11 Must-Starts For A Fantasy Championship

Former Top Ranked Fantasy Football Player in the World Mark Deming lists and analyzes 11 must-start players to help you take home the 2016 title!

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*** Criteria for Start’em QBs is players priced $5,900 or less on DraftKings (DK). Criteria for Start’em WR/RB/TEs are players priced $5,900 or less on DK. Start’em is designed to accommodate both DFS and season-long players.


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QB Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

In an important Fantasy Week 16, there will be some QB land mines, but you can play Prescott with confidence. Dak answered the bell in Week 15 so look for a similar performance vs. the Lions. The Dallas offensive line should continue to keep the cleanest pocket in the league vs. the Lions who play their second straight road game vs. a playoff opponent. Five of six of Dak's rushing TDs have come in home games.With Lions CB Darius Slay battling a hamstring injury, look for Dak to take additional shots downfield. Dak averages 21.4 DK points in home games, take that to the bank for a reasonable $5,800 price point.


QB Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills

For a cap-friendly DK price of $5,400, start Tyrod Taylor vs. the Dolphins in Week 16. In three career games vs. the Dolphins, Taylor has six combined TDs and a 2-1 record. TT will be low owned for his mediocre performance vs. the Browns last week, but the Dolphins have allowed ten TD passes over their last four games. Taylor averages 19.2 DK points in home games and should be a lock for a 200/2 game with rushing upside vs. the 24th-ranked total defense.


RB Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs

Look for Ware to pay the Week 16 bills vs. the struggling Broncos rush defense that ranks 29th vs. the run. I was impressed with Ware's determination and play vs. a physical Titans defense last week. I saw some extra juice from him compared to weeks past and expect bigger ROI at Arrowhead in the critical Christmas night showdown. Andy Reid will attack the Broncos with diverse running plays, and Ware should put up a nice Fantasy line.


RB Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks

If you saved Rawls on your season-long roster or looking for a RB value in the $5,100 range, start him in Week 16. The Hawks need to get Rawls hot before the playoffs, and a true test vs. the proud Cardinals defense will be the canvas for Rawls. The Hawks and Cards are two teams headed in different directions. The game flow should afford Rawls an opportunity for 20 rush attempts and the chance to earn the coaching staff's confidence heading into the playoffs.


RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A crafty start in Week 16 is veteran RB Doug Martin. In eight career games vs. the Saints, The Muscle Hamster has averaged 77.9 rushing yards per game and 9.2 yards per reception. Martin can keep pace with RBs priced more than his $5,400 DK salary. Martin only had 42 yards and no receptions last week, so he will be low owned. He has legit potential in a Week 16 game that features the second highest total according to Vegas at 52.5 and counting.


WR/RB Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers

Ride the red-hot Ty Montgomery, especially for $5,900. With James Starks in concussion protocol from a car accident, Montgomery should see the bulk of the work in Green Bay’s must-win contest. Montgomery showed some David Johnson in his potential, and you want a piece of that for sure!


RB Bilal Powell, New York Jets

Bill Belichick will evaluate the Jets game film and set a plan to stop Robby Anderson and Brandon Marshall, not Bilal Powell. Bryce Petty showed QB IQ by dumping the ball to Powell often when the pocket collapses. The new school rookie QBs best friend is the pass catching RB, not the TE. Since Powell can catch 8 to 10 passes, take the Jets RB that will be trailing big and catching many dump-offs. Powell is also fresh and running hard.


WR DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

I like the way Jackson is playing and he possesses the speed to make plays vs. the Bears who have been burned by speed WRs. Jackson playing for a contract is closing strong with three 20 or more points on DraftKings in his last four matchups. The Redskins will continue to tout their diverse passing game, and Jackson is the hot-handed, deep component that will see plenty of looks.


WR DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

Osweiler was so bad, he couldn't even feed Hopkins, but Savage figured it out real quick as Hopkins had his best Fantasy day since Week 6. Hopkins went for 5 for 57 and a TD in his last game vs. the Bengals, and there is significant value at $5,200. Look for Savage to feed Hopkins and talk about a WR that is due for a big performance.


WR Rishard Matthews, Tennessee Titans

Mathews is on a WR run that is going overlooked in the Fantasy scene. Throw out his Week 14 stinker game and Matthews is averaging 19.1 over five games. He has become Mariota's go-to WR, and he currently has seven  TDs (tied for sixth-most receiving TDs). Attack the wounded Jags with Matthews in Week 16. He is priced at $4,900 which is a steal considering he is one of the most consistent Fantasy WRs in the game right now.


TE Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks

After a rough Week 15 performance, don't be afraid to start Jimmy Graham. The numbers indicate Graham is coming off two poor showings, so he is due to hit for ROI in Week 16. All five of his TDs have come at home, and I expect the veteran TE to have a big game in this regular season home finale. Graham had a season-high ten targets in Seattle’s previous matchup vs. AZ.


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