Steelers 27 Bills 20
Fantasy owners who had Le’Veon Bell this week are likely celebrating. Bell ran the ball 38 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns. He added four receptions for 62 yards. Bell topped 50 fantasy points in many scoring systems.
Extra Points: While Bell was racking up all the fantasy points, Ben Roethlisberger and the passing game struggled in the snow. Big Ben threw for just 220 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions…Antonio Brown was held in check as well. Brown caught 5-of-11 targets for 78 yards…LeSean McCoy only ran for 27 yards on 12 carries but he scored a touchdown. McCoy saved his fantasy day by catching six balls for 81 yards.
Bengals 23 Browns 10
The Browns struggle to cover tight ends and on Sunday Tyler Eifert exploited that matchup. Eifert caught 5-of-6 targets for 48 yards and two touchdowns.
Extra Points: Andy Dalton only threw for 180 yards on the day. The Bengals relied on Jeremy Hill to punish the Browns defense on the ground. Hill ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries (4.4 YPC)…Tyler Boyd had a solid fantasy day with five receptions for 48 yards. Boyd also added 40 yards rushing…The Browns did nothing through the air with Robert Griffin back under center. RG3 was horrible, completing just 12 passes for 104 yards and an interception…With Griffin holding the offense hostage, Terrelle Pryor was limited to one reception for three yards.
Texans 22 Colts 17
Lamar Miller came through at the right time for fantasy owners. After being bogged down the last two weeks, Miller rushed 21 times for 107 yards and a touchdown against the Colts.
Extra Points: The Texans won despite Brock Osweiler not doing much again. Osweiler only threw for 147 yards and no Texans receiver caught more than three passes or gained over 33 yards…Andrew Luck didn’t have his best fantasy performance. Luck threw for 276 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions…T.Y. Hilton once again dominated targets. Hilton caught 9-of-13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Titans 13 Broncos 10
Marcus Mariota had his least productive game of the season at the worst time for fantasy owners who started him in the playoffs. Mariota completed just 6-of-20 passes for 88 yards with no touchdowns.
Extra Points: The Titans relied on their ground game against the Broncos. DeMarco Murray ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (4.4 YPC). Derrick Henry added 42 yards on 12 carries (3.5 YPC)…The Titans have struggled against the pass all year and Sunday was more of the same as Tennessee gave up two 100-yard receivers. Demaryius Thomas caught 10 passes for 126 yards, while Emmanuel Sanders hauled in 11 receptions for 100 yards and a score. The two were targeted a combined 30 times…The Broncos only ran the ball nine times for 18 yards on the day (2.0 YPC).
Lions 20 Bears 17
There weren’t many fantasy stars to come out of this game. Even Matthew Stafford threw for just 223 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in what was a sloppy game overall.
Extra Points: Golden Tate saw the most targets (11) of any Lions receiver. He finished with six catches for 58 yards…Marvin Jones isn’t having the season many expected. That’s obvious when four catches for 67 yards is considered a good game for Jones…Jordan Howard ran for 86 yards but only carried the ball 13 times (6.6 YPC).
Panthers 28 Chargers 16
Melvin Gordon left the game early with an ankle injury and didn’t return. He finished with five yards on three carries. Gordon’s early departure made some fantasy owners stay in the playoffs a short one.
Extra Points: Kenneth Farrow replaced Gordon but he was ineffective. Farrow rushed for 55 yards on 16 carries (3.4 YPC). Farrow did add six receptions for 23 yards …Dontrelle Inman caught 6-of-7 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. Inman has now scored in three straight games…Cam Newton only completed 10 passes for 160 yards…It was the Panthers defense that dominated. Carolina’s defense recorded five sacks and picked off Philip Rivers three times.
Vikings 25 Jaguars 16
Allen Robinson met with Blake Bortles and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett last week about his role in the offense. The result was Robinson catching one pass for seventeen yards on three targets. The end to this disappointing season can’t come soon enough for Robinson. It may have already come for fantasy owners who started him this week.
Extra Points: Marqise Lee led the Jaguars in receiving with five receptions for 113 yards on eight targets. Lee was the only Jaguar that posted relevant fantasy numbers Sunday…Adam Thielen caught 4-of-5 targets for 101 yards, while Kyle Rudolph hauled in four receptions, 60 yards and a touchdown.
