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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Week 16: Fine or Pine?

This is why we lift all them weights.  This is why we sweat all that sweat.  Week 16, fools!  Getchasome.

Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is back again to help you figure out who to keep in your lineup and who to show to the bench.  Let's get it!

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Well, this is it. The final game of the fantasy football season for most owners. Win or lose, there is no week 17 for most of you and everything you've been working for comes down to this final matchup. All of the studying, all of the research, all of the tough decisions have led you to this point. It's time to put all of that fantasy football knowledge to the test and make that one move that will put your team over the edge and into the history books. It's come down to week 16. The fantasy football Superbowl. Good luck to all the owners competing for the championship and remember to have fun while you're there. You never know if or when you'll get there again.

Quarterback

Fine- Alex Smith- With the way Alex Smith has been playing coming off of his week 15 performance that saw him finish with 287 yards passing with five touchdown passes and the Colts allowing more than 18 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, the Chiefs signal caller will prove that he's more than a game manager in week 16.

Pine- Carson Palmer- Palmer couldn't have asked for a worse matchup when Arizona faces Seattle. Seattle is still playing for home field advantage and the Seahawks D is the second best at shutting down opposing quarterbacks. They allow 12.6 fantasy points per game and to make matters worse, Palmer's two best receivers are banged up. Even if Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald were completely healthy, Seattle is third best at allowing fantasy points to opposing wide receivers at 16.4 fantasy points per game.

Running Back

Fine- Frank Gore- Atlanta's D has been suspect all season and Frank Gore has been spectacular all season. With Atlanta allowing the eight most fantasy points to running backs, Gore will continue to get it done for his fantasy owners.

Pine- Trent Richardson- Last week was more of the exception than the rule with T-Rich. With double digit fantasy points for just the second time since week four, owners still shouldn't trust him. Especially in a big game like the championship game. It also doesn't help that Kansas City is allowing just over 18 fantasy points per game to running backs.

Wide Receiver

Fine- Keenan Allen- Allen probably goes without saying at this point but in case fantasy owners are faced with a tough decision of whether or not to use Keenan Allen this week, the answer is yes. Not only is Oakland allowing over 25 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers, Keenan Allen has scored double digit fantasy points in four straight games and has failed to reach double digit fantasy points in only three games since week four this season.

Pine- Roddy White- White couldn't muster double digit fantasy points against a horrible defense like Washington so owners shouldn't expect too much against San Francisco in week 16. The 49ers are fifth best when it comes to defending against an opponent's wide receivers.

Tight End

Fine- Delanie Walker- Walker appears to be healthy and over his concussion  and faces the Jaguars who happen to give up the second most fantasy points to tight ends. Delanie Walker appears headed for a great fantasy week when his owners need him most.

Pine- Coby Fleener- Fleener is one of the more frustrating fantasy tight ends to play. He's completely unreliable even with a good matchup and the fact that the Chiefs allow the least amount of fantasy points to his position means Fleener should not find his way into any starting lineups in week 16.

Defense

Fine- San Francisco D/ST- The 49ers face the Falcons in the final Monday Night game of the 2013 season. The Falcons have had trouble all season on offense and even with Roddy White back in the lineup have struggled. Atlanta will have one of the toughest matchups of week 16 seeing how the 49ers D is allowing only 13 points per game to quarterbacks.

Pine- Carolina D/ST- I can't believe I actually wrote that but seeing how Carolina faces New Orleans, there has to better options on the waiver wire. While the Panthers D has been tops all season, owners would be better off playing the matchups here. The Panthers D could very well produce for fantasy owners but they are also a very risky play heading into the most meaningful game of the season.