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Week 16 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide

Welcome to the Week 16 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide. This will be the final FAAB Guide of the season for me. Thank you so much for selecting me for your FAAB guidance. There are a plethora of choices and I really appreciate you including me in your weekly routine. Somehow you survived the funhouse of Week 15. Covid ravaged teams and then teams that weren’t ravaged were punished unfairly by having their game moved. Whoever wins your league this year can either say it was the most challenging title they ever won or the luckiest. You will find obvious player opinions in this piece such as Aaron Rodgers will never let you down, but I will also give you useful, less-heralded takes like Davis Mills is a top-7 dynasty QB and potential 2021 league winner. If you need Waiver Wire adds only, check out my Fantrax pal Colin McTamany’s Waiver Wire Rankings here

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Week 16 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide

$1,000 is a common budget size for season-long leagues and that is the template for my FAAB bid percentages. The Week 16 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide attempts to cover all styles of fantasy scoring, but I write this article from a redraft and PPR point of view. All roster percentages for this week come from Fantrax and ESPN fantasy football leagues. 

NOTE: The NFL and the NFLPA agreed to alter the return-to-participation protocols for getting cleared from the Covid-19 list. Make sure you’re familiar with the changes so you don’t succumb to panic or fear-based transactions related to a player possibly missing his game this weekend.


Davis Mills24%1%5-8%LAC
Justin Fields79%26%5-8%@SEA
Mac Jones73%19%3-5%BUF
Tyler Huntley15%5%3-5%@CIN
Jimmy Garoppolo62%21%2-4%@TEN
Ben Roethlisberger67%20%2-4%@KC
Baker Mayfield64%24%1-3%@GB
Drew Lock18%0%1-3%@LV
Zach Wilson53%4%1-3%JAX

Reference Points

  • Davis Mills was my favorite DFS value last Sunday, but for some reason I panicked and started Tua Tagovailoa. TRUST YOUR GUT! Your gut should be a balance of your research and the research of trusted advisors. Davis Mills gets LAC at home this weekend. The Chargers have some injury issues with Joey Bosa in Covid-19 protocol as of this writing. Expect a somewhat surprising shootout Sunday. That means if you need to suddenly go with a new QB in your playoff matchup, then Mills is a solid choice.

  • As of now, Lamar Jackson may not play Sunday in Cincinnati. It’s a crucial game for the AFC North lead which means Jackson will desperately want to play. Monitor closely on Twitter if you roster Jackson. If you don’t already have Tyler Huntley on your roster, then you’re probably not reading this because you were bounced in the playoffs. Either way, both are worthy starts in the Queen City.
  • The Broncos have a do or die showdown with the Raiders in Las Vegas this coming weekend. It’s a lock that they will likely have to rely on eternal disappointment Drew Lock. Teddy Bridgewater suffered a bogus concussion Sunday and is a lock not to play. There may be a part of you that is thinking Drew Lock is a lock to bust open the Denver offense. It’s a lock that Drew Lock will disappoint you. Lock it in.


Ronald Jones II72%23%75-90%@CAR
Craig Reynolds16%8%8-11%@ATL
Duke Johnson17%1%7-10%@NO
Jeffrey Wilson63%45%5-8%@TEN
Jordan Howard32%8%5-8%NYG
Ameer Abdullah31%7%3-5%TB
Samaje Perine42%9%2-4%BAL
DeeJay Dallas19%2%1-3%CHI
Jeremy McNichols35%9%1-3%SF

Reference Points

  • The Saints have Tampa Bay’s number in the regular season. Remember this next time they play so you can bet the farm on them. Ronald Jones II is going to benefit from that dominant performance as Leonard Fournette was injured in the loss. Jones has a tasty YPC of 4.7. When he gets the ball in his hands, he has been more than useful. I originally expected Jones to be the go-to RB in Tampa’s backfield but that was derailed by opening night against DAL. Now is the time and the matchups are ideal: @CAR, NYJ and CAR. BUY! BUY! BUY!
  • My bozo Lions made a statement with their expulsion of the Cardinals from Detroit. I have to give Craig Reynolds a ton of credit. He plowed through ARI defenders and has been very reliable over the past two games starting with his 11 carries for 83 yards in Denver. This week Reynolds has ATL on the road. The Falcons can’t stop the run. This is a stellar matchup for the fantasy playoffs. Bid heavy without fear!

