WEEK 16 DRAFT Targets
Most of us that play daily fantasy sports do so via Draft Kings and Fan Duel. However, this season I have ventured my way over to another platform and that is DRAFT. The site that hosts live daily fantasy football drafts that take just minutes to complete. The cool thing about DRAFT is the fact that you and only you own the player you draft in the contests you enter. So if you are confident on a guy, grab him, if you are sure a guy will be a bust that week, fade him and maybe your opponent will draft him. On DRAFT there’s no worrying about your opponent having the same player as you. But hey, there is a good chance you already know this about DRAFT and that is why you are reading this article, and if you didn’t, make sure you get over to draft.com and check it out. In this article, I will give you my top two targets on DRAFT at each of the three eligible position spots: QB, RB, and WR/TE.
Another week of season-long fantasy eliminations has come and gone and if you have been sent packing it is the perfect time to redeem yourself on DRAFT. This is a much better way to take out your frustration than how the kitchen worker at Lambeau Field did in Green Bay Friday. As a cheesehead, I was disappointed and heartbroken at the way the Packers lost but at the end of the day, you have to realize sometimes it doesn’t go your way. The beauty of DRAFT is that if it doesn’t go your way today, there’s always tomorrow, you don’t have to wait until next year. With that being said let’s take a look at this week’s head-to-head targets for the Sunday-Monday slate.
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Week 16 Quarterback DRAFT Targets
Seahawks @ Cowboys
- Draft Point Average: 23.1
- Gridiron Experts Week 16 Ranking: 1st
After only going 14 of 30 and looking like he wasn’t interested in playing football last week against the Rams, I expect Russell Wilson to bounce back at Jerry World. This game should become a shootout as both defenses have struggled as of late and the return of Ezekiel Elliot should open up Dallas’s offense overall.
The Cowboy’s have allowed multiple touchdown passes to six of the last seven quarterbacks they have faced and they haven’t registered a QB sack in four of their last five games, a situation that bodes well for Wilson who is among the league’s best at extending plays and making things happen late.
Just forget about last week and remember that he is this year’s No. 1 overall fantasy quarterback. He will play well indoors in a big game with playoff implications.
Jaguars @ 49ers
- Draft Point Average: 16.6
- Gridiron Experts Week 16 Ranking: 12th
When was the last time we were excited for a game with teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers? I can’t even remember, but this week this is one of the games I am most looking forward to watching. Also surprising is the fact that I am writing up Blake Bortles in an article that I only select two quarterbacks with over 27 others to choose from.
Bortles is one of the NFL’s hottest quarterbacks, posting top-ten fantasy results in his last four starts. While his defense definitely helps his cause, he has drastically improved his performance in comparison to the beginning of this year and last season. He has multiple touchdowns (either through the air or on the ground) in four straight games, which has led to over 25 DRAFT points in two of his last three and the 49ers have allowed multiple touchdowns in eight of the past nine games.
San Francisco has allowed top-12 fantasy scores to 9 of its last 12 quarterbacks faced and I expect this trend to continue and it is likely that Bortles records another multiple touchdown game due to his defense getting the Jags offense the ball with good field position. While, Cam Newton is also a nice choice behind Wilson I am going to go with Bortles as Newton has struggled in his last two outings against the Buccaneers, who may want to play spoiler against their division rival.
Non-head-to-head considerations in order:
- Cam Newton
- Dak Prescott
- Drew Brees
- Phillip Rivers
- Ben Roethlisberger
- Tom Brady
- Jameis Winston
- Nick Foles
Week 16 Running Back DRAFT Targets
Steelers @ Texans
- Draft Point Average: 20.1
- Gridiron Experts Week 15 Ranking: 1st
Le’Veon Bell is the only non-QB to average over 20 DRAFT points a game, and if that isn’t a good reason for you to select Bell, then the fact that Steelers security blanket Antonio Brown will not play in this game should be. With Brown out of the lineup, the Steelers like to get Bell more involved in the passing game than he already is.
This week, he takes on a Texans defense that has allowed 100-plus rushing yards in five of their last six games, has allowed 4.72 yards per carry and 7 rushing touchdowns to running backs in the last month. Don’t be fooled by red numbers next to the Texans when you look at Bell’s matchup this week they are not the same defense they were in the beginning of the season.
