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Monday, December 22, 2014

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 16 WRAPUP

Matt Ryan:  30/40 for 322 yards and 1 TD.  Ryan helped eliminate the New Orleans Saints from the NFC South race with his very efficient performance.  Would have liked to see Ryan throw for more than one score but the yardage was top-notch and it was a solid day overall.

Joique Bell:  13 carries for 74 yards and a score to go with 2 catches for 13 more yards.  Bell didn't play in the first quarter as he obviously did something to earn the ire of the coaching staff.  Still Bell saved the day with his touchdown and he really was a solid difference-maker the last two months of the season.  He should have the inside track to the starting running back job for the 2015 season.

Cam Newton:  Just two weeks after nearly losing his life in a car accident, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton continued with his career-long trend of doing his best work down the stretch of the season as he completed 18 of 31 passes for 201 yards with 1 TD and INT in the team's win over the Cleveland Browns.  Newton also added a third score as he rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries.  In his last two games on the field, Newton has been a monster and reminds us how athletically talented he is.  Unfortunately he has yet to outrun his inconsistency.

Ben Roethlisberger:  Big Ben helped the Pittsburgh Steelers clinch a wild card spot as he completed 18 of 25 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the team's win over the Kansas City Chiefs.  Not the best game for Roethlisberger from a statistical standpoint though considering how mammoth some of his games were this season.

Jimmy Clausen:  In an absolute shocker, Jimmy Clausen completed 23 of 29 passes for 181 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT in the team's loss to the Detroit Lions.  Clausen was pretty poised considering he had not played much this season and replaced Jay Cutler just this week.  Still Clausen is nothing but a backup at best.

Joe Flacco:  What a disgrace Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens were Sunday as he completed only 21 of 50 passes for 195 yards with 2 TD and 3 INT in the loss to the Houston Texans.  Flacco was under siege all game and was lucky to throw for the two scores that helped stave off complete disaster.

Arian Foster:  Putting the finishing touches on a season where he showed that he was far from finished, Arian Foster rushed for 96 yards on 25 carries in the team's win over the Baltimore Ravens.  Foster even threw a five-yard touchdown pass for good measure.  He has been a top 2-3 runner all season long and a major value play based on his very affordable 2014 draft price.

Ryan Tannehill:  Those who stuck with Tannehill as their second QB in two passer formats were richly rewarded Sunday as he completed 35 of 47 passes for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns with 1 INT in the team's OT win over the Minnesota Vikings.  Tannehill has made some nice progress in turning into a near QB 1 with his best season as a pro.

Lamar Miller:  Miller picked a nice time for one of his own best games of the season Sunday as he rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries and 1 TD while also catching 5 balls for 58 yards.  Miller has found constancy elusive in his career but he has quiet PPR value that should net him the starting job next season.

DeMarco Murray:  Murray did just fine in his half-day Sunday in Dallas' romp over the Indianapolis Colts.  Murray rushed for 58 yards and a score on 22 carries in showing that the procedure done on his left hand is not going to inhibit him into the playoffs.  While Murray may sit next week, he put the wraps on an MVP-like 2014 season where he stayed on the field for the first time in his career.

Tony Romo:  What an amazing finish for Tony Romo Sunday as he tossed four touchdowns while completing a ridiculous 18 of 20 passes for 218 yards.  Romo has now upped his TD total to 32 and once again proved to be one of the very best values in fantasy football as he annually gets disrespected at the draft due to his habit of coming up short in the clutch.  Those who owned Romo likely won their league title today.

Odell Beckham Jr.:  It will be tough for Odell Beckham Jr. to encore his dominant rookie campaign as he went wild again Sunday in catching 8 passes for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns for the New York Giants in their win over the St. Louis Rams.  Beckham is virtually unstoppable and already is a top five wideout not even a full season into his career.  Things are so crazy here that Beckham could be a first round pick next season. 

Kyle Orton:  Way to go Kyle Orton as he absolutely gagged Sunday in a gimme game against the Oakland Raiders in tossing two interceptions as part of his 32 of 49 day for 329 yards.  Orton did throw three touchdowns but his picks were simply horrific.  He has proven once again that even as a QB 2 in two passer formats, he is not one you can depend if you want to do well in your league. 



 

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