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Fantasy Football Week 16 Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers

The NFL regular season is winding down as Week 16 is getting ready to get underway on Saturday. While it’s easy to look ahead, let us reflect on the wide receivers who performed well in fantasy football in Week 15.

Despite having another fantastic season, Julio Jones has had a tough time finding the end zone since Week 3. The All-Pro wide receiver was able to haul in 13 receptions, 134 yards, and two touchdowns as he led all wide receivers with 38.4 fantasy points.

With Chris Godwin and Mike Evans being injured, Breshad Perriman saw an increase in targets for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 15. As a result, the former first-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens had five catches for 113 yards and three touchdowns.

What wide receivers are worth considering in your lineups this week? All of the picks in this article are based on PPR (points per reception) scoring and can be used in season-long or DFS (daily fantasy sports) leagues.

In light of that, here are the wide receivers to start and sit in your fantasy football lineups in Week 16.

WRs to Start in Week 16

Broncos’ Courtland Sutton (vs. Lions): Ever since the Denver Broncos traded Emmanuel Sanders before Week 8, Courtland Sutton has seen an increased role in the offense. The second-year wideout has responded by scoring 10 or more points in five of his last seven games.

Due to Sutton spending most of his time on the outside, he shouldn’t see much of Darius Slay against the Detroit Lions. Additionally, Detroit’s defense has allowed 17 receiving touchdowns to WRs (tied for seventh-most in the NFL).

Texans’ Will Fuller (vs. Buccaneers): Will Fuller was able to return from injury in Week 15 as he recorded five receptions for a modest 61 yards. That now gives the Houston Texans’ big-play wide receiver four double-digit performances in 2019.

Fuller shouldn’t have any trouble being relevant in fantasy again in Week 16 versus the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay’s defense has given up 2,827 yards (most in the NFL) and 21 receiving touchdowns (second-most in the NFL).

Bengals’ Tyler Boyd (vs. Dolphins): Last week, Tyler Boyd had a rough outing as he spent most of the day being covered by Stephon Gilmore. Boyd had three receptions for 26 yards on seven targets as the Cincinnati Bengals were blown out by the New England Patriots.

Luckily for Boyd, he has a perfect matchup to bounce back in when he takes on the Miami Dolphins in Week 16. The Dolphins’ defense has surrendered 25 receiving touchdowns to WRs (most in the NFL).

Other WRs to Start: Buccaneers’ Breshad Perriman (vs. Texans), Cowboys’ Michael Gallup (vs. Eagles), Redskins’ Terry McLaurin (vs. Giants), Seahawks’ D.K. Metcalf (vs. Cardinals)

WRs to Sit in Week 16

Bills’ John Brown (vs. Patriots): This season, John Brown has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in fantasy. As a matter of fact, Brown has recorded 10 or more points in all but two of his starts for the Buffalo Bills.

Unfortunately, the speedy wide receiver will likely draw shadow coverage from Stephon Gilmore on Sunday versus the Patriots. In addition, New England’s defense has held opposing WRs to just three receiving touchdowns (fewest in the NFL).

Lions’ Danny Amendola (vs. Broncos): Just last week, Danny Amendola was regarded as a viable fill-in option at the wide receiver position. The veteran pass-catcher delivered with eight receptions for 102 yards for the Detroit Lions.

Despite seeing an uptick in targets due to the Marvin Jones injury, Amendola will have a tougher time getting involved against the Broncos in Week 16. Denver’s defense has contained opposing WRs to 30.5 points per game (seventh-fewest in the NFL).

Jets’ Jamison Crowder (vs. Steelers): Jamison Crowder put together his best fantasy performance of the season last week against the Baltimore Ravens. The New York Jets’ go-to wide receiver finished the game with six receptions, 90 yards, and two scores.

Crowder will have to try to follow up his stellar outing against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the upcoming week. The Steelers’ defense has limited opposing WRs to 31 points per game (10th fewest in the NFL).