Buffalo Bills 13 Indianapolis Colts 7 OT
The Bills and Colts played in a blizzard Sunday, so there wasn’t a lot of big fantasy performers to come out of the game. The exception were the two running backs. LeSean McCoy rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown, while Frank Gore finished with a season-best 136 yards on 36 carries.
Extra Points: The only player to make a fantasy splash in this matchup was Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown…Jack Doyle caught the Colts only touchdown of the game but finished with just two receptions for four yards.
Chicago Bears 33 Cincinnati Bengals 7
Jordan Howard had been in a slump of late. That ended on Sunday. Howard rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. The Bengals rush defense didn’t put up much of a fight against the Bears. Tarik Cohen added 80 yards rushing on 12 carries.
Extra Points: Not many owners started a Bears receiver in the first-round of fantasy playoffs. For owners who happened to start Kendall Wright for some reason, he rewarded them with 10 receptions for 107 yards…Giovani Bernard replaced the injured Joe Mixon on Sunday. Bernard put up a strong performance with six receptions and 130 total yards…A.J. Green had a disappointing effort. Green caught five balls but finished with only 64 yards.
Green Bay Packers 27 Cleveland Browns 21
A week ago, Brett Hundley threw for just 84 yards. He was much better on Sunday against the winless Browns. Hundley completed 35 of 46 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns. He also added 31 yards rushing to give the Packers a much-needed win with Aaron Rodgers potentially returning next week.
Extra Points: Hundley’s favorite target remains Davante Adams. Adams caught 10 of 14 targets for 84 yards and two touchdowns…Jamaal Williams had his second monster game in a row. Williams rushed for 49 yards and a touchdown. He was also a factor in the passing game, catching seven balls for 69 yards and a score…Josh Gordon has made a big impact since returning last week. Owners who stashed Gordon for the playoffs got rewarded with his three receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown…Isaiah Crowell picked a good time to put up his first 100-yard game of the season. Crowell rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries.
Kansas City Chiefs 26 Oakland Raiders 15
Kareem Hunt woke up just in time for owners who stuck with him. Hunt hadn’t scored a touchdown since Week 3. That streak ended on Sunday. Hunt rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. He added three receptions and 22 yards.
Extra Points: The last time Derek Carr faced the Chiefs, he threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns. Carr didn’t have the same success this time around. He was held to just 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions…Marshawn Lynch only saw seven carries on Sunday but turned them into 61 yards and a score…Jared Cook did what Jared Cook does. After bombing the last two weeks in great matchups (2 receptions for 11 yards), Cook caught five balls for 75 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs…Travis Kelce (7 receptions) and Tyreek Hill (4 receptions) didn’t have huge games but each player topped 70 yards receiving.
Dallas Cowboys 30 New York Giants 10
Dak Prescott saved one of his best game of the year for fantasy playoffs. Prescott threw for 332 yards and three touchdowns. It’s the first time Prescott eclipsed 300 yards in a game all year.
Extra Points: If you started Rod Smith this week, take a bow. Smith caught five passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 47 yards and a score in by far the best game of his career…Dez Bryant only caught three balls but one went for a 50-yard score. Bryant finished with three receptions for 73 yards…Eli Manning got the start after being bench last week. It didn’t make a difference. Manning completed 31 of 46 passes for 228 yards, one touchdown and an interception…Evan Engram led the Giants in receiving. That’s not saying much though. Engram finished with just four receptions for 54 yards.
Detroit Lions 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21
The Lions beat the Buccaneers in a turnover-filled game. Matthew Stafford was questionable all week with a hand injury. He started and threw for 381 yards and a touchdown. However, Stafford also tossed two interceptions. Jameis Winston outdid Stafford in the turnover department. Winston threw for 285 yards with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a fumble.
Extra Points: Theo Riddick handled most of the touches with Ameer Abdullah inactive. Riddick gained 93 total yards and scored twice…Eric Ebron erupted for his best game of the year. He finished with season-highs 10 receptions and 94 yards…Doug Martin got the start at running back but split carries with Peyton Barber. Martin gained 26 yards on 10 carries (2.6 YPC), while Barber racked up 58 yards on 12 carries (4.8 YPC). Martin also scored a touchdown.
Carolina Panthers 31 Minnesota Vikings 24
Jonathan Stewart erupted for 103 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Stewart had just three touchdowns coming into the game and it was his second 100-yard performance of the season.
Extra Points: Devin Funchess had a tough matchup going up against Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes held Funchess to only three receptions. However, Funchess did finish with 59 yards and a touchdown catch…Owners who started Greg Olsen may not live to see another week. Olsen recorded a goose egg and was only targeted once…Case Keenum put up 280 yards and two scores but he also threw two interceptions and was sacked six times…It was just another day at the office for Adam Thielen. Thielen caught six balls for 105 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets.
