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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31498223 Dud - DeAngelo Williams vs OAK Dud+-+DeAngelo+Williams+vs+OAK Fantasy Football

DeAngelo Williams lured novice fantasy owners into a false sense of "startability" as Week 16 approached.  The Panthers' running back had reaped the benefits of Jonathan Stewart's absence and recorded 35.6 fantasy points over the last two weeks (vs. ATL and SD).  With a matchup against the Raiders, who had allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, on the docket, Williams' owners were a little too giddy to start him.  Williams did manage to break off a 76-yard touchdown run, BUT it was called back due to a hold.  Instead, owners were left with 48 total yards without a score and 4.8 fantasy points to mull over Sunday evening. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31492529 Dud - Darren McFadden vs CAR Dud+-+Darren+McFadden+vs+CAR Fantasy Football

Darren McFadden's fantasy football weekly scoring breakdown is as close to maddening as you can get.  He reached double digits six times (with 17.8 fantasy points as his season high), scored less than 10 fantasy points five times and missed four games.  Against Carolina, who had allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season, McFadden owners still had to feel a little anxious heading into the matchup and shouldn't have started DMC any higher than a FLEX.  The Raiders' offense lost Carson Palmer due to injury early, sputtered as it has so many times this season and McFadden finished with 48 total yards. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31498231 Dud - Hakeem Nicks vs BAL Dud+-+Hakeem+Nicks+vs+BAL Fantasy Football

Eli Manning (12 fantasy points) is not completely absolved  from this fantasy football disaster, but my Week 16 Billy Madison diatribe is directed towards Hakeem Nicks:


Mr. Nicks, in four quarters of football you managed only three targets and caught not one pass in 60 minutes of action.  I award you no fantasy points and may fantasy owners everywhere have mercy on you.


In the last two weeks, the semifinals and finals in most fantasy leagues, Nicks has recorded a total of four fantasy points.  - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31492542 Dud - Chris Johnson vs GB Dud+-+Chris+Johnson+vs+GB Fantasy Football

For all the negative vibes sent in CJ2K's direction early on, the running back has performed above-average for most of the season with eight games where he finished with double digit points.  However, Johnson picked the worst week to turn in his worst performance since Week 5 (0.9 fantasy points).  He finished with 41 total yards (4.1 fantasy points) against Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers buried the Titans early on and Jake Locker was forced to abandon the running game.  When you see the 55-7 final score, owners should take it easy on CJ and direct their frustration towards the Titans' defense. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31498207 Stud - Shonn Greene vs SD Stud+-+Shonn+Greene+vs+SD Fantasy Football

Shonn Greene's 2012 fantasy resume was a little thin heading into Week 16 with only three  games where he finished with 90 or more rushing yards and six touchdowns (half coming in one game).  When you combined those stats with the fact he was facing one of the better defenses against the rush (San Diego 13th in fantasy points allowed to opposing RBs), Greene was a risky FLEX play, especially when you factor in it was Greg McElroy's first career start.  Greene shocked many when he scored twice in the first quarter.  Despite a sluggish rest of the game, the Jets' running back's 20 fantasy points (second-most this season) came at the best possible time. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31492537 Stud - Reggie Bush vs BUF Stud+-+Reggie+Bush+vs+BUF Fantasy Football

The favorable matchup was hard to ignore for Reggie Bush owners as Buffalo had allowed over 22 fantasy points per game to opposing backs this season.  The Dolphins' running back had also scored double digit points in three out of his past four games (standard scoring).  Still, owners had to be apprehensive about starting Bush and his five touchdowns heading into Week 16.  Bush only managed 65 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown, but chipped in 42 receiving yards with two more touchdowns.  When you added it all up, Bush finished with 28.7 fantasy points, second-most this season (vs. OAK Week 2). - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31498216 Stud - Roddy White vs DET Stud+-+Roddy+White+vs+DET Fantasy Football

Roddy White may not have had the fantasy season most had expected with only five touchdowns heading into Week 16's matchup against the Lions.  However, White did manage to rack up six games where he finished with 100-or-more receiving yards including six games where he caught seven or more passes (for PPR owners) and two games where he eclipsed 150 receiving yards.  He now has six consecutive seasons of 1,153 or more receiving yards.  Against the Lions, White broke out for 153 yards on eight receptions with two touchdowns that made those who gave up on him slam their head into a wall.  The 27.3 fantasy points were second only two Dez Bryant as of press time. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31498218 Stud - Dez Bryant vs NO Stud+-+Dez+Bryant+vs+NO Fantasy Football

I vaguely remember some early reports that confirmed Dez Bryant was to miss the rest of the season after breaking his left index finger.  Putting the "IR" in irresistible, Bryant has performed admirably the last two weeks with the broken digit.  He rose the bar again in Week 16 with nine receptions for 224 yards including two, 58-yard touchdown receptions from Tony Romo.  Over his last seven games, of which Bryant has at least one touchdown, he's scored 10 touchdowns, while averaging 115.4 receiving yards per game.  His 34.4 fantasy points against the Saints were a season high. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31492494 Stud - Calvin Johnson vs ATL Stud+-+Calvin+Johnson+vs+ATL Fantasy Football

Without question, the Lions are a clubhouse leader when it comes to a franchise regressing year-over-year, but they can't pin their four-win season to-date on Calvin Johnson.  Fantasy owners might remember they were ready to brand Megatron another casualty of the "Madden Curse" after the wide receiver posted eight fantasy points in Weeks 7 and 8 combined.  Since that dreaded two-game stretch, Johnson has scored over 11 fantasy points and recorded over 110 receiving yards in every single game.  That included this past Saturday night when Johnson hauled in 11 passes for 225 yards to surpass Jerry Rice's single-season receiving record.  While fantasy owners all wish there were more than five touchdowns on Johnson's resume this season, they have to be pretty content considering the struggles Matthew Stafford endured this season. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 16 fantasy football studs and duds 31492497 Stud - Tony Romo vs NO Stud+-+Tony+Romo+vs+NO Fantasy Football

If you approached starting Tony Romo the same way Ron Popeil approaches promoting his inventions and "set it and forget it," you were rewarded on Sunday.  Tinkering with starting Romo versus another quarterback on your roster was your opponent's best defense in Week 16.  The Cowboys' quarters found his rhythm in the second quarter after he hit Dez Bryant on two, 58-yard touchdown strikes.  He finished with 416 passing yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions.  It was the third time Romo has surpassed 400 passing yards in a game this season.  He's only thrown one interception in the last month.  The 40.6 fantasy points were a season high, too. - Ryan Fowler

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