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Fantasy Football Recap and Takeaways: Week 15

by Andrew Gould | @andrewgould4 | Featured Writer
Dec 18, 2017

Star running backs fueled countless fantasy football squads to Week 15 glory. Those with Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, Mark Ingram, and/or Melvin Gordon have a strong chance of prevailing unless facing one of them as well.

Cam Newton, Michael Thomas, and Rob Gronkowski also validated premium draft investments with clutch performances. Yet for all the marquee players who delivered, anyone counting on Philip Rivers, Antonio Brown, or any Seahawk may need a Monday-night miracle.

Several teams will also get axed because of a kicker with a splendid last name. Those are the breaks of fantasy football. In this season’s final recap, let’s analyze an exciting Week 15 and see how it affects the final two slates.

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Denver Broncos 25, Indianapolis Colts 13

  • Why didn’t anyone recommend Brock Osweiler as a streamer? When Trevor Siemian left with a shoulder injury, the backup went a surprisingly stout 12-of-17 for 194 yards and two passing touchdowns. He also ran 18 yards for another score en route to a QB4 finish as of Monday morning. Siemian will miss the final two weeks, but don’t trust someone with 6.30 yards per attempt and more turnovers (32) than passing touchdowns (31) because of one impressive outing against a hapless Colts defense.
  • Indianapolis’s offense produced just 228 total yards, but none of their startable players had a terrible evening. Frank Gore pieced together 68 total yards. Jack Doyle caught seven passes for 47 yards, and five receptions for 41 yards is far above T.Y. Hilton‘s floor. They get another brutal Week 16 matchup at Baltimore, so Doyle is the only recommended starter. Hilton is worth the risk in Week 17 against the Texans, whom he lit up for 175 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9.
  • C.J. Anderson enjoyed the return of Denver’s dominant defense, setting season highs in carries (30) and rushing yards (158). He hadn’t reached double-digit rushing yards since Week 2. After receiving 71 handoffs in seven games from Weeks 5-12, he has run 57 times in the past three contests. He had 19 touches in Week 13’s 35-9 loss to Miami, so his bolstered workload is not entirely game-dependent. Bring him back into the mix as a flex play or low-end RB2 with Denver closing the season against Washington and Kansas City.

Detroit Lions 20, Chicago Bears 10

  • Matthew Stafford‘s line would look a lot different if Marvin Jones Jr. hadn’t turned a possible interception into a sensational 58-yard snag. The deep heave set up a touchdown pass to T.J. Jones, enabling Stafford to submit 237 yards and two scores. The first Jones had two other catches for 27 yards beyond his big play. He avoided a similar fate as Golden Tate, who finished with three catches for 33 yards. Although he needed a break on Saturday, Stafford is a steady starter who has completed 71.0 percent of his passes in Detroit’s last eight games. Start him in a manageable Week 16 matchup at Cincinnati. Having eclipsed 60 yards in eight of the last nine games, Jones has unexpectedly established a higher floor than Tate.
  • Kendall Wright followed a huge Week 14 by setting a new season-high in targets (13). He caught seven of them for 81 yards, giving him more yards in the last two games (188) than the prior seven (170) combined. A 30.7 percent target share over two weeks is too tantalizing to ignore. Although he threw three of his career-high 46 pass attempts to the wrong team, Mitchell Trubisky has helped entrench Wright as a viable Week 16 volume play against the Browns. The only worry is that a conservative Chicago offense won’t throw nearly as much unless Cleveland competes.
  • As far as down games go for Jordan Howard, investors will take his Week 15 stats. A week after compiling 155 yards, he recorded 63 (37 rushing, 26 receiving) on 14 touches. His four receptions led PPR players to double-digit points. The second-year rusher has 519 rushing yards and four touchdowns in four Chicago victories, and there’s no clearer path to a “W” than hosting Cleveland. He’ll probably follow an active Week 16 with a subdued Week 17 performance at Minnesota, unless the Vikings have nothing at stake during the final game.

