Fantasy Football 3 IN/OUT Championship Week











-   Championship Week  –

Today is the day! It’s down to 2 teams for your league championship in fake football. If you made it this far you don’t want to make any risky moves for your starting roster. Because of this, we are going to mix things up a bit and instead of giving our 3 starting recommendations we are going with 1 player from each skill position that you need to sit. 1 RB, 1 WR, and 1 TE, that if you have on your team, you should consider benching.  They are the ones that are considered “fringe” starters and may be outside the TOP 10 at each position. As always it’s we include a streaming DST you can feel comfortable starting and it’s all followed by a great recipe, this time it’s White Bean Chicken Chili.


Lets get to it.




Championship Week 

Peyton ManningA.J. GreenJamaal CharlesJimmy Graham
Nick FolesCalvin JohnsonLeSean McCoyJulius Thomas
Matthew StaffordJosh GordonMatt ForteVernon Davis
Philip RiversBrandon MarshallDeMarco MurrayJason Witten
Drew BreesPierre GarconLe’Veon BellDelanie Walker
Tony RomoDez BryantAlfred MorrisGreg Olsen
Jay CutlerDemaryius ThomasFrank GoreAntonio Gates
Alex SmithAntonio BrownAdrian PetersonCharles Clay
Cam NewtonAlshon JefferyKnowshon MorenoZach Miller
Andy DaltonKeenan AllenEddie LacyDennis Pitta


NFL Week 16 Games

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 - WEEK 16 -


Sunday, Dec. 22

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills, 1

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, 1 

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals, 1

Denver Broncos at Houston Texans, 1

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs, 1

Cleveland Browns at New York Jets, 1

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles, 1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at St. Louis Rams, 1

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins, 1

New York Giants at Detroit Lions, 4:05

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks, 4:05

Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers, 4:25

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers, 4:25

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens , 4:25



Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:30



Monday, Dec. 23

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers


Here is a handy NFL Schedule Grid you can refer to throughout the season…

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FANFOOD 3 IN/OUT Championship Week


For most leagues, your team needs at least 110 points to have a chance of winning. You never want to concern yourself with what your opponent is doing, just aim to get to this number, hope for more and let the chips fall where they may. To reach this goal you will need (at minimum) 12 points from each of your staring skill positions, over 20 from your QB, more than a few from your kicker and at least 11 from your defense. This is the threshold for the IN/OUT predictions.

Here are the basic league settings that we are basing our predictions on…


QB,2WR,2RB,TE,FLEX (w/r/t), K, DST
TDs=6 pts0 pts allowed=10
passing=25 yds/pt2-6=7
receiving=10 yds/pt7-13=4
rushing=10 yds/pt14-20=1
reception=1 pt21-27=0
blocked kick=5
Return Yds=50 yds/pt











Steven Jackson


from fftoolbox:
A terrible season for the Falcons and their offense has included off season signing Steven Jackson. Jackson has failed to break 100 rushing yards in a game this season, but did find the endzone twice in week 15. The veteran running back is unlikely to repeat that feat this week, making him a borderline Flex play in fantasy championships. The Falcons’ struggling offense will have trouble moving the ball against the 49ers’ sixth ranked rush defense, meaning that Jackson is unlikely to break the 100 yard mark for the first time this season. Fantasy owners should leave the aging running back on their benches this week.
from cbssports:
Jackson was great for Fantasy owners last week with two touchdowns against the Redskins despite just 15 carries for 38 yards and four catches for 5 yards. But he will likely be a letdown in this matchup. We’ve seen Jackson in three games outdoors this season at Carolina, Tampa Bay and Green Bay, and he combined for 19 Fantasy points with no touchdowns. The 49ers have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season, which isn’t relevant for Jackson since the last time he did that was in Week 10 last year — ironically at San Francisco — when he had 29 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 26 yards as a member of the Rams. The 49ers have only allowed one touchdown to a running back in the past four games, and we don’t expect Jackson to score in this matchup. He’s a low-end flex option in what could be a tough game for the Falcons on the road.



Marques Colston


from fftoolbox:
Despite a nine catch, 125 yard, two touchdown performance against the Panthers already this season, I would not trust Marques Colston as anything more than a WR3 this week. The Panthers’ defense should be much more prepared for the veteran wide receiver this week, making it highly unlikely that he approaches those lofty number again in the fantasy championship game. The Panthers’ defense ranks fifth in the league against the pass, and will be fired up for a huge divisional matchup with the Saints this week. I would only use Marques Colston as a WR3 this week in fantasy leagues.
from cbssports:
You would think Colston would be a great starting option this week. He’s hot with 39 Fantasy points in his past two games, and he just torched the Panthers at home in Week 14 with nine catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. But Colston has not fared well outdoors of late. He has combined for 10 Fantasy points in four games outside this season, and he has just two touchdowns outdoors in his past 10 games going back to last year. If that’s bad, this is worse. The Panthers have allowed just one receiver to score at home this season, which was Jermaine Kearse in Week 1. That includes games against the Giants, Rams, Falcons, Patriots, Buccaneers and Jets, which isn’t a standout list, but the stat line is still impressive for a seven-game sample size. Also, in his past four trips to Carolina, Colston has 17 catches for 186 yards and no touchdowns and hasn’t topped six Fantasy points in any game. His hot streak is about to end this week.



