Week 16 Christmas Best Buys
As a frequent shopper, I’m always out there looking for a bargain. We are all not made of money, so we should appreciate a good deal when we see one. The same theory applies to DFS Lineup construction. Consumers are spending their hard earned money on a player and want an ROI (Return On Investment). In this case, a cap is provided to so we as players don’t go over budget. This is when skill and strategy come into play. I ultimately want players that will exceed their value. That’s what I’m here for, to do the dirty work and find you the best ROI players of Week 16. With Christmas fast approaching and the end of fantasy football leagues this week. Week 16 Christmas Best Buys have come right on time. Week 16 provides us with 11 divisional matchups which will lead to a lot of tight contests, setting up for a ton of points and value available.
Ben Roethlisberger| Pittsburgh Steelers | QB
The King of Home/Road Splits will finally return home. The difference is stark so far this season, Big Ben has averaged 14.5 DK points and at home a ridiculous 28.4 DK points. This play is as obvious as it gets. Not to mention Baltimore’s secondary is dismal with or without Jimmy Smith. Ben will be able to pick apart this defense all night long. In my words “This might get ugly”.
Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | QB
The Colts are in a must win situation. Luck has put this team on his back for two out of the three weeks straight and they need two more stellar performances to have an opportunity to get into the postseason. Oakland ranks 23rd against opposing QBs, allowing Luck plenty of chances to link up with T.Y. Hilton. Luck will have to create on the move behind this weak line which is why I like his upside. Luck is a mobile QB and can rack up rush yards and tire out this Khalil Mack led defense, with a consistent amount of first downs. Start Luck with confidence playoff elimination usually lights a fire under Andrew Luck.
Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | QB
Last years, MVP has had a horrible campaign but Cam has too much pride to not end the season on a bad note. Newton looked like his old self on Monday Night Football, throwing for 300-yards and two touchdowns. Now, Newton will face the Atlanta Falcons 32nd ranked defense. Cam is determined to end the year strong for next season’s campaign.
Todd Gurley | Los Angeles Rams | RB
This is the week, TODD GURLEY IS MY LOCK OF THE WEEK!! Todd Gurley has hurt many DFS players all season long. Gurley gets an early Christmas gift against the 49ers 32nd ranked run defense. Draftkings knows it by making Todd the eighth most expensive RB. You’re still getting him at a discount because his peak price in Week one was $7,800. I’m all in on him, Gurley will get at least 100-yards and one touchdown but expect more.
Bilal Powell | New York Jets | RB
Bilal Powell has been the only bright spot ON THE ENTIRE TEAM. Powell is the only back they really have. Matt Forte has a torn meniscus but for some reason management still decides to play him. At this point, it is evaluation time of your roster to see who you’re going to keep and cut. Powell will be the focal point of this offense against the New England Patriots. With the Jets huge underdogs, Powell will have plenty of pass-catching opportunities trying to play catch up to the Patriots.
Kenneth Farrow or Melvin Gordon | San Diego Chargers | RB
So far Melvin Gordon’s outlook this week is bleak, Gordon missed Tuesday practice. I’m hoping for a miracle for Gordon to get some practice reps this week. This is the second best RB matchup of the week. If Gordon doesn’t suit up, I have to love Kenneth Farrow. He will get the majority of the touches in the offense. Despite his bad performance last week, I would choose anyone to run against this defense and they would be a great option.
DeAndre Hopkins | Houston Texans | WR
A Savior has come to Houston, in the form of Tom Savage. Savage Christ has resurrected the year for DeAndre Hopkins. After finally benching Brock Osweiler, Savage took full advantage and targeted their best offensive player for a total of 17 times. This spells fantasy goodness for this week. I want anyone who is getting this much work let alone the player being “NUK” Hopkins.
Allen Robinson | Jacksonville Jaguars | WR
I didn’t want to do this but I can’t deny his matchup. Allen Robinson is a very risky play but the Tennessee Titans have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing WRs. Robinson in the first meeting this year had a decent game with six receptions and 70-yards. I expect him to do better under a new head coach. Doug Marrone is the interim Head Coach and if he wants to keep his job I think he will implement more work for their best receiver.
Jordy Nelson | Green Bay Packers | WR
Jordy Nelson is one of the most consistent Wr’s in DFS. Nelson has only had one game all year long with under a double digit result. When you pay for him, you get Aaron Rodgers favorite red-zone target. When Green Bay gets into the red zone, Rodgers targets Nelson at a 29% clip with 10 touchdowns already. I don’t care if he is going against Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings defense. In Week two, Jordy against this same team recorded five catches for 73-yards and a touchdown.
Martellus Bennett | New England Patriots | TE
Martellus Bennett is one of my favorite tight end plays. New York Jets is one of the worst defenses in the NFL. Their main weakness is against the tight ends. In the last two weeks, the Jets have given up three touchdowns to Dwayne Allen and two touchdowns to Dion Sims. If the likes of Dion Sims and Dwayne Allen combine for five touchdowns. What do you think Tom Brady and Martellus Bennett can do?
Antonio Gates | San Diego Chargers | TE
Antonio Gates has two more weeks left to break the record. Gates is three touchdowns away and I believe he will get at least two of them this week against the Cleveland Browns 32nd ranked defense. Phillip Rivers will focus on him in the red-zone so his best friend can come closer to history.