It was only two hours before the show when Tony Pollard got the call. Ezekiel Elliott was indisposed. Zeke ate some questionable Mexican food on Saturday night and wouldn’t be able to venture too far from the toilet. Pollard came in, cool as Zeke’s baby wipes, handling 12 carries for 69 yards while snatching up 6 catches for 63 yards and his 4th and 5th touchdowns. If Elliott’s still chained to the porcelain throne next week (he actually has a calf injury and I expect he’s back next week) then Pollard would be a solid RB2 against the Eagles. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy football:

NE @ MIA

Cam Newton – 17/27 for 209 yards, 9 carries for 38 yards. Remember when Cam was a good quarterback? On the plus side he can still play full back for a Canadian team, maybe the Montreal Alouettes.

Sony Michel – 10 carries for 74 yards, 1 catch for 8 yards. It was a bit of a surprise when Damien Harris (ankle) was ruled out on Saturday, but it allowed Sony to playstation. I mean play football. This Patriots offense is really pathetic, but at least Jakobi Meyers (7 catches for 111 yards) brought some yardage to the garbage party. 

Salvon Ahmed – 23 carries for 122 yards, 1 catch for 5 yards and his 2nd touchdown with a 2 point conversion as well. The Dolphins have really leaned in on Ahmed, giving him 20+ carries in two of his three starts when Myles Gaskin (COVID) has been out. I’m curious to see how the usage shakes out when both these youngsters are healthy, it could be a nice two headed monster. Nice for real life, that is, unfortunate for fantasy life.

 

JAC @ BAL

James Robinson – 16 carries for 35 yards, 3 catches for 18 yards and his 10th touchdown. They say to dance with the one who brung you. JRob did bring us but then he sucked face in the bathroom with our best friend, Gardner Minshew (22/29 for 226 yards, 2 carries for 9 yards and 2 touchdowns), for three quarters. Fortunately Robinson showed back up in the 4th quarter to give us some hand-stuff, so it wasn’t the worst dance.

Lamar Jackson – 17/22 for 243 yards, 10 carries for 35 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 interception–he now has 21 passing touchdowns and 7 rushing touchdowns. Week after week I said LJax was a buy-low for the fantasy playoffs as he struggled through a brutal stretch of difficult match ups. Hopefully someone was able to take advantage, I wasn’t able to.

J.K. Dobbins – 14 carries for 64 yards, 1 catch for 17 yards and his 5th rushing touchdown. That’s four straight weeks he’s found the end zone. If Gus would just get run over by a bus then Dobbins would be a fantasy monster.

Marquise Brown – 6 catches for 98 yards. Life is finally returning to Hollywood.

Mark Andrews – 5 catches for 66 yards and his 7th touchdown. If Mandrews hadn’t caught Corona he’d have a decent chance at double digit TDs for the second straight year. I expected touchdown regression but the big man just seems to have a knack for getting open down by the goal line.

 

HOU @ IND

David Johnson – 8 carries for 27 yards, 11 catches for 106 yards. Wow, 11 catches! That’s vintage DJ! Jazzy Jeff would be proud.

Brandin Cooks – 6 catches for 59 yards. After missing last week, Cooks returned but was outshined by Keke Coutee (5 catches for 53 yards and his 3rd touchdown) and Chad Hansen (2 catches for 55 yards and his 1st career touchdown). Just like we all expected.

Jonathan Taylor – 16 carries for 83 yards, 4 catches for 12 yards and his 8th touchdown. That’s also four TDs in the past two weeks. I ranked him as an RB1 in the preseason and it looked like an even bigger fool than normal around week 11, but now who’s laughing! 

Zach Pascal – 5 catches for 79 yards and his 3rd and 4th touchdowns. Right when we get jazzed for the resurgence of T.Y. Hilton (4 catches for 71 yards), Pascal shows up to splash cold water. I wouldn’t hesitate to return to Hilton next week though, he came up just a yard short of a 42 yard touchdown late. 

