On a day where Ben Roethlisberger threw for no scores and three interceptions, Le'Veon Bell more than picked up the slack in the snow. Bell set a Steelers franchise record with 236 rushing yards, carrying the ball a whopping 38 times while scoring three times. Bell also added four receptions for 62 yards, making this the best fantasy day by an player at any position this year. I mean, Bell outgained the entire Bills offense by himself. Unfortunately, there wasn't a whole lot else to go around in Pittsburgh. Ladarius Green busted (2-25) after a big week and should continue to be treated as a low-end TE1.
LeSean McCoy had a tough time getting things going on the ground (12-27-1), but his work in the passing game (6-81) paced him nicely. When McCoy has played, he's been a top-5 RB nearly every week. For those of you who either held on to Sammy Watkins or snatched him up a few weeks ago, your patience was rewarded with 54 yards and a score. Watkins is notoriously boom or bust, but his remaining matchups (CLE, MIA, NYJ) are all great.
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The Broncos defense is no joke. Marcus Mariota was limited to six completions and just 88 yards, which is brutal considering he may have carried you to a postseason berth. The Tians got up early and went ultra conservative, which helped DeMarco Murray (21-92-1) but virtually no one else on this offense. The Patriots won't get shut down like this in Week 15, but it's hard not to freak out when you see Denver's pass defense on the schedule. Tennessee's defense was certainly no pushover, either, allowing just 18 yards on the ground to a run game which has completely stalled.
Trevor Siemian chucked it 51 times (334 yards, 1 TD) and found all the right fantasy options. Both Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders had double digit receptions and over 100 receiving yards. Both are WR2 and will be hard to predict, but with Denver sputtering on the ground, big weeks could be ahead. A.J. Derby (5-57) had a game-ending fumble, but he's clearly the preferred passing game option. He's a sneaky tight end streamer the rest of the way.
Ryan Mathews returned to action as a true lead back, which was more than a little surprising. Darren Sproles catching a cheap shot might have had something to do with it, but 15 carries is a lot for Mathews given his up and down season. Zach Ertz (10-112) now has double-digit targets in three of his last four weeks. Baltimore will be tough next week, but you can't discount how comfortable Carson Wentz has become with his tight end. Jordan Matthews returned with the most Jordan Matthews line possible (8-79). He's a solid, if unspectacular, WR2.
The Redskins didn't have the ball a bunch, and so Kirk Cousins attempted just 21 passes. His 234 yards and 2 TD performance was pretty good with that in mind. Jordan Reed might have killed you on Sunday. Clearly not at full strength, Reed had just one catch. Big plays were the story in this one. DeSean Jackson rattled of an 80-yarder, and Chris Thompson had a clutch 25-yard scamper to win the game. Robert Kelley is getting lead back work, but he's going to be tough to trust next week against Carolina's tough run defense. He'll be just a Flex option.
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It sounds like Ryan Tannehill may have suffered a torn ACL, which could spark a change for Miami this offseason. Dynasty players should have moved on a while ago, but thihs is plenty of reason to do so now. Before he was injured, Tannehill hooked up with Kenny Stills, Dion Sims and Damien Williams for scores. That's not exactly what Jarvis Landry, Jay Ajayi and Devante Parker owners had in mind. Ajayi (20-48) had a rough game, but don't panic. Arizona's defense has been playing great, and matchups with NYJ and BUF should make life easier.
Larry Fitzgerald (3-12) finally had a rough game, as the Cardinals threw for just 145 yards. Miami's defense held up fairly well all game, but a big 56-yard touchdown run by J.J. Nelson changed the game. You should still be all systems go on David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald next week against the Saints, even though that's an improved unit as well. If you're desperate at tight end, Jermaine Gresham has five receptions in each of his last three games.
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Melvin Gordon was having a quality sophomore campaign and had solidified himself as an every week RB1, but he was carted off with a hip injury that may keep him out for the rest of the season. In his absence, Kenneth Farrow received 16 carries for 55 yards. It would be a surprise if the Chargers didn't add someone to the roster, but Farrow is worth an add for those in need of RB help. Poor Philip Rivers (236 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT) is down to backups almost everywhere. You just can't write him off with OAK and CLE up next on the schedule, obviously.
