Here we are, Week 16, the season is soon coming to the end, but fret not, their is still lots of football left and still lots of Daily Fantasy to play! Last week’s Spades did not pan out, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys threw up a bagel against the Colts and Gronk was a shell of his formal self. The matchup looked great for the battered and bruised tight end but the Steelers showed up in a big way. Gronk looked slow and proved to be virtually ineffective with just 21 yards receiving. On to a new slate of games, lets dig in to our Spades and Fades for Week 16!


Dalvin Cook RB MIN

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 16: Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) scores a Minnesota Vikings touchdown during a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Miami Dolphins on December 16, 2018, at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN. (Photo by Rich Gabrielson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The timing of the Minnesota Vikings changing offensive coordinators couldn’t be any better. This is an ultra talented team that has Super Bowl aspirations, the time is now to right the ship, they are hoping that Kevin Stefanski will lead them in the right direction. Week 15 went perfectly as Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray rushed 34 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns on route to a very convincing win over the Miami Dolphins. The Vikes are in the midst of a battle for a Wild Card spot, but they have higher expectations, a trip to the big dance is the only way the season is deemed a success. If they are to be effective down the stretch and through the playoffs they will do well to follow the Week 15 game script. Dalvin Cook seems to be finding his stride finally after starting the year with the injury bug. The Vikings will use both Cook and Murray at about a 60/40 split from here on out. The 20 touches Cook received last week will be a good benchmark, expect him to build on that going forward. Cook is priced at $6,900, his highest to date. The Vikings are up against the Lions who give up 115.4 rush yards per game, 16th in the NFL.




Leonard Fournette RB JAX

The Jags and Leonard Fournette actually have a good matchup Week 16 as they visit the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins rank 31st against the run and are ranked 30th overall defensively. $6,000 is tempting too, but their is little reason to believe that the Jags will show up. At 4-10 they have little to play for, even last week they gave rookie Dave Williams the ball in the second half to see what type of player they have. Fournette,just like the Jaguars, has had a miserable season, pretty good chance that they use the second year pro sparingly to close out 2018.


Jordan Howard RB CHI

CHICAGO, IL – DECEMBER 16: Jordan Howard #24 of the Chicago Bears carries the football against Bashaud Breeland #26 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter at Soldier Field on December 16, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Much like Dalvin Cook, Jordan Howard could also be turning a corner. Howard out-touched teammate running back Tarik Cohen two-to-one in Week 15’s win over the Packers. This marks the second consecutive week that he has had the ball in his possession more times then Cohen. We can expect the Bears to employ Howard as the primary back and Cohen to be sprinkled in to offset the defenses. The Bears don’t want to put too much on the shoulders of QB Mitchell Trubisky so they will lean on this effective duo as much as they can. The Bears draw the pesky San Francisco 49ers for Week 16. They have the number 14 rush defense and number 12 overall defense. Take note of Howard’s very friendly price tag, $4,300 on DraftKings, wow! Cohen is at $6,400.

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Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT

Big Ben is the second highest priced QB for the week on DraftKings. Given the matchup this makes the price somewhat appropriate but a closer look at the Steelers opponent for Week 16 show us that Roethlisberger could face some challenges. In the Saints last six games (since Week 10) they have ranked very high in some key defensive rankings. Take a look at these numbers: 12.3 PPG allowed (first in the NFL) / 280.00 YPG allowed (third) / 28 Sacks (first) / 46 QB hits (first) / 14 Takeaways (tied, first). This defensive unit is clearly not the same as it was through the first 10 weeks which was one that struggled mightily against the pass. A road matchup and a fired up crowd could mean serious trouble for Roethlisberger and the Steelers.


Thanks for stopping in for another edition of Spade or Fade. Stay locked on for all your Fantasy Football news and analysis. Good luck to one and all, enjoy the games and keep the conversations going!


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