22 December 2023 • by Neal Maligno
‘Not so obvious locks of the week’ are players who are not ranked inside the consensus top 10 this week, but who have the potential upside to finish there. Always remember that your roster decisions ultimately belong to you, so use my advice as a tool, but YOU make the final decision. If you want interactive content, then subscribe to us on YouTube and catch our weekly episodes, including our start/sit advice live this Saturday at 10:30PM EST!
Let’s get into NFL Week 16!
Jake Browning is the #3 QB in fantasy points the last three weeks of football. I’ll be the first to admit I had serious concerns when Joe Burrow was lost for the season, but Jake has revived my trust in the Bengals offense.
He’s thrown for almost 1000 yards and 5 touchdowns since week 13, but faces some tough defenses to finish out the season. I’m a believer in Jake’s game, he has some dawg in him and with Chase, Higgins and Mixon, he has strong playmakers around him. Jake Browning is my not so obvious lock of the week at QB in week 16.
Breece Hall had 6 carries for 12 yards and 1 catch for 6 yards in week 15, but that’s not gonna happen again this week vs the Commanders. The Washington football team has struggled to stop any running back, so a back as talented as Breece should find plenty of running room in week 16.
The Jets QBs are a concern, but the Commanders have also allowed bad QBs to play well, so Breece should overcome that obstacle as well. Breece Hall is my not so obvious lock of week 16 at running back.
Courtland Sutton is facing off vs a good Patriots defense in week 16, but Sutton has 10 touchdowns on the season, so clearly he’s been tough to stop. The Patriots have given up three receiving TDs the past two weeks, so preventing Russell Wilson from hitting Sutton in the endzone is unlikely.
Courtland leads the Broncos receivers in every category and that isn’t going to change, making him my not so obvious lock of week 16 at wide receiver.
Hunter Henry finished week 15 as the TE4 in PPR scoring, with 7 receptions for 66 yards and 1 touchdown. In week 16 Henry will be facing off against the Broncos, the weakest defense vs tight ends in fantasy football.
Bailey Zappe took over the Patriots starting QB job and in the last two weeks Henry has 10 receptions for 106 yards and 3 touchdowns. This has made him the best receiving weapon in the offense and my not so obvious lock of week 16 at tight end.
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