Fantasy Football Lessons, Week 16: Saquon, the biggest mistake of 2021

Saquon Barkley was the worst pick of the entire season, Antonio Brown is the dream come true for all those people who have him in their Fantasy Football playoffs and Trey Lance’s golden opportunity has arrived. Here are the most important lessons learned in Fantasy Football – Week 16 NFL 2021.

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Saquon Barkley is the worst Fantasy pick of the whole year

In the past two weeks, Saquon is the NFL’s RB34 and has had one of the worst uses of the entire season and his entire career. Last week it was only involved in 34% of snaps and 19% of routes. Devontae Booker is already the RB1 of this offense and Barkley is impossible to start him as an RB2. This is so disappointing that if you have this player on your team, you are probably not in the Fantasy Football final. This player should not leave within the first three rounds next season.

Antonio Brown is Top 5 without the starting WRs

This player leads the NFL in targets per route run with 33%. In the whole year of this column I have taught you that, above 30%, you find the elite in Fantasy Football and Brown has done it for the entire season. Now that he is the WR1 of this team, he runs more routes and has the potential to be the WR with the most targets in the entire NFL.

It’s Trey Lance time

What I have said and hoped for throughout the season seems to happen this week, in a favorable matchup and with the 49ers completely healthy. People become obsessed with thinking that Garoppolo wins games for him only when he is the QB the most he is led by his own team to win.

Jimmy G He is one of the QBs with the lowest WAR (wins above PFF replacement) and the fewest big pitchers in the entire NFL. With Trey Lance’s running upside and an arm that can do magical things, the 49ers will be a better team and will use him a lot on the ground. Against Arizona, Lance had 51% of the carries designed for him, making it one of the weeks with the highest percentage of them in the entire NFL.

Greater risers Y fallers from week 13

Here are the players who fell the most and fell the most in my Fantasy Football rankings:


  • WR Isaiah McKenzie – Bills: He had been a great player with few snaps for a long time, and now he was the WR2 of the offense, leading with 28% target share and 29% targets per route run. In addition, he ran 87% of the possible routes
  • RB Dare Ogunbowale – Jaguars: Had the best utilization of the week with 96% of snaps after James Robinson exited due to injury, in addition to 69% of routes run, 65% of carries and 13% of targets per route run
  • RB Darrell Williams – Chiefs: Without Clyde Edwards-Helaire, it is a Top 12 option for its aerial use
  • TE Mo Alie-Cox – Colts: He ran routes in 76% of Carson Wentz’s dropbacks, he is an extremely talented player and being the TE1 of the offense, magic things can happen.
  • WR Josh Palmer – Chargers: It was the WR1 of the offense without Mike Williams, both on targets and on run routes.
  • RB Sony Michel – Rams: Without Darrell Henderson, he drives 90% of snaps and is a Top 8 RB
  • WR KJ Osborn – Vikings: Adam Thielen was injured again, so Osborn will once again have a high target share
  • WR Byron Pringle – Chiefs: He was the WR1 of the offense and led in targets. It’s time to start considering
  • TE Gerald Everett – Seahawks: In the last three weeks, this player is the TE6 of all Fantasy Football with excellent utilization, and the following week he faces the Lions


  • WR Hunter Renfrow – Raiders: Although his percentage of targets per route run remains extremely high, his number of routes run dropped and Zay Jones became the WR1 of this offense. Without a doubt it is something that we should be monitoring
  • RB / WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Falcons: He only had 8 touches of the ball last week and shared snaps with Mike Davis
  • RB Ameer Abdullah – Panthers: He took a step back and Chuba Hubbard led the backfield despite being the ideal situation for the former to triumph
  • RB Craig Reynolds – Lions: With the return of Jamaal Williams he distributed 50/50 his snaps and it is difficult for him to succeed in this way.
  • RB Ronald Jones – Buccaneers: Had less than 60% snaps and Ke’Shawn Vaughn was more involved than we would like

Additional notes

  • The Eagles’ backfield without Miles Sanders can be tricky and I don’t recommend looking for any of their RBs specifically.

Thanks for reading me. What Fantasy Football lessons did you take from week 16 of the 2021 NFL Season? Remember to pay attention to Tuesday’s article, where I will analyze the most attractive options to take you in Waivers for this week. Remember to also watch the Fantasy Squad program on our YouTube channel.

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Fantasy Football Lessons, Week 16: Saquon, the biggest mistake of 2021