NFL Weekend Recap – Wildcard Weekend
NFL Weekend Recap
Kansas City Defense Dominates
The Chief’s started the game by sending a message with a 106 yard kickoff return touchdown and that would have been enough for the Chiefs to win the game without their offense ever needing to take the field. Hoyer didn’t do much to make things difficult for the Chief throwing 4 interceptions, giving Kansas City’s defense a total of 34 fantasy points with the kickoff return touchdown, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, and 0 points allowed.
Besides the Chiefs defense, there was not much other fantasy value from this game. Travis Kelce had a big receiving game with 8 receptions for 128 receiving yards giving him 20.8 fantasy points. Spencer Ware ran for 67 rushing yards and had a rushing touchdown giving him 12.7 fantasy points on the day.
Steelers win a scrappy game
This was an ugly game in terms of injuries. At one time or another each Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, Jeremy Hill, Giovani Bernard, and AJ Green all left the field with no guarantee of returning. Furthermore, it wasn’t the usual shootout type game we see with the Steelers. However there were some areas where fantasy value could be found.
Jeremy Hill had 50 rushing yards, a rushing touchdown, 3 receptions, and 27 receiving yards totaling 16.7 fantasy points. Fitzgerald Toussaint (filling the role at running back after the list of injured steelers running backs we’ve seen this year) had 58 rushing yards, 4 receptions, and 60 receiving yards totaling 15.8 fantasy points, despite his dirt cheap fantasy salary. While far short of his normal value, Antonio Brown had 7 receptions for 119 receiving yards totaling 21.9 fantasy points. Lastly, AJ Green snuck in a touchdown in the end, along with his 71 receiving yards and 5 receptions he totaled 18.1 fantasy points.
Cold weather halts offensive attacks
This game began with -6 degrees and -26 windchill up in Minneapolis. It looked early like the Seahawks were out of their element with a scoreless first half. However, the Vikings seemed equally hampered by the cold as they generated only 204 total offensive yards (Seattle had an equally unimpressive 239 total offensive yards).
As far as fantasy value, both quarterbacks had very abysmal games, rushing was very poor, and only Doug Baldwin put up relatively decent numbers 5 receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown (15.2 fantasy points).
Packers find their groove just in time
This season has been very disappointing for the Packers so far, barely making it to the playoffs. However, they seem to be coming around just in time with the best offensive performance of the weekend. Despite less total offensive yardage than the Redskins (GB 351 vs WSH 413), the Packers had a decisive victory.
For the Packers, fantasy value was spread out all over between Lacy, Starks, Jones, Adams, and Cobb with all of them scoring just over 10 fantasy points. For the Skins however, it was all Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson as Jordan Reed had 9 receptions for 120 receiving yards a touchdown (28 fantasy points) and Chris Thompson had 25 rushing yards, 8 receptions, and 89 receiving yards for 19.4 fantasy points. Kirk Cousins was by far the highest scorer at quarterback with 329 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and a rushing touchdown. That brought Cousins total to 26 fantasy points.