Dec 19

Fantasy Football Pick ‘em or Kick ‘em: Week 16

Fantasy football is a weekly game.

This should be your mantra; your rule to live by. There are times to take longevity into account, but more often than not you’re playing the weekly match-ups hoping to beat your opponent right then and there.

To help you make the tough decisions throughout your lineup, I’m releasing my list of guys you should either pick for your starting lineup or kick to your bench.

IT’S CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND! This is not the time to lose focus, and that’s why I’ve complied my best Pick ‘em or Kick ‘em list of the year. It involves benching Peyton Manning. What in the world could go wrong?

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Dec 18

FanDuel Week 16 Picks

We have finally made it, time for the fantasy football championships to be played. If you’ve made your fantasy championships congratulations and good luck, but for the rest of us, we need something else to get us through week 16 (especially if you are a fan of the Giants like I am).


I normally turn to FanDuel to get my fantasy football kicks in case my teams aren’t in the finals. Let’s take a look at how my picks faired in week 15 and a look to week 16 as well (I’ll break down both Thursday/Saturday games and Sunday/Monday games).



Week 15 (Thursday included):

Quarterback: Philip Rivers $8200 Mark Sanchez $7500, Eli Manning $7500, Matt Ryan $7900

A pretty good outing at quarterback this past week with 2 out of the top 3 selected (Manning and Ryan). Eli can thank Odell Beckham Jr. and his 3 TDs for his spot, while the porous Steelers defense aided the Julio Jones-less Ryan. Rivers underwhelmed against the Broncos coming in 19th at 11.58 points. Mark Sanchez looked like he was back on the Jets with only 8.08 points.


Running back: CJ Anderson $8000 Chris Johnson $5300, Latavius Murray $6500 Dan Herron $6300, Jonathon Stewart $6700

Ugly week at running back in general with only 4 players over 20 points and none of them are from my list. CJ Anderson was the highest scoring running back pick at 10.6 points but didn’t justify his $8000 price tag. Murray and Herron were both in the top 30, but Johnson and Stewart barely were able to stay in the top 50.


Wide Receiver: Jordan Matthews $7000 Steve Smith $6800, Donte Moncrief $5700, Marquess Wilson $4500, Marquis Lee $5800

As ugly as running back was this past week, wide receiver was much worse. I didn’t have 1 player in the top 30 receivers this week. Leading the way was Jordan Matthews with a big, fat 0. That’s right 0 points for my pick last week. I’m obviously not happy about it, but that was ridiculous.


TE: Delanie Walker $5300 Jared Cook $5200, Larry Donnell $5200, Brent Celek $4500

The wild world of tight ends gave us a mixed back this week. 3 of picks were in the top 20 with Delanie Walker at number 7 ahead of players like Jimmy Graham and Martellus Bennett. Donnell was the worst performer of the bunch ending up as the number 31 tight end with 2.1 points.


Week 16 Thursday/Saturday:

QB Mark Sanchez $7500

He can’t possibly be THAT bad. Sanchez put up a stinker last week against the Cowboys in a primetime showdown with only 252 yards and 2 INTs. He didn’t throw for a touchdown, but that will change this week against Washington. Washington is dead last in the league against opposing quarterbacks, giving up over 20 points per game (in 4 point passing TD leagues) and is also last in the league in pass defense according to Football Outsiders. I look for Sanchez and the Eagles to bounce back this week.


Other Values: Robert Griffin III $6900, Colin Kaepernick $6700

RB: Alfonso Smith $4500

It certainly looks like both Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde will not play for the 49ers this weekend against the Chargers, so if you are looking for a cheap alternative at running back you can look no further than Alfonso Smith. He should carry the majority of the load for the 49ers on Saturday night. The Chargers are a middle of the pack defense against running backs (giving up 14.5 points per game), but any back that has 15-18 touches in a game is someone worth looking into.

Other Values: Darren Sproles $5300, Toby Gerhart $4700

WR: DeSean Jackson $6900

REVENGE, REVENGE, REVENGE! No, this isn’t a movie, but it could play out like one for Jackson and the rest of Washington if they can defeat the Eagles. Last time out against his former team Jackson caught 5 of his 11 targets for 117 yards and a long TD. Do I think it can happen again, I certainly do as the Eagles are 2nd worst in the league against opposing wide receivers, giving up just under 26 points per game. Jackson is the ultimate boom or bust player, but could prove his worth in FanDuel.

Other Values: Nate Washington $6600, Allen Hurns $5400

TE: Delanie Walker $5400

Someone has to score some points in the Jaguars-Titans game, and while I expect a Jaguars victory, I do think Delanie Walker has some value here. The Jaguars are giving up about 8 points per game to opposing tight ends, and couple that with the fact that Charlie Whitehurst is going to start gives you a solid option in Walker.

