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Week 18 Fantasy Football Awards 2023

Team of the Week


QB: Derek Carr, NO

It was too late for New Orleans because they didn’t get the help they needed, but Carr had his best game of the year in the finale—completing 22-of-28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns. Three of the touchdowns were downfield throws where Carr gave his guys a chance, and the performance should build some momentum for him heading into next season.


RB: James Conner, ARI

Arizona went hard down the stretch, and Conner was treated as a workhorse—with the final game being his best by handling 31 touches for 204 total yards and a touchdown in a close loss to Seattle. Despite turning 29 in the spring, Conner doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.


RB: Breece Hall, NYJ

Hall was also given a featured workload in the finale, and he wore the Patriots down by rushing 37 times for 178 yards and a touchdown in the snowy victory. Based on his play down the stretch, Hall will likely be an upside RB1 in fantasy drafts when Aaron Rodgers is back in 2024.


WR: Justin Jefferson, MIN

Jefferson roasted the Lions for a 6/141/1 line two weeks ago, and he followed it up by catching 12-of-14 targets for 192 yards and a touchdown for a season-best performance. Injuries didn’t stop Jefferson from going for 1,074 yards on the season, and he’ll again have a strong case to be a top-two pick in the summer.


WR: Nico Collins, HOU

Houston started Saturday night with a 75-yard bomb to Collins for a touchdown on their first offensive play, and he was sensational all night by hauling in all nine of his targets for 195 yards. After an overall WR9 finish, Collins’ arrow is pointing straight up for next season and beyond.


TE: Evan Engram, JAX

Jacksonville will be thinking about the target that didn’t connect with Trevor Lawrence sailing a throw to end their season, but Engram still absorbed ten passes for 79 yards and a score—as another hot finish suddenly allowed him to end the year as the overall TE2 in 0.5 PPR leagues. Had the drive continued for the Jags, Engram (114 receptions) would have had a real shot at the single-season receptions record for a tight end (116).


FLEX:  CeeDee Lamb, DAL

Speaking of records, Lamb essentially rewrote the book for Dallas this season, and he ended the year by catching all 13 of his targets for 98 yards and two more touchdowns. There should be zero questions about Lamb as a superstar wideout after a 135/1,749/12 line.


D/ST: Cowboys

It was only fitting that Dallas ended the season as the top-scoring D/ST unit of the week with 18.0 fantasy points (tied with the New York teams), as they had three takeaways, four sacks, and a blocked kick while limiting the Commanders to ten points and 180 total yards.


K: Cameron Dicker, LAC

Dicker’s standing as a top real-life kicker has been undisputed, and he benefitted from the Chargers moving the ball just enough over the final few games to go for fantasy-point totals of 21.0, 12.0, and 15.0 to close out the season. The former Texas standout should be an elite option in 2024.


Surprise of the Week: Carson Wentz

Wentz having a strong day in Sean McVay’s offense wasn’t a massive surprise, but the way he did it—rushing 17 times for 56 yards and a touchdown—probably wasn’t something anyone saw coming. The performance was almost certainly enough to show teams that Wentz can be a high-end backup option as he hits the open market again.


Disappointment of the Week: Jalen Hurts

Ironically, Hurts was a disappointment for anyone that rolled with him this week, as Philadelphia played their starters this week—but pulled key players when they went down 24-0 to the Giants. Overall, it was another very disappointing outing for the Eagles, and Hurts didn’t have much of a chance to get going without A.J. Brown (knee) or DeVonta Smith (ankle).


Rookie of the Week: Bijan Robinson

Robinson flashed his ability with a couple of highlight plays in Week 18, and the best was a 71-yard catch-and-run for six that helped boost him to a 7/103/1 receiving line. Although there was certainly a ton of frustration regarding Robinson’s usage, he finished as a top-ten option at the position and will have a high-end RB1 case in 2024.


Week 18 MVP: Justin Jefferson

Most ended their seasons in Week 17 and had Jefferson contained again, but for those in a two-week semifinal, he made up for the quiet outing by nearing 200 yards and totaling 30.0 fantasy points. The Vikings looking to sign Jefferson to a record-breaking extension will be a major storyline this offseason.