If you are reading this, that means you are in your league’s fantasy football championship game and it’s too late to be reading lists like this. All jokes aside, I just want to say congrats on an incredible run and no matter what happens this week you should be proud of your accomplishment because you never know when you will get another chance to win a coveted league title. I hope that you have used my advice and Fantasy Couch to get you in this position to win it all, and for that, I am thankful. Go bring home the hardware and don’t be afraid to be a jerk to the rest of the league once you are the champ! Now for the list…

Week 16 Start ’em

Keelan Cole – Jax WR

An undrafted rookie, Cole has emerged as a big-play weapon for QB Blake Bortles, who has been on fire the last four weeks heading into the fantasy title game. His Week 15 performance against the Texans unleashed his full potential as he netted a season-high 186 receiving yards and a touchdown on 7 receptions.

Following up on that performance, I expect Bortles and Cole to connect early and often against a 49ers secondary that has been ravished by injuries. It might seem like a risky play with this much riding on the line, but sitting this up-and-coming star could prove costly with another big performance in a plus matchup.

Keelan Cole Week 16 Projections: 10 targets, 8 receptions, 156 yards, 2 TDs

QBs to Start

Ben Roethlisberger
Blake Bortles
Dak Prescott
Case Keenum
Nick Foles
Philip Rivers
Matthew Stafford
Jared Goff

RBs to Start

Leonard Fournette
Dion Lewis
Kenyan Drake
DeMarco Murray
Christian McCaffrey
Jay Ajayi
Jordan Howard
Alex Collins
Latavius Murray
Jerick McKinnon
Gio Bernard
C.J. Anderson
Jamaal Williams

WRs to Start

Keenan Allen
Adam Thielen
Martavis Bryant
JuJu Smith-Schuster
Michael Crabtree
Josh Gordon
Devin Funchess
Jarvis Landry
Nelson Agholor
Stefon Diggs
Sterling Shepard
Larry Fitzgerald
Mohamed Sanu
Marvin Jones Jr.
Mike Wallace
Paul Richardson
Dede Westbrook

TEs to Start

Greg Olsen
Jack Doyle
Jimmy Graham
Evan Engram
Delanie Walker
Cameron Brate
Jesse James

Jameis Winston dropping back to pass
Photo credit: Keith Allison

Week 16 Sit ’em

Jameis Winston – TB QB

Winston is coming off a strong Week 15 performance where he put up 299 passing yards with 3 TD’s and no interceptions against the Falcons. This week he faces a more difficult matchup against a Panthers defense that forced 3 turnovers from Winston in a Week 8 matchup that was his worst of the season. If you have come this far and are this close to winning a championship, I suggest looking for a safer option than Famous Jameis.

Jameis Winston Week 16 Projections: 223 pass yards, 3 carries, 8 rush yards, 1 passing TD, 2 INTs

QBs to Sit

Matt Ryan
Drew Brees
Kirk Cousins
Derek Carr
Andy Dalton
Eli Manning
Jimmy Garoppolo
Marcus Mariota
Jay Cutler

RBs to Sit

Carlos Hyde
Lamar Miller
Marshawn Lynch
Frank Gore
Samaje Perine
Aaron Jones
Orleans Darkwa
Peyton Barber
Isaiah Crowell
Alfred Morris
Jonathan Stewart

WRs to Sit

Randall Cobb
Jordy Nelson
T.Y. Hilton
Jamison Crowder
Emmanuel Sanders
Kelvin Benjamin
Marquise Goodwin
Josh Doctson
DeVante Parker
Sammy Watkins
Chris Hogan
Rishard Matthews
Kendall Wright

TEs to Sit

Jason Witten
Vernon Davis
Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Charles Clay
Eric Ebron
Jared Cook
Ricky Seals-Jones

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