By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
Manning caps off huge season
Unfortunately, we had a bit of an uneven week. There were several stars that had huge games but we also had some top players underperform, causing headaches for fantasy teams. Some top players picked a bad time to have one of their worst games of the season. It was also fitting, though, to see some of the top players have huge games, carrying fantasy teams to victory. Hopefully, you were on the positive end of things for Week 16, enjoying a fantasy football championship this holiday season.
Titans 20, Jaguars 16
Fantasy Stud: Nate Washington. Washington caught six passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, having one of his best showings of the season. It was his third 100-yard game and just his third touchdown. He isn't having a bad season and suddenly is 120 yard away from another 1,000-yard season. Washington continues to be a solid starter for the Titans and a decent spot play for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Kendall Wright. Wright didn't get the targets as Washington, leading to a down game for him. He caught four passes for just 22 yards. You expected much better from Wright in a great matchup and playing very well late in the season. He had 77 or more yards five of six games heading into this one. We still like his potential going forward as a top receiver in this offense for years to come. Wright will have a down game every once in a while in this offense.
Game Notes: Maurice Jones-Drew returned from his hamstring injury and got a pretty good workload. He ran 13 times for 45 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards. His workload should increase the last week of the season.
Shonn Greene led the team in rushing, getting 19 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown. Chris Johnson wasn't far behind, though, rushing 21 times for 90 yards. Both backs ran well and should continue to get plenty of work going forward.
Bengals 42, Vikings 14
Fantasy Stud: Andy Dalton. Dalton had a great matchup and took advantage with maybe his best game of the season. Dalton was 27-of-38 for 366 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Dalton has six games this season with three or more scores. He has 32 total touchdowns with a week left, having his best season as a pro. He has performed like a legit No. 1 for fantasy teams many weeks.
Fantasy Dud: Adrian Peterson. Peterson played and looked healthy enough on his sprained foot but didn't get many chances with the Vikings getting down big early. The score of the game dictated the playing time of Peterson, which was a shame for fantasy teams. The good news is his foot injury didn't seem to be much of a factor. But his bad game sure came at a bad time for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: A.J. Green caught seven passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He has at least 70 yards four straight games and four touchdowns during that stretch. Green hit double-digit scores for the season in this game.
Rookie Cordarrelle Patterson scored a touchdown for the third straight game. His latest score came on a 35-yard rushing touchdown. The Vikings are finding all sorts of ways to get Patterson involved in the offense and he is producing well with those chances.
Bills 19, Dolphins 0
Fantasy Stud: Fred Jackson. Jackson hit the 100-yard mark rushing, getting 19 carries for 111 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season but his ninth touchdown. He is having a fine season in a platoon role for the Bills. Jackson is over 1,000 total yards for the year. He hasn't showed many signs of slowing down just yet.
Fantasy Dud: Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill had been playing at a very high level the last several weeks but really struggled in this one, going 10-of-27 for 82 yards. He failed to score a touchdown or even top 100-passing yards. And to top it off, Tannehill was forced from the game for a bit because of a leg injury. He was able to return to the game, though, but this is something we'll keep an eye on going forward.
Game Notes: The Dolphins couldn't run the ball at all. Daniel Thomas rushed nine times for six yards while Lamar Miller had three carries for eight yards. It is hard for fantasy teams to trust either of these guys.
Panthers 17, Saints 13
Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Graham. Graham was one of the few bright spots offensively in this game, catching five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Graham has touchdowns four of five games. He is over 1,000 yards and has 15 touchdowns for the season. Graham is having as good of a season as any receiver or tight end in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Cam Newton. Newton got a touchdown very late, which helped some, but his overall numbers were very poor for fantasy teams. He failed to throw for 200 yards and had a touchdown with an interception. He also didn't run the ball well, getting just six rushing yards, which is unusual for him. Newton had plenty of struggles throwing the ball until late in the game.
