Top Plays for NFL DFS Week 16 Contests on Yahoo!

Yahoo is running the same great contest they ran last week this week. That means we are going to have another big article for Yahoo and this week I am going to give you my two favorite players at each position. Keep in mind that I am writing this article focused on winning a GPP and not all of these players are cash game options.


Taylor Heinicke ($20)– Heinicke has thrown five passes in the NFL completing three of them for 56 yards. That level of experience makes Heinicke an unknown in his first career start but I love him this week for a couple of reasons. The first is I have seen Heinicke play plenty of times as I am from Hampton Roads and have season tickets to ODU football where Heinicke went to college. While the competition was not top notch for Heinicke in college he was amazing every time I saw him play. The second reason is the elite match-up Heinicke is in against the Falcons. The Falcons have allowed the second most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season and have only allowed two quarterbacks to produce single digits this season.

Tom Brady ($31)– Brady looks like Father Time has finally caught up to him and has not had a great season at all this year. Brady has also lost one of his top receivers in Josh Gordon and is in the worst possible match-up for quarterbacks against a Bills team that is allowing the least amount of fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and the least passing yards per game. Why in the world do I love Brady this week then? The answer is simple in the fact that most fantasy players are going to be off of Brady and we are likely going to be able to roster Brady at less than five percent ownership in a game the Pats have to win if they want any chance of getting a first-round bye which they could badly use.

Running Back

Marlon Mack ($25)– Mack is going to fly under the radar this week but shouldn’t as the Colts line is healthy with Ryan Kelly returning last week. In the 11 games that Kelly has played this season, the Colts are averaging 4.47 rushing yards per attempt and 118.36 rushing yards per game compared to just 3.22 rushing yards per attempt and 69.67 rushing yards per game in games that Kelly missed. The Giants are also a fantastic match-up for Mack as they struggle to stop the run since trading Snacks to the Lions. Since the trade of Damon Harrison, the Giants have allowed at least 100 yards rushing in all but one game and are allowing opposing running backs to average 30.37 fantasy points per game.

Jaylen Samuels ($14)– I really don’t understand the salary on Samuels this week with James Conner out. With Conner out the past two weeks, Samuels has at least 18 touches in each game, has at least 90 total yards and has produced at least 12 fantasy points. I understand the match-up with the Saints is an awful one but Steelers lead running backs which Samuels is tend to produce and at just $4 above site minimum I don’t understand not rostering him this week.

Wide Receiver

Robby Anderson ($15)– Anderson has been on fire since Sam Darnold’s return to the Jets lineup. In those two games, Anderson has a target share of 29% and has 11 catches for 172 yards and two scores. Anderson has produced at least 15 fantasy points in both of those games. Anderson should keep up that production this week against an awful Packers secondary that is allowing the fourth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season.

Alshon Jeffery ($17)– Jeffery was not on my radar to start the week but after digging into his numbers with Nick Foles he is one of my favorite players on this slate. Foles loves to throw to Jeffery and in five of Foles six full starts, Jeffery has at least 60 yards according to Graham Barfield of The Texans are also a great match-up for Jeffery as they struggle against outside receivers and according to ProFootballFocus, they allow 25.1 fantasy points per game to outside receivers which is one of the worst marks in the NFL.

Tight End

Evan Engram ($15)– Odell Beckham Jr. has been ruled out for this week’s game and that is great news for Engram. In the past two games with OBJ out Engram has at least 75 yards receiving and has produced at least nine fantasy points. The match-up for Engram as he faces a Colts team that is allowing the most receiving yards per game to tight ends this season at 74.7 yards.

Eric Ebron ($20)– I am hoping that people look at last week’s game from Ebron and get scared away from him as that would be a mistake as Ebron has been money all season long especially in the first two weeks after Jack Doyle was ruled out for the season. In those games, Ebron saw 24 targets and had at least 65 yards receiving in each game.


Browns ($13)– The Bengals offense is in shambles right now due to injuries with Joe Mixon being the only healthy skill position player from the unit that started the season. The Bengals injuries on offense combined with the fact that the Browns defense is playing great right now not allowing more than 23 points in five straight weeks while averaging six fantasy points in those games make them really attractive to me at just $3 above site minimum.

Eagles ($10)– The Eagles should not be minimum salary with the way they are playing. In the past four games, they have allowed fewer than 30 points while having at least two sacks and an interception. The Eagles have produced at least four fantasy points in each of those games and have produced at least seven fantasy points in three straight weeks. The Eagles are not just playing well but the match-up with the Texans actually is an excellent one as this season they have allowed the most sacks.

About Zach Qualtieri

Zach is an accomplished fantasy player who has had success in multiple sports across multiple platforms. Zach specializes in cash games where he can often be found playing $25 H2Hs but has also had a lot of success in GPPs as an 11-time winner of a large field GPP. When not talking about fantasy sports, Zach enjoys hanging out with his son. If you have any questions about fantasy or sports in general Zach can be found on Twitter @zachsgotmoxy.

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