Championships are won and lost in week 16. If you play in a league with one-week playoffs, then week 16 is the game for all the marbles; if you play in the two-week format, then it’s a great way to build a first half lead. Did you take home the title this weekend? Are you resting your starters in the second half? Probably so, if one of these guys is signed to your roster. Scores listed are in the standard format.
QB: Andy Dalton, 31pts
THE RED MOTHER!#@$!# RIFLE is no longer playing any games, amid so many “the Bengals would be elite if they could just get a better QB” narratives, all Dalton has done is light up opposing defenses. This particular performance came when those who had faith in him needed him most, ringing up 366 yards and four touchdowns in a title game.
RB: Eddie Lacy, 20pts
Remember all the “Eddie Lacy showed up to camp out of shape” rumors and the photos that followed? Hopefully, you ignored all those and drafted one of the top two candidates for Offensive Rookie of the Year. Lacy has put the team on his back in the absence of Aaron Rodgers and in less than a full game against the Steelers in rugged conditions, he should have done enough to justify his place in your championship lineup.
RB: Lesean McCoy, 27pts
Shady has been among the league leaders in rushing in a year that saw about half of the top ten draft picks go bust in one way or another, so his 133 rushing yards and two TDs were the icing on what was likely a good season for your fantasy team. When it comes to Value Based Drafting, Lesean McCoy has to be one of the leading fantasy MVP candidates.
WR: Eric Decker, 25pts
The Decker of Peyton Manning’s “Black and Decker” duo went off for ten catches, 131 yards and two touchdowns against the hapless Texans this week, making up for his dud performance in the prior week. With Wes Welker out again, those of you who need him could do a lot worse than trotting him out next week against a suddenly spiraling Oakland Raider team.
WR: Roddy White, 20pts
Don’t close that casket yet. After a disappointing, injury-plagued campaign, Roddy White rewarded owners brave enough to start him with a 12-catch, 141-yard, single touchdown beauty against one of the premier passing defenses in the entire NFL. If you started him on a gut call, you may also want to go out and purchase a lottery ticket while your luck still holds.
TE: Tony Gonzales, 12 pts
In a disappointing real life season, Gonzales has managed to turn in a decent fantasy swan song: 63 yards and a touchdown for the ageless wonder probably served you well. Though I don’t own him, I personally hope that Gonzo can end his Hall of Fame career on a high note.
D/ST: Patriots, 26pts
Two Touchdowns, four turnovers? Yup, that’ll do. In a game that’s developed as one of the premier rivalries in the NFL, the Patriots dismantled the Ravens and made fantasy owners very happy in the process.
K: Nick Novak, 15pts
You just can’t ask for a better game from a kicker when he out produces a lot of skill players in a week where your league’s trophy was on the line.
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