Posted: Wed December 18, 2013 12:40PM; Updated: Wed December 18, 2013 12:39PM
Michael Beller
Michael Beller>INSIDE FANTASY FOOTBALL

Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Championship Week

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Jimmy Graham
After a lackluster performance in a Week 15 loss to St. Louis, can Jimmy Graham rebound?
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Last year, it was Ryan Grant. In 2011, Matt Moore took the honors. Three years ago, Jerome Simpson did the trick. Surprise heroes any other week of the year are remembered for a few days and then forgotten. Surprise Week 16 heroes are remembered forever. That will happen when a championship is at stake.

Who will be this year's Ryan Grant? Find out in the Week 16, last projections of the season.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football early week 16 advice, risers and sliders, waiver wire and weekly roundtable.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 16

View by Position
View by Matchup

Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Philip Rivers
    3. Philip
      Rivers
      QB
    4. PASS YDS346
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Rivers is a high-end QB1 against an Oakland defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to the position this year.

    1. 2
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    4. PASS YDS331
    5. PASS TD3
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. 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. 3
    2. Cam Newton
    3. Cam
      Newton
      QB
    4. PASS YDS287
    5. PASS TD1
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS37
    8. RUSH TD1

    Newton threw for just 160 yards and a touchdown against the Saints two weeks ago. He's a low-end QB1 this week.

To see the full list, click here

Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS130
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS50
    7. REC TD0

    Charles had a fantasy day for the ages last week, racking up 215 total yards and five touchdowns. He has as strong a case as Peyton Manning for the MVP award.

    1. 2
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. DeMarco
      Murray
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS120
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS39
    7. REC TD0

    Murray could be a championship game star going up against a Washington defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to running backs this year.

    1. 3
    2. Frank Gore
    3. Frank
      Gore
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS126
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS32
    7. REC TD0

    Gore should be in for a huge day against an Atlanta defense that has allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs this year.

To see the full list, click here

Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Josh Gordon
    3. Josh
      Gordon
      WR
    4. REC YDS151
    5. REC TD2

    Gordon had a down game against the Bears, meaning he had just 67 yards and one touchdown. The Jets have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to receivers this year.

    1. 2
    2. Andre Johnson
    3. Andre
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS119
    5. 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. 3
    2. Keenan Allen
    3. Keenan
      Allen
      WR
    4. REC YDS112
    5. REC TD2

    Allen caught just two passes against the Broncos, but both went for six points. He's a high-end WR2 this week.

To see the full list, click here

Tight Ends

    1. 1
    2. Jimmy Graham
    3. Jimmy
      Graham
      TE
    4. REC YDS94
    5. REC TD2

    Graham had just 25 yards last week, the third-lowest total of his career. The bet here is that he makes up for it this week.

    1. 2
    2. Vernon Davis
    3. Vernon
      Davis
      TE
    4. REC YDS98
    5. REC TD1

    The Falcons have allowed the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends this year. Davis should post a top-five day at the position.

    1. 3
    2. Charles Clay
    3. Charles
      Clay
      TE
    4. REC YDS85
    5. REC TD1

    Clay got just two targets last week, catching one for six yards. Write it off as an anomaly and get him back in your lineup.

To see the full list, click here

Kickers

To see the full list, click here

Defenses

To see the full list, click here
SI Videos
Videos from the Web
 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Golden State Warriors Bryce Harper Paul Pierce Masai Ujiri
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint