Alright, alright. I know I’m late with this one. I blame the holidays and a VERY busy week at work. Here is your recap for WEEK 16. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
QB: Tom Brady, New England Patriots — Battling a few injuries, Brady attempted to remind fantasy owners that he should still be taken seriously. Against the Jaguars, Brady threw for 267 yards and 4 touchdowns for 29 total fantasy points. His production was not only tops amongst quarterbacks, it was best in the league overall, earning him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.
RB: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers — Filling in for the suddenly injury prone DeAngelo Williams, Stewart once again had a solid rushing performance. His 206 rushing yards, 16 receiving yards, and 1 rushing touchdown gave him 27 total fantasy points. While technically in a tie with Darren Sproles for top rusher, we gave Stewart the nod because Sproles had some return yards in his total and not all leagues recognize return yardage.
WR: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons — In a matter of personal record keeping, White had a very good game in Week 16. Breaking off 139 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, White surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the fifth consecutive season and set a new personal record with 10 touchdowns on the season. The performance also gave him 25 fantasy points in Week 16, best in the league amongst receivers.
TE: Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles — For the second time this season, Celek was the league’s top fantasy tight end. Amassing 121 yards and 1 touchdown, Celek finished the day with 18 fantasy points.
K: Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears — In Week 16, Gould connected on 3 field goal attempts, including 2 40+ yarders, and 3 PATs. His performance earned him 14 fantasy points. While technically a tie with Mason Crosby, we gave the nod to Gould. Why? He’s a Penn State grad. So we have some bias. Sue us.
D/ST: Atlanta Falcons — Through giving up just 3 points while amassing 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 touchdown, the Falcons’ D scored an impressive 21 fantasy points. Despite being in a three-way tie with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, we selected the Falcons’ D as the best fantasy team as they allowed the fewest points of the bunch. While extra stat paddings are nice, isn’t the point of the defense to keep the other team from scoring?
ROOKIE: Arian Foster, Houston Texans — In a week when many “no-name” players get a chance to shine due to star injuries and some team post season plans being blatantly obvious, it seems fitting that the top rookie was also a “no-name.” Foster rushed for 97 yards and 1 touchdown, earning him 15 fantasy points. The undrafted rookie may not be in the limelight often, but at least for one week, he was the league’s best rookie.
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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