Studs and Duds: Championship Weekend

2017-01-23 09:39:59
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports

Ryan scores five touchdowns

The blowouts returned this week. That provided plenty of fantasy points but made for some poor football watching. The games were a downer this week unless you were a fan of the teams that won. The good news is at least there were a lot of fantasy points scored, especially from the top players on the teams that won. These guys came through for their teams and fantasy teams. Hopefully, the Super Bowl is a better game to watch, though.

Falcons 44, Packers 21

Fantasy Stud: Matt Ryan. Ryan continued his red hot play, dismantling the Packers defense. He was 27-of-38 for 392 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. He also ran in a score, giving him five total touchdowns without a turnover. Ryan has 19 touchdowns without an interception his last seven games. He is playing the best football of his career. Ryan is on some kind of roll.

Fantasy Dud: Ty Montgomery. There was a lot of offense in this game, but Montgomery wasn't a part of the action. He ran three times for 17 yards and caught just a pass for two yards. The Packers got down big early, abandoning the run even more than normal. Montgomery had a good run as the starter fort he Packers at running back late in the year. It will be interesting to see how the Packers use him going forward. He might move back to receiver next year.

Game Notes: Jordy Nelson played with two broken ribs and played well. He caught six passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. He did not look too slowed because of the injury, playing near his normal level.

Julio Jones was not impacted by his toe injury. He caught nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Jones has touchdowns three straight games.

Patriots 36, Steelers 17

Fantasy Stud: Chris Hogan. Hogan led the way at receiver for the Patriots. He made several big plays, finishing with nine receptions for 180 yard and two touchdowns. Hogan has at least 95 yards in each of the Patriots playoff games. He has been a big factor with the opposition trying to stop other weapons in the Patriots passing game.

Fantasy Dud: LeVeon Bell. Bell was a big disappointment to fantasy teams. He injured his groin early in the game. He tried to return but left after just a play and didn't play the second half. He had six carries for 20 yards and finished without a reception. Bell was playing great football down the stretch, so the Steelers really missed him in this game. Bell also hurt a lot of fantasy teams with his lack of production because of the injury.

Game Notes: Julian Edelman caught eight passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. Edelman has 100-yard games three straight. He also has at least eight receptions six of nine games.

Tom Brady played his usual solid football, going 32-of-42 for 384 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Brady has three-touchdown games three of four.