Kansas City Chiefs 30, Los Angeles Chargers 13

  • The Chargers Charger’d at the worst possible time for them and fantasy players. After going four straight games without a pick, Philip Rivers turned the clock to 2016 and threw three. He has capitulated six of his 10 interceptions to the Chiefs. Keenan Allen‘s streak of 100-yard games ended cruelly when he was carted off the field with 54 yards. Per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the star wide receiver suffered a lower back injury, and it “hurt him to cough and take a deep breath” after the game. While Allen missing time would downgrade Rivers, he’d remain a lower-level QB1 in advantageous matchups against the Jets and Raiders. Allen had emerged as a standout WR1 with 88 catches for 1,197 yards. It would be a shame if he missed the opportunity to hit triple-digit receptions and log his first 16-game season.
  • Aside from an unexpected Antonio Gates touchdown on his lone catch, Melvin Gordon was the only Chargers player truly unaffected by their slip up. In fact, he compiled a season-high 169 total yards (78 rushing, 91 receiving) with his 11th touchdown of the season. His season looks eerily similar to last year’s breakout. Despite averaging 3.8 yards per carry, he has maintained RB1 value with 1,329 yards, 3.5 catches per game and plenty of end-zone visits. Few players benefit more from volume, as the third-year rusher has received at least 20 touches in each of the past six games. The main difference from last year? Healthy down the stretch, he should lead fantasy investors to glory in two more mouth-watering matchups.
  • People everywhere wondered if they would get eliminated because the football barely grazed the ground on what appeared to be a Kareem Hunt touchdown reception. That infinitesimal turn could still swing some matchups, but don’t blame a loss on Hunt. He made amends by tallying 151 rushing yards on 24 carries, 51 receiving yards on seven catches, and a touchdown apiece on the ground and through the air. That gives the rookie back-to-back 100-yard outings after missing the mark five straight times. Andy Reid finally found the lost pages of his playbook dedicated to the newcomer, as Hunt has collected 59 touches in two games after averaging 16.6 during that five-game funk. Feeding him put the Chiefs back on track, so they should stick with the plan against the Dolphins.

Washington Redskins 20, Arizona Cardinals 15

  • While Kirk Cousins produced fewer than 200 passing yards for the second straight game, he at least went an efficient 18-of-26 for 196 yards and two scores in an unfriendly fantasy game. Jamison Crowder rebounded from a rough Week 15 to register five catches for 55 yards and his second touchdown of the season. He has 498 receiving yards in his last six games after corralling just 149 in his first six. Consistent involvement in Washington’s offense makes Crowder a decent play in a tough Week 16 tilt against Denver before closing the season with a tremendous matchup versus the Giants. Try to find a Week 16 alternative for Cousins, who hasn’t mounted a top-15 QB finish since Week 11.
  • In his first four games without Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis caught 21 of 31 targets for 273 yards and a touchdown. He since has reeled in six of 14 targets for 59 yards and a score in four ensuing contests. Did he say something mean to Cousins or a coach after Week 11? In addition to accruing just 18 yards, he lost a fumble after one of two receptions against Arizona. The Broncos are exploitable against the tight end, and the Giants have surrendered 13 touchdowns to the position. And yet Davis has still lost his TE1 status heading into the final games.
  • Elijah Penny blocked Kerwynn Williams from another productive, high-volume day by poaching 10 carries for 45 yards. Not even 17 handoffs sufficed for Williams, who finished with a mediocre 61 yards. The rookie had seven touches all season leading up to Sunday, but Adrian Peterson‘s replacement is averaging a replaceable 3.7 yards per rush in 2017. While there’s no need to prioritize Penny in waiver-wire lists, his emergence dampens Williams stock to flex territory for a golden Week 16 matchup against the Giants.

Minnesota Vikings 34, Cincinnati Bengals 7

  • In a rough day for each team’s star wideout, A.J. Green and Adam Thielen each recorded 30 yards. So did Stefon Diggs, but he also offered a touchdown. Thielen set season lows in yards and catches (three), and Green was targeted four times in a blowout loss after seeing 28 throws in the last two bouts. Don’t worry too much about either. Thielen gets a weak Packers secondary he burned for 96 yards earlier this year, and Green should at least get more opportunities to make big plays against the Lions. Diggs has just 333 yards since Week 4, but a nice matchup makes him a worthwhile WR3.
  • Andy Dalton took a seat after going 11-of-22 for 113 yards and two interceptions. With the Bengals eliminated from playoff contention and Marvin Lewis set to leave after the season, it makes sense to audition AJ McCarron over the final two weeks. Yet neither is particularly appealing against Detroit, and either one is unusable when they close the season at Baltimore. Dalton is averaging 182.2 passing yards per contest since notching his only 300-yard output in Week 5.
  • The perfect scenario played out for Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon. While the former ran the ball 20 times for 76 yards and a touchdown, the latter accumulated 114 of Case Keenum‘s 236 passing yards on seven receptions. Murray also attained a 28-yard catch while McKinnon ran for an extra 24 yards. The Vikings, of course, won’t always win by 27. Week 16 could bode well for McKinnon, as the Packers had allowed the NFL’s third-most receptions to running backs before permitting six more to Christian McCaffrey. Murray still gets enough reps to treat as an RB2.

