Week 17 Fantasy Insights

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The reason 80-percent of all fantasy leagues end in Week 16 was on prominent display as Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster and LeSean McCoy all sat out games that had no real meaning. If you were one of the few remaining leagues still playing this week, scrambling to fill their spots was your theme of the day.

Detroit at Green Bay

Mathew Stafford's aerial show was expected (36-for-58 for 520 yards and five TDs), but Matt Flynn (31-for-44 for 480 yards and six TDs) was every bit as good. It was the first time in history that two quarterbacks threw for 400+ yards and five touchdowns in the same game. Congratulation to those who had the guts to start Flynn.

As expected, Calvin Johnson missed practices this week but was ready when the whistle blew. He caught 11 balls for 244 yards and a touchdown.

Ryan Grant had his best day of the season, including an 80 yard touchdown reception.

Jordy Nelson (9-162-3) led a Packers receiving corps that was missing Greg Jennings and Randall Cobb. It certainly didn't seem to bother Flynn.

Tennessee at Houston

Matt Hasselbeck may not have a job after the season, what with Jake Locker waiting in the wings, but he showed once again he's a valuable NFL quarterback going 22-for-35 for 297 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions.

With Foster out of the lineup (rest), you would have thought Ben Tate would have a big day and while he struggled early on he did produce solid fantasy statistics (16-97-1).

Chris Johnson totaled 110 yards from scrimmage, but failed to get into the endzone and had just four touchdowns all season.

Indianapolis at Jacksonville

Other than Maurice Jones-Drew (25-169-0) doing what he does, this game was a fantasy wasteland.

Austin Collie (9-96-1) led the Colts receiving corps, outplaying Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon. Too bad he wasn't started in many leagues.

New York Jets at Miami

The Jets offense was much more balanced which pleased Shonn Greene owners, but neither the run game nor the passing game was very good. Sanchez tossed two touchdown passes, but also threw three interceptions.

Daniel Thomas (12-28-0) didn't take advantage of Reggie Bush's absence, sharing the spotlight with Steve Slaton. As good as Bush played this year, Thomas can't be thought of as a starting fantasy back next fall.

Chicago at Minnesota

Kahlil Bell was disappointing considering he was facing a weak Vikings defense rushing for just 54 yards on 17 carries.

Once again, Percy Harvin stepped up in the absence of Adrian Peterson. Harvin posted 95 yards rushing and receiving in the first half, including a five-yard TD run and finished with a combined 128 yards.

Buffalo at New England

Ryan Fitzpatrick must love to throw against the Pats. His first game this season he threw for 369 yards and to prove it wasn't a fluke he was 20-for-28 for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. Unfortunately he was picked off four times.

Thanks Steve Johnson...for getting yourself benched by the coach after a another TD celebration penalty.

The Patriots again fell way behind like they did last week against Miami and roared back. That makes for great offensive numbers, particularly in the passing game.

Brady threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and Aaron Hernandez led the receivers (7-138-1).

Rob Gronkowski broke Kellen Winslow's 1980 single-season tight end receiving mark with seven catches, two scores (No.17 and No.18) and totaled 108 yards for the game and 1,327 yards for the season.

Carolina at New Orleans

Cam Newton continued to throw less (15-for-25 for 158 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), relying on his ground game, but fantasy owners liked the early-season version better.

Drew Brees is simply playing out of this world. He was 16-for-23 for 249 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and finished with 389 yards and five touchdown passes.

Marques Colston was his receiving star (7-145-2).

Jimmy Graham was pretty good too, as he broke Kellen Winslow's 1980 single- season record of 1,290 receiving yards for a tight end. He finished with 1,310 17 fewer than Rob Gronkowski.

Washington at Philadelphia

Evan Royster had another good game after Roy Helu left with an injury totaling 165 yards from scrimmage. The Redskins just might have a good future with their pair of young running backs.

Ronnie Brown didn't impress in his big opportunity with McCoy watching from the sidelines, but Dion Lewis was solid with 12 rushes for 58 yards and a touchdown.

That's the Michael Vick who was the 2010 fantasy MVP (335 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception). All three starters, Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson posted double-digit points.

San Francisco at St. Louis

Ho, hum, another two field goals for David Akers - a record 44 for the season.

With Braylon Edwards, Kyle Williams and Ted Ginn Jr. all out, Vernon Davis (8-118-0) and Michael Crabtree (9-92-2) figured to have big days and they did.

Kendall Hunter got more work than Frank Gore...not an unexpected result.

Seattle at Arizona

Snooze-fest. Hope you didn't have many players in this one. The obvious starters; Marshawn Lynch and Larry Fitzgerald didn't score, though "Fitz" cracked the 100-yard mark late in the fourth quarter.

Beanie Wells was a late no-show and LaRod Stephens-Howling couldn't garner double-digit fantasy points.

Touchdowns were scored by Todd Heap, Chester Taylor, Leon Washington and Ricardo Lockette - all likely fantasy non-starters.

Tampa Bay at Atlanta

I guess the Falcons really didn't want to face the Saints for a third time. They exploded out of the box, scoring 21 first quarter points. They repeated the feat in the second quarter and took a 42-7 lead into the dressing room at halftime. Only a few starters returned to the field.

Julio Jones once again is proving to be the team's most dangerous receiver with two first quarter touchdown catches (17, 48).

After disappearing for a month, Michael Turner show up in a big way during Championship Week, rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

Tampa Bay being behind means LeGarrette Blount is missing in action, as his statistics showed - six carries for 12 yards.

Baltimore at Cincinnati

The No.1 defensive strategy to stopping the Ravens is always to control Ray Rice's running game. Apparently the Bengals didn't get that message as they let him go 70 yards for a score in the first quarter. He finished the game with 191 yards and two touchdowns.

A.J. Green was mainly a decoy for the second straight week - not what fantasy owners were looking for.

Pittsburgh at Cleveland

Rashard Mendenhall was last seen limping to the dressing room with a right knee injury. With Baltimore leading Cincinnati and Pittsburgh holding the lead, there was no reason to bring him back at less than 100-percent.

Ben Roethlisberger continues to show his toughness by playing the entire game with his still-sore, high-ankle sprain. He didn't play great from a statistical standpoint (23-for-40 for 221 yards and no touchdowns), so hopefully you went elsewhere for your starting quarterback.

Mike Wallace was a non-factor while Antonio Brown at least got close to 100 yards receiving.

The Browns still have no offense. There best player is kicker Phil Dawson.

Kansas City at Denver

Dexter McCluster was the Chiefs best runner with Jackie Battle on the sidelines watching next to Jamaal Charles.

Kyle Orton wasn't great, but he did get revenge on his former team.

Willis McGahee showed his toughness, running for 145 yards, but his longest run was just 15 yards. It's tough to run when there is no deep threat.

Tim Tebow (6-for-22 for 60 yards, one interception) showed why he is not yet an NFL quarterback - fantasy or reality.

San Diego at Oakland

Playing from behind for most of the game, Carson Palmer posted very good passing numbers (28-for-43 for 417 yards, two touchdowns, one interception).

The best team in the AFC West won't be in the playoffs - San Diego. No one would want to play them the way Philip Rivers has the offense playing down the stretch.

Malcom Floyd played the Vincent Jackson role this week because Jackson wasn't healthy. Floyd did it very well, catching seven balls for 127 yards and a score.

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