grier is starting at quarterback for the Panthers, which could scare some people off the Carolina passing game. However, I believe Moore will continue to see a ton of volume with WR Curtis Samuel banged-up. Who knows, maybe Grier will light things up more so than QB Kyle Allen? Either way, Moore should have double-digit targets to work with, and the matchup looks good against an Indianapolis team that has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to receivers.
D.J. Chark - WR - Jacksonville (at Atlanta)
Chark is officially questionable even though most reports suggest he’ll be ready to play on Sunday. You’ll probably want to double-check on Sunday morning just to be safe. Assuming he plays, Chark will resume his WR1 role for a Jacksonville team that will likely take to the air against the Falcons. The Jaguars have been terrible on defense lately, which could artificially boost their passing production on the other side. If that’s the case yet again, then Chark stands to benefit as the top receiving option.
PARTICIPATION RIBBONS: Fell just short of a featured spot
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle (vs. Arizona)
Melvin Gordon - RB - LA Chargers (vs. Oakland)
Miles Sanders - RB - Philadelphia (vs. Dallas)
Julio Jones - WR - Atlanta (vs. Jacksonville)
Courtland Sutton - WR - Denver (vs. Detroit)
Mike Williams - WR - LA Chargers (vs. Oakland)
A.J. Brown - WR - Tennessee (vs. Houston)
Darren Waller - TE - Oakland (at LA Chargers)
Washington Defense (vs. NY Giants)