Falcons 33 Panthers 16
Matt Ryan helped get a lot of fantasy owners to their Super Bowls. He didn’t have one of his biggest games this week but Ryan’s 277 yards and two touchdowns were enough to help many win a title this year.
Extra Points: Devonta Freeman had a disappointing fantasy performance against Carolina. He rushed for only 53 yards on 13 carries. Freeman did catch eight passes for 35 yards to help cushion the blow a little in PPR formats…It was Tevin Coleman who had the bigger day of the two Falcons running backs; rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown on nine carries…Julio Jones returned from a sprained toe. He wasn’t much of a fantasy factor. Jones caught 4-of-7 targets for 60 yards…The season can’t end soon enough for Cam Newton. Newton threw for 198 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
Redskins 41 Bears 21
Kirk Cousins rewarded his owners in Fantasy Super Bowls. He threw for 270 yards and accounted for three touchdowns in the Redskins route of the Bears.
Extra Points: It was a tough day for Robert Kelley owners. He ran for 76 yards on 19 carries. However, the Redskins scored five rushing touchdowns on the day and Kelley didn’t get one of them. Cousins and Chris Thompson each scored twice, while Mack Brown got one…DeSean Jackson had a big game, catching 5-of-7 targets for 114 yards…Matt Barkley threw five interceptions but when he threw to the right team he found Cameron Meredith. Meredith caught 9-of-12 targets for 135 yards and a touchdown. It’s his second straight 100-yard game. Jordan Howard proved to be one of the top waiver wire pickups of 2016. He delivered again. Howard ran for 119 yards on 18 carries.
Chargers 20 Browns 17
Isaiah Crowell ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to help the Browns to their first victory of the season. Crowell wasn’t started by many owners in Fantasy Super Bowls but he rewarded those who used him.
Extra Points: Kenneth Farrow was the more popular running back play facing the 31st ranked Browns rushing defense but he bombed for the second week in a row. Farrow rushed for just 28 yards on nine carries…Philip Rivers threw for 321 yards with two touchdowns and one interception…Rivers targeted Antonio Gates 13 times against a Cleveland defense that allows the most fantasy points to tight ends. Gates caught eight balls for 94 yards and a touchdown…Dontrelle Inman saw 10 targets but only caught three passes for 44 yards.
Packers 38 Vikings 25
It was a good week to be owners of Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson. Rodgers threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns, while Nelson hauled in 9-of-11 targets for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Extra Points: Ty Montgomery helped carry owners to a Fantasy Super Bowl last week. He sunk owners this week. Montgomery rushed for just 23 yards on nine carries…If you started Adam Thielen on Sunday, it’s a fantasy memory you’ll never forget. Thielen caught 12 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. He picked a great time to record career-highs across the board.
Dolphins 34 Bills 31
Jay Ajayi loves facing the Bills. After rushing for 214 yards and a touchdown in their first meeting, Ajayi ripped the Bills defense for 206 yards and a score on Saturday.
Extra Points: DeVante Parker caught four passes for 85 yards and a touchdown but Jarvis Landry had a quiet day. Landry was held to three receptions for 29 yards…Tyrod Taylor rewarded owners who used him in fantasy Super Bowls. Taylor passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 60 yards…Owners waiting for a big game from Sammy Watkins got it at the best possible time. Watkins caught seven passes for 154 yards and a touchdown.
Patriots 41 Jets 3
Fantasy owners only got three quarters out of Tom Brady in the Patriots demolition of the Jets. Brady didn’t have a huge game but did help his owners with 214 yards and three touchdowns before giving way to Jimmy Garoppolo.
Extra Points: LeGarrette Blount only managed 50 yards on 20 carries but he scored twice. Blount leads the NFL with 17 rushing touchdowns…Dion Lewis saw 16 carries and gained 52 yards. Lewis now has 34 carries in his last two games…Bilal Powell started again for the injured Matt Forte but was held in check by the Patriots defense. Powell gained 60 yards on 15 carries.
Jaguars 38 Titans 17
Allen Robinson is a leading candidate for this season’s biggest fantasy disappointment. If you decided to start Robinson in your Fantasy Super Bowl though, he delivered big-time. Robinson caught 9-of-12 targets for 147 yards. It was his most productive fantasy game since Week 3.
Extra Points: One reason Robinson put up big numbers was the play of Blake Bortles. At one point in the game Bortles was 15-of-16 passing. He finished with 325 yards and a touchdown…The big story to come out of this game for the Titans is Marcus Mariota suffered a broken fibula. Mariota had thrown for just 99 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions before leaving with the injury…DeMarco Murray ran all over the Jaguars the first time they played. On Saturday, he rushed for just 42 yards on 14 carries.
