Wow, Week 16 is here. It feels like yesterday that I was reading between the lines (and sometimes just flat-out guessing) on running back situations like Washington, Atlanta, and Buffalo. This week, though, isn’t for 10, 12, or more teams in each league. Unless you play in a foolish league that uses Week 17, this week is for two teams only – the best of the best and/or the luckiest of the lucky.
I enjoyed my format from last week when I broke out which players are STUDS (fully matchup-proof, no getting cute), which players could be benched only if your team was loaded (great players with bad matchups), and which players would need help from the fantasy gods (“FLEX” types).
Some hits were calling Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, C.J. Spiller, Calvin Johnson, and Aaron Hernandez STUDS (which I realize is obviously not a stretch, but all produced significant numbers in a week where many players laid eggs). Some misses were having Stevan Ridley and Danario Alexander in the “only bench if your team is loaded” and Russell Wilson in the “help from the fantasy gods” category (maybe it should have been called “help from a defense that has given up because they’re playing a game in front of a lifeless crowd”).
With that, let’s go on to the calls, shall we?