Fantasy Football Studs and Stinkers of Week 16

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Every Monday, The Fantasy Footballers release the Studs & Stinkers podcast episode.  Andy, Mike, and Jason discuss the high highs and low lows from the weekend.  In this Studs & Stinkers article series, you can find the full list of Studs & Stinkers from the weekend and my favorite names from Monday Pun-day.  I also provide commentary on a handful of notable studs and stinkers worth highlighting. To get the full breakdown, don’t miss Week 16 Studs + Stinkers.

Monday Pun-day Power Ranking
  1. Mike Heavens
  2. Al-WIN Kamara
  3. Andy Dal-TONS OF POINTS (our very own @TheKaceyKasem)
  4. Made my Day-vid Johnson
  5. Brandon Aiy-PUKE
  6. Ty-REEK Hill
  7. Smiles Gaskin
  8. Russell Gag
  9. Derrick MEH-ti
  10. Kam-Merry Christmas!
  11. Jonathan YAY-lor

What’s your favorite Monday Pun-day? You can find us on Twitter: The Fantasy Footballers (@TheFFBallers) and me (@TheFantasyEng).

Biggest Studs

Alvin Kamara (RB | Saints)
Week 16 vs MIN: 22 rushes for 155 yards & 6 TD | 3 receptions on 5 targets for 17 yards
Kamara had 55 (FIFTY FIVE!) points this weekend.  That’s the most fantasy points scored by any player since Jamaal Charles in Week 15 of the 2013 season.  If you played Alvin Kamara in the Championship, chances are that you came away with a #FootClanTitle.  Kamara is the MVP of Week 16.

Davante Adams (WR | Packers)
Week 16 vs TEN: 11 receptions on 12 targets for 142 yards & 3 TD
Davante Adams is a cheat code.  He’s the clear cut fantasy MVP to me in 2020.  His season was unfathomable.  Prior to 2020, Antonio Brown had the best wide receiver fantasy season of the last decade with 294 points.  Davante Adams finished the 2020 fantasy season with 287 fantasy points.  IN TWO FEWER GAMES THAN ANTONIO BROWN HAD!  Davante Adams is unstoppable.  He has the same number of fantasy games with >26 points as Patrick Mahomes and one more than Aaron Rodgers.  Again…IN TWO FEWER GAMES.

Mike Evans (WR) & Tom Brady (QB)
M Evans: Week 16 @ DET: 10 receptions on 12 targets for 181 yards & 2 TD
T Brady: Week 16 @ DET: 22 receptions on 27 attempts for 348 yards & 4 TD
Brady and Evans went OFF this week.  Brady put up an incredible stat line…IN ONE HALF OF FOOTBALL.  He was benched for the backup after his monster first-half performance.  Meanwhile, Evans brought home the championship to many fantasy players, including my opponent in a dynasty league.  Brady was Andy’s start of the week, and he paid off big.  If you started Evans AND Brady in the playoffs, it’s almost guaranteed that you brought home a championship title.

Biggest Stinkers

D’Andre Swift
Week 16 vs TB: 10 rushes for 45 yards | 4 receptions on 5 targets for 25 yards | 1 fumble
I am a huge fan of D’Andre Swift, and I expected a top-12 week against a defense that has been friendly to pass-catching backs.  He disappointed fantasy GM’s this weekend, but I blame the situation instead of the player.  He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and had four receptions.  The Lions’ coaching staff was a mess with Matt Patricia fired and several other coaches on the Covid-IR list and unable to attend the game.  Meanwhile, Stafford left due to injury.  Swift faced a stout TB defense and was actually pretty productive considering the circumstances, but his opportunities were limited.  It stinks for the fantasy playoffs (speaking firsthand), but this also means that he will be a STEAL in 2021 fantasy drafts.  Consider yourself warned.

Countless other fantasy players

Le’Veon Bell, Josh Jacobs, DeAndre Hopkins, Tyreek Hill, A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf, Robert Woods, Brandon Aiyuk, Robert Tonyan, & T.J. Hockenson were among the stinkers that I felt very confident about this weekend.  If you lost, just rest assured that luck is inherently a huge part of fantasy football.  Onto next year.

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Other Studs

QB          
Tom Brady @DET — 22/27 for 348/4/0

  • Week 17: ATL
  • Andy’s SOTW

Deshaun Watson vs CIN — 24/33 for 324/3/0 — 5/38/0 rushing

  • Week 17: TEN
  • Jason’s SOTW

Andy Dalton vs PHI — 22/30 for 377/3/1 — 5/15/0 rushing

  • Week 17: @NYG

Ben Roethlisberger vs IND — 34/49 for 342/3/0

  • Week 17: @CLE

Aaron Rodgers vs TEN — 21/25 for 231/4/1 — 3/19/0 rushing

  • Week 17: @CHI

Kirk Cousins @NO — 27/41 for 291/3/0

  • Week 17: @DET

RB
Myles Gaskin @LV — 14/87/0 — 5 targets for 5/82/2

  • Week 17: @BUF
  • Andy’s SOTW

Samaje Perine @HOU — 13/95/2 — 4 targets for 4/41/0

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  • Week 17: BAL
  • Gio Bernard 131 total yards

David Johnson vs CIN — 12/128/1 — 3 targets for 3/11/1

  • Week 17: TEN
  • On last weeks show, Jason mentioned how DJ was set up for a big game.

