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Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Saints vs Vikings

Larry Rupp
Emmanuel Sanders' fantasy outlook points to WR2 upside in Week 16.
Emmanuel Sanders' fantasy outlook points to WR2 upside in Week 16. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Minnesota Vikings (6-8) will look to stay alive in the NFC Wild Card race as they take on the New Orleans Saints (10-4) in Week 16 NFL action. The Saints are looking to snap a two-game losing streak and enter this game as 6.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 16 Saints-Vikings showdown.

Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy

Start Emmanuel Sanders, WR, New Orleans Saints: With Michael Thomas being placed on injured reserve due to an ankle injury, Emmanuel Sanders is the team's No. 1 receiver right now. He caught 4 of his 5 targets last week for 76 yards and played in over 70% of the offensive snaps for the second straight game. He draws a great matchup in Week 16 as the Vikings have given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in the NFL this season. In fact, they have allowed 21 touchdowns to the position (second most in the NFL). Sanders should continue to see a bulk of the targets in the passing game, setting him up for a big day this week. He is a solid FLEX play with WR2 upside.

Justin Jefferson Fantasy

Start Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Justin Jefferson is among the favorites to be named Offensive Rookie of the Year for good reason. He has surpassed 100 receiving yards six times this season. He remains quarterback Kirk Cousins' go-to option in the passing game as Jefferson has averaged 11.0 targets over the past four games. He has also scored 3 touchdowns and proved he is a red zone threat by seeing 7 red zone targets over that same span. The Saints do not present the easiest matchup, but Jefferson is seeing a large target share and continues to rack up yards. Don't overthink it and just start Jefferson this week.

Drew Brees Fantasy

Sit Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees returned from a rib injury last week and ended up passing for 234 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with an interception. He didn't look bad, but he didn't look amazing, either. Brees has been throwing a lot of checkdowns lately as he hasn't averaged over 7.0 yards per attempt in five of his last six games. The Vikings have struggled against the run, giving up 125.6 rushing yards per game this season (No. 23 in the NFL). That could mean we see a heavy dose of Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray. It is too risky to trust Brees this week in your fantasy football championship and it would be best to keep him on your bench.

Kirk Cousins Fantasy

Sit Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings: Overall, this game just doesn't look like either quarterback will have a huge day through the air. Cousins has thrown for just 3 touchdowns over the past two weeks and has at least 1 turnover in each of his last six games. He simply isn't reliable enough to start in fantasy football right now. The Saints are allowing just 210.9 passing yards per game this season, which ranks as the fifth-lowest average in the NFL. The Vikings could easily lean on the running game in this one and that doesn't benefit Cousins. If you need to stream a quarterback this week, there are a lot of better options out there than Cousins.

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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.