Instead of our roundup, we want to highlight the performances of players who can help you in your Fantasy Football Finale.
Titans 20 49ers 17
Titans: A.J. Brown came back in his first game post-injury with the force of 1,000 suns. Brown dominated the 49ers with 11 receptions for 145 yards and a touchdown. You can trust AJB as a high-end WR in your fantasy finals.
49ers: Jimmy Garoppolo has been diagnosed with a torn UCL and a fractured bone in his throwing hand. There is no official word from San Francisco, but all signs point to Trey Lance starting at quarterback this week. If you are in the rare position of being in your fantasy finals but having a suspect quarterback–Trey Lance could be a league winner.
Packers 24 Browns 22
Packers: Aaron Jones has reclaimed his lead role in the Packers backfield. Jones totaled 87 yards on 17 touches, while AJ Dillon totaled 56 yards on 12 touches. You can trust Aaron Jones as an RB2, and AJ Dillon is a desperation flex.
Browns: Nick Chubb was the Browns leading rusher AND receiver against the Packers. Chubb totaled 184 yards and a touchdown on 20 touches. Even with Kareem Hunt scheduled to return, Nick Chubb is a rock-solid RB1.
Colts 22 Cardinals 16
Colts: In a down game for his standards, Jonathan Taylor rushed for 108 yards on 27 carries. No matter who is under center for the Indianapolis Colts, Jonathan Taylor will be the featured RB1 heading into fantasy championships.
Cardinals: Christian Kirk has stepped up his game in the absence of DeAndre Hopkins. Kirk caught seven of nine targets for 48 yards and will be necessary for a shoot-out against the Dallas Cowboys in week 17.
Falcons 20 Lions 16
Falcons: Kyle Pitts is approaching 1,000 yards receiving on the season. Quite the feat for the rookie tight end. The touchdowns are long overdue. Fire up Pitts as a top-five tight end even in a tough match-up against the Buffalo Bills.
Lions: Amon-Ra St. Brown has been downright sensational down the stretch. St. Brown caught nine of eleven targets for 91 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons. St. Brown is a WR2 in your fantasy finals.
Bengals 41 Ravens 21
Bengals: We have been preaching to fantasy managers that Tee Higgins would pay off in the second half of the season. Higgins went nuclear on Sunday with 12 receptions on 13 targets for 194 yards and two touchdowns. Fire up your Bengal skill players in a shoot-out against Kansas City this weekend.
Ravens: It does not matter who is the quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens, Mark Andrews is the primary target. Andrews hauled in eight of ten for 125 yards and a touchdown. Mark Andrews is a locked-in top three TE in the fantasy finals.
Rams 30 Vikings 23
Rams: We all know how great Cooper Kupp has been this year. If he’s on your team, you’re starting him. The takeaway was the sheer dominance of Sony Michel as he rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Michel is a legit RB1 heading into the fantasy finals.
Vikings: Keep an eye on the Vikings’ running back situation. With the new Covid protocols, Dalvin Cook should return to action against the Green Bay Packers. The Vikings have a history of going right back to Dalvin Cook as the lead back, and he would be a top-five fantasy back.
Bills 33 Patriots 21
Bills: You must monitor the Buffalo Bills wide receiver position this week. Stefon Diggs is locked in, of course. With Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis unvaccinated, expect that they miss week 17. Isaiah McKenzie is in play as a high-upside flex play.
Patriots: Damien Harris dominated the Patriots backfield against Buffalo with 103 yards and three touchdowns. I am expecting Rhamondre Stevenson to return this week. Damien Harris should remain the top option against Jacksonville this week.
Jets 26 Jaguars 21
Jets: As impressed as I was with Zach Wilson and Michael Carter this week, you cannot play any Jets against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To advise anything else would be bad advice.
Jaguars: With the unfortunate Achilles injury to James Robinson, Dare Ogunbowale stepped in to handle the every-down workload. Ogunbowale totaled 72 yards and a touchdown on 19 touches. The Patriots will be a tough match-up, but Dare Ogunbowale could be a surprising flex play in your fantasy finals.
Eagles 34 Giants 10
Eagles: The Eagles did not top the 175 yard mark for rushing yards for the first time in two months. I would expect the Eagles to return to their roots and what has gotten them into playoff contention. With Miles Sanders out in week 17, Jordan Howard and Boston Scott are flex-worthy.
Giants: Whether it is Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm under center, you cannot trust any Giants’ fantasy players in the fantasy finals–that includes Saquon Barkley.
Buccaneers 32 Panthers 6
Buccaneers: Antonio Brown re-entered the Buccaneers offense and immediately became the primary offense in the passing attack. Brown caught ten of fifteen for 101 yards. Antonio Brown is a low-end WR1 for the fantasy finals.
Panthers: DJ Moore will receive all of the attention, but with Sam Darnold starting for the Panthers again, Robby Anderson becomes fantasy viable. Anderson caught five of ten for 58 yards a week ago.
Texans 41 Chargers 29
Texans: Rex Burkhead was the story in this one as the Texans running back ran all over the Chargers’ defense for 149 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Burkhead is a low-end RB2 for your fantasy finals.
Chargers: I expect a squeaky wheel game from Keenan Allen this week. The Chargers’ top receiver caught four passes for 36 yards on Sunday. Allen caught seven of ten for 85 yards in the first outing against the Broncos.
Bears 25 Seahawks 24
Bears: David Montgomery was the Bears’ stalwart on Sunday–106 total yards and a touchdown on 28 touches. David Montgomery is a sure-fire RB2 for the fantasy finals.
Seahawks: If you had told me a month ago that Rashaad Penny would be a fantasy football league winner, I would not have believed you. Penny ripped off 135 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries against Chicago. Now Rashaad Penny gets the Detroit Lions in the fantasy finals!
Chiefs 36 Steelers 10
Chiefs: Tyreek Hill wasn’t himself on Sunday following Covid protocol. The Chiefs speedster caught two passes for 19 yards. Expect a top-five receiver performance from Hill, in a shoot-out against the Bengals.
Steelers: In a game where everything went wrong, and the game script could not have been worse–Najee Harris still performed. Harris totaled 110 yards on 24 touches and will be a low-end RB1 on Monday Night Football.
Raiders 17 Broncos 13
Raiders: I have been his largest critic this season, but I have to give Josh Jacobs his due. Jacobs ran for 129 yards on 27 carries, leading the Raiders to a victory over the Broncos. Jacobs is an RB2 for your fantasy finals.
Broncos: I know it is difficult to trust Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III a week after they combined for eight rushing yards on 14 carries. I’m advising that you do just that. Williams and Gordon are in play as RB2 against a Chargers defense that was shredded by Rex Burkhead.
Cowboys 56 Franchise Team 14
Cowboys: Amari Cooper received the squeaky wheel game on Sunday night against the Washington Franchise Team as he was targeted eleven times. I expect CeeDee Lamb to get the love this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Lamb should be started as a WR1.
Franchise Team: The only player that you can start from the Washington Franchise Team is Antonio Gibson.
Dolphins 20 Saints 3
Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle is a fantasy superstar. The way the Dolphins scheme the ball into his hands is fascinating. Waddle caught ten of twelve for 92 yards and a touchdown and is a low-end WR1 for your fantasy finals.
Saints: You have to hope that Taysom Hill is available, and you can stream him as a low-end QB1. Otherwise, the Saints’ offense is a disaster.
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