Week 16: Start 'Em

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Week 16: Start 'Em

While we're not projecting starting type stats for these players, they have good potential and could surprise. This week's picks include Profiled players include Jay Cutler, Kirk Cousins, Ray Rice, Jordan Todman, and Greg Jennings.

Many Chicago Bears fans -- and even more Josh McCown fantasy owners -- cringed at the news that Jay Cutler was going to be getting back his starting job. McCown had done a great job while Cutler was out with an injury. Cutler definitely didn't set the world on fire last week, but he did help lead the Bears to a victory, while passing for 265 yards and three touchdowns, as well as two interceptions. This week Cutler faces a much easier defense when he goes up against the Philadelphia Eagles, with a pathetic pass defense giving up 291.6 yards per game, the second worst in the NFL. This is a must win game for Chicago, so make sure to have Cutler in your lineup.

The soap opera that is the Washington Redskins continues this week, as they face the worst defense in the NFL-- the Dallas Cowboys-- in a must win game for Dallas. Kirk Cousins will once again be the starting QB for Washington, who are resting RG3 and showcasing Cousins. Last week, in his first start of the season, Cousins passed for 381 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Not bad for his first start of the season. Look for much of the same this week, as the Cowboys are giving up a league worst 297 yards per game through the air. If you need a starter at QB, don't shy away from starting Cousins.

Ray Rice has easily been one of the biggest fantasy busts of 2013. After being a first round pick in most leagues, Rice has been anemic at best, not producing most weeks and has most likely been riding the pine for your fantasy team. If you have made it this far, it might be time to dust off Rice and let your former first round pick help you win the title. C'mon how sweet would that be if you made it this far without Rice and then used him to help you seal the deal on the championship? Rice has played better of late, and should be ready to go this coming Sunday. The Ravens have a "huge" match up vs. their rivals the Patriots, who sport the second worst rush defense in the NFL, giving up 132.5 yards per game on the ground. Rice makes for a very good flex and RB2 this week.

With MJD sitting out this past week, Jordan Todman got the start and didn't disappoint. Todman rushed for 209 yards as well as catching four passes for 44 yards and he was targeted eight times -- which led the team. While MJD hasn't yet been ruled out for week 16, there is no real reason to have him out there with the Jags being eliminated from the playoffs. If in fact MJD does sit, then Todman is a very good start at RB2 or flex, as he showed last week with his 29 touches. He will be the focus of the offense, as Jacksonville will look to use his speed to help generate offense.

To say this season has been a disappointment for Greg Jennings would be an understatement. His team sucks and his play has been less than stellar, but much of that has to do with the lack of good play from the QB position. Minnesota has used three QBs this season and none of them have been very good, but the latest one seems to have some magic going with Jennings. Over the last three games, Jennnings has caught 24 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns, all those were games where Cassel was the main man playing all or most of the game. Cassel will once again be the starting QB this week and will continue to feed the ball to Jennings; so if Jennings is on your bench, get him active as a flex or WR3.