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Fantasy Football Week 16: Stars from Week 15 Worth Adding for Championship Push

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 09:  T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistDecember 18, 2012

The fortunate fantasy football owners who have managed to survive another week are now preparing for semifinals or championship games, depending on their leagues' setups.

Either way, fantasy titles are so close they can almost taste them.

A couple players stepped up in a major way in Week 15, thrusting themselves into the fantasy spotlight and giving owners something to think about before setting their Week 16 lineups.

Not all of them are worth adding, however.

With that in mind, let's examine three players who put up big numbers on Sunday and can fill voids in fantasy lineups for desperate owners in need of some late-season help.

 

QB: Sam Bradford

Bradford is an interesting fantasy case.

He's not in the type of offense that has allowed him to put up huge numbers. But when given a little more leeway on Sunday with the St. Louis Rams playing from behind, he threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

Even when he's not putting up those type of stats, he's reliable. He hasn't scored fewer than 10 points since Week 4. Owners of quarterbacks like Matthew Stafford and Eli Manning, who had clunkers in Week 15, will attest to the importance of that.

In Week 16 Bradford gets to face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that is giving up over 310 yards per game through the air, by far the most in the league.

Meanwhile, the other top option will be Russell Wilson, who has to battle a San Francisco 49ers defense that shut him down in Week 7.

 

WR: T.Y. Hilton

The Indianapolis Colts' breakout star became a popular fantasy target after his big game against the New England Patriots in Week 11. Owners soured on him after a lackluster Week 14 performance, but he was back in the saddle on Sunday.

Hilton scored 13 points, thanks to 78 yards and a touchdown against the Houston Texans. It was his sixth double-digit score in the past eight weeks. The Colts are committed to letting Andrew Luck push the pace, despite some mistakes, and his fellow rookie has capitalized.

Nothing will change as the Colts close in on a playoff spot. The team will put the ball in Luck's hands against the Kansas City Chiefs and let him lead the way.

That should allow Hilton to keep his hot streak alive for at least another week.

 

TE: Dennis Pitta

Pitta finally strung together two strong games in a row for the first time this season. He's scored 34 points over the last two weeks, including 24 against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. It's a sign he's becoming more involved in the offense.

He's always had the talent to become a useful fantasy player, but the Baltimore Ravens have decided to feature other players on offense. Perhaps the shift to new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell is exactly what Pitta needed.

When it comes to the fantasy playoffs, riding the hot hand is usually the way to go. Pitta definitely falls into that category and goes up against a New York Giants defense that ranks 28th in passing yards allowed this season.

 

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