A rundown of Sunday’s fantasy movers, shakers and heartbreakers:
Bills 22, Jets 17
Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, N.Y.
The Jets lost and were swept out of the playoffs by former coach Rex Ryan and the Bills, but Brandon Marshall (8 catches-126 yards) and Eric Decker (5-50) delivered one last time for their fantasy owners, hauling in scoring grabs in the same game for an NFL-record ninth time this season.
Extra points: On the other side, Buffalo wideout Sammy Watkins certainly got the best of his matchup with CB Darrelle Revis, catching 11 of his team-high 15 targets for 136 yards. … All that was missing was a TD pass as Tyrod Taylor threw for only 182 yards but led the team with 51 yards and a score on the ground. … Mike Gillislee got 24 carries but could only muster 28 yards and lost a fumble while rookie Karlos Williams (6-24) scored early but left the game soon after with a knee issue. … For the Jets, Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 181 yards and the two scores but was intercepted three times while Chris Ivory paced N.Y. with 81 yards on only six carries, thanks to a 58-yard burst – as Bilal Powell was injured and inactive.
Dolphins 20, Patriots 10
Sun Life Stadium; Miami Gardens, Fla.
Those who took a Week 17 gamble on Ryan Tannehill were rewarded with one of his best games of the season as he threw for 350 yards and a pair of TDs while rushing for 17 yards on three carries.
Extra points: Tannehill certainly outplayed counterpart Tom Brady, who picked a heck of a time for his worst game (12 of 21, 134 yards, no TDs, no turnovers) of the season and didn’t even finish out the game after the Dolphins went up 20-10 with a little less than two minutes remaining. He tweaked his ankle in the first half and was under pressure all afternoon behind the Pats’ makeshift offensive front. … Steven Jackson (14-35 rushing, 1-20 receiving) scored the Pats’ only TD, but it was fellow RB James White (3-5, 2-63) pacing the team in total yardage, thanks to a 68-yard catch-and-run. … Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski (2-18 on a team-most seven targets), Danny Amendola (2-17) and Brandon LaFell (2-7) all were stunning non-factors. … For the ’Fins, rookie WR DeVante Parker (5-106-1) saved his best for last with his first 100-yard game, and TE Jordan Cameron (2-6) also hauled in a scoring pass. As usual, Jarvis Landry led the team in targets (11) and receptions (six) and finished with 74 yards. … Lamar Miller, meanwhile, had a quiet day, totaling only 63 yards despite getting 20 touches.
Lions 24, Bears 20
Soldier Field, Chicago
Matthew Stafford finished an up-and-down season with a flourish, completing 28-of-39 passes for 298 yards and a trio of TDs. He hooked up with WR Calvin Johnson (10-137) and tight ends Eric Ebron (5-25) and Timothy Wright (1-9) on his scoring throws.
Extra points: Rookie Ameer Abdullah (10-44, 1-7) paced the Lions on the ground while Joique Bell (3-9, 2-49) led the team’s backs with 58 total yards on only five touches. … For the host Bears, Matt Forte rushed for a team-most 76 yards and added 34 more and a TD on three receptions in what could be his final game for Chicago. … With Alshon Jeffery, Eddie Royal and TE Zach Miller all out, WR Marc Mariani led the Bears in targets (eight), receptions (six) and yards (80) while fellow wideout Joshua Bellamy (3-49) caught the other scoring toss from Jay Cutler (245 yards), who finished with a season-most three interceptions.
Saints 20, Falcons 17
Georgia Dome, Atlanta
The anticipated what-have-they-got-to-lose shootout never really materialized here but Matt Ryan (334 yards, two TDs, interception) and Drew Brees (323 yards, TD) did combine for 657 aerial yards and a trio of TDs.
Extra points: Altanta studs Devonta Freeman (24-81, 2-18, TD, fumble) and Julio Jones (9-149 on a team-most 11 targets) closed out their monster seasons with a bang while little-used TE Tony Moeaki (2-47) vultured Atlanta’s other TD. … For the Saints, RB Tim Hightower (16-66, 5-41) found his way into the end zone for the third time in four games while TE Benjamin Watson (6-59 on a team-high 10 targets) accounted for the visitors’ other score, and WR Brandon Coleman (5-81) paced the team in receiving.
