Week 16 Fantasy Football: Updated RB 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, Denard Robinson 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 running backs.

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

In other words, if you owned both Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Robinson and start only two running backs, you should start AP and Williams -- and in turn, bench Shoelace.

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:

RB - Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at NO)

Starting for injured rookie running back T.J. Yeldon, Robinson was less effective against the Falcons (2.0 yards per carry) than he was in an expanded role in Week 14, but he racked up a season-high 22 touches. With only 0.34 fantasy points per touch, his third-lowest of the season, Robinson still finished the week as a top-30 fantasy running back.

With Yeldon expected to miss another game, Robinson should get a large workload in one of the best matchups of the week. Only Frank Gore and the Colts have a (slightly) better matchup as the Saints have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Charcandrick West, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. CLE)

Since leaving the San Diego game (Week 11) early with an injury, West saw his largest workload last week with 18 touches against the Ravens. West finished the game with 76 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added two catches for nine yards. Before Week 11, West had three consecutive games with 24-plus touches.

It's unlikely that West gets 24-plus touches this week, but if he gets the 18 he had last week, he should produce as a top-eight fantasy running back once again. The Browns have allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills (vs. DAL)

With LeSean McCoy (MCL) expected to miss this week's game, it will be a combination of Williams and Mike Gillislee that carries the load for the Bills rushing attack. When given the opportunity, Williams has been highly productive. Averaging 6.0 yards per carry this season, Williams has a total of seven touchdowns on only 76 touches this season. And this week's matchup is favorable as the Cowboys have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season.

RB - Bilal Powell, New York Jets (vs. NE)

Over the past three weeks, Powell has been extremely productive -- perhaps more so than most have realized. In fact, he's been a top-12 fantasy running back each week in standard-scoring formats. Here's the list of running backs with three top-12 weekly finishes over the past three weeks: Bilal Powell.

End of list.

With 20 receptions on 25 targets for 191 yards during that span, Powell has been even better in PPR scoring. Powell has a minimum of five catches and 19.2 PPR points in each of those three games. While he may not continue his streak of 20-point PPR games, he's ranked inside my top-20 fantasy running backs (standard scoring) for the week.

- Related Poll: Will Powell finish as a top-24 RB (standard scoring) in Week 16?

Here are some players to potentially sit in Week 16:

RB - C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos (vs. CIN)

What a disappointing season it has been for Anderson! Drafted as a mid-to-late first-rounder, Anderson has had a couple of big games this season, but he has struggled to string together multiple productive outings. Over his past five games played, CJA has scored 0.9, 7.2, 27.3, 5.4 and 2.0 fantasy points, respectively.

I am actually in a league where I drafted CJA with the last pick in Round 1 and I'm in the league's Championship Game. That said, I've managed to pick up guys like West, Thomas Rawls (before IR) and others to pick up his slack along the way. Given Anderson's lack of consistency this season, there's no way that I could trust him in a less-than-favorable matchup.

RB - Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns (at KC)

One week after leading all running backs in fantasy points scored, Crowell gained just 23 yards on nine carries and added three catches for seven yards. Crowell has 3.0 or fewer fantasy points in five of his past eight games and he doesn't have a favorable matchup this week either. The Chiefs have allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. In addition, only the Rams (14.0) are projected to score fewer points than the Browns (15.5) based on Vegas odds this week.

RB - Brandon Bolden, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

With Joey Iosefa (yes, Joey Iosefa) getting more carries than "starter" Brandon Bolden last week, it's hard to trust Bolden this week -- or any week. Added to the mix will be Steven Jackson, who hasn't played all season. In fact, LeGarrette Blount had just three carries for MINUS three yards in Week 7 against the Jets. This week's game plan should be pass-heavy so I wouldn't trust any Patriots running back not named James White. Not only do the Jets rank second in the NFL in rushing defense (82.8 YPG allowed), but they have allowed a league-low two rushing touchdowns this season.

RB - C.J. Spiller, New Orleans Saints (vs. JAX)

I get that you wouldn't even consider starting Spiller as bad and fantasy-irrelevant as he's been. A spike in Spiller's offensive involvement at least seemed reasonable following Mark Ingram's injury. Silly me.

With both Ingram and Khiry Robinson landing on IR, Tim Hightower has dominated touches over Spiller -- 45 to 10 in the past two games combined. As another comparison, Hightower had 8.5 fantasy points last week alone; Spiller has a total of 7.7 fantasy points in his past six games combined. Ugh!

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