Fantasy Football On Target: What to know heading into Week 16

by Tim Heaney on December 17, 2013 @ 07:31:52 PDT

 

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Bull's eye

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata
Trust him again?

With both conferences experiencing a tight playoff race, there isn't much of a chance that many teams will rest their stars in Week 16.

The Philadelphia Eagles may have a chance to do so Sunday if the Dallas Cowboys win earlier in the day, which would render Philly's Sunday night tilt meaningless. The Eagles and Cowboys would play for the division title, the only NFC East playoff berth, during the final weekend. Despite Chip Kelly's assertion that he won't rest starters regardless of Dallas' result, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, Nick Foles and the other skill players could be at risk of missing at least a half of action.

The Running Backs section touches on one more potential big name that could sit.

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The Minnesota Vikings had both Adrian Peterson (foot) and Toby Gerhart (hamstring) inactive Sunday, so Matt Asiata ran the backfield show. If you just look at the three touchdowns he planted, then you'd be stoked to add him.

But it took him 30 carries to muster 51 yards, and he received an obscene amount of goal-line chances. Despite the fact that volume means something in fantasy, he's relying on the availability Peterson and Gerhart, and the unlikelihood of another frequent feeding in that case, to even scrape flex worth. The best use of the Vikes' run game came through the air.

Another fresh-faced carrier threw fantasy owners for a loop. Edwin Baker (12 utilizations) led the Cleveland Browns' backfield in chances over Chris Ogbonnaya (10) and Fozzy Whittaker (three). Rob Chudzinski was impressed with the spurts of talent Baker showed, and with the RB picture up for grabs headed into next year, the 5-foot-8, 200-pounder will have a chance to audition.

If Willis McGahee (concussion) can't suit up again, Baker has a slim lead over the other alternatives, though the run-stuffing New York Jets will limit his upside.

RBs up next....

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