 

DET @ TEN

D’Andre Swift – 15 carries for 67 yards, 4 catches for 15 yards and his 8th and 9th touchdowns. Swift has come on strong late but he’s only at 738 scrimmage yards which means our friend Andy Behrens will have to go by D’Andy all next year:

Marvin Jones Jr. – 10 catches for 112 yards and his 7th touchdown. The Martian’s consistent inconsistency has been incredible: 

Week 12 – 48 yards

Week 13 – 116 yards and 1 touchdown

Week 14 – 48 yards

Week 15 – 112 yards and 1 touchdown

Derrick Henry – 24 carries for 147 yards, 2 catches for 5 yards and his 15th touchdown. Henry now has 1,679 rushing yards on the season, meaning he needs just 321 more yards over the final two weeks to reach 2,000. For some reason rookie Darrynton Evans (8 carries for 30 yards, 2 catches for 27 yards and his 1st career touchdown) is now meddling with the Predator’s plans. 

Corey Davis – 4 catches for 110 yards and his 5th touchdown. The post-post-hype breakout continues for Davis who now is just 45 yards shy of his first career 1,000 yard receiving season. We all knew Corey Davis would be better than Michael Thomas this year, right? 

A.J. Brown – 5 catches for 44 yards and his 10th touchdown. That’s also his 10th touchdown in his last 11 games. This would’ve been an even huger season if Brown hadn’t been sidelined for two games back in September.

 

SF @ DAL

Brandon Aiyuk – 9 catches for 73 yards and his 7th touchdown. There’s no question that Aiyuk is having a fantastic rookie year but he’s also seen a whopping 62 targets over the past five weeks. To be fair, those targets have come from Nick Mullens (21/36 for 219 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions) so it’s not like he’s in a dream situation. Point is, he won’t be seeing 14 targets per game once Kittle and Deebo are back.

Raheem Mostert – 14 carries for 68 yards. Mostert’s injuries opened the door for Jeff Wilson (16 carries for 60 yards and his 6th touchdown) to swoop in and infect this backfield with committee-itis. Neither player is more than a flex play at this point.

Amari Cooper – 2 catches for 10 yards. I hope nobody had to start Amari in their semifinals because he delivered a steaming Dallas dump. CeeDee Lamb (5 catches for 85 yards and a return touchdown) on the other hand took an onside kick back for a touchdown at the end of the game. Cha Ching!

 

SEA @ WAS

Russell Wilson – 18/27 for 121 yards, 6 carries for 52 yards, 1 passing touchdown and 1 interception–he now has 37 passing touchdowns on the season. You asked Russ for a Michelin 3-star meal and he served you up some Mac n’ Cheese with a side of Spaghetti-O’s. 

D.K. Metcalf – 5 catches for 43 yards. When Russ cooks like a drunken college student, it’s us Metcalf and Tyler Lockett (4 catches for 34 yards) owners who really suffer. And the Wilson owners too, I guess, but I don’t own him. Sober up for championship week please, Russ!

Chris Carson – 15 carries for 63 yards, 2 catches for 6 yards. Carson was back in the bell cow role after sharing with Carlos Hyde (2 carries for 55 yards, 2 catches for 8 yards and his ) last week, but unfortunately Hyde outperformed him on only four touches. What I wouldn’t do for four touches.

Terry McLaurin – 7 catches for 77 yards. Not quite 777. At least Dwayne Haskins (38/55 for 295 yards, 3 carries for 28 yards, 1 passing touchdown and 2 interceptions) treated his luxury F1 right, giving him 12 targets. Although he didn’t treat him quite as well as Logan Thomas (13 catches for 101 yards) who saw 15 targets.

J.D. McKissic – 13 carries for 51 yards, 9 catches for 56 yards and his 2nd touchdown. All I can think when I see McKissic racking up all these fantasy points is what might’ve been for all my Antonio Gibson (toe) teams. The fantasy gods hast forsaken me!

 

CHI @ MIN

David Montgomery – 32 carries for 146 yards, 1 catch for 16 yards and his 7th and 8th touchdowns. I knew Full Monty was hung like a horse, obviously, but my fantasy opponent had no idea. League winning girth.

