We are reaching crunch time for yearly Fantasy Football leagues. Most championships are being decided this week, I am going through some of the top wide receivers to start or sit to (hopefully) help you win a title.
Let’s take a look at a few wide receiver situations in Week 16.
Wide Receiver Starts
Cooper has been one of the more frustrating receivers in fantasy this season. Even those his talent is obvious and his overall numbers are solid, Cooper has a lot of duds in his box score. Arguably, last week was his worst game of the season. In what should have been a solid matchup against the Rams, he hauled in just one pass for 19 yards. This could have fantasy owners on the fence about rostering him, but he should bounce back this week. The Eagles’ secondary has been getting burned by top receivers all season and are allowing the sixth most fantasy points to the position.
What is going on here? After going the first 13 weeks of the season without a touchdown, Williams has found the end zone in back-to-back weeks. Now the question becomes, is this sustainable? Over the last three games, he’s been targeted more often in the red zone than any other Chargers’ receiver, so it certainly seems like this is part of the game plan. Add in that the Raiders have the 31st ranked pass defense by DVOA and this seems like a good spot for Williams to keep his touchdown streak going.
Wide Receiver Sits
Odell Beckham, Cleveland Browns
Being honest, your team likely isn’t still alive in your fantasy league if you used a high pick to nab OBJ. If you survived the selection, congrats! I still wouldn’t start him this week. Clearly hindered by the effects of a hernia, Beckham hasn’t looked like himself in his first season with the Browns. Per game, this is easily the worst fantasy season of his career and it won’t get easier for him this weekend. Cleveland takes on the Ravens who rank fourth in the league in pass defense DVOA.
Curtis Samuel, Carolina Panthers
I can’t overstate how bad Will Grier. Think how much Kyle Allen has struggled lately and consider that Grier has been behind him on the depth chart when Allen likely deserved to be benched weeks ago. He hasn’t played at all in the regular season and in the preseason, Grier ranked 39 amongst 39 qualified quarterbacks in their passing grades. It’s tough to trust any of the Panthers’ pass catchers on Sunday.