Other Values: Jordan Reed $4900


QB: Matthew Stafford $8200

If you haven’t been watching football lately you may fail to realize that the entire Bears team is a mess right now. Their coach is on the hot seat, Jay Cutler just got benched for Jimmy Clausen and their defense is a total joke (2nd worst against opposing QBs this season). I expect Stafford to do some major damage, just like in their meeting on Thanksgiving (you can see what I wrote here on the matter). Even if it is only for 3 quarters (the Lions should be up huge in this game), Stafford should be a top 10 QB this week and well worth the investment.

Other Values: Eli Manning $7700, Josh McCown $7000

RB: Fred Jackson $6700

With at least 18 touches in his last 3 games, Jackson is clearly back as the lead back for the Buffalo Bills, a team surprisingly still in the playoff hunt. I expect the Bills defense to hold down the struggling Raiders in this game and a lot of work for old man Fred (at least 20 touches). Again, if a running back is going to get 20 touches I’ll certainly take him on my roster and against the Raiders who are giving up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs is just one more reason to have Jackson on your roster.

Other Values: Pierre Thomas $5700, Doug Martin $5500, Joseph Randle $4900

WR: Dwayne Bowe $5500

I know a wide receiver hasn’t caught a pass for the Chiefs yet this season, but that has to end sometime. The Steelers have been getting torched in recent weeks against opposing wide receivers, giving up at least 29 combined fantasy points per game. The Chiefs will have to score in this game against the red hot Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell so I think the curse will be broken and Bowe will get into the end zone for the Chiefs.

Other Values: Kenny Stills $6100, Cole Beasley $5700, Torrey Smith $6400

TE: Dwayne Allen $5400

Prior to their performance against the Eagles, the Cowboys defense was going in the wrong direction and I see that again this week against Andrew Luck and the Colts. When healthy, Allen is a red zone machine with 8 touchdowns on the season and his teammate TY Hilton doesn’t appear to be fully healthy, so Luck will have to utilize his tight end much more in this game. Add in that the Cowboys defense has given up over 10 fantasy points to tight ends twice in their last 4 games and I think Allen and the rest of the Colts have a good bounce back effort.

Other Values: Owen Daniels $5300, Jermaine Gresham $5300

Sample Line-ups:



Reach out to The Fantasy Report’s staff @FantasyReport_ and Steve @TheRealHalupka for any FanDuel lineup questions or any other daily fantasy sports inquiries.

*Disclaimer: Utilizing the lineup advice above will not guarantee any future results. is not responsible for any moneys lost while playing FanDuel or any other daily fantasy sport website.

Dec 18

Week 16 Fantasy DST Rankings

Site AveragePlayer NameTeamStephenDerrick
1Detroit LionsDET12
2Buffalo BillsBUF33
3Seattle SeahawksSEA27
4New England PatriotsNE54
5Green Bay PackersGB48
6New York GiantsNYG75
7Philadelphia EaglesPHI69
8Miami DolphinsMIA116
9Denver BroncosDEN151
10Baltimore RavensBAL810
11Jacksonville JaguarsJAX911
12San Diego ChargersSD1012
13Carolina PanthersCAR1214
14Tennessee TitansTEN1413
15Kansas City ChiefsKC1315
16Cleveland BrownsCLE1716
17San Francisco 49ersSF1619
18St. Louis RamsSTL1817
19Arizona CardinalsARI1918
20Washington RedskinsWAS2020
Dec 18

Week 16 Fantasy Kicker Rankings

Site AveragePlayer NameTeamStephenDerrick
1Adam VinatieriIND43
2Justin TuckerBAL36
3Stephen GostkowskiNE17
4Dan BaileyDAL62
5Matt PraterDET101
6Mason CrosbyGB55
7Steven HauschkaSEA28
8Connor BarthDEN94
9Matt BryantATL89
10Dan CarpenterBUF1310
11Cody ParkayPHI717
12Josh BrownNYG1115
13Robbie GouldCHI1712
14Shaun SuishamPIT2011
15Caleb SturgisMIA1614
16Cairo SantosKC1219
17Mike NugentCIN1913
18Nick NovakSD1518
19Shayne GrahamNO1816
20Josh ScobeeJAC1420
Dec 18

Week 16 Fantasy TE Rankings

Site AveragePlayer NameTeamStephenDerrick
1Jimmy GrahamNO21
2Greg OlsenCAR32
3Rob GronkowskiNE17
4Travis KelceKC53
5Delanie WalkerTEN64
6Dwayne AllenIND48
7Martellus BennettCHI85
8Julius ThomasDEN79
9Antonio GatesSD106
10Jason WittenDAL1210
11Cooper HelfetSEA1311
12Eric EbronDET917
13Brent CelekPHI1116
14Jared CookSTL1412
15Coby FleenerIND1513
16Jordan ReedWAS1614
17Charles ClayMIA1715
18Larry DonnellNYG1819
19Kyle RudolphMIN1918
20Owen DanielsBAL2020
Dec 18

