This week marks Championship time for fantasy owners. One development that is sure to impact the outcome of many owners’ season is the suspension of Odell Beckham Jr. For those scrounging to find production from other players, here are a few players who should start and sit in the final week of fantasy.
Start – Markus Wheaton: The Steelers are known for throwing it up to Antonio Brown and letting him do what he does best. But, with defenses sure to double and triple team Brown, that should leave Wheaton open for Big Ben in the meantime. Wheaton pulled in a good game against Denver, but fantasy owners are hoping he repeats the 200 yard performance he had against Seattle earlier this year.
Start – DeSean Jackson: The Redskins have a chance to win the NFC East crown this Saturday against division rival Philadelphia. As the team fights for playoff position, expect Cousins to be on the constant lookout for Jackson. After pulling in 153 yards and a touchdown against Buffalo last week, Jackson should provide fantasy gold for this week’s final playoff round.
Start – Julius Thomas: Thomas is obviously a tight end and not a wide receiver, but we are endorsing him as a must-start for this Week 16 road matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The Jaguars aren’t going anywhere near the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean the team’s players can’t have good outings. As a tight end, Thomas has the ability to earn big points for owners, especially with the injury bug continuing to bite many players late in the season. Thomas hauled in a respectable 79 yards against Atlanta last Sunday and could prove a life saver for an owner in a bind.
Sit – Brandin Cooks IF Drew Brees SITS: Brandin Cooks is a MUST-START if Drew Brees takes the field, but have a backup plan ready if Brees is out. Brees is nursing the same foot injury that has sidelined Peyton Manning for much of the season. Cooks has been a fantasy monster this season, but if Matt Flynn is leading the charge for the Saints, he is too risky to trust. Whether you’re in the championship round or playing for pride, don’t count on Cooks to help you out this week if he’s catching passes from Flynn.