Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 16: Steelers vs. Packers

Two and a half years ago, these two teams met in the Super Bowl. They ... aren't as good now.

The Green Bay Packers have come down to it. With Aaron Rodgers out for his seventh straight game, the team sits a half-game out in the NFC North and desperate for every win it can get to reach the playoffs, even while they are on their fourth starting quarterback of the season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are also a football team.

The two teams play in Green Bay at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday, and there is plenty of fantasy intrigue to go around.


Start in every league: Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Shaun Suisham

Start if you're desperate: ...

Bench: Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery, Heath Miller, Defense/special teams

There's not a lot of middle ground with the Steelers, with three stud offensive players and a bunch of don't-use-ems after that. Roethlisberger didn't have a big Week 15, but that was primarily because his team took a lead early and didn't really need him. Otherwise, he hasn't scored fewer than 10 points since Week 1. He's a fine QB1. ... The Packers are subpar against the run, and even Bell's bad games have offered seven or eight fantasy points. This won't be one of those; expect double-figure easily. ... Brown has 10 or more fantasy points in six of his last seven games, and comes in as fantasy's No. 3 wide receiver on the season. ... After a rough start to the season, Suisham has been a very productive kicker lately, coinciding with the Steelers' rise from their abysmal start.

Both Sanders and Cotchery have had their moments on the season, but there is enough of a floor that it the idea of trusting either one in a fantasy finals is too scary. ... Miller is still looking for his first double-digit fantasy day of the season. ... The Steelers' defense has been better of late, but still have had two-, three-, and negative-seven-point games in the second half of the season.


Start in every league: Eddie Lacy, Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby

Start if you're desperate: Matt Flynn

Bench: Jarrett Boykin, James Jones, Andrew Quarless, Defense/special teams

At this point, Lacy has definitely delivered on his preseason promise. Take out his injury-shortened Week 2 game, and the running back has been held below eight fantasy points only once. He's topped 20 three different times, and has become the most trustworthy option on the team. ... After a brief lull when Rodgers went down and Flynn, Seneca Wallace, and Scott Tolzien were throwing him the ball, Nelson has become reliable again the last two weeks. He's fine. ... Crosby is a top-five fantasy kicker, with three or more field goals in five different games this season.

Somehow, even after his abject disaster of a Thanksgiving Day game against Detroit, Flynn has played himself into respectability, with five touchdowns against two interceptions in the last two weeks. The truth is, you aren't using him in the finals, but if you end up stuck with him, you'll probably be all right.

Boykin and Jones for the Packers are the same as Cotchery and Sanders for the Steelers, particularly with Flynn at quarterback: Both have upside, but the downside is a flat zero. ... Despite two straight 12-point fantasy days, Quarless isn't worth relying on. ... The Packers' defensehasn't reached double figures since Week 8, and has only scored more than 10 in one game all season.

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