FanDuel Fantasy Football Lineup Week 16: Blake Bortles, Jeremy Maclin Among Safest Picks

by NESN Staff

December 23, 2015

If you didn’t advance to the championship round in your fantasy football league, you still have an opportunity to win money by playing daily fantasy games on FanDuel.

Here’s our FanDuel lineup for Week 16.

Quarterback: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars ($8,200)
Bortles has averaged 289 passing yards with a total of nine touchdowns and one interception in the last three games. He should improve those totals with a favorable Week 16 matchup against a New Orleans Saints defense allowing the third-most passing yards per game and the most yards per pass attempt.

Running Backs: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($8,100); T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars ($6,400)
The Chicago Bears give up 125.9 rushing yards per game and 4.6 per carry, which gives Martin a great opportunity to give another excellent fantasy performance in what has been a bounce-back season for the veteran running back.

Yeldon is questionable with an injury, but if he’s active, don’t be afraid to start him against a New Orleans Saints defense allowing the most rushing yards per game and per carry. If Yeldon doesn’t play, a good option would be his backup, Denard Robinson ($6,100).

Wide Receivers: Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City Chiefs ($6,900); Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks ($7,700); Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints ($7,000)
Maclin has caught at least six passes with nine or more targets in each of his last four games. He also has scored four touchdowns in that span. Maclin’s matchup against a struggling Cleveland Browns defense should make fantasy owners confident that his hot streak will continue.

Baldwin has 10 touchdown catches in the last four games. He’s a must-start until this hot streak cools off.

Cooks has seven touchdown receptions in the last seven games and he’s coming off an impressive 10-catch, 124-yard performance against the Detroit Lions on Monday night. Saints quarterback Drew Brees has targeted Cooks eight or more times in 10 of the wideout’s 14 games played.

Tight End: Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,300)
Miller failed to meet expectations in a tough matchup last week, but he has a much better one Sunday against a Baltimore Ravens defense that’s given up 28 touchdown passes and has struggled against opposing tight ends in standard scoring leagues. Miller has averaged nearly six receptions over the last six games.

Kicker: Shayne Graham, Atlanta Falcons ($4,700)
Graham ranks third in FanDuel points among kickers and might have a few more opportunities for field goals than normal because the Panthers don’t give up many touchdowns.

Defense: Buffalo Bills ($4,600)
The Bills have a favorable matchup against a Dallas Cowboys offense that hasn’t scored more than 20 points in five straight games and has committed the third-most turnovers.

Thumbnail photo via Logan Bowles/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Oct 18, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

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