Fantasy impact of Week 16

Fantasy impact of Week 16

Game Analysis

Fantasy impact of Week 16


Chicago Bears 20 Cleveland Browns 3

The Browns 0-15 season is mercifully coming to an end. Jordan Howard tied Mitchell Trubisky with just 44 yards rushing on the day. However, Howard helped his owners with two rushing touchdowns.

Extra Points: As expected, this game featured few fantasy stars. Duke Johnson was the one Browns player who helped owners. Johnson caught seven balls for 81 yards…Josh Gordon was held to just two catches for 19 yards on eight targets. Gordon will almost certainly be working with a new quarterback next season…The Bears defense delivered with a sack, fumble recovery and two interceptions.

Cincinnati Bengals 26 Detroit Lions 17

Giovani Bernard was the star for the Bengals offense after Joe Mixon left early with an ankle injury. Bernard rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. He added seven receptions for 52 yards.

Extra Points: A.J. Green had an up and down season. He finished pretty strong for owners though with six receptions for 81 yards…Eric Ebron is having a good finish to the year. Ebron caught five balls for 83 yards and a touchdown. He has 20 receptions in his last three games…Marvin Jones disappointed for fantasy Super Bowls. Jones finished with just three receptions for 50 yards.

Carolina Panthers 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19

Cam Newton didn’t have the game his owners were hoping for in Week 16. Newton threw for only 160 yards and an interception. He did add 52 yards rushing and a score to help prevent a complete disaster.

Extra Points: Christian McCaffrey and Devin Funchess also disappointed after having strong fantasy seasons. McCaffrey gained only 58 total yards, while Funchess was held to three catches for 11 yards…Jameis Winston had a typical Jameis Winston game. He threw for 368 yards and a touchdown but lost three fumbles…Mike Evans picked a good time to record his first 100-yard game of the season. Evans caught 6 of 8 targets for 107 yards.

New England Patriots 37 Buffalo Bills 16

Dion Lewis was set up to have a big game facing the Bills last ranked rush defense with both Rex Burkhead and James White inactive. He delivered. Lewis rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. He also caught five passes for 24 yards and a score.

Extra Points: Tom Brady had a workmanlike performance for fantasy Super Bowls. Brady threw for 224 yards, two touchdowns and an interception…Rob Gronkowski remained hot with five catches for 67 yards and a touchdown. Gronk has 23 receptions in his last three games…LeSean McCoy helped his owners with five receptions and 147 yards from scrimmage.

Los Angeles Rams 27 Tennessee Titans 23

Todd Gurley may not win the NFL MVP but he’s certainly been the fantasy MVP. Gurley followed up his huge game last week with another monster performance. He rushed for 118 yards on 22 carries. Gurley was even better as a receiver with 10 receptions for 158 yards and two touchdowns to help lead many owners to a fantasy title.

Extra Points: Jared Goff capped off a strong fantasy year with 301 yards and four touchdowns. Goff went from the butt of jokes last season to leading the NFL’s top scoring offense in 2017…Cooper Kupp led the Rams receivers on Sunday with four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown…Marcus Mariota was a fantasy disappointment this year. He ended with 275 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.

Kansas City Chiefs 29 Miami Dolphins 13

Kareem Hunt broke out of his touchdown slump last week by scoring for the first time since Week 3. He kept it going on Sunday by rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.

Extra Points: Tyreek Hill exploited a Dolphins secondary susceptible to allowing big plays. Hill caught six balls for 109 yards…Travis Kelce scored for the first time in three weeks. Kelce finished with four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown…Kenyan Drake has been sensational over the last month. He didn’t deliver in Week 16, however. Drake was held to just 57 yards on 13 carries.

Los Angeles Chargers 14 New York Jets 7

Philip Rivers and Melvin Gordon led the way for the Chargers on Sunday. Rivers threw for 290 yards and a touchdown, while Gordon piled up 127 yards and a score.

Extra Points: Antonio Gates gave fantasy owners one last strong performance. With Hunter Henry out, Gates caught six balls for 81 yards and a touchdown…If owners could draft Bilal Powell to use in the final two weeks, he would be a fantasy MVP. Powell once again had a strong game late in the year with 145 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries…Keenan Allen helped carry some owners to their fantasy championship but managed just five receptions for 63 yards in Week 16.

Washington Redskins 27 Denver Broncos 11

The Redskins jumped all over a Broncos team that looked like they didn’t really want to be there on Sunday. Kirk Cousins torched Denver’s “No Fly Zone” defense for 299 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.

Extra Points: Jamison Crowder (4/47/1), Vernon Davis (2/42/1) and Josh Doctson (2/61/1) only combined for eight receptions but three went for scores…C.J. Anderson was the one Broncos player who had a strong game. Anderson rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He also caught seven passes for 45 yards…Demaryius Thomas ended a disappointing fantasy season with four receptions for 52 yards.

New Orleans Saints 23 Atlanta Falcons 13

Drew Brees didn’t have his typical monster fantasy season in 2017. Brees put up his usual stat line on Sunday with 239 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

Extra Points: Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram both had good, not great, games for fantasy Super Bowls. Ingram caught three passes, gained 66 total yards and scored, while Kamara caught seven balls and racked up 90 total yards…Michael Thomas came into the game dealing with a hamstring injury and put up an average outing. Thomas caught four passes for 66 yards…Julio Jones had a down fantasy season in 2017 but delivered at the most important time for his owners. Jones caught 7 of 11 targets for 149 yards…After a big game in Week 15, Devonta Freeman was held to 56 total yards on 13 touches.

Arizona Cardinals 23 New York Giants 0

The Giants offense has struggled this season but it hit rock bottom on Sunday, getting shutout by the Cardinals. Arizona’s defense recorded two sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and scored a touchdown.

Extra Points: Larry Fitzgerald may have played one of his last games for the Cardinals on Sunday. If he did, Fitzgerald went out with a bang by catching nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. He even completed a pass for 21 yards…Eli Manning’s career may also be coming to end but unlike Fitzgerald, Manning struggled. He threw for 263 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions and lost a fumble…Evan Engram buried fantasy owners in Week 16. He caught one pass for 12 yards before leaving with a rib injury.

San Francisco 49ers 44 Jacksonville Jaguars 33

In the craziest game of the day, the 49ers put up 44 points on the NFL’s top ranked defense. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 242 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also scored a rushing touchdown. The 49ers are now 4-0 since Garoppolo took over as the starting quarterback.

Extra Points: Carlos Hyde and Matt Breida combined for 128 yards on 32 carries. They each scored a touchdown as well…Blake Bortles came into the game red hot. It was a mix bag for Bortles on Sunday. He threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns but Bortles also tossed three interceptions…Keelan Cole continued to impress late in the year. Cole caught six balls for 108 yards. He has at least 99 yards receiving in three straight games…Leonard Fournette rushed for 48 yards and a score on 18 carries.

Seattle Seahawks 21 Dallas Cowboys 12

Ezekiel Elliott returned from his six-game suspension on Sunday. However, Elliott couldn’t take advantage of a struggling Seahawks defense. Elliott rushed for a modest 97 yards on 24 carries (4.0).

Extra Points: The return of Elliott didn’t help Dak Prescott. Prescott’s late-season plunge continued with just 182 yards passing, no touchdowns and two interceptions…Russell Wilson only threw for 93 yards but he did toss two touchdowns…Doug Baldwin and Dez Bryant wrapped up disappointing fantasy seasons. Baldwin caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown, while Bryant was held to 44 yards on three receptions.


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