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Fantasy Player Projections: Week 16

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Houston Texans
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Denver Broncos
Reliant Stadium | Sunday, Dec. 22 | 1 PM EST (CBS)

Denver Broncos

    1. Peyton Manning
    2. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    3. PASS YDS331
    4. PASS TD3
    5. INT0
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    Manning threw for 289 yards and two touchdowns against the Chargers, which is hilariously a down week for him. You know what to do here.

    1. Knowshon Moreno
    2. Knowshon
      Moreno
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS82
    4. RUSH TD2
    5. REC YDS0
    6. REC TD0

    Moreno had just eight carries for 19 yards last week. He should have a better day with the Broncos likely to be protecting a lead most of the game.

    1. Montee Ball
    2. Montee
      Ball
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS47
    4. RUSH TD0
    5. REC YDS13
    6. REC TD0

    Ball got just three carries last week after being a mainstay in the Denver offense for nearly a month. It's hard to predict how he'll be used this week, but he should get more touches with Denver likely to be nursing a lead.

    1. Demaryius Thomas
    2. Demaryius
      Thomas
      WR
    3. REC YDS104
    4. REC TD1

    Thomas caught four passes for 45 yards in what was a down week for the Denver receivers.

    1. Eric Decker
    2. Eric
      Decker
      WR
    3. REC YDS90
    4. REC TD1

    Decker had just two catches for 42 yards in what was a down week for the Denver receivers. Get him right back in there this week.

    1. Andre Caldwell
    2. Andre
      Caldwell
      WR
    3. REC YDS62
    4. REC TD0

    With Welker out another week (concussion), Caldwell gets the change to shine again.

    1. Julius Thomas
    2. Julius
      Thomas
      TE
    3. REC YDS61
    4. REC TD1

    Thomas caught four passes for 49 yards a week ago and should be started with confidence this week.

    1. Matt Prater
    2. Matt
      Prater
      K
    3. PAT5
    4. FG2

    Prater made both of his field-goal attempts last week and is 20-for-21 on the season.

    1. Denver Broncos
    2. PTS ALLOWED21
    3. SACKS4
    4. INT2
    5. TD0

    Given that the Houston offense is reeling, you can consider Denver a stream option if you need some help at the position.

Houston Texans

    1. Matt Schaub
    2. Matt
      Schaub
      QB
    3. PASS YDS267
    4. PASS TD2
    5. INT2
    6. RUSH YDS0
    7. RUSH TD0

    With Case Keenum ruled out with a sprained thumb, Schaub will be back under center. You'd have to be very brave or desperate to start him.

    1. Dennis Johnson
    2. Dennis
      Johnson
      RB
    3. RUSH YDS44
    4. RUSH TD1
    5. REC YDS0
    6. REC TD0

    Johnson will start for Houston after the team placed Ben Tate on IR with a rib injury. I'm bearish on him this week. If and when Denver builds a big lead, the Texans will be forced to eschew the run.

    1. Andre Johnson
    2. Andre
      Johnson
      WR
    3. REC YDS119
    4. REC TD2

    Hopefully Johnson's huge season is not lost amid Houston's dreadful season. He has 99 catches for 1,295 yards and five touchdowns. Keep starting him.

    1. DeAndre Hopkins
    2. DeAndre
      Hopkins
      WR
    3. REC YDS70
    4. REC TD0

    Hopkins caught three passes for 52 yards last week and will not be an option for fantasy owners until next year.

    1. Garrett Graham
    2. Garrett
      Graham
      TE
    3. REC YDS67
    4. REC TD0

    Graham was inactive for the Texans last week. Even if he returns this week, you should be able to do better.

    1. Randy Bullock
    2. Randy
      Bullock
      K
    3. PAT3
    4. FG0

    Bullock made his only field-goal attempt last week and is 23-for-32 on the season.

    1. Houston Texans
    2. PTS ALLOWED41
    3. SACKS2
    4. INT0
    5. TD0

    Houston has managed to post relatively impressive defensive stats despite losing its last 12 games.

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