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Fantasy Week 16 Grades/Waiver Adds
Jonathan Dwyer: 22 yards, TD
Dwyer didn’t have the stellar performance we were all hoping for, but he did score a touchdown. In a must win game for the Steelers against the rival Bengals, Dwyer could have a big impact on whether or not they will advance to the playoffs this season.
Lions defense: 38 points allowed, Interception, sack
The Lions defense was pretty atrocious to say the very least, but it didn’t totally kill your chances of winning this week with one turnover and a sack. However, they didn’t help you win.
Danario Alexander: 0 yards
Alexander put up zeros in every category last week. After looking like he was going to be one of the top wideouts in fantasy for playoffs, he laid a giant goose egg in the most important matchup for fantasy leagues to date this season. Though you can never make up for a miserable performance like that, you can try and learn from it.
QB Josh Freeman, Buccaneers: 279 passing yards, 4 interceptions
Freeman threw four interceptions with no touchdowns and lost a fumble. It was one of the worst games of his career, if not the worst. Not too much more to say after playing like that with everything at stake.
49ers defense: allowed 34 points allowed, 3 sacks
The San Francisco defense managed to force four turnovers against one of the best, if not the best, offense in the national football league as of late. It was one of the weirdest games for turnovers since the Jets-Patriots Thanksgiving game. But 34 points is a lot to overcome for any defense in fantasy, no matter how many interceptions or forced fumbles.
WR Anquan Boldin, Ravens: 0 yards
Boldin had a whopping zero catches. With Jim Caldwell taking over for Cam Cameron as the Ravens offensive play caller, things look to have changed a bit in the scheme. It can only go up.
Shonn Greene: 68 yards rushing
Greene had a decent day at the office, rushingfor 68 yards in a game where the Jets quarterback threw four interceptions and lost a fumble. Greene has been pretty inconsistent all year and looks to be one of those guys that are either going to win your week or lose it for you on any given Sunday.
Colin Kaepernick: 4 touchdowns passing
Kaepernick lit up the scoreboard in New England, proving all doubters wrong and continuing to play like one of the best quarterbacks in the league as of now. He did only manage to throw for 216 yards and have an interception in the end zone, which was almost enough for the Patriots to overcome. But overall, this was not a good idea to bench one of the most explosive players in the league today.
Week 16 Fantasy Deep Sleeper Pick-Ups for Playoffs
Brandon Gibson WR Rams, last week: 76 yards receiving
Gibson has a combined a 176 yards in the past two games. With the probability of him contributing for a third week in a row vs. the last ranked pass defense in the NFL (Tampa Bay), all signs are a “go.”
Montell Owens RB Jaguars, last week: 53 total yards
After having 102 total yards (91 rushing) and touchdown just last week, Owens came back to reality with just 47 yards on the ground and one catch for six yards. With the New England Patriots coming up next on the schedule, it’s a risk-reward type of start. If you’re out of options, he’s a viable back to have with some credibility to his name.
Dennis Pitta TE Ravens, last week: 7 catches, 125, 2 TD’s
Pitta has combined for 171 yards and three touchdowns in his past two contests played. He also has 12 receptions in that span. He now has seven touchdowns on the year and is coming off his best performance as a Baltimore Raven.
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