Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Cincinnati Bengals vs Miami Dolphins
Now that we're into the fantasy football championship week, every single lineup decision you make is absolutely crucial. And since we're done with bye weeks for the year, there are also a huge number of plays to consider at every position. Some matchups carry more weight than others for fantasy production, and this one is no exception.
With that in mind, here is some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Sunday's matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins.
Start Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton has posted some weak fantasy numbers since returning to the Cincinnati Bengals' starting lineup in Week 13. He had at least 16 fantasy points in six of eight games before getting benched, though. The Dolphins have surrendered the sixth-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs (20.9) while also ranking dead last in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric. Starting Dalton is never going to feel good, but this is the kind of matchup that makes almost any QB a viable option.
Start Patrick Laird, RB, Miami Dolphins: Patrick Laird's workload fell off some last week, but he's still the RB to play in Miami. Even with a decreased snap count he had 17 opportunities (12 carries plus five targets) last week, and now he gets a matchup with a Cincy team that has allowed the seventh-most PPR points per game to opposing RBs. Laird sits at RB29 in our Week 16 PPR fantasy football rankings.
Sit John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross' role has been limited since returning from IR, racking up a combined six targets while playing fewer than 50 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the last two games. Even in a dreamy matchup against the Dolphins, that volume isn't enough to make Ross a viable option.
Sit Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins: Myles Gaskin is the player that cut into Laird's snaps last week, but he still only saw 11 touches in that game. That was season-high volume for the rookie, but still not nearly enough to create any real fantasy value, even in a soft matchup like this. The Dolphins' offense has failed to generate any sort of efficiency for any of their RBs this season, and banking on Gaskin to be different isn't the kind of bet you want to make in a fantasy football championship game.
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