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Start/Bench List - Week 16
John Tuvey
Updated: December 26, 2009
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Start/Bench Codes (SBC)
S1: Start 'em Tier One (Stud / Great matchup) U: Upside player (Possible sleeper)
S2: Start 'em Tier Two (Solid matchup) X: Unclear situation / Could go either way
S3: Start 'em Tier Three (Borderline / Barely) B: Bench 'em (Bad Matchup / Too much risk)
 
 
San Diego (11-3) at Tennessee (7-7) Back to top
San Diego
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Philip Rivers S2

It's easy to write off the Tennessee secondary as a pushover, since their early-season foibles still have them statistically ranked near the bottom of the league in defending the pass. But they've gone a month without allowing multiple touchdown passes in a game; in fact, that's happened just twice since the New England debacle in Week 6 and it hasn't happened in Tennessee since Peyton Manning took them for three in Week 5. So it's not a blank check for Rivers here. That said, Rivers has 300-plus yards and multiple touchdowns in three of his last four. And with the San Diego running game likely to struggle against the Titans, it will be on Rivers once again to generate the Chargers' offense.

RB LaDainian Tomlinson
S3 LT is no longer the yardage hog he once was; he hasn't had a 100-yard game this year and hasn't topped 73 yards on the road. He has, however, scored in three straight road games and five of his last six overall as the Chargers still give him the ball at the stripe. The Titans' track record matches up well with Tomlinson; they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher in two months, but they've surrendered RB TDs in three of the last four. In other words, a low-yardage day with a short touchdown seems quite likely.
RB Darren Sproles
B Sproles continues to be a "wish and a prayer" play, even in PPR leagues. The Titans haven't allowed a RB receiving score since Steve Slaton turned the trick, and he's been on IR for some time now.
WR Vincent Jackson
S3

Tennessee's secondary has been better—six of the seven 100-yard games they've allowed came prior to their Week 7 bye—but not infallible. While the likes of Miami, St. Louis, and Arizona with Matt Leinart at the helm did little to test them, they've allowed 136 yards to Pierre Garçon and multiple touchdown games to both Lee Evans and Jason Hill. Jackson now has back-to-back 100-yard efforts and shrugged off a five-game scoring slump with a pair of TDs last week; even with Cortland Finnegan in his grill, he's still a solid fantasy start.

WR Malcolm Floyd
Legedu Naanee
B There hasn't been much spillover among San Diego receivers outside of Jackson, and the Titans aren't giving up enough of late to warrant plumbing the depths of the receiving corps for fantasy help.
TE Antonio Gates S1

You're not sitting Gates, who has touchdowns in two straight and three of four as well as 362 yards in the last month. In fact, you're feeling pretty doggone good about his chances facing a defense that has surrendered scores to Randy McMichael and Anthony Fasano over the past two weeks.

DT Chargers B San Diego's talented defense simply hasn't been doing enough to generate fantasy points.
Tennessee
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Vince Young S3

Young still has the throwing mechanics of Uncle Rico, but in his last three full games he's also produced three fantasy helpers and averaged 288 and two over that span. San Diego has surrendered multiple touchdown passes in three straight games, making Young a viable fantasy play in Championship Week.

RB Chris Johnson S1

Johnson needs 270 rushing yards over the next two games to reach the 2,000-yard mark, and you know the Titans will give him every opportunity to get there; he's received 84 carries the past three weeks alone. San Diego hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 4, but they also haven't seen anyone with a workload like CJ's. Put another way: the similarly speedy Jamaal Charles took the Chargers for 93 yards on 14 carries; Johnson will get double the carries, and double the yardage isn't out of the realm of possibility.

WR Kenny Britt

S3 Britt entered last week with a three-game scoring streak, only to see Nate Washington and Justin Gage catch three passes—for three touchdowns. The Chargers have surrendered a WR TD in each of their last four games, multiple scores in each of the last two, but last week's results have eroded our confidence in Britt being the man. He still gets a marginal recommendation here, but the number of cooks in the kitchen is a concern.
WR Nate Washington
Justin Gage
B After ceding all the passing game fun to Britt for the better part of the past month, both Gage and Washington awoke last week to catch touchdowns—and nothing but touchdowns. It's likely an aberration, and with San Diego allowing little in the way of yardage anyway and Tennessee a run-first team to begin with you don't want to mess around with secondary targets at this juncture of the season.
TE Bo Scaife
B The Bolts haven't allowed a tight end touchdown in the past five games, though in the past three weeks they did surrender 80-yard games to Jason Witten (understandable) and J.P. Foschi (ummm...). Scaife is a consistent contributor, but we're talking about 50 yards or so and the very infrequent touchdown. If you're looking for more help than that at the position, you'll be best served looking elsewhere.
DT Titans B San Diego brings a pretty good offense to town, one that isn't likely to provide the home team with many opportunities to generate fantasy points.
 
