Happy fantasy football championship week and Merry Christmas! This was the week most of us waited for all season. Let's take a look at our 2018 championship winners and losers.
Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson stood atop the Week 16 leader boards. Each threw a pair of TDs and ran for another pair on twin monster days. Nick Foles set an Eagles record with 471 passing yards and added 4 TDs of his own. If you didn't have one of those three, no need to worry. There were seven other quarterbacks that threw for 3 TDs including Ben Roethlisberger, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan, and Kirk Cousins.
Philip Rivers had two picks and was held out of the endzone Saturday night, while Tom Brady and Drew Brees disappointed again with only one touchdown each. Marcus Mariota did almost nothing before leaving hurt, but Matt Stafford played the whole game and did nothing anyway.
Week 16 was a good week for zero-RB drafters as waiver wire warriors Jamaal Williams, Elijah McGuire, C.J. Anderson, and Damien Williams ruled the day. The two Williams each had 140+ combined yards and a TD while Anderson turned back the clock with 167 rushing yards and a score in place of Todd Gurley. McGuire didn't quite hit a hundred yards, but he did score a pair of TDs. Alvin Kamara and Chris Carson matched his TDs and went over 100 yards, and Christian McCaffrey was held scoreless but ran for 101 yard and caught 12 passes for 77 more.
Tarik Cohen was the biggest name to bust, recording just seven touches for 19 yards. That matched LeSean McCoy's output in his return. Not every waiver wire RB paid off. Alfred Blue, Josh Adams and Kalen Ballage were all big time Week 16 busts, held out of the endzone and a severe lack of touches and yardage.
Antonio Brown carried many owners to championships with a monster 14 catches for 185 yards and 2 TDs. Robert Woods was the only other big time receiver to score two TDs, though he came up just short of a hundred yards. Robby Anderson, Doug Baldwin, Michael Thomas, and Nelson Agholor all topped a hundred receiving yards with a TD.
Amari Cooper had a second straight dud with only 20 yards, while Brandin Cooks stayed cold with only 35 yards. Rookies Dante Pettis and D.J. Moore finally cooled off after their recent torrid pace, both failing to reach 25 yards.
Rudolph always comes through on Christmas, and Kyle Rudolph came through Christmas weekend with a career game, racking up 9 catches for 122 yards and 2 TDs, including a Hail Mary grab. Zach Ertz nearly bested him, setting the all-time TE catch record for a season with 12 catches for 110 yards and two TDs. Chris Herndon's 82 yards and a TD were nice, too.
Rob Gronkowski was one of the biggest complete busts of the day after being held without a single catch on three targets. Eric Ebron and Jimmy Graham each had three catches but failed to crack 35 yards on the day.