Allen Robinson – 4 catches for 83 yards. It was an unexpected game script as Da Bears played from ahead the entire game and only threw 21 times, but it was Darnell Mooney (4 catches for 49 yards, 1 carry for 16 yards and his 4th touchdown) who came out of hibernation clawing into the end zone.

Dalvin Cook – 24 carries for 132 yards, 5 catches for 27 yards and his 16th touchdown. Here’s your 3-star Michelin Chef. The amazing thing about Dalvin is it doesn’t matter whether its a close game or a blowout in either direct, he puts the numbers up regardless of game script. Also, that rhetoric about limiting his workload was the fakest news of 2020.

Adam Thielen – 2 catches for 11 yards and his 13th touchdown. Thielen was one blown coverage away from being completely skunked. Hey Bears, maybe you want someone to guard Thielen on 3rd and goal from the 3 yard line!

Justin Jefferson – 8 catches for 104 yards. That’s El Jefe J-Jeffe’s 6th 100-yard game of the year and he’s seen 44 targets over the past four weeks. The sky’s the limit for this kid.

 

TB @ ATL

Leonard Fournette – 14 carries for 49 yards, 3 catches for 16 yards and his 4th and 5th touchdown. This is why I ranked Leo in my preseason top 20. Knew it would pay off eventually! I’d be surprised if Ronald Jones (finger) is back next week after his surgery.

Mike Evans – 6 catches for 110 yards. This was the first game that’d you’d be happy to start all of the Bucco receivers as Chris Godwin (4 catches for 36 yards and his 4th touchdown) and Antonio Brown (5 catches for 93 yards and his 1st touchdown) both found the end zone. Too bad they can’t play against the Falcons’ secondary every week.

Rob Gronkowski – 3 catches for 29 yards. Gronk again spent his week recording endless takes of Tommy and Gronky instead of practicing:

Calvin Ridley – 10 catches for 163 yards and his 9th touchdown. Who needs Julio? I mean, other than the people who drafted him in the 2nd round.

Todd Gurley – 1 carry for -1 yards, 2 catches for 15 yards. R.I.P. Toddfather.

 

PHI @ ARI

Jalen Hurts – 24/44 fro 338 yards, 11 carries for 63 yards, 3 passing touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. I read Carson Wentz was demanding he start. Uhhh I don’t think so Carson, take a hike! This kid looks like a superstar.

Miles Sanders – 17 carries for 64 yards, 1 catch for 26 yards. One side-effect of this new and exciting Hurts offense is the versatile QB is stealing a bit of Colonel Sanders’ chicken. I’d still like to see a little more usage in the pass game. Makes no sense when your most dynamic player only gets two targets, especially in a game they were playing from behind.

Kyler Murray – 27/36 for 406 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 8 carries for 29 yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown and 1 interception–he now has 26 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing touchdowns on the season. He’s officially healthy. All is right in the world. Except for all the things I’ve complained about above and will complain about below.

DeAndre Hopkins – 9 catches for 169 yards and his 6th touchdown. Can you imagine trading this guy for two rolls of toilet paper and six ounces of hand sanitizer? 

Kenyan Drake – 10 carries for 26 yards, 2 catches for 14 yards. The committee returned to Arizona this week as Chase Edmonds (11 carries for 47 yards, 3 catches for 19 yards and his 5th touchdown) rose from his role as Drake’s backup singer to take the spotlight, The duet gave me a headache. 

 

NYJ @ LAR

Frank Gore – 23 carries for 59 yards, 1 catch for 6 yards and his 2nd touchdown. The old man put down his prune juice and led the Jets to the win no one wanted. Good job, Jets!

Cam Akers – 15 carries for 63 yards, 1 catch for -1 yards. In the biggest smash spot after the biggest breakout, we should’ve seen the letdown coming. Akers did have a touchdown called back on a weak hold for what it’s worth–absolutely nothing. But at least Akers owners, if they advanced, can take solace in the fact that no other RB saw more than one carry.

Cooper Kupp – 5 catches for 39 yards. The most disappointing Cooper since Cooper Manning.

Robert Woods – 6 catches for 56 yards, 1 carry for 40 yards and his 8th touchdown. Robert’s fantasy owners were about the only ones who got wood from this game. He needs 148 receiving yards over the final two weeks to reach 1,000 yards for the third straight season.