Tampa Bay (2-12) at New Orleans (13-1) Back to top
Tampa Bay
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Josh Freeman B

Freeman's 126 and 1 (with three picks) in his first meeting with the Saints was thoroughly underwhelming, and it doesn't project to get much better; no visiting quarterback has thrown for multiple touchdowns in New Orleans, and only one of the last five QBs to face the Saints has thrown more than one score. With the opportunity to nail down the top seed in front of the home crowd, this has potential blowout written all over it.

RB Carnell Williams
Derrick Ward



B

Caddy had 32 yards on 11 carries and Ward 26 on seven in the previous meeting with New Orleans; Earnest Graham (3-31 plus 3-16 receiving) was more productive than both. The Saints have given up RB TDs in three of the past four games—a total of five in that span, but Bucs have just one RB rushing score in the past eight games. Tampa Bay did get receiving scores from both Williams and Ward last week and has four RB receiving touchdowns in the last eight, but the Saints haven't allowed a RB receiving score all season. Unless you're a fan of poor-to-middlin' yardage and little-to-no touchdowns, there's nothing to see here.

WR Antonio Bryant

S3

Bryant was held to three catches for 40 yards in the earlier meeting, but there's at least a little room for optimism here. The Saints have allowed WR TDs in three straight and one receiver to go off against them in each of the last four, ranging from 90 yards to 139 and one. You have to expect Tampa Bay to be playing from behind; Bryant is the most likely target.

WR Maurice Stovall

B

It's been a month since a Buc wideout other than Bryant scored; worse, the Saints haven't allowed more than one wide receiver to score on them since the Giants back in Week 6. This might be actually digging under the barrel and scraping the other side of the bottom.

TE Kellen Winslow
S3

The Saints went 12 weeks without giving up a tight end touchdown; while they've allowed just one in the past three weeks, they've also allowed four 40-yard TEs in that span. That's not exactly a ringing endorsement, but when you consider that Winslow has been the Bucs most targeted pass catcher since Freeman took over (60 looks in seven games) and that Tampa will likely spend much of the game throwing, K2 is at least worth a look in TE mandatory leagues.

DT Buccaneers B Sure, they went on the road and shut down the Seahawks, but this is different.
New Orleans
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Drew Brees S1

Brees threw for 187 and three against the Bucs in the earlier meeting, and if there's any order to the universe he'll throw for three here as well. Why? Well, he's already entertained the Superdome fans with 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6-touchdown games and been shut out at home as well. Seems like the only thing missing from his 2009 resume is a trifecta at home.

RB Pierre Thomas
Mike Bell
S2

In the Saints' earlier win over Tampa Bay all three backs were involved; Bell scored twice and had 80 yards on 14 touches, while Thomas produced 103 yards on 14 touches himself and Reggie Bush 19 yards on nine touches. With Bush nicked there should be more to go around for Thomas and Bell—and with Bell as the goal line guy and Pierre as the yardage producer, both are in play against one of the league's most RB-friendly fantasy defenses.

RB Reggie Bush
U

Bush practiced all week on a limited basis and is listed as probable. Can't imagine the Saints will overwork him here, but he's been productive with limited usage this year so if you've been playing him and he's in the line-up you may as well stick with him.

WR Marques Colston
S2

The Bucs have allowed just one WR TD in the past four games, though that's due in part to having faced backup quarterbacks in three of them. They shut out Colston in the earlier meeting, holding him to 74 yards on five catches, but he's scored in three of four since and remains the brightest blip on Brees' radar.

WR

Robert Meachem

S3

Meachem caught just two balls against Tampa back in Week 11—but both went for touchdowns. Tough to ignore that ratio, or Meachem's 311 yards and two touchdowns in the four games since. He's a strong 1A to Colston's WR1 and needn't be benched here.

WR

Devery Henderson
Lance Moore

B

Too many cooks, not enough broth, though Moore has now been ruled out because of an ankle injury. Nah, Hendu's still too low in the pecking order.