  • Seeing Duke Johnson set a career-high in carries while rushing for 2 TDs Sunday against the Jets was special. Seven years into his career Johnson finally had the game of his career. I rank him a little lower because the Saints are about as tough against the run as any defense in 2021. I expect Johnson gets the opportunities again, but I am dubious about his ability to repeat his performance against the Jets.


Amon-Ra St. Brown77%24%9-12%@ATL
Gabriel Davis69%13%7-10%@NE
Marquez Callaway60%29%3-5%MIA
Jamison Crowder74%30%3-5%JAX
Laquon Treadwell21%1%2-4%@NYJ
Marquez Valdes-Scantling60%15%2-4%CLE
Nico Collins41%2%1-3%LAC
Damiere Byrd4%0%1-3%@SEA
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine31%3%1-3%SF
Braxton Berrios16%1%1-3%JAX
Jalen Guyton34%11%1-3%@HOU

Reference Points

  • UPDATE: I’m a fool! I forgot to give replacement WRs for the Bucs now that Chris Godwin has torn his ACL and Mike Evans has a hammy. It’s time to pump up a healthy bid for Tyler Johnson! He has playoff experience already which means Brady can trust him. He can play anywhere on the field too. Scottie Miller is a possibility, but I like Johnson more for big returns fantasy wise. It’s not too late to put a fat FAAB bid on Tyler Johnson who is rostered in only 16% of the leagues on Fantrax and 1% in ESPN leagues. He is absolutely available and has an ideal schedule ROS. 
  • My bozo Lions are relying heavily on Amon-Ra St. Brown with 35 targets combined over the last three games. Jared Goff is in Covod-19 protocol right now, but locally the word is that he will play. I think whether Goff plays or not matters for Brown’s value this weekend. The Falcons can be had and with the way Brown is playing right now he is a must-start until further notice. He is only at 24% rostership in ESPN leagues, so you can pick up a potential WR2 for your team right now. Open up your FAAB wallets and let the money go.
  • Coming into 2021, I talked a big game about Gabriel Davis. Unfortunately, Emmanuel Sanders got in the way of consistent production for Davis. That looks to be a distant memory now. Davis has 15 targets and 3 TDs during his last two games. Stefon Diggs is still the alpha in BUF, but Davis is a future #1 WR for Josh Allen. That future is starting to develop right now. Healthy FAAB bids are encouraged.

  • The Packers placed Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Covid-19 protocol on Tuesday. If he isn’t vaccinated he is out for Saturday. Monitor closely.
  • Damiere Byrd had 5 grabs for 62 yards Monday night against the Vikings. Jakeem Grant was concussed in that game. Byrd has 15 targets over the last three games. Not an eye-popping number, but if Grant can’t go this weekend, then Byrd becomes a worthy add as the Bears head west to SEA.


Cole Kmet57%23%3-5%@SEA
Ricky Seals-Jones30%12%2-4%@DAL
Gerald Everett65%19%1-3%CHI
Adam Trautman38%3%1-3%MIA
James O'Shaughnessy16%1%1-3%@NYJ
Foster Moreau25%17%1-3%DEN
Josiah Deguara7%0%1-3%CLE
Ty Conklin57%46%1-3%LAR
Albert Okwuegbunam21%1%1-3%@LV
David Njoku44%21%1-3%@GB

Reference Points

  • Justin Fields is feeding Cole Kmet consistently. The only thing missing is a TD. 49 catches on 78 targets is solid volume that you want from your TE. The lack of scoring is more of a reflection of soon-to-be-fired head coach Matt Nagy than Kmet’s inability to break the plane of the goal line. Kmet will score before the season is done. At 23% on ESPN, Kmet could likely be yours for a nominal fee.

