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Fantasy football: Building a winning lineup for the back end of Week 16

So your one o'clock lineup looks like a lost cause, double down on the late games!

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Or, say, you had a rough Saturday night and slept all the way through the deadline to get your picks in for the one o'clock games. Point is, there's a lot of things that could have happened to prevent you from asserting your fantasy football dominance during the early slate of NFL games. Fret not, fantasy football aficionado, FanDuel has the option for you to put together a lineup for the late games; Sunday night and Monday night are where we're going to turn our attention to in an effort to claim your cut of the fantasy coin floating around out there.

Teddy Bridgewater at $6,600

Touchdown Teddy is your man. Considering the options available to the daily fantasy gamblers, Teddy Bridgewater is the option I have the most faith in as far as signal-callers go. The Vikings have the playoffs to play for and they take on the Giants at home, both two conditions that I feel will cause the second year quarterback from Louisville to play his best football of the season. Consider your other options here: an OBJ-less Eli Manning, Brock Osweiler against Cincinnati's defense, and A.J. McCarron, the quarterback that Pride Of Detroit's Chris Lemieux sees as a beacon of hope for the Bengals. Trust me, Teddy is your guy.

Adrian Peterson at $8,200

He's listed as probable, but after a full practice on Friday, Peterson is ready to run all over a Giants' run defense that has flipped the script for all the worse. After starting the season as one of the best rush defenses in all of football, the Giants have surrendered at least 100 yards rushing to eight of their last ten opponents. Watch Adrian run.

Rashad Jennings at $5,700

Okay, this is one of those, "roll the dice" selections because what's available after Peterson as far as running backs go is slim pickings. I'm not sure how Denver will distribute the carries now that C.J. Anderson is back healthy. I expect the Bengals to rely heavily on their backfield, but Jeremy Hill has relied on touchdowns to bolster his fantasy point totals and make him a worthwhile start, and Giovani Bernard's contributions have been spotty all year long. So here we are, fantasy players, with Rashad Jennings starting in our lineup. He has had 41 touches over the past two games, and had a 100 yard performance against the Carolina Panthers last week.

Demaryius Thomas at $7,800

Looking at Thomas' numbers this year, you would consider it a helluva productive season for the number one wideout that signed a lucrative deal with the Broncos during the offseason. However, if you've owned Thomas in any fantasy format this season, you couldn't have helped but wonder what more he could have done. Thomas has dropped quite a few passes, but with the injured Peyton Manning under center during the first half of the 2015 campaign, and now Brock Osweiler making the throws, you can't help but wonder if some of these inconsistencies in Thomas' play have been due to these factors of inconsistency at quarterback. I like Thomas this week because he receives a lot of targets when Osweiler is at quarterback, receiving 12 targets last week against the Steelers.

Stefon Diggs at $6,000

The Giants have the worst pass-defense in the league and if you have Teddy Bridgewater starting at quarterback, why not go all in on the Vikings? You're playing daily fantasy and you're playing the slate of late games, what do you really have to lose? Diggs had a big week last week thanks to a pair of touchdowns, and against the Giants, he seems like an incredibly tempting play.

A.J. Green at $8,400

If you're putting together this exact lineup, you're probably looking at your allowance and thinking to yourself, "I have a lot of money left here on the table." And you're right, you do, so taking a flyer on a big name player like Green is completely worth it considering what's left in your purse. Yeah, I know he's going to draw the likes of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr., but it's A.J. Green. If the Bengals happen to fall behind early, A.J. McCarron will have to start chucking, and hopefully he chucks it at Green.

Vernon Davis at $5,000

A blast from your fantasy football past, Vernon Davis is a player for the Denver Broncos that catches footballs. Look, Eifert is out, and Tyler Kroft, his replacement, isn't all that attractive of an option. Will Tye, the rookie tight end who has been getting some serious attention from Eli Manning as of late, is going to draw the likes of Anthony Barr and other members of the impressive Vikings' secondary. Vernon Davis only had one catch last week against the Steelers, but in Week 14, Davis had seven catches for 74 yards against the Raiders. I think he's capable of a repeat performance of Week 14. Celebrate the ghosts of fantasy past!

Brandon McManus at $4,800

Hey, Alex Reno, look who I picked for my kicker.

Minnesota Vikings at $4,700

I think it's entirely possible that we all play witness to a lot of Eli Manning face tonight in Minnesota.