By: Cooper Weiss @CATCHINGTAPICK6
Redraft Risers and Fallers
It‘s Week 16 AKA Championship Week!
Congratulations if you’ve made it this far. If you didn’t make it to the championship, better luck next year. So now you’re going to need to be on the money, there isn’t a lot of room for error in your lineup. Be sure to follow our Risers, Fallers, Starts, Sits, and our Rankings closely this week!
Guess who‘s back, back again. Kareem Hunt is finally back to being the explosive back. Mostly because head coach Andy Reid stopped giving him the ball. When he stopped doing that the Chiefs went on a losing streak. but let’s forget about that since Kareem is coming of two 25+ carries weeks. In which he had 28 touches for a total of 138 and 1 touchdown in week 14 then in week 15 he had 31 touches for a total of 206 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Kareem getting touches and gaining a whole lotta yards, he is back in the RB1 discussion with a matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
The undrafted rookie dropped the hammer with the rest of the Jaguars in the 45-7 victory against the Texans. He exploded with catching 7 of 9 targets for 186 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Also he had 2 40+ yard catches. Yes, you just read that right we’re all stunned. Keelan’s 186 receiving yards is the 2nd most in Jaguars history by a rookie. He’s been surprisingly going under the Radar these past weeks, Keelan has a touchdown in each of the past 3 games, also had 99 yards in week 14, has had 3 40+ yard catches in weeks 14 and 15. The rookie has definitely gained a role in this offense. With that being said if your in need for a flex player, he wouldn’t be bad to start. He and the Jaguars has a matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, He is a WR3 for the fantasy Championships.
The USC graduate has become one of the NFL’s favorite and most fun players. In Week 15 he continued being fun to watch. He had just 5 catches for 45 but with less than a minute to go in the 4th quarter he broke off for a 69 yard gain which set the Steelers in prime position to at least tie the game but we all know how the game ended. During the game Martavis Bryant scored a touchdown and as a celebration he reenacted the hit on Vontaze Burfict which got him suspended the game before. JuJu need the game with 6 catches for 114 yards. With Antonio Brown getting injured and likely out for the season, JuJu is a WR2 this week with a matchup against the Texans which is a great matchup on Christmas Day.
Under the Radar Risers
Randall Cobb (7 catches for 84 yards, 1 touchdown)
Kendrick Bourne (4 catches for 85 yards)
Garrett Celek (3 catches for 63 yards, 1 touchdown)
Dion Lewis (13 carries for 67 yards, 1 touchdown)
Latavius Murray (20 carries for 76 yards, 1 touchdown)
Kapri Bibbs (4 catches for 47 yards, 1 touchdown)
The Jets Receiving Duo (Robby Anderson Jermaine Kearse)
As was expected with Bryce Petty as the starting quarterback, receivers took a huge step back. Bryce couldn’t hit Robby Anderson on simple throws without the ball hitting the ground. Robby had 12 targets even though a lot were bad throws and caught 5 of them for 40 yards. At least he got 12 targets but Jermaine wasn’t even close to 12 targets, he had 5 targets and caught 3 of them for 28 yards. With the a tough Los Angeles Chargers secondary, I would stay far away from Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse for the championship.
The rookie running back hit the rookie wall hard on Sunday. With Aaron Rodgers back it was kind of surprising. After reports of him to be the Workhorse running back before the game but that didn’t happen. Jamaal had just 10 carries and didn’t do anything with it for 30 yards. While Other rookie running back Aaron Jones had fewer touches and had a better game. He had 3 carries for 47 yards and 1 catch for 6 yards. Aaron shot out of a cannon on his first two carries with 23 and 20 yard gains. I think the backfield will be a committee this week, I wouldn’t trust Jamaal Williams for the championship.
Jared Cook has been struggling recently and his struggles continued on Sunday night football of week 15. After having 5 catches for 75 receiving yards and 1 touchdown against the Chiefs, he only had 2 catches for 17 receiving yards. Jared is the definition of a boom or bust player. He has been held under 30 yards in his past 4 of 5 games. Jarred is too risky for the fantasy championship.
Under the Radar Fallers:
Jordy Nelson (3 catches for 28 receiving yards)
Sammy Watkins (2 catches for 14 receiving yards)
Cooper Kupp (2 catches for 21 receiving yards)
Jordan Howard (10 carries for 37 rushing yards)
Lamar Miller (9 carries for 32 yards)
Mike Davis (6 carries for 19 yards)