  • I love Ricky Seals-Jones! He is a fabulous athlete that should be scoring more fantasy points. However, like the rest of you, I should not let my personal bias interfere with my fantasy decisions. The problem for him is the current QB situation in the DMV. Taylor Heinicke didn’t play Tuesday because of Covid-19, but he also injured his knee against the Cowboys in Week 14. Kyle Allen also joined the Covid-19 crew. Garrett Gilbert wasn’t terrible against Philadelphia. He targeted Seals-Jones 7 times. Some bad breaks did Seals-Jones in Tuesday. If the QB situation is still messy, I like him regardless as less competent QBS tend to lean on their TE.
  • The Saints activated Adam Trautman off the IR and he was able to suit up Sunday in Tampa. Taysom Hill scares us all away from most Saints pass catchers, but Trautman was gaining a healthy target share before he hurt his knee. He won’t be costly and he can be had in most fantasy leagues.

The Leftovers

  • Week 15 still leaves us with more questions to ponder. Why was Week 15 such a horrible dumpster fire of a week for fantasy? Why doesn’t the rest of the NFL replicate what the Saints do on defense each time they play Tom Brady? Is it possible Tyler Huntley is the better QB right now for the Ravens?
  • The following players with uncertain roles are all worth mentioning, just in smaller doses. Jared Goff has 9 TDs to just 2 INTs over his last four games and he has a doable schedule the rest of the way for my bozo Lions. Ke’Shawn Vaughn is very much a contender to make plays at the RB position for the Bucs and will be much cheaper than Ronald Jones II. The Chargers are heading to Houston this weekend with Austin Ekeler expected to play, but in the loss to KC last Thursday Justin Jackson was able to rumble for 86 yards on just 13 rushes. The toe of Antonio Gibson may be troublesome for him which means Jaret Patterson, the Buffalo Bull legend, is next in line to carry the load for the WFT. SEA WR Dee Eskridge didn’t maximize his opportunities Tuesday night as he was targeted 4 times without a catch in Los Angeles and now welcomes the average at best defense from Chicago this coming weekend.
Jared Goff46%4%2% or less@ATL
Devontae Booker65%25%2% or less@PHI
Allen Lazard50%12%2% or lessCLE
Cameron Brate10%1%1% or less@CAR
Ke'Shawn Vaughn14%0%1% or less@CAR
Jake Fromm5%0%1% or less@PHI
Tim Patrick59%17%1% or less@LV
Justin Jackson31%3%1% or less@HOU
Robby Anderson80%45%1% or lessTB
Jaret Patterson22%1%1% or less@DAL
K.J. Osborn59%43%1% or lessLAR
Tre'Quan Smith51%10%1% or lessMIA
C.J. Uzomah44%13%1% or lessBAL
Adam Humphries13%0%1% or less@DAL
Tevin Coleman72%26%1% or lessJAX
Cam Newton52%27%1% or lessTB
D'Wayne Eskridge26%1%1% or lessCHI
Anthony Firkser26%3%1% or lessSF
Austin Hooper62%29%1% or less@GB
Tyler Kroft6%0%1% or lessJAX

Post Script

The Week 16 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide is here to serve you. If you have any questions related to your fantasy football FAAB selections, please DM me on Twitter @mjgovier any time. You can listen to my Fantrax podcast The Fantasy Football POV which absolutely has the most information for your buck (it’s free). New episodes come out every Thursday morning. However you absorb your preferred fantasy football content, FantraxHQ has you covered. Thanks for stopping by. Now go splurge with those FAAB bucks!

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