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Week 17 Fantasy Football Awards 2019


Team of the Week

 

QB: Dak Prescott

The Cowboys couldn’t get the passing attack going two weeks ago in a crucial loss to the Eagles, but Prescott rebounded in the finale by throwing for 303 yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions in a 31-point win over the Redskins. The 29.6 fantasy points for the week easily topped all quarterbacks, and Dak finished a career year with 4,902 passing yards and a 30:11 touchdown-interception ratio.

 

RB: Derrick Henry

With a playoff berth on the line, Tennessee wisely handed the ball to their six-foot-three, 247-pound runner 32 times, which led to 211 yards and three touchdowns. Henry has been basically unstoppable in December over the past two years, and Sunday’s showing was good enough to earn him the rushing title.

 

RB: Boston Scott

Scott was the engine to plenty of fantasy comebacks following a 138-yard, three-touchdown performance against the Giants in the late afternoon window, and his 33.8 fantasy points were easily the best of his career. The 24-year-old has emerged as a serious weapon for Philadelphia with 23 receptions over the past four games.

 

WR: Michael Gallup

After quietly getting over 1,000 receiving yards in Week 16, Gallup had a career day to boost his season numbers even more with five receptions, 98 yards, and three touchdowns in the finale. The highlight was a twirling grab in the corner of the end zone to spark a white-hot second half.

 

WR: Deebo Samuel

Only one wideout (Gallup) had more than 22.0 fantasy points yesterday, but Samuel’s dual-threat ability was enough to give him the overall WR2 finish after five receptions for 102 yards (on five targets) and two carries for 33 yards and a touchdown. The rookie could be an undervalued option for those participating in a playoff-long fantasy challenge next month.

 

TE: Tyler Higbee

The streak of 100-yard games ended at four, but Higbee remained on fire to close out the year, catching eight passes for 84 yards and a touchdown in LA’s 31-24 win over Arizona. If you extend Higbee’s five December games to a full season, he’d have been on pace for a 138/1,670/6 line.

 

FLEX: Damien Williams

Joe Mixon deserves recognition following another outstanding game, but Williams gets the FLEX spot for totaling 154 yards and two touchdowns—both of which would make a career highlight reel. The first was an 84-yard sprint down the sideline where he emerged through a pile of Chargers defenders, and the second (from seven yards out) was arguably even more impressive as Williams showed pure determination to stay on his feet at the four-yard line and lunge into the end zone.

 

D/ST: Ravens

Even without a few key players resting for Baltimore, Steelers-Ravens was a predictable slugfest—and the home team did most of the punching. The AFC’s top seed allowed just 168 yards and ten points while recovering two fumbles, taking Devlin Hodges down for two sacks, forcing a safety, and scoring a touchdown.

 

K: Younghoe Koo

Koo was a great midseason addition for Atlanta, and he finished strong by hitting all five field goal attempts to finish with 18 fantasy points. In eight games this year, the Korean kicker hit 38-of-42 kicks (including 15-of-16 PAT attempts).

 

Surprise of the Week: Boston Scott

The ankle injury to Miles Sanders obviously played a role, but despite entering the game as the No. 2 back (ahead of Jordan Howard in his return), no one could have predicted that Scott would handle 23 touches and score three times in a win-and-in game for Philly. The five-foot-six runner should remain a big factor in the Wild Card Round and has likely earned himself an offensive role in 2020.

 

Disappointment of the Week: Nick Chubb

A three-game losing streak for the Browns (all by double-digit points) sealed Freddie Kitchens’ fate, and not feeding Chubb was undoubtedly the biggest mistake Cleveland’s former head coach made—especially after playing through the Georgia product is what made the offense so successful down the stretch in 2019. On Sunday, Chubb had just 13 carries for 41 scoreless yards, and he averaged 15.0 carries per game during the team’s season-ending losing streak.

 

Rookie of the Week: Deebo Samuel

Per usual, A.J. Brown (4/124/1) made a push here, but Samuel was the main standout for the rookie class after shining on Sunday Night Football. A do-it-all weapon in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, Deebo totaled 961 yards and six touchdowns this season, and he notably had 20+ rushing yards in four-of-five games to close out the year.

 

Week 17 MVP: Derrick Henry

The 39.1 fantasy points for Henry led all scorers and was his best performance of the season, so he’s an easy choice for MVP in the final week of the year. Dating back to last season, Henry has averaged 23.2 fantasy points per game in nine December appearances.

 

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