Fantasy Football benches must-haves, sleepers: week 16
The last three weeks of the 2021 NFL season are here! It’s the best time of year to be a soccer fan and even sweeter if you’re still competing for a fantastic league.
The race for the playoffs will intensify as this is the first year with Week 18 on the schedule. Adding the seventh seed to each conference made securing the first seed more critical than ever, as it is the only way to earn a pass during the Wild Cards round. Unfortunately, COVID-19 protocols remain a hurdle for fantasy managers and head coaches to overcome. At the same time, players who have benefited from increased use and opportunity may find themselves performing in critical situations in the future.
Players who may have caused headaches and other negative feelings on the rosters just a few weeks ago are relevant again. I’ve rounded up some of the best high potential bench reserve prospects ahead of Week 16 and will explain why each is worth considering. Of course, use your best judgment based on the build and needs of your roster, but these players all have the edge you need to achieve a win and advance into the fantastic playoffs.
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Third-year running back Craig Reynolds burst onto the scene in Week 14, carrying 11 times for 83 yards and catching both of his targets for 16 extra yards. He continued that performance with a heavy workload that yielded 26 carries for 112 rushing yards against the Arizona Cardinals in a surprise 30-12 win last week. Detroit and head coach Dan Campbell are a race-centric attack, so with D’Andre Swift on IR, Reynolds should continue to manage enough touches to remain a top-of-the-line RB3 against Atlanta, Seattle and Green Bay to finish. the season. Jamaal Williams has just been activated from the COVID list, so he should be handling RB1 volume. However, Reynolds has proven to be an effective rusher and should continue to feed off hits on the stretch. Stash Reynolds on waivers as a high potential RB3 against the Falcons in Week 16.
Baltimore has faced quite a bit of adversity this season, as Lamar Jackson’s absence for most of Week 14 and all of Week 15 left the Ravens on a two-game losing streak. They are definitely in winning mode now and nearly managed a comeback against Green Bay in Week 15. However, veteran running back Latavius ââMurray saw double-digit hits for the first time since Week 11. Murray played 41 percent of the snaps compared to 55 percent given to Devonta Freeman, but he still finished with 6.9 ypc and saw three more touches. It will be interesting to watch how Murray is used against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 16, assuming Jackson is healthy enough to recover from his ankle injury suffered in Week 14 against the Browns. If Tyler Huntley is playing, Murray should be an RB3 with RB2 upside down if he is awarded any hits on the goal line against Freeman. Stash Murray ahead of a game over against the struggling Bengals defense, giving up 23.83 PPR points per game to running backs this season.
26-year-old Green Bay wide receiver Allen Lazard has shown he’s the WR2 on offense when he’s in good health. His advantage is evident as he catches assists from reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, who currently has the same MVP chances as Tom Brady entering Week 16. Lazard played 79% of the snaps in a big road win of the week. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens, turning this opportunity into two receptions for 23 yards on four targets. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the speed receiver used to gain the upper hand on a defense, allowing Lazard to work on intermediate and underlying roads and on the opposite perimeter to the widening All-Pro Davante Adams. Lazard was also the final WR2 in terms of snap percentage in Week 14 against the Chicago Bears, where he scored 6/75/1 on seven targets. He’s a quality WR3 with WR2 on the rise, making Lazard a go-to prospect heading into a Christmas Day clash against the Cleveland Browns in Week 16.
Denver has most of the pieces needed to take on any team in the league. Sadly, the quarterback is the missing piece the franchise can’t find. Teddy Bridgewater suffered a frightening concussion in Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals and was replaced by Drew Lock, who has been very volatile and inconsistent throughout his career. Tim Patrick remains a stable WR3 despite the poor quarterback carousel, using his 6-4 frame to win contested passes and take advantage of smaller defenders at the point of capture. Patrick played 94% of the snaps in Week 15 to be the Broncos’ WR1, recording three receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Patrick has five touchdowns this season and has five targets in three straight games, entering a Week 16 divisional road clash against the Las Vegas Raiders. While the Raiders are one of the five toughest clashes for fantasy players, Patrick has proven to be more reliable than Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton over the past month. Stash Patrick as a high potential WR3 despite playing in a conservative attack that lacks consistency at the quarterback.
It’s been a tough season for second-year forward Jalen Reagor. A few notable moments are etched in our brains, including his crash into the end zone against the New York Giants at the end of the game in Week 12. However, Reagor was more productive against Washington in Week 15, bringing his three targets for 57 yards, hitting his highest yardage of the season. Unfortunately, he hasn’t delivered a touchdown since Week 7 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Nonetheless, a remaining favorable schedule against NFC East defenses means Reagor will have a chance to avenge his fall to the Giants starting in Week 16. Reagor played 54% of the snaps in Week 15, making him the WR2. against Quez Watkins and Greg Ward. Dallas Goedert and DeVonta Smith are Jalen Hurts’ main targets in a run-focused Philadelphia attack. Still, Reagor is a good choice for an emergency deployment as WR4 with WR3 upside down.
Cleveland has battled injuries and a COVID outbreak in recent weeks, joining several other teams in an uphill battle to fully prepare for their games. It contributed to a losing two-game skid, but fifth-year tight end David Njoku was a valuable target in a slow Browns offense. Njoku’s goals have been steadily increasing since Week 6, as he now has five goals in consecutive matches. While he caught just three receptions for 29 yards in a disappointing loss to the Raiders in Week 15, Njoku managed to find the end zone against the Ravens in Week 14 on the same target. Like most streaming options, Njoku will need a touchdown to deliver its advantage. The Green Bay Packers defense ranks 13th against fantastic tight ends this season, so Njoku could be the Browns tight end to finish with a touchdown this week, as Harrison Bryant scored one last week against the Raiders. Njoku played 100% of the snaps, giving him a decisive advantage over Bryant to move forward.
Always enjoy a discounted Ben Roethlisberger in the fantastic leagues. As Big Ben was held untouched for the first time against the Tennessee Titans in Week 15, he has a favorable schedule to end the season but will face his toughest test against the Kansas City Chiefs on the road in Week 16. Roethlisberger only needs to play some quality football for one half, as he demonstrated against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 15, throwing three touchdowns late for almost. make a massive comeback on the road. Sure, the Chiefs’ defense has been playing better lately, but they’ve allowed over 400 offensive yards in two of their last three games. The Steelers are desperate for a chance at the playoffs, so expect Roethlisberger to have a big game at Arrowhead Stadium this weekend. Rate him as a top-of-the-line QB2 on the sidelines of QB1’s territory for the remainder of the regular season and book him as a quarterback insurance policy.
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