Fantasy owners in the championship game are likely going to start the players that have led them this far. Their team is likely pretty solid, although some injuries may prove to be difficult to navigate in the final week of the season. Looking at your roster, go with your gut. Look at matchups, look at player history, and look at injuries, but at the end of the day, trust yourself. After all, you got yourself this far.
START These Quarterbacks
Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons
In Week 15, Minshew had a good matchup, even though it was at Oakland. He threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns. For him, this is a pretty good day as he hadn't thrown for multiple touchdowns since Week 8. In Week 16, Minshew has another good matchup against the Falcons. Most fantasy owners aren't going to sub Minshew in, but in two-QB leagues, he's an option.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Again, in Week 16, most fantasy owners aren't looking for Fitzpatrick to win them a championship. Fitz Magic has looked good at times this season, and he's looked downright awful. However, he manages to get the job done, both for the team and for fantasy owners. He faces the Bengals in Week 16, who don't always allow a lot of yards to quarterbacks, but they do allow touchdowns. This may be because teams score against the Bengals and then resort to their running game. Fitzpatrick can aid in the running game as well and is a QB2.
SIT These Quarterbacks
Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Browns are in disarray. It's possible Jarvis Landry and/or Odell Beckham Jr. won't be with the team next year. There are rumors surrounding both, and often where there's smoke, there's fire. If Landry and Beckham both want out, they aren't great options for Mayfield. Tight end David Njoku was a coach's decision to sit in Week 15, and his status is unclear for Week 16. Beckham is playing hurt and the matchup is brutal for all of them. Keep Mayfield on the bench.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
With no one to throw to and a difficult matchup, Wentz is going to be a tough start in the fantasy championship. Wentz needs to rely on his tight ends, and he will, but this is going to be a tough game. The Cowboys do allow fantasy points to tight ends, but they are likely going to focus on defending Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. It's going to be tough for fantasy owners to trust Wentz this week.
START This Tight End
Hunter Henry, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
Since the bye week, Henry hasn't been a big part of the Chargers' offense. He also has had some difficult matchups. However, in Week 16, he faces the Raiders, who have essentially given up on the season (losing at home in Week 15 to the Jaguars, who had already given up). The Raiders are already a good matchup for tight ends, and this week, expect Henry to be more involved. He's a borderline TE1.
SIT This Tight End
Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers (Sat.)
Everett is off the injury report and looks to play this week after sitting out the past three weeks. However, in his absence, Tyler Higbee has three games with more than 100 yards. It's going to be difficult to trust Everett after Higbee has done so well. In addition, the Rams face the 49ers, which is a very difficult matchup. Fantasy owners that had been relying on Everett earlier in the season should not rely on him in Week 16.
START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
Indianapolis Colts vs. Carolina Panthers
The Colts' defense hasn't been great this year, but they face the Panthers in Week 16. The Panthers have announced that they will be starting rookie quarterback Will Grier in Week 16. Indianapolis has eight sacks in the past four weeks. The Colts also have recorded four interceptions and three fumble recoveries. For those looking to stream DSTs, look at the Colts this week.
SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)
New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans
The Saints DST has been solid this year. However, New Orleans got torched by San Francisco's two weeks ago and didn't fare that well against Indianapolis on Monday night in what was a decent matchup (and at home). In Week 16, the Saints are on the road against Tennessee on a short week following an emotional Monday night win. There are better DSTs to start in the fantasy championship.
— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.