Tyler Higbee – 4 catches for 67 yards and his 5th touchdown. You know the old saying, even a Higbust finds an acorn every once in awhile. 

 

KC @ NO

Patrick Mahomes – 26/47 for 254 yards, 7 carries for 37 yards and 3 passing touchdowns–he now has 36 passing touchdowns on the season. Mahomie has disappointed his homies slightly in the playoffs, but even without his A-game he’ll never ruin you. His floor’s as high as it gets.

Tyreek Hill – 6 catches for 53 yards and his 17th touchdown. The Cheetah has torn up the savannah this year. I’m not sure whether I’ll be ranking Hill, Adams or Metcalf number one next year. They’re all incredible.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – 14 carries for 79 yards, 1 catch for 4 yards before leaving with a painful looking injury. I read this could be anything from a hip to a hamstring to a knee injury, maybe we’ll know more by the time you’re reading this but I can’t imagine we see Clyde before their first playoff game at the earliest. This means Le’Veon Bell (15 carries for 62 yards, 1 catch for 14 yards and his 2nd touchdown) is suddenly a high end RB2 for fantasy championship week against the Falcons.

Travis Kelce – 8 catches for 68 yards and his 10th touchdown. Incredible that Kelce is putting up a career year at age 31. He’s now tied his career high in TDs (10) and he’s only 5 receptions and 18 yards shy of his career marks with two games remaining. Think about that next time you get excited to draft Evan Engram.

Drew Brees – 15/34 for 234 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. I can’t overstate how bad Brees looked in this one for 3.5 quarters. For awhile I thought Taysom Hill (2 carries for 3 yards and his 6th rushing touchdown) was going to outscore him on his two touches. It’s clear Brees was no where near 100% and I’d be very hesitant to start him next week in a championship match.

Alvin Kamara – 11 carries for 54 yards, 3 catches for 40 yards and his 15th touchdown. Even in one of the ugliest games of Brees’ career, Alvin the Chipmunk still went to town. He’s back in the elite RB1 tier with Henry and Cook for championship week.

 

CLE @ NYG

Nick Chubb – 15 carries for 50 yards, 2 catches for 16 yards and his 10th touchdown. What a Chubb tease! I needed another 10 fantasy points out of his Chubb. I squeezed and tugged, even tried some Jergens, but nothing happened.

Kareem Hunt – 7 carries for 21 yards, 3 catches for 7 yards. Woof! The Sunday night game was slow paced and painful for anyone who started any players in the game. 

Jarvis Landry – 7 catches for 61 yards and his 3rd touchdown. Alright I lied, starting the Landryman actually wasn’t painful. He took care of the dirty clothes yet again.

Wayne Gallman – 9 carries for 29 yards. So many disappointing playoff performances from so many of the guys who brought us to the ball. I’m never going to another dude ball again!

 

  1. William Hung says:
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    First?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Ghost town around here today!

  2. William Hung says:
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    My league goes to W17 – if by some miracle, I’m in the championship game – will there be any resources on this site for me to use for that week?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yep, I’ll have rankings and a Sunday primer for week 17. Also, you should convince your league to change that next year!

      • William Hung says:
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        i tried and failed. I’m hoping to push for the 2x Flex to replace K and DEF next year

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Same in my main home league with Def and K. Idiots. Guess I should just be happy we don’t play week 17.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          at least push for if using week 17 to make it added to week 16. only spot i’m in that at all uses week 17 does that. i have all matchups that start in 16 be 2 week matchups. this involves the consolation 3rd place, consolation 1st and 2nd, 3rd place, 5th place, 7th place and championship matchups, from which the final season standings or draft lottery positions come from (we do a draft lottery for 1st 3 rounds (this is 16 team dynasty) for the non playoff 8 teams, those that get 1st-3rd in consolation get extra chances in that lottery, the season standings for them determines the majority of the chances).

  3. Marcus over the top says:
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    I need 4.5 points out of Conner or snell. Started Chark over Lamb ugh!! Lol. Anyhoo, no ppr, standard scoring. Should I roll Conner or Snell out?? Is Snell goal line back? Thx Donkey!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Conner is out, so that makes it easy! Good luck with Snell!

