Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: Unheralded Studs That Will Win You a Title

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 14:  Running back Stevan Ridley #22 of the New England Patriots rushes against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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If you still care about fantasy football in Week 16, that means you are either in your league’s title game or fighting for the most overall points on the season.

Either way, you must get all of the following fantasy goldmines into your lineup this week to ensure league supremacy.

Each of the stars highlighted have perfect matchups, and while they aren’t getting the hype of many of the other fantasy stars, they will get you enough points to steal a championship.


Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers

While the Cincinnati Bengals are one of the tougher teams against the pass—ranking 12th in the NFL allowing just 219.2 yards per game through the air—the Pittsburgh Steelers have made such a concerted effort to get tight end Heath Miller involved that he must start on your fantasy team.

With at least five catches in his last four games and two touchdowns during that period, it’s clear that Miller is QB Ben Roethlisberger’s safety valve when the called play breaks down.

Add in the fact that the Bengals secondary will be working extra hard to stop receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown along the sidelines, and Miller will be the answer in the middle that keeps Cincinnati honest.

Predicted Stat Line: Seven catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.


Steve Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers

The Oakland Raiders have been playing better in recent weeks than their record indicates, but they will be thoroughly dismantled in Week 16 by the freshly potent offensive unit of the Carolina Panthers.

With sophomore QB Cam Newton and veteran wide receiver Steve Smith finally getting on the same page, expect huge numbers from the Smith and get him into your fantasy lineup.

Oakland is 27th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 248.3 yards per game.

After scoring over 30 points in back-to-back games, the Panthers look poised to continue the build towards 2013 with an amazing offensive showcase Sunday; Smith will have a monster day.

Predicted Stat Line: Eight catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.


Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots

Despite him losing two fumbles in Week 15, the New England Patriots know that their No. 1 running back is still second-year star Stevan Ridley, and he will have a monster game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars are the worst team in the league against the run—ranking 32nd after allowing 148.1 yards per game—and Ridley is having a monster season. With 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns, Ridley is a must-start in any formatted league.

After the Patriots inevitably get an early lead in Sunday’s game, they will be running the ball plenty with Ridley. Expect an even bigger workload in Week 16 when you need it the most.

Predicted Stat Line: 23 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown.


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