NFL Week 16 is here. Check out my NFL Week 16 Classic Team. I'm rolling the dice with a few players on the team. Jacksonville QB Blake Bortles is one of the guys I'm rolling the dice with. So is Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott is back this Sunday after serving a 6-game suspension. Can Zeke come up huge for my team?
The biggest question is at defense where the New Orleans Saints must replace two of its best defenders, LB A.J. Klein and S Kenny Vaccarro. I'm also taking a shot on RB Derrick Henry to get vastly more touches then fellow RB DeMarco Murray.
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NFL Week 16 Classic Team
QB – Blake Bortles, $6,500, Jacksonville at San Francisco
Bortles has been the hottest quarterback in the NFL in the past three weeks. His TD to INT ratio is 7 to 0. His QB ratings have been 119.8, 123.7, and 143.8. Bortles has the ability to demolish a San Francisco defense that must pay attention to Jacksonville's stellar rushing attack.
There's a chance that the Jags are resting RB Leonard Fournette for the playoffs. Although Fournette doesn't have any injury designation this week, he most likely won't garner more than 15 carries. That's helps Bortles' fantasy case.
Don't be surprised if Blake ends up with another 300 yard, 3 TD passing game on Sunday. He's been playing that well while the match up suits the Jaguars suddenly powerful passing attack.
RB – Ezekiel Elliott, $8,000, Dallas vs Seattle
Seattle's rush defense fell off a cliff in Week 15. The Seahawks allowed an incredible 244 rushing yards to the L.A. Rams. Todd Gurley II rushed for 152 yards from 21 carries. Gurley II scored 3 rushing TDs.
This is one of the most important games in NFL Week 16. The winner keeps its playoff hopes alive. The loser ends up out of the postseason. The Dallas Cowboys know they must win.
A must win means that Zeke gets at least 25 touches, if not 30 touches or more, in this one. He's well-rested after the 6-game suspension. There's no doubt that Ezekiel Elliott is the top running back to add to all DraftKings Classic teams in Week 16.
RB – Derrick Henry, $4,500, Tennessee vs L.A. Rams
I'm taking a shot on Derrick Henry to get more carries than fellow running back DeMarco Murray. There's a chance that the Tennessee Titans end up out of the playoffs after rushing to an 8 and 4 record. That would be a shame. One of the reasons is because the Titans still haven't settled on an RB1.
The best way to beat the Rams is to control the clock. The Rams are the highest-scoring team in the NFL. Henry averages 4.8 yards per carry. Murray averages 3.6 yards per carry. If there's any time for the Titans to lean on a single guy to help you get to the postseason, it's NFL Week 16. My fingers are crossed that Henry gets the carries to warrant his placement on my Classic team.
WR – Robert Woods, $6,500, L.A. Rams at Tennessee
Tennessee's rush defense is stout. The Titans allow less than 88 rushing yards per game on average. This is not an easy match up for the Rams. If they wish to win, they must lean on Jared Goff and the passing attack. Woods should be more open then fellow WR Sammy Watkins. The reason is because there's no way you can't switch your defense to cover Watkins.
Woods should see at least 10 targets in this game. He might see up to 12. I've got high hopes that Woods gets at least 1 TD while catching 8 to 10 passes for over 100 yards.
WR – Dede Westbrook, $6,100, Jacksonville at San Francisco
Westbrook slowed down in Jacksonville's 45 to 7 win over the Houston Texans in Week 15. That's because the Texans couldn't cover any of Jacksonville's wide receivers. Things should be different in Week 16. SF's defense allowed the Titans Rishard Matthews to catch 6 of 8 targets for 95 yards and a TD.
That's Marcus Mariota throwing to Rishard Matthews. With the way Blake Bortles is throwing the football, Dede could have a monster game on Dec. 24.
WR – Jarvis Landry, $6,300, Miami at Kansas City
Now that Miami's found a legitimate RB1 in Kenyan Drake, it's helped Jarvis Landry get his game going. Landry saw 13 targets in the Dolphins 16 to 24 loss to Buffalo in Week 15. Two weeks ago, versus the New England Patriots defense, Landry caught 2 TD passes. Miami figures to lean on Cutler to Landry again because KC is decent against the rush.
TE – Eric Ebron $3,700, Detroit at Cincinnati
Ebron faces the 27th ranked defense in the league versus the tight-end position. He should have a decent day versus Cincinnati's porous defense. In the past couple of Lions games, Matthew Stafford has targeted Ebron 11 times and 7 times. Consequently, the Lions have gone 2 and 0. They beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 to 21 in Week 14. They beat the Chicago Bears 20 to 10 in Week 15.
It's doubtful Detroit changes their strategy versus the Cincinnati. It's worked two weeks in a row. Stafford should target Eric Ebron all day.
FLEX – Evan Engram, TE, $5,600, New York Giants at Arizona
Engram saw 13 targets in the Giants loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 15. The Cardinals rank 11th versus opposing tight-ends. But, I've got the feeling that the G-Men are going to lean on Engram in their Week 16 battle versus the Arizona Cardinals. It's time for the Giants to think about the future. Engram's the future. Don't be surprised if California rookie gunslinger Davis Webb gets a few chances to throw it to Engram as well.
If Webb gets into the game, I'm not that worried. While at California, the 6′ 5″, 229 lbs, QB that grew up in Texas had a penchant for throwing accurate passes with velocity. I'm hoping that if the Giants play Webb, Webb to Engram becomes the talk of the off-season in the Big Apple.
DEF – New Orleans Saints $2,800, New Orleans vs Atlanta
The Falcons scored 20 points when beating the Saints 20 to 17 a few weeks ago in Atlanta. Matt Ryan threw 3 interceptions in that game. The Falcons fumbled the ball. Luckily for them, they recovered it. The bottom line is that the Saints, when healthy, are good enough to hold Atlanta to probably 10 to 14 points on Sunday.
The Saints aren't 100% healthy on defense. Both starting linebacker A.J. Klein and starting strong safety Kenny Vaccaro have been placed on injured reserve. Both have suffered season-ending groin injuries. The Saints do have a couple of players in Manti Te'o and Craig Robertson that could step it at the LB position for them. Rafael Bush and Vonn Bell could step up at the safety position.
If nobody steps up on defense, this is going to be the worst pick for my Week 16 NFL DraftKings squad. It won't even be close.
Good luck in all of your NFL Week 16 DraftKings Contests!