TE Dave Thomas S3 The assumption is that with the Saints in the driver's seat for home field advantage they'll continue to rest Jeremy Shockey. That leaves Thomas to face a Bucs' defense he just took for 66 yards and a touchdown. Coming off a game in which he caught eight balls for 77 yards, if the Saints are sans Shockey again Thomas could be a sneaky fantasy helper.
DT Saints S2 The way Freeman throws the ball around, you have to like the Saints' chances for a D/ST TD.
 

Baltimore (8-6) at Pittsburgh (7-7)

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Baltimore
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Joe Flacco S2

Flacco went two months in between multiple-touchdown outings; now he gets a Steelers' secondary that's surrendered multiple scoring strikes in three of four and will likely be without Troy Polamalu once again. He threw for 289 yards and a score in the earlier meeting, and it wouldn't be out of line to expect similar yardage and maybe an additional score given the Steelers' recent struggles—numbers that put him in line for not just a fantasy start, but one that might help teams win titles.

RB Ray Rice
S2

Rice has been in a bit of a scoring slump, with Le'Ron McClain (1) matching Rice's TD total and Willis McGahee (4) blowing it out of the water. However, with triple-digit combo yardage in 10 of his last 11 games he's remained a fantasy helper. That run includes 155 yards from scrimmage against the Steelers in the earlier meeting, so he's certainly capable of gashing the Steel Curtain.

RB Willis McGahee
B

McGahee pilfered a touchdown against the Steelers in the earlier meeting, but banking on a repeat against the team that's allowed the fewest fantasy points to running backs is a risky proposition in a title game.

WR Derrick Mason

S2

Mason ended his run of futility against the Steelers with 62 yards and a touchdown in the earlier meeting, and he's the best option for fantasy success against a secondary that's allowed four 100-yard receivers in the last five games.

WR Kelley Washington
Demetrius Williams


U

Tough to recommend secondary options in this match-up, but there is some upside as those receivers have had success of late against the Steelers. James Jones scored last week, Louis Murphy (128 and 2) and Chaz Shilens (45 and 1), and the now-injured Mark Clayton had 129 yards in the earlier match-up. There's plenty of risk as well, but if you're reaching for receivers this might be the grab bag to pick.

TE

Todd Heap

B Heap has back-to-back games with 50-plus yards and scored twice last week... but that was against Detroit. He had one catch for six yards in the earlier meeting, and though the Steelers allowed a TD to Jermichael Finley last week he's targeted far more frequently than Heap. It boils down to this: do you trust a season of evidence that Heap is an afterthought and the Steelers stout against TEs, or do you base it on what happens last week?
DT Ravens S3 The Ravens were the team that snapped Pittsburgh's streak of giving up a defensive or special teams TD in eight straight games; in fact, they haven't allowed one since. But if Ed Reed plays, there's always a chance.
Pittsburgh
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Ben Roethlisberger S2

On the one hand you have a Ravens defense that has given up just one multiple touchdown game in the past two months; on the other you have Big Ben coming off a three-touchdown, 503-yard outing. Roethlisberger was held out of the previous meeting with Baltimore following a concussion, so he may surprise a Ravens defense that not only dodged him but has seen just one quality QB in the past month. Another 500 yard effort seems overly optimistic, but good yardage and multiple scores against a banged-up Baltimore secondary appear likely.

RB Rashard Mendenhall


S3

Mendenhall banged out 95 yards in the earlier meeting as the Steelers leaned heavily on their running game with Dennis Dixon at quarterback. He's underwhelmed against a couple of much softer defenses since then, but he's also been finding the end zone with scores in two of the last three games. It's unlikely he'll get the same workload he did against Baltimore in Week 12, but adequate yardage and a score are enough to put him in play in most fantasy leagues.

WR Santonio Holmes
Hines Ward
S2

Holmes scored one of the two WR TDs the Ravens have allowed in the past six games, while Ward is coming off a 126-yard effort against the Packers. Baltimore has given up a WR TD in every road game except in Cleveland, and in three of the five the score has gone to someone other than the top yardage producer. Since it's unlikely all the fantasy points will be consolidated with one wideout, both are solid starts this week.