  4. Kool Aid says:
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    Love the article headline and recap of all the action on this week so far. What I don’t enjoy is trying to survive an onslaught of the Josh Allens, Stephon Diggs, Aaron Jones, Dalvin Cooks and Adam Thielens of the world. Got dump trucked pretty much in the only two leagues I am in this week and I stand a very slim chance of surviving in one of those leagues due to the ferocity of Kyler and Nuk. Needing an absolute miracle of at least 22 points tonight by Diontae Johnson to tie because I’d win in a tiebreaker scenario. Aside from DK letting me down and DK as well I probably could’ve done a bit more justice by starting Buffalo over Miami this week and replacing Jason Sanders with another kicker. That being said, it’s hard to overcome someone scoring 197 (nearly 200 points) and winning. I hope all my prayers to the zillions of Gods have paid off. Started at about 11:32pm CST yesterday and finished at 3:18pm CST today so I believe that should do it. Starting to think it doesn’t pay to be the #1 overall seed

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I had a brutal day yesterday. 7 teams in the semifinals and went 1-6. And the one league I won was only a $20 RCL. Terrible!

      • hot corner says:
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        See you next week in the finals!!!!

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Good luck Dopp! At least I have something left to live for!

      • Kool Aid says:
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        I feel your pain, trust me. Well good luck in the one league where you are still alive even if it’s not worth much. I’m gonna finish repenting for all my sins and all of Diontae Johnson’s sins of drops that they will be forgiven tonight

        • Donkey Teeth

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          He did something!

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    good god, PIT really got full of themselves back when they were zero losses. now anybody can beat them. NYJ probably would’ve pulled this one out tonight too like they did against LAR in what was the most “look past” lost that i can remember in a while, and now the likely 2nd of the year the next day.

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      lucky i benched the only PIT players i own in any league at all not counting cam heyward. big ben benched for hurts, claypool for other WR’s. in one spot had ahmed not played i probably would’ve just stuck with d-wash over the snell i could’ve added too where i’ve been RB weak all year

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        wow, di jo caught a ball and it mattered. i wonder just what % of last longer league members will get busted this week if both PIT and LAR lose to 2 of the worst 3 teams in the league, gotta be in the 70% area.

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Ben woke up I guess!

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            snell also, he hadn’t looked at all good since week 1 back when people round here speculated that he might take connor’s job (snell did look quite good in week 1). obv outside of a few weeks he wasn’t starting, but he looked str up awful (so did connor though) for a while now. a friend of mine forgot in the semis that herbert played thurs, but he also had the ben vs hurts decision (i had that same decision where i went hurts elsewhere), him he was the top scoring team in season (which pays 2 buy ins out of 12, i was beat in weeks 1-13 by 17 points by him, but in the last 2 weeks i’ve outscored him by 78, and i’m going to finals with best score by anybody all year this week, r.woods was my lowest scoring player and LAR/a.rogers did worse than they almost ever do and still did that). had he gone hurts (optimally he’d have picked herbert but lost barely had he remembered that) he’d have won at least another 3 buy ins and since him and me would chop another 2 buy ins he cost himself 500 at least having gone ben over hurts. i agreed with him that hurts vs ben could’ve gone both ways but we both thought herbert was the play had he noticed in time.

            – in looking at this week’s FP top 20 rankers for QB’s i see you are 3rd, which is awesome.

            • Donkey Teeth

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              Agreed on Snell.

              Thanks! I had a shot at #1 but somehow I didn’t hit submit on my update when Tua started over Fitz two weeks ago. Had fitz at #14 and got crushed…

              • goodfold2 says:
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                oh my god that’s tragedy. so you’re STILL 3rd!!!!! wow.

                • Donkey Teeth

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                  Yep! Unfortunately I kinda sucked at WR most of the year.

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    it’s quite hard to be good at all spots. i could be wrong but i think rudy has kicked ass at kicker or team D but not both at the same time. PF (yeah he’s this much of a king to get an acronym)’s don’t grow on trees.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              week 12 with snell was fine too to be fair

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