Bengals 24, Ravens 16
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Jeremy Hill somehow failed to notch a 100-yard rushing game his entire sophomore season, gaining 96 yards on 16 carries here, but did salvage his fantasy campaign with 12 total TDs after scoring on a game-clinching 38-yard burst in this one. Backfield mate Giovani Bernard (6-36, 1-12) averaged 6.9 yards per touch, but the problem was he only received seven touches.
Extra points: Hill, though, didn’t even wind up leading Cincy in touchdowns this season as TE Tyler Eifert returned following a two-game concussion absence and caught four passes for 51 yards and a score – his 13th of the year. … WR A.J. Green (4-34) hauled in the other scoring pass from AJ McCarron (17 of 27, 160 yards) to conclude his regular season with six TD grabs in his last six outings. … For the Ravens, Ryan Mallett threw for 292 yards and connected with FB Kyle Juszczyk (2-18) for the Ravens’ lone TD, but was picked off twice. … Rookie Javorius Allen (15-38, 6-32) and wideout Kamar Aiken (5-76 on a game-high 13 targets) were Baltimore’s leading rusher and receiver, respectively.
Steelers 28, Browns 12
First Energy Stadium, Cleveland
As most suspected he might, Big Ben Roethlisberger bounced back big time from his Week 16 dud in Baltimore (220 yards, no TDs) and overcame two interceptions to throw for 349 yards and a trio of scores – hooking up with WRs Antonio Brown (13-187 on 17 targets) and Markus Wheaton (3-57) and TE Heath Miller (3-18) on his scoring tosses.
Extra points: Fitzgerald Toussaint wound up leading the Steelers on the ground with 24 yards on 12 carries after DeAngelo Williams (5-8, 2-13) was carted off with an ankle injury in the opening quarter. … The Johnny Manziel-less Browns were quarterbacked by Austin Davis, who threw for 240 yards, two interceptions, fumbled and failed to guide his team into the end zone. … Isaiah Crowell (15-53) and TE Gary Barnidge (8-66 on a team-high 13 targets) were Cleveland’s leading rusher and receiver, respectively.
Texans 30, Jaguars 6
NRG Stadium, Houston
Blake Bortles has enjoyed a breakout season, but he finished on a decidedly sour note here, throwing for 239 yards and two interceptions, losing one of his two fumbles and failing to toss a TD pass for the first time all season. A lack of protection was a major culprit as he was sacked eight times.
Extra points: One of Bortles’ interceptions was returned 27 yards for a pick-six by CB Kareem Jackson as the Texans’ defense carried them to the AFC South crown. … Offensively, RB Jonathan Grimes (4-26, 4-28) made the most of his eight touches, accounting for both of the Texans’ other two TDs. …Brian Hoyer returned to throw for a modest 249 yards and a TD while being picked off once. … Alfred Blue (21-102, 1-2) and DeAndre Hopkins (7-89 on a game-most 12 targets) were Houston’s leading rusher and receiver, respectively. … For the Jags, WR Allen Robinson capped off a stellar sophomore season with 108 yards on five receptions while Jonas Gray (9-23) paced a feeble J’ville ground effort with rookie T.J. Yeldon sidelined again. … TE Julius Thomas departed with an arm injury after catching two of his six targets for 12 yards.
Colts 30, Titans 24
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
With Andrew Luck, Marcus Mariota and Matt Hasselbeck all sidelined, this game was a fantasy-QB quagmire with recent street signees Josh Freeman (15 of 28, 149 yards, interception) and Ryan Lindley (6 of 10, 58 yards) tossing TD passes for Indy and Alex Tanney (10 of 14, 99 yards, TD) and Zach Mettenberger (5 of 13, 38 yards) calling signals for the Titans.
Extra points: TE Coby Fleener (7-88) and WR Andre Johnson (4-46) came out of nowhere to catch TD passes for the Colts while T.Y. Hilton (4-44) struggled and rookie wideout Phillip Dorsett (4-28) paced the team with nine targets. Wideout Donte Moncrief caught a negative-2-yard pass before departing with a toe injury in the second quarter. … Frank Gore (19-76) paced Indy on the ground. … For the Titans, Mettenberger (2-4) ran for a score, and rookies David Cobb (19-73) and WR Dorial Green-Beckham (2-21) accounted for the other two TDs. It was Cobb’s first career TD and easily his best rushing game of the season.