WR Mike Wallace

B

Despite his two-TD effort against the Packers last week it's tough to expect anything similar this time around. The Ravens haven't allowed multiple WR TDs in a game this season, and only once have two wideouts topped 50 yards in the same game. With Holmes and Ward taking the first bites, it's unlikely there will be enough scraps for Wallace to get fed.

TE Heath Miller
B

Miller has definitely been on Big Ben's radar of late, with 17 targets and 12 catches for 177 yards the past two weeks alone. However, he's scored just once in the past two months and the Ravens have shut out tight ends in three of the last four games—including Miller, who had one catch for two yards in the previous meeting. Those numbers should improve with Roethlisberger replacing Dixon, but against the Ravens it's unlikely they improve enough to warrant starting Miller in anything outside of larger TE-mandatory leagues.

DT Steelers B The Steelers aren't creating scoring opportunities for their defense, and the Ravens aren't providing them. And with two once-proud and now-struggling defenses facing offenses that have rolled up big numbers of late, it's tough to find a silver lining for the Black and Gold.
 

Kansas City (3-11) at Cincinnati (9-5)

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Kansas City
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Cassel
B

Which was the bigger aberration last week: Cassel's 331 and two or the 303 and three Cincy allowed? Let's just chalk the former up to it being the Browns and the latter up to it being Philip Rivers. With expectations returned to reasonable levels, note that Cincy has held three straight visiting QBs under 200 yards and six of seven to one or zero touchdown passes. Meanwhile, Cassel's road resume includes just one game of more than 216 yards and one TD in his last two trips. Don't chase last week's numbers.

RB Jamaal Charles

S2

Charles extended his scoring streak to six games while added a third 100-yard game and fourth outing with triple-digit combo yardage to his resume. The Bengals will provide a stiff test, but four of the last six feature backs to visit Cincinnati have scored and posted at least 104 yards from scrimmage so it's not as if they're a brick wall. And three of those backs—Willie Parker, Steve Slaton, Ray Rice—resemble Charles in that they're all about the speed, while more sluggish backs like Jamal Lewis and Matt Forte have struggled in Cincy. Hey, you've taken the Charles train this far; don't hop off now unless you have some unbelievable alternatives.

WR

Chris Chambers
Dwayne Bowe

B

Visiting wideouts who have had success in Cincinnati—and there haven't been many, as evidenced by four WR TDs allowed in seven home games—can be put in two categories. You have your big studs (Calvin Johnson, 123 & 1; Andre Johnson, 135) and you have your speed guys (Devin Hester, 101 & 1; Mike Wallace 102; Brandon Stokley, 87 & 1). Bowe was targeted 10 times in his return, but he's not a Johnson; Chambers has been the Cheifs' most productive receiver of late, but he's not a burner. If forced to build a case for one or the other Bowe is the most likely to be productive, but hopefully you have better options.

TE Leonard Pope
Brad Cottam

B

The Chiefs barely use the position, and when they do the numbers get split between Pope and Cottam. The Bengals rarely allow production to tight ends, and when they do it's to guys like Antonio Gates. Nothing to see here; move along.

DT Chiefs B This is the same D/ST that allowed two 100-yard kick returns and the third-most rushing yards in NFL history. In the same game. At home.
Cincinnati
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Carson Palmer S3

Will Palmer and the Bengals resist the siren call of the KC secondary? The Chiefs have allowed 300-yard passers and multiple touchdowns in half of their six road games—and faced Campbell/Collins, David Garrard, and Russell/Gradkowski in the other three. Tempting, but Palmer has more than one TD in just one of seven home games and hasn't topped 259 yards. Not that he can't, just that he's been just fine handing off.

RB Cedric Benson
S1

The Chiefs just gave up the third-greatest rushing performance in NFL history to a back most of the country had never heard of; of course they're a great play for Benson. There should be enough for Benson to get his, then hit the sidelines and watch Larry Johnson extract the same kind of revenge Ced got against the Bears earlier this year.

RB Larry Johnson
U

KC has given up multiple RB rushing scores in three of six road games this year as well as 100-yard games to the likes of Michael Bush, Clinton Portis, and Ray Rice. And after allowing 304 and three to Browns backs last week, you can bet LJ is licking his lips at whatever leftovers Marvin Lewis puts on his plate once Benson has had his fill.

WR Chad Ochocinco

S2

Simply put, receivers with talent get theirs against the Chiefs; most recently T.O., Brandon Marshall, Hines Ward, Mike Sims-Walker, and Vincent Jackson have all scored and Ward, MSW, and Jackson topped 125 yards. Palmer will take care to get Ocho his before turning things over to the running game.

