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Look kids, it’s Week 16. You don’t need to know about running back touches and wide receiver targets for every single player on every single team, because this was pretty much it. Championship week. All the marbles. And if you play in Week 17, I mean, we’ll still be here, but don’t be doing that. So we’re going to change up the format here. Matt Harmon and Matt Franciscovich will deliver some highlights, some lowlights and some unexpected performances, which we believe shall suffice. If your fantasy running back or pass-catcher isn’t mentioned in the recap below, then that player probably didn’t do anything spectacular/egregious on Saturday/Sunday/Monday. (Fantasy point totals calculated via NFL dot com standard scoring.)
*NOTE: This article will be updated with data from the Sunday Night and Monday Night games the following day, so check back for more information as games wrap.
WEEK 16 RUNNING BACKSAS EXPECTED
Writing about good players performing well doesn’t really move the needle. So in the hopes of keeping this brief. Here’s a glance at some stud fantasy running backs that simply did their job for fantasy owners in Week 16.
Todd Gurley Jerseys – 39.6 fantasy points: Life as a Todd Gurley Jerseys owner in fantasy is a good one. The Rams running back scored two more touchdowns on Sunday against the Titans and amassed 276 yards from scrimmage on 32 touches in the game. He led the Rams in every receiving category with 10 catches on 13 targets for 158 yards, and scored his two touchdowns through the air. He added 118 rush yards. It’s been an unbeliveable season, and an even better fanatsy playoff stretch for Gurley as he’s piled up eight total touchdowns and 571 total yards in the last three games. He’ll be the favorite for the No. 1 overall pick in redraft leagues next season.
Melvin Gordon Jerseys – 18.8 fantasy points: When it comes to Melvin Gordon Jerseys, the one thing you could count on all season is volume. He came through again in Week 16, logging 22 touches for 128 total yards and found the end zone for the third straight game. There’s not much else to say here.
Kareem Hunt Jerseys – 16.6 fantasy points: Kareem Hunt Jerseys! We’re saying it again! After toughing out a mid-season slump, Hunt has been a true RB1 for fantasy managers when they needed him the most the last three weeks. He recorded 33 touches against the Dolphins on Sunday. Hunt found the end zone for the third-straight game and piled up 106 total yards. He’s legitimately bookended his stellar rookie season, and has now logged 25, 24 and 29 carries in consecutive contests. He should finish 2017 as a top-five fantasy running back in standard scoring.
LeSean McCoy Jerseys Jerseys – 14.7 fantasy points: The Bills were blown out by the Patriots in Week 16, but LeSean McCoy Jerseys Jerseys didn’t seem to mind. He led Buffalo in rushing (obviously) and receiving posting over 70 yards in both categories. And while Shady didn’t find the end zone, his 147 yards on 22 touches should suffice in your RB1 slot for the fanatsy championship.
Jordan Howard Jerseys – 16.4 fantasy points: After a dud in Week 15, Jordan Howard Jerseys bounced back against the Browns. The Bears workhorse had just 44 rush yards on 22 carries but he fell into the end zone twice, which is always a welcome sight for fantasy owners. Howard’s fanatsy output has spiked and dipped along with the Chicago offense all season, so he’s been an inconsistent asset, but has put up two big games in the last three weeks. Right now, Howard has enough total fantasy points on the season to rank as a top-10 running back in standard leagues.
Chances are, you started these running backs in your fantasy league in Week 16. And if you did, chances are you didn’t do very well, or are just scraping by. Sorry about your luck.
Devonta Freeman Jerseys Jerseys – 3.6 fantasy points: A rough go for Devonta Freeman Jerseys Jerseys on Sunday might have sqaushed your fanatsy hopes and dreams. The Falcons’ offense struggled on the road and Freeman logged just 13 touches for 56 total yards. A lost fumble on the goal-line really busted his day, as a potential six-point play turned into a negative on the fantasy scoreboard. He had scored in two straight games heading into Sunday but literally dropped the ball for fantasy managers looking for a title in Week 16. As much as you don’t want to hear it, Tevin Coleman Jerseys Jerseys scored the Falcons only touchdown of the game.
Kenyan Drake Jerseys – 5.7 fantasy points: The Dolphins’ running back had been an absolute stud for fantasy owners over the last month and based on volume potential alone was a must-start against the Chiefs. But Kenyan Drake Jerseys, who played on 94 percent of Miami’s snaps on Sunday, came up short with just 57 total yards (all rushing). It’s a tough one to swallow for sure, but based on the overall lack of production for the Miami Dolphins Jerseys’ offense, a game like this was inevitable. Bad timing, bro.
