Roundtable Week 16

The Footballguys Roundtable panel discusses and debates Week 16 starters to bench, benchwarmers to start, the 2021 hot seat, and free agency. 

Welcome to Week 16 of the 2020 Footballguys' Roundtable. Our intrepid and oddball panel of fantasy pundits discuss and debate difficult Week 15 scenarios, the recent carousel of quarterbacks with viable fantasy QB1 potential, players we're excited about next year, and our riskiest Week 15 decisions for our playoff matchups.

Let's roll...


Week 16 Starters to Bench

Matt Waldman: Pick a player ranked as a starter at his position in a 12-team league that uses a lineup of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex (non-QB) PPR format whom you think should be benched in Week 16. Give us the goods.

Jeff Haseley: Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett. The Rams may have lost to the Jets, but there's no denying the pass defense for Los Angeles this season. Ten times they allowed nor more than a touchdown pass in a game this season. That's definitely something to consider if you're thinking about starting Russell Wilson. As for Lockett, he has scored once since Week 7 and his greatest yardage output since then is 67 yards.

Sean Settle: In recent weeks, we have all come to see the Lions start running the ball and how D'Andre Swift has assumed a big role in the offense while healthy. We also had the issue of Adrian Peterson sniping goal-line touchdowns, but Swift’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield has always helped to bail him out.

You may be considering playing him as an RB2 or Flex this week, but I would urge you to reconsider. Tampa Bay has the top rush defense in the league this season and has allowed just an average of 77.8 yards per game. Their average across the last three games is a little high, but they did just hold Atlanta to 37 rushing yards last week. Swift will continue to get better, but this is not the week to bet on him in the fantasy playoffs.

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