Fantasy Football: NFL Week 16 Early Analysis Suggests RG3, McCoy to Be Active

Chris RadezSenior Writer IDecember 19, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins walks onto the field against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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In most fantasy football leagues, Week 16 in the NFL is championship week.

If you're reading this, it probably means that you're in the big game.

This one's for all the marbles, and you are freaking out. You've been poking at your lineup since Tuesday morning. Adding, dropping, re-adding, re-dropping, shuffling, on and so forth.

I'm certainly not about to sit here and tell you that I've got all the answers. I've been doing the same things you've been doing. But I can tell you that I've had a bit of time to do some research, and here's what I've got so far.

It's early in the week, so some of this might change, but for the moment:

Robert Griffin III practiced today "close to full speed" according to CBS Washington and is expected to make the start on Sunday. This, in my opinion, causes some extra confusion to many fantasy owners.

Will Alfred Morris still get as many snaps, or will he find himself to be less of a factor in the game plan? Will Pierre Garçon benefit from this, or could Griffin's injury affect the passing game more than he thinks?

My take is to stay away from Redskins receivers and confidently start Morris.

LeSean McCoy has been named the starter for this week. This has Bryce Brown owners and McCoy owners pulling their hair out.

Could McCoy have a big week? Will Brown be significant at all? Should anyone start either of these guys?

I've got Bryce on my bench. He's been awful since his first two starts, and I don't expect a strong fantasy outing from him with McCoy returning to the field.

With that being said, McCoy isn't a great option this week either. He wasn't spectacular before his injury, so why would he all of a sudden carry your team to victory?

Nick Foles, on the other hand, would really like to make a name for himself in the final two weeks of the regular season. If you're stuck with either Brown or McCoy for a flex option, check the waiver wire for an Eagles receiver. In my humble opinion, there's a better chance of seeing the end zone with Jeremy Maclin or Jason Avant.

Speaking of the waiver wire...I just found Cecil Shorts on mine and snagged him. I'm really not sure how he was still there, but check yours—maybe you'll get lucky.

Chad Henne has had some of his best games statistically in his career against the same New England Patriots he'll be facing this week.

Of course, if you're still in contention this week, you'll probably want to stick with the studs who got you there. Don't change the recipe or make any drastic roster moves if you don't have to. Take a deep breath, do the same research you've been doing and wish for good luck in the big game.

I'd love to hear if my advice makes or breaks anyone's week. Feel free to send a tweet.