Week 15 Saturday Slate Fantasy Recap

  • Colts 36, Vikings 39 (Colts covered +3.5, O47.5)

    Ravens 3, Browns 13 (Browns covered -2.5, U38)

    Dolphins 29, Bills 32 (Dolphins covered +7, O44)

     

    Colts vs Vikings

    Postgame Storylines

    Wow, what an absolutely insane game.  The Vikings were able to set an NFL record on Saturday, by completing a 33-point come-from-behind victory against the Colts in overtime.  The Colts had everything working in their favor during the first half of this game, dominating in all three phases of the game.  With the win, the Vikings (11-3) clinched a playoff berth by officially winning the division, while the Colts are now likely out of the playoff hunt at 4-9-1. There were some very massive fantasy implications, both good and bad, in this historic game. 

     

    Top Performers

    Justin Jefferson:  JJets went absolutely nuclear against the Colts on Saturday afternoon.  The game script worked out perfectly for him and his fantasy GMs, as the Vikings were playing from behind for the entire game.  Jefferson finished with 12 receptions on 16 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown.  He was the WR3 in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. 

     

    K.J. Osborn: Much like Jefferson, the game script worked out perfectly for Osborn as well.  Osborn had a career-game against the Colts, finishing with 10 receptions for 157 yards and a score.  He was tied for the team lead with Jefferson with 16 targets, but was able to just sneak past him in the weekly rankings, finishing as the WR2 on the week.  

     

    Dalvin Cook:  Somehow Cook was able to salvage a monster performance when the Vikings were playing from behind the entire game.  He led the Vikings on the ground, but also finished third in receptions, targets and receiving yards.  Cook finished with 17 rushes for 95 yards, losing one fumble but hauling in all four of his receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.  He is the RB2 on the week and the monster game should provide some assurances for his fantasy GMs.

     

    Kirk Cousins:  What an insane game by Cousins against a top-tier passing defense of the Colts.  Luckily for him, the Vikings were playing from behind from the start, which allowed Cousins and his receivers to have monster performances. Cousins completed 34-of-54 passes for 460 yards and four touchdowns, but threw two interceptions, finishing the week as the QB3.  Cousins now has back-to-back games with at least 425 yards passing and may be a viable streaming QB during the remainder of the fantasy playoffs. 

     

    Biggest Busts

    Jonathan Taylor: Oh man, this was absolutely heartbreaking.  On the third play of the game and on his first touch, Taylor scampered for a beautiful 13-yard rush but stayed down due to an ankle injury.  Taylor never returned to the game and is now expected to miss the remainder of the season.  After a pretty rough season for his fantasy GMs, they were absolutely devastated in their first round matchups. 

     

    T.J. Hockenson: In a game that saw Cousins throwing the ball 54 times, it was surprising to see Hockenson be so uninvolved.  He finished the game with a mere three receptions for 33 yards, but was targeted nine times, so there should be some hope remaining for his fantasy GMs. His streak of six straight games with at least four receptions comes to an end. 

     

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    Ravens vs. Browns

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