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Start Matthew Stafford? Sit Russell Wilson? Plus Expert Fantasy Advice On What To Do If Lamar Jackson Is Active

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Getty Images. Pictured: Rams QB Matthew Stafford, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, Ravens QB Lamar Jackson

Setting your lineups can be difficult, especially with COVID-19 outbreaks galore and the fantasy football semifinals upon us.

Below you will find some quarterbacks I like, as well as some I don’t like for Week 16 based on matchups, injuries, trends and more.

Be sure to consult our experts’ real-time rankings for fantasy football start/sit advice on any COVID- or injury-impacted players.


More Start/Sit Advice: RBs, WRs, TEs


Fantasy QBs To Start/Sit In Week 16

Matthew Stafford, Rams at Vikings

Stafford posted a lackluster stat line against the Seahawks (which nearly cost me a spot in the semifinals). He completed 21 of 29 attempts for 244 yards, two touchdowns and one interception — good enough for 16 fantasy points and a QB11 finish in a horrific week for signal-callers. The Rams had been ravaged by a recent COVID-19 outbreak and will hopefully get some players back in time for this week. Los Angeles will go on the road to face the Vikings, who have allowed the fourth-most points to quarterbacks this year and have made Justin Fields, Ben Roethlisberger and Jared Goff all look competent in the last three games. I expect Goff to bounce back big time and deliver mid-range QB1 numbers.

Verdict: Start.

Lamar Jackson/Tyler Huntley, Ravens at Bengals

In a strange turn of events, Huntley got the start with Lamar Jackson out with a bone-bruised ankle and ended up as the QB1 in Week 15. The backup completed 28-of-40 attempts for 215 yards, two touchdowns, zero interceptions and rushed 13 times for 73 yards and two rushing touchdowns against the Packers — good enough for 36 fantasy points.

Jackson is a must-start if active, especially against the Bengals, against whom he tallied 23 fantasy points in Week 7.

Huntley would be a low-end QB1 as well if Jackson sits based on his rushing upside.

Verdict: Start.

Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Bears

Wilson had been on the upswing heading into Week 15, but hit a speed bump amid a COVID-19 outbreak on the Seahawks. He completed 17 of 31 attempts for 156 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception and did not log one rushing attempt all game, finishing as QB31 for the week. It appears letting Russ cook isn’t going as well as some had hoped, undoubtedly due in part to his finger injury and the loss of Tyler Lockett for the last game. Lockett will hopefully return in time for this game, but it’s still a risk to play him on the heels of a five-point fantasy performance.

Verdict: Sit.

Taysom Hill, Saints vs. Dolphins

Editor’s note: It has since been reported that the Saints are starting rookie QB Ian Book in Week 16.

Hill was a dud in Week 15 in a road matchup against the Buccaneers. He completed 13-of-27 attempts for 154 yards and zero touchdowns. He tacked on just 11 rushes for 23 yards, a paltry number after his previous two starts.

I could see him struggling against the Dolphins, who are no longer a pushover on defense. In fact, they have not allowed a quarterback to score more than 18 points since Josh Allen in Week 8. Since then, the team has held opposing quarterbacks to just 10 fantasy points per game.

Hill is a risky, low-end QB1 play this week.

Verdict: Sit.

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