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Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em week 16
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Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em week 16
Thursday December 18th, 2014

This is my fantasy season now. Many of you probably are in the same situation, having been bounced from the playoffs (if you qualified) in your respective leagues. If you are still playing on, by the way, a hearty congrats.

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Here's my Week 16 lineup:

Quarterback: Tony Romo (projected points: 19)
Also considered: Drew Brees (25), Andrew Luck (23), Shaun Hill (15)

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DeMarco Murray will be just days removed from hand surgery Sunday, when the Cowboys take on the Colts in what is a must-win game and what could be a high-scoring affair. The onus will fall on Romo to get the job done, pitted against Luck (who also should be considered as a fantasy play). If Vontae Davis has to sit for the Colts, the Romo choice is even more appealing.

Brees is a playing-with-fire choice these days. He's had five games with three or more TDs (including a five-TD outburst in Pittsburgh), but he's been held to one TD on four separate occasions, including in Week 1 at Atlanta. This is the most important game of his season.

Hill offers a cheaper option, from a projected-points perspective. He was stymied by the Cardinals last week. The Giants' defense, however, is ... uh, not Arizona.

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Running back: C.J. Anderson (projected points: 14)
Also considered: Arian Foster (16), Mark Ingram (13), DeMarco Murray (10)

Yes, the Cincinnati defense is hot coming into its critical matchup with Anderson's Broncos, but it also has allowed the third-most rushing TDs this season. As Peyton Manning continues to struggle, Anderson is becoming more and more important for the Denver offense. 

The only minor surprise among the remaining three choices comes in Murray, who will be playing at less than 100 percent Sunday. The 10-point projection is a huge decrease from where he's usually at -- i.e. ranked with the most projected points of any available RB. If he can play, Dallas will use him.

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Same goes for Foster, who keeps fighting nagging injuries. The Texans will be starting either Case Keenum or Thad Lewis at QB on Sunday vs. Baltimore, so the run game will see a vast majority of the action. 

Ingram may take a backseat to the New Orleans' pass game. He still ought to see any goal-line carries that are available, plus a large percentage of the rushing attempts elsewhere.

Wide receiver/tight end: Rob Gronkowski (projected points: 17)
Also considered: Calvin Johnson (21), Odell Beckham Jr. (15), Josh Gordon (11)

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Sunday will be the Jets' Super Bowl and few coaches have been as successful at frustrating Tom Brady as Rex Ryan. All the more reason to lean on Gronkowski, Brady's favorite target. Gronk caught just five passes for 68 yards in New England's earlier win over New York, but he saw 10 targets. Last season, Brady targeted Gronkowski 17 times in the tight end's lone game vs. the Jets. 

You shouldn't need much convincing to consider Calvin Johnson, either. Here it is anyway: Three weeks ago against his opponent Sunday, Chicago, Johnson caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Unless Matthew Stafford slumps badly on the road (which is possible), Johnson should thrive again.

Beckham draws a tough matchup against the Rams. Eli Manning has little choice, though, but to throw to the rookie star. Gordon might find the going a little friendlier against 5-8-1 Carolina, even if his performance is contingent on Johnny Manziel.

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