5 fantasy football stars to pick up for week 16

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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 16: Uchenna Nwosu # 42 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates his interception against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter at SoFi Stadium on December 16, 2021, in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

A pair of Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laquon Treadwell are among the best fantasy football pickups heading into Week 16.

The fantasy football playoffs are in full swing and trying to win a championship has never been so difficult. COVID wreaked havoc ahead of the first week of the playoffs (or the final week of the regular season for those crazy enough to play their championship games in week 18), forcing fantasy owners to be nimble then that they adjust to the possibility of losing key players like Jaylen Waddle or Tyler Lockett on the COVID list.

The NFL’s new COVID policy could help keep more players on the field in the future, but the situation calls for caution on the part of fantasy owners, who are expected to be substitutes for key positions and handcuffs for elite ball carriers. There are also pickups to help you if you need a boost in week 16, which we’ll come back to below, with all percentages in the list provided courtesy of Yahoo sports.

5. Best Fantasy Football Pickups For Week 16 – Los Angeles Chargers D / ST

Continuous defenses can be the difference between winning and losing a playoff game, so keeping an eye on the waiver thread for games to exploit is often a key strategy. The best defense to grab the lead in Week 16 is the Los Angeles Chargers, who are only registered in 50% of Yahoo leagues at this point.

Most owners in an immediate win situation either benched or abandoned the Chargers in Week 15 before a clash with the Kansas City Chiefs, which was a prudent move as Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce exploded against them. . The game is much friendlier in Week 16 as the Chargers face the Houston Texans, who have been one of the league’s worst attacks throughout the season.

Plugging in and playing the Chargers’ defense should pay dividends in the form of several sacks and turnovers against Texans rookie quarterback Davis Mills. Los Angeles will be a priority pickup for anyone whose defense has a tough Week 16 game or a strategic override block if your opponent needs defense.


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