Week 17 Recap: Jets Join The Party
December 28, 2014 | Jeff
The 2014 NFL regular season has drawn to a close, and Week 17 gave the fantasy football world a few notable performances as NFL and fake football fans alike begin to prepare for the NFL playoffs. The New York Jets were a fantasy gold mine on Sunday, but it’s quite unfortunate that the entire team waited until the final game of the season to rise from their slumber. Let’s jump right in and recap the performance from Geno and company, as well as other highlights and lowlights from Week 17…
Geno and the Jets
It took 17 weeks, but the Geno Smith to Eric Decker connection that fake footballers had been hoping to see in 2014 finally materialized. Decker caught a season-high 10 passes for a season-high 221 yards and his fifth score of the year in what was easily his finest performance of the 2014 campaign. Decker only eclipsed the 100 yard mark twice this season and failed to be the touchdown scoring machine he was in previous years as a member of Peyton Manning’s offense. Hopefully the New York Jets offense will be far more cohesive in 2015, as Decker will likely be undervalued in drafts next summer.
Geno Smith also pumped out his best stat line of the season, throwing for 358 yards and three scores for his second 300+ performance of the year. Smith didn’t account for a single interception on the day, and the Jets offense was able to light up the scoreboard as they disposed of the Miami Dolphins. The 2015 Jets offense may look a bit different with new leadership likely to take over, but Smith is still a significant dose of development from being a reliable fantasy asset.
C.J. For Three
The Denver Broncos smashed on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday as expected, with running back C.J. Anderson scoring a trio of touchdowns along the way. This was Anderson’s second three score game this month, giving the Denver back 10 touchdowns in the last eight weeks. The presence of Ronnie Hillman in this game (15 carries) was a bit concerning, but we have no evidence of Anderson relinquishing the lead role in this backfield at the moment. Anderson is one strong NFL playoff run away from skyrocketing into the top rounds of 2015 fantasy drafts, as Montee Ball did last offseason.
Floyd Finally Produces
The 2015 season has been a fantasy disappointment for Arizona wide receiver Michael Floyd, for a variety of reasons. The most notable cause for Floyd’s inability to live up to his lofty ADP has been the Arizona quarterback situation but on Sunday, Ryan Lindley found Floyd early and often. Floyd set season-highs across the board with eight catches on 12 targets for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and gave the fake football community a brief glimpse of his game-breaking potential. Hopefully Floyd gets better cooperation from his quarterbacks in 2015, which could make him a nice post-post-hype sleeper.
Lamar Goes Long
The leading NFL rusher on Sunday was Lamar Miller, who put a bow on his successful 2014 season with a 97-yard touchdown run against the New York Jets. Miller ended up with 178 yards on 19 carries, pushing his season total to 1,099 rushing yards. Miller has been a solid option for the Dolphins this season, and will likely see his fantasy stock rise to the 2nd-3rd rounds in 2015 drafts, depending on how Miami attacks their offseason personnel decisions.
Odell Beckham Jr. (21) turned in yet another absurd performance on Sunday, catching 12 of an NFL-high 21 targets for 185 yards and a touchdown. ODB finishes the year with 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, and he didn’t play in September. … Andre Johnson (15) rekindled his relationship with quarterback Case Keenum as he caught 10 of 15 targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. Johnson hasn’t been great this season and is likely going to be a risky mid-round fantasy pick in 2015 without a major upgrade at quarterback in Houston. … Rueben Randle (13) closed out the season with a bang, catching six of 13 targets for 158 yards. Randle chipped in 290 yards over the season’s final two weeks, but will likely be an erratic fantasy option again in 2015 behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. … Matt Forte (12) was targeted a dozen times, catching eight balls for just 23 yards. This brings Forte’s season total to a whopping 102 receptions, in what has been a monstrous PPR effort. … Martellus Bennett (11) snagged eight of 11 targets for 59 yards on Sunday, giving the Chicago tight end a career-high 90 catches on the season. Bennett will likely be a top-five tight end option in 2015 fantasy drafts.