Redskins 34, Cowboys 23
AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas
With little to gain here, Kirk Cousins only played into the second quarter, but that was enough time for the red-hot QB to complete 12-of-15 passes for 176 yards and a trio of TDs. He finished the season with 11 scoring throws in his final three games and set a franchise single-season record with 4,166 passing yards.
Extra points: Colt McCoy mopped up, throwing for 128 yards and a TD, while WRs Jamison Crowder (5-109), Rashad Ross (2-71), Pierre Garcon (3-49) and Ryan Grant (3-18) all hauled in TD passes with fellow wideout DeSean Jackson active but not targeted as he dealt with a sore knee. … Alfred Morris (19-100) finished with his first 100-yard game since the season opener. … For the Dez-Bryant-less Cowboys, WR Cole Beasley (5-53-2) and TE Jason Witten (6-58-1) had scoring grabs while wideout Terrance Williams had a career day with 173 yards on eight receptions. … It added up to a huge fantasy day for Kellen Moore (435 yards, three TDs, two picks) which benefitted few. … Darren McFadden (12-92, 5-53) piled up the yards but did cough up a fumble.
Eagles 35, Giants 30
MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
From the Too-Little-Too-Late Dept., Sam Bradford (320 yards, two TDs), WR Jordan Matthews (7-54-2) and DeMarco Murray (12-69-1) all starred in Philly’s finale.
Extra points: Darren Sproles (3-24, 3-20) also got into the end zone for the Eagles while blistering-hot TE Zach Ertz posted a career-yardage high (9-152) for the second straight game. … On the subject of strong finishes, the Giants’ Rashad Jennings (27-170-1, 2-6) eclipsed 100 total yards for the fourth straight game. … Odell Beckham Jr. (5-54) had a quiet return from suspension while WR Rueben Randle (4-79) and TE Will Tye (5-67) caught scoring tosses from Eli Manning (302 yards, two TDs, fumble).
49ers 19, Rams 16 (OT)
Levi’s Stadium; Santa Clara, Calif.
Todd Gurley sat out his rookie-year finale with a turf-toe injury, leaving little for fantasy general managers to trust in this matchup which featured a combined seven field goals.
Extra points: Backup RB Tre Mason (18-44) scored the Rams’ lone TD while WR Anquan Boldin (5-71) had the only TD for the Niners. … Blaine Gabbert did throw for a career-high 354 yards for San Fran while also tossing an interception, and RB DuJuan Harris (16-67, 8-86) rolled up 153 total yards. … Kenny Britt (3-81) again led the Rams in receiving.
Chiefs 23, Raiders 17
Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Mo.
Jeremy Maclin capped a strong debut season in K.C. with 54 yards and a TD on three receptions – marking his third straight game with a TD grab and his sixth scoring catch in his final six contests.
Extra points: In typical Alex Smith fashion, the K.C. QB (156 yards, two TDs, two picks) failed to top 200 passing yards for the fifth straight outing but rushed for 40 or more yards (9-61) for the third time in four games. Spencer Ware (16-76-1) paced the Chiefs on the ground while backfield mate Charcandrick West was limited to 34 yards on 15 carries a negative-2-yard reception. … As for the K.C. tight ends, it was Demetrius Harris (1-15) with a TD grab and not Travis Kelce (1-10 on two targets). … For the Silver & Black, Derek Carr (194 yards, TD, interception) finished a solid year with his fifth straight sub-300-yard aerial outing, and connected with WR Michael Crabtree (3-34 on a team-most seven targets) on his scoring toss. Rookie wideout Amari Cooper played but again wasn’t 100 percent and finished with a second straight poor outing (2-20). … TE Clive Walford (4-46) was the Raiders’ leading receiver, Latavius Murray (11-31, 4-25) the top rusher and CB David Amerson had a pick-six.
Panthers 38, Buccaneers 10
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Cam Newton – what else is there left to say after 293 yards and two TDs passing and 10 yards and two more scores on the ground? NFL – and fantasy – MVP should suffice.