Jonathan Stewart (24-66-1) is still touchdown dependent, but he's a rock solid RB2 and has good matchups with WSH and ATL up next. Greg Olsen (4-87) had a nice little comeback game, but this passing game is struggling. Cam Newton threw for just 160 yards in a game where Carolina got up early and didn't look back. If you took Cam as the first quarterback off the board in your fantasy draft, use it as a valuable lesson for next year's draft. Wait, wait, wait.
A flea flicker pass from their own end zone thrown into triple coverage was possibly the most 2016 Browns play imaginable. In his return, RGIII was just 12-for-28 for 104 yards and the aforementioned pick. At least he had a score on the ground to salvage your questionable streaming selection. Terrelle Pryor busted big time (1-3) with RGIII under center. There's no reason to trust anyone in this offense for the rest of the year.
Tyler Eifert (5-48-2) is a monster in the red zone. Although he hasn't been a big target monster with A.J. Green sidelined, Eifert is a great standard league option because of his ability to score. He now has four scores over his last three games. We knew a big day had to come for Jeremy Hill based on workload alone, and this was it. Hill racked up 111 yards and a score, but PIT, HOU and BAL are going to offer a much stiffer test.
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Cameron Meredith is one of the last healthy receivers left in Chicago, and there's value in that. Meredith went off for 6-72-1 and was Matt Barkley's favorite option all afternoon. Jordan Howard came back to earth a bit (13-86) after his three touchdown performance last week, but he was still highly efficient with his touches. Howard is a borderline RB1 next week against Green Bay.
Theo Riddick was a surprise scratch in this one, which thrust Dwayne Washington into a starting role. He was pretty unremarkable (16-64) along with the rest of the Lions in what should have been a strong matchup. The Lions followed a pretty similar formula to most of their wins this year, as the defense now has seven straight games of holding their opponent under 20 points. Matthew Stafford spread it around, and on the game's final drive, scrambled for a game-winning score. Stafford has been ridiculously clutch all year, but don't overrate that in fantasy. Derek Carr owners are nodding their heads right now.
The Texans managed to win despite Brock Osweiler throwing for just 147 yards and a pick. This was a run-heavy gameplan the whole way, as Lamar Miller (21-107-1) and Alfred Blue (16-55) were the focus the whole way. Unfortunately, that meant bad weeks for both C.J. Fiedorowicz and DeAndre Hopkins in a great matchup against Indianapolis's defense.
Frank Gore only totaled 41 yards on the ground, but he found the endzone for the first time in four weeks. Gore is in good shape to score with MIN and JAX up next. T.Y. Hilton is rarely mentioned among the league's best receivers, but he blew up in this one (9-115-1) and has multiple week-winning games this year. Donte Moncrief was a top-20 WR coming into the week, and threw up a goose egg. He's going to be tough to play with Minnesota's pass defense on deck, but don't quit on him entirely.
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Allen Robinson was in a tough spot, but maybe you played him with Allen Hurns and Julius Thomas both out. Whoops. Robinson just had one reception. T.J. Yeldon totaled 90 yards and seven receptions with Chris Ivory and Denard Robinson out. He'll be useful in PPR leagues if those two stay out. If you played Blake Bortles against Minnesota...why? That's a tough one to defend.
The Vikings surprisingly had more success through the air than on the ground against the Jags. Sam Bradford nearly hit 300 yards and a score, hooking up with Kyle Rudolph for the touchdown. Rudolph is a touchdown dependent TE1 because of his lack of yardage, but you could do worse. Matt Asiata is a touchdown thief. Jerrick McKinnon might actually be having a decent little fantasy season if he ever received goal line work.
