NFL Week 16 Fantasy Fill-ins
Before we get started, check out my Week 16 NFL picks.
We’ve already looked at the players who could struggle this week (click here for article). Now I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough match-ups.
Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers
Alex Smith has a chance at fantasy immortality as he takes on Detroit’s league-worst pass defense. They have allowed 268.6 yards per game and 23 passing TDs. Smith 10 TDs in his last five games.
Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland Browns
If Harrison’s record-setting performance didn’t ensure him of a heavy workload this week, I will openly question Mangini’s sanity. I don’t see him coming anywhere near what he did last week, but he should be able to produce against the league’s 28th ranked run defense that’s allowing 148.9 yards per game along with a league-worse 20 rushing TDs.
Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons
I don’t want to hear about Michael Turner for the rest of the year. Twice they rushed him back. If they just let his ankle heal, he’d be exploiting the Bills’ league-worst run defense. They have allowed 165.6 yards per game and 18 TDs. Snelling should be a force in the fantasy football championship.
Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie is really beginning to his his stride with 189 yards (226 total) and 2 TDs in his last two games. He faces a terrible Rams run defense that is 27th in the league with 140.4 yards allowed. They have also given up 19 rushing scores.
Terrell Owens, WR, Buffalo Bills
T.O. has struggled for the better part of this season, but Atlanta’s porous secondary brings some relief. They rank 30th with 265.9 yards allowed, and have given up 24 passing TDs.
Josh Morgan, WR, San Francisco 49ers
After Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, and Michael Crabtree get their goodies, there still should be enough for Morgan to be a decent play against the lowly Lions.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers
Finley has become a force for the Packers. He’s so big and athletic that he’s a very difficult cover. He faces Seattle, who ranks 28th with 262.0 passing yards per game and 26 passing TDs allowed.
Phil Dawson, K, Cleveland Browns
The Browns are actually moving the chains and scoring some points lately. Dawson has back-to-back multiple FG games. He takes on Oakland this week, who has allowed 27 FGs to date.
Shayne Graham, K, Cincinnati Bengals
Graham has ten FGs in his last four games and 22 on the season. He takes on Kansas City this week, who has also allowed 27 FGs.
San Francisco 49ers Defense/Special Teams
The Niners have to be salivating at their Week 16 opponent (Detroit). They will be a force at home against the sorry Lions.
Cincinnati Bengals Defense/Special Teams
The Bengals take on an improving Kansas City team, but still should be a high-end fantasy defense this week.