Imagine your reaction in August if I told you that in Week 16, which is the championship week for most Fantasy leagues, you'd consider starting Gardner Minshew and Andy Dalton over Aaron Rodgers. You'd probably still be laughing. Or Mike Boone and DeAndre Washington over Le'Veon Bell. Or Danny Amendola and Greg Ward over Odell Beckham. Or ...

You get the point.

This is the week to claim your Fantasy title. You are no longer tied to the player you drafted in the first few rounds. The only thing that matters is playing the guy who will get you the most Fantasy points. 

With that in mind, many of the sleepers listed here could be awesome. And they should be better than guys like Rodgers, Bell and Beckham, among others, who have struggled for most of the season and have difficult matchups in Week 16.

It might seem a little scary to put a star player based on their name recognition on your Fantasy bench for someone you may never have heard of prior to the past few weeks. But if you believe that player can help you win, then it's the right move to make.

Along with the sleepers listed here, we also have lineups you can consider on FanDuel and DraftKings. Remember, even if your Fantasy season ended weeks ago or is over after Week 16, you can still set some DFS lineups through Week 17.

The season is winding down, but it's not over yet. You can still win your seasonal league or win some money in DFS, which is something that would make all of us happy. 

Week 16 Sleepers
Quarterbacks
PHI Philadelphia • #10
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL ATL -7 O/U 47
OPP VS QB
28th
QB RNK
16th
OWNED
39%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2795
RUYDS
301
TD
17
INT
5
FPTS/G
17.8
The Falcons defense was great in Week 15 against the 49ers, holding Jimmy Garoppolo to 14 Fantasy points, which is the second-lowest total against Atlanta this year. But I'll still take my chances with Minshew this week as a low-end starter since the Falcons allow 22.9 Fantasy points against opposing quarterbacks for the season. Minshew just scored 22 Fantasy points at Oakland in Week 15, and he's averaging 21.0 Fantasy points on the road this season in five games.
CHI Chicago • #14
Age: 33 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA CIN -PK O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
10th
QB RNK
21st
OWNED
11%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2908
RUYDS
63
TD
14
INT
13
FPTS/G
15.4
Dalton gets Miami this week. It's that simple. The Dolphins are No. 5 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, and four of the past five opposing quarterbacks against Miami have scored at least 20 Fantasy points. Dalton is worth using as a low-end starter in all leagues.
DEN Denver • #3
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET DEN -7 O/U 38.5
OPP VS QB
16th
QB RNK
18th
OWNED
27%
YTD Stats
PAYDS
651
RUYDS
33
TD
5
INT
3
FPTS/G
17
Lock struggled as expected in the snow at Kansas City in Week 15, but he should rebound this week against the Lions at home. Detroit allows the third-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and eight of the past 10 quarterbacks against the Lions have scored at least 22 Fantasy points. It's tough to trust Lock in Week 16, but he did score 29 Fantasy points in Week 14 at Houston, which could happen again in this matchup.
Running backs
DEN Denver • #26
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB MIN -5.5 O/U 47
OPP VS RB
7th
RB RNK
35th
OWNED
81%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
97
REC
0
REYDS
0
TD
2
FPTS/G
1.4
Dalvin Cook (shoulder) is likely out Monday night against Green Bay, and it seems like Alexander Mattison (ankle) will miss the game also. That leaves Boone in a great spot if he starts against the Packers, who are tied for second in most rushing touchdowns allowed this season with 14. In the past five games, Green Bay has allowed seven running backs to score at least 12 PPR points, and I expect Boone to follow suit. He just had 13 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers after Cook got hurt, and he should get plenty of work in a big game for the Vikings on Monday.
MIA Miami • #31
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ LAC LAC -7 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
14th
RB RNK
27th
OWNED
82%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
225
REC
26
REYDS
216
TD
2
FPTS/G
4.9
With Josh Jacobs (shoulder) out, Washington becomes a starter in all leagues. As we saw in Week 14 against Tennessee when Jacobs was hurt, Washington had 14 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown, as well as six catches for 43 yards on seven targets. Washington is facing a Chargers defense that has allowed four touchdowns to running backs in their past four games, so hopefully he takes advantage of this opportunity.
SF San Francisco • #34
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -7 O/U 38.5
OPP VS RB
9th
RB RNK
32nd
OWNED
72%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
308
REC
9
REYDS
126
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.5
We're hopeful that Johnson can return in Week 16 after being out since Week 7 with a knee injury, and he would be someone to use as a No. 2 running back in all leagues. Prior to getting hurt, he scored at least 13 PPR points in three of his first five games. And the Broncos have allowed four running backs to either score or gain at least 100 total yards in their past five games.
MIA Miami • #32
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -PK O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
31st
RB RNK
40th
OWNED
60%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
130
REC
18
REYDS
155
TD
1
FPTS/G
3.8
Laird has received at least 14 total touches in three games in a row, which is important based on his matchup with the Bengals. There have been 15 running backs this season with at least 13 total touches against Cincinnati, and 13 of them have either scored a touchdown or gained at least 100 total yards, including Nick Chubb and Sony Michel in the past two games. Laird has scored at least 11 PPR points in three of his past five games, and he's someone to consider as a flex this week.
TB Tampa Bay • #27
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU HOU -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
15th
RB RNK
40th
OWNED
11%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
541
REC
26
REYDS
267
TD
5
FPTS/G
8.9
I thought Jones would be more involved in the passing game last week at Detroit with Mike Evans (hamstring) hurt, but he only had one catch for 26 yards on three targets. But with Chris Godwin (hamstring) hurt also, Jones might be needed more as a receiver, which is something coach Bruce Arians hinted at this week. He does have at least three catches in three of his past five games, and he should continue to see about 11 carries. He's worth using as a flex this week against the Texans, who lead the NFL in receptions allowed to running backs with 97.
PHI Philadelphia • #35
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -2 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
14th
RB RNK
30th
OWNED
23%
YTD Stats
RUYDS
179
REC
14
REYDS
113