Martellus Bennett


from cbssports:
Bennett continues to post quality stat lines that help the Bears and Cutler, but he’s giving you just modest Fantasy production. He’s scored five Fantasy points or less in six of his past seven games with just one touchdown over that span. Now he faces an Eagles defense that has allowed just two tight ends to reach double digits in Fantasy points with only two touchdowns on the season. We’d like to see Bennett close the season strong, but he’s not a recommended starting option in the majority of leagues this week.
from rotoworld:
Martellus Bennett caught six passes for 71 yards in Sunday’s Week 15 win at Cleveland.
Bennett was extremely efficient, hauling in all six of his targets quietly while Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery made chunk plays on the outside. Over the last month, the Unicorn is averaging 4.2 catches for 47.5 yards with one touchdown. That’s a reasonable expectation for Bennett in a Week 16 game at Philadelphia.
from fantasysharks:
Found the end zone again last week, though he continues to be a touchdown or nothing. A good matcuhp this week could help his cause, though still hard to rely on him since his ceiling is limited and his risk is huge.





FANFOOD Streaming Defense of the Week



 vs NYG


from FFCafe:
The Lions have done a credible job on defense this season, giving up just 23.3 points per game while averaging 2.1 sacks and 1.4 turnovers per game (all numbers don’t include a Week 15 matchup with the Ravens). However, the Lions fantasy defense is one of the least owned units in Yahoo! fantasy leagues. Expect them to beat their turnover average in Week 16 when they take on Eli Manning and the Interception Circus. The Giants have ceded the most points to fantasy defenses in the league, and in a week where an entire season rests on one game, that makes the Lions an elite unit worth dropping almost any other fantasy defense to use.from BretskyBall:
The widely available Detroit Lions defense is shaping up to be a solid streaming unit in Week 16 against the pitiful New York Giants. As big-brother Peyton paces towards an NFL record in TD passes, Eli Manning is putting up a record-threatening performance of his own, tossing 25 interceptions through 14 games. Eli’s abysmal prospects will take a huge hit if Victor Cruz (head/knee) is unable to suit up, making Detroit a nice gamble for Championship Week.
from sbnation:
There is no shortage of terrible offense in the Big Apple this season, and the Lions will be the next team to get a chance to feast. Though there are obvious holes in the Lions’ secondary, the Giants have rarely taken advantage of such matchups during a nightmare season. Each week provides the same narrative when reviewing what the Giants have — or in many cases, haven’t — done this season. Eli Manning is within shouting distance of the NFL single-season interceptions record, Hakeem Nicks has been a non-factor and now Victor Cruz’s status is uncertain for Week 16. It’s the best matchup a defense could ask for during championship week, and there is obvious upside for a Lions defense that is owned in just 14 percent of Yahoo! leagues.
from cbssports:
The Lions DST is a mediocre unit at best. They are No. 21 for the season in standard leagues, and they have just one signature game, which was Week 13 against Green Bay, scoring 29 Fantasy points. But if there was a week to buy into the Lions DST it’s now, and they should be available on waivers at just 40 percent ownership on as of Tuesday. The Giants were just blasted by the Seahawks in a shutout in Week 15 with five interceptions and four sacks. Cruz could be out, and the Lions’ calling card on defense is stopping the run, which negates what the Giants do best. Detroit’s season is on the line, and the Giants have checked out the past two games. Manning also has eight interceptions in his past six games, and the Lions should be able to push the Giants around at home.



Other Tools:

Fantasy Pros – who should I start?

The Fake Football Matchup Machine week 16

Fantasy Sports Portal – Sit/Start Tool

FF Toolbox – Weekly Cheatsheets

The Grey Report

Numberfire Player Comparison Tool

Fantasy Rundown Weekly Rankings

CBS Sports Weekly Projections

Fantasyomatic week 16 Projections

Week 16 Fact Sheet










White Bean Chicken Chili


This is good stuff. I like the creamy texture of the Great Northern Beans. The poblano adds a nice kick. All of the spices mingle to provide a taste treat. This is a nice change of pace from your basic red chili. Give it a shot. You won’t be disappointed.



1 medium sweet onion, diced
2 poblano peppers, roughly diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp granulated garlic
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp parsley
Pinch of thyme
2 cups of cooked, shredded chicken
2 cans of Great Northern Beans, with the liquid
6 cups of chicken broth
Olive Oil for sautéing
Salt to taste




Heat up about 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in your pan on low heat.
Add onion, garlic, poblano pepper and a grinding of sea salt.
Sauté on low heat until the veggies are tender and starting to caramelize.

Add spices and allow to sauté for two more minutes.
Add the broth and beans and bring to a boil.
Allow the mixture to simmer with the lid cracked for two hours.


After the two hour simmer, turn off your heat, add your shredded chicken, and stir to incorporate.

After about 10 minutes, your chicken has warmed up. So, ladle into a bowl and serve.



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