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Fantasy Football IDP Start/Sit: Week 16

by Walton Spurlin | @waltonspurlin | Featured Writer
Dec 20, 2019

Sam Hubbard should keep his sack streak alive against the Dolphins

This is it! Week 16 is finally upon us and that means there are IDP championships being played this week across the land. A season of lineup decisions have all led up to this moment. Congratulations to all the IDP owners that are still tuning into this column with a shot at bringing home the hardware for the 2019 season.

One last reminder is to always keep an eye on the game-day inactive reports this week as there are three games taking place on Saturday. A lot of things can happen from the time this article is posted until the ball is kicked off this weekend. Don’t fall asleep at the wheel at this critical point in the season. Let’s do this. Here is a look at the final IDP start/sit options for the 2019 season.

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Start

Sam Hubbard (DL – CIN)
The second-year defensive end has emerged as a fantasy force and a great compliment lining up opposite veteran Carlos Dunlap. He had another sack last week and has now put up at least one in three straight games. His tackle production continues to be a strong suit as he has put up 14 total in the past three games. He has also been credited with three tackles for a loss and a pass defended in that time.

He has an excellent Week 16 matchup to keep his sack streak alive. The Dolphins’ offense has allowed a league-high 51 sacks with defensive linemen accounting for 34.5 of those sacks.

Justin Houston (DL – IND)
Houston is coming off of a down Week 15 in which he finished with just two total tackles. He did manage to post a quarterback hit and that bodes well heading into a juicy Week 16 matchup. In their past three games, the Panthers’ offense has allowed 13 sacks. The defensive line position has been credited with 10 of those sacks.

Third-round quarterback Will Grier will be making his first NFL start this week for Carolina. A rookie quarterback can easily be rattled by an aggressive edge rusher. Look for the veteran defensive lineman to post at least one sack this week and reach double digits on the season for the fourth time in his career.

Todd Davis (LB – DEN)
This is the short and sweet selection of the week. Death, taxes, and Davis putting up double-digit tackles in a game are three things IDP owners can depend on. Last week, he put up 11 against Kansas City and now has reached 10 or more tackles in six straight games. The matchup is a nice one for that streak to continue against Detroit this week. In the past five games, the Lions’ offense has been a top-10 unit in allowing production to opposing linebackers.

Tremaine Edmunds (LB – BUF)
Playing against the Patriots has been a bit of a crapshoot for opposing linebackers. New England has been very tough on the position over the last five games, allowing an average of just 17 tackles per game to the position. The big plays have not been there over that time either as they have given up just 1.5. However, Edmunds has been coming on of late, averaging eight tackles per game in his last five outings. He has also added half a sack and an interception in that time. In the Week 4 meeting between the teams, Edmunds put up 11 total tackles and a pass defended. He is worth a start in this division showdown on Saturday.

K.J. Wright (LB – SEA)
With Bobby Wagner expected to play through an ankle injury, Wright may assume top dog duties among Seattle linebackers this week. Playing in the shadow of his teammate Wagner, he has quietly been putting up top-20 linebacker numbers in balanced scoring formats. He has topped double-digit tackles in five games this season and has 113 total through 14 games. He has put up triple-digit tackles in five of the past six seasons. In the Week 4 game against Arizona, he finished with 11 total tackles and we can expect at least the same production this week.

Justin Simmons (DB – DEN)
Simmons is coming off of one of his better games of the 2019 campaign. In the loss at Kansas City last week, he had six solo and eight total tackles along with an interception. He has quietly been putting up top-12 defensive back totals in balanced scoring formats this season.

This week, he faces a struggling Lions offense that has been generous to the defensive back position lately. With the underwhelming David Blough at quarterback, they have given up five interceptions to defensive backs over the past three games. They have also allowed 63 total tackles to the position in that time. He is a solid Week 16 starting option.

Khari Willis (DB – IND)
The rookie safety has really been taking advantage of an expanded role over the past two weeks with Kenny Moore (ankle) missing time. Last week, he posted 10 total tackles and has now put up double-digit tackles in back-to-back games. He played 100% of the snaps alongside Malik Hooker, who has been missing practice this week due to a hand injury. If Hooker is unable to go, then Willis takes on even more value.

The Panthers’ offense has been generous to defensive backs lately, throwing six interceptions to the position in the past five games. As mentioned earlier, Carolina rookie Will Grier will be making his first career start. That could also work in favor of Willis having another big game.

Sit

Mario Addison (DL – CAR)
In a positive matchup last week against a less-than-stellar pass-protecting Seahawks offensive line, Addison failed to impress. He finished the game with just an assisted tackle and failed to register a quarterback hit for the second week in a row.

The Week 16 matchup is not a conducive one for him to have a bounce-back game. The Colts’ offense is one of the stingiest units in allowing production to opposing defensive linemen. On the season, they have allowed just nine sacks to the position and, to add injury to insult, Addison is dealing with a shoulder issue that may limit him this week.

Brandon Graham (DL – PHI)
The veteran defensive end will need to harken back to his big Super Bowl performance against New England to get things done this week. In a huge division showdown, he will be facing off against a stout Cowboys offensive line. On the season, they are allowing just 1.6 sacks and five quarterback hits per game. Defensive linemen have managed to post just 10 sacks against them through 14 games.

It doesn’t help matters that Graham has gone three straight games without a sack and has managed to post just eight total tackles over that time. The first time the teams met this season, he managed to post just three total tackles and was held without even a quarterback hit.

Khalil Mack (LB – CHI)
The ship has sailed on Khalil Mack having a productive 2019 IDP campaign. A quick look at his past four games shows that he has put up two sacks in that time. That’s the good news.

The bad news is that those sacks are the only ones he’s posted in the last seven games and he sits at 7.5 on the season. Last week, he managed to post just one tackle and now has a total of 15 in his past seven games. The matchup this week is not a good one for him to get back on track. In the past three games, the Chiefs’ offense is allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing linebackers in balanced scoring formats.

Mark Barron (LB – PIT)
Things have been trending in the wrong direction for all of the Steelers’ linebackers, especially Barron. Last week, he played just 37% of the snaps and finished with a paltry three total tackles in what was a positive matchup against Buffalo. He now has just 73 total tackles on the season and is losing significant playing time. It’s hard to trust him heading into the championship weekend against a struggling Jets offense. On the season, they are a bottom-five offense when it comes to allowing production to the linebacker position.

Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix (DB – CHI)
After finishing last season as a top-10 defensive back in balanced scoring formats, a lot was expected from Clinton-Dix in his first season with Chicago. Unfortunately, after a big Week 3 performance that saw him intercept two passes and return one for a score, things have not gone well.

Since that big game, the production has been waning for the veteran safety. Despite playing 59 snaps last week, he managed to finish with just a single tackle. He has not posted a big play in the past four games and has put up just four through 14 games. Injuries have depleted the linebacking corps, but that has not helped him to post meaningful numbers.

The matchup this week is a weak one against Kansas City. They are allowing just an average of just 21 total tackles per game to defensive backs in their past four games.

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