Week 16 is fast approaching and many of you are just one game away from winning your leagues and having bragging rights with your buddies for a year. Here is a look at who you should think about starting these guys in week 16 to win you a league championship!
WR Calvin Johnson: It goes without saying that Calvin Johnson is a must start in all fantasy formats. He put in another solid week with 10 catches for 156 yards. Of course that was against a Tampa defense that was missing star cornerback Aqib Talib, and Vontae Davis, who has quietly had a Pro Bowl caliber season, should be a tougher matchup. The good news is that quarterback Shaun Hill returns for the Lions and that should provide a spark for the Lions passing offense. Overall, Calvin Johnson still remains a no. 1 fantasy wideout and expect 10+ points from him this week.
D/ST Lions: Yeah, this may surprise a few people. The Dolphins offense has averaged only 11.3 points the last three games and is the second lowest scoring team in the NFL through 14 weeks. Michigan native Jake Long and the rest of that offensive line is good, but the Lions defensive line is better and will get to quarterback Chad Henne a few times. Plus, the Lions have an electric return man in Stefan Logan, who should factor into this decision. The Bills D/ST put up 11 points last week, so we can expect a similar type of point total from the Lions D/ST, which has managed double digit point totals in 7 out of 14 weeks this season.
TE Brandon Pettigrew: Tight end Brandon Pettigrew always seems to be more involved in the offense when Shaun Hill is throwing the ball, which makes him an interesting case for week 16. Tight ends haven’t been particularly successful against the Dolphins this year. The only one to have success in recent weeks is Benjamin Watson, who had 10 catches for 100 yards and a TD. Overall, if you don’t have a top tier guy like Antonio Gates on your roster currently, then you should consider starting Pettigrew.
RB Maurice Morris: Morris has been solid the last few weeks but had a breakout game rushing for 109 yards and a TD in only 15 carries. Of course, that was against the 27th ranked rush defense of the Buccaneers. Things will be much tougher against the 6th ranked Dolphins rush defense. Still, Morris remains a viable option if your backfield is shallow.
QB Shaun Hill: Hill has been solid this season, but not spectacular. Overall this season, 2206 yards, 13 TDs and 11 INTs in 9 games. Those are pretty decent stats for a backup, but definitely not the type of stats you want to be relying on for a fantasy stats. Overall, he looks to be a solid no. 2 fantasy quarterback.