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Gio Bernard is a Sneaky Play for Week 16

Brandon Murchison December 19, 2017 10:00PM EST

Quarterback

Blake Bortles @ San Francisco 49ers: Don’t look now, but Blake Bortles is one of Fantasy’s hottest players as we enter championship week. He’s thrown multiple touchdowns in three straight games and is fourth in scoring at the position over the last month. Playing the hot hand against a 49er secondary that is one of the league’s worst units against opposing quarterbacks seems like a no-brainer. The emergence of receivers Keelan Cole and Dede Westbrook has allowed Bortles to open things up a bit, making him a consistent option. Bortles will again be a Top 10 play at QB this week, so unless you have a stud in your lineup, give him the chance to win you a title. In DFS, he will likely be overlooked for the higher tier options this week. However, at $7,600 on FanDuel, he could give you some roster flexibility.

Running Back

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Gio Bernard has a juicy matchup against the team giving up the second-most FP to running backs. Credit: AP/Archive

Giovanni Bernard vs. Detroit Lions: With the injury to Joe Mixon, Gio Bernard has emerged as an option to play in Fantasy playoff matchups. Last week, Bernard got his first rushing touchdown of the season, and in Week 16 he will play against a Detroit Lions defense that has allowed the second-most TDs to opposing running backs. The Lions’ defense has been giving up points in bunches over the last month, lining Bernard up for a potentially good day. You could see Bernard total 100 yards from scrimmage while also getting into the end zone. He will definitely be worth playing at the flex spot in your season-long championship game and in DFS, his FanDuel price tag of $6,000 may be hard to pass up.

Wide Receiver

Cooper Kupp @ Tennessee Titans: Until this past week, Cooper Kupp was one of the more reliable pass catchers in Fantasy. But with the Rams comfortably ahead of the Seahawks so quickly, Kupp was largely taken out of the game plan. In Week 15, he will be matched up against a very soft Titans secondary. Look for Kupp to get back on track in this game, bringing in five catches for 90 yards and a score. He will easily be worth starting as a WR3 this week, and in DFS, his $6,400 price tag may be tough to avoid, especially with teammate Robert Woods back in the fold at around the same price on FanDuel.

Tight End

Eric Ebron @ Cincinnati Bengals: The forgotten Eric Ebron has suddenly found his stride in Detroit. Over the last month, he is the sixth-best at the position in scoring and has 15 catches over the last two games. If you are playing for a title this week and streaming at the tight end position, give Ebron a look. His matchup against an injury-riddled Bengals defense could prove fruitful, as I expect him to find the end zone yet again this week. In DFS, he is a virtually free play at only $5,200 on FanDuel, so be sure to lock him in.

Kicker

Dan Bailey vs. Seattle Seahawks: With Ezekiel Elliott returning from suspension, and the Seahawks’ defense reeling, look for the Cowboys’ offense to hit on all cylinders in this game, giving Dan Bailey a few opportunities to put points on the board.

Team Defense

The Seahawks’ Defense will also find a way into the end zone, whether by turnover or on special teams play.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Oakland Raiders: The Eagles’ defense relies on pressure and turnovers. Facing a Raiders’ offense that is having trouble getting things going, I expect this defense to pile up the stat sheet, and look for them to score.

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