Terry McLaurin had a huge game in Week 15, but don’t count on a repeat. (Photo by Ric Tapia/Getty Images)
Just because a player is listed as a “fade” doesn’t mean they are automatic sits. As the adage goes, “Always start your stars.” What a “bust” designation does mean, however, is that you’ll want to consider higher-upside options in the flex.
Welcome to Week 16, fantasy football managers! If you’ve made it this far in the season, surviving last week’s slew of stud stinkers, you’ve probably got some pretty solid instincts for making start/sit decisions on your own. However, in case you need some help setting those lineups in a crucial week, we’ve got you covered. Here are six players to consider fading in Week 16 fantasy football lineups.
Bust: Jordan Love, QB, Green Bay Packers
In his first season as an NFL starter, QB Jordan Love has proven to be a viable streaming option for fantasy football managers, scoring 20+ fantasy points in six different outings to this point in the season (including three of the last five games). He enters Week 16 ranked as the overall QB8 on the season, including a top-12 finish in five of the past six games. In Week 16, the Packers will travel to take on the Carolina Panthers, which sounds like an easy enough matchup on paper considering they’re tied for the second-lowest point differential in the league (10.1).
However, fantasy managers may want to temper expectations for Love in Week 16.
Though the Panthers’ secondary isn’t a particularly frightful one, matchups against the Panthers have not exactly been conducive to passing volume for opposing quarterbacks. In fact, Carolina has faced a league-low 397 pass attempts and a 53.8% pass percentage this year. Despite allowing the ninth-highest passing touchdown rate in the league (4.0%) and the ninth-lowest interception rate (1.9%), that lack of volume has resulted in the second-fewest fantasy points per game in the league allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Unless…