Buffalo Bills 24, Miami Dolphins 16

  • In his best game since returning from a knee injury, Charles Clay caught five of a team-high nine targets for 68 yards. The tight end previously had 111 yards in the last five games, which included a Buffalo blizzard and ill-advised Nathan Peterman detour. Tyrod Taylor delivered his best performance since regaining the starting role. Along with amassing 224 passing yards and a touchdown, he scrambled for 42 yards and another score. That type of production makes them an interesting streaming duo with the Bills closing the season at New England and Miami.
  • Kelvin Benjamin, meanwhile, posted 20 yards for the second time in three weeks. He has nine receptions for 100 yards and a score in four games since getting traded from Carolina, and his best performance actually came in Week 14’s glorified snowball fight. At this point, his realistic ceiling does not justify gambling on the basement-level floor.
  • Kenyan Drake continued to bolster his case for fantasy playoff MVP consideration. The 23-year-old delivered 78 rushing yards and his third score in four games with another 35 yards on six catches. He has garnered 87 touches for 447 yards-clearing 100 each time-in Miami’s past three bouts without Damien Williams. Drake has dominated too much to limit even if Williams returns, so consider him a legitimate RB1 over the final two weeks.
  • DeVante Parker produced 76 yards in the past four games before securing half of his dozen targets for 89 yards. Down 21-6 at halftime, Jay Cutler ended up throwing 49 times while unsuccessfully playing catch-up. Fantasy players would gladly accept a return to Parker’s early garbage-time role, but they have witnessed too many vanishing acts to call his number. He may at best be someone to add if worried about an opponent catching lightning in a bottle.

New Orleans Saints 31, New York Jets 19

  • After having a touchdown overturned and redistributed to Mark Ingram in the opening period, Michael Thomas was in danger of enduring an ill-timed dud. He then caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in the same fourth-quarter drive, upping his final output to nine receptions for 93 yards. While narrowly losing his first two-touchdown game of 2017, he still found the end zone for the third straight contest. With 94 receptions and at least five in all but one bout, the WR1 is aligned for a huge finish against the Falcons and Buccaneers.
  • Bryce Petty again stymied his previously soaring receivers. He connected on just five of 12 tries to Robby Anderson for 40 yards and led Jermaine Kearse to just 28 yards. Yet a week after going backward for minus-three yards, Elijah McGuire garnered 71 yards and a touchdown. Although probably an outlier, one can never say for sure when a new quarterback takes over for a team out of the playoff hunt in December. Why not give the rookie more reps than the 32-year-old Matt Forte? It’s still for the best to sit all Jets against the Chargers, although a high ceiling and target share keeps Anderson on the edge of starting territory.
  • Mark Ingram gave New Orleans 74 rushing and 77 receiving yards with two touchdowns. Alvin Kamara trailed behind at 44 rushing and 45 receiving yards, but at least he played and scored a touchdown after suffering a concussion in Week 14. Per ESPN Stats & Info, they’re just the third running back duo to each register 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns for the same team. A healthy Kamara remains a top-shelf RB1, where he can enjoy Ingram’s company.

