Week 16 Fantasy Football: Updated WR 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, Golden Tate 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 DeAndre Hopkins, Jeremy Maclin and Tate and started only two wide receivers, you should start Hopkins and Maclin -- and in turn, bench Tate.

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. Even though he is considered a game-time decision, it appears that he will be ready to go later today.

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 - Brandon LaFell, New England Patriots (at NYJ)

Even though the Patriots will be without the services of both Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman and I expect Tom Brady to throw it close to 50 times today, LaFell is still a sit for me. After hauling in four catches for 88 yards last week, LaFell had a total of 95 receiving yards in his previous three games. LaFell has dealt with plenty of drops this season and it wouldn't surprise me if he spend some time on Revis Island. In his last matchup against the Jets, LaFell finished with two catches and 25 yards on eight targets.

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 - Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams (at SEA)

A boom-or-bust fantasy option, Austin has finished as a top-10 weekly fantasy wide receiver four times this season including last week against the Buccaneers and in Week 1 against the Seahawks. With nearly as many rushing yards (390) as receiving yards (427), Austin has scored 10 touchdowns this season -- four rushing, five receiving and one return. And even though he had two scores against the Seahawks in Week 1, he had only 15 YFS (and minus two receiving yards) in that game.

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