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Frank Gore takes advantage of matchup
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:59 pm ET) Going against a defense that was strong against the pass but weak against the run, the 49ers clearly made running back Frank Gore a bigger part of their game plan Week 16 against San Diego, giving him eight carries on the team's first three drives. He finished with 26 for 158 yards, both season highs.

Of course, the increased workload may have had something to do with the absence of backup Carlos Hyde, who had been cutting into Gore's carries in recent weeks, with moderate