Fantasy Focus Review: Week 16 Fantasy Football Revisited

Week 16 saw Josh Arsenault take the top spot again, and I’m beginning to think he’s making a run at my fantasy guru crown – not liking it one bit. Week 16 was a tough one, the finals for most fantasy leagues, and a couple key players took a seat, not caring one bit about fantasy implications. However, I mentioned some must-have pickups in my sleeper sections, and I know a couple worked out, pushing some fantasy folks to championships. Here’s the review.

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Elite Starters: Guys picked early that I love this week…

1. Fred Jackson – Mr. Jackson had a really down week for a Bills team that got throttled. 6pts…  F-
2. Chris Johnson–  Him and AP tied for 4th this week. And with 26 points they were just a few out of 1st. A
3. Aaron Rodgers – Rodgers actually finished 13th amongst QBs with just 15 fantasy points. Poop. C-
4. Adrian Peterson – My man AP was 4th amongst RBs in Week 16, just 3 fantasy points out of first. A
5. Philip Rivers – Prince Philip was 7 points better than Rodgers, putting up 22, but good for just the 8th QB. B-

Solid Starters: Guys picked in middle rounds that should outplay their ranking/draft position this week…

1. Beanie Wells –15th RB in Week 16, ahead of Benson, Ray Rice, and Jones-Drew. B
2. Ricky Williams– 28th ranked RB in Week 16, I wasn’t impressed with his numbers at all. C-
3. Jason Snelling – I expected Snelling to do lots of work against the Bills, but Buffalo ganged up on the run and limited him to 7 fantasy points. 43rd ranked RB. F
4. Hines Ward – I think Hines has a great game against his favorite foes.
5. Greg Jennings – Tough season, but the upside is against Seattle on Sunday.

Sleeper Starters: Guys ranked low, drafted low or not at all, but I still like them this week…

1. Larry Johnson –Larry had just one fantasy points as I completely whiffed, I thought they’d give Benson a rest, maybe next week! Sorry… F
2. Pierre Thomas – Thomas got hurt, but before going down early, he managed 12 fantasy points. Solid. B
3. Vince Young– Vince finally tallied up a stinker, good for just 7 points and in the high twentys amongst QBs. F
4. Jon Stewart–I give you the #1 ranked fantasy running back in Week 16… Good sleeper indeed. A+
5. Fred Davis– He had just 4 fantasy points as the Redskins got throttled. F

Super Sleepers for Playoff Push…

1. Jerome Harrison – He’s still the best runner in Cleveland, and was ranked 10th getting plenty of carries in Week 16. A+
2. Quinton Ganther – Everyone should have kept sleeping when it came to picking up Ganther. 3 pts. F
3. David Thomas – Thomas had 7 fantasy points before getting hurt, not a bad day for a TE, 16th overall. C+
5. Greg Camarillo – Under 10 fantasy points for the 2nd straight week, miss. D-
6. Deon Butler – The Hawks were almost as terrible as this pick, wait, they were even worse. F

Sit ‘Em Son: I don’t care where they were drafted, I don’t like these guys starting this week…

1. Peyton Manning– There you have it, I said you’d hate or love me, and you better love me for this one. A+
2. David Garrard– 21st amongst QBs, not startable, Matt Moore, Orton, Henne, Alex Smith, and Cassel all played better. A-
3. Reggie Wayne – 63rd overall, you’re welcome for the kind advice here, hopefully it made up for bad advice earlier. A
4. Thomas Jones –Jones finished with 16 fantasy points, 13th amongst RBs, just a couple points behind… D
5. LaDainian Tomlinson– LT. Yeah, I missed on both these guys as a touchdown each certainly helped the fantasy totals. F

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Week 16 NFL Player Rankings


Who did we miss? In short, we missed these guys…

QB: Matt Ryan (4th), Matt Moore (5th), Kyle Orton (6th)

RB: Lex Hilliard (Tied for 1st), Darren Sproles (3rd), Brandon Jackson (6th), Caddy Williams (8th)

WR: Devin Aromashodu (2nd), Jabar Gaffney (5th)

TE: Zach Miller (2nd), Todd Heap (3rd), Desmond Clark (6th)

D/ST: Jets (3rd), Panthers (5th)