In Week 16, the penultimate weekend of the NFL regular season, there are two games on Saturday, but for Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) purposes you can play only those games, so I will not be including them here. Instead, I will focus on the Sunday and Monday games. Most of my picks should work for the Sunday only main slate as well.
Since this is Championship Weekend for most seasonal leagues, there may be a few more fantasy fans who decide to try their hand at DFS or get more involved than usual. A friendly reminder to have fun first and foremost, and to only put as much on the line as you feel comfortable losing. DFS and seasonal leagues are similar in that there are no guarantees you will “win” from week to week.
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 16 DFS Picks shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
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Week 16 Core Plays
These will be my top plays for the Sunday-Monday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Atlanta ($8,400 FanDuel/$6,500 DraftKings)
Brees is in a playoff-like matchup and what should be a high-scoring affair. The Saints’ running game has been carrying them much of this season, but Brees is as consistent as they come. Michael Thomas has remained a big target and had a nice game last week. In a game that could feature plenty of big plays and points, Brees figures to be throwing quite a bit. He has scored 14 or more DraftKings points in his past five games and 18-plus in his last two.
RB: Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh at Houston (Mon.) ($9,300 FanDuel/$9,900 DraftKings)
Bell should be a lock if you play the Sunday-Monday slate and will be highly owned. He is the clear-cut No. 1 weapon for the Steelers now that Antonio Brown is out. This should be a huge day for Bell, and the Steelers will be out for blood this week after last week’s outcome.
If you are looking for a main slate-only (Sunday games) pivot consider Ezekiel Elliott ($8,300 FanDuel/$8,000 DraftKings)
WR: Doug Baldwin, Seattle at Dallas ($7,300 FanDuel/$6,300 DraftKings)
Baldwin is coming off of a terrible game in Week 15. The Seahawks looked terrible, and Russell Wilson had nothing but pressure. This week the Seahawks should be in a better spot and Baldwin should be ready to get back on track. His price is fair and I will be using the two solid receiver approach this week.
WR: Jarvis Landry, Miami at Kansas City ($6,800 FanDuel/$6,300 DraftKings)
Landry is poised to take the receptions crown now that Antonio Brown is hurt. Landry is in a good spot and received 13 targets last week, finishing with 10 catches. He has produced 15 DraftKings points in seven of his last games and still had double digits in that one “off” week. Landry like Drew Brees is safe and will need to be a part of the Dolphins’ game plan if they hope to pull off an upset this week.
TE: Greg Olsen, Carolina vs. Tampa Bay ($6,600 FanDuel/$5,200 DraftKings)
Olsen faces one of the worst defenses in the league again, much like last week. He may not see 12 targets this Sunday, but he is in another good spot, and Cam Newton likes having his favorite target back. Olsen also is significantly cheaper than some of the elite options with similar upside.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Kirk Cousins, Washington vs. Denver ($7,300 FanDuel/$5,400 DraftKings)
Cousins hasn’t had a good game in a while but he also hasn’t had a terrible game either, aside from Week 14. This week he faces one of the toughest pass defenses, but one that has been vulnerable at times over the past eight weeks. Aside from shutting out the Jets in Week 14, Denver has allowed more than 197 passing yards on five different occasions over that stretch. That does not scream “stay away” for me. It also makes Cousins a top value pick at QB.
RB: Theo Riddick, Detroit at Cincinnati ($6,100 FanDuel/$4,700 DraftKings)
Riddick is similar in usage as Jerick McKinnon of the Vikings, who shredded the Bengals last week. Riddick is coming off of an average performance against the Bears, but had 17.2 and 27.3 DraftKings points the previous two weeks. He will be used plenty this week in the passing game and comes at a great price for your RB2/flex play.
WR: Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati vs. Detroit ($5,200 FanDuel/$3,400 DraftKings)
LaFell has been good for seven points or more this season in DFS and this week he faces one of the worst secondaries this season. The Lions’ focus will be on A.J. Green, which should open up the field for LaFell. With a safe floor and higher ceiling you could do plenty worse at $3,400 on DraftKings.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.