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The championship contest starts this week and should be a great time to get those lineups filled with those players who can get the job done on a consistent basis. Here are some players to start/sit in Week 16:
Kirk Cousins (vs. Dallas): Dallas has been brutal on the defensive side of the ball and this contest will be a shootout as the Cowboys need to win to stay in the hunt for the NFC East. Cousins should throw at least two touchdowns this week.
Danny Woodhead (vs. Oakland): Jamaal Charles ran all over the Raiders last week, including four passing touchdowns. Ryan Mathews is a no-brainer in this matchup, but Woodhead should see a boost in playing time after Charles was catching a lot of screen passes.
Mike Wallace (vs. Buffalo): Buffalo’s defensive line may be putting pressure on Ryan Tannehill most of the day, but Wallace should be wide open in the secondary often enough to make a difference in your postseason push.
Zach Miller (vs. Arizona): The Arizona Cardinals have allowed the most points to opposing tight ends all season and Week 16 will be a huge game for Miller.
Phil Dawson (vs. Atlanta): The 49ers offense is starting to run on all cylinders and this could lead to some great opportunities for Dawson against a weak Falcons defense.
San Diego DEF (vs. Oakland): The Raiders are having injury issues on the offensive side of the ball, which means the Chargers should be able to make the big plays on defense on a regular basis.
Carson Palmer (vs. Seattle): The Seahwaks are undefeated at CenturyLink Field and dismantled the New Orleans Saints last time they played at home. Palmer will be in trouble in this contest.
Trent Richardson (vs. Kansas City): Donald Brown missed most of last week’s game and Richardson scored 15 points in most leagues. This week, Brown returned to practice and Richardson will likely be the backup once again. Start him at your own risk.
Riley Cooper (vs. Chicago): It’s about time to give up on the Cooper experiment as he has failed to be a real factor in most leagues in four weeks. He may be due for a big game, but I would not risk it in the championship contest.
Timothy Wright (vs. St. Louis): St. Louis just held Jimmy Graham in check and Wright is nowhere close to the player that Graham has been in 2013.
Dan Carpenter (vs. Miami): With their best QB and wideout sitting out this contest, it is going to be tough for the Bills to really get within field goal range against a Dolphins squad that has been much better on defense in recent weeks.
Arizona DEF (vs. Seattle): Seattle took down Arizona 58-0 at home last season and it could be another blowout if the defense can get to Palmer on a regular basis. This means less points for the Arizona defense.