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Week 16 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Steelers vs Chiefs in Fantasy Football Playoffs

Devon Platana
Week 16 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs matchup, including Najee Harris and Mecole Hardman.
Week 16 fantasy picks: start 'em, sit 'em for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs matchup, including Najee Harris and Mecole Hardman. / Wesley Hitt/GettyImages

The Kansas City Chiefs look to get one step closer to clinching the AFC West when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for some Week 16 action. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing the Chiefs as the 8.5-point home favorites.

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 showdown.

Najee Harris Fantasy

Start Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris has been one of the best running backs in fantasy this season despite being a rookie. With that being said, he enters Week 16 coming off an underwhelming 4.6-point performance in PPR last week. While Kansas City's defense has gotten better, it's still allowing the 12th-most points to running backs. The Chiefs have also given up 390 rushing yards over their last three games, so the opportunity is definitely there for Harris to bounce back.

Mecole Hardman Fantasy

Start Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: As of Friday, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are still in COVID-19 protocol, which means Mecole Hardman could be Kansas City's top pass-catching option come Sunday. The third-year wideout hasn't produced much this season, however, he should see a solid target boost if Kelce and/or Hill are out. He also has a good matchup against the Steelers who have surrendered the ninth-most touchdowns (15) and 16th-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. He may still be a boom-or-bust option, but Hardman has the potential to save a lot of managers' playoff runs this weekend.

Chase Claypool Fantasy

Sit Chase Claypool, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Chase Claypool has left a lot to be desired for fantasy managers this season. After all, he's only the WR40 in PPR ahead of Week 16. He's been inconsistent throughout that year and has just one touchdown in 2021. Considering how the Chiefs are giving up the 11th-fewest fantasy points to wideouts, things won't get any easier for Claypool this weekend. While he could have a decent day with the Steelers likely trailing, he's far too volatile to play in the fantasy playoffs.

Darrel Williams Fantasy

Sit Darrel Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Darrel Williams has seen his snap count decreased ever since Clyde Edwards-Helaire returned to the backfield in Week 11. He was only on the field for 29% of offensive snaps last week, which is a trend that'll likely continue as long as Edwards-Helaire is healthy. Yes, Williams still sees working in the passing game, but his 2.5-target average over his four games makes him too risky to even be a flex play.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.