Fantasy start or sit Week 16: Derrick Henry, A.J. Brown, Jonnu Smith
Here it is, it's week 16, and the time has finally come for your chance to be crowned the fantasy football champion in your league - and some Tennessee Titans players might overdo you this week.
In Week 15, Derrick Henry dominated again for a total of 147 yards and a touchdown, and added two receptions for five yards.
Wide receiver A.J. Brown didn't put up big numbers with five catches for 44 yards, but he found pay dirt to save what would otherwise have been a lackluster fantasy feat.
Tight end Jonnu Smith had his best mileage and catch in a while as his five catches for 52 yards were the highest he had posted in week 5. However, he didn't end his day off with a touchdown.
This week, the Titans Offensive has a juicy matchup in a shootout with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Tennessee is number 1 in the NFL while the Packers are third.
For the last time this season, here are some starting or sitting tips for Henry, Brown, and Smith.
Note: The Defense vs. Position ranking was provided by NFL.com.
Derrick Henry: Go ahead
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Based on the Fantasy Points allowed per game, this match looks like a good sign for Henry's manager as the Packers are giving up the fifth most on the position this season. The reasons for this ranking, however, have a lot to do with the fact that Green Bay has given up 695 yards (second highest) and five points (second highest) in the air this season to aid them. As we know, catching passports doesn't turn Henry back into such a dominant fantasy and real life. When you look at the rushing yards allowed per game, the outlook isn't that good. The Packers give up the eleventh smallest yards on the ground per competition in the NFL. Regardless, ignore those numbers completely and let Henry go out there simply because he's just a different breed than most backs and is matchup safe. In the worst case scenario, Henry may not get many yards, but he will see a lot of goal-line opportunities in a game that should be high.
A.J. Brown: Go ahead
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Brown helped get you so far that you can't turn your back on him now, despite the Packers dropping the eighth longest fantasy points and ninth longest passes per game this season. The Titans' previous pick in the second round also has to deal with coverage from Jaire Alexander, one of the best young corners in today's NFL. While the deck appears to be stacked against him in this game, sitting Brown just isn't an option in a potential shooting situation between two of the NFL's best offenses. Additionally, Brown has overcome difficult matchups in the past, making him a weekly must-have in all formats.
Jonnu Smith: Start
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Smith has had his best catch and mileage in quite a while, so we're rolling with him for the time being this week. We say for now because the Packers haven't been very lenient with tight ends this season and have brought the fourth longest Fantasy points per game to the position this season. But let's stick with the "get a piece of this potential shootout" topic and join Smith anyway. The Packers will be determined to stop Henry, Brown, and Corey Davis so Smith can feast in the middle.
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