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.3
Scott continues to be a nice complement to Sanders for the Eagles, and he should remain a fixture in the passing game with the injuries to Philadelphia's receiving corps. He's a great flex play in PPR in Week 16 against Dallas. In his past two games, Scott has 16 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown, as well as 13 catches for 108 yards on 13 targets. He's scored at least 12 PPR points in consecutive games, and he could be the best running back to add in PPR if Cook is fine and Johnson remains out.
Wide receivers
NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -1.5 O/U 42
OPP VS WR
19th
WR RNK
30th
OWNED
44%
YTD Stats
REC
46
TAR
67
REYDS
461
TD
2
FPTS/G
13.6
I still like Darius Slayton as the No. 1 receiver for the Giants, but Shepard isn't far behind. And he just scored 20 PPR points in Week 15 against Miami on nine catches for 111 yards on 11 targets. We'll see if anything changes with Daniel Jones back for the Giants, but Jones helped Shepard score 16 PPR points against Washington in Week 4.
HOU Houston • #80
Age: 35 • Experience: 13 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN DEN -7 O/U 38.5
OPP VS WR
23rd
WR RNK
20th
OWNED
63%
YTD Stats
REC
58
TAR
89
REYDS
641
TD
1
FPTS/G
9.4
Over the past three games, Amendola has 29 targets. By comparison, Kenny Golladay has 20 targets, so it's clear David Blough is leaning on Amendola, especially with Marvin Jones (ankle) and T.J. Hockenson (ankle) out. Week 15 against Tampa Bay was the first game without Jones, and Amendola had eight catches for 102 yards on 13 targets. In Week 16 against Denver, Golladay could be stuck dealing with Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, so Blough might lean on Amendola once again.
PHI Philadelphia • #84
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DAL DAL -1.5 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
8th
WR RNK
33rd
OWNED
50%
YTD Stats
REC
18
TAR
28
REYDS
140
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.4
In the first game without Alshon Jeffery (foot) and Nelson Agholor (knee), Ward stepped up as the leading receiver for the Eagles in Week 15 at Washington with seven catches for 61 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. Only Zach Ertz (10) had more targets, and Ward can be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week against the Cowboys. In the past five games, Dallas has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing receivers.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #81
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs OAK LAC -7 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
8th
WR RNK
33rd
OWNED
62%
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
81
REYDS
912
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.8
Williams has scored a touchdown in consecutive games, and the Raiders are No. 7 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers. In the past four weeks, Oakland has allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers, including A.J. Brown and Chris Conley scoring multiple touchdowns against this secondary. Williams now has five games this season with at least seven targets, and he's scored at least 12 PPR points in four of them.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #12
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA CIN -PK O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
31st
WR RNK
43rd
OWNED
24%
YTD Stats
REC
20
TAR
38
REYDS
380
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.8
If you want to take a flier on someone, probably more in DFS than seasonal leagues, then Ross is your guy. He hasn't done much since coming back from an eight-game absence due to a shoulder injury, catching four passes for 42 yards on six targets in his past two games against Cleveland and New England. But he has huge potential this week against the Dolphins, who have allowed the most touchdowns to opposing receivers this season with 25. Ross opened the season with two monster games against Seattle and San Francisco with 55 combined PPR points in those two outings, and maybe he can close the year with similar results, starting this week at Miami.
TB Tampa Bay • #17
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU HOU -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
WR RNK
44th
OWNED
40%
YTD Stats
REC
8
TAR
12
REYDS
89
TD
1
FPTS/G
1.5
Because of the injuries to Evans, Godwin and Scott Miller (hamstring), Breshad Perriman should be the No. 1 receiver for the Buccaneers. O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate will also play a prominent role, along with the running backs. But don't be surprised if Watson is a sneaky good Fantasy option against the Texans. He had five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in Week 14 against the Colts, but he took a step back against the Lions with two catches for 17 yards on two targets. Still, the Buccaneers need Watson with their depleted receiving corps, and Houston is in the top 10 in touchdowns allowed to receivers with 16 for the season.
Tight ends
JAC Jacksonville • #86
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI SEA -9.5 O/U 51
OPP VS TE
32nd
TE RNK
11th
OWNED
52%
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
45
REYDS
260
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.1
Hollister gets the free space this week with the Cardinals, who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. He also could see a slight uptick in targets with Josh Gordon (suspension) out. In the first meeting with Arizona in Week 4, Will Dissly had seven catches for 57 yards and a touchdown on eight targets against the Cardinals, and hopefully Hollister will follow suit.
TB Tampa Bay • #80
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU HOU -3 O/U 49.5
OPP VS TE
29th
TE RNK
14th
OWNED
15%
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
46
REYDS
413
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.1
With Tampa Bay now down Evans, Godwin and Miller due to hamstring injuries, we should see Howard and Cameron Brate take on a bigger role. Howard has scored 11 PPR points in two of his past three games, and in Week 15 at Detroit, in the first game without Evans and when Godwin was injured, he had a season-high eight targets, finishing with four catches for 46 yards. Brate had seven targets against the Lions with three catches for 33 yards, so don't be surprised if one or both play big this week against Houston. In their past five games, the Texans have allowed 30 catches for 450 yards and three touchdowns on 37 targets to tight ends.
MIA Miami • #88
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -PK O/U 46.5
OPP VS TE
30th
TE RNK
11th
OWNED
28%
YTD Stats
REC
41
TAR
70
REYDS
454
TD
2
FPTS/G
6.4
Gesicki has struggled in the past two games with a combined nine PPR points against the Jets and Giants, but I'll still look at him as a low-end starter this week against the Bengals. He did have eight targets against the Giants and finished with four catches for 47 yards in Week 15, and prior to the past two games, he combined for 29 PPR points against the Browns and Eagles.
Week 12 Preview
DFS LINEUPS

