It was a rough week in fantasy this week, for most people. About 20% of people made their championship in their fantasy football leagues, assuming it is a 10 person league. Contained in that 20%, half of them are in the lead and the other half are scrambling to maybe find that one guy off of the waiver wire that can maybe change their fortunes the next week. I am one of those people. It pained me to write this article this week because I faced some of the guys listed on here in my fantasy league. I wrote this segment for the first time last week and received positive feedback about it, so I’m back again to introduce you guys to my “Perfect Fantasy Lineup” for week 16 in the NFL.
Remember, these were the highest performing fantasy players in ESPN standard scoring leagues last week. What they did other than their score means nothing in this article. The FLEX position is given to the player who was either the third best performer at the RB or WR position or the second best performer at the TE position. So here they are, the best of the best:
QB: Kirk Cousins, 32 points- The Redskins QB had a great day again. He threw for 4 touchdowns for the second straight week although he didn’t rush for one this time. He threw for 365 yards against the Eagles which was a season high. Cousins even led his team to an NFC East division title and continues his run of dominance.
RB: Tim Hightower, 28 points- Hightower proved how well he can play this season by scoring 28 points against the Jaguars. He rushed the ball 27 times for 122 yards and added 47 yards on 3 receptions. The Saints RB also scored 2 rushing touchdowns on the day. Not too bad for a backup running back.
RB: DeAngelo Williams, 27 points- Williams is continuing his dominance as a fill in for injured LeVeon Bell. The veteran running back tacked on 100 yards on 17 attempts. Williams also added on 53 yards on 6 receptions. The Steelers are more than happy to have this elite back up running back.
WR: Brandon Marshall, 23 points- The veteran wide receiver looked unstoppable against the Patriots. Marshall had 8 receptions that accumulated to 115 yards. The Jets receiver also acquired 2 touchdowns on the day to help him be one of the highest scoring receivers of the day with 23 points.
WR: Julio Jones, 23 points- Julio looked like classic Julio on Sunday against the stout Panthers secondary. The Falcons receiver had a total of 9 receptions for a whopping 178 yards. Jones also added a touchdown on a 70 yard pass from Matt Ryan. Julio continues to be one of the best in the league.
TE: Jordan Reed, 24 points- An outstanding performance was given to us on Saturday by Jordan Reed as he tore up the Eagles defense. He had 9 receptions that would go for 2 touchdowns as well as 129 yards. This is the second straight week that Reed scored 2 touchdowns and he is quickly becoming one of the best in the league.
FLEX: Allen Hurns, 22 points- The young Jaguars receiver is having a career year and it didn’t stop on Sunday against the Saints. Hurns had 8 receptions that would account for 2 touchdowns as well as 106 receiving yards. The Jaguars offense is bright, young, and talented. They will be scary in the next couple years.
D/ST: Cardinals, 35 points- We all know that the Cardinals defense is one of the leagues best, if not, the best, but scoring 35 points in fantasy is almost unheard of. The cards gave up 8 points to the Green Bay Packers and added 9 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, and gave up less than 200 yards. Again, this is unheard of especially against the Packers.
K: Blair Walsh, 23 points- Even though he missed an extra point, Walsh was kicking his way to another great day. The Vikings kicker made 4 extra points and tacked on field goals from 32, 52, 22, 53, and 27 yards. Almost treating the game like practice, Walsh didn’t look like he was going to miss anything on Sunday.
TOTAL: 237 fantasy points
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