Matt Forte left the game early with a knee injury that sounds like it could sideline him the rest of the year. It was an unfortunate blow for his owners, especially in a matchup against a historically bad run defense. Bilal Powell stepped in and racked up 34 touches, 179 total yards and two scores. He'll be on the RB1 radar with matchups against MIA and NE on tap if Forte is indeed sidelined. He'll be tough to trust, but Robby Anderson seems to be a favorite of Bryce Petty. That's two straight weeks now with double-digit targets for Anderson, who is on the Flex radar.
Not to be outdone, Carlos Hyde racked up 193 yards on the ground and a score through the air. The 49ers should have been able to salt away their second win of the year, but Colin Kaepernick was incompetent on his way to a dud of a 133-yard performance. His days of being a QB1 streamer are done.
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Drew Brees now has zero touchdowns and six interceptions over his last two weeks. This is a funk at the worst possible time, and a road trip to Arizona may not help matters much. New Orleans isn't being helped by a running game that's gone AWOL and all the penalties. Mark Ingram received just six carries for 31 yards. If you waited on Michael Thomas, we're sorry. Thomas looked likely to play after getting in a practice on Friday, but he surprised us all. He'll still be a WR2/WR3 option next week.
Jameis Winston totaled just 184 yards against an improved Saints pass defense. Mike Evans and Cameron Brate were both in need of a score that never came, but this was a surprising defensive matchup. For all the talk about Jacquizz Rodgers getting more involved, he had two total carries. Tampa Bay is a one-back system, and even though Doug Martin struggled (23-66-1), he'll remain on the RB1 radar because of the workload and red zone role. Charles Sims made his return and caught three passes. PPR players should scoop him up for depth reasons.
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With Tevin Coleman back and healthy, the guessing game in Atlanta's backfield will continue once again. Devonta Freeman was in a great spot with Julio Jones out and game flow clearly favoring the Falcons, but Freeman had just six carries and six yards on the day. Instead, Coleman scored twice and received more touches. With Julio Jones out, Taylor Gabriel (3-82-1) stepped up and ripped off a long touchdown. Like Tyreek Hill in Kansas City, he's proving to be much more than just a gadget player.
Things were shaping up for Jared Goff to have a nice day, but he struggled his way to 235 yards and 2 INT. Todd Gurley (16-61-1) said after the game that the Rams looked like a middle school offense. Is that bad? Fantasy cockroach Kenny Britt (7-82) still managed to put up a nice day. The Rams are what they are, even against a defense that allows a ton of fantasy points.
Russell Wilson was a mess in this one, tossing five interceptions in a huge meltdown. Jimmy Graham (1-16) was an unfortunate bust largely because of Wilson's disastrous game. The Rams should be a good bounceback spot, but the Seahawks typically struggle against them as well.
Aaron Rodgers had to limp around for much of the game, but he was nails with 246 yards and three scores. Rodgers might be the top rated QB next week with a matchup against Chicago. James Starks received less carries than Aaron Ripkowski, which is sort of a problem. Christine Michael didn't do much with his 10 carries (36 yards), and Ty Montgomery (86 total yards, 1 TD) will take a lot of the passing work. This is still a situation to avoid. Jordy Nelson is now up to 10 touchdowns in 12 games. He's an every week WR1.
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Sometimes all it takes is one little slant for Odell Beckham Jr. to break a game open and swing the week in your favor. Beckham's 61-yard score did just that on Sunday. Other than that one play, there wasn't a whole lot to like from New York's side offensively. Paul Perkins and Rashad Jennings split the work evenly, with Shane Vereen getting some passing down work as well. Beckham is the only must-start here.
Dez Bryant was held without a catch nearly the whole game, then coughed up a potential first down catch late in the game. This was a brutal performance on every possible level. Dez had nine targets, so a regression week is coming soon. The sun rose this morning, and Ezekiel Elliott totaled over 100 yards. He's done that in 10 of his last 11 weeks now. How badly would Dak Prescott need to struggle over the next two weeks for Tony Romo to get some consideration? It's not going to happen, but it's fun to think about. Dak should rebound next week against Tampa Bay.