Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Jacksonville Jaguars vs Atlanta Falcons

Max Staley
Devonta Freeman rushed for 39 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15.
Devonta Freeman rushed for 39 yards against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 15. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

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 Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons.

Start DJ Chark, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Chark is making his return from injury here, and while that can make some owners hesitant, there's a lot that suggests he's in line for a big game. Atlanta is the eighth-worst defense against the pass, per Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and Chark still sits at WR10 on a per-game basis this season.

Start Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Devonta Freeman has been a little underwhelming since his return from injury, but he draws a really soft matchup in Week 16. The Jaguars are the league's second-worst defense against the run by DVOA, and Jacksonville surrenders the second-most PPR points per game to opposing RBs. Freeman checks in at RB12 in our Week 16 PPR rankings.

Sit Dede Westbrook, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: While Chark looks like a solid play, it's a lot harder to trust Dede Westbrook, even in a plus matchup. Westbrook has been held below 30 receiving yards in back-to-back weeks, and he's averaging just 33.0 receiving yards per game since Gardner Minshew regained the starting job. The matchup is enticing, but Westbrook is a bit of a gamble, and that's not the kind of play you want to be making in the fantasy football championship.

Sit Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons: Russell Gage has seen his fantasy value skyrocket since Calvin Ridley got hurt, but it's going to be tough to trust him here. Last week was his first game of the season playing more than 75 percent of the snaps, and he only turned that into six targets for five receptions and 27 receiving yards. Julio Jones certainly won't see 20 targets every week, but it's tough to trust a guy who has only gone above 60 receiving yards once this season – even with increased opportunity in a plus matchup.

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