Alex Collins – 6.6 fantasy points: Alex Collins had been a stud for a solid month heading into the fanatsy playoffs, and he had a big Week 14 against the Steelers. But his last two games have been disappointing. Considering he touched the ball 21 times on Saturday in a favorable matchup against the Colts, Collins’ 66 total yards was a huge let down. He’s aveaged 2.2 yards per carry over the last two weeks and has sunk your fantasy lineup with consecutive single-digit outings.
Alvin Kamara Jerseys – 9 fantasy points: For Alvin Kamara Jerseys’s standards, nine fantasy points in standard scoring might be considered a bust. It’s borderline greedy, but Kamara totaled just 70 yards Sunday against the Falcons. But for PPR managers, the rookie did rack up seven receptions which should be enough to get you by. If you’re wondering, Mark Ingram Jerseys Jerseys totaled 66 scrimmage yards and scored a rushing touchdown. It wasn’t one of those dominant games we’ve grown used to for the Saints backfield, but again, we’re getting a tad greedy here.
Here’s a look at some players you’ve probably never heard of, and some guys who had performances we didn’t see coming from Week 16.
Giovani Bernard Jerseys Jerseys – 22.8 fantasy points: With Joe Mixon Jerseys active for the first time in two weeks, folks who had relied on Giovani Bernard Jerseys Jerseys the last few games seemed out of luck. But Mixon ended up leaving the game with an ankle injury and Bernard became the feature back once again. Official Cheap NFL Jerseys CHINA A 30-touch game by Bernard resulted in 168 total yards and a touchdown, marking his second-straight game with a trip to the end zone and his third-straight double-digit fanatsy game.
Bilal Powell Jerseys – 20.5 fantasy points: You probably didn’t think you’d be able to lean on a Jets running back to win you a fantasy football title, but if you rolled with Bilal Powell Jerseys on Sunday you’re looking at a potential victory. Powell rushed for 145 yards on his 19 carries and ripped off two huge runs of 41 and 57 yards the latter of which was also a touchdown play. The New York backfield has been frustrating all season, but Powell was the star on Sunday.
Mike Gillislee Jerseys Jerseys – 10.3 fantasy points: A healthy scratch for nearly two months, Mike Gillislee Jerseys Jerseys suited up for the Patriots on Sunday to face his former team, the Bills. With Rex Burkhead Jerseys Jerseys out due to a knee injury, Gillislee played second fiddle to Dion Lewis Jerseys Jerseys. He rushed for 28 yards on six carries and scored on a predicatble goal-line plunge. True revenge. Meanwhile, Lewis was the Patriots’ lead back and logged 29 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown of his own. While the Patriots have rotated four backs all season, their performances have actually been predictable for the most part.
As expectedBusiness as usual for these players, for the most part. No need to strongly react to the performances of this group of pass-catchers but their lines may just affect their teammates’ fantasy outlooks.
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8 targets, 3 catches, 33 yards
The final product wasn’t great with just 33 yards, but Robert Woods Jerseys Jerseys Jerseys has seven and eight targets over his first two games back from a multi-week injury absence. He finished second on the team in Week 16, trailing only Gurley’s 13 targets. Woods is clearly entrenched as this team’s top wideout.
8 targets, 6 catches, 81 yards, TD
With Hunter Henry Jerseys on IR and out of the mix, Antonio Gates Jerseys stepped up to handle eight targets, trailing only Kennan Allen among Chargers pass-catchers in Week 16. The Chargers tight end position is a goldmine when it’s just one player inhabiting the workload.
Tyreek Hill Jerseys
7 targets, 6 catches, 109 yards
Tyreek Hill Jerseys has 75 yards and/or a touchdown in each of his last four games. He’s now over 1,100 yards in his first year truly playing the wide receiver position on a down-to-down basis. It was an incredible step forward for Hill, and the questions for 2018 will only surround whether he will see an increase in volume. He’s proven more than capable of excelling as a traditional wideout.
SurprisesWe didn’t see these performances coming. Can you trust some of the stat lines these pass-catchers produced? Let’s dig into their volume totals to decide how we ought to react.
