Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bears vs Seahawks in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Max Staley
Week 16 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Chicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks matchup.
Week 16 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Chicago Bears vs Seattle Seahawks matchup. / Jonathan Daniel/GettyImages

The Chicago Bears will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in a Week 16 matchup that will likely be more important in fantasy than real football. FanDuel Sportsbook lists Seattle as sizable 6.5-point favorites ahead of this one.

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.

Justin Fields Fantasy

Start Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears: Justin Fields has quietly become a reliable fantasy producer lately. He hasn't finished with fewer than 16.9 fantasy points in any of his last four healthy starts. A big part of that is due to his increased involvement in the rushing game, as Fields is averaging 64.3 rushing yards per game in that time. But he's gotten much better as a passer, too. Fields has thrown for at least 285 yards in two of his last three healthy starts. Now he gets to face a bottom-five pass defense by DVOA. Expect Fields to be a problem for Seattle both through the air and on the ground.

Tyler Lockett Fantasy

Start Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Lockett was on an absolute tear before missing Week 15 due to COVID. He was averaging 105.3 receiving yards per game while scoring 2 touchdowns over his last four games. Now that he's been activated, expect more of the same. The Bears' defense isn't exactly equipped to stop him, as Chicago owns a below-average pass defense by DVOA. The Bears also surrender top-eight PPR production to opposing wideouts. Lockett looks like a great play once again this week.

Darnell Mooney Fantasy

Sit Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears: Darnell Mooney is just too volatile to trust this deep into the playoffs. Mooney has been held under 30 receiving yards in two of his last three starts. Seattle is also better than you might think against wide receivers, surrendering bottom-12 PPR production to the position. If you have other options, Mooney is best left on the bench this week.

Alex Collins Fantasy

Sit Alex Collins, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Like Tyler Lockett, Alex Collins has been activated off the COVID list this week. But unlike Lockett, Collins is not someone you want to start this week. Rashaad Penny exploded for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries in Week 14, and he was serviceable against a tough Los Angeles Rams' run D in Week 15. It feels like this is his backfield now. At best, Collins would be looking at a timeshare against a Bears' run defense that surrenders below-average fantasy production to the position. At worst, he could be looking at a change-of-pace role. Collins just isn't worth the risk this week.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.