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Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Chiefs

Max Staley
Matt Ryan fantasy outlook makes him a solid play in Week 16.
Matt Ryan fantasy outlook makes him a solid play in Week 16. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons face off in what could be one of the highest-scoring games of Week 16. In fact, FanDuel Sportsbook lists the over/under for this one at 54.5, making it the second-highest total on the Week 16 slate.

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

Calvin Ridley Fantasy

Start Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Calvin Ridley is red hot right now. He draws a tough Week 16 matchup with Kansas City, but he's playing too well to be benched right now. Over his last four games, the Falcons' star wideout is averaging a whopping 22.9 PPR points per game. You just can't bench someone playing that well, regardless of the matchup.

Sammy Watkins Fantasy

Start Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Sammy Watkins has been pretty solid since returning from injury, turning 5.5 targets into 3.5 catches for 46.3 yards per game. He's also upped that to 56.0 receiving yards per contest over his last two. Playing against the defense surrendering the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs, Watkins could be in for a monster game here.

Todd Gurley Fantasy

Sit Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Todd Gurley has been one of the least efficient RBs in the league. Even against a defense that struggles to defend the position, he's just not someone you want to rely on in fantasy. The Falcons' back is averaging 3.7 yards per touch on the year – which is the worst such mark of his NFL career. In a game that could easily turn into a blowout, Gurley is not a good bet for efficiency or volume in this one.

Le'Veon Bell Fantasy

Sit Le'Veon Bell, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Le'Veon Bell is set to play an elevated role as the Chiefs' feature back. However, he draws a surprisingly difficult matchup in Week 16. The Falcons are the league's fourth-best rushing defense by DVOA, also surrendering bottom-eight PPR production to the position. He's a much riskier option than you might think this week, even in an increased role.


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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.

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