Week 16 Fantasy Football Projections: QBs Who Will Have Bounce-Back Performances

Ben Chodos@bchodosCorrespondent IIDecember 22, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 16: Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears drops back to pass against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on December 16, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-13.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Injury, difficult matchups and simply playing poorly caused a few quarterbacks to have lackluster fantasy performances last week, but circumstances change quickly in the NFL

Some of the quarterbacks that failed to come through for their fantasy owners last weekend will put their disappointing days in the past and come through with a productive day in Week 16.

Fantasy owners need one last multi-touchdown performance from their quarterbacks in order to win a championship.

Fortunately, some of the QBs who struggled last week will turn around and light up their opponents this week. Fantasy owners who have the following players on their roster will be smiling on Monday.


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins 

Griffin had to sit and watch last week’s game with a sprained knee, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Redskins doctors have cleared the star rookie cleared to start. 

While Griffin’s fantasy owners had to scramble to find a replacement last week, they can feel completely secure putting him back in the starting lineup when Washington takes on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. 

The last time these two teams met, Griffin completed 14-of-15 passes for 200 yards and four touchdowns while also gaining 84 yards on 12 rushing attempts.

Those numbers gave him 32 points in ESPN standard scoring leagues, and he will post another incredible performance in his second matchup with the Eagles.


Eli Manning, New York Giants 

The Giants were demolished 34-0 last week while playing on the road against the Atlanta Falcons, and Manning threw for just 161 yards.

He also tossed two interceptions and had his fantasy owners pulling his hair out. This Sunday, he faces another difficult matchup away from home against the Baltimore Ravens.

But Manning will be much better in Week 16. The pressure is on New York now and it needs to win to keep pace in the playoff race; this is the type of situation in which Manning has excelled in the past.  

Baltimore’s defense is not what it used to be and ranks 26th in the NFL in yardage allowed. Manning will ensure that the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins will not have a better record than the Giants after this weekend with a prolific passing performance. 


Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Cutler has struggled against the Green Bay Packers since being traded to Chicago, and last week’s game continued that trend. He completed just 12-of-21 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Bears offense produced just 190 total yards and 13 points in a loss to the Packers. Now, the team has lost five of its last six games and is in danger of missing out on the postseason.

But all of Chicago’s losses have come against teams in the hunt for a playoff spot, and the Arizona Cardinals—the Bears’ next opponent—are not nearly as difficult to play against as the teams that Cutler has lost to this season.

He will not allow the Bears to keep sliding, and Cutler will please both Chicago fans and his fantasy owners with an excellent performance against Arizona.