Week 16 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

Texans rookie RB Steve Slaton won't have any trouble running against the Raiders.

For those of you that are still alive in the playoffs, this is probably your championship week. So you should be more concerned now than ever about getting your lineups right, especially if you're playing for money. Remember, certain teams could be resting guys or trying to get rookies more playing time at this time of the year. Do yourself a favor and use these links.

And some picks of my own:

Week 16's Best...

QB: Drew Brees. He's thrown at least 2 TD's each of the last 4 games. While he's thrown INT's in that span, I don't expect that to be a problem against the Lions, as they only have picked off 4 passes all year.
RB: Steve Slaton. He's run for over 100 yards in 4 of the last 5 games, and now gets to face the Raiders and their atrocious run defense that's ranked 31st in the NFL.
WR: Randy Moss. After seeing what Tarvaris Jackson was able to do in the passing game against Arizona, you'd think Matt Cassel and the Patriots will do well, especially at home. Look for him to hit Moss for a bomb or two.
TE: Tony Gonzalez. Double-digit fantasy points in each of the last 4 games. At least 5 catches in each of the last 9 games.
K: Jason Hanson. I'm serious. He's 21/22 in field goals on the season, and a ridiculous 8/8 on 50+ yarders. The Lions should be able to score some points on the Saints, and being indoors helps for kicking.
D/ST: Pittsburgh Steelers. This will be a low-scoring game against the Titans. I don't expect Chris Johnson and LenDale White to have much success against the league's #2 run defense, and I certainly don't expect Kerry Collins to do anything on the league's best pass defense. This defense will shut down anybody.

Sleeper Picks...

QB: Chad Pennington.
Kansas City is 30th against the pass, so he should be able to throw with some success Sunday. Maybe it won't be a spectacular outing, but he'll get into double-digits.
RB: Carnell Williams. Not somebody you should be starting in the fantasy playoffs if you can only use 2 RB's, but a good gamble for a Flex option. Cadillac got 15 touches against the Falcons in week 15, and his touches should only increase in the last 2 weeks. The fact that he's getting carries at the goal line obviously helps as well.
WR: Lee Evans. He's due. J.P. Losman used to love hitting Evans for the deep ball, and against Denver's 28th ranked pass defense, I've got the feeling that this is the week.
TE: John Carlson. I don't want to get too cute with the sleepers this week, since you don't want to play some super sleeper in the fantasy playoffs. So I'll just go outside the top-5 obvious guys. Carlson has 19 catches in the last 3 games. He has 27 of his 51 catches and 3 of his 4 TD's at home. He'll be there for this game, against the Jets and their 29th ranked pass defense.
K: Joe Nedney. The Niners will be able to get a bunch of scoring opportunities against the Rams, he's got a big leg, and it's indoors.
D/ST: Cleveland Browns. They have at least 2 INT's in each of the last 5 weeks, and are tied with the Ravens for the league-lead in INT's, 22. Bet you didn't know that. They got 3 of those in week 4 against the Bengals in Cincy, a big reason why they got 17 fantasy points in that game. Now, they host those awful Bengals in Cleveland, and expect them to have another big fantasy week.

Shit Picks...

QB: Tony Romo. Against Baltimore's defense, I don't expect him to do much better than he did in week 14 against Pittsburgh's defense, when he got only 4 fantasy points.
RB: Chris Johnson. The Steelers are averaging under 76 yards/game on the ground. I don't think they'll let the rookie Johnson do what nobody else in the league has been able to do on them. Don't expect him to break any big runs.
WR: Terrell Owens. Take out weeks 2 and 14, and T.O. is averaging under 8 fantasy points per game. He got just 3 fantasy points in week 15 against the Giants, the 5th time he's gotten that amount of points. This time he's got the #2 ranked defense in the league, that of the Baltimore Ravens. I'm going to predict he gets 3 fantasy points for the 6th time.
TE: Antonio Gates. Yeah he finally had a good game in week 15 with 7 catches for 78 yards, but that's only 7 points and an average day in fantasy land. Over the last 5 games, he has a total of 12 fantasy points. Ass. Don't expect him to do much better in Tampa Bay.
K: Nate Kaeding. He's likely on a lot of your rosters because he came into the season as a top-5 fantasy kicker, and many people don't mess with their kickers all year. Well if you're one of these people, make the change already, you're in the freaking fantasy playoffs! He's just 3/8 on 40-49 yard field goals, and hasn't attempted a 50+ yarder.
D/ST: Minnesota Vikings. Do not underestimate the overdue loss of one of the Williamses, Pat. His fat ass is the key to that run defense. Michael Turner should be able to run the ball, and Minnesota's 22nd ranked pass defense will have trouble stopping the Matt Ryan-Roddy White connection.

My Week 15 Picks(scoring based off ESPN standard league settings)...

Best: Peyton Manning(16 Points), Brian Westbrook(6 Points), Steve Smith(22 Points), Tony Gonzalez(12 Points), Rob Bironas(14 Points), Indianapolis Colts(4 Points).

Sleepers: Jason Campbell(12 Points), Sammy Morris(17 Points), Reggie Williams (3 Points), Desmond Clark(1 Point), Dan Carpenter(1 Point), New York Jets(16 Points).