WR Andre Caldwell
Laveranues Coles
B Expect the second helpings to go to LJ and the ground game this week. They haven't been going to Caldwell or Coles; over the past six games Cincy's secondary targets have one touchdown and just one game with more than 50 yards. That fits the Chiefs' MO of letting WR1s torch them; since Week 4 Santonio Holmes is the only WR2 to top 50 yards.
DT Bengals S3 Here's an opportunity for the Cincy defense to make a little fantasy splash; after all, the Chiefs' special teams just served up two return scores last week.
 

Jacksonville (7-7) at New England (9-5)

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Jacksonville
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB David Garrard B

Which of Garrard's road passing TDs did you like best, the one against the Jets or... okay, trick question, that's his only road passing touchdown in six trips. He has posted his two best yardage games away from Jacksonville in the Jags' last two road games, but now he'll face a New England defense that has allowed a total of 545 passing yards and two touchdowns in its last four at home.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew
S2

Nice to see MoJo get back in the saddle last week with his first multiple TD game since Week 8 and first 100-yard rushing game since Week 10. Hope you enjoyed it, because a repeat is unlikely. Jones-Drew should still manage to get his yardage; he's reached triple-digit combo yards in three straight on the road and in five of six away from Jacksonville. However, the Patriots have held three straight foes—including Miami and Carolina, who rank third and fourth, respectively, in fantasy points by RBs—without an RB TD. They haven't given up a running back touchdown at home since Week 9 and have surrendered just four altogether this year. MoJo is the kind of back who can buck that trend, but with a 75/40/1 kind of game instead of a 180 & 2.

WR

Mike Sims-Walker

S3 Garrard has thrown one touchdown pass in six road games, so you already know the pickings will be slim. Worse, only three of the 15 WR TDs the Patriots have allowed this year have come at home. The silver lining for Sims-Walker is that five of the last six opponents have had a receiver top 70 yards and three have had their go-to guy top 80 yards and score. MSW is unquestionably the Jags' go-to guy, so if there's anything at all to be had via the air it will go to him.
WR

Torry Holt
Mike Thomas
Nate Hughes

B See the stats and trends listed above, only take out the silver lining part. The second-best total by a visiting WR in any game against the Patriots this year has ranged from 0 to 56 yards, with an average output of 27, and none have scored.
TE

Marcedes Lewis

B The Patriots have allowed four TE TDs, all year, only two at home, and only one in the last six weeks. Lewis hasn't scored since Week 4, hasn't scored all year on the road, and has been above 25 yards just once in six road games.
DT Jaguars B

The Jags have given up at least 20 points to each of their past five road foes and face a motivated Patriots club. Tough to like their chances.

New England
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Tom Brady S2

Brady's numbers have not been gaudy of late; in fact he's thrown only one TD pass in five of his last six at home and has been held under 200 yards each of the past two games. Then again, those games came against two of the top-ranked secondaries, Carolina and Buffalo; the Jaguars have given up as many passing touchdowns as those two teams combined. Brady has topped 300 yards in three of his last four at home, so at minimum you'll get big yardage; multiple touchdowns would also appear to be in play as well.

RB Laurence Maroney

S2

LoMo has distanced himself from Sammy Morris, with 45 carries to SaMo's 10 the past two games. Jacksonville's run defense has been good but isn't the brick wall it used to be, so another 20 carries should produce decent yardage and a shot at a touchdown. The only wrinkle would be a Fred Taylor appearance. Taylor is listed as questionable and practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday but was limited Friday. If he's deactivated Sunday morning, LoMo remains a good play. If Taylor's active, don't be surprised if Bill Belichick has him steal a touchdown against his former team.

RB

Kevin Faulk


B

No back has topped 25 receiving yards against the Jaguars in the past two months. Faulk touched the ball just twice last week, making it difficult to trust him with a fantasy play at this critical juncture of the season.

