As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — In another quarterback shootout (resulting in another close loss), Rodgers had the upper fantasy hand this time around (unlike Week 8). While completing just 26 of 48 passes, Rodgers did accumulate an impressive 383 passing yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Tacking on 22 rushing yards and a fourth touchdown, Rodgers ended the day with 35 fantasy points, earning him best QB honors in Week 15.
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns — A relatively unknown rusher, Harrison ran into the record books in Week 15 with a staggering 286 yards and 3 touchdowns (and 12 receiving yards for those of you keeping track at home). Harrison’s ground attack led to the third-highest single-game rushing yardage in league history and broke a Browns team record of 237 yards set by the legendary Jim Brown. His 47 fantasy points shocked many fantasy owners and were more than enough to give Harrison Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.
WR: Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland Browns — Another Brown having a record-breaking day, Cribbs broke and then extended the league career kick returns for touchdown record to eight. His two kickoffs in one game also tied a league record. In total, Cribbs racked up 305 returns yards along with his 2 touchdowns for a total of 27 fantasy points (his 8 rushing yards and 3 receiving yards did not add to his fantasy output). He may not be a true wide receiver, but his performance in Week 15 deserves recognition regardless.
TE: Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts — For the second week in a row, Clark was the league’s best tight end. In Week 15, he reeled in 7 receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns, good for 21 fantasy points. Clark now holds a Colts team-record for career touchdown receptions by a tight end with 41.
K: Matt Prater, Denver Broncos — Prater once again had a solid kicking performance in Week 15, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts, including one in the 40-49-yard range and another from 50+ yards out. Tacking on one PAT, Prater ended the day with 16 fantasy points, best in the league amongst kickers.
D/ST: New York Giants — In a crucial divisional game, the Giants’ defense showed up to play on Monday night. By only allowing 12 points and recording 5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 1 touchdown, the Giants D scored 21 fantasy points. It may be more of the same for a unit that has featured Michael Strahan and Lawrence Taylor in the past, but it stood out in fantasy leagues as the Giants had the NFL’s best fantasy squad in Week 15.
ROOKIE: Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers — It’s not often that a receiver who only catches 2 passes and does not return kicks will be honored in the Fantasy Focus. Wallace would like to remind you that it isn’t quantity of receptions, but quality of receptions that earns you a spot on this blog feature. With his two receptions, Wallace had 79 yards and two touchdowns for a total of 19 fantasy points. What makes it even better? His first reception was a 60-yard touchdown on the game’s first play and his second reception was the game-winning 19-yard touchdown as time expired. Now that’s what I call quality.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!
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