Congratulations. If you’re reading this, you’re likely in your Fantasy Football Championship game. Maybe you’re steamrolling with an All-Pro lineup. That’s awesome. I’m a big believer in dancing with you brung ya. But if you’ve been scraping together points from unlikely places, your team may need a few more tweaks to finish on top. Here at Footballguys, I leaned on our Sigmund Bloom for a few matchups we love in Week 16. Good luck!
Giovani Bernard has the potential to turn a dozen or so touches into big points. Think a poor man’s Jamaal Charles. OK, really poor.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have surrendered at least two touchdowns to their opponent’s quarterbacks in every game since Week 7. That includes giving up multiple scores to Eli Manning and RG3. If those guys can do that with the seasons they’ve had, we like Dalton’s chances in this spot.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Green Bay Packers
Roethlisberger’s had an up and down year, but we love this matchup against a Green Bay pass defense that’s given up multiple TDs to most quarterbacks they’ve faced. The Steelers showed Sunday night that they’re getting their swagger back, and we like Roethlisberger to flex a little here.
Giovani Bernard, RR, Cincinnati Bengals vs Minnesota Vikings
Sorry Viking fans, but there’s a pattern here. Bernard has the potential to turn a dozen or so touches into big points. Think a poor man’s Jamaal Charles. OK, really poor. Minnesota has struggled with pass-catching backs, so if you need a home run threat, Bernard could be your guy.
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs Atlanta Falcons
Starting Gore isn’t going with the hot hand (feet?) but it could pay off this week. The 49ers face the Falcons rush defense, and they’ve consistently given up big days to RBs this season. Bobby Rainey’s giant game came against Atlanta. As did CJ Spiller’s. He’s not the sexy choice here, but he could pay off against this D.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys
We’re leery of putting too much faith in this volatile Washington offense and the QB/coaching circus. But Garcon seemed to benefit from new QB Kirk Cousins last week. Plus, they’re facing the awful Dallas defense that made Matt Flynn look like Aaron Rodgers.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs vs Indianapolis Colts
With major playoff implications, this game is shaping up to be a shootout. Indy’s pass defense has averaged surrendering two-plus TDs over the past eight games. And they don’t want to repeat Oakland’s feat of giving up a zillion points to Jamaal Charles. Extra defensive focus on him could free up Bowe for big numbers.
Charles Clay, TE, Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills
A sentimental pick, as Clay’s been a favorite from early on. He’s an up and down guy and last week the Pats held him down. But he sees streaks where he seems to be Tannehill’s go-to guy. The Bills have been weak against tight ends, giving up TDs to them in each of the last four games. Hey Buffalo, why not make it five?