Believe it or not, the NFL regular season is in the books. That went by in a blur, didn’t it? We still have a few more weeks of playoff action, but with only four games on the slate, it will be a much different animal. Alas, we must play the cards we are dealt. Let’s take a peek at the Week 17 FanDuel optimal lineup:
|Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||30.5||$9,000|
Ah yes, the ever popular Geno Smith/Eric Decker combination won all the money this week! In all seriousness, the Jets Offense looked fairly good down the stretch. With Percy Harvin hobbled, Decker stepped up and had a big game as the Jets shocked the lifeless Dolphins on the road. Both Smith and Decker were less than 1% owned in a lot of contests on FanDuel this weekend, as the matchup didn’t seem to set up right for them. However, those who took the chance were handsomely rewarded.
On the other side of the same game, Lamar Miller had a solid performance for the Dolphins, thanks in large part to his 97-yard touchdown scamper in the second half. That accounted for 15.7 of his 23.8 fantasy points, which was enough for him to be one of the highest-scoring running backs of the week. This helped Miller crack the optimal squad for the second consecutive week! Another popular running back option this week was C.J. Anderson, and he performed well with a three-touchdown day against the Raiders. His yardage total wasn’t spectacular, but he certainly is performing by toting the ball into the end zone with great frequency.
The other two wide receivers on the optimal team this week included a popular play in Odell Beckham Jr. and a very unpopular one in Michael Floyd. Beckham is coming into his own as an elite receiver despite having just 11 games of NFL experience, and it is simply amazing to see his production. Several fantasy sources had him ranked as the #1 overall wide receiver this week going into the games. Again, this is a guy who has played 11 games… in his career! The rise of Beckham was one of the best stories of the year, and owners who paid his high salary tag this week were rewarded once again. As for Floyd, there was no way to predict this performance. With his season-long struggles and Ryan Lindley at quarterback, this was a total fluke. Consider yourself lucky if you decided to roster him for some random reason.
This team was rounded out by Coby Fleener, Connor Barth, and the Panthers Defense. Fleener was a popular pick given the uncertain health of T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne, along with the injury to fellow tight end Dwayne Allen. This opened the door for Fleener, and he had a solid game against the Titans. Barth was a popular kicker option as well, as is the Broncos kicker every week. Throw in a matchup against the Raiders, and you have a recipe for some fantasy points. The Panthers Defense was simply stifling against the Falcons, with three turnovers forced, six sacks, and two defensive touchdowns for good measure.
STLCardinals84: Week 17 Recap
With Week 17 being the last week of the NFL regular season, I went with one final tournament approach to my play this week. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out as well as the previous week.
Check out this hot mess of a team. Strangely enough, the day started out fine. I wanted to go with a contrarian approach at QB/WR, which I accomplished with the 2.7% owned Robert Griffin III and the 7.4% owned DeSean Jackson. They connected for a 69-yard touchdown pass on the Redskins’ third play from scrimmage. Throw in an early Arian Foster touchdown and I was sitting at the top of the leaderboards after fifteen minutes of real-time action. What could go wrong? Foster had a great matchup against the Jaguars, my QB/WR combination was already paying off, and I had a lot of players yet to go.
Can we hit the ‘reset’ button at that point in time? From there, everything spiraled downhill. Griffin and Jackson didn’t do much for the rest of the game, as Jackson caught just one pass in the rest of the contest. Foster re-injured one of his troublesome hamstrings late in the first quarter and did not re-enter the game. Jeremy Maclin disappointed in what I thought would be a shootout in the Meadowlands. The game did turn into a 34-28 shootout, but Maclin managed just three catches for 49 yards in the contest. The only other player that did well for me here was sleeper WR Dontrelle Inman. He received a boost in snaps and targets with the injury to Keenan Allen and a solid performance in Week 16. His 10.4 fantasy points weren’t spectacular, but they were enough to keep the team afloat for a while.
Things only went from bad to worse from there. The Dolphins Defense had a relatively high 10% ownership on display for their dismal performance against the Jets. A negative one score is not going to make anyone any money, and this was one of the biggest disappointments of the week. Finally, Greg Olsen disappointed in the blowout win over the Falcons, as the Panthers did not need to throw the ball given the performance of their defense, and Shayne Graham managed just three extra points and no field goals for the Saints. When all was said and done, this was one of the worst scores I put up all year. I don’t usually play playoff contests, but I may have to look into it in order to get this sour taste out of my mouth from Week 17!