Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Browns vs Packers in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Adam Taylor McKillop
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs Green Bay Packers Week 16 matchup, including Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones and Allen Lazard.
Fantasy football picks for the Cleveland Browns vs Green Bay Packers Week 16 matchup, including Nick Chubb, Aaron Jones and Allen Lazard. / Jason Miller/GettyImages

The Cleveland Browns look to stay alive in the playoff race when they visit the Green Bay Packers for a Week 16 NFL collision. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing the Packers as the 7.5-point 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.

Nick Chubb Fantasy

Start Nick Chubb, RB, Cleveland Browns: The Cleveland Browns continue to struggle with COVID, leaving their roster slim heading into this contest. Nick Chubb is one active playmaker and, as usual, he's a must-start in the fantasy playoffs. Chubb rates as RB9 in The Duel's Week 16 PPR rankings and saw his heaviest workload of the season (23 carries) in Week 15 with a similarly-depleted roster. Chubb will have plenty of opportunities to feast against a Packers defense that rates just 25th in Football Outsiders' rush-defense DVOA metric despite allowing the ninth-fewest PPR points to opposing RBs. Start Chubb with confidence for this Week 16 clash.

Aaron Jones Fantasy

Start Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers: Aaron Jones finally fully took back his No. 1 snap share from AJ Dillon in Week 15. Jones out-snapped (64-36) and out-touched (15-8) Dillon for the first time since the injury in Week 10 and turned in solid RB13 production. He popped up on the injury report, which of course is something to monitor, but Jones can be confidently started if he practices in full before Saturday. Jones ranks as RB12 on The Duel's weekly PPR rankings and this Browns defense has also been torn apart by COVID.

David Njoku Fantasy

Sit David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns: The Browns recently activated fellow tight end Austin Hooper off the COVID-19 list and he will cut into Njoku's impact on the offense. The tight ends put up close to identical numbers this season. Hooper has 33 receptions on 51 targets for 291 yards compared to Njoku's 30 receptions on 45 targets for 436 yards. As a result, neither tight end rates in the top-20 this season. With Baker Mayfield still potentially on the shelf for Saturday, none of Cleveland's pass-catching options can be trusted after the offense managed just 147 passing yards on 30 attempts in Week 15.

Allen Lazard Fantasy

Sit Allen Lazard, WR, Green Bay Packers: COVID has the Green Bay Packers WR depth chart thin heading into Week 16, but fantasy managers should exercise caution before throwing Allen Lazard into the starting lineup. It's hard to predict a target share without Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Robert Tonyan and Randall Cobb in the picture. But, Lazard has clearly played a depth role on this roster and ranks just fourth on the team with 43 targets. He's never seen more than 7 targets in a single game and has only eclipsed double-digit PPR points twice. There's not enough on tape to trust in a crucial fantasy football matchup, and Cleveland's defense also allows the ninth-fewest PPR points to opposing wideouts.

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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. 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.