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Sunday, December 27, 2015

FANTASY FOOTBALL SATURDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: KIRK COUSINS LEADS WAY TO POSSIBLE LEAGUE TITLE

Saturday night football brought forth a tantalizing game between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles that had all the indications of a classic shootout.  It also presented a tremendous buying opportunity when it came to Redskins QB Kirk Cousins who despite a monstrous second half of the season run, was still on more than a few waiver wires.  It was an opportunity that yours truly took in picking up Cousins as a hedge for my injured and status murky QB Drew Brees.  With Brees being nothing but a sure thing to start, I rolled the dice and went with Cousins Saturday night despite the fact he has generally not performed nearly as well on the road as at home.  Well my move was rewarded in a major way as Cousins went out and went nuts to the tune of completing 31-of-46 passes for 365 yards and 4 touchdowns in the team's NFC East-clinching victory over the Eagles.  The dominant outing brings Cousins' TD/INT ratio to a splendid 20-3 over his last nine games and sets him up for a huge payday as he stares at free agency.  Also for those who went with Cousins Saturday night and are still in the hunt for your league title, things are looking up.

-Going in conjunction with the big second half run for Kirk Cousins has been the crazy work of pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed.  A week after catching two touchdown passes in Week 15, Reed went right out and did it again Saturday night as he caught two more scoring passes among his 9 receptions for 129 yards.  The super-athletic Reed is a matchup nightmare for any defense and the only thing that ever held him back was a rampant spat of injuries.  For the season now, Reed has caught 83 passes for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns which is clear TE-1 territory.  In fact the argument can be made that Reed has been the best tight end in fantasy football this season, especially in the second half.

-While it was an ugly night for the Eagles, tight end Zach Ertz can hold his head up high as he caught 13 passes for 122 yards.  This marked the second straight season Ertz has gone crazy on the Redskins in Week 16 as he grabbed 17 balls last season at that point in the season against the same opponent.  Overall Ertz' season has gotten better as the year has gone on but he is still not quite there yet as a top tier fantasy football tight end.

 

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