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FANTASY FOOTBALL: Week 16 studs and duds

6:20 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
Overshadowed by the hype of fellow rookies Andrew Luck and RGIII, Russel Wilson has quietly been posting solid number this season. (Photo: US Presswire)
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Here are the biggest risers and fallers in the fantasy rankings for Week 16:

Studs

QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: The early knock on Wilson was that he was only a viable fantasy option at home. That's not the case anymore, as Wilson has been on an absolute tear with 11 passing touchdowns, three rushing touchdowns and just one interception in his last six games, three of which came on the road.

RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos: Moreno has rushed for over 100 yards in consecutive weeks, racking up 237 yards on an astounding 54 carries. He has an extremely favorable matchup against the Cleveland Browns 19th-ranked run defense and is a legitimate No. 1 fantasy running back.

WR James Jones, Green Bay Packers: The NFL leader in touchdown receptions added three more last weekend to give him a total of 12. Jones is the beneficiary of a tasty matchup against the Tennessee Titans in Week 16 and needs to be in every fantasy lineup.

WR Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars: After missing one game with a concussion, Shorts picked up right where he left off. In his last eight games, Shorts has piled up 720 yards and five touchdowns on 68 receptions. As long as he's on the field, he needs to be in your fantasy lineup.

TE Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens: Due to injuries and inconsistency at tight end, Pitta has evolved into one of the position's best options down the stretch. He has four touchdowns in his last four games and will face the reeling New York Giants defense in Week 16.

Duds

QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: One of the biggest letdowns of the fantasy playoffs, Freeman threw for 279 yards and did not find the end zone in Week 16. Even worse, he tossed four interceptions in what looked like an extremely favorable matchup against the New Orleans Saints. It will be hard to trust Freeman despite another easy matchup against the St. Louis Rams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RB Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles: Brown finds himself in the fizzler column for the second consecutive week after managing just 34 yards on 16 carries against the Cincinnati Bengals. The elite upside is still there, but with two clunkers and two monster games in his four starts, starting him is too much of a gamble with a fantasy title on the line.

RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots: Not only did Ridley manage just 23 yards on nine carries, but he committed a costly fumble and was a non-factor the rest of the game once he was replaced by Danny Woodhead (who ran for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns). With so many other options in the backfield, Ridley's role is wrapped in an enigma this weekend against Jacksonville.

WR Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers: Alexander had finally earned his "elite fantasy wide receiver" status after posting 100 yards and a touchdown in four of his last five games, but he was held without a catch on just three targets by the Carolina Panthers. Alexander has another tough matchup coming up this weekend against the New York Jets.

WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts: Wayne has still been productive over the last three weeks (13 catches, 129 yards, TD), but he is no longer producing consistently. Fantasy owners should explore other options after an abysmal three catch-14 yard performance last weekend.

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