Fantasy Focus: Week 17

Fantasy Focus

As you gear up for the post season, let’s take a quick look back at the last regular season 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: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings — Unlike the Favre we saw slump into homestretch in 2008, this year’s Favre has remained on top through the end of the regular season. Favre proved to his naysayers that he’s still got it by throwing for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns in Week 17. His 30 fantasy points look even better when you consider the fact that he was pulled from the game in the third quarter after amassing a 41-0 lead.

*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs — Who needs to be a pre-season favorite to put up big numbers? Not Jamaal Charles, that’s for sure. Charles finished a surprisingly strong season with 259 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. His 37 fantasy points capped an impressive year for the young running back, which didn’t really begin until Week 9 when he finally got the starting nod over a slacking Larry Johnson. His Week 17 performance also earned him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.

Jamaal Charles

WR: Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings — An obvious benefactor of Brett Favre’s strong year, Rice had another great game in Week 17. In all, Rice reeled in 6 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. His 23 fantasy points were the highest amongst wide receivers in Week 17.

TE: Zach Miller, Jacksonville Jaguars — Giving the Jaguars some hope for the future, Miller had a solid performance to end the season. Miller caught 8 passes for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns for a total of 18 fantasy points. He may just be the pass catching tight end the Jaguars have needed for quite some time and should see a large increase in playing time in 2010.

K: Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs — In a surprising upset of the Broncos, Succop certainly carrying his weight. He connected on 3 field goals (including 1 40+ yarder) and 5 PATs for a total of 15 fantasy points. It is a shame his offensive teammates couldn’t get him any more action during the rest of the season.

D/ST: Kansas City Chiefs — Along with Jamaal Charles and Ryan Succop, the entire Chiefs’ D shined in Week 17. While the unit did allow 24 points, it also racked up 2 sacks, 3 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. The unit accumulated 20 fantasy points, the highest amongst defensive units.

ROOKIE: Arian Foster, Houston Texans — For the second week in a row, Foster showed that he could be considered one of the top underrated rookies of the 2009 season. Rushing 20 times for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns (both in the fourth quarter), Foster could carry the Texans into the future if Steve Slaton continues to struggle with injuries and fumble tendancies. Foster finished the day with 25 fantasy points, more than any other league rookie.

Check back next week for a fantasy season recap!

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