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Desperation fuels Kyle Orton's performance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1:35 am ET) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton didn't have the most efficient day throwing the ball Week 16 at Oakland, but from a Fantasy perspective, it was a productive one. He threw for 329 yards and three touchdowns but also had two interceptions.

What's crazy, though, is that 196 of those yards came in the second half. The Bills were trailing a winnable game with their playoff hopes on the line, and their desperation showed. Unfortunately, that desperation also contributed to the second of Orton's interceptions.

The Bills have been eliminated, so no matter how much they're trailing Week 17 at New England, they probably won't be quite as desperate. You can expect more typical numbers from Orton -- maybe about 250 yards with one or two scores -- even if the matchup appears to be a favorable one, making him a player better left for two-quarterback leagues.


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 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.


Matthew Stafford burns you for the last time


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) When Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford disappointed with just 153 passing yards and one touchdown Week 15 against Minnesota, I was willing to make excuses for him. "The Vikings pass defense really isn't so bad," I said while penciling in Stafford for another 390 yards and two touchdowns Week 16 at Chicago. That's what he did against the Bears in Week 13, after all, and they entered Week 16 ranked 31st against the pass.

So of course, Stafford throws for 243 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

The performance could have been so, so, so much better. He threw one of those interceptions in the end zone and another just short of the end zone. But the fact is he completed those passes to Bears and not Lions, and so it was an awful performance despite a favorable matchup.

Stafford has been one of the most up-and-down quarterbacks in Fantasy this season, but the one thing he appeared to have going for him was that he played to the matchups. Remove predictability from the equation, and he's as frustratingly inconsistent as Cam Newton.

How can you trust him Week 17 at Green Bay? He threw two interceptions with no touchdown passes in his previous meeting with the Packers this year, so if you have a Mark Sanchez or even Newton type on the waiver wire, you might want to go that route instead.


Seahawks QB Russell Wilson picks up three scores Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson turned in a fantastic start Week 16 against the Cardinals.

Wilson completed 20 of 31 passes for 339 yards and two scores. Despite playing one of the tougher defenses in the NFL, Wilson did not turn the ball over during the contest. He had a mostly clear pocket, or at least was able to escape when things got muddy, taking just one sack. When Wilson did have time, he was able to hit on big play, averaging 10.9 yards per completion. 

On top of that, Wilson turned in a fine game on the ground. An early 55 yard run started things off, but a late 5 yard scramble really put the nail in the coffin. Wilson stiff-armed a defender on his way to the end zone.

Wilson will take on the Rams Week 17.


Tom Brady has out-of-character performance


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/21/2014) The Patriots have played some weird games against Jets in recent years, including a 27-25 squeaker when they were at their hottest back in Week 7. So perhaps it's not surprising quarterback Tom Brady wasn't at his best Week 16 at the Jets as the Patriots eked out another victory, this time by just one point.

He completed 23 of 35 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was coming off a streak of 10 games with both 200-plus passing yards and two-plus touchdowns.

Brady was playing without his top target, wide receiver Julian Edelman, who was out with a concussion. But with Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell still at his disposal and Danny Amendola filling in capably, that likely wasn't the reason for his struggles. The matchup shouldn't have been either given where the Jets rank against the pass, but in three of his last four games against the division rival, Brady has thrown for less than two scores. And in all four, he's thrown for less than 300 yards.

Maybe it's just a matter of them being too familiar with each other. In any case, you shouldn't let this performance discourage you from starting Brady Week 17 against Buffalo unless of course the Patriots have already secured homefield advantage throughout the playoffs by that point.


Rams QB Shaun Hill comes alive late in Week 16


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Rams quarterback Shaun Hill did most of his damage Week 16 in garbage time, throwing two touchdowns in the game's final 17 minutes. Hill finished 24 of 32 for 290 yards and two scores with one interception in the 37-27 loss to the Giants.

Hill wasn't able to rally his team to a victory, but he made the final score more respectable. Hill hit tight end Lance Kendricks for a 23-yard touchdown late in the third quarter and wideout Chris Givens for a 47-yard score late in the fourth. Hill has accounted for eight touchdowns and five turnovers in seven games.

He'll finish the season at Seattle.


Eli Manning throws for a season-high 391 yards, 3 TDs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Giants quarterback Eli Manning picked apart the Rams in Week 16, completing 25 of 32 passes for a season-high 391 yards and three touchdowns. It was his second straight outing with three scoring passes and no turnovers.

Manning threw a pair of touchdowns to breakout rookie Odell Beckham and another to Rueben Randle. Manning has seven touchdown passes against one interception in his team's three-game win streak, and he's accounted for 30 scores against 17 turnovers this year.

He'll take on the Eagles to close out his 2014 season.


Consistency remains out of Ryan Tannehill's grasp


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill snapped a streak of disappointing performances in Week 16 against the Vikings, as he put together arguably the finest performance of his career.

