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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 16: Make it Ertz and other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Burrow should have a great bounce-back game in Week 16

In the fantasy playoffs, you want to make sure you are starting the best line-up possible. 

While you may be stuck with your running backs and wide receiver (or relying on the waiver wire), you may have a little more flexibility when it comes to quarterbacks, tight ends and DSTs. 

Week 16 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Based on match-ups some players may be better starting options than others. In a week where you need to win to move on to the fantasy championships, do what you need to do in order to get the win.

Related: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 16 RB/WR Fantasy Advice


Joe Burrow, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Baltimore Ravens

While Burrow struggled in Week 15, he has a great matchup in Week 16. The Bengals face the Ravens, who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. When Burrow faced the Ravens in Week 7, he threw for 416 yards and three touchdowns, his best game of the season. His receivers are healthy, and Joe Mixon looks like he will be able to play. Start Burrow as a solid QB1 this week.

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Mac Jones, New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills

The Pats and the Bills face each other again. The last time this happened, it was so windy that the Patriots barely threw it at all — in fact, Jones literally threw the ball three more times than YOU, sitting on your couch. While it doesn't seem like it will be that bad again, this is a tough matchup for both quarterbacks. The Bills allow the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks; the New England Patriots allow the second-fewest. Look for this to be a defensive, low-scoring game, which doesn't bode well for quarterbacks.


Zach Ertz, Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts

DeAndre Hopkins is out for the season, and the Cardinals need someone to catch passes in the end zone. Enter Ertz. He has three touchdowns with the Cardinals so far this season, but look for that number to increase in Week 16. The Cardinals face the Colts, who allow the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They just gave up two touchdowns to Hunter Henry in Week 15. Ertz had 11 targets in Week 15 and will continue to be an important part of Arizona's offense. He's a TE1.


Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders vs. Denver Broncos

It doesn't seem that Darren Waller will be able to play in Week 16 — he wasn't close in Week 15 — but even if he does, both tight ends should be avoided (Waller because of the injury risk). Moreau had his best game in Week 15 with nine targets. He caught seven of them for 65 yards (the most targets, receptions, and yards this season). However, Cleveland was a much better matchup (especially with so many players out with COVID-19) than the Denver Broncos in Week 16. The Broncos allow the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They have only allowed one touchdown to a tight end this year, and only three tight ends have more than 50 yards (none since Week 9). Moreau is a TE2.


Los Angeles Chargers at Houston Texans

The Chargers are facing the Texans in Week 16 and are available in about half of Yahoo leagues. While there are other DSTs that are better options (Tampa Bay for one), this is an option that is available to many fantasy players. The Texans, while having some success with Davis Mills, are not a great football team. They allow the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing DSTs. The Chargers are dealing with COVID-19, but if their defensive players can stay healthy, this is a DST to consider starting, especially over the Cardinals (below).


Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts

The Cardinals face the Colts, who are the toughest matchup for an opposing DST. Rostered in 85 percent of Yahoo leagues, the Cardinals have been a decent DST. However, for Week 16, fantasy managers should consider an alternative. The Colts have Jonathan Taylor, the best running back in football this year. They have Michael Pittman Jr., fresh off being ejected in Week 15. While the Cardinals may be smarting from their loss to Detroit, the Colts need a win. This should be a good game, but it's hard to trust the Cardinals DST.

— Rankings 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.