Week 16 Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers Start'em, Sit'em

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Doug Baldwin is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 16 with him as one of my starting receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned Antonio Brown, Allen Robinson and Baldwin and started only two wide receivers, you should start Brown and Robinson -- and in turn, bench Baldwin.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my fantasy football rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

With that said, here are some players to potentially start in Week 16:

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (at BAL)

Without question, Bryant's teammate, Antonio Brown, is the clear-cut top fantasy receiver for Week 16. That said, few receivers (on other teams) have a better outlook than Bryant. After all, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense have scored 30-plus points in six consecutive games, which is tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history.

Held without a touchdown in back-to-back games, Bryant had a total of six touchdowns in his first seven games this season. Not only does the second-year wideout currently have the longest reception of 2014 (94 yards) and 2015 (88 yards), but the volume has been there as well. Bryant has double-digit targets in three of five games and is averaging 9.56 targets per game this year.

Posting a respectable 5.3/84.3/0.7 average stat line this season, Bryant, Brown and the Steelers receivers have the best matchup of the week. No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing receivers this season than the Ravens. Over their past nine games, Baltimore has allowed opposing receivers to haul in 18 touchdowns.

WR - Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks (vs. STL)

It's been a phenomenal four-game stretch for Baldwin, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks passing offense, in general. Nearly half of Baldwin's 21 receptions over that four-game span have gone for touchdowns (10). In fact, Baldwin's four-game, multi-TD streak is tied for the longest in NFL history with Calvin Johnson (2011) and Cris Carter (1995). With his recent production catapulting him into the top-seven fantasy wide receivers through Week 15, Baldwin has 65 catches for a career-high 905 yards and a league-leading 13 touchdowns.

The matchup isn't great on paper as the Rams have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season. More concerning may be Baldwin's hamstring as it kept him off the practice field on Wednesday, but as long as he's active on Sunday, he's become a must-start at this point.

WR - Eric Decker, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Decker may be second on his own team in terms of fantasy points scored among wide receivers, but he's still been a top-10 producer going into Week 16. With 72 catches for 930 yards and 10 touchdowns, Decker has exceeded 80 yards and/or scored a touchdown in every game he's played this season. In his first matchup against the Patriots, Decker finished with six catches for 94 yards on 12 targets.

WR - Golden Tate, Detroit Lions (vs. SF)

Tate has not reached 75 receiving yards in any of his past 12 games, but he has pulled off a mini-Baldwin, if you will. Tate has scored multiple touchdowns in back-to-back games. In fact, Tate has twice as many receiving touchdowns as Megatron has catches over the past two weeks. With Johnson dealing with an ankle injury, Tate is ranked inside my top-24 receivers this week.

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (at MIA)

Perhaps he's due if the pattern of his recent performances are any indication: 2.1 fantasy points (weekly WR65), 21.5 (WR9), 3.6 (WR64), 13.2 (WR16) and 2.9 (WR78), respectively. In his past nine games, Hilton has finished as a top-16 receiver four times and outside the top-60 weekly receivers four times.

The matchup is favorable with the Dolphins allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing receivers, but Andrew Luck is out for another week and Hilton has complained about the team's reluctance to take shots down the field. Given the inconsistent production, Hilton is more of a WR3/flex for me this week.

WR - Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (at BUF)

With a healthy Tony Romo, Bryant is virtually unstoppable. Since coming back from his foot injury, Dez has not been anything close to his once dominant self. In his past six games, Bryant has finished no better than the weekly WR20. During that six-game span, Bryant has had 62 yards or less in every game with an average of 39.5 per week.

Next season, Bryant will be a top-five fantasy receiver once again, but it's time for fantasy owners to shut him down this season even if Jerry Jones says the team will go "balls out" with Dez.

WR - Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at ARI)

Since Week 4, Cobb has scored single-digit fantasy points in all but one of his 11 games. That also means that he has finished outside of the top-24 fantasy receivers in 10 of his past 11 games as well.

Among healthy wide receivers, there hasn't been a bigger disappointment than Cobb (WR29 through Week 15). While the season-ending injury to Tyrann Mathieu is a devastating blow to Arizona's pass defense, the Cardinals have allowed the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this season.

WR - Danny Amendola, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

Amendola had one catch for three yards before exiting Sunday's game with a knee injury. Limited in practice so far this week, it's unclear if Amendola will be able to go in Week 16. If he is active, he'll be at less than 100 percent and he always seems to be banged up.

Even though he had 8/86/1 in his first matchup against the Jets and I expect the Patriots to use a pass-heavy game plan (Tom Brady threw 54 pass attempts in Week 7), the risk of aggravating the injury puts him outside of my top-24 receivers for the week.

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