Welcome to the Week 16 edition of Fantasy Football Flashback, where we celebrate the achievements of the week’s most trusted players. The semis were a bit of a miss in terms of explosive playmakers, as a combination of key QB injuries and extremely cold weather led to a week with just one 30-point performance. But the next 10 players managed to lead their teams to the Championship Round by achieving the highest totals in Week 16.
Akers put the finishing touches on one of the most volatile fantasy seasons of all time when he rushed for 118 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-14 game against the Broncos. The 23-year-old was drafted as a mid-tier RB2 before gaining zero yards in Week 1. He didn’t play at all in Weeks 6-8 and was apparently leaving Los Angeles before the Rams fail to find. a business partner. A forgotten man in many fantasy leagues come playoff time, Akers mostly came out of nowhere to lead all scorers in the biggest week so far this season. He’s now a go-to player for his Week 17 game against the Chargers.
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Hockenson joined Josh Jacobs as the only non-QB this season to be a top two scorer in two weeks when he caught 13 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns in a narrow win over the Giants. Remarkably, his Week 16 results were slightly lower than his Week 4 efforts as a member of the Lions, when he produced 179 yards and two scores. Hockenson had mediocre stats in his first five games for the Vikings, but his two big games accounted for 41% of his total points scored this season (160.9) and propelled him to the No. 2 TE rank. .
Lamb earned Dallas’ biggest win of the season when he caught 10 passes for 120 yards and two scores in a 40-34 win over the Eagles. The performance was indicative of the third-year pro’s newly high ceiling, as he’s topped the 100-yard mark in four of his last seven games after failing to reach that plateau just once in the first eight weeks of the season. season. Lamb could post another game-changing total when he takes on a reeling Titans team in Week 17.
No. 4: Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys, 28.98
Prescott did more than complete passes to Lamb on Saturday, finishing the win over Philadelphia with 347 passing yards, 41 rushing yards and a trio of passing yards. The Cowboys signalman has recovered a lot of fantastic value after missing part-time through injury while throwing for 2,109 yards and 19 touchdowns in his last eight games. Like Lamb, Prescott is a great option against the Titans in Week 17.
Smith and teammate AJ Brown both hit the 100-yard mark in Dallas on Sunday, and Smith also found the end zone twice during his 8-catch, 113-yard afternoon. Both wide receivers have been excellent in recent weeks, with Smith holding his end of the market by throwing in 405 yards and four touchdowns in his last four games. Whether he’s working with Jalen Hurts or Gardner Minshew, Smith is a lineup lock for his Championship Week game against New Orleans.
Kittle was Brock Purdy’s preferred option on Saturday, catching 6 of 8 targets for 120 yards and two touchdowns. It was the 29-year-old’s second straight two-pointer and his third multi-touchdown effort in the past six weeks. However, like most tight ends this year, Kittle has been inconsistent, logging less than 30 yards in six games. Still, Kittle is a great option for Week 17, when he faces a Raiders defense that has been below average against the pass.
No. 7: Tyler Higbee, TE, Los Angeles Rams, 25.90
Higbee capped off a big week for mid-level tight ends by producing nine catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the lopsided win over Denver. Like teammate Akers, Higbee came out of nowhere with this game-changing performance, as he entered Week 16 with just 482 yards and a touchdown. Higbee is more likely to be a one-week wonder than a Championship Week contributor, as the Rams’ passing offense with Baker Mayfield at quarterback isn’t one to be relied upon.
Goff looked different from former Lions QBs in recent weeks as he helped fantastic teams while winning games. But the 28-year-old looked more like a typical Detroit flagger on Saturday, falling behind early and then racking up plenty of passing yards in a futile attempt to get his team back in the game. Still, Goff deserves credit for averaging over 300 yards and two scores in his last five games, and he’s a great option for his Week 17 home start against a porous Bears defense.
Burrow looked poised to single-handedly lead his fantasy teams to victory when he threw for three first-half touchdowns in Week 16. But the former No. 1 overall pick didn’t. found his rhythm in the second half and finished the contest. with a good stat line (375 passing yards, three scores, two interceptions) rather than a stunning line. With 1,831 total yards and 17 touchdowns over his last six games, Burrow has been a late-season savior who will be tasked with a tough championship week matchup when he visits the Bills.
No. 10: Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings, 25:30
Jefferson started slow against the Giants before gaining momentum in the second half and finishing the game with 12 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The third-year pro now leads the NFL by a significant margin in catches and receiving yards. He also ran away from WR competition in total fantasy points, leading Tyreek Hill by more than 30 points. Jefferson will receive strong consideration as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 Fantasy Draft.
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