Game Notes: Steve Smith left the game with a knee injury and wasn't able to return. He was hurt very early, leaving with a catch for 44 yards. Keep an eye on the player notes for the latest on this one. He could be done for the season.
DeAngelo Williams scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had 12 carries for 67 yards and a score. Williams isn't having a huge season but is over 1,000 total yards and has four touchdowns.
Broncos 37, Texans 13
Fantasy Stud: Peyton Manning. Manning had another huge game, picking a good time to post monster numbers once again. He was near perfect, going 32-of-51 for 400 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Manning is having a record-breaking season with 52 total touchdowns and more than 5,000-passing yards. Manning carried many fantasy teams to championships this weekend.
Fantasy Dud: Dennis Johnson. Johnson got a start this week with Ben Tate done for the year. But Johnson didn't find much room to run, rushing 12 times for 29 yards. He also caught two passes for just a yard. He got plenty of starts as a low-end No. 2 back or flex play, which led to a lot of disappointed fantasy owners. He proved he isn't a guy fantasy owners can trust just yet.
Game Notes: Eric Decker had another great performance, catching 10 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns. He has 100-yard games three of his last four and seven touchdowns during that stretch.
Matt Schaub wasn't too good in his return to the starting lineup. He was 18-of-37 for 176 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He did little to prove he should be the quarterback of this team going forward.
Colts 23, Chiefs 7
Fantasy Stud: Donald Brown. Brown had maybe his best showing of the season. He ran 10 times for 79 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for 31 yards and a touchdown. He finished with 110 total yards and two touchdowns. Brown has seven touchdowns for the season with six coming the last seven games. Brown has been the most reliable of the Colts running backs this season.
Fantasy Dud: Alex Smith. We, as well as many others, didn't see this game come from Smith. He had five straight games with multiple scores but laid an egg against the Colts. He finished just 16-of-29 for 153 yards with two interceptions. It was only his second multiple interception game of the season for Smith. He picked a bad week to have maybe his worst game of the season for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Jamaal Charles found the end zone for the fifth straight game. He had 13 carries for 106 yards and a score. He also caught five passes for 38 yards. Charles has 19 touchdowns and is having the best fantasy season for a running back this year.
Jets 24, Browns 13
Fantasy Stud: Geno Smith. Smith had maybe his best game as a pro. He had three touchdowns without a turnover. Smith was 20-of-36 for 214 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran 10 times for 48 yards and a touchdown. Smith did a little bit of everything. He has been erratic his rookie season but also flashed some very good things. He seems to have the talent to be a solid starter in this league.
Fantasy Dud: Jason Campbell. Campbell had a rough game, going 18-of-39 for 178 yards with an interception. He wasn't helped by some drops by his receivers but also missed on a few throws he should have made. Campbell has been decent as a starter for the Browns but is proving he is more of a top backup than full-time starter in this league.
Game Notes: Willis McGahee was active in the game but didn't get a carry. Edwin Baker led the way at running back, rushing 17 times for 64 yards and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 12 yards, giving him 76 total yards. Expect Baker to get much of the playing time the last week of the season as well.
Chris Ivory enjoyed his third 100-yard game of the season. He had 20 carries for 109 yards. Ivory has missed some time with injury but having a decent first season with the Jets, rushing for 814 yards and three scores.
Rams 23, Bucs 13
Fantasy Stud: Zac Stacy. Stacy continues to lead the way for the Rams offense. He rushed 33 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. Stacy has touchdowns three straight games and six of his last seven. He is just 42 yards shy of 1,000-yard rushing season. Stacy is the workhorse back for the Rams and producing solid weekly numbers in that role.
Fantasy Dud: Mike Glennon. Glennon didn't have an awful game but just didn't produce, throwing for 158 yards without a touchdown. It was a disappointing showing against a below-average pass defense. Glennon had two straight games with multiple scores coming into this one. This game also was just his second all season without a touchdown. He still looks like the future at quarterback for the Bucs despite this poor game.