DraftKings

QB - Matt Ryan ($6,200) vs. JAC
RB - Joe Mixon ($6,600) at MIA
RB - DeAndre Washington ($4,000) at LAC
WR - Julio Jones ($8,000) vs. JAC
WR - DeVante Parker ($6,800) vs. CIN
WR - Terry McLaurin ($6,200) vs. NYG
TE - Jacob Hollister ($4,200) vs. ARI
FLEX - Danny Amendola ($4,900) at DEN
DST - Chargers ($3,100) vs. OAK

Ryan and Jones hooked up in Week 15 at San Francisco for 13 catches, 134 yards and two touchdowns, and hopefully that happens again in Week 16 against the Jaguars, with Ryan getting one or two more touchdowns as well. I love both players this week.

Mixon should be a star against the Dolphins, and Washington is an amazing value given his upside for the Raiders, although he'll be popular. Hollister will also be popular since he's facing the Cardinals, but he should deliver because almost every tight end has success against this defense this season.

Parker should continue to be awesome against the Bengals, and McLaurin has a great matchup against Washington. I also like the setup for Amendola against the Broncos as stated above.

FanDuel

QB - Philip Rivers ($7,500) vs. OAK
RB - Marlon Mack ($7,300) vs. CAR
RB - Devonta Freeman ($6,200) vs. JAC
WR - Courtland Sutton ($7,100) vs. DET
WR - Mike Williams ($6,500) vs. OAK
WR - Tyler Boyd ($6,300) at MIA
TE - Austin Hooper ($6,000) vs. JAC
FLEX - Chris Carson ($8,200) vs. ARI
DST - Steelers ($4,900) at NYJ

Rivers could be making his final home start as a member of the Chargers, and I expect him to be dominant against the Raiders. I'll stack him with Williams here, and hopefully he scores a touchdown for the third game in a row.

Mack and Freeman are my co-Starts of the Week, and I expect both to dominate in their respective matchups. The Panthers and Jaguars allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs, so it's a nice scenario for Mack and Freeman to play well in Week 16. I also like Carson a lot at home against the Cardinals.

Sutton should be awesome at home against the Broncos, and Boyd should excellent against the Dolphins. I also expect Hooper to have a big game at home against the Jaguars.