Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Jets
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 Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets.
Start Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets: It's understandable to be frustrated with Le'Veon Bell's fantasy output, especially in recent weeks. He hasn't eclipsed 20 PPR points in any of his last five games, and while his floor has been solid, he's averaged a middling 14.3 per game in the last five. His volume has been anything but underwhelming, though, averaging 15.8 carries and 3.4 receptions per game in that stretch. The Steelers' defense is solid, but Bell is still a true workhorse, and he remains a near must-start option at RB.
Start James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: James Conner didn't manage much fantasy production in his Week 15 return to the lineup, but he did lead the Pittsburgh backfield in snap share (58 percent) and opportunities (13). Working back up to speed, we should see that volume increase in this one, and while Conner isn't a top fantasy back by any stretch, he does check in at RB24 in our Week 16 PPR fantasy football rankings.
Sit Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: Robby Anderson had come up huge in Weeks 13 and 14, with back-to-back 100-yard games. Those were in incredibly easy matchups though, and he came back down to earth with four receptions and 66 yards on six targets in Week 15. With his volume back down, he returns to being a boom-or-bust play, and relying on efficiency is a risky move against the Steelers, who rank fifth in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric.
Sit JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: JuJu Smith-Schuster is back at practice this week, and he finally looks set to return to action. He was not offering much fantasy value even before the injury, though, catching a combined six passes for 60 yards on 10 targets in his last two full contests. Even excluding an injury-shortened Week 11, his 11.4 PPR points per game would tie him for just 47th among WRs this season, making him tough to trust even against a shaky Jets secondary.
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