Published: Dec. 18, 2018 at 06:03 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2019 at 02:07 p.m.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 16: Quarterbacks


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Todd Gurley and Antonio Brown will not be featured. All player matchups are based on PPR scoring system. NFL researchers Matt Frederick and Michael Florio have contributed to the column. For your final starting lineup decisions, check our weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Russell Wilson vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Wilson was one of the few bright spots among fantasy quarterbacks last week, scoring almost 19 points in a loss to the 49ers. He should produce another strong line against the Chiefs, who have given up a 104.7 passer rating, 16 touchdown passes and the second-most fantasy points to enemy home quarterbacks this season.

Ben Roethlisberger vs. New Orleans Saints

Roethlisberger was a disappointment in last week's win over the Patriots, but an upcoming matchup versus the Saints should cure what ails him. New Orleans has surrendered 15 touchdown passes, a near 100 passer rating and the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks on their home field this season. Start Big Ben.

Dak Prescott vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I get it, Prescott posted a massive stink bomb against the Colts last week ... but that's no reason to sit him against the Buccaneers. Believe it or not, but no home quarterback has finished worse than 11th in points when facing Tampa Bay's defense. Look for Prescott to give fantasy owners the gift of a fantasy league championship.

Mitchell Trubisky vs. San Francisco 49ers

Trubisky is coming off his best stat line since Week 10, scoring 19 fantasy points in a victory over the Packers. He'll be in the QB1 conversation this week, as he faces a 49ers defense that has surrendered a 103.1 passer rating and an average of more than 19 fantasy points per game to enemy quarterbacks overall in 2018.

Baker Mayfield vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Mayfield's numbers have been less than impressive over the last few weeks, but I still have him among my start 'ems based on a positive matchup versus the Bengals. Their defense has allowed a 106.4 passer rating and the third-most fantasy points to home quarterbacks, and Mayfield beat them for four touchdowns back in Week 12.

Start 'Em: Matt Ryan at Carolina Panthers, Lamar Jackson at Los Angeles Chargers (Sat.)
Sleepers: Sam Darnold vs. Green Bay Packers

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - Tom Brady vs. Buffalo Bills

Brady isn't a must sit for owners, but he does come with some risk this week. His numbers have been mediocre at best, and the Buffalo defense has surrendered the fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks on the road. What's more, Brady has failed score more than 16 fantasy points in each of his last four home games against the Bills.

Jared Goff vs. Arizona Cardinals

Much like Brady, Goff isn't a must sit if you don't have an alternative. However, he has failed to score more than 11 fantasy points in three straight games, during which time he has a brutal 51.3 passer rating. Goff is also facing a Cardinals defense that's allowed the fewest points (10.8 PPG) to quarterbacks at home. He's a risky option.

Jameis Winston vs. Dallas Cowboys

Winston, listed as a sit 'em last week, posted his worst stat line as a starter in a loss to the Ravens. Next up is a date with the Cowboys, who have held opposing quarterbacks to just 228.3 passing yards and fewer than 16 fantasy points per game on their home field. I'd fade Winston in what is a very important game for Dallas' playoff chances.

Matthew Stafford vs. Minnesota Vikings

Stafford has been a sit 'em staple for most of this season, and for good reason. The veteran has failed to score more than 16 fantasy points in each of his last seven games, during which time he's thrown for five scores and five interceptions. The Vikings are tough on quarterbacks and playing for the playoffs, so Stafford won't improve.

Josh Allen vs. New England Patriots

This stat is wild, but it's true ... Allen has scored the most fantasy points among quarterbacks since Week 12. His streak of success could end this weekend, though, as he'll face a Patriots defense that has surrendered an 82.1 passer rating and an average of fewer than 16 fantasy points a game to road quarterbacks. Buyer beware.

Sit 'Em: Nick Mullens vs. Chicago Bears, Eli Manning at Indianapolis Colts
Busts: None

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for all of the latest fantasy football news, notes and in-depth analysis!


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