Drew Brees, with 2 games left to play, is a meager 300 yards from breaking Dan Marino’s record. The good news is, he’s averaging 340 yards per game. The bad news is, Brees owners need to find a backup, as the Saints not only have a playoff spot locked up, but still have a chance at taking a first-round bye as well. Any game they have a blowout locked victory, you can expect Drew to be eating hotdogs on the sidelines.
Weeks 16 and 17 will be practically here and gone before you can say “Merry Christmas”, so let’s get excited about our upcoming conclusion!
- Drew Brees – My oh my what a wonderful season. With a total of 34 fantasy points, Drew locked himself into the number 2 spots, and some leagues I’ve seen (with modified scoring) he has taken Aaron Rodgers as the top dog spot. Brees was incredible on Sunday against Minnesota, completing 80% of his passes (32-of-40) for 213 yards and five touchdowns in basically three quarters of action. Brees was ruthlessly efficient against the sieve that is the Vikings’ secondary, so much so that Chase Daniel came in for mop up duty with nearly 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter. Brees is a mere 304 yards away from Dan Marino’s single-season passing record, a mark he should easily surpass as early as next week with two games to play. Needless to say, if you started Brees in this week, you are likely moving on to Championship Week (barring an extremely unfortunate series of events), where Brees will face Atlanta, against whom he threw for 322 yards with two touchdowns in the teams’ previous meeting.
- Matthew Stafford – Matt completed 29-of-52 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday’s 28-27 win over the Raiders. Next up for Stafford, is a matchup against a surging San Diego squad that recorded seven sacks against the Ravens in Week 15. Matthew Stafford is tanked 5th overall after 29 fantasy points.
- Tom Brady & Tim Tebow – they faced each other this past weekend and came out with a tie of 26 fantasy points.
Ranked #4 overall, Brady completed 23-of-34 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s win over the Broncos. The production beat goes on for Brady, who faces the Dolphins at home in Week 16 in a game that the Patriots would love to win in their bid to secure home field for the playoffs.
Tebow completed 11-of-22 passes for 194 yards and ran 12 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Patriots. The Patriots kept Tebow’s passing numbers relatively in check, although fantasy owners were certainly happy about the two rushing scores after three straight games without one. The Patriots came into the game with the worst pass defense in the league, so it was a little disappointing that Tebow couldn’t do more through the air.
- Tony Romo – Ranked #6 for the year after a strong 25 point day, Romo tore apart the Tampa Bay defense in the first half Saturday night and cruised the rest of the way, finishing the night going 23-of-30 for 249 yards and three TDs, with no INTs. He also picked up his first rushing TD of the season. In real life Romo has a reputation, deserved or not, for coming up small in big games but his fantasy owners have now enjoyed two straight excellent performances from him during key weeks. Romo had the ‘Boys up 28-0, hitting each of his top three wideouts for red zone scores before turning to the running game to ice the victory in the second half. With all his prime targets healthy and getting in sync, Romo should put up big numbers straight through to the end of the season.
- CJ Spiller – Fred Jackson was amazing this year, and it’s about time his backup stepped up to fill the role. Spiller had 167 yards (91 rushing, 76 receiving) from scrimmage with a pair of touchdowns in Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins. Spiller received only 12 carries because the Bills fell behind, but he rewarded PPR owners with nine catches. It was easily Spiller’s best game of his young career. He is 38th overall after his 28 point game.
- LeSean McCoy – Still number 1 after 26 fantasy points, Shady ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries against the Jets on Sunday. His two catches went for minus-five yards Sunday, but McCoy’s owners have no reason not be entirely thrilled with him. The Jets defense is not as good as it was a year ago, but McCoy’s showing Sunday was still spectacular, and he heads into Saturday’s game against Dallas with 20 touchdowns (17 rushing, three receiving) in 14 games. Keep him active.
- Reggie Bush – He is starting to do what we all knew he could, and it only took going to Miami to get him started again. Bush ran wild in Sunday’s win at Buffalo, rushing for a career-high 203 yards with a touchdown. Bush already had his third straight 100-yard before ripping off a 76-yard touchdown with 5:41 remaining. Meanwhile, Daniel Thomas was quiet once again, rushing for just 42 yards on 11 carries. Bush has two games left to get a couple of yards for the first 1,000-yard campaign in his career. He is 13th overall after 24 fantasy points.
- Ryan Mathews & Donald Brown – Both runningbacks scored 22 fantasy points last weekend.
Mathews rushed for 90 yards on 26 carries and punched in two scores in Sunday’s win over the Ravens. He also added two receptions for 19 yards. It was a productive night for the Chargers’ ground game against a formidable Baltimore defense and Mathews showed up in a big way. It was his second two-touchdown performance of the year, and fourth-straight solid fantasy outing. Continue starting him in all formats. Ryan Mathews is 8th overall.
Brown had 16 carries for a career-high 161 yards with a touchdown in Sunday’s 27-13 victory over Tennessee. Brown sealed the Colts first win of the season with a huge 80-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Brown has been Indianapolis’ best offensive weapon in the second half of the season, so it will be interesting to see what his role will be next year. Donald Brown is 34th overall.
- Calvin Johnson – Megatron is still the top receiver of the year after an amazing 33 fantasy points! Johnson exploded in Sunday’s 28-27 comeback win, catching nine passes (14 targets) for a career-high 214 yards with a pair of touchdowns. Johnson was great early and late, catching a 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter and scoring the game-winning touchdown in the final minute of regulation. He was outstanding on Detroit’s final possession which started on its own two-yard line, catching three passes for 75 yards and drawing a pass interference call as well. After posting one of the worst games of his career last week, Johnson responded with one of his best Sunday, routinely beating Oakland defenders down the field. I wonder if they regret getting rid of Nnamdi Asomugha?
- Roddy White – 25 fantasy points is nothing to be ashamed of, especially when you’re ranked 4th in the WR category. White had 10 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns Thursday against the Jaguars. Matt Ryan zeroed in on White (16 targets) and the veteran did not disappoint. White now has a touchdown in four consecutive games, and is carrying his owners through the fantasy playoffs after a mid-season swoon. There are few hotter receivers heading into the last two weeks of the year.
- Lance Moore – Brees’ top target of the week had five receptions for 91 yards with a pair of touchdowns in Sunday’s win at Minnesota. It’s hard to know when Moore is going to produce, but he’s always capable. He was efficient with his opportunities Sunday, coming down with five of the six passes thrown his way, and rewarding risk-seeking owners handsomely. The Saints will take on Atlanta, who has performed well recently, in a big NFC South match-up. Moore was held in check last time around (one catch, 28 yards), so it will be interesting to see if he can keep his hot streak going. He scored 21 fantasy points which makes him the 25th best receiver.
- Darrius Heyward-Bey & Greg Little – Both receivers scored 19 points for their teams.
DHB had eight receptions for 155 yards with a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Lions. Heyward-Bey lost a fumble, but was otherwise outstanding, running past defenders in the middle of the field on multiple plays. This Raiders receiver is ranked 35th overall.
Little led the way for the Browns on Sunday with five catches, 131 yards and a touchdown. A large chunk of Little’s first 100-yard performance on the season came on a third quarter, 76-yard bomb that went for a score. The rookie has been inconsistent this season, but he has shown good promise in his first year, and this was his best outing to date. Despite the big day, it’s tough to recommend him as a fantasy starter with the Ravens up next. Greg Little is heating up at the end of the year, and is now 50th overall.
Congratulations to Brent Celek for finally making a big impact for the year, 5 catches for 156 yards and a score, and 21 fantasy points, giving him the 11th top tight-end.