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Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers

Jason Schandl
Philip Rivers throws a pass against the Vikings in Week 15.
Philip Rivers throws a pass against the Vikings in Week 15. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images
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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 Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.

Start DeAndre Washington, RB, Oakland Raiders: With Josh Jacobs out, DeAndre Washington becomes a near must-start for the fantasy football championship round. Washington went off for 21.6 PPR points on 20 touches with Jacobs out in Week 14, racking up 14 carries and seven targets. That volume helps him land at RB20 in our Week 16 PPR fantasy football rankings.

Start Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: Philip Rivers doesn't even crack the top 20 at QB for fantasy points per game this year, but he's shown that he can thrive in the right matchup — most recently when he dropped 24.6 points against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 14. Oakland has certainly proven to be "the right matchup" for QBs, ranking 31st in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings and allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to the position Our Week 16 rankings have Rivers at QB10.

Sit Tyrell Williams, WR, Oakland Raiders: Tyrell Williams found the end zone last Sunday, giving him his first TD since Week 8. He scored in each of his first five games of the year, but that hid how shaky a fantasy outlook his low volume gave him. With four or fewer targets in four of the last five games, he's only averaged 7.4 PPR points per game since Week 11. The Chargers' D won't do him any favors, either, allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.

Sit Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams has scored in each of the last two games, and his recent string of solid production has him on plenty of peoples' fantasy radars. His volume hasn't been anything special, though, and he has seen just three targets in three of his last six games, averaging 5.2 per game during that stretch. His highest volume in that time (nine targets) came in a blowout loss, and while taking on the Raiders should boost his efficiency, the game flow could cut significantly into his target total. We saw that in Week 10, when he was targeted only three times against Oakland.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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