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Week 16 Fantasy Rewind
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Who helped put Fantasy owners over the top in crucial Week 16? Our Dave Richard shares his observations in the latest edition of his Fantasy Rewind. Full story
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Andre Williams showing more ability
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:19 am ET) Carrying the load for the third straight game with Rashad Jennings sidelined by an ankle injury Week 16 at St. Louis, Giants rookie running back Andre Williams delivered his second 100-yard effort during that stretch, picking up 110 yards on 26 carries. Of course, just like in Week 14, it wasn't the steadiest performance. He had a 50-yard run in that one en route to a career-best 131 yards. He had a 45-yard run en route to his 110 yards in this one.

But that's true for most 100-yard rushing performances. The best backs break long runs occasionally, which makes up for all the 2- and 3-yard gains in between. It's easy to discount Williams' performance because of a long run here or a long run there because he's been so bad on a per-carry basis this season (take that 45-yard run away, and he averaged only 2.6 yards per carry -- oh noes!), but the fact is those long runs count, too. And he barreled over a couple of tacklers to complete it, which was nice to see.

Because Williams is short on receiving ability, his numbers don't look so great when he doesn't break a long run, but with all the carries he's getting now, his chances are better than not of breaking one. He's worth starting in standard leagues Week 17 against Philadelphia.


Rueben Randle not overshadowed for once
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:08 am ET) Since the emergence of rookie Odell Beckham in Week 9, and especially since his even bigger emergence in Week 12, wide receiver Rueben Randle has been an afterthought in the Giants passing game, averaging 2.3 catches for 31.8 yards in the four games leading up to Week 16 at St. Louis. But quarterback Eli Manning finally had enough yards to go around in that one, delivering Beckham his usual eight grabs for 148 yards and still finding Randle on six passes for 132 yards.

Randle even caught a touchdown pass, his first since Week 5. Of course, Beckham caught two and is now up to eight in his last five games, averaging 9.6 catches for 131.4 yards during that stretch.

You see the problem here, don't you? Manning was able to sustain both Beckham and Randle in this one, but that's only because he threw for a season-high 391 yards. If he regresses to a more modest total Week 17 against Philadelphia, we all know Randle is the one taking a back seat. Beckham has other-worldly talent, and Manning is smart enough to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

Of course, the Giants will probably have to throw a lot to keep pace with the Eagles, which bodes well for Randle, but you should still treat him as no more than a No. 3 wide receiver in Fantasy.


Odell Beckham making Eli Manning a stud
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:58 am ET) Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham had another eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 at St. Louis, which has become par for the course for him. It was his second straight game and third game in five with more than 140 receiving yards and multiple scores.

What you may not have noticed, though, is that quarterback Eli Manning has taken off during that same stretch. He had a season-high 391 yards and three touchdowns in Week 16, completing 25 of 32 passes. Over his last five games, he has averaged 297.2 yards with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions.

It stands to reason, of course. Beckham couldn't be putting up all those numbers without someone throwing him the ball. This may be one of those rare cases of the wide receiver making the quarterback as opposed to the other way around. Beckham is clearly a special talent, and Manning has made a point to deliver him the ball as often as possible.

It's reason enough to give Manning another chance Week 17 against Philadelphia if you've been suffering with Matthew Stafford or Colin Kaepernick and are somehow still alive in spite of it.


Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro hits two field goals
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:28 am ET) Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro hit two field goals Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Catanzaro was the only source of the Cardinals' offense during the contest. He managed to convert from 27 yards out and 32 yards out. The Cardinals could not find the end zone, so Catanzaro did not have an extra point opportunity. Catanzaro will take on the 49ers Week 17.


Marquess Wilson may be of some use
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:26 am ET) Getting a chance to play more with star wide receiver Brandon Marshall sidelined by lung and rib injuries, Bears wide receiver Marquess Wilson had a career-high seven catches for 66 yards Week 16 against Detroit. His 10 targets were second-most only to Alshon Jeffery's 15.

Wilson wasn't exactly a game-breaker, with none of his catches going for more than 17 yards, but then again, he was working with a backup quarterback in Jimmy Clausen. With Clausen at quarterback and Jeffery on the other side of the field, Wilson is a long shot for big numbers in Fantasy, but he proved to be a reliable enough target to make an impact in PPR leagues, if you need help there.


Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald held in check Week 16
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:25 am ET) Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald was held in check Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Fitzgerald received a team-high 11 targets, but only came up with four receptions. He gained 33 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per catch. Fitzgerald did draw two illegal use of hands penalties during the contest, so was useful on some of his incompletions. 

Fitzgerald will look for more Week 17 against the 49ers.


Cardinals WR Michael Floyd finishes with 41 yards
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:23 am ET) Cardinals wideout Michael Floyd had a rough game Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Floyd received eight targets, but only came down with two catches. Both of those receptions came on the same drive in the third quarter. Floyd hauled in a nine yard pass to start, and then pulled down a 32 yard reception just three plays later. He was able to draw two defensive penalties on his other targets, so he found a way to make a difference even though he only had two receptions.

Floyd will look for more Week 17 against the 49ers. 


Cardinals' Stepfan Taylor gains just 19 yards
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:20 am ET) Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor had a tough game Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Taylor received 11 carries, but only gained 19 yards during the contest. With Ryan Lindley at quarterback, the Seahawks defense could focus on stopping the run all game. Taylor averaged just 1.7 yards per attempt during the contest. He was a slightly larger threat in the passing game, pulling down two receptions for 25 yards.

Taylor will take on the 49ers Week 17.


Backup quarterback won't ruin Alshon Jeffery
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12:18 am ET) Though the Bears passing game didn't fare so well overall with the switch to Jimmy Clausen at quarterback Week 16 against Detroit, top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery made as much of an impact as usual, catching six passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. He's had between 70 and 80 receiving yards in three of his last four games, scoring at least one touchdown in six straight.

His 15 targets were actually the second-most he's had in a game this season, but that's not too surprising since it was his first game without Brandon Marshall on the opposite side of the field. Marshall is out for the season because of rib and lung injuries.

Clausen threw for only 181 yards against the Lions, but it was an especially difficult matchup. And with Jeffery no longer competing with Marshall for looks, he was able to make a major impact regardless.

Don't worry so much about his quarterback. Just keep running Jeffery out there Week 17 at Minnesota.


Cardinals QB Ryan Lindley fails to find the end zone Week 16
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:17 am ET) Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley failed to find the end zone Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Lindley completed 18 of 44 passes for 216 yards. He threw one interception and fumbled during the contest. Lindley couldn't get much going against a rejuvenated Seahawks defense. When he did have opportunties to throw, Lindley had to settle for check-downs. He averaged just 4.9 yards per attempt. The Seattle pass rush gave him a hard time, coming up with four sacks. 

If Drew Stanton is unable to return, Lindley would take on the 49ers Week 17.


 
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