Jeff Wilson Jr. @ARI — 22/183/0 — 2 targets for 1/21/1

  • Week 17: SEA

A.J. Dillon vs TEN —  21/124/2 — 1 target for 1/5/0

  • Week 17: @CHI

**Honorable Mentions at RB

Jonathan Taylor @PIT — 18/74/2

  • Week 17: JAX

J.D. McKissic vs CAR — 4/15/0 — 10 targets for 8/77/1

  • Week 17: @PHI

David Montgomery @JAX —  23/95/1 — 2 targets for 2/26/0

  • Week 17: GB

WR           

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Davante Adams vs TEN — 12 targets for 11/142/3

  • Week 17: @CHI

Mike Evans @DET —  12 targets for 10/181/2

  • Week 17: ATL

Michael Gallup vs PHI — 8 targets for 6/121/2

  • Week 17: @NYG

Jamison Crowder vs CLE — 9 targets for 7/92/1 — 1/14/0 rushing

  • Week 17: @NE

Nelson Agholor vs MIA — 6 targets for 5/155/1

  • Week 17: @DEN

Brandin Cooks vs CIN — 10 targets for 7/141/1

  • Week 17: TEN

**Honorable Mentions at WR

CeeDee Lamb vs PHI —  5 targets for 3/65/1 — 1/19/1 rushing

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  • Week 17: @NYG

JuJu Smith-Schuster vs IND — 13 targets for 9/96/1

  • Week 17: @CHI

Adam Thielen @NO — 9 targets for 8/97/1

  • Week 17: @DET

Tee Higgins @HOU — 9 targets for 6/99/1

  • Week 17: BAL

TE           

Jimmy Graham-Pa @JAX — 5 targets for 4/69/2

  • Week 17: GB

Irv Smith Jr, @NO — 9 targets for 6/53/2

  • Week 17: @DET

Travis Kelce vs ATL — 13 targets for 7/98/1

  • Week 17: LAC

Rob Gronkowski @DET — 2 targets for 2/58/2

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  • Week 17: ATL
Other Stinkers

QB  
Drew Brees vs MIN — 19/26 for 311/0/2

  • Week 17: @CAR

Teddy Bridgewater @WAS — 19/28 for 197/1/1 — 6/7/0 rushing

  • Week 17: NO

Tua Tagovailoa @LV — 17/22 for 94/1/0 — 3/11/0 rushing

  • Week 17: @BUF

**Honorable Mentions at QB
Dwayne Haskins vs CAR — (as a starting QB managed to finish as the QB36 on the week)

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Not Complete Stinkers but disappointing for these 2020 Stud QBs if you rolled with them…

Justin Herbert vs DEN — 21/33 for 253/1/0 — 4/26/0 rushing (QB17)

  • Week 17: @KC

Ryan Tannehill @GB — 11/24 for 121/1/2 — 3/55/1 rushing (QB18)

  • Week 17: @HOU

Kyler Murray vs SF — 31 of 50 for 247/0/1 — 8/75/0 rushing (QB19)

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  • Week 17: @LAR

RB
Josh Jacobs vs MIA — 13/69/0 — 2 targets, zero catches

  • Week 17: @DEN

Melvin Gordon @LAC — 16/79/0

  • Week 17: LV

Antonio Gibson vs CAR — 10/61/0 — 4 targets for 3/8/0

  • Week 17: @PHI

Le’Veon Bell vs ATL — 7/30/0 — 3 targets for 1/9/0

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  • Week 17: LAC

Wayne Gallman @BAL — 6/27/0 — 2 targets for 2/26/0

  • Week 17: DAL

D’Andre Swift vs TB — 10/45/0 — 5 targets for 4/25/0 — 1 fumble

  • Week 17: MIN

WR           

DeAndre Hopkins vs SF — 12 targets for 8/48/0 — 1 fumble

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  • @LAR

Tyreek Hill vs ATL — 6 targets for 4/65/0

  • Week 17: LAC

A.J. Brown @GB — 8 target for 4/43/0

  • Week 17: @HOU

Corey Davis @GB — 2 targets, zero catches

  • Week 17: @HOU

D.K. Metcalf vs LAR — 8 targets for 6/59/0

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  • Week 17: @SF

Tyler Lockett vs LAR — 5 targets for 3/44/0

  • Week 17: @SF

Robert Woods @SEA — 9 targets for 4/48/0 — 2/1/0 rushing

  • Week 17: ARI

D.J. Moore @WAS — 10 targets for 5/37/0

  • Week 17: NO

Brandon Aiyuk @ARI — 2 targets for 1/15/0 — 1/16/0 rushing

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  • Week 17: SEA

**Honorable Mentions at WR 

T.Y. Hilton @PIT — 7 targets for 3/60/0

  • Week 17: JAX

Keke Coutee vs CIN — 5 targets for 5/54/0 — 1 fumble

  • Week 17: TEN

Chad Hansen vs CIN — 3 targets for 1/8/0

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  • Week 17: TEN

TE           

Robert Tonyan vs TEN — 2 targets for 1/17/0

  • Week 17: @CHI

T.J. Hockenson vs TB — 6 targets for 4/23/0

  • Week 17: MIN

Tyler Higbee @SEA — 6 targets for 3/34/0

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  • Week 17: ARI

Dallas Goedert @DAL — 3 targets for 3/38/0

  • Week 17: WSH

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