Every week I’ll review the Weeks heroes, the weeks zeroes, and make sure your up to date on the performances that you need to know about.
QB: Fantasy Hero- Aaron Rodgers, Packers
21-for-29, 283 yards, 5 TDs, 0 INTs
The completion percentage (72.4 percent) was fantastic. The yardage total was impressive. The lack of an interception was magnificent. The touchdowns? Superlative The guy has been remarkable from start to finish this season an it’s going to be hard to argue with given him the real, and the fantasy, MVP this season.
QB: Fantasy Zero â€“ Kellen Clemens, Rams
9-for-24, 91 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
Given the matchup with the Steelers, maybe it shouldn’t be seen as such a bad thing that he didn’t reach 100 yards passing or throw for a score. At least he didn’t throw an interception. You had to be mental to start him anyway.
Numbers to Know
Cam Newton only completed 12 pass for 171 yards. At this point though, you know it doesn’t matter with him, right? Newton threw three touchdown passes in the game and also ran the ball six times for 65 yards an another score. In two games against the Bucs he has four passing scores and four rushing scores.
Matthew Stafford threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in Week 16. Moreover, he didn’t toss an interception and he also completed 29 of 36 passes. That’s about as efficient an effort as you are going to find.
Tim Tebow had a rushing scores, and 34 yards on the ground, and he had a passing scores and 185 yards through the air. However, his four interceptions were two more than the two he entered the game with.
Joe Webb threw five passes with two of them going for touchdowns. Webb ran the ball five times with one of the runs going for a score. Three touchdowns total for a guy who was only the player of record for 10 plays is pretty darn good don’t you think?
RB: Fantasy Hero â€“ Arian Foster, Texans
23 carries, 158 yards, 1 TD / 3 catches, 16 yards
Foster is a monster each time he takes the field. The best thing about his work though is that he seems to be doing it so effortlessly (just watch how he glides through holes). Foster was the fantasy MVP last year when he averaged 101 rushing yards a game and caught 66 passes. He won’t be the MVP this year, but he’s averaging 94.2 yards a game on the ground and has 53 receptions for the Texans.
RB: Fantasy Zero â€“ Ben Tate, Texans
6 carries, (-1) yard
Ugh. With the good comes the bad, life is all about balance you know. Foster was the good leaving Tate for the bad â€“ or should I say hideous. As I’ve said all along, though few listened, Tate is always a risky play because he simply doesn’t get a large enough workload. After seven carries for 26 yards in Week 15 he went out and had about as bad a day as a running back possibly could in Week 16.
Numbers to Know
Kahlil Bell ran the ball 23 times for 121 yards, and he also caught four balls for 38 yards for the Bears. That means over the last two weeks that he has averaged 93 yards on the ground and five receptions for 41 yards for the Bears.
Reggie Bush was injured in Week 16 but he still carried the ball 22 times for 113 yards. I can’t believe I’m typing this, but Bush has averaged 130 yards a game on the ground over his last four outings an in each of those games he has gone for at least 100 yards.
Toby Gerhart carried the ball just 11 times in place of an injured Adrian Peterson, but he went off for 109 yards. That effort was his third in four games of at least 90 yards on the ground though he still doesn’t have a rushing score since Week 12 â€“ his lone of the season.
Evan Royster carried the ball 19 times for 132 to become the third Redskins back to rush for more than 100-yards in a game this season (Roy Helu, Ryan Torain). Royster entered Week 16 with 17 carries for 83 yards on the season.
WR: Fantasy Hero â€“ Jordy Nelson, Packers
6 catches, 115 yards, 2 TDs
Nelson had caught just five passes in Weeks 14 & 15, and he had only one score from Week 12-15. In Week 16 he ended any doubt that he could function as the Packers top wide receiver if Greg Jennings is unable to go. Nelson is over 1,100 yards on the season to go along with 12 touchdowns. Not bad numbers for a â€ś#2â€ť wide receiver.
WR: Fantasy Zero â€“ Laurent Robinson, Cowboys
1 catch, 5 yards
This is what happens to third receivers. They can go on a hot streak like Robinson did, but the truth of the matter is that he is a wide receiver #3 on his own team (toss in Jason Witten, and Robinson is often the fourth option on passing plays). The injury to Tony Romo certainly didn’t help here, but you couldn’t keep expecting Laurent to post WR2 numbers when he was seeing 60 percent of the snaps of Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.
Numbers to Know
Arrelious Benn has caught only six balls for 54 yards his past four games, and that includes his anemic one catch, four yard effort in Week 16 against the Panthers. He made his one catch count though as it went for a four yard score.
Victor Cruz led wideouts with 164 yards receiving in Week 16. He managed that total thanks to a 99 yard touchdown grab as he caught only three, yes three, passes in Week 16.
James Jones caught four balls for 50 yards. Whoppie. However, two of those receptions went for touchdowns making Jones, and teammate Jordy Nelson, the only two wide receiver who scores twice through the air.
Reggie Wayne caught eight balls for 106 yards and a score in Week 16. The result was his first set of back-to-back scoring games on the year, a seasons best reception total, and just his third 100-yard receiving effort of the campaign.
TE: Fantasy Hero â€“ Jared Cook, Titans
8 catches, 169 yards, 1 TD
After catching nine balls for 103 yards in Week 15, Cook improbably went nuts in Week 16 for an even better effort. With 696 yards on the season, Cook has racked up 39 percent of his season total in his last two outings. How is that for a playoff hero?
TE: Fantasy Zero -Owen Daniels, Texans
1 catch, 4 yards
Let’s face it, Daniels has been a huge disappointment this season. I know he’s been hurt a lot of the time, but he’s only scored three times on the year, isn’t going to reach 60 receptions (he has 54), and he has flat out disappeared when you’ve need him most with three receptions for 33 yards the past two weeks. Disappointing.
Numbers to Know
Jermichael Finley had three receptions for 20 yards an a score on the Packers first drive in Week 16. So he had one of those massive efforts in Week 16, right? Not even close. He didn’t catch a single pass the rest of the game.
Evan Moore caught five balls for 35 yards an a touchdown for the Browns. He’s now caught a touchdown or gone for 55 yards in each of his last three games.
Brandon Pettigrew caught nine balls for 80 yards in Week 16, and he added his second score in three weeks. After being held to less than 40-yards for 6-straight games Pettigrew has gone for at least 49 yards in each of the last three weeks.
Kellen Winslow caught six balls for 63 yards in Week 16. As a result he has 68 receptions for 707 yards, his third straight season of at least 65 receptions and 700 yards. Remove his injured ravaged 2008 effort and it would be 5-straight such seasons.
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