Team of the Week
QB: Tom Brady
Brady only needed to play 30 minutes to rank as the overall QB1 heading into Monday Night Football, as he completed 22-of-27 passes for 348 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions in a blowout win over Detroit. TB12 is up to 4,234 yards with a 36:11 touchdown-interception ratio through 15 games.
RB: Alvin Kamara
He hadn’t been putting up monster numbers for the past few weeks, but Kamara exploded on Christmas—rushing for an NFL-record six touchdowns while Minnesota provided little resistance to the ground game. Kamara now has 21 touchdowns this season, and the team will likely try to get him at least 68 rushing yards next week for his first 1,000-yard campaign.
RB: Myles Gaskin
The Miami backfield was a bit of a mystery with Gaskin and Salvon Ahmed both finally on the field together, but the older of the two former college teammates—despite not starting on Saturday night—ending up leading the way with 14 carries, 87 rushing yards, five receptions, 82 receiving yards, and two touchdown catches.
WR: Davante Adams
Green Bay’s passing attack was again unstoppable last night, as Tennessee had zero answers for Adams—who caught 11-of-12 targets for 142 yards and his second three-touchdown performance of the year. Already up to a career-high 17 scores, Adams looks primed to set career-highs across the board with a solid game next week versus Chicago.
WR: Mike Evans
The entire Tampa Bay offense benefitted from Detroit entering Saturday’s game with a chunk of their coaching staff out due to COVID-19 protocols, but Evans was the biggest beneficiary as that main target of what was essentially a numbers-boosting spot. The Bucs keeping their foot on the pedal with Blaine Gabbert at quarterback allowed Evans to go for a 10/181/2 line.
TE: Jimmy Graham
Graham seemed to fall by the wayside with more zero-catch performances (two) than touchdowns (one) over the previous five games, but he re-emerged versus the Jags by catching two touchdowns in a 41-17 victory. The veteran will hope to stay hot in a win-and-in game next week against the Packers.
FLEX: David Johnson
The 2020 season has been one to forget for Houston, but Johnson is a bright spot late in the season with some of his best football. Following up a Week 15 game in which he caught 11 passes for 106 yards, DJ handled 15 touches for 139 yards and two scores on his way to a season-high 27.4 fantasy points.
Facing the Washington offense with Dwayne Haskins under center led to fantasy gold for Carolina, as they forced four turnovers, three sacks, and scored a touchdown to ruin their opponents chance of winning the NFC East.
K: Jason Sanders
Sanders had a potentially costly one-point performance in Week 15, but he responded with 15 fantasy points on Saturday night for anyone still alive that wisely stuck with him. Including PATs, Sanders has hit 68-of-71 kicks in 2020.
Surprise of the Week: Browns offense
They were down basically all game, but it’s still insane that Cleveland—without all but one of their active-roster wideouts—decided to throw 53 times while Nick Chubb handled just 11 carries. Kevin Stefanski was in a difficult spot, but the team didn’t handle it well.
Disappointment of the Week: Derrick Henry
Sunday night wasn’t the fault of Henry (and he still finished with 98 rushing yards), but Tennessee came out with a terrible game plan against the Packers on both sides of the ball—leading to a blowout loss when they had a chance to clinch the AFC South. Just 9.8 fantasy points for the monster runner in a snow game against one of the league’s worst run defenses is something that cost fantasy owners hoping to win a title in one of the last games of championship week.
Rookie of the Week: CeeDee Lamb
Lamb only saw five targets on Sunday, but he made the most of them with a 52-yard touchdown, and also turned a fourth-quarter carry into another score as Dallas blew out the Eagles. The 21.9 fantasy points will have Lamb finish as a top-24 option at the position as a rookie (without Dak Prescott for most of the year).
Week 16 MVP: Alvin Kamara
The 54.7 fantasy points for Kamara was one of the highest totals of all-time, and happening during championship week makes it almost impossible to overcome for those who faced him. New Orleans’ offensive centerpiece also looks like the top candidate for Fantasy MVP for the season as the overall RB1.