Week 16 Fantasy Football Projections: WRs Who Will Help Owners in Playoff Run

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 16: Brandon Lloyd #85 of the New England Patriots catches a pass in front of Chris Culliver #29 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter during the game at Gillette Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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The money rounds of fantasy football are finally here. Unless you've already met your fate in your league, setting your lineup for the final two weeks of the season is incredibly important.

One of the toughest positions can be wide receiver. You have to pick multiple players who will be ready to produce, and those can change depending on how a quarterback is playing at the time.

No one wants to start someone only to see him score five points. It's important to pick the right guys at the right time.

Let's take a look at three receivers who will help owners in Week 16.


Pierre Garcon

The Redskins finally have a No. 1 option in their passing offense, and Garcon has played very well in that role.

With 19 catches in his last three games, the speedy wideout has given Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins a reliable option to look for underneath while guys like Leonard Hankerson stretch the field.

Garcon will take advantage of the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16 as well. The Eagles have done a fairly good job against the pass overall, but the defense has struggled in recent weeks.

Washington is scorching hot right now as it tries to catch the Giants for the NFC East title. Expect the Redskins to ride that momentum through in Week 16, and Garcon will play a major role in that.

Start him on your fantasy team. He may start a new touchdown streak.


James Jones

James Jones caught three touchdowns versus the Chicago Bears on Sunday, showing why he's one of the more underrated wide receivers in the NFL.

It's hard not to expect a similar performance against Tennessee's below-average defense in Week 16.

Jones tends to get lost among Green Bay's assortment of weapons, but that doesn't take away from how valuable he is to this team. He's a solid possession option because of his size, and he has the athleticism to attack the ball.

Fantasy owners should absolutely start Jones next Sunday. Green Bay's offense has been clicking, and Aaron Rodgers is feeling confident in Jones right now.

Cash in and turn that rapport into fantasy points.

Brandon Lloyd

New England will look to rebound in a big way in Week 16 after a disappointing loss to the 49ers Sunday night, and Jacksonville is a prime victim.

The Jaguars struggle to defend the pass in part because of a weak secondary, but mostly because they cannot get pressure on the quarterback. If you don't pressure Tom Brady, that's not going to end well on most occasions, and Brandon Lloyd will be the beneficiary of that.

Lloyd has 840 yards and four touchdowns on the season. When Brady looks deep, Lloyd is usually the guy he's looking for, and he will have plenty of time to do so versus the Jaguars' defense.

Brady didn't play his best game versus the 49ers' stellar defense, and he will play even better in Week 16. Look for him to make plenty of vertical throws in the game.

Lloyd is a prime candidate to start this coming week as you look to erase another fantasy playoff opponent.