With 22.30, 26.70, 35.00, and 25.00 DRAFT points in his last four games and 20-plus touches in 13 straight games, Le’Veon has to be the number one RB in your pre-draft rankings. As I have often suggested this season, select Bell with your first pick this week.
Saints vs. Falcons
- Draft Point Average: 17.1
- Gridiron Experts Week 16 Ranking: 5th
There’s a few reason’s why I love Alvin Kamara this week. The rookie leads all running backs in receiving yards with 685 and the Falcons have been terrible at stopping receiving running backs for a few seasons now. This season, Atlanta has allowed a league-high 92 running back receptions.
The Saints ensure that Kamara is a pivotal part of their game plan each week. He makes the most of each and every touch and I expect him to be the top fantasy back out of the Saints backfield this week. Straight up against the run, Atlanta has been tough. They have limited running backs to only 3.56 yards per carry. So the Saints may elect to utilize Kamara’s ability in space vs. pounding the ball with Ingram. It’s also worth noting they were the only defense to slow down the Saints backfield since September when they held the duo to only 51 yards in Week 14. However, Kamara did leave that game early with a concussion
This game sets up nicely for Kamara who is tied with Le’Veon Bell for the league lead among running backs in red-zone targets with 15. I like his chances to find the end zone this week.
Other Considerations in order:
- Ezekiel Elliot
- Todd Gurley
- Kareem Hunt
- Devonta Freeman
- Dion Lewis
- Christian McCaffrey
- Mark Ingram
- Carlos Hyde
Week 16 Wide Reciever DRAFT Targets
Saints vs. Falcons
- Draft Point Average: 13.2
- Gridiron Experts Week 16 Ranking: 2nd
Thomas has played extremely well against the Falcons in his career. Going for 117 and a touchdown, 156 and a touchdown, and 71 yards and a touchdown in his three games against Atlanta. He is also on record-breaking pace as he has become the second player in NFL history to start his career with two seasons with at least 90 receptions and 1,000 yards receiving, joining Odell Beckham, Jr. He is currently on pace to catch over 107 balls for 1240 yards this season.
The Falcons are 29th in the last four weeks against Wide Receivers in DRAFT point production allowing 30.85 DRAFT points per game. This is a great matchup, so expect Thomas to be heavily involved again this week.
Texans vs. Steelers
- Draft Point Average: 17.7
- Gridiron Experts Week 16 Ranking: 1st
First of all, can we all just think about how great DeAndre Hopkins could be with a quarterback like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football? He’s already going to finish as the top fantasy WR this season now that Antonio Brown is done for the rest of the regular season, but just think if he had a competent QB to consistently get him the ball. Wow.
He is Matchup and quarterback proof, and at this point is a lock week in and week out with 80-plus yards and/or a touchdown in eight straight games and he has racked up 14 or more DRAFT points in every game except for one in 2017.
This week he gets a scary matchup when you think about the directions these teams are going but in reality, this is a great matchup for the man they call Nuk. 45.3 % of the passing yardage allowed by the Steelers has been posted by throws 15 yards or further downfield, the highest rate in the league. Hopkins has 58 targets on throws 15 yards or further downfield, second in the league only behind Antonio Brown (63).
If you can get Hopkins on your squads this week you will be pleasantly surprised. So far I am drafting him behind guys like Keenan Allen and Julio Jones, which could make this a very Merry Christmas for me indeed.
Other considerations in order:
- Jarvis Landry
- Rob Gronkowski
- Dez Bryant
- Juju Smith-Schuster
- Keenan Allen
- Tyreek Hill
- Golden Tate
- Devin Funchess
Thank you for reading and I hope everyone has a happy holiday!
Nick is a 15-year fantasy football veteran with countless season-long fantasy titles and championship trophies. He is a high school football coach in the state of Wisconsin and has also coached Championship semi-pro football teams. He is an offensive playcaller that lives for film study. Not only does he study his opponents in Wisconsin, he studies NFL film and accompanies that with data, analytics, and his scouting knowledge to make his fantasy decisions. He co-hosts the acclaimed fantasy football podcast “The Coach and Cole Show” on Blog Talk Radio with his lifelong friend and sports fanatic Cole Fouts. Beyond football, he writes on the St. Louis Blues for St.Louis Gametime and is an NHL DFS analyst.