The Fantasy Footballers’ Week 16 Starts

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It’s Footclan Title Week! Congratulations on making it this far. Thank you so much for reading this series throughout the season. Here are The Footballers’ Week 16 Starts from today’s episode!

Andy’s Starts

andyQB Cam Newton vs Atlanta
Redemption time. For me, he’s ranked well above the consensus. He’s in a divisional matchup against a beatable defense at home. He just had a solid 2 TD week and could have had more. This game has a high over/under. All you need is a couple deep passes for a huge game. I like Cam to finish in the top 5 this week.

RB LeGarrette Blount vs New York Jets
I’m disappointed my #5 RB was claimed as a Start of the Week so I’ll back Jason’s pick up. I have Blount at #8 overall this week. All the guy does is score and the opportunities will be there. I love Blount against this New York Jets defense.

WR Amari Cooper vs IND
My WR was jacked by another Footballer too! I wish I could have Michael Thomas- I have him at #8. I hate you guys. Officially changing my 2nd Start of the Week WR pick from Alshon Jeffery to Amari Cooper. Last week I buried Cooper and had Crabtree as my Start of the Week. This week it’s flip-flopped; hanging my hat on Cooper.

TE Cameron Brate at New Orleans
Kyle Rudolph, my #2 TE. Well can’t do that one so…I’ll just throw Brate out there. He’s been carrying fantasy owners through and has a great matchup this week.

Mike’s Starts


QB Philip Rivers at Cleveland
Dream matchup against Cleveland. Rivers can put up monster production. He’s had double-digit TDs in every game since Week 8 and torched Cleveland the last time they faced off for 358 yards and 3 TDs.

RB Robert Kelley at Chicago
“But the bears only gave up 4/45/1 to RBs last week?!” NOPE. Ty Montgomery did all the damage. Bears have given up over 100 rushing yards in 5 straight weeks. Kelley and his seal hands have had 6 receptions over the last 2 weeks?!? I like Kelley.

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WR Michael Thomas vs Tampa Bay
Thomas has been spectacular and should see a lot of Vernon Hargreaves, who is not a scary matchup. I like the reliability and consistency.

TE Kyle Rudolph at Green Bay
3/31/1 against GB last time they played-vintage KR line. I like his chance to score and Green Bay’s secondary isn’t scary.

Jason’s Starts

jasonQB Jameis Winston at New Orleans
We were excited the last time Winston faced New Orleans but bombed with 184 yards and no TDs. This time the New Orleans Saints are at home and both teams should be much better. The New Orleans defense is actually worse when at home giving up 30.2 points vs 25.7 on the road. If Drew Brees can get it going, then Winston will have to go back and forth.

RB Todd Gurley vs San Francisco
Gurley is a must start and he is going to win people championships this week. In 11 of the past 14 games, San Francisco has given up over 100 yards rushing and over 200 yards on four occasions. They’re not bad, they’re terrible. Keeee-Yahhh! (This was going to be Andy’s Start-of-the-Week)

WR Malcolm Mitchell vs New York Jets
He’s been great the last month minus the game at Denver. Now he’s at home against the Jets terrible secondary. I’m starting all New England WRs. If I could start Tom Brady I would…even at WR. Mitchell is the 9th best WR since Week 11 including that terrible game at Denver.

TE Zach Ertz vs New York Giants
Since Week 9 he’s the #2 TE. He went 6/80 against a really tough Baltimore defense last week. The New York Giants defense has been good, but they’re 20th against the TE. Ertz is getting too many targets to ignore.

Eric’s Starts

QB Kirk Cousins at Chicago
How many times over the past two seasons has Kirk Cousins thrown for less than 300 yards and zero TDs? None. He didn’t look good last week against Carolina, but who knows what was going on with Jordan Reed and Cousins still managed over 300 yards. His high floor and exceptional ceiling are undeniable. He’ll bounce back.

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RB Frank Gore at Oakland
Oakland’s defense has finally started to come alive, but they’re still susceptible to the run. What I like about Gore is his shot at a reception TD. I hear you all say “Surely you can’t be serious.” I am serious and don’t call me Shirley. He’s tied for second (along with David Johnson) among RBs with 4 reception TDs and he’s had 9 receptions over the last two weeks. He’s only had two games with 100+ yard rushing, but he’s a good bet to approach 100 yards from scrimmage padded with a few receptions and hopefully a TD.

WR Sammy Watkins vs Miami
Sammy was nowhere to be found last week against Cleveland, but he didn’t really need to do anything in a rout against Cleveland. This is a bit of a narrative play, but Rex Ryan is hanging onto his job by threads. A loss to Miami probably cements his ouster while a convincing win gives Rex some hope of staying. The way to win is to get your star players the ball. I think Sammy gets the targets he needs to have a big day.

TE Hunter Henry at Cleveland
Maybe Antonio Gates gets forced the ball in a desperate last-ditch shot at the record, but the torch has seemed to pass to Henry. Henry has had a red zone reception in every game since Week 10. Gates has not had a red zone reception since Week 10. Cleveland has given up the most TDs and fantasy points to TEs this season making this matchup too juicy to ignore. I just like Henry’s chances at a TD better although both should have good games.

Jason Moore’s Ironclad, Locked-and-Loaded, 100% Guaranteed ‘Boom Boom Kicker of the Week’

I’m stoked for this one. Chandler Catanzaro is… never going to be the Boom-Boom Kicker of the Week. I love Adam Vinatieri, Justin Tucker, and Caleb Sturgis but they are not my Boom-Boom kicker this week. I’m going with Stephen Gostkowski this week. Locked and Loaded!

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