Extra points: RB Cameron Artis-Payne (14-44, 2-17) and WRs Devin Funchess (7-120) and Jerricho Cotchery (2-52) scored the other TDs for 15-1 Carolina while Mike Tolbert (10-59, 1-5) led the team in rushing with Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker sitting this one out. … For the Bucs, Jameis Winston had his second-best pro passing day – and his second 300-yard game – while throwing for 325 yards, and he scored the team’s only TD on the ground a part of a three-carry, 14-yard outing. He also was picked off twice. … Doug Martin (15-48, 7-60) capped his bounce-back season with his 10th outing with 97 or more total yards on the season. … Mike Evans (4-99) and RB Charles Sims (4-15, 9-74) also had decent yardage days.
Broncos 27, Chargers 20
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver
Just when some fantasy GMs had put some trust in Brock Osweiler, he was pulled in the third quarter after a 232-yards, two-interception, one-fumble performance in favor of Peyton Manning (5 of 9, 69 yards), who guided the Broncos to 20 points and the AFC’s top seed.
Extra points: The Denver QBs benefitted greatly from one of the team’s best ground outings of the season as Ronnie Hillman (15-117, 2-10) and C.J. Anderson (15-95, 1-minus-5) both ran for TDs. Anderson also lost a fumble. … Wideout Demaryius Thomas’ early 72-yard scoring catch-and-dash led to a five-catch, 117-yard afternoon – his first 100-yard game since Week 8. Fellow WR Emmanuel Sanders nearly joined him with 100, finishing with five grabs for 99 yards but also lost a fumble. … For the Bolts, Philip Rivers (228 yards) tossed a pair of TD passes and was intercepted once while Donald Brown (21-81, 2-10) and Danny Woodhead (5-11, 8-51) both were busy in the backfield. … Antonio Gates (3-34) and rookie wideout Tyrell Williams (2-90) had the scoring receptions after Malcom Floyd (0-0) departed with a head injury in the second quarter.
Seahawks 36, Cardinals 6
University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Ariz.
Those hoping to keep riding Carson Palmer and his offensive teammates to fantasy titles were derailed Sunday by the Seattle D, which limited Palmer to 129 yards, a TD and an interception and likewise kept David Johnson (11-25, 3-34), John Brown (4-45) and Michael Floyd (1-16) in check. Old pro Larry Fitzgerald (6-55) was the lone player to find his way into the end zone for an Arizona team which entered the contest averaging a league-best 32.2 points.
Extra points: There was no slowing down Russell Wilson, though, who capped his career-best season with 197 passing yards, 13 rushing yards and three more TD passes. And for a change, WR Doug Baldwin (5-46 on a team-high seven targets) wasn’t among Wilson’s TD targets with Jermaine Kearse (3-34), TE Chase Coffman (4-29) and FB Will Tukuafu (1-7) doing the honors. … Bryce Brown (10-20) also rushed for a score, but it was Christine Michael (17-102) leading the team and posting his first career 100-yard game, thanks largely to a 45-yard gain. … QB Drew Stanton (8 of 18, 84) finished up for the Cards but was intercepted twice.
Vikings 20, Packers 13
Lambeau Field; Green Bay, Wis.
Adrian Peterson was banged up entering the game and left briefly in the third quarter with what was called a lower-back issue but in between he managed to rush for 67 yards and a touchdown – the Vikings’ lone offensive TD.
Extra points: Winning QB Teddy Bridgewater threw for all of 99 yards and rushed for two more yards while tossing an interception, and backup RB Jerick McKinnon (4-15, 3-33) served as his leading receiver. … For the Pack, Aaron Rodgers heated up after a slow start to throw for 291 yards and a TD – a 16-yard strike to TE Richard Rodgers (7-59) – while James Jones led the team with 102 yards on four receptions and 13 targets. … However, it was a struggle for the rest of the G.B. offense, most notably Eddie Lacy (13-34, 2-7), Randall Cobb (6-37) and James Starks (3-18). … Aaron Rodgers also lost a fumble which CB Captain Munnerlyn scooped up and took 55 yards to the end zone for the Vikings’ other TD.