Dynasty Experts Q and A: 2016 Week 16 Fantasy Playoffs Championship Edition
Each and every week we will ask our dynasty experts several questions regarding fantasy football. Our expert panel will answer anything you throw at them. We’ll look at buy-low and sell-high players along with trade questions we receive during the week from our followers as well as other general dilemmas and draft questions. Here we go:
1.) Which non-stud QB could win people Championships in week 16?
Burgandy – I’m going with Matt Barkley at home vs Washington. He’s auditioning for the NFL this week. Washington is all but out of it. Barkley played aggressive in GB last week with a windchill around -30 degrees. It will be a balmy 30+ in Chicago this Saturday with everything on the line for him. I expect him to hold nothing back. That will likely result in an INT or two, but the yards and TDs will be enough to make up for it.
Luke Grilli -I’m going to go ahead and say Cam. Yes, I know that Cam was a stud last year…but look at his numbers this year. Not great. I like his chances to have a bounce back Week 16 game against Atlanta and lead your squad to victory.
Josh Johnson – Two QB shufflers were given a Savage gift this week! Tom Savage finally got himself into an actual NFL game. Nuke and company will rally around Savage. I see him approaching 300 passing yards with a pair of TDs and maybe a rushing score. No Luke I wasn’t drinking when I wrote these words.
Shaun Laibe – I’ve got my money on Philip Rivers in Cleveland this week. The Browns defense has yet to show up in 2016, and I don’t see that changing this week. Though the Chargers have disappointed this year, Rivers has been having a nice season for himself, averaging 271 yards and 2 touchdowns per game. I’d bet he gets over that average in Week 16.
2.) Which non-stud RB could win people Championships in week 16?
Burgandy – I agree with Luke on Rawls, but I have a gut feeling that the Pats are going to unchain Dion Lewis this week. 18 carries last week indicated they are ready to unleash him, and they will need Lewis as a legit weapon with no Gronk the rest of the way. I expect to see at least another 15 carries, but I also expect to see 5-7 receptions. At least one TD in there somewhere.
Luke Grilli -Let’s roll with Thomas Rawls here. After a let down against the Rams, I think the Seahawks will find a way to get him a 100 yard game against the Cardinals.
Josh Johnson – Isaiah Crowell should be the pace setter for what could be the most amazing Christmas Present of all-time, a Browns win!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Crowell should rumble to 110 yards and a couple of one-yard TD plunges.
Shaun Laibe – I like “Fat Rob” Kelley this week. Kelley has been on a roll as of late, scoring 6 touchdowns in his last 7 games. The Redskins face the Bears in Week 16. These same Bears just gave up 162 yards rushing to Ty Montgomery in Week 15. Kelley should get 80-100 yards and a score.
3.) Which non-stud WR could win people Championships in week 16?
Burgandy – I like the return of Julio Jones to take whatever attention was on Taylor Gabriel off of him. I don’t believe Julio is 100% yet and will be likely used in a decoy-type role. The Falcons have been rolling on offense without Julio. Forcing him into the offensive mix could actually hurt ATL if they don’t stay true to what has been working for them. Julio takes the safeties off the line and will only make Gabriel that much more deadly on screens.
Luke Grilli -Malcolm Mitchell made Darrelle Revis look foolish a few weeks ago in New York. This week in Foxborough, he will do it yet again. I like Mitchell to record 6-7 catches and find the end zone.
Josh Johnson – Josh Norman on Alshon Jeffery means Cameron Meredith should eat! Whether in the slot or wearing down Bashaud Breeland, Meredith will thread the needle for 7 receptions 125 yards and a TD.
Shaun Laibe – Mike Wallace and the Ravens matchup with the Steelers in what is essentially a playoff game. Wallace lit up the Steelers secondary in a Week 8 win for Baltimore, going for 124 yards and a touchdown. Flacco will look for Wallace early and often again. I’m predicting at least one 40+ yard bomb on the day and a touchdown to boot.
4.) Which non-stud TE could win people Championships in week 16?
Burgandy – Once super stud Antonio Gates is going against the Cleveland Browns who are TERRIBLE vs the TE position. This could be Gate’s last hurrah as an emerging Henry Hunter could replace him next year. I think Gates is good for one more 25+ point game in this one.
Luke Grilli -My TE muse this season has been Cameron Brate. Against the Saints this week, he will find pay dirt yet again and help your fantasy team hoist the championship trophy!
Josh Johnson – Ebron Ebron Ebronnnnnnn!! Dallas loves getting embarrassed by opposing TEs. This trend is like three years old. Let’s give BigE85 8 receptions for 97 yards and yep you guess it 2 TDs! Runner Up: Cameron Brate.
Shaun Laibe – Cameron Brate has a Charmin soft matchup with the Saints defense in Week 16. Brate is leading the league in touchdowns amongst TE with 7 on the year. The odds are in his favor of getting himself into the end zone once again.
5.) Predict one player who could get three sacks this week?
Burgandy – Bruce Irvin has been on a sack tear the last 5 or 6 weeks. He’s going to get turned loose vs the leaky Indy O-line this week.
Luke Grilli -IDP question? Get outta here with those shenanigans.
Josh Johnson – Give me Jadeveon Clowney vs a Bengals front that has allowed Andy Dalton to get sacked 37 times! Only Carson Palmer (38 in one less game) and Tyrod Taylor (40) have been sacked more times. Honorable Mention: Frank Clark!
Shaun Laibe – I’m going to go out on a limb and go with Von Miller. He’s currently second in the league with 13.5 sacks through 14 games. If anyone is going to come out of the week with three sacks, my money is on Von Miller.
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