San Francisco 49ers 26 Houston Texans 16
Jimmy Garoppolo almost threw for 300 yards (293) last week in his first start for the 49ers. He topped the 300-yard mark in his second start. Garoppolo threw for 334 yards with one touchdown and an interception against the Texans.
Extra Points: Garoppolo’s favorite target for the second straight game was Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin caught 6 of 12 targets for 106 yards. He has 14 receptions for 205 yards in two games since Garoppolo became the starter…Carlos Hyde gained 78 yards and scored a touchdown on only 14 carries (5.6 YPC) …T.J. Yates replaced the injured Tom Savage and threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Both of Yates’ touchdown passes went to DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins caught 11 of 16 targets for 149 yards and the two scores.
Denver Broncos 23 New York Jets 0
No team put up an uglier offensive game than the Jets. New York recorded just 100 yards of total offense. Josh McCown left the game with a knee injury as the Jets managed only 41 yards through the air against a defense that came in allowing the most passing touchdowns in the NFL.
Extra Points: Demaryius Thomas saved one of his best games for fantasy playoffs. After struggling to produce for most of the last month because of inept quarterback play, Thomas broke out with eight receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown…The Broncos defense dominated in their shutout of the Jets. Denver’s defense finished with four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Arizona Cardinals 12 Tennessee Titans 7
It was a rough day for anyone who started an offensive player in this game. The Titans defense was one of the top fantasy performers. Tennessee recorded eight sacks in the defensive struggle.
Extra Points: The other star of this game was Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson. Dawson accounted for all of Arizona’s scoring by connecting on 4 of 5 field goal attempts…Marcus Mariota’s fantasy value has hit rock bottom. After a promising rookie season, Mariota has been a disappointment in 2017. On Sunday, Mariota threw for just 159 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Mariota reportedly suffered a knee injury early in the game and played through it but he’s been a letdown overall this season.
Los Angeles Chargers 30 Washington Redskins 13
Philip Rivers kept rolling on Sunday. He threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns. Rivers has now thrown for over 300 yards in three straight games.
Extra Points: Like Rivers, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry stayed hot for fantasy playoffs. Allen caught 6 of 8 targets for 111 yards and Henry finished with four receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown…Tyrell Williams has been mostly an afterthought this year but he exploded for 132 yards and a score on four receptions…Kirk Cousins let owners down in Week 14. Cousins threw for only 151 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a game where the Redskins couldn’t get anything going on offense. Samaje Perine (45 yards) and Jamison Crowder (3/34) also put up disappointing performances.
Philadelphia Eagles 44 Los Angeles Rams 35
In a game that lived up to the hype, the Eagles out-scored the Rams behind Carson Wentz’s 291 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, Wentz left in the fourth quarter with what is feared to be a torn ACL. If Wentz is indeed out for the rest of the year, backup Nick Foles will take over as the Eagles starter.
Extra Points: Jared Goff wasn’t as good as Wentz on Sunday but he did finish with a respectable 199 yards and two scores…Todd Gurley didn’t disappoint in the first round of fantasy playoffs. Gurley gained 136 total yards and scored twice…Cooper Kupp once again led the Rams in targets (7), receptions (5) and yards (118). Kupp also caught a touchdown pass. He has 18 receptions in his last three games…Trey Burton stepped up big with Zach Ertz out. Burton caught 5 of 6 targets for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
Jacksonville Jaguars 30 Seattle Seahawks 24
In what looked like a defensive battle on paper turned into an offensive showcase. Blake Bortles was surprisingly productive against the Seahawks defense. Bortles threw for 268 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Extra Points: Russell Wilson threw three interceptions versus the NFL’s top-rated pass defense but he helped his owners with 271 yards and three touchdowns…Tyler Lockett (4/90/1), Doug Baldwin (3/78/1) and Paul Richardson (3/72/1) all topped 70 yards receiving and scored a touchdown…Jimmy Graham buried his owners. Graham was held without a reception for the first time since 2014…Leonard Fournette went over 100 yards. Fournette gained 101 yards and scored on 24 carries…Dede Westbrook is becoming a weekly starting option for fantasy playoffs. Westbrook caught 5 of 8 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. He has 17 receptions in his last three games.
Pittsburgh Steelers 39 Baltimore Ravens 38
In a wild Sunday night shootout, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns. In doing so, Big Ben becomes the only quarterback in NFL history to record three 500-yard passing games.
Extra Points: As usual, Antonio Brown was Roethlisberger’s favorite target. Brown caught 11 of 18 targets for 213 yards…The Ravens have struggled to cover tight ends this year and Jesse James took advantage. He caught 10 passes for 97 yards…Le’Veon Bell only got 13 carries but he caught nine passes, scored three touchdowns and gained 125 total yards…Alex Collins had a tough matchup on paper. However, the Ravens running back continues to be a top fantasy performer over the last month with 120 yards rushing and a touchdown. Collins also caught two passes for 46 yards.