It’s the final week of the fantasy football season for most leagues, and the last thing an owner wants to do now is start a dud.
Too bad for fantasy owners that this week some of the biggest names in the sport are facing tough competition and will be stifled statistically.
That’s bad news for championship weekend.
If you have the following players, you must start them regardless, but you should be looking to take risks at your other positions to make up for what could potentially be a disappointing day.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Fantasy owners know just how much of a beast Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been this year, but a tough matchup against the San Francisco 49ers will keep the star from blowing up in Week 16.
There is no denying how amazing Lynch’s 1,379 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns are, but the third-ranked 49ers run defense will put an end to the awesome fantasy run from the power back.
With just over 60 yards and no touchdowns predicted for Sunday, Lynch will add little to your fantasy lineup in the most important week of your season.
As if you expected anything less from the fantasy powers that be.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
While Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green was unstoppable to start the season, the young star has just one touchdown in the last four weeks and has only reached the 100-yard plateau once in that time.
Add in the fact that the Bengals are squaring off with the Pittsburgh Steelers' top-ranked pass defense in the entire league, and Green and his fantasy owners are in for a long day.
In the previous meeting between these teams this season, Green was held to just one reception for eight yards and a touchdown.
The second-year receiver would be lucky to get that many fantasy points again.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
There has been no better running back in fantasy football this season than Houston Texans star Arian Foster, but a deceivingly tough matchup against the Minnesota Vikings could cost you a league championship.
With the Texans thinking ahead to the playoffs, they will begin to scale back the workload of their top running back, and a few short runs against the Vikings' 13th-ranked run defense will have Foster taking fewer and fewer snaps.
Add in the fact that Minnesota will run all over Houston with Adrian Peterson and control the clock, and this game will be more about Matt Schaub’s arm than Foster’s legs.
That’s bad news for fantasy owners.
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