WR Randy Moss
S2 It was clear the game plan was to get Moss involved early last week, and it paid off with a touchdown. Even if he isn't as predominantly involved this week he should still post good numbers against a Jacksonville secondary that's allowed eight WR TDs in six road games.
WR Wes Welker
S2 Don't let the four catches last week fool you; Welker was still targeted 11 times and isn't being left in Moss's dust. There should be plenty to go around here, as the Jaguars have allowed WR TDs in five of six road games and two receivers to top 65 yards in three of their last five away from home.
TE Ben Watson B Watson has one score in the last month and hasn't topped 50 yards since Week 4. The only TE TDs the Jags have allowed have gone to Owen Daniels, Vernon Davis, and Dallas Clark—all of whom are used much more like slot receivers than pure tight ends.
DT Patriots S3 Given the struggles of the Jacksonville passing game on the road, the Patriots aren't a bad reach if you're looking for a fantasy defense this week.
 

Buffalo (5-9) at Atlanta (7-7)

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Buffalo
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Brian Brohm B

With Ryan Fitzpatrick dinged and Trent Edwards done for the year, the Bills will give Brohm a test drive. You've already spent more time reading this than Brohm has with Buffalo's first-team offense, so no matter how bad the Atlanta secondary has been it's impossible to trust him with a fantasy start in Championship Week.

RB Fred Jackson S3

The Falcons have gone four straight games without allowing a RB rushing score—but they've surrendered four RB receiving scores in that same span. Jackson has no issue with getting his production as a pass-catcher, though given Brohm's limited experience with the Buffalo offense you can expect a handoff-heavy game plan. With Jackson getting roughly two touches to every one for Marshawn Lynch, he could be viewed as a marginal fantasy helper if you're hurting at running back.

RB Marshawn Lynch B

Lynch's junior share of a backfield committee playing behind a patchwork offensive line under the direction of an inexperienced quarterback on the road as they play out the string and audition players for next year hardly qualifies as something that would lead you to a fantasy title.

WR Terrell Owens
S3

The Falcons have consistently allowed No. 1 receivers to put up good numbers against them, so there's a modicum of optimism for T.O. Besides, you think Brohm is going to say no when Owens accosts him at practice, on the sidelines, and in the huddle and demands the ball? Odds are you won't have to look too hard for a better fantasy play, but operating under the "squeaky wheel gets the oil" theory Owens is at least usable this week.

WR Lee Evans
James Hardy
Steve Johnson
B

Bills interim coach Perry Fewell has indicated that inexperienced veterans will get more playing time over the final two games so the coaching staff can see what they have to work with. Specifically mentioned were Hardy and Johnson, which doesn't bode well for Evans. Or, given the expected output of the Buffalo passing game, for Hardy and Johnson as well.

DT Bills B We had such high hopes for the Bills' defense, especially after they scored in each of the first two games. Since then, though... nuthin'.
Atlanta
Pos Player SBC Comments
QB Matt Ryan B

Ryan returned with limited success last week, and it's tough to expect his numbers to pick up against a Buffalo defense that hasn't allowed multiple touchdown tosses since Week 2 or a 300-yard passer since Week 7.

RB Michael Turner
B

Turner simply can't be trusted with a fantasy start this week. Twice he's tried to go on his injured ankle; twice he's made an exit well before compiling anything close to helpful fantasy numbers. He's listed as questionable, but he didn't practice all week so just cross him off your list right now; whatever upside he has isn't worth the risk of taking a fantasy zero.

RB Jason Snelling
Jerious Norwood
S3

The Bills have given up a 100-yard rusher or a running back touchdown—or both—in every game this year, so there's fantasy help to be had. Snelling and Norwood have largely split the touches, with Snelling the goal line guy and Norwood the pass-catcher and big-play guy. Both have upside, but the split prevents either from being a real Week 16 stud.

WR Roddy White S3

White is still the most targeted Falcon, and while Buffalo's secondary has been good they've surrendered big games on the road to the likes of Randy Moss (141 yards), Wes Welker (93), Steve Smith (99) and Mike Sims-Walker (91 and 1). Put it this way: he's a better start this week than he was against Darrelle Revis last week.

WR Michael Jenkins B

The Bills haven't given up much in the way of seconds, and while Jenkins has been more productive of late it hasn't been enough to warrant a fantasy start here.

TE

Tony Gonzalez

S2

Buffalo hasn't allowed a TE TD since Week 2, but they have given up some decent yardage games over the past month or so. And with Gonzo riding an eight-game streak of having at least 50 yards or a touchdown or both, he's as reliable an option in TE-mandatory leagues as you'll find.

DT Falcons S3 A home start against an inexperienced quarterback and a team auditioning players for next year puts the Falcons in play as a viable option if you're scrambling for a defense this week.

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