2017 Fantasy Football: The Week That Was Week 15
Glenn Colton takes a look at some telling performances that highlight Week 15 of the NFL season.
Blake Bortles leading his team and fantasy team highlights this week’s Week That Was.
Blake Bortles: Blake Bortles had a day Sunday. Bortles completed 21 of 29 passes for 326 yards and 3 TD. Even better, there were no interceptions. Over the last three games, Bortles has been awesome, averaging over 300 yards per game, over 70% completion percentage and has tossed 7 TD against 0 (yes 0) interceptions. With the 49ers on the horizon for the fantasy football finals, Bortles will and should be on a lot of title winners. Geez, even Marcus Mariota had a decent game against the 49ers. [Full disclosure, I am starting Bortles in a fantasy football finale this week so feel free to follow suit].
Kendall Wright: Kendall Wright had another very strong PPR game Saturday reeling in 7 catches for 81 yards on 13 targets. That is 17 catches, 25 targets and 188 yards over the last two weeks. Not sure you want to consider Wright for week 16 DFS or for your fantasy football title game? Given those numbers I am not sure why not but let me add the cherry on top – the Bears face the winless Cleveland Browns in week 16. If that does not convince you, nothing will.
A.J. Green: Just like all of his teammates, A.J. Green had a terrible day Sunday catching just two passes for just 30 yards. Ugh. That is 7 total catches for less than 100 yards over the last two games combined. Yuck. Marvin Lewis is leaving, Andy Dalton has been awful football and the wheels have come off the wagon in Cincy. Bottom line – no way I feel good about playing AJ in week 16 in what is likely a fantasy football final. Of course, if you own AJ and still made the finals, you are darn good at this game! Move along. Nothing more to see here or in Cincy. [Full disclosure, I will be a huge Bengals fan Sunday when they host the Lions so hopefully I can give them some magic].
Jarvis Landry: Jarvis Landry may be the best player people overlook. In a game where many Dolphins failed to get the job done, Landry hauled in 10 receptions for 99 yards on 13 targets. On the year, Landry has 8 TD and has been super consistent – so consistent that he has at least 5 catches in every single game this year. Yes, every single game. Even with two games left in 2017, Landry has hauled in over 300 receptions in the last three years. No matter who is on the other side of the line of scrimmage, Landry is a must start in your fantasy football finals and a super reliable member of your DFS 50/50 contest teams.
Martavis Bryant: Martavis Bryant stepped up on Sunday pulling in 4 catches for 59 yards and a sweet one-handed TD grab. With the unfortunate injury to Antonio Brown (who hopefully will be back for the NFL playoffs but not likely for the fantasy playoffs), Bryant will get more targets and more opportunities to wow fans. With 28 targets and two TD over the last 4 weeks, Bryant was coming on even with Brown in the lineup soaking up so many targets. There should be many more targets this week. Bryant is a guy who will be on many title teams and many DFS winners in week 16.
Jordan Howard: Jordan Howard had a mediocre day Saturday totaling only 63 yards and 4 receptions. He has to be the most frustrating running back in fantasy football not named Hunt. How on earth do the Bears only give Howard 14 touches in a national TV game? Only once since their bye week in week 9 have the Bears given Howard 20 touches in a game. I know they get the Browns in week 16 and it will be hard (actually impossible) to sit Howard but boy am I worried. Proceed at your own risk.
Final Note: Is it wrong that as a Cowboys fan I enjoyed seeing Green Bay’s playoff hopes all but evaporate on a catch/no-catch/who the heck knows what the catch rule is ruling? In any event, I own it.