Week 16: Player Upgrades
The days of fantasy owners sleeping on Michael Crabtree may be over. In his last three games, he has at least seven receptions for 97 yards in each contest; last week against New England, he caught seven passes for 107 yards and two TDs. Colin Kaepernick's emergence has created a true paradigm shift in Crabtree's career. Once thought to be a bust, Crabtree is a solid WR2 across all formats and is of course enjoying the best season of his career by far. Sure, he still plays in a run-first offense, but consider that the fourth-year wideout has seen at least 11 targets in each of his last three games. With Kaepernick under center, Crabtree should be at least a flex in all formats, especially PPR.
Relying on Jermichael Finley has been tough this year. Due to the emergence of Randall Cobb and a great year by James Jones, Finley has struggled to put up consistent numbers despite Greg Jennnings and Jordy Nelson dealing with injuries through different stretches of the season. That all could change in Week 16 as Green Bay travels to Tennessee and their 30th-ranked fantasy defense against opposing TEs. The Titans have allowed a TE score in two of their last three games. Playing the matchup is a risky option for tight ends because there are so few reliable scorers out there; but Finley's ownership numbers have dropped (down to less than 75-percent on ESPN), making him a potential late-season add. Let's not forget the positives as well. Finley still plays in a dominating pass-first offense and is essentially a lock for five or six targets at least. What he does with them though is a different story.