Week 16 Fantasy WR Rankings

Site AveragePlayer NameTeamStephenDerrick
1Calvin JohnsonDET12
2Jordy NelsonGB41
3Antonio BrownPIT26
4Odell Beckham Jr.NYG53
5Dez BryantDAL84
6Demaryius ThomasDEN95
7Julio JonesATL313
8Jeremy MaclinPHI109
9Mike EvansTB117
10Ty HiltonIND714
11Randall CobbGB128
12Julian EdelmanNE1410
13Sammy WatkinsBUF178
14Kelvin BenjaminCAR1611
15Emmanuel SandersDEN1315
16A.J. GreenCIN626
17DeSean JacksonWAS1518
18Mike WallaceMIA2012
19Torrey SmithBAL1817
20Golden TateDET1916
21Josh GordonCLE2221
22DeAndre HopkinsHOU2322
23Kenny StillsNO2619
24Alshon JefferyCHI2125
25Brandon LaFellNE2423
26Vincent JacksonTB2524
27Jarvis LandryMIA2820
28Jordan MatthewsPHI2731
29Malcolm FloydSD3227
30Roddy WhiteATL2934
31Stedman BaileySTL3032
32Andre JohnsonHOU3133
33Charles JohnsonMIN3628
34Allen HurnsJAC3729
35Dwayne BoweKC3335
36Percy HarvinNYJ3830
37Anquan BoldinSF3437
38Steve SmithBAL3536
39Martavis BryantPIT4138
40Marquess WilsonCHI3941
41Larry FitzgeraldARI4239
42Michael CrabtreeSF4042
43Doug BaldwinSEA4340
44Eric DeckerNYJ4443
45James JonesOAK4544
46Kendall WrightTEN4645
47Michael FloydARI4746
48Mohamed SanuCIN4847
49Donte MoncriefIND4948
50Robert WoodsBUF5049
Dec 18

Week 16 Fantasy RB Rankings

Site AveragePlayer NameTeamStephenDerrick
1Le'Veon BellPIT21
2Eddie LacyGB16
3C.J. AndersonDEN45
4Marshawn LynchSEA74
5Arian FosterHOU83
6Matt ForteCHI112
7Jamaal CharlesKC311
8Justin ForsettBAL512
9Joique BellDET97
10Jeremy HillCIN108
11Mark IngramNO617
12LeSean McCoyPHI149
13Fred JacksonBUF1213
14Jonathan StewartCAR1610
15Isaiah CrowellCLE1714
16Dan HerronIND1518
17Tre MasonSTL1815
18Joseph RandleDAL1323
19LeGarrette BlountNE2116
20Christopher IvoryNYJ1919
21Carlos HydeSF2020
22Alfred MorrisWAS2221
23Steven JacksonATL2324
24Lamar MillerMIA2522
25Latavius MurrayOAK2425
26Andre WilliamsNYG2727
27Toby GerhartJAC2826
28Pierre ThomasNO2630
29Matt AsiataMIN2928
30Shane VereenNE3029
31Doug MartinTB3132
32Giovani BernardCIN3231
33Darren SprolesPHI3433
34Shonn GreeneTEN3335
35Reggie BushDET3534
36Chris JohnsonNYJ3636
37Knile DavisKC3837
38Terrance WestCLE3740
39Branden OliverSD3939
40Bernard PierceBAL4038
Dec 18

Week 16 Fantasy QB Rankings

Site RankingPlayer NameTeamStephenDerrick
1Aaron RodgersGB13
2Matthew StaffordDET41
3Tony RomoDAL62
4Drew BreesNO38
5Tom BradyNE55
6Andrew LuckIND210
7Eli ManningNYG94
8Peyton ManningDEN79
9Philip RiversSD116
10Matt RyanATL811
11Ben RoethlisbergerPIT1012
12Kyle OrtonBUF177
13Mark SanchezPHI1313
14Ryan TannehillMIA1216
15Russell WilsonSEA1415
16Andy DaltonCIN1514
17Joe FlaccoBAL1817
18Blake BortlesJAX1918
19Colin KaepernickSF1623
20Robert Griffin IIIWAS2022
21Cam NewtonCAR2121
22Alex SmithKC2220
23Josh McCownTB2319
24Shaun HillSTL2424
25Teddy BridgewaterMIN2526
26Johnny ManzielCLE2625
27Derek CarrOAK2727
28Geno SmithNYJ2828
29Case KeenumHOU2929
30Charlie WhitehurstTEN3030
31Jimmy ClausenCHI3131
32Ryan LindleyARI3232