NFL Week 16 Review

Washington Shows up when it Counts

The Redskins won a “must-win” game against the Eagles on Saturday night locking up their playoff position. Kirk Cousins continues on his hot streak. He threw for 365 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns totaling 32.2 fantasy points. He connected with the weekend leading tight end, Jordan Reed 9 times for 129 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns for 36.9 fantasy points.

Big upsets around the League

This week saw losses from the top teams all over the league. These teams are already locks in the playoffs though so who knows if they were playing at the full level. The first loss was the Patriots overtime loss against the Jets. Brady played the whole game and produced very poor numbers: 231 passing yards, 1 passing touchdowns, and an interception for only 14.8 fantasy points. Fitzpatrick for the Jets provided some good fantasy value with 3 passing touchdowns (2 to Marshall and 1 to Decker), with 296 passing yards for 26.9 fantasy points.

The next big upset was the Falcons taking down the undefeated Panthers. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones got back in sync with Ryan totaling 306 passing yards and a touchdown (19.2 fantasy points) while Julio had 178 yards and a touchdown on 9 catches (35.8 fantasy points). Cam Newton threw for only 142 passing yards, no touchdowns.

Lastly, the Seahawks, who have been red hot over the past 4 weeks, fail to generate much offense against the Rams. Doug Baldwin, who totals 10 receiving touchdowns over the previous 4 weeks scored only 1 this weekend for 1 of 2 passing touchdowns by Wilson.

Johnny Football plays Running Back

Manziel put up the worst game of the weekend as far as passing stats but he helped save a little fantasy value by running the ball. While passing only 136 yards and 1 interception, he ran for 108 rushing yards on 11 attempts. This brought his total score to 17 fantasy points.

Megatron gets some attention

Calvin Johnson put up a decent game this week after catching only 1 pass in each of the previous 2 weeks. He caught 6 passes for 77 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. This made 19.7 fantasy points. Far from the 3 touchdown game he put up on Thanksgiving, but an improvement.

Brees and Bortles Shootout

The Jaguars and Saints had a high scoring shootout game, which is no surprise with those aggressive quarterbacks and weak secondaries. Although injured, Brees threw for 412 passing yards and 3 passing touchdowns in the win, totaling 31.5 fantasy points. One was a long 71 yard touchdown pass to Cooks, giving him a 5 catch, 123 yard, 1 touchdown game (26.3 fantasy points)

Bortles was less effective throwing 2 interceptions, but with 368 passing yards and 4 passing touchdowns, he stayed close to Brees with 32 fantasy points.

Steelers finally stopped

Big Ben and Antonio Brown seemed unstoppable after putting up big numbers against the Broncos defense last weekend. They were finally stopped this weekend however by the likes of Baltimore. Roethlisberger only there for 215 yards and 2 interceptions, a measly 10.6 fantasy points. Brown had a touchdown get called back and ended the day with 7 receptions for 61 receiving yards and 13.1 fantasy points.

Cardinals and Vikings prove contenders

The Cardinals had a big 38 to 8 win over the Packers. Carson Palmer and the Cardinals prove to be serious contenders, especially with the other big teams showing poor results. There was no huge individual fantasy value in this game, only team contentions.

The Vikings won a blowout of their own winning 49 to 17 against the Giants. Minnesota was very effective running the ball with Peterson rushing 104 yards with a touchdown and McKinnon rushing 89 yards with 2 touchdowns.

Some Premium Receivers Deliver

Brandon Marshall caught 8 passes for 115 receiving yards and 2 receiving touchdowns. 31.5 fantasy points.

Deandre Hopkins caught 7 passes for 117 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. 24.7 fantasy points.

Julio Jones caught 7 passes for 178 receiving yards and a touchdown. 35.8 fantasy points.

Allen Robinson caught 6 passes for 151 receiving yards and a touchdown. 30 fantasy points.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers versus St Louis Rams Thursday Night Football Real Money Fantasy Picks 12-17-2015

Thursday Night Football on December 17th will feature the St Louis Rams at home to battle the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. NFL fantasy draft GM’s can tune to NFL Network at 8:25PM Eastern Time to track the scoring results of their DFS one day league picks.

 

Tampa Bay took a serious hit to their playoff chances after the team dropped a 24-17 home decision to the New Orleans Saints. They have been held to under 20 points in four of their past six games. The Buccaneers are 11th in total offense and defense this year as they have shown improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. On the injury front the team will be without Vincent Jackson as he is suffering a knee injury. The Bucs have ran the football extremely well as they sit fourth in the NFL at 141 yards on the ground per game.

