Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: NFL Week 16

By Ryan Bologna

With week 16 in the NFL is this weekend, and hopefully you are preparing for a playoff matchup in your fantasy league. Here is who top outlets recommend starting for this weekend’s games.


Tua Tagovailoa is a popular quarterback this week, as the Dolphins will face the Packers at home this week. Tagovailoa has been very productive this season in part due to Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill, and outlets believe that will continue against Green Bay.

Dak Prescott has thrown some brutal interceptions over the last couple of weeks, and it won’t get any easier facing the Philadelphia Eagles this weekend. The outlets are not high on Prescott, three out of the five recommend sitting him.

Start ‘EmSit ‘Em
NFL.comTua Tagovailoa, Trevor Lawrence, Kirk Cousins, Daniel Jones, Gardner MinshewDak Prescott, Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Ryan Tannehill
ESPNTua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Geno Smith, Kirk Cousins, Daniel JonesDak Prescott, Gardner Minshew, Lamar Jackson, Derek Carr, Zach Wilson
CBSKirk Cousins, Tua Tagovailoa, Geno Smith, Tom BradyDeshaun Watson, Derek Carr, Jared Goff, Aaron Rodgers
YahooTua Tagovailoa, Geno Smith, Kirk Cousins, Dak Prescott, Justin HerbertTrevor Lawrence, Daniel Jones, Gardner Minshew, Jared Goff, Brock Purdy
Sporting NewsLamar Jackson, Kirk Cousins, Geno Smith, Tom Brady, Aaron RodgersDak Prescott, Jared Goff, Derek Carr, Deshaun Watson, Andy Dalton

Running Backs

J.K. Dobbins has disappointed at times this year, but the outlets are high on him this week. Baltimore will face Atlanta at home on Saturday, and they should lean on the running game. Dobbins went for 125 rushing yards on 13 carries a week ago.

Brian Robinson looked great against the Giants on Sunday Night Football last week, but the 49ers are a different animal on defense. This will be a much tougher task, especially with the Commanders traveling across the country to play on the road.

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NFL.comDavid Montgomery, Jerick McKinnon, Alvin Kamara, J.K. Dobbins, Zack MossTravis Etienne, Brian Robinson, D’Onta Foreman, Cam Akers
ESPNTony Pollard, James Connor, Kenneth Walker, Joe Mixon, J.K. DobbinsEzekiel Elliott, Isiah Pacheco, Jerick McKinnon, Raheem Mostert, D’Andre Swift
CBSJ.K. Dobbins, Najee Harris, Kenneth Walker, Jerick McKinnon, Leonard Fournette, David MontgomeryBrian Robinson, D’Onta Foreman, Cordarrelle Patterson, Cam Akers, Zack Moss
YahooTony Pollard, Joe Mixon, J.K. Dobbins, Miles Sanders, James ConnorRaheem Mostert, Travis Etienne, Isiah Pacheco, David Montgomery, D’Andre Swift
Sporting NewsIsiah Pacheco, Jerick McKinnon, Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, Devin SingletaryBrian Robinson, Antonio Gibson, Tyler Allgeier, Cordarrelle Patterson, D’Onta Foreman

Wide Receivers

The outlets were pretty divided this week when it came to what wide receivers to start, but the most popular one is JuJu Smith-Schuster. He has been productive in his first season in Kansas City. He is facing a weak defense in the Seattle Seahawks, so he could be a good option this week.

The Browns offense hasn’t gotten going since Deshaun Watson’s return, and outlets recommend staying away from receiver Amari Cooper as a result. Maybe the Browns offense will show more life against the Saints this week, but Cooper is a risky start this week.

Start ‘EmSit ‘Em
NFL.comGarrett Wilson, Mike Evans, DJ Moore, Darius Slayton, Chris MooreMarquise Brown, Curtis Samuel, Hunter Renfrow, Jakobi Meyers
ESPNTerry McLaurin, Michael Pittman, JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeVonta Smith, Mike WilliamsAmari Cooper, Zay Jones, Jerry Jeudy, Darius Slayton, Gabe Davis
CBSJerry Jeudy, Christian Kirk, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mike Evans, DJ MooreAmari Cooper, Marquise Brown, Brandon Aiyuk, Allen Lazard, Drake London, Zay Jones
YahooTerry McLaurin, JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeVonta Smith, Garrett WilsonMichael Pittman, Amari Cooper, DJ Moore, Zay Jones, Jerry Jeudy
Sporting NewsDonovan Peoples-Jones, Zay Jones, DJ Moore, Chris Moore, Diontae JohnsonBrandon Aiyuk, Amari Cooper, Michael Pittman, Marquise Brown, Drake London

Tight Ends

The Commanders defense has played pretty well against tight ends this year, but George Kittle is still a popular start this week. He has been productive with Brock Purdy as the starting quarterback. The outlets like his chances of performing well this week.

David Njoku has been in both categories for much of this season, but outlets recommend sitting him this week. As mentioned with Cooper above, the Browns offense has not been very good since Watson’s return.

Start ‘EmSit ‘Em
NFL.comGeorge Kittle, Evan Engram, Darren Waller, Juwan Johnson, Cade OttonCole Kmet, Dawson Knox, Greg Dulcich, Tyler Conklin
ESPNGeorge Kittle, Evan Engram, Dalton Schultz, Dallas Goedert, Pat FreiermuthDarren Waller, David Njoku, Dawson Knox, Greg Dulcich, Juwan Johnson
CBSEvan Engram, Dallas Goedert, Dawson KnoxCole Kmet, Greg Dulcich, Tyler Higbee, David Njoku
YahooGeorge Kittle, Dallas Goedert, Darren Waller, Dalton Schultz, Evan EngramDavid Njoku, Pat Freiermuth, Gerald Everett, Dawson Knox, Greg Dulcich
Sporting NewsPat Freiermuth, Evan Engram, Hayden Hurst, Noah Fant, Dawson KnoxDalton Schultz, David Njoku, Gerald Everett, Greg Dulcich, Hunter Henry
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