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Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Colts vs Steelers

Isaiah De Los Santos
Jonathan Taylor is poised to keep up his impressive play in Week 16.
Jonathan Taylor is poised to keep up his impressive play in Week 16. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts (10-4) travel in Week 16 to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-3). Despite their three-game losing skid, the Steelers are 1-point favorites in this game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 16 Colts-Steelers showdown.

Jonathan Taylor Fantasy

Start Jonathan Taylor, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Taylor is finally breaking out like his fantasy managers hoped he would. He's averaging a whopping 21.3 opportunities (17.8 rushes plus 3.5 targets) over his last four games, totaling 509 yards from scrimmage and 4 TDs in that same span. The Steelers are a top-10 team against the run, but they've looked vulnerable during their losing streak and just gave up 152 rushing yards to the Cincinnati Bengals last week. Taylor's hot streak combined with Pittsburgh's struggles is a recipe for success for the Colts RB.

Diontae Johnson Fantasy

Start Diontae Johnson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers' lacking offense has been clear in the team's current skid, but Diontae Johnson has found a way to remain productive. He's seen 10-plus targets in six of his last seven games, averaging 7.4 receptions and 74.3 yards per contest during that span. His QB is certainly looking his age, but Johnson remains the top Steeler wideout, and there's little reason to believe he won't be worth starting in the fantasy football championship.

Michael Pittman Jr. Fantasy

Sit Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts: Rookie wideout Michael Pittman isn't seeing enough attention to be fantasy relevant over the past few games. In the last three contests, he's seen just 13 total targets. He was an afterthought in Week 15, being targeted just 3 times for 2 receptions and 19 yards, while fellow WR Zach Pascal enjoyed a heightened load of 6 targets for 5 receptions, 79 yards and 2 TDs. Pittman's lack of attention in recent games makes him too much of a risk to start in the fantasy championship.

Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy

Sit Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Starting Ben Roethlisberger at this pivotal point of the fantasy football season is just asking for heartbreak. Big Ben hasn't thrown for more than 187 yards in back-to-back games, and he's accounted for 3 interceptions in the last two contests. He's clearly in a rut, and that seems likely to continue against a Colts defense that is No. 6 in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric. Avoid Roethlisberger at all costs in your starting lineup.

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