Jacksonville Jaguars 45, Houston Texans 7

  • Fortune favors the bold. Just ask anyone who started Blake Bortles, who annihilated the Texans for 326 yards and three touchdowns. He now has 903 passing yards, a 71.4 completion percentage, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions in the past three games. His name has graced the top-10 QB leaderboard in each of the last four weeks, and he’s likely to stay there with the 49ers next on the schedule. With the Titans beckoning after, he’s a legitimate starter to ride out 2017.
  • So who reaped the rewards on Bortles’s spectacular day? Not Marqise Lee, who left during the first quarter with an ankle injury. And not Dede Westbrook, who followed a career game by catching his two targets for 21 yards. Everyone – this writer included – picked the wrong Jacksonville rookie to ravage the Texans. Keelan Cole compiled seven catches for a Week 15-high 186 yards. A week after going deep for a 75-yard score, he struck again from 73 yards, giving the undrafted free agent his third touchdown in as many games. He won’t sprint the majority of the field every Sunday, but Cole’s game-breaking speed makes him a player worth starting if Lee misses an alluring Week 16 matchup at San Francisco. Don’t discard Westbrook after one quiet Sunday. He still boasts a 22.7 percent target since arriving. Jaydon Mickens scored twice, but don’t rush to add someone who previously had one career catch.
  • A byproduct of a blowout loss, Lamar Miller notched just 33 yards on 11 touches. Alfred Blue emerged for 55 yards on 12 carries. Limited in practice during the week, Houston might have simply decided not to test its starting running back’s health with the game out of hand. With T.J. Yates likely to start against the Steelers on Christmas Day, Miller is in jeopardy of again falling out of favor because of an unfavorable game script. Yet he’s averaging 16.7 touches per loss, so don’t strip him of low-end RB2 status unless he appears on the Week 16 injury report.

Philadelphia Eagles 34, New York Giants 29

  • Nick Foles donned Carson Wentz‘s lucky touchdown cloak to throw for four scores despite averaging a mundane 6.2 yards per pass attempt. He benefited from short fields on an interception and blocked punt, so don’t expect four more against the Raiders or Cowboys. The close win, however, showed how many valuable pass-catchers he inherited from the injured starter. Alshon Jeffery scored his seventh touchdown in seven games. Zach Ertz – returning from a concussion – and Nelson Agholor each picked up his eighth of the season. Foles is competent enough to keep that trio in the starting mix, but he remains more of a QB2 who needed field position and play-calling to go his way in an easy matchup.
  • Jay Ajayi conversely was shunned from the end zone despite collecting 89 yards on 14 touches. His only run inside the 10 went for a loss of four yards. He earned his sole touchdown of the season on a 46-yard run, and the Eagles have plenty of other runners – particularly LeGarrette Blount – to feed inside the red zone. From a glass-half-full perspective, at least he’s gradually receiving more opportunities between the 20’s. Ajayi will likely not deliver the RB1 returns investors hoped to see when traded from Miami, but the Raiders at least keep him in the Week 16 starting conversation.
  • The week’s QB3, Foles finished second in this game behind Eli Manning. With the benefit of throwing a whopping 57 times, Manning stockpiled 434 passing yards and three touchdowns, giving him 1,156 yards in the last three games against Philadelphia. Fresh off a 16-yard snoozer, Sterling Shepard received 16 targets. He transferred them into 11 catches for 139 yards and a touchdown. Surpassing 130 yards three times, the 23-year-old flaunts an incredibly high ceiling. He also wields 28 catches on 41 targets for 423 yards in four games with Manning and without Odell Beckham Jr. Week 14 now looks more like a false alarm than a warning, and he should avoid Patrick Peterson from the slot in Week 16. Steer clear of Manning as no more than a QB2 in what will likely be his final games with the Giants.

Baltimore Ravens 27, Cleveland Browns 10

  • Entering Week 15 with a head of steam, Alex Collins mustered 52 yards (19 rushing, 33 receiving) on 17 touches. Attempting to extend his touchdown streak to five games, he was stuffed on two goal-line carries. For the first time since Week 8, Javorius Allen accrued double-digit carries (13) for 74 yards, his most since Week 4. Danny Woodhead also tallied a season-high six catches. Collins developed into a major force before stumbling against a stout Cleveland running defense, so trust him to rebound against the Colts. Allen likely won’t receive as many rushes, but he could continue to lose some passing reps to a healthy Woodhead.
  • Joe Flacco followed consecutive 269-yard passing games with a season-high 288. In addition to throwing a touchdown to Ben Watson, he surprisingly punctuated his first rushing touchdown since last year’s Week 4. Watson exploited a perfect matchup for 74 yards, but that’s just a streamer doing his job. He didn’t provide a single catch in Week 14, so the 36-year-old tight end is a TE2 against Indianapolis. A resurgent Flacco has some streaming appeal, but he’s better suited as a QB2 or cost-cutting DFS play.
  • Duke Johnson Jr. quietly entered Sunday as’s No. 14 RB under its standard PPR scoring. He helped his cause with five more catches, 63 total yards, and his first rushing touchdown since Week 4. The running back leads Cleveland in receptions (61), targets (80), and receiving yards (537), but he closes the year with tough matchups at Chicago and Pittsburgh. Even if he does little as a runner, Johnson remains a sneakily valuable PPR option.

