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NFL Fantasy Player of the Week - Week 16
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Championship Week. When the cream rises to the top and the winners grab the brass ring.

But in a one-and-done situation, it's the ultimate "crapshoot."

Just ask Andrew Luck's owners. For 14 games the Indianapolis Colts third-year quarterback had carried them, leading the league in fantasy points. He still does, but with fantasy titles on the line he came up with a rare clunker in Dallas.

Oh, the humanity!

The following players were the best at their positions in Week 16.

Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson, Seattle - When Wilson is "on" it's an impressive sight. Sunday night against a supposedly very good Cardinals defense, he was at his best. Wilson threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns, ran for 88 yards and one touchdown and makes Seattle look like the strongest challenger to hold the Lombardi Trophy for a second consecutive year.

Eli Manning, New York Giants - Great players raise the game of those around them and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. is proving that theory in New York. Manning has been a much better quarterback since the rookie appeared in Week 5. Sunday was Eli's best game of the season, throwing for 391 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover worth 31 fantasy points.

Running Backs

Marshawn Lynch, Seattle - Lynch's 79-yard touchdown run wasn't quite as good as the 2010 playoff run against New Orleans, but it was close. He finished the day with just 10 carries, but 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Frank Gore, San Francisco - Gore had gone nine games without reaching triple digits, but fantasy owners who stuck with him were rewarded in Championship Week with his best game of the season - 158 yards and a touchdown worth almost 27 fantasy points.

Wide Receivers

Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants - Beckham Jr. has become a regular in this column over the second half of the season. He had eight catches for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns on Sunday against the Rams and over the past eight games he's amassed 1,014 yards (126.7 ypg) and eight touchdowns. He's even making Eli look good.

Emmanuel Sanders, Denver - Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders shook off the flu to catch six of seven passes for 70 yards and two scores. He has been one of the best surprises of 2014, taking over the "Eric Decker role" in the Broncos' offense and posting better numbers (95-1,331-9) than his predecessor.

Tight Ends

Luke Willson, Seattle - Injuries to Zach Miller, Anthony McCoy and Tony Moeaki allowed Willson some playing time and Sunday night Wilson used Willson to his advantage. The tight end caught two touchdown passes, one of 80 yards to amass 30 fantasy points.

Antonio Gates, San Diego - Gates can't run anymore, but he's still Philip Rivers' favorite target. On Saturday, he caught seven passes for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns worth 24 fantasy points.

Kickers

Randy Bullock, Houston - Bullock's shaky first season is a thing of the past and he's much improved in 2014. Sunday he went 6-of-6 for a position-leading 19 fantasy points.

Defense/Special Teams

Atlanta Falcons - The Falcons came up with a big game at a most unexpected moment. In the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Atlanta sacked Drew Brees five times, intercepted him two times and forced two fumbles, including a Osi Umenyiora 86-yard touchdown return.

And the winner of the TSN Fantasy Player of the Week for Week 16 is ... Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. His 427 yards of offense came at the perfect time for fantasy owners.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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