Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Broncos vs Raiders in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Devon Platana
Week 16 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Denver Broncos vs Las Vegas raiders matchup, including Noah Fant, Hunter Renfrow and Drew Lock.
Week 16 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Denver Broncos vs Las Vegas raiders matchup, including Noah Fant, Hunter Renfrow and Drew Lock. / Richard Rodriguez/GettyImages
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The NFL's slate of Week 16 matchups includes an AFC West divisional showdown between the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders. FanDuel Sportsbook is projecting it to be a tight game, with the Broncos sitting as the 1-point road favorites.

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.

Noah Fant Fantasy

Start Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos: Noah Fant has been one of the middle-of-the-pack tight ends this season. He's averaged 9.9 fantasy points per game in PPR, which has him as the TE14. Fortunately, he has a great opportunity to improve his ranking against the Raiders. Las Vegas has given up the third-most fantasy points to TEs this season, including three touchdowns to the position in its last four games. With Fant playing a career-best 83% of offensive snaps, he has a realistic shot at a TE1-type week.

Hunter Renfrow Fantasy

Start Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Hunter Renfrow has been the definition of consistency this season, entering Week 16 as PPR's WR12. While the Broncos are a top-8 team against wideouts, you can't bench a player averaging 9.5 targets over his last four games. Both teams' playoff hopes will be on the line as well, which gives Las Vegas all the more reason to lean on their No. 1 wide receiver.

Drew Lock Fantasy

Sit Drew Lock, QB, Denver Broncos: With Teddy Bridgewater sidelined with a concussion, Drew Lock will make his first start of the season in Week 16. Even though the Raiders are tied for allowing the 14th-most fantasy points to QBs, it's hard to trust a player who's played just 40 passes all year. He also has three touchdowns and four interceptions over his last two outings against the Raiders. Considering how the Broncos have been a near bottom-10 team offensively all year, only the most desperate managers should even consider starting Lock.

Josh Jacobs Fantasy

Sit Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders: Josh Jacobs hasn't done much for fantasy managers lately, averaging just 11.2 points in PPR over his last two games (RB24). It doesn't help that his snap count has decreased over his last two games. He now faces a Broncos defense giving up the ninth-fewest PPR points to running backs this season. If that wasn't daunting enough, Denver hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown since Week 6. Taking all that into account, it's likely going to be an uphill battle for Jacobs this week.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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