Tim's Takeaways: Week 16
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Tim's Takeaways: Week 16
Aaron Jones or AJ Dillon?
In each of the last four games, AJ Dillon has finished with at least 11 touches (15+ in each of his last three) and at least one TD. He has also outscored Aaron Jones (PPR) in every game during this span.
It’s not that Jones is playing badly, he has actually been a top-12 RB and scored 18+ points twice during this span. Unfortunately, this past week was the second time during this span his snap share has dipped below 40 percent. It is once again #FreeAaronJones.
All of a sudden Jones is in a committee, one that he may not be the leader of. If you have both Dillon and Jones, suddenly it’s not such an easy choice between the two.
Thanks to Jones nagging ankle injury, and Dillon’s recent production, I have to give Dillon the edge. But that doesn’t mean I like it.
Can you trust the Raiders this week?
It’s no secret the Raiders have struggled recently. But nobody has felt the effects more than Davante Adams. His last three PPR finishes: WR39, WR59 and WR67. He has averaged a measly 7.1 PPG during that span.
Josh Jacobs has not been an exception either. His last two PPR finishes: RB20 and RB39. He has averaged a pedestrian 9.5 PPG during this span.
Now with a dangerous matchup against the 49ers in week 17, there is suddenly an elephant in the room. Can you sit them? Are you even allowed to?
I say no, you’re not. They’ve both shown too much this season and are seeing too much volume (even in this recent stretch) to ever consider benching. Yes, the matchup is scary, but since when are we worried about them being matchup-dependent?
Snap out of it.
Yes, things have been troublesome but you do not sit your studs. Especially with fantasy championship glory on the line.
Mark Andrews is not a must-start
Remember what I said (way back when) about not sitting your studs? Well, Andrews is an exception. I am personally giving you permission to rip off the bandaid.
He has not scored a TD or over 13.0 fantasy points since week six. He has just two games with double-digit PPR points since then. In fact, he has not scored double-digit PPR points in any of his last four games.
The TE landscape is brutal, believe me, I know. I’m not saying play someone off the waiver wire over Andrews, but at this point, someone like Dalton Schultz, Tyler Higbee, or Evan Engram has displayed much more upside/consistency in recent weeks.
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Tim Brosnan is a college-educated sports journalist from the New Haven, Connecticut area.
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