Shit: Matt Schaub(13 Points), Brandon Jacobs(DNP), Derrick Mason(2 Points), Visanthe Shiancoe(0 Points), Shaun Suisham(7 Points), Tampa Bay Buccaneers(13 Points).

Plenty of more links to come and I'll update them all week. If you come across any good fantasy football links that you think should be on here, e-mail me at sharapovasthigh@gmail.com. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer them.

UPDATE(1:40 PM ET): I had Reggie Bush on the injuries to watch, he's officially done for the season as the Saints put him on injured reserve with a knee injury. Pierre Thomas should have even a bigger role this week, and it's against the God-awful Lions. Expect another 20+ fantasy point output from him.

As for other injury updates, Brandon Jacobs and Jeff Garcia each fully expect to play.

UPDATE(7:45 PM ET): Well, forget what I said about a J.P. Losman bomb or two to Lee Evans, as it appears Trent Edwards will be back this week and Gibran Hamdan has moved ahead of Losman on the depth chart, moving him to 3rd string. When Gibran Hamdan jumps you on the depth chart, things aren't going well.

Marvin Harrison is officially out for Thursday night's game at Jacksonville with a hamstring injury. He hasn't been very effective lately anyway as a fantasy receiver. Good news for Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, and Dallas Clark owners.

I added a few more links, such as rankings from ESPN and Rotoworld, and Sports Illustrated's projections. I'll continue to add more.

UPDATE(12/18, 6:45 PM ET): First, I wrote my weekly injury report at FanIQ, and I'm making you check that out, so do so dammit. A couple of the links I had up weren't working properly, they should be now. Sorry about that. I've added a few more links, such as Fantasy Football Phenom's rankings and projections.

Joseph Addai is STILL a game-time decision, and his game starts in less than 2 hours. He's warming up on the field at least.

Anquan Boldin may not play, as his coach Ken Whisenhunt even said he's considering not playing the Pro Bowl receiver with their playoff spot already locked up.

Marion Barber's a game-time decision, but do you really want to start him against the Ravens defense?

Frank Gore's status is still up in the air. As I wrote on FanIQ, you really want him to play since it's against the Rams, and he already got 20 fantasy points against them this year.

UPDATE(12/18, 6:53 PM ET): Rich Eisen just said Joseph Addai WILL play tonight, but he won't start. Sounds like a risky play, you may be better off with Dominic Rhodes actually. Still, neither seems like a great option.

UPDATE(12/20, 7:25 PM ET): Marion Barber will play tonight against the Ravens, but it's still a matchup you want to avoid.

Ray Rice is out for the game. It's doubtful many of you would be playing him anyway. Really, this news should be more important to owners of LeRon McClain as he should see more carries.

Anquan Boldin is likely out tomorrow against the Pats. If you're desperate for a receiver, pick up Steve Breaston.

Frank Gore will play tomorrow it sounds like, but it's unlikely he'll play very much.

UPDATE(12/21, 10:15 AM ET): Added a few very useful links, including a live chat on ESPN.Com, and a couple shows to watch on Rotoworld and Yahoo.

In injury news, Brandon Jacobs is expected to go today, as is Jeff Garcia.

It's absolutely freezing in KC I see on NFL Network. Wind chill of -20 degrees. This could definitely hurt the passing games for the Chiefs and Dolphins.

Wow, it's snowing like crazy in New England. I can't see the Cardinals doing well in this at all...

UPDATE(12/21, 11:10 AM ET): Adam Schefter reports Frank Gore is OUT. DeShaun Foster seems like a good gamble now if you're in need of a running back. Anybody that gets touches against the Rams is a good play.

More weather issues... a wind advisory has been issued for the Giants/Panthers game according to Rotoworld. Not good for the Giants or Panthers' passing game, really Steve Smith is the only guy that this should affect unless your team sucks.

Also, I just checked Weather.Com for the Bears/Packers game tomorrow night, forecast says a high of 10 degrees.

John Clayton reports Anquan Boldin is likely out, maybe next week as well. I would say pick up Steve Breaston, but with those weather conditions I'm not so sure about that anymore.

If I could make my picks over, I'd change a few things, such as taking off Randy Moss as the best WR, and the same for Chad Pennington as the sleeper QB with the weather.

UPDATE(12/21, 11:35 AM ET): Chad Ocho Cinco Johnson is out today. He was listed as Probable after being added to the injury report yesterday with a hamstring injury, guess it's worse than they thought. Anyway, good news I guess for Whosyourmama owners(like myself). Chris Henry will start in Chad's place.

That snow just seems to be getting worse in New England. I feel bad for this reporter on NFL Net.

Anquan Boldin is officially out.

UPDATE(12/21, 12:35 PM ET): Alright, that snow is just awful in New England. I'd seriously consider replacing Cassel, Warner, Moss, and Fitzgerald in your lineups, if you have pretty good replacement options. I can't see how they're going to throw very well in this weather.

Also, people, it's Tarvaris, not Tavaris Jackson. Fox just had it spelled incorrectly, about the tenth time I've seen that being the case on TV this week. Get it together before you show this crap to the whole world.

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