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The championship week is here for most leagues. Congratulations if you're playing for a title or if you have the finals in Week 17. Most teams are set, but you can use all your money on that one player from the list you need below.
These recommendations are based on a 12-team league using a $1,000 budget.
JOE FLACCO – BALTIMORE RAVENS - $100
Flacco isn't the best option this week, but there aren't many good quarterbacks available in most leagues. It's a divisional game, and the Steelers have been good against quarterbacks. The Steelers offense plays much better at home, and if they put up points, it could force Flacco to throw more. Flacco has thrown multiple touchdowns in three straight games and has 129 pass attempts over the last three games.
MATT BARKLEY – CHICAGO BEARS – $70
Most teams should be set at quarterback, but there might be some that have been streaming. Barkley gets a Redskins team that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. In four starts, he has two 300-yard games with multiple touchdowns. One of his bad games came in the snow where he attempted 18 passes. In Week 15 against the Packers, Barkley passed for 363 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. Alshon Jeffery returned from suspension, and along with Cameron Meredith and Jordan Howard, Barkley has some weapons at his disposal. The Redskins have allowed 12 passing touchdowns in their last six games.
Others to consider: Tom Savage, HOU – $30
TY MONTGOMERY – GREEN BAY PACKERS – $300
He still may be a wide receiver in some leagues, so check your league. DraftKings & FanDuel both have him at running back now. He played 84 percent of the snaps in Week 15. He rushed 16 times for 162 yards with two touchdowns and caught two passes for one yard against the Bears Sunday. The Packers are at home in Week 16 against the Vikings, who haven't been as good against the run lately. They allowed the Colts to rush for 161 yards on Sunday.
DION LEWIS – NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – $100
The 20 touches for Lewis, last week against the Broncos, were a surprise. It is always difficult to predict the usage of Patriots running backs, but Lewis is healthy, and the Patriots seem to want to get him ready for the playoffs. He had 18 carries for 95 yards and caught two passes for nine yards. The Patriots are home for the Jets in Week 16 and Lewis could be involved heavily again, but it's a dicey play.
JUSTIN FORSETT – DENVER BRONCOS – $75
Forsett had more touches than Devontae Booker for the second consecutive game. Forsett played 55 percent of the snaps, while Booker was at 45 percent. Forsett had 14 touches, while Booker had eight. Forsett had ten carries for 37 yards and caught four passes for 16 yards as the Broncos offense struggled against the Patriots and didn't score a touchdown. The Chiefs have allowed four consecutive games of at least 100 rushing yards. Ideally, you don't want to play Forsett, but if you're in a deeper format and desperate, Forsett can catch a few passes.
Others to consider: Paul Perkins, NYG – $45, Charles Sims, TB – $40, Mike Gillislee, BUF – $40, Dwayne Washington, DET – $35, Darren McFadden, DAL – $30, Rex Burkhead, CIN – $30, Jalen Richard, OAK – $20, Alfred Blue, HOU – $10, Damien Williams, MIA – $5, Andre Ellington, ARI - $5, Ronnie Hillman, SD – $5
TYLER LOCKETT – SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – $150
Injury was the reason it took so long for Lockett to produce. Many were hoping this would be a breakout season for Lockett, who had a PCL injury to begin the season that sapped his explosiveness. After no receptions in Week 12, Lockett had five catches for 63 yards and rushed for a 75-yard touchdown. The team was awful in Week 14 against the Packers and Lockett had four catches for 41 yards on two targets and two carries for 15 yards. In Week 15 against the Rams, it was clear the Seahawks wanted to get Lockett involved. He received eight targets and caught seven passes for 130 yards with a touchdown. Lockett has played at least 61 percent of the snaps in four straight games.
CAMERON MEREDITH – CHICAGO BEARS – $125
Even with Alshon Jeffery back from suspension, Meredith was heavily involved in the offense. Meredith had nine catches for 104 yards on 13 targets. He has at least eight targets in three of the last four games. Meredith has been running mainly out of the slot, which means he should avoid Josh Norman in Week 16 against the Redskins. Norman will likely cover Jeffery.
ROBBY ANDERSON – NEW YORK JETS – $125
Anderson is surprisingly low owned in some leagues still. It's clear that Bryce Petty loves throwing to Anderson. If Petty sits this week due to injury, then Anderson gets a big downgrade. Anderson has 29 targets the last three games with Petty and has at least 16 points in PPR formats in those games.
Others to consider: J.J. Nelson, ARI – $20, Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN – $10, Kenny Stills, MIA – $10
RYAN GRIFFIN – HOUSTON TEXANS – $50
The tight ends get volume in the Texans offense. Griffin filled in for C.J. Fiedorowicz, who missed Week 15 with a concussion and played well. He caught all eight of his targets for 85 yards and played 79 percent of the snaps. It's still early to know if Fiedorowicz will play in Week 16, but if you're hurting at tight end, consider adding Griffin in case he is the primary tight end in Week 16 against the Bengals, allow the third most points to tight ends.
CHARLES CLAY – BUFFALO BILLS – $50
Injuries have slowed Clay most of the season. The Bills don't pass much, and Sammy Watkins isn't 100 percent, and Clay has seen 13 targets the last two weeks. He had three catches for 52 yards with a touchdown in Week 14 against the Steelers and took advantage of a great matchup last week by catching all seven targets for 72 yards with a touchdown against the Browns. The Dolphins have struggled against teams that use the tight end.
Others to consider: Hunter Henry, SD – $30