Game Notes: Rookie Stedman Bailey is getting more and more chances in the offense and producing. He scored his first career touchdown, having a 27-yard rushing score. He also led the team in receiving, catching three passes for 44 yards. Bailey has a chance to play a much bigger role from day one in 2014.
Bobby Rainey had very little room to run all day but at least found the end zone. He finished the game with 20 carries for just 37 yards but did run in a score. Rainey has six scores in seven games with the Bucs.
Cowboys 24, Redskins 23
Fantasy Stud: DeMarco Murray. Murray looked great once again, rushing 22 times for 96 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 15 yard and a touchdown, which was the game-winning score with just over a minute remaining in the game. Murray has topped 1,000-yards rushing for the first time in his career and has 10 touchdowns. He is finally performing like a legit No. 1 back for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Kirk Cousins. Cousins proved to fantasy teams why you shouldn't trust a relative unknown in a big game. He had a great matchup this week and looked great in his start last week but that didn't add up to good things for him in Week 16. Cousins was 21-of-36 for 197 yards with a touchdown and an interception. And this came against a terrible Cowboys' defense. You just thought he could do much better.
Game Notes: Pierre Garcon got almost all the work in the passing game for the Redskins. He caught 11 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Garcon has two straight 100-yard games and five total for the season.
Dez Bryant scored a touchdown for the fourth straight game. He had four receptions for 73 yards and a score. Bryant has 13 touchdowns and is over 1,100-receiving yards with a game to play.
Cardinals 17, Seahawks 10
Fantasy Stud: Michael Floyd. Floyd had just one catch in the game but it was a game-winning 31-yard touchdown reception. He made the big catch when needed and helped fantasy teams despite having just a catch. Floyd is 50 yards short of his first 1,000-yard season and has five scores for the season. He is having a breakout year and looks to be a top fantasy player for years to come.
Fantasy Dud: Russell Wilson. Wilson had his struggles against a good Cardinals defense, going 11-of-27 for 108 yards and a touchdown with an interception. This was his worst showing of the season. Wilson has cooled some down the stretch, though, having just three touchdown passes to three interceptions his last three games. Fantasy teams would have liked to see him finish with a flurry instead of doing very little.
Game Notes: Carson Palmer had a game to forget but did manage to throw one great pass, which was the game-winning score. The rest of his game was pretty brutal, going 13-of-25 for 178 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions. His interception total was his highest of the season.
Marshawn Lynch had a good game despite a tough matchup. He ran 18 times for 71 yards. Lynch hasn't been off the charts good lately but consistent, having at least 72 total yards three straight games.
Chargers 26, Raiders 13
Fantasy Stud: Ryan Mathews. Mathews continues his hot ways, rushing 25 times for 99 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 20 yards, giving him 119 total yards and a score. Mathews has three straight games with 100-plus total yards and touchdowns in all of those games. He seems to be finally playing up to his potential for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Philip Rivers. Rivers had a great matchup so hopes were high this week for him. Unfortunately, he had one of his least productive games of the season. Rivers threw for 201 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Rivers picked a bad time to be just ordinary. We really thought he was going to have a big game this week but you have to give the Raiders some credit for playing hard and improving big time over last week.
Game Notes: Keenan Allen found the end zone once again, scoring for the third straight game. He caught three passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. Allen has five touchdowns his last three games.
Andre Holmes was the leading receiver for the Raiders, catching five passes for 71 yards. Holmes has at least 58 yards four straight games. He has been a big part of the offense late in the season.
Giants 23, Lions 20
Fantasy Stud: Joique Bell. Bell had a huge game for fantasy teams, doing it as a rusher and receiver. Bell ran 20 times for 91 yards and a score. He also caught 10 passes for 63 yards, making for just huge numbers in PPR formats. Bell had a complete game, getting a little more work than normal after a Reggie Bush fumble early in the game. Bell has touchdowns three of four games and has eight total this season.
