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Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Ravens vs Bengals in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 16 matchup, including Joe Burrow, Mark Andrews and Joe Mixon.
Fantasy football picks for the Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals Week 16 matchup, including Joe Burrow, Mark Andrews and Joe Mixon. / Matthew Stockman/GettyImages
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Playoff hopes will be on the line when the Baltimore Ravens travel to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in an intense Week 16 NFL showdown. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Bengals slated as 2.5-point home favorites in a game that features some of the biggest names in fantasy 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 AFC North clash.

Mark Andrews Fantasy

Start Mark Andrews, TE, Baltimore Ravens: Talk about coming up big when it matters the most. Tight end Mark Andrews has scored 64.1 PPR fantasy points over the last two weeks and has jumped into the No. 1 spot at the position for the season. There is no reason not to start him once again on Sunday as he faces a Bengals' defense that has been torched by opposing TEs all year. Cincinnati is giving up the ninth-most PPR fantasy points to the position and just allowed 115 combined yards to Noah Fant and Albert Okwuegbunam in Week 15. Andrews has become the go-to target on this offense and that makes him a must-start player.

Joe Burrow Fantasy

Start Joe Burrow, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: Quarterback Joe Burrow was stymied by a tough Denver Broncos defense last week, but he has a great shot to bounce back with a huge performance on Sunday. The Ravens have posted the fourth-worst pass defense DVOA rating and are allowing a whopping 264.9 passing yards per game (No. 31 in NFL). It's worth pointing out that Burrow finished as the No. 2 QB in Week 7 when he last faced this Baltimore defense. He threw for a season-high 416 yards in that game to go along with 3 touchdown passes. Fantasy managers can feel comfortable starting Burrow in Week 16.

Devonta Freeman Fantasy

Sit Devonta Freeman, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Week 15 was the first time running back Devonta Freeman saw less than 10 carries in a game in two months. In fact, his 6 carries trailed that of fellow ball-carrier Latavius Murray (7). Murray also took on a receiving role out of the backfield as Freeman was used to block opposing pass rushers. It seems that Freeman has still not taken complete control of this backfield and that is worrying. Fantasy managers know that starting high-risk players can cause the downfall of their team in the playoffs. It'd be best to sit Freeman against a Bengals' defense that has posted the 10th-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL.

Joe Mixon Fantasy

Sit Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Fantasy managers in the playoffs likely cannot afford to sit running back Joe Mixon this week. However, it's only fair to temper expectations from the Bengals' backfield starter. Mixon is nursing an ankle injury that could leave him limited in this game. It wouldn't be surprising to see backup Samaje Perine take on a few more carries than usual. Keep in mind that Mixon is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry over the last three weeks. Head coach Zac Taylor should lean on the passing attack given the matchup at hand, which leaves Mixon with almost no upside.


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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. 

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