Carolina Panthers 31, Green Bay Packers 24

  • Aaron Rodgers returned from a broken collarbone to register 290 passing yards, 43 rushing yards, and three passing touchdowns. He also went an inefficient 26-of-45 and threw three interceptions for the first time since 2009. Although far from vintage Rodgers, the former MVP delivered a top-10 fantasy finish on the road against a difficult Panthers defense. He gets another tough matchup against Minnesota, but who stashed the stud for two months to sit him during the championship clash? That’s assuming he plays. The Falcons can eliminate the Packers from playoff contention by winning on Monday night.
  • Most onlookers figured Rodgers would restore a toiling Packers receiver back to glory. That happened, just not for Jordy Nelson. Randall Cobb instead caught seven of 14 targets for 84 yards and touchdown. Nelson, meanwhile, stayed quiet with 28 yards. Both could get targeted often going forward, as Davante Adams – who secured Rodgers’s first touchdown – left with a concussion following a nasty hit from Thomas Davis. With 45 targets in five games finished by Rodgers, Cobb is a viable wideout who climbs even higher if Adams does not clear concussion protocol. Nelson hasn’t done anything of significance in months, but he deserves another last chance with Rodgers back in the fold.
  • Cam Newton filed his second four-touchdown game of 2017 by reuniting with an old friend. After getting blanked by Minnesota, Greg Olsen possessed nine of 12 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown. He had four catches for 38 yards in four previous games. It was precisely the game supporters hoped to see before trusting them in the heart of a championship run. The breakout outing renews his membership as a TE1 with Tampa Bay’s NFL-worst passing defense traveling to Carolina. That matchup makes Newton a no-doubt top-five quarterback with a serious case for the No. 1 spot.
  • As he welcomed back one top target, Newton might have lost another. Questionable to play, Devin Funchess re-aggravated his injured shoulder while dropping a touchdown catch. Despite staying in the game, he recorded just one catch for 19 yards. Monitor his status to make sure Carolina’s premier wideout is healthy.

Los Angeles Rams 42, Seattle Seahawks 7

  • Congratulations to everyone who rosters Todd Gurley. Facing the Seahawks on the road, he staked his claim as the NFL’s best running back by delivering 180 yards and four touchdowns. Yes, four. He now has 17 this season with 1,817 yards. Gurley has either cleared 100 yards or reached the end zone in all but one game. He’s pretty good. You should probably start him against the Titans and 49ers.
  • On a less obvious note, Robert Woods returned from a month-long hiatus without displaying much rust. Although his 45 yards marked his lowest tally since Week 4, one of his six catches ended past the pylons. On the verge of a breakout before injuring his shoulder, the 25-year-old has scored all five of his touchdowns in his last four games. Cooper Kupp (2-21) and Sammy Watkins (2-14) immediately ceded their expanded roles, so insert Woods back into all starting lineups.
  • Let’s not sugarcoat this: Anyone depending on any Seahawks had an awful day. The same Russell Wilson who shined (from a fantasy lens at least) against the Jaguars wilted with a season-low 142 passing yards, one touchdown, two fumbles (one lost), and seven sacks. At least he offered 39 consolation yards on the ground. Doug Baldwin finished with six yards, seven more than Jimmy Graham. After scoring nine touchdowns over an eight-game window, Graham has minus-one yard in the last two games combined. The trio should have a brighter Christmas Eve against Dallas, but it’s too late for their investors booted from the semifinals.