Eric Ebron Jerseys Jerseys
8 targets, 5 catches, 83 yards, TD
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Eric Ebron Jerseys Jerseys but it’s not surprising considering his recent usage. The
Lions tight end has target totals of 11, seven and eight over his last three games. He had not cleared seven in any game prior to Week 14. Debate will rage this offseason as to whether this was a legitimate turning of the corner for Ebron or just a December mirage.Corey Davis Jerseys
9 targets, 6 catches, 91 yards
The No. 5 overall pick in the draft turned in a season-high 91 yards against the Rams. It was mostly a lost rookie season for Corey Davis Jerseys amid layers of injuries while playing on a morbid Titans offense. Finishing the season with two strong games in a row would go a long way to building some momentum for the talented young receiver’s second season.
13 targets, 2 catches, 61 yards, TD
Josh Doctson Jerseys hit a season-high in targets by a long shot, more than doubling his previous high-mark of seven. He only managed to secure two catches on a wild 13 targets, but made them count with a 48-yard touchdown. Doctson has flashed some major big play ability in what is essentially his first season of true NFL action. He will be a popular breakout candidate in 2018, but there will be questions regarding Kirk Cousins Jerseys’ status and how much volume Doctson can earn in a passing game that spreads the ball around.
13 targets, 6 catches, 108 yards
Keelan Cole continued to maintain momentum as the Jaguars top receiver. He led the team with 13 targets and once again cleared 100 receiving yards. Cole has gone over the century mark and/or scored a touchdown in each of the last four games. Fellow talented rookie Dede Westbrook Jerseys still had solid volume with seven targets but Cole has run ahead of him the last two weeks.
Chris Godwin Jerseys
6 targets, 3 catches, 98 yards
DeSean Jackson Jerseys missed this game and Chris Godwin Jerseys stepped up to lead the team in wide receiver playing time (82 percent) and rack up 98 yards. Godwin posted a combined 16 targets in the two games where Mike Evans Jerseys or Jackson did not play. He should see his role grow in his second season and will likely earn some sleeper consideration.
T.Y. Hilton Jerseys Jerseys
12 targets, 6 catches, 100 yards
T.Y. Hilton Jerseys Jerseys hit a season-high 12 targets for a 100-yard outing on Saturday. Wide receivers have stung the Ravens badly with Jimmy Smith Jerseys Jerseys out of the mix. Hilton had not hit 100 yards since the first week of November, and didn’t clear 55 yards in any week in between. Hopefully, Andrew Luck Jerseys Jerseys will return next season and stabilize Hilton’s weekly output.
BustsThese big-name players failed to perform up to season-long expectations this week. For some, their volume should leave you with hope. For others, the outlook is now a bit bleak.
Josh Gordon Jerseys Jerseys
8 targets, 2 catches, 19 yards
You couldn’t be too surprised with this line from Josh Gordon Jerseys Jerseys, given his quarterback’s recent play and the weather conditions in the game, but 19 yards was a double-down disappointment of his Week 15 performance. If Gordon is back in Cleveland next year, his volume from this season (nine targets per game) gives hope that he’ll be a big part of the offense.
Adam Thielen Jerseys Jerseys
6 targets, 2 catches, 24 yards
Adam Thielen Jerseys Jerseys was the steal of fantasy drafts this summer but has been a major disappointment here as the season comes to an end with fewer than 60 receiving yards combined over his last two games. Thielen has been a victim of the Vikings hardly needing to offer much effort to earn wins over the Bengals and Packers. Case Keenum Jerseys hasn’t hit 30 pass attempts in either of the team’s previous two contests.
Kendall Wright Jerseys Jerseys
6 targets, 4 catches, 27 yards
Such a line was always in the range of outcomes for Kendall Wright Jerseys Jerseys. He crashed down to earth after seeing 24 targets in his previous two games combined. His six targets still led the Bears this week but just didn’t amount to much production. Wright and the Bears finish with a tough matchup against the Vikings in Week 17.
Brandin Cooks Jerseys Jerseys
5 targets, 2 catches, 19 yards
After looking like he had finally turned into a consistent producer in the middle of this season, Brandin Cooks Jerseys Jerseys is finishing the year as volatile as ever. The Patriots wideout has two or fewer catches in three of his last four games. Come August, just remember what the journey was like to get to the final numbers for Cooks on the season.
Michael Thomas Jerseys
5 targets, 4 catches, 66 yards
Michael Thomas Jerseys hit a season-low five targets against the Falcons. Of course, we should remember he came in highly questionable with a hamstring injury. Thomas came into this contest with a touchdown in three-straight weeks.
Devin Funchess Jerseys Jerseys
4 targets, 3 catches, 11 yards
Devin Funchess Jerseys Jerseys is finishing his 2017 breakout season with a whimper, combing for four catches in the last two games. He does appear to be playing through a shoulder injury, which may be contributing to his slow finish.
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