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NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Edition

The championship is moments away. You've drafted, acquired and traded for the ultimate team to lead you to fantasy glory. The time is now. Every decision is amplified. Every result, dissected. With two games in the books and 14 more to go, I offer a last-chance checklist of four players I think could win your championship and four that may lose it. Obviously, I stick to the mantra of "start your studs" and I believe you "dance with the on that brought ya" so now is not the time to over-think it. Still, if you're struggling for last-minute lineup decisions, behold the Start 'Em, Sit 'Em list.

Start 'Em

QB Tim Tebow - In his first NFL start, he threw for 138 yards and one touchdown and added 78 yards on the ground and another score against the Oakland Raiders. Now, he gets the worst defense against quarterbacks in fantasy in the Houston Texans. You may have better options but Tebow should deliver another solid performance.

RB Arian Foster - Foster has been the MVP of fantasy football and led many teams to the championship game. This is no time to sit him. He faces the worst run defense in fantasy and last week was the only the second time this season he failed to reach 69 yards rushing. Look for a huge bounce-back against the Broncos.

WR Brandon Lloyd - The Texans-Broncos is turning into the game of the week for fantasy football. Lloyd is the third player so far I've picked as a Start 'Em. Any worries about Lloyd's value when Tebow took over were put to rest with his 4-79-1 effort last Sunday. Lloyd is in the midst of a magical season and you can't afford to bench him now.

TE Visanthe Shiancoe - This is a stretch, I know. Shiancoe hasn't done much all season but with Joe Webb in last week, Shiancoe caught six passes and was a key target for the young quarterback. The Eagles have the worst fantasy defense against opposing tight ends and Shiancoe stands a great chance to finish with about 50 yards and perhaps a score. UPDATE: Keep an eye on the weather report as severe wind/snow could hamper Shiancoe's value. UPDATE 2: With the game postponed until Tuesday, the weather hopefully won't play as big a factor.

Sit 'Em

QB Carson Palmer - Palmer hasn't thrown more than one touchdown pass in four straight games and has five interceptions in that span. He's without Terrell Owens and faces the best pass defense in fantasy with the San Diego Chargers in town. You probably weren't playing him anyway, but keep him on your bench.

RB Matt Forte - Forte had a solid game last week against Minnesota but he's not involved in the offense enough to be a consistently solid play. There's a chance he makes enough catches in a PPR to make it worthwhile but he hasn't run the ball well enough. Mix in the New York Jets defense and Forte is better left riding the pine.

WR Roddy White - Chances are you're not benching White but for argument's sake, here's why you should consider it. He's failed to reach 100 yards receiving in five straight weeks, he's scored only one touchdown since Week 10 and he managed only 69 yards the last time he faced the Saints in Week 3. Also, White ignited a Twitter war this week so all eyes will be on him Monday Night. He's talented enough to overcome it but if you start him, you may need to adjust your expectations.

TE Vernon Davis - After scoring in two straight, Davis returned to Earth with a clunker (one catch, four yards) against the Chargers. The Rams have only allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends and haven't allowed more than 60 yards in five straight weeks. Add to that the return of Troy Smith to the lineup and there's too much uncertainty around Davis to be trusting him in your fantasy playoffs.

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