Tannehill, who has found his greatest success this season when utilizing his legs, did it all with his arm Sunday. He racked up 396 yards through the air on 35 of 47 passing, the second-best total of his career, and added a career-best four touchdowns, while tossing one interception as well.

Tannehill has taken his game to another level this season, but consistency remains an issue. He has scored 30-plus points in two of the last five games, but had just 40 in the other three combined. He had consecutive 20-plus-point games just twice overall, heading into Week 17 against the Jets.

With the Dolphins announcing they will be keeping coach Joe Philbin around for the 2015 season, Tannehill's job should be secure. His upside is apparent, but he has still shown it only in flashes. He shouldn't be viewed as a top-10 quarterback for Fantasy purposes heading into the offseason. 


Teddy Bridgewater turns it around in second half


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got off to a very slow start in his NFL career, tossing five interceptions to just one touchdown in his first four games. However, continues to turn things around, as he put together another solid performance in Week 16 against the Dolphins.

Bridgewater tossed a pair of touchdowns to just one interception on 26 attempts Sunday, his fourth game with more scores than turnovers in the last five. He also passed for 259 yards, bringing his three-game total to 883 yards, by far the best stretch of his career.

Bridgewater now has 13 touchdowns to 11 interceptions on the season, however he has been much improved of late. Over the last eight games, heading into the season finale, Bridgewater has 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, while completing 65.5 percent of his passes and racking up 237.3 yards per game.

He hasn't been a Fantasy star, but he has certainly shown flashes of that kind of ability. He has at least 17 Fantasy points in each of his last five games, and could finish the season with a flourish in Week 17 against the Bears. Bridgewater looks like a keeper, and could be in the discussion as a starting Fantasy option for his second season in the league.  


Raiders QB Derek Carr throws two TDs in Week 16 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Raiders quarterback Derek Carr completed just 17 of his 34 pass attempts for 214 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in his team's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.

Carr opened the second quarter by finding a wide-open James Jones in the back of the end zone for a three-yard score. He hit his fullback on a one-yard flare route with less than three minutes left in the game to extend his team's lead to nine points, an insurance touchdown that came in handy when the Bills were able to answer with a score a few minutes later.

Carr opened the season with 10 straight losses but has won three of his last five games, with all three of his wins coming at home. He'll hit the road for a Week 17 matchup with the Broncos in Denver.


Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck sharp in relief effort


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck entered the blowout loss at Dallas in the third quarter and played well, completing 15 of 21 throws for 126 yards and a touchdown but losing a fumble. He'll back up Andrew Luck again Week 17 at Tennessee.

Bills QB Kyle Orton throws three TDs vs. Raiders


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Bills quarterback Kyle Orton completed 32 of his 49 pass attempts for 329 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in his team's 26-24 loss to the Raiders in Week 16.

Though Orton wound up with a nice stat line thanks to two fourth-quarter touchdowns, he made plenty of poor throws, including a massive overthrow on third-and-long deep in his own territory late in the fourth quarter for his second pick of the day. On a positive note, his third touchdown, which came with a little more than a minute left on the clock, was the 100th of his career.

The Bills have been eliminated from postseason contention with the loss. Orton will square off with the Patriots in Week 17.


Cardinals list inactives for Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) The Cardinals have listed QB Drew Stanton, WR Brittan Golden, S Chris Clemons, G Jonathan Cooper, NT Alameda Ta'amu, OL Anthony Steen, DE Kareem Martin as inactive Week 16 against the Seahawks. 

Stanton came into the contest listed as doubtful due to a knee injury. Clemons was considered probable due to a knee issue, but will not play. The other five players are healthy scratches. 


Cowboys QB Tony Romo makes history in Week 16 rout


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Tony Romo completed 16 straight throws, tossed four touchdowns and became the Cowboys' all-time leading passer in the Week 16 blowout of the Colts. Romo finished 18 of 20 for 218 yards and posted his second four-touchdown game of the year.

On a 25-yard score to tight end Jason Witten in the third quarter, Romo passed Troy Aikman (32,942 passing yards) as the franchise's all-time leader. Romo is up to 32,971 passing yards in 37 fewer games.

Romo earlier hit Terrance Williams, Dez Bryant and Cole Beasley for touchdowns, marking his seventh game this season with at least three scores. Romo added 28 yards on three carries.

His streak of 16 straight completions fell just shy of the career-high 17 in a row he hit in December 2012. Up to 32 touchdowns against 11 turnovers, Romo visits the Redskins in the regular-season finale.


Chiefs' Alex Smith throws for 311 yards in loss to Pittsburgh


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith completed a season-high 31 passes on 45 attempts for 311 yards in Kansas City's 20-12 loss to the Steelers.

It was also Smith's first 300-yard passing game of the season after throwing for 293 and 297 the last two weeks respectively.

