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2017 Fantasy Football Week 15 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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You have been trading with other teams, dropping and picking up players you think will help make your team survive another week. Guys like Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, and Mark Ingram might’ve helped your team survive another week. While guys like Antonio Brown, Jimmy Graham, and David Njoku might’ve been on the losing end of things this week of the season.

As things are heating up all around the NFL, so are fantasy matchups as the Championship slowly awaits within the next two weeks.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 15 Recap

Week 15 featured two Saturday night divisional games as well as the weekly Thursday night game. Matthew Stafford and the Lions defeated the Bears and Alex Smith and the Chiefs secured a win against the Chargers.

A whole weekend full of NFL football leaves a lot to talk about. As always, let’s get down to business and talk about this week’s winners and losers during the fantasy playoffs.

Winners

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Kareem Hunt ran the ball 24 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. He also caught seven passes for 51 yards and another touchdown. The seven catches were a season-high for the rookie out of Toledo. He put on a show in the second half rushing for 115 yards and scoring both of his touchdowns as well.

Hunt has now rushed for 1,201 yards on the year, a rookie record for the Chiefs. He showed his elusiveness and tackle-breaking abilities all night fighting for more yards after the first contact.

Hunt has been finding his groove lately and look for that trend to continue next week when he goes up against the Miami Dolphins defense.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

He enjoyed one of his best performances of his career Thursday night against the Colts. He ran the ball 30 times for 158 yards (both season highs). He’s clearly established himself as the lead back to this offense once again.

Averaging 22 carries per game over the past three games, the volume is sure to be there for him next week against the Redskins. With Brock Osweiler as the starter now, he may be more conservative leading the Broncos offense. With the high volume upside, Anderson is a solid RB2 against the Redskins.

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

What a perfect time to have the best fantasy performance of the season. Gurley ran for 152 yards while scoring three touchdowns, also adding three catches for 28 yards and another touchdown. He got off to a fast start and the Seahawks defense couldn’t catch up to him.

He did most of his damage on the ground in the first half as he ran for 144 yards and three touchdowns. Gurley’s performance might’ve single-handedly helped carry fantasy teams into week 16. This was one of the best fantasy performances we’ve seen in recent years. He was just dominant against a helpless Seahawks defense Sunday.

As always, he’ll be a high-end RB1 next week as he has become a matchup-proof running back.

Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants

Shepard exploded with 11 catches going for 139 yards and a touchdown during the loss against the Eagles. This was a shocking turn of events as he only drew three targets a week ago. The 11 catches are tied for a season-high, but this performance was the best of the season for him.

Things got off to a very hot start for Shepard as he caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter alone. Being a slot receiver gives him the benefit of the doubt in his next matchup against the Cardinals. Look for him to be a solid WR2.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants

It was a shootout game between the Giants and Eagles on Sunday. Eli completed 37-of-57 passes for a season-high 434 yards and three touchdowns. The 20+ performance was just the third time he’s done that all year. He also hasn’t thrown for at least three touchdowns since week three.

As we know, it’s been an up-and-down season for Manning as he’ll most likely not be on this team again in 2018. As some fantasy teams move along in the playoffs, Manning will only be starter worthy next week in a  two-quarterback-league.

Losers

Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

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After back-to-back weeks of catching eight passes, Tate caught just three passes for 33 yards Saturday night. He was held without a catch during the first half. His three receptions all came in the third quarter alone.

This was certainly a disappointing performance from owners who started him this week. Tate has been erratic with his fantasy production recently.

The volume upside he possesses each week makes him a fringe WR2. Hopefully, your team survived another week if you’re someone who started Golden Tate in week 15.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

We were expecting a big bounce-back game, weren’t we? Graham and the whole Seahawks offense didn’t do much in the tough 42-7 loss against the Rams. He only caught one pass on the evening, which went for -1 yards. The past two weeks have been brutal for Jimmy Graham.

To make things even worse, tight end Luke Wilson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. In all, it was an embarrassing effort for the Seahawks on both ends. Graham and the Seahawks get Dallas in week 16.

Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers

This was by far his worst performance of the year as the starter in Green Bay. Williams only managed 30 yards on 10 carries. Those were both a season-low for the rookie out of BYU. In fact, Aaron Jones outrushed Williams by 17 yards on seven fewer carries.

As the team was trailing for much of the game, Aaron Rodgers was forced to play catch up to try to secure a win against the Panthers. Things didn’t work out that way and fantasy owners are kicking themselves after he provided them with a dud performance.

Next week might be another tough week for the rookie as he gets a matchup against a very solid Vikings defense.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks failed to get things going Sunday against the Rams, as did Baldwin. he caught just one of four targets for six yards during the loss. This game will be one to forget quickly as a matchup against Dallas in week 16 can become a favorable bounce-back game for the offense.

He’s been a pretty safe high-end WR2 all season, so expect a performance like that next week.

David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns

There is a first for everything. Sunday against the Ravens was the first time the rookie was held without a catch all year. He’s been struggling for the past two weeks as he has only caught one pass for three yards.

He’s been a risky starter for almost this whole season as he is stuck in the Browns dumpster fire of an offense. He can remain on the bench for next weeks matchup against the Bears.

Injuries

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Embed from Getty Images The biggest injury at the worst time. Antonio Brown suffered a partially torn calf muscle and is expected to miss next week. The injury is good news for the Steelers as he’ll be back for the playoffs, considering how bad it looked on the play

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About Michael Trivisonno

Michael is a big time NFL and sports fan who has been competing in fantasy football for years now. He goes in depth with stats and numbers to make his audience understand more not just about fantasy football, but about overall teams and players in the game. You can learn more about him by following him on twitter @Mike_Triv

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