Week 16 Recap: Beckham Goes Bonkers Again
December 21, 2014 | Jeff
Just one more game remains in Week 16, and fantasy football championship week was full of surprises. For every Andrew Luck or Drew Brees there was a Rueben Randle or Matt Asiata. Congrats to those who were able to navigate the treacherous waters of Week 16 and emerge victorious with a fake football title. For those who took a tough luck loss this week, don’t worry! There will still be NFL DFS available for the next month! Let’s jump right in and tackle a few highlights and lowlights from Week 16’s fantasy football action…
The insane rise of rookie Odell Beckham Jr. continued on Sunday, as the young buck snared eight of 12 Eli Manning targets for 148 yards and two scores. And now……for your weekly extrapolation station, featuring Odell Beckham Jr.!!!
Last eight games: 69 catches, 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns.
16-game pace: 138 catches, 2,028 yards and 16 touchdowns.
This is a simple exercise we have been doing most weeks regarding the incredible production of Beckham, but the numbers truly are astonishing and will make Beckham an interesting topic of debate this offseason. Will he be drafted ahead of the likes of Megatron and Dez Bryant in 2015 or will fantasy owners let him slide into the 2nd round? Only time will tell, but we will have plenty of time this offseason to break it all down.
Injured Studs Deliver Useful Points
Week 16 was full of difficult lineup decisions, most notably due to DeMarco Murray (hand) and Julio Jones (hip). Fantasy owners that stuck with their studs were rewarded with decent games as Murray pumped out 58 yards and a score while Julio Jones caught seven passes for 107 yards. Fantasy football isn’t as simple as saying “always start your studs” but in this case, it worked out for the best. DeMarco and Julio were two popular topics in our Week 16 Game Day Chat, so hopefully those who rolled out their star players went on to wrap up championship trophies.
Out of Luck
Sometimes the fantasy world takes a terrible turn when money is on the line, and that was certainly the case for Andrew Luck owners. With the Colts having the AFC South wrapped up and not much incentive to move up in the AFC playoff picture, Luck and company got stream rolled by the Dallas Cowboys 42-7. Raise your hand if you thought we would see Matt Hasselbeck during fantasy title week! No? I didn’t think so. With the Colts being blown out, Luck was benched to prevent injury as the Cowboys rolled their way to a victory, leaving fantasy owners with a horrendous stat line at their “QB” position:
Andrew Luck: 109 passing yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions
That dynamite performance shakes out to a whopping zero fantasy points (depending on your scoring system) and likely sunk all teams starting the Indianapolis quarterback this week. Occasionally the fantasy game breaks like this, but starting Luck was indeed the correct decision, so Luck owners shouldn’t beat themselves up over this debacle.
The leading fantasy point scoring player of Week 16 (so far) is Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who went nuts in the Seahawks’ win over Arizona on Sunday night. Wilson chucked the ball for 339 yards and two touchdowns and even added extra Christmas cheer by running for 88 yards and another score. Wilson is having a great year and is up to 842 rushing yards on the season. 842! Wilson is a top-tier fantasy signal caller and came through with a monster game late in Week 16 when fake footballers needed it most. It’s quite a shame that Wilson, one of our favorite middle round quarterback targets in recent years, will likely be thrust into the early rounds of 2015 fantasy drafts but we will see what the offseason and long spring months hold.
Alshon Jeffery (15) was peppered with targets from Jimmy Clausen on Sunday, catching six balls for 72 yards and a score while easing the worries of fantasy owners. … Running back Fred Jackson (12) cleaned up on targets in Buffalo and caught nine passes for 93 yards in a serious PPR outburst. FJax has now been targeted 32 times over Buffalo’s last three games. … Danny Amendola (11) snagged eight passes for 63 yards and was a suitable PPR replacement for the injured Julian Edelman. … Zach Ertz (18) was the big winner from Saturday night as he hauled in a whopping 15 of 18 targets for 115 yards in a Week 16 effort for the ages. … Charles Clay (10) saw a season-high 10 targets on Sunday and caught six for 114 yards. … Marquess Wilson ( 10) snared seven of 10 targets for 66 yards and has performed admirably since Brandon Marshall was lost for the season.