 

The St Louis Rams are a 5-8 football team and are coming off a 21-14 home victory to Detroit which broke a four game losing streak. It has been a struggle for St Louis on offense as the team is moving the football for just 297 yards and scoring only 16 points per contest. They rank 31st and second to last in the NFL in both areas. The Rams have a good defense but has struggled in recent games against good passing teams like the Cardinals, Bengals and Bears. Their past three wins have come against losing teams in the Browns, 49ers and Lions. Prior to putting up 21 points on the Lions last week the Rams had been held to total of 36 points over their past four games all resulting in losses. In those four games their point total did not go over 13 points.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB:

 

Jameis Winston

 

The rookie quarterback for the Buccaneers is showing signs that he may stick in the NFL as a starting quarterback. Winston is completing 58.4% of his throws for 3059 yards with 18 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has a touchdown completion in four straight games including five touchdown passes back in Week 11 at Philadelphia He has a touchdown completion in every road game this year.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB:

 

Doug Martin

 

After a slow start to the season Martin has kicked it into gear for Tampa Bay. He has rushed for 1214 yards in 2015 with five touchdowns. He posts a career high 5.1 yards per catch on the season. Doug Martin has a rushing touchdown in two straight games. In his past two road games he had 97 rushing yards at the Colts and 235 yards at the Eagles. He rushed for 6.9 yards a carry at Indianapolis and 8.7 yards per attempt at Philadelphia.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR:

 

Mike Evans

 

Evans leads Tampa Bay with 57 catches for 889 yards with three touchdowns. He is averaging 15.6 yards per catch on the year which is on pace for his totals in in rookie campaign in 2014.

 

St Louis Rams QB:

 

Case Keenum

 

The four year veteran journeyman saw action last week and hit on 63% of his passes for 124 yards with a pick. He has started a total of 12 games during his career as he spent the first 2 ½ years of his career with the Houston Texans.

 

St Louis Rams RB:

 

Todd Gurley

 

One of the few bright spots for the Rams in 2015 has been the play of their rookie running back Todd Gurley. He is coming off a nice performance last week in the win against Detroit where he rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. That amounted to 8.8 yards per attempt. The concern heading into Thursday night is that the rookie running back has a knee injury and has been listed as probable for this quick turnaround since their win on Sunday.

 

St Louis Rams WR:

 

Kenny Britt

 

Britt has been banged up with a shoulder injury but is expected to play against Tampa Bay He leads the team with 28 catches for 480 yards with a touchdown and a very good 17.1 yards per catch average.

 

NFL Thursday Night Football Fantasy League Picks

 

 

QB: Jameis Winston (Buccaneers)

RB: Doug Martin (Buccaneers)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defense

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NFL Fantasy Draft Players for Week 1

Tom Brady Plays in Week 1—New England Patriots Fantasy Weapons

With Tom Brady facing a four game suspension some fantasy football GMs may have put their attention elsewhere when thinking about draft options for their one day leagues in week 1. Let’s get caught up on the New England Patriots targets in the passing game and producers in the running game.

Tom Brady:

Now entering his 16th season the 38 year quarterback is coming off a tremendous year in 2014 hitting on 64% of his throws for 4109 yards with 33 touchdowns and 9 picks. His passing attempts were down since way back in 2010 because New England improved their rushing attack in 2014. He has shown durability playing in all 16 regular season games the past six seasons since suffering a season ending knee injury in 2008. There is an important piece from last year’s team missing. Safety valve running back Shane Vereen left in free agency to the New York Giants. He was an integral part to the Patriots passing attack with his ability to catch and run to move the sticks.

LeGarrette Blount:

The former Pittsburgh Steeler signed with New England late last season and returns. Blount rushed for 5.8 yards per carry or greater in three games of the five he played in the regular season for New England. He had a big game against Indianapolis in the playoffs with 148 rushing yards on 30 carries.

Brandon LaFell:

He is expected to start out wide for New England. In his first year with New England after four years in Carolina, LaFell had a career high 74 catches for 953 yards and seven touchdowns. The yardage and touchdowns were also a career best.

Julian Edelman:

The 29 year old caught 92 balls for New England for 972 yards and four touchdowns. His numbers were on pace to his 2013 season as he missed two games due to concussion. Because of his 5’ 10” size he won’t be targeted much in the red zone and goal line situations. The greater the space to work with the more effective Edelman is.

Danny Amendola:

Only averaged about three targets per game in 2014. He played in all 16 regular season games and caught 27 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown. His 7.4 yards per catch average was a career worst. Amendola saw action in the return game last year.

Rob Gronkowski:

He is a popular player for fantasy draft managers. He caught 82 balls for 1124 yards with 12 touchdowns. His 13.7 yards per reception is outstanding for the tight end position in 2014. With Gronkowski it’s always about his health. He has missed 15 regular season games the past three seasons.

St Louis Rams Offensive Showing This Preseason a Huge Disappointment

The St Louis Rams have sat in the bottom of the NFC West for years. They have added some respectability to their defense. The offense still seems like its light years away from developing into playoff material. So far the Nick Foles for Sam Bradford trade looks like a win for the Eagles. St Louis has been drafting targets for their quarterbacks but the performance hasn’t been there.

Nick Foles:

The team went winless in the preseason and failed to score more than 17 points in any one of those games. Foles in 2014 with the Philadelphia Eagles played in just eight games last year due to injury. His completion percentage was under 60% a year ago for the first time in his career.

Tavon Austin:

On the depth chart the 2013 number one draft pick is shown as a second stringer. Last year Austin had just 31 catches in 15 games for 242 yards and no touchdowns.

Kenny Britt:

He came over from Tennessee last year for St Louis and had a career high 48 receptions for 748 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 15.6 yards per catch.

Brian Quick:

A second round draft pick for the Rams in 2012, Quick showed some positive signs for the team in 2014 but was hit with a season ending shoulder injury and played in only seven games last year.

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