Playing Fantasy Football in the traditional year-long leagues is a lot like keeping your toothbrush in bathroom. It’s convenient, it’s simple and makes sense because you’ve always done it that way. It’s 2015 and we now have information at our disposal that suggests it’s not exactly the best decision after all. Week 16 presented Daily Fantasy Football users with plenty of fantasy goodness, whether you made your yearly championship game or not.
If New York State is going to label Daily Fantasy Football as gambling they need to do the same with Bill Belichick’s decision making. The Jets additional possession enabled Eric Decker to salvage what was a previously uneventful day and propelled Ryan Fitzpatrick into the Top 5 at the quarterback position.
The Fanpicks.com tournament strategy of the year came in the form of fading Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Ben Roethlisberger and instead rostering 32 year old resurgent superstar, DeAngelo Williams.
DeAndre Hopkins is so good that not even Brandon Weeden can diminish his fantasy value. It makes you wonder if Dez Bryant could have in fact been a viable top fantasy option this season with Weeden had Bryant been healthy.
Kirk Cousins is quickly ascending up the Kirk ranks, having now passed Kirk Cameron, Kirk Herbstreit, and Kirk Hinrich. If Jordan Reed and DeSean Jackson can stay healthy for a full season he may eventually pass Kirk Gibson and ultimately end up in Captain Kirk territory. After the game Sunday, DeSean Jackson stated all that mattered was his team earning the victory, not his personal stat line. I don’t think I like this new, more mature DeSean as I was very much looking forward to the revenge game narrative paying off.
Derek Carr has gone from value play to stay away in a matter of weeks while his running mate, Amari Cooper has been as unpredictable as Steve Harvey. Cooper’s Week 15 re-emergence and Week 16 disappearance is an all too familiar reminder regarding putting faith in rookies during the second half of the season. Lesson learned, again.
Speaking of rookies, Todd Gurley was arguably a logical fade in Week 16 for a number of reasons; the Seattle Seahawks give up the least amount of fantasy points to running backs. The majority of Gurley’s fantasy production has come when the St. Louis Rams have the lead and it was quite probable the Rams would have the lead for roughly zero percent of this game. Amazingly, Jeff Fisher once again most likely saved his job as Gurley and the Rams pulled off the upset of the week in the NFC, but even that wasn’t enough to stop Doug Baldwin. Baldwin, like Cousins, has seen his stock rise amongst fellow namesakes. Doug has now surpassed Stephen on the list of Baldwins to achieve the most relevancy with the least amount of talent. Congrats, Doug.
Michael Floyd looks to have established himself as the primary fantasy wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are producing enough to remain relevant but it’s safe to say Floyd has taken the lead role. Between David Johnson, Carson Palmer, Floyd, Fitzgerald, Brown and now the Arizona Defense/Special Teams, they are to Daily Fantasy Football what bacon and eggs are to Ron Swanson. I’ll take all the Arizona you have.
A sun setting, a baby laughing, birds chirping on a beautiful Sunday morning… I’ll take the beauty of a Fantasy Football shootout over all of them. The New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars reminded us that, indeed, dreams do come true as Blake Bortles, Drew Brees, Allen Robinson, Brandin Cooks, Allen Hurns and Tim Hightower all lived up to DFS expectations.
The New York Giants don’t deserve to be mentioned, even if Rueben Randle was a bargain play.
Week 16 Daily Fantasy Football Review: FanPicks Edition
Week 16 Surprise Performances
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers’ performance Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals was one of the worst of his career and he finished tied for 28th in quarterback scoring, throwing for just a single score along with 151 passing yards. Some predicted the Packers could exploit the loss of Cardinals standout, Tyrann Mathieu, by utilizing Randall Cobb and Richard Rodgers in the slot and across the middle of the field. This, along with the expected point total indicated potential for a Fantasy-friendly day for all parties involved. Per Rich Hribar, since the Packers’ bye in Week 7, Rodgers is now averaging just 226.6 passing yards per game (24th) and 5.9 yards per attempt (33rd). Looks like that double check for the 2015 season has bounced.
DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 16 presented itself as a potential season best aerial attack for Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers as he, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant were among the most discussed breakout DFS plays of the week. The Baltimore Ravens entered the game as a bottom-10 defense against Fantasy quarterbacks and one of the 10 best against Fantasy running backs. The Ravens shocked both the NFL and Fantasy communities by caging Roethlisberger, Brown and Bryant while DeAngelo Williams scored two rushing touchdowns and racked up his 4th 100 yard game of the season.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
Julio seemed like a prime fade in Week 16 as he was once again matched up with 2015’s version of Deion Sanders, Josh Norman. Norman personally allowed just 33 receiving yards to Jones in their Week 14 matchup, in which Julio totaled just seven receptions for 88 yards. The Panthers’ undefeated season was on the line as the Atlanta Falcons disappointing season was seemingly coming to a close. This had bust written all over it. Per Pro Football Focus, Norman was lined up against Jones on 43 of 56 snaps Sunday but this time around, Julio had the last laugh. Jones finished with nine receptions, 178 yards, a touchdown and an Atlanta victory, sending Mercury Morris off to bed with celebratory champagne in his belly for yet another season.
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