Dolphins 26 Cardinals 23
Ryan Tannehill was having a big fantasy day before leaving the game with a knee injury. Tannehill connected on 15-of-20 passes for 195 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
Extra Points: Jarvis Landry and Kenny Stills benefitted from Tannehill’s strong performance. Landry finished with four receptions for 103 yards on six targets. Stills caught 6-of-7 targets for 97 yards and a touchdown…Jay Ajayi let fantasy owners down in the first week of the playoffs. Ajayi rushed for just 48 yards on 20 carries (2.4 YPC)…J.J. Nelson only touched the ball twice but made them count. Nelson scored on a 56-yard run and an 8-yard reception…David Johnson had an average game for him. Johnson did gain 127 total yards on 25 touches but was held out of the end zone.
Redskins 27 Eagles 22
Kirk Cousins threw for 234 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. It wasn’t Cousins best fantasy day but depending on the matchup, it may have been enough to help advance your team to the next round of fantasy playoffs.
Extra Points: DeSean Jackson exploded for 102 yards and a touchdown on three receptions. Jackson did most of his damage on an 80-yard touchdown reception…Jordan Reed was active but owners who started him probably wish he wasn’t. Reed only caught one pass for 10 yards…Zach Ertz had his best game of the season. Ertz caught 10-of-13 targets for 112 yards. Ertz has 19 receptions on 28 over his last two games.
Jets 23 49ers 17
Matt Forte left early with a knee injury. Bilal Powell took full of advantage of the opportunity. Powell rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries (5.0 YPC). Powell also caught five balls for 34 yards. He’ll be a top waiver wire target this week. Unfortunately, Powell’s big performance didn’t help many fantasy owners who probably started Forte.
Extra Points: Every quarterback has their favorite target and after one start Bryce Petty’s favorite receiver is Robbie Anderson. Anderson caught 6-of-11 targets for 99 yards…Brandon Marshall’s miserable fantasy season continues. He caught just three balls for 33 yards…Carlos Hyde ran all over the Jets. Hyde finished with a career-high 193 yards on 17 carries (11.4 YPC).
Falcons 42 Rams 7
Mat Ryan didn’t have to do much against the Rams as Atlanta jumped out early and led the entire way. Ryan still rewarded fantasy owners with 237 yards and three touchdowns.
Extra Points: With Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu inactive, Devonta Freeman was set up for a big game. It wasn’t the case. He finished with only six rushing yards on six carries. Instead it was Tevin Coleman who scored two touchdowns on the day…Taylor Gabriel stepped up with Jones and Sanu out. He caught three passes for 82 yards and a touchdown…The Rams offense was dreadful again but those owners who stuck with Todd Gurley were finally rewarded. Gurley rushed for 61 yards and scored. It was Gurley’s first touchdown since Week 11.
Saints 16 Buccaneers 12
In what was supposed to be a showdown between Drew Brees and Jameis Winston turned into a defensive battle. Brees and Winston surprisingly combined for zero touchdowns and three interceptions. All three interceptions were thrown by Brees.
Extra Points: Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks combined for 18 targets. Cooks caught five passes for 61 yards, while Snead finished with six receptions for 85 yards…The Saints defense has done a good job defending Mike Evans in the past and the trend continued on Sunday. Evans caught just four passes for 42 yards on eight targets…The Bucs running game struggled again this week. Doug Martin got 23 carries and scored but finished with only 66 yards (2.9 YPC).
Packers 38 Seahawks 10
Perhaps no player sunk more fantasy owners on Sunday than Russell Wilson. In what was a good matchup on paper, Wilson bombed by throwing a career-high five interceptions.
Extra Points: Jimmy Graham was another Seahawk that left owners with a bad taste in their mouths. Graham caught just one pass for 16 yards…Aaron Rodgers delivered with 246 yards and three touchdowns…Davante Adams caught 4-of-6 passes for 104 and a touchdown, while Jordy Nelson hauled in Rodgers’ other two scores. Ty Montgomery was once again used in a dual threat role. Montgomery gained 86 total yards and scored on 13 touches.
Giants 10 Cowboys 7
The Giants and Cowboys played a defensive slugfest Sunday night but it was Odell Beckham Jr. who was the deciding factor. Beckham’s 61-yar touchdown turned out to be the difference in the game. He finished with four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Extra Points: Beckham was the only Giant who made a fantasy impact Sunday night. New York’s defense shut down the Cowboys by recording three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery…Ezekiel Elliott gained 107 yards on 24 carries (4.5 YPC) but was held out of the end zone…Dak Prescott had his worst game as a starter. Prescott completed just 17 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions…Dez Bryant caught only pass in his first meeting against the Giants. It was even worse this time. Bryant again caught just one pass but also fumbled.