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Fantasy Football Week 16 Championship: Juju Smith-Schuster, A.J. Green, Marshawn Lynch

December 22, 2017 Updated: December 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

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Juju Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Smith-Schuster should be the recipient of a large bump in target share against Houston Monday  after Antonio Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle last Sunday against the Patriots. Even so, Smith-Schuster was tied for the team-lead in targets with six. What’s more, the Texans are one of the more generous teams to opposing wide receivers, surrendering 16 touchdowns on the year to opposing receivers.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings

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Diggs has been boom-or-bust this season but he’s got a good history against the Packers. He wasn’t out for the contest earlier this year but he scored in both of the games last year. Saturday night’s matchup is great. Green Bay has allowed over 2,200 yards and 17 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers on the season.

Dion Lewis, RB, New England Patriots

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Lewis has been the back to own in New England. He had carved out a nice role for himself as the top Pats back between the 20s. Last week fellow goal line back Rex Burkhead went down with an injury. Lewis had a touchdown after Burkhead’s exit. But the Patriots activated Mike Gillislee signaling that he may be the team’s goal line back. Either way, I like Lewis here as a high-floor play against a putrid Bills run defense who allowed Lewis to run for 92 yards on 15 carries earlier this year.

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Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders

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Lynch has been a solid back the past few weeks with at least 60 yards in his last five contests. He draws a tough matchup this Monday against the Eagles. Philadelphia has allowed 711 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns to running backs all year. That’s the second-lowest total in the league. Avoid Lynch come Monday.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2017, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green reaches for a ball after a 7-yard pass for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, in Cleveland. Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and Cincinnati’s A.J. Green pulled off amazing sideline catches in their teams’ wins last week. They bring their special flair to a nasty rivalry game on Monday night. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File) 

Green has been MIA for most fantasy teams in recent weeks. His fortunes won’t improve Sunday against Detroit. He will face shadow coverage from Lions linebacker Darius Slay who has been excellent this season. With the news out that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis won’t be returning next season, I think Cincinnati is packing it in for the the year. They’ve scored just two touchdowns in the last two games.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco

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Hyde has run into a series of difficult matchups in the fantasy playoffs. That continues into championship week when the 49ers host the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have allowed just five rushing touchdowns on the season. Hyde hasn’t produced in the Jimmy Garoppolo era, rushing for an average of 51 yards in his last four games and a 3.3 yard per carry average. Volume is the silver lining in this matchup as the Jaguars have an equally tough passing defense.  

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