Week 16 has come and gone, and a few fantasy owners got a special present under the tree this Christmas. Bulger and S-Jax went nuts, while Marvin reiterated his grasp on the Colts #1 WR position. On the downside, owners with Vick or Hass as their QB had to fight an uphill battle, and there was a long list of stud WRs that seemed intent to play the Grinch. But enough with the tease, let’s get to Week 16’s Headliners and Flatliners.
Marc Bulger (388 yards, 4 TD)
Bulger had a pretty quiet second half of the season but broke out in a big way against the Redskins. Unfortunately for Torry Holt owners, Isaac Bruce had the biggest day of all the Rams receivers, catching nine passes for 148 yards and a score.
Honorable Mention: Vince Young (183 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 61 rush yards, 1 rush TD), Jon Kitna (283 yards, 3 TD), Peyton Manning (205 yards, 3 TD), Steve McNair (256 pass yards, 3 TD, 2 INT)
Steven Jackson (39 touches, 252 yards, 2 TD)
Jackson’s monster game was far and away the best for any running back. He has developed into a terrific receiver and the Rams love to feed him the ball. He’ll be a top 3 pick in most leagues next summer.
Honorable Mention: Maurice Jones-Drew (25 touches, 172 yards, 2 TD), Ladell Betts (31 touches, 164 yards, 2 TD), Ron Dayne (33 touches, 156 yards, 2 TD), Shaun Alexander (33 touches, 142 yards, 2 TD), Reggie Bush (22 touches, 149 yards, 1 TD), Frank Gore (17 touches, 86 yards, 2 TD), Rudi Johnson (32 touches, 140 yards, 1 TD), Larry Johnson (31 touches, 135 yards, 1 TD)
Marvin Harrison (8 rec, 112 yards, 2 TD)
Not so fast, Reggie Wayne, Marvin is still the Colts’ best WR. Harrison had a terrific fantasy playoff, catching 16 passes for 198 yards and five touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Isaac Bruce (9 rec, 148 yards, 1 TD), Mark Clayton (7 rec, 108 yards, 1 TD), Mike Furrey (10 rec 107 yards, 1 TD), T.J. Houshmandzadeh (9 rec, 94 yards, 1 TD), Larry Fitzgerald (4 rec, 93 yards, 1 TD)
Chris Cooley (7 rec, 77 yards, 1 TD)
Cooley finished the season pretty strong, catching 25 passes for 362 yards and three scores over the last six games. His game stood out in a week with few good TE performances.
Honorable Mention: Randy McMichael (5 rec, 46 yards, 1 TD), Vernon Davis (4 rec, 91 yards), L.J. Smith (2 rec, 77 yards), Tony Gonzalez (5 rec, 67 yards)
Michael Vick (109 pass yards, 2 INT, 32 rush yards)
Vick’s brutal game hurt more than a few fantasy owners this week. He was hot and cold all year, and has been bothered by a hamstring injury recently.
Dishonorable Mention: Matt Hasselbeck (189 yards, 2 INT), Derek Anderson (123 yards, 4 INT)
Willie Parker (13 touches, 29 yards)
Parker owners had the bad fortune of having their player face a very tough Baltimore rush defense this week, and he wasn’t even able to meet those diminished expectations.
Dishonorable Mention: Tatum Bell (12 touches, 50 yards), Chester Taylor (18 touches, 67 yards), Ahman Green (22 touches, 69 yards), Thomas Jones (14 touches, 72 yards), Warrick Dunn (10 touches, 38 yards)
Steve Smith (0 rec)
Chris, this is Steve Smith. Steve, this is Chris Weinke. I’ll give you two a minute to get acquainted.
Dishonorable Mention: Chad Johnson (3 rec, 32 yards), Braylon Edwards (2 rec, 7 yards), Reggie Wayne (3 rec, 27 yards), Laveranues Coles (2 rec, 9 yards), Chris Chambers (1 rec, 16 yards), Santana Moss (3 rec, 29 yards), Joey Galloway (2 rec, 34 yards), Andre Johnson (4 rec, 48 yards), Torry Holt (4 rec, 54 yards)
Jeremy Shockey (2 rec, -3 yards)
A few big name tight ends had poor outings this weekend, which just goes to show you how erratic the position is. Looking forward to next season, there should be a number of productive tight ends, so I wouldn’t recommend drafting one in the first four rounds.
Dishonorable Mention: Kellen Winslow (2 rec, 27 yards), Desmond Clark (3 rec, 36 yards), Alge Crumpler (3 rec, 39 yards)