Sunday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Washington vs Cowboys in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys Week 16 matchup, including Dak Prescott, Terry McLaurin and Amari Cooper.
Fantasy football picks for the Washington Football Team vs Dallas Cowboys Week 16 matchup, including Dak Prescott, Terry McLaurin and Amari Cooper. / Sarah Stier/GettyImages

The Washington Football Team will be fighting to stay alive in the playoff race when they take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 16 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Cowboys slated as 9.5-point home favorites in a game that features some of the biggest names in fantasy football.

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 NFC East clash.

Dak Prescott Fantasy

Start Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys: A recent string of bad performances should not deter fantasy managers from starting Dak Prescott this week. The two-time Pro Bowler still ranks as the No. 12 QB in fantasy scoring and draws a great matchup in Week 16. Washington has posted the sixth-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL and is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season. Overall, Washington is giving up 260.6 passing yards per game (No. 30 in NFL). Prescott has the offensive weapons in front of him to pick apart this defense all night long. He is a must-start player on Sunday night.

Terry McLaurin Fantasy

Start Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Football Team: Terry McLaurin has not be very productive over the last month, but it's hard to ignore the matchup he draws this week. The Cowboys are giving up the 12th-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs as well as 11.4 yards per completion (No. 30 in NFL). McLaurin wasn't 100% healthy the last time these two teams met and should also benefit from Taylor Heinicke returning to start at QB. Washington is likely going to be playing from behind in this one, which means the former Ohio State standout will be peppered with targets. After all, he is averaging a team-high 7.9 targets per game.

Amari Cooper Fantasy

Sit Amari Cooper, WR, Dallas Cowboys: This is tough because every offensive skill player on the Cowboys' offense matches up well against the Washington defense. That's why it is important to look at production in this situation. Wide receiver Amari Cooper has racked up just 59 receiving yards over his last two games despite seeing 12 targets (7 receptions). The return of fellow WR Michael Gallup has caused Cooper's target share to take a hit and he has also scored just 1 touchdown over his last five games played. Cooper is much more of a FLEX play than a WR2 this week in a crowded Dallas passing attack.

Jaret Patterson Fantasy

Sit Jaret Patterson, RB, Washington Football Team: This sit recommendation is based on the assumption that starter Antonio Gibson will either be ruled out or see limited action on Sunday night. Rookie Jaret Patterson would be the next man up after rushing for 20 yards and 1 touchdown in Week 15. However, he should only be rostered by Gibson fantasy managers. Patterson draws a horrible matchup against a Cowboys' defense that is giving up the fourth-fewest PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs. Dallas has also allowed just 8 total touchdowns to the position. Even is he ends up starting, Patterson should be kept on the bench in Week 16 unless you're absolutely desperate.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.