Fantasy Recap: Week 16 Early Slate Part 1

  • Falcons 9 @ Ravens 17 (Ravens covered, -6.5 U35)

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    A sloppy game from both sides results in a fantasy dud, but hopefully a player from this game didn’t cost you a championship appearance. Someone who we hope you didn’t have to start was Desmond Ridder who didn’t have much going for himself or his weapons for fantasy as he passed for 218 yards with just eight yards rushing. The position we were targeting in this game was the running back but we are once again disappointed with Cordarrelle Patterson as he has shown zero steam in recent weeks rushing for just 17 yards on eight carries and catching a lone pass for 14 yards. Tyler Algeier outplayed him again, running for 74 yards while adding four receptions for 43 yards which didn’t completely sink those that started him. Drake London had a decent PPR game, catching seven passes for 96 yards while also losing a fumble. Games like these are more of London’s ceiling but in PPR he can be a viable WR3 for championship weekend.

     

    The Ravens were once again without Lamar Jackson, meaning Tyler Huntley made another start as the Ravens offensive struggles continue. Huntley threw for 115 yards and a touchdown adding 26 rushing yards. It was nice seeing his first passing touchdown of the season but outside of a deep superflex league, Huntley shouldn’t be on anyone’s radar. The backfield was a three-way split as Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins and Huntley had 11, 12, 11 carries respectively. Edwards had the best game, rushing for 99 yards as Dobbins mustered 59 while neither had a catch or a touchdown. The leading wide out for the Ravens was Sammy Watkins with his one catch for 40 yards and that about explains how that position has been for them lately. Mark Andrews continued to disappoint us, catching just three passes for 45 yards as he will be hard to trust going into championship weekend.

     

    Top Performers

    WR Drake London: London scored the most fantasy points in the game, earning 14 PPR points if you count the negative points for the fumble. His target share is sky high but it doesn’t amount to much for our game. He does, however, receive enough volume to continue to be utilized as a WR3 in PPR leagues.

     

    RB Tyler Algeier: Algeier was the Falcons best back this week and the best back for fantasy in this game. The eight points earned through the receiving game was nice as well. With this performance, he will be on the RB2 radar and can be a sneaky start in championship matchups.

     

    Biggest Busts

    RB Corarrelle Patterson: Another Falcons game equals another disappointing performance from Patterson who has shown his tank is empty lately. Going forward, there is no way we can trust him and he is more of a drop than a playable option at this point.

     

    RB J.K. Dobbins: We hoped Dobbins was getting better on the field after his comments and success after returning from his injury. What we got instead was Gus Edwards outproducing him. Dobbins remains on the RB2 line but with the acknowledgement that games like this represent his floor as he isn’t involved in the passing game.

     

    TE Mark Andrews: With how the offense has played lately, Andrews has suffered. Those with solid backups may need to consider using those options until Lamar Jackson returns.

     

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    Lions 23 @ Panthers 37 (Panthers covered, +2.5 O43.5)

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