Fantasy Dud: Calvin Johnson. Johnson was active but his knee apparently is giving him some problems. He had a poor showing, catching just three passes for 43 yards. This game tied a season low for receptions and his third lowest yardage total. Johnson has a knee injury that appears to be a little more serious than first thought. He isn't 100 percent and it is showing in his play right now.
Game Notes: Jerrel Jernigan got more playing time with Victor Cruz out and took advantage, leading the team in receiving. He was the top target for Eli Manning, catching six passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. He has 13 receptions for 127 yards and a score his last two games.
Andre Brown left the game very late with some sort of leg injury. He ran 16 times for 40 yards before exiting the game. He also caught two passes for 14 yards. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest on his injury.
Steelers 38, Packers 31
Fantasy Stud: Eddie Lacy. Unfortunately, Lacy re-aggravated his ankle injury and couldn't finish the game. He had a great game before leaving, though, rushing 15 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Lacy has scores three straight and five of his last six games. He has double-digit scores and more than 1,000-rushing yards, posting huge numbers his rookie season.
Fantasy Dud: Jordy Nelson. Nelson had a pretty quiet game for his standards, catching three passes for 46 yards. It wasn't the game fantasy owner hoped for in their championship games. Nelson has cooled some with Aaron Rodgers out of the lineup, though, having fewer than 65 yards four of five games. He hasn't been quite as automatic for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Le'Veon Bell hit the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career. He ran 26 times for 124 yards and a touchdown. Bell has scores three of the last four games.
Antonio Brown hit the 100-yard mark for the fifth time this season. He caught six passes for 105 yards. Brown topped 100 receptions for the season in the game and is now over 1,400-receiving yards.
Patriots 41, Ravens 7
Fantasy Stud: LeGarrette Blount. Blount continues to get much of the work at running back for the Patriots and is doing well in this role. He ran 16 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns. Blount has three touchdowns his last four games. This game was his highest rushing total of the season but he does have more than 50-rushing yards four times. He is gaining value in this offense and doing a better job of running downhill than he has in recent years.
Fantasy Dud: Tom Brady. His team won and Brady played fine from an NFL perspective but he did next to nothing for fantasy teams. He threw for 172 yards and a touchdown. Those are pretty pedestrian numbers for Brady, which really disappointed fantasy teams. Brady has endured more than one of those games this season, though, so this game shouldn't have come as a huge surprise for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Joe Flacco didn't look himself on his sore knee. He really struggled throwing the ball, going 22-of-38 for 260 yards with two interceptions. He failed to throw a touchdown pass and did very little until late in the game with the game out of hand.
Shane Vereen scored early but was knocked out of the game because of a groin injury. He had three touches for 10 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt.
Eagles 54, Bears 11
Fantasy Stud: LeSean McCoy. McCoy had another one of his big games and is well on his way to the league rushing title. McCoy ran 18 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 29 yards. McCoy has six 100-yard games and is already over 2,000 total yards for the year with a game left to play. McCoy might be having his best season as a pro. He is a great fit for this new offense.
Fantasy Dud: Matt Forte. Forte ran for just 29 yard and had four catches for 25 yards, giving him just 54 total yards. He did very little for fantasy teams, which was a shame because he was a top-five fantasy back heading into this game. Forte had three straight 100-yard rushing games before this showing. He is still having a huge season but this showing likely cost a lot of teams in Week 16.
Game Notes: Bryce Brown enjoyed his best game of the season, doing a lot of damage in garbage time for the Eagles. He ran nine times for 115 yards and a touchdown. He had more than 50-rushing yards just once all season before this game.
Nick Foles had a great game but didn't have to do a whole lot with the Eagles getting a big lead early and never looking back. Foles was an efficient 21-of-25 for 230 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Foles has 28 total touchdowns to just two interceptions all firstname.lastname@example.org