Fantasy Football 2012: Week 16 Mailbag

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Look, I don’t need to tell you any longer how important this week of football is.

Finally, Mark Sanchez has been benched.

No! In the majority of leagues, it is the fantasy championship! The fact that owners need just one more victory to earn bragging rights for months can cause a bit of fantasy anxiety. Certain questions need answers, so let’s get to them.

AP: For those who aren’t aware, McCoy has been cleared to play and will start for the Philadelphia Eagles. If you have made it to the championship without him, I think you have to play him. The ceiling is much too high and, even though the team is saying it will be a rotation between him and Bryce Brown, I don’t see it as such. I believe the more “Shady” plays, the more of a rhythm he gets into, resulting in more touches than his teammate.

AP: I like the New England Patriots here. After a tough loss on Sunday night, Bill Belichick will pound the Jacksonville Jaguars on both sides of the football. Chad Henne will have to throw all game to keep up, resulting in many turnovers for the Pats defense. While the Indianapolis Colts are an intriguing play, they aren’t a great defense in general, making them a bit of a risk in your fantasy championship.

@apfeiferrs Pitta or scheffler at tight end?

— Marshall Denny (@MarshallDenny) December 20, 2012

AP: Despite Pitta’s monster performance last week, I think I’d actually go with Scheffler. Brandon Pettigrew hasn’t practiced all week long, making Scheffler the go-to receiver outside of Calvin Johnson. Speaking of Johnson, he will likely draw double teams, leaving Scheffler open across the middle. Matthew Stafford will certainly have to throw a lot against the Atlanta Falcons, and Scheffler has seen 17 targets over the last two games.

AP: Ahh, we can’t go a day without discussing Tim Tebow, right? Trade rumors have been speculating in New York regarding possibly sending Tebow elsewhere. If that’s the case and he becomes a starting quarterback next year, I think you have to at least consider drafting him in the later rounds. We saw his dual threat ability last season, which resulted in very promising fantasy numbers. But, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.

Adam Pfeifer is  featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

 


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