Week 16 Fantasy Heroes and Villains – Championship Week Edition
The season in most leagues is now over for another year and its either heartbreak or jubilation as we all look forward to next year and the 2013 fantasy draft.
Some fantasy owners have come from nowhere to win leagues and others have wilted under the immense pressure to win.
Let’s all take a look at who performed and who struggled as we competed for the holy grail.
Dez Bryant: 34 Fantasy Points
This guy seems to be performing better with a broken finger. He torched the New Orleans secondary on Sunday as Bryant caught two 58 yard touchdowns and finished with nine receptions for a career-high 224 yards. The Cowboys always believed in Bryant, he is now starting to deliver. Scoring leader for the week.
Tony Romo: 32 Fantasy Points
Romo has been electric in the second half of the season, as he continues to engineer the Cowboys’ play-off push. On Sunday, it was no different, as he finished with 416 passing yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions. Sunday’s performance was also a season high 32 fantasy points.
Aaron Rodgers: 32 Fantasy Points
Aaron Rodgers hit his straps on Sunday as he led the Packers’ offense against the hapless Titans. Rodgers threw for three scores and ran for another in a 55-7 demolition. He completed 27-of-38 attempts for 342 yards. That win put the Packers in the box seat for a first round bye in the play-offs.
Reggie Bush: 28 Fantasy Points
Bush had his best performance since Week 2, as he was the difference between the Dolphins and the Bills. Bush only managed 65 yards on 19 carries with a touchdown, but also helped himself with 42 receiving yards with two more touchdowns in the 24-10 win.
Roddy White: 27 Fantasy Points
In the Saturday game, where much of the attention surrounded Calvin Johnson as he set a new receiving yards record, not many people seemed to notice the performance of Roddy White. Against the Lions, White racked up 153 yards on eight receptions with two touchdowns as he led Atlanta to a first round bye in the playoffs and home field advantage throughout.
Jake Locker: 8 Fantasy Points
As we continue to marvel at the talents of RG3, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson, another young quarterback in Jake Locker seems to be headed in the opposite direction. Locker completed less than 50% of his attempts, as he completed only 13 of 30 passes and threw a pair of interceptions against the Packers.
Hakeem Nicks: 0 Fantasy Points
Although Nicks has been hampered by niggling injuries all season, it doesn’t excuse his abysmal performance on Sunday against the Ravens. He was only targeted three times by Eli Manning, but he failed to haul in anything, as he continues to under-perform along with his Giants’ team-mates as they could only muster 186 total yards against Baltimore.
Josh Freeman: 11 Fantasy Points
Don’t let the 11 points fool you. Josh Freeman and his Tampa Bay team-mates are in a late season funk. Freeman threw four interceptions for the second straight week. A young side tiring towards the end of the season perhaps? Freeman also threw the ball 54 times completing only 30, as Tampa failed to establish the run game against St.Louis in their 28-13 loss.
Brady Quinn: 3 Fantasy Points
If the experts weren’t sure what position Kansas City were going target in the 2013 draft, they do now. Quinn was below par again this week, as he completed only 10 of 22 attempts and threw for 162 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. One a pick six that proved to be the difference in a tight contest.
Arian Foster: 0 Fantasy Points
One of the most consistent performers all year, chose the worst time of year to have a bad performance. Had 10 rushing attempts for a grand total of 15 yards, lost a fumble and then was benched (later diagnosed as an irregular heartbeat), which isn’t good news for Foster and the Houston Texans. Still questionable as to whether he will play in Week 17.
Did anyone win their league this season? Did you lose in a championship game?
Next week we will highlight the best performers and the best individual performances of season 2012.