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Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Lions vs Falcons in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons Week 16 matchup, including Cordarrelle Patterson, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kyle Pitts.
Fantasy football picks for the Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons Week 16 matchup, including Cordarrelle Patterson, Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kyle Pitts. / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages

The Atlanta Falcons will aim to keep their faint playoff hopes alive when they host the Detroit Lions in Week 16 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Falcons slated as 6-point home favorites in a game that is full of playmakers on both sides of the football.

Fantasy Football Playoffs Advice

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

Amon-Ra St. Brown Fantasy

Start Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions: Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown has been nothing short of dominant over the last three weeks. The rookie out of USC ranks as the No. 5 WR in PPR scoring leagues during that span thanks to 249 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 26 receptions. St. Brown should have no trouble picking apart a Falcons defense that has posted the third-worst pass-defense DVOA rating, according to Football Outsiders, and is allowing the fourth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing WRs. Riding the hot hand can be the perfect strategy to use in the fantasy playoffs. Start St. Brown with confidence on Sunday.

Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy

Start Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Fantasy managers had a right to be upset with running back Cordarrelle Patterson after he dropped just 4.3 PPR points during the first round of the playoffs. That doesn't mean he should be benched in Week 16, though. Patterson remains the focal point of this offense (83.8 total yards per game) and draws a favorable matchup against a disappointing Detroit defense. The Lions are giving up the fourth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing RBs and have posted the fourth-worst rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Don't overthink this one and simply slide Patterson into a starting spot.

Jamaal Williams Fantasy

Sit Jamaal Williams, RB, Detroit Lions: The Lions may have a found a diamond in the rough with running back Craig Reynolds. The third-year pro has rushed for 195 yards on 37 carries over the last two weeks (5.3 average). His recent success has caused fellow RB Jamal Williams' fantasy value to take a hit. The NFL veteran is set to return to the field in Week 16 after spending time on the COVID-19 list. However, it's just hard to believe Dan Campbell is going to quit on Reynolds. The 25-year-old has proven he can take on a workhorse role and Williams may not be 100 percent healthy. Williams' low floor makes him a sit candidate this week.

Kyle Pitts Fantasy

Sit Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons: The Lions struggle to cover anyone on defense and it makes finding someone to sit on the Falcons offense a hard task. Tight end Kyle Pitts draws the short end of the stick here as he's scored just 1 touchdown on the season (Week 5). In fact, the dynamic rookie has seen just 3 red zone targets over his last six games played. Keep in mind the Lions have also given up just 4 receiving touchdowns to opposing TEs all year (T-No. 8 in NFL). Wide receiver Russell Gage's recent breakout leaves little upside with Pitts and makes him a risky play.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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.