Workin the Wire for Week 16

18 Dec 2018 - 3:13pm | Roto Coach | Updated: 18 Dec 2018 - 8:54pm | Likes: 38 Like 
Workin the Wire for Week 16


God help you if you need to start one of these guys in championship week.

Josh Allen-Buffalo Bills: The rushing floor wasn’t there for Allen this past week, but he did find the end zone on the ground and just barely topped 200 passing yards to save his fantasy day. We’ve seen rushing quarterbacks have their way against the Patriots this season, but this game is at New England and the Bills just barely squeaked out a win against the Lions in Buffalo. They aren’t good, and they get an angry Patriots team coming off a loss to Pittsburgh. It would not be surprising to see the Patriots scheme to force Allen to beat them from the pocket, and that’s likely to be pretty horrific if it comes to pass (pun intended).

Derek Carr-Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are still bad, but this week’s matchup against the Broncos isn’t nearly as bad as you might think. Remember, Carr was uber efficient against a much healthier version of this Denver defense at Mile High in Week 2, going 29/32 for 288 yards and a score. The Raiders have weapons in the right places in Jared Cook at tight end and Jalen Richard at running back, both positions the Broncos struggle to stop in the passing game. Oakland isn’t a good football team by any stretch, but Jon Gruden is looking long term, while Vance Joseph’s Broncos have lost back to back games against the 49ers and Browns, and he’s just waiting around to get canned.

Running Backs

Jamaal WIlliams-Green Bay Packers: Aaron Jones’s injury is likely season-ending, which means Williams is the last man standing in Green Bay. After Jones exited in the first quarter last week, Williams saw a dozen carries and was targeted five times, and that was with the Packers trailing for most of the game Sunday. This week’s trip to face the Jets should provide a better matchup for the Packers than playing a tough Chicago defense on the road, but don’t forget that Williams had the backfield job largely to himself for the first couple weeks of the season and couldn’t capitalize.

Kalen Ballage-Miami Dolphins: He’s going to be tough to trust, as he got the call with the Dolphins down big at Minnesota last week. That said, he looked good in gaining 123 yards and finding the end zone on just 12 carries. Ballage is a freak athlete for his size (6’2” and nearly 230 lbs), and he was a popular name among dynasty owner over the summer as as fourth round pick in the draft. But much like teammate Kenyan Drake, Ballage is more natural athletic ability than he is technically sound running back, something that kept him from any meaningful work until this past week. The season ending injury to Frank Gore should help, but I have a hard time thinking we won’t see more of Drake in Week 16.

Wide Receivers

Antonio Callaway-Cleveland Browns: Callaway rebounded from a disappointing Week 14 to log a 5-35-1 stat line against the Broncos on Saturday. And things get even better this week, as the Browns square off against the Bengals at home. He’s a boom bust play because this one could get out of hand in a hurry, but this is the last home game of the season for Cleveland, who is all but eliminated from playoff contention, so it wouldn’t be at all that surprising if the coaches let Baker Mayfield take some shots downfield here. Callaway is the guy for that.

DaeSean Hamilton-Denver Broncos: The targets and receptions are there so far for Hamilton, but to date we’ve seen absolutely no upside. He found the end zone a couple weeks ago, but the 3.8 air yards per target is pretty darn ugly. His matchup this week against a bad cover corner in Oakland’s Rashaan Melvin is fantastic, but it’s hard to consider him anything more than a low end floor guy in PPR formats.

Ryan Anderson-New York Jets: Anderson has been the prime beneficiary of solid play the last couple weeks by rookie quarterback Sam Darnold. With Quincy Enunwa sitting on Saturday, Anderson logged his second touchdown in as many weeks, and has now led the Jets in receiving yards for three straight games. This is the Jets final home game before a road date at New England to end the season, and the matchup against a poor Green Bay secondary is a good one. Only the 49ers have allowed more touchdowns to wideouts this season, and the Packers have actually yielded multiple touchdowns to the wide receiver position in half of their games this season.

Tight End

Chris Herndon-New York Jets: Time and time again he’s proven to have value when Quincy Enunwa sits. Assuming that’s the case again he probably has a 3 catch, 40 yard floor. It’s not exciting, but it’s something.

Matt LaCosse-Denver Broncos: LaCosse is a matchup desperation play, as his production has been pretty limited since taking over as the starting tight end for the Broncos. Still, only Kansas City has allowed more fantasy points to the tight end position this season so he could have some upside on the road at Oakland.

C.J. Uzomah-Cincinnati Bengals: Uzomah is another desperation play at the position, as he’s come up with nothing in some prime spots already this season. That said, with the injury to Tyler Boyd the Bengals are down to John Ross, Alex Erickson, and Cody Core as their top three receivers. Uzomah saw five targets last week, and odds are he can get that many looks again, especially in a good matchup against the Browns where Cincy is more than a touchdown underdog to open the week.

As always, this list is made up of players that are 30% owned or less in Yahoo leagues, and if you happen to be looking at a guy that falls above that threshold or can’t figure out why I left a player off the list, feel free to ping me on Twitter @rotocoach with any questions.


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