Raiders 33 Colts 25
Mariota wasn’t the only big-name quarterback who got hurt in Week 16. Derek Carr also broke his fibula and will miss the rest of the season. Carr was having a big game before getting hurt. He had thrown for 228 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Extra Points: Latavius Murray got more carries (15) but DeAndre Washington did most of the damage on the ground against the Colts. Washington ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries (8.3 YPC). It was a surprise performance considering Washington has been a healthy inactive for three of the last four games.…Andrew Luck threw two interceptions but he made up for it by racking up 288 yards and accounting for three touchdowns…T.Y. Hilton also delivered for fantasy owners during championship weekend. Hilton caught 4-of-9 targets for 105 yards.
Saints 31 Buccaneers 24
Drew Brees had a good – not great – week for fantasy owners. Brees threw for 299 yards and one touchdown. He came one yard short for leagues that offer a bonus at 300 yards and his one touchdown was a disappointment after he threw four last week against the Cardinals.
Extra Points: Mark Ingram has had a quiet fantasy season but he came through in crunch time. Ingram ran for 90 yards and two scores on 18 carries…Brandon Cooks and Michael Thomas each gained 98 yards receiving but again, each came two yards short of hitting a bonus for leagues that reward one at 100 yards…Doug Martin was a healthy scratch on Saturday. For owners who inserted Jacquizz Rodgers at the last minute, he responded with 63 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries…Mike Evans put a bow on a stellar fantasy season by catching 7-of-8 targets for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Cardinals 34 Seahawks 31
David Johnson has been fantasy football’s MVP in 2016. He proved that once again during championship week. Facing his toughest possible matchup against a Seahawks defense that came in allowing the fewest fantasy points to running backs, Johnson ran for 95 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. He also caught four passes for 41 yards to help deliver a fantasy title to some happy owners.
Extra Points: J.J. Nelson was the only Cardinals receiver to make an impact in Week 16. Nelson caught three passes for 132 yards and a touchdown…Russell Wilson had a huge game at the best time for his owners. Wilson threw for 350 yards and four scores. He also ran for 36 yards…Doug Baldwin also picked a great time to have his best game of the year. Baldwin erupted for 13 receptions, 171 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets…Jimmy Graham only caught two passes against the stingiest defense against tight ends but one went for a 37-yard touchdown. It was the first touchdown the Cardinals defense has given up to a tight end all season.
49ers 22 Rams 21
Colin Kaepernick delivered for those owners who used him as a streaming option in Week 16. Kaepernick threw for 266 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, as the 49ers got their first win since Week 1.
Extra Points: Carlos Hyde gained 62 yards and scored on 16 touches but he left the game early with a knee injury and didn’t return. Shaun Draughn replaced Hyde but only managed 17 yards on 10 carries…Todd Gurley has struggled all year. He was used in Week 16 by more owners than usual because the 49ers rank last in rushing defense. Gurley had a respectable fantasy day racking up 87 total yards and scoring a touchdown.
Texans 12 Bengals 10
Fantasy stars were few and far between in this game. Brandon LaFell scored on an 86-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was the one big offensive play in the game. It helped LaFell finish with six receptions for 130 yards and a score.
Extra Points: Alfred Blue started for the injured Lamar Miller. He ran for 73 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Blue added four receptions for 17 yards. With the AFC South title wrapped up, look for the Texans to rest Miller next week. Blue will likely get the start again versus the Titans if you’re still playing in Week 17…The Texans made a switch to Tom Savage at quarterback but it didn’t help DeAndre Hopkin’s fantasy numbers. He finished with just three receptions for 43 yards.
Steelers 31 Ravens 27
Le’Veon Bell slipped out of the first round of the draft in some leagues when it was announced he would be suspended for the first three games of the season. Owners who thought long term got paid off in their Fantasy Super Bowls. Bell rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a touchdown pass.
Extra Points: Antonio Brown started slowly but he ended with a bang. He finished with 10 receptions for 96 yards and the game-winning touchdown…Ben Roethlisberger had an up-and-down game. Big Ben threw for 279 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions…Kenneth Dixon (12/57) and Terrance West (10/27) predictably split touches in the Ravens backfield…Steve Smith was the Ravens top fantasy performer Sunday. Smith caught all seven targets for 79 yards and a touchdown.