Despite that, Smith was unable to find the end zone for the fifth time this season. 

Smith and the Chiefs finish their season against the Chagrers in Week 17.


Ravens' Joe Flacco struggles mightily in loss to Texans


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Along with the rest of the offense, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had one of his worst games of the season during a 25-13 loss to the Texans Sunday.

"We got our [butt] kicked," Flacco said. "It's really simple."

The Ravens did not gain a first down until the third quarter and Flacco had a passer rating of zero at halftime. Flacco’s three interceptions were a season high and his first multiple interception game since the Week 8 loss to Cincinnati. He has not thrown multiple touchdowns without an interception in a game since Nov. 30.

Flacco completed 21 of his 50 pass attempts for 195 yards, but was able to throw two touchdowns to Torrey Smith in the second half.

The Ravens host the Browns Week 17.


Colts QB Andrew Luck lifted in third quarter of blowout


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Trailing 35-0 in the third quarter at Dallas, the Colts pulled franchise quarterback Andrew Luck and replaced him with Matt Hasselbeck. Luck hit 15 of 22 throws for a career-low 109 yards with two interceptions.

It was Luck's first game without a touchdown this season.

The Colts have wrapped up the AFC South, and don't want to put Luck at further risk of injury. He was hit five times by a fired-up Cowboys' defense.

Luck is scheduled to visit Tennessee in the regular-season finale.


Texans QB Case Keenum earns win in first start of season


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Making his first start of the season, Texans quarterback Case Keenum did just enough to help lead the Texans to a 25-13 win over the Ravens Sunday.

Keenum was the third quarterback to start for the Texans this season and he completed 20 of his 42 pass attempts for 185 yards. It was his first start since Dec. 15, 2013.

Keenum did not throw a touchdown pass and made an errant throw which was intercepted by Darian Stewart in the first quarter. He also rushed for 19 yards on four carries.

The Texans host the Jaguars Week 17.


Steelers' Roethlisberger throws for 220 yards and a touchdown in win


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of his 25 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City Sunday.

Roethlisberger also got banged up when he got hit in the leg making time to find Antonio Brown in the end zone for a touchdown.

He went to the locker room to get examined but did not miss any gametime with the injury.

Roethlisberger now has 4,635 yards passing on the season, the most in any season of his career.

The Steelers will have a chance to win the division in Week 17 against the Bengals.


Jets QB Geno Smith held in check vs. Patriots


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Jets quarterback Geno Smith was held in check in his team's loss to the Patriots in Week 16.

Smith hooked up with Jeff Cumberland for a 20-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 210 yards with one touchdown and one interception, registering a 83.9 quarterback rating. He was sacked twice and rushed for 9 yards on three carries.

Smith will finish the season on the road against the Dolphins.


Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has solid performance in loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater helped lead the Vikings to four touchdown drives, but it was not enough as the Vikings fell to the Dolphins 37-35 Week 16.

Bridgewater completed 19 of his 26 pass attempts for 259 yards while also throwing for two touchdowns. His lone blemish was an interception in the third quarter.

Bridgewater connected with wide receiver Greg Jennings on a 21-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and then with Jarius Wright on a 8-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater has now thrown multiple touchdowns in four of his last five games as a starter.

The Vikings play against the Bears in the season finale.


Bucs' Josh McCown throws for 147 and an interception in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown completed 12 of his 26 passes, but only managed 147 yards in Tampa Bay's 20-3 loss to the Packers.

McCown was under attack for much of the game, getting sacked seven times and hit 12 times.

Tampa Bay will wrap up their season at home against the Saints in Week 17. 


Patriots QB Tom Brady held under 200 yards in win over Jets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was held under 200 passing yards for the third time this season during Sunday's 17-16 victory over the Jets in Week 16.

Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He compiled 182 yards while completing 23 of 35 passes. He added one touchdown and no interceptions, registering a 76.1 passer rating.

Brady has passed for 4,029 yards with 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. He'll look to end the regular season on a high note against the Bills in Week 17.


Joe Flacco falters down the stretch


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco put together arguably his worst performance of the season together at the worst possible time for Fantasy owners, as he faltered in a Week 16 loss to the Texans.

Flacco, who had more touchdowns than interceptions in each of his previous six games, was a disaster Sunday, as he was intercepted three times before tossing a pair of second-half touchdowns. He completed just 21 of 50 passes for 195 yards, for his worst completion percentage since 2011.

Flacco had consecutive 20-Fantasy-point games as recently as Week 13 and 14, but has stumbled down the stretch, combining for 27 in Weeks 15 and 16. He has certainly improved on his dismal 2013 showing, already matching a career-high in touchdown passes, but Flacco showed once again this season to be an unreliable Fantasy quarterback, posting just four 20-plus Fantasy point games in 15 tries. 


 
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