Fantasy Football Week 16: Start or Sit Pettis, Robby Anderson, or Gordon?

Start or Sit Pettis, Robby Anderson, or Gordon

Congrats on reaching your fantasy football finals. “Wait, Evan,” you may be thinking, “I’m actually in my fantasy semi-finals this week.” To which I say, “I hope you are playing against your league commissioner, because he or she is obviously an idiot.” More than ever, it’s time to carefully weigh one start candidate against another, probably while sitting on the toilet at work. You should spend hours on this task, then utterly give up and automatically start the people in our start-or-sit articles (which were also written on the toilet at work.) Enough wage theft! it’s time to rob your league’s coffers.

Should I Start or Sit Pettis?

Dante Pettis has 5 receiving touchdowns, which is the most by any 49ers wide receiver since the legendary Dave “I’ve never heard of this guy” Parks did it in 1964. He has scored 4 times in the last month, with an average of over 6 targets per game. So what could stand in the way of another solid fantasy performance, why is whether to start or sit Pettis even up for debate? The Bears, that’s what. The NFL’s darling defense come into San Francisco having allowed just one WR touchdown in four games. That said, we’re still confident in Pettis as a mid-range WR2. Sure the Bears stopped passing offenses cold, this month, but it played Detroit, the Giants, and the wounded Packers. Also the Rams, but they seem less ferocious in December. So, while expectations should be tempered, go ahead and start Pettis unless you have 2-3 better options.


Should I Start or Sit Robby Anderson?

Anderson has finally come on like those who drafted him suspected. The past three games, he has shown increased rapport with Sam Darnold. His fantasy output has increased each of the past three weeks, culminating in an 11 target game week 15. Yet a lot of owners are nervous about this solid WR2 option, because the Packers defense ranks top 10 in stopping opposing wideouts. Still, the Packers have given up. Their defense maybe be relatively intact, but Aaron Jones went down and Aaron Rodgers should be limited or sit. It’s going to be hard for the defense to play lights out when their season is over and their offense is going to move a ball as much as I can move spit in a tornado. If you’re still nervous about whether to start or sit Robby Anderson, don’t be: Start him as your second WR.


Should I Start or Sit Josh Gordon?

UPDATE: Josh Gordon is out indefinitely! Don’t start Patterson in his place, Patterson still won’t get enough work to count.

Josh Gordon owners were getting the production they expected, right up until a one-catch week 15 disaster. So I’ve seen a lot of people hemming and hee-hawing about whether to start or sit Gordon for the fantasy finals, despite him scoring 9.5 + points in HPPR in 7 of his last 10 games. Let me set you all straight: Last week was a freak of a game between the Pats and the Steelers. The Steelers managed to score only two touchdowns despite having one of the most explosive offenses in history. New England was off for the entire first three quarters. It was different, weirdly different, and you can’t bank your fantasy finals on expecteations that a freak game will repeat itself. The Pats play Buffalo in a game where they need to make a statement. That means going long, and that means targets for Gordon. Start him.


If you’re debating between two or more of these players, we’d rank Pettis, Gordon, and Anderson like this:

  1. Robby Anderson
  2. Josh Gordon (nevermind this, he is OUT)
  3. Dante Pettis

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