Week 16 Fantasy Surprises

Chicago Bears v Green Bay PackersLast week was a little bit of a rough one for my fantasy surprises. Johnny Manziel proved all of his doubters right in his first start, Chris Johnson didn’t get much going and neither did Steve Smith Sr. For many, this is championship week in their respective fantasy leagues. If you’ve gotten this far, congrats. You’ve managed to overcome any possible injuries and or luck. As much as myself and millions love it, so much of fantasy football is simply luck. Just look at Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning last week. They’re two of the upper echelon fantasy quarterbacks and yet, most owners who had them are probably done after a rough week 15. If you lose, don’t get frustrated and remember how much of this is luck. All you can do is play the odds/matchups. The rest is out of your control.

QB: Alex Smith vs Steelers: Even with Jamaal Charles available, Andy Reid for some reason has relied heavily on Smith more than the running game. Despite not having a wide receiver who has scored a touchdown (look it up, I’m not kidding), Smith has had yet another serviceable year. This week he gets a Steelers defense that has been vulnerable against the pass at times. If you start two quarterbacks or in daily leagues, Smith is a solid option in a game with shootout potential. Expect around 240 total yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Fred Jackson vs Raiders: Even with C.J. Spiller back practicing, it is unclear at this point if he will even play. That leaves the reliable Jackson to see the majority of the work in a favorable matchup. With the ability to also make plays out of the backfield as a receiver, Jackson is even more valuable in PPR leagues. He’s shaping up to be a solid RB2 option this week. Expect around 80 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Kenny Stills vs Falcons: It feels like I’ve mentioned Stills here frequently, but he’s still going under the radar. While he could have a rough game or two, the ability to put together a huge line is there. Don’t be afraid to play him this week against a weak Falcons secondary. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Jason Witten vs Colts: Even in a weak year for tight ends, Witten has become a forgotten man of sorts. If you’ve been patient enough to hold onto him, he should reward you this week. The Colts defense has struggled covering the position and this game has a lot of shootout potential. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Matt Bryant vs Saints: A kicker playing in a dome, with the potential of a shootout? Yes please. If you stream kickers and Bryant is available, use him with confidence this week. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Packers vs Buccaneers: The Packers defense has made great strides over the course of the year. Now they have a nice matchup against a Buccaneers offensive line that has had its share of injuries. They should be available in some leagues, so go ahead and pick them up if that is the case. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.


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