The most anticipated fantasy week of the NFL season is upon us in week 16; championship week. If you were smart (lucky?) enough to make it to the championship in your league, then congratulations are in order!
But you didn't scrap and fight to the championship for the sake of getting there. You want to win! So, I'm going to give you the tools to emerge victorious by laying out my Denver Broncos Championship primer..
The way I see it with Denver is that you have a stud at each position. If you have Peyton Manning, C.J. Anderson, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, or Julius Thomas, chances are you're starting them, as you should be. If you have the Broncos D/ST or Connor Barth you should be starting them as well.
The Cincinnati Bengals defense has had some downers this season against some of the top tier QBs in the league. Tom Brady, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger all had huge games against this defense, which makes Manning, despite his recent fantasy struggles, a must start.
The Bengal defense has also been a soft ball of mush against the run all season, allowing 124.8 yards per contest, making Anderson a must start. The Bengal defense allows an average of 20 points per game to opposing running backs.
Through the air, the Bengals have allowed 233.6 yards per game, a total that was eclipsed by each of the previously mentioned QBs. Their corners, Adam Jones, Terance Newman and Leon Hall are ranked 42nd, 44th and 53rd, respectively, in coverage this season, according to ProFootballFocus.
The Bengals allow a mere 15 points per game to opposing wide-outs, but look for the number to be much higher this week. Thomas and Sanders will be problems for these corners and both are must starts.
Now we come to Julius Thomas. His practice reports and snap count from this past Sunday suggest that he is close to being a big part of the passing attack again. The Bengals allow 7.3 points per game to opposing tight ends, but allowed 16 points to Rob Gronkowski, whom Thomas compares favorably to.
Andy Dalton is a threat to turn the ball over on every down. The Bengals, as a team, have thrown 14 interceptions and lost 5 fumbles. Look for the Broncos to add to those numbers as a defense and to shut the run down. The Broncos have not allowed more than 17 points for three weeks in a row now.
We finally come to the kicker position, where Barth has had two 5-field-goal games already. The Bengals are ranked 10th in the league in red zone defense, giving up touchdowns on close to 50% of opposing trips. With the Broncos struggles to punch the ball in the past few games, Barth could have another big game.
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