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We’ll take a look at the three-game Saturday slate for Week 16, starting at 1:00 ET on December 21.
Deshaun Watson - Houston (at Tampa Bay)
This should come as no surprise. Watson is easily the best quarterback on this slate, and he finds himself in his best matchup of the season. Tampa Bay’s defense has been better lately, but they still rank 30th against the pass. Watson also carries upside in his rushing ability, making him the best cash game choice in Saturday’s three-game contests.
Raheem Mostert - San Francisco (vs. LA Rams)
Both defenses in this game follow the same profile: tough on the pass and easier to beat on the ground. Speaking to that point, the Rams rank ninth against the pass and 23rd to the run, and I’m expecting San Francisco to attack that vulnerability. Mostert has leapfrogged Tevin Coleman for primary running back duties, resulting in a confident 19 FPPG average (half PPR) over his past three games. Needless to say, he’s a safe lift in Saturday’s DFS slate.
James White - New England (vs. Buffalo)
This Bills-Patriots matchup doesn’t have much fantasy intrigue with a 37 point over/under. However, White could be busy as a check-down option in the New England passing game. He has taken 23 carries for 125 yards with 22 targets, 16 receptions, 174 yards, and three receiving touchdowns over his past three games. WR Julian Edelman is playing through multiple injuries, and Buffalo’s defense is pretty tough. That could funnel more targets towards White underneath, making him a viable mid-range option for DFS purposes.
DeAndre Hopkins - Houston (at Tampa Bay)
Wherever Deshaun Watson has been recommended, DeAndre Hopkins will follow. The Bucs have allowed the most fantasy points to receivers this season, so Hopkins finds himself in an enviable situation with a lofty over/under. The superstar receiver has tallied back-to-back performances of 100+ yards, and I’d be very surprised if he didn’t reach that threshold on Saturday.
Justin Watson - Tampa Bay (vs. Houston)
Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Scotty Miller are out for the Bucs, meaning Justin Watson will step into full-time snaps. He came through with a solid 5-59-1 line against the Colts earlier this month, and now he’s looking at increased opportunities. It helps that Houston has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to receivers, making Watson a comfortable bargain choice.
George Kittle - San Francisco (vs. LA Rams)
Kittle is far and away the best tight end of this slate. Tyler Higbee would join the conversation, but a tough matchup paired with the return of Gerald Everett removes him from cash game consideration. Instead, Kittle makes sense through all formats even if the matchup doesn’t look great on paper. He’s still the best receiving option for the 49ers, proving that with 19 catches (25 targets) for 201 yards and one score over his last two games.
Also Consider: OJ Howard
Texans Defense (at Tampa Bay)
Houston’s defense is relatively cheap while facing one of the most turnover-prone quarterbacks in the NFL. That’s good enough for me to fall back on them as my preferred option in this spot. Sure, the Texans haven’t done much in the fantasy department defensively this season, but they’ll have some opportunities on Saturday.
Also Consider: 49ers Defense