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Fantasy Football Week 16 Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Busted

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Championship weekend, for most of us, was not quite the boom we all thought it would be for our teams. There were plenty of dud performances from the studs that got your team to this point, meaning some of you had the teams in your finals or 3rd place game score around 80 or worse. Before I go on though, I want to make sure I say congratulations if you did make it to your finals/3rd place game or are in a league where you still play in Week 17 and are in your semi-finals. It is quite the accomplishment to make it this far, I know you want to win badly, so do I, but remember it’s just a game and you ultimately got into it because it was fun.

I’ll mention specific players in the ‘Bad’ section below but as far as teams, the Seahawks were down right awful today, losing their first game at home when Russell Wilson started to the Cardinals. The Lions, oh the Lions, there really are no words for you. You some how lost a game to the Giants, on your own field, who were without their best wide receiver, officially knocking you out of the playoffs. The Chiefs lost to a good Colts team, but its the way they lost, 23-7, that was so surprising. Last, the Ravens had a chance to put themselves in a great spot to make the playoffs, yet stunk it up at home against the Patriots 41-7.

Despite the negative start to this article there were some really good things that happened, including a record breaker. Peyton Manning who threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns, broke Tom Brady’s single-season record of 50 touchdown passes, throwing his 51st in today’s game. He can set the single-season pass yards record too by passing for 267 yards next week, and if he throws for 400 again, he will set the mark for most 400 yard passing games in a season. I would have included him in the “Good’ section below, but instead thought he deserved a bit more attention. So now that we have Peyton out of the way, let’s get to the rest.

The Good

Andy Dalton (QB – CIN) – The ‘Red Rifle’ is officially back on one of his hot streaks and it came at a great time for fantasy owners. Now it helps he got to play the Vikings in Week 16, but he still was the second best quarterback this weekend, only behind Peyton Manning, passing for 366 yards and four touchdowns for a cool 31 fantasy points.

Eric Decker (WR – DEN) – It was Decker’s turn to lead the receivers in the Broncos passing game. He caught 10 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns, on a team high 17 targets. Decker has been up and down all season, no doubt frustrating his owners, but his good games have been enough to get him into the top 10 for receivers in fantasy.

LeSean McCoy (RB – PHI) – McCoy saved the day for many owners, including myself Sunday, rushing for 133 yards and two touchdowns, and adding six catches for 29 yards. I think the top running back spot is clearly going to go to Jamaal Charles, but McCoy who was in a race with Matt Forte who put up a stinker in the same game, looks to have second locked up.

Pierre Garcon (WR – WAS) – Garcon had been struggling the last four games RGIII was under center for the Redskins. I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t sold that Kirk Cousins could revive Garcon’s fantasy value, but boy was I wrong. Garcon had two of his three best games with Cousins under center, including his 11 catch 144 yard and one score game this past Sunday.

Honorable Mention: Geno Smith (QB – NYJ), Donald Brown (RB – IND), Eddie Lacy (RB – GB), DeMarco Murray (RB – DAL)

The Bad
Reggie Bush (RB – DET) – As I said before the Lions were awful Sunday, losing to the Giants, and Bush was probably the worst of them all. Fumbling in the second quarter, Bush mainly watched Joique Bell have a good game finishing with 154 total yards and a score. Bush on the other hand finished with just 44 total yards.

Cam Newton (QB – CAR) – The Panthers won, but the performance by Newton was not what owners were expecting from the number three overall fantasy quarterback this season. He threw for just 181 yards a touchdown and added an interception, to give his owners nine points. Not completely horrible, but again during championship week not good.

Larry Fitzgerald (WR – ARI) – Fitzgerald was once again shut down by the Seahawks, catching three for 18 yards. This one point fantasy performance against them, give him two total on the year. I’m pretty sure not a lot of us were excited to start Fitz against the Seahawks, but I didn’t expect to see another one point day from him.

Adrian Peterson (RB – MIN) – OK to be fair to AP, he was dealing with a foot injury, but if he is in the game you just expect him to find a way to get the job done. He was doing fairly well rushing 11 times for 45 yards, until finally getting shutdown in the second half after the game was well out of hand. Hurting those fantasy owners who took a chance on him after he was activated Sunday morning.

Honorable Mention: Calvin Johnson (WR – DET), Dennis Johnson (RB – HOU), Drew Brees (QB – NO), Philip Rivers (QB – SD)

The Busted
Steve Smith (WR – CAR) – Smith said he heard a pop Sunday and has officially been diagnosed with a sprained PCL. This means he will be unlikely to play in Week 17 for the Panthers, who are looking to lock up the two seed in the NFC.

Tony Romo (QB – DAL) – Romo was limping bad late in the game Sunday against the Redskins and is scheduled to get an MRI Monday on his back. The Cowboys play the Eagles in a game that will decide the NFC East, so this is a potentially a devastating blow to them

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Jake Long (OT – STL) – It was a slow injury day, so I’m going to mention the fact that the Rams lost their stud left tackle Jake Long to a torn ACL. This hurts the value of Zac Stacy some next week and maybe even into next season, but with the way he has played, I think you still have to roll with him.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the FantasySixPack.net website. Joe is one of the Experts included in the FantasyPros Consensus Rankings for Football, Baseball and Basketball and finished well each year. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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