Monday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Dolphins vs Saints in Fantasy Football Playoffs
By Larry Rupp
The Miami Dolphins will aim to win their seventh consecutive game when they visit the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 16. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Dolphins slated as 3-point road favorites in a game that is sure to decide some fantasy football matchups.
Fantasy Football Playoffs Advice
If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 16 showdown.
Jaylen Waddle Fantasy
Start Jaylen Waddle, WR, Miami Dolphins: Rookie wideout Jaylen Waddle will be back on the field Monday night following a stint on the COVID-19 list that caused him to miss last week's game. Fantasy managers should feel comfortable sliding him right back into a starting spot given he ranks No. 3 among WRs in PPR scoring leagues over his last three games played (Weeks 11-13). Keep in mind the Saints are also allowing the eighth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs as well as 10.7 yards per completion on the year (No. 24 in NFL). Waddle should be peppered with targets in this one as the Dolphins look to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Marquez Callaway Fantasy
Start Marquez Callaway, WR, New Orleans Saints: The loss of starting quarterback Taysom Hill makes it hard to trust anyone on this Saints' offense in Week 16. If anything, wide receiver Marquez Callaway comes with some upside as a possible checkdown option. The second-year pro saw a season-high 9 targets last week and hauled in 6 of them for a total of 112 yards. Callaway has an opportunity to keep up his recent success given the Dolphins are allowing 245.4 passing yards per game (No. 24 in NFL). Overall, Miami has allowed an opposing WR to score a touchdown 14 times this season. Callaway has FLEX upside this week, especially with Tre'Quan Smith banged up.
Myles Gaskin Fantasy
Sit Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins: The uncertainty surrounding the Dolphins' backfield makes running back Myles Gaskin a sit candidate this week. Duke Johnson came out of nowhere in Week 15 to lead Miami with 22 carries and 107 rushing yards. Meanwhile, Gaskin played in just 37% of the offensive snaps. This does not line up to be a favorable bounce-back matchup, either. The Saints have posted the best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL and they're giving up the fewest PPR fantasy points to the RB position. It's hard to trust Gaskin without knowing what his role is going to be moving forward. It'd be smart to stash him on the bench for now.
Ian Book Fantasy
Sit Ian Book, QB, New Orleans Saints: Fantasy managers may see a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut and think about his potential upside. However, that does not mean Ian Book should be started in any leagues in Week 16. The former Notre Dame standout is getting his first taste of action against a Miami defense that has posted the 12th-best total DVOA rating in the NFL. Book is going to need time to adjust to head coach Sean Payton's playbook and figure out how to take advantage of the weapons in front of him. The risk of him putting up a dud is way too high to warrant a start.
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