New England Patriots 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 24

  • A possible AFC Championship Game preview had a fittingly wild finish. Yet that took a back seat to Antonio Brown leaving the game and going to a local hospital. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the star receiver has a partially torn calf muscle that will likely sideline him for Week 16. Even if he missed the final two games, he will still finish with his fifth straight 100-catch, 1,200-yard season. Injuries are unavoidable, and this major one cost countless gamers a championship opportunity. The Steelers, of course, are more concerned about his health for the actual playoffs. Brown is still the unquestioned No. 1 receiver for 2018 drafts.
  • His exit did not entirely derail Pittsburgh’s offense. Ben Roethlisberger went 22-of-30 for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. JuJu Smith-Schuster set the Steelers up to tie or win with a late 69-yard catch that upped his tally to 114 yards. Martavis Bryant collected his second touchdown in four games, the first obtained in a game played sans Smith-Schuster. The league’s youngest player carries massive upside against Houston and Cleveland, with or without Brown. Bryant slides into WR3 territory with upward mobility in great matchups that keep Roethlisberger comfortably entrenched in QB1 territory.
  • Tom Brady typically spreads the wealth. But he must have really missed Rob Gronkowski, who collected 168 of the quarterback’s 298 passing yards. Brandin Cooks placed second with 60 receiving yards (and a score), and no other Patriots pass-catcher produced 25 or more. The superstar tight end is averaging 84.8 receiving yards per contest. Brady has looked alarmingly mortal with two touchdowns and four interceptions in the last four games, but nobody in their right mind will give serious thought to benching him.

San Francisco 49ers 25, Tennessee Titans 23

  • While Brady is somewhat slumping, his former understudy is flourishing. Jimmy Garoppolo set another career high in passing yards at 381. He now has 1,008 in three starts, with 319 allocated to Marquise Goodwin. This would seem like the perfect time to fully invest in Garoppolo, but look at the schedule. The Jaguars and Rams aren’t the type of adversaries against whom to use a relatively unproven passer. Goodwin, on the other hand, has risen enough that a brutal matchup only drops him from WR2 to WR3 territory.
  • Rishard Matthews followed an underwhelming return by frying a vulnerable 49ers defense for 95 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t receive as much attention as he should have because a hamstring injury sapped any momentum entering Week 15. With 740 yards in 12 games, he could have approached 1,000 yards if healthy the entire way. The Titans face the same two opponents as San Francisco in the opposite order, so the time to utilize the underrated receiver passed.
  • Robbie Gould kicked 60 six more field goals, including one 50-yarder and three – one of which won the game – from 45 yards or more. He now has made 357 15 in three games since Garoppolo took over as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. Although not sustainable or actionable with the Jaguars and Rams waiting, it’s nice to see Gould honor the family name. (No actual relation.)

Dallas Cowboys 20, Oakland Raiders 17

  • Dak Prescott and Derek Carr were once upon a time considered top-10 fantasy quarterbacks. Not so much now. On Sunday night, they threw for 212 and 176 passing yards, respectively. Prescott attained his only score with his legs, but he also threw two picks. His lone top-15 fantasy finish in the past six games came at the expense of the lowly Giants. Expecting the sophomore to revert back to normal with a returning Ezekiel Elliott is a bit over-simplistic, especially since Alfred Morris averaged 4.3 yards per carry during the six-game suspension. Although Carr’s slump is not as precipitous, he exceeded one touchdown for just the third time in his last 11 games. Neither Prescott nor Carr is a particularly appealing Week 16 starter against the Seahawks and Eagles, respectively, but Oakland’s quarterback has more potential after watching Manning gash Philadelphia.
  • No Amari Cooper meant a lot of Michael Crabtree. Despite turning 17 targets into just 39 yards, he scored two touchdowns on a game-high seven receptions. Over the last two games, 30 of Carr’s 79 throws have gone to his primary receiver, who has produced eight touchdowns in 12 games. Dez Bryant must envy that volume after Prescott looked his way four times on Sunday night. At least he salvaged a rough night with a late 40-yard snag. While still a must-start, he’s losing his grip on WR1 status without a single 100-yard game this season. Crabtree should top Bryant in the Week 16 rankings if Cooper stays sidelined.
  • Marshawn Lynch contributed a solid 92 yards on 19 touches. He had secured a rushing touchdown in each of the last three games, but a stabilized workload keeps him in the RB2 mix. Temper expectations, however, in a Week 16 tilt against an elite Eagles rushing defense. In his last hurrah before forfeiting all playing time to Elliott, Morris mustered 61 yards. Elliott can’t be expected to match Gurley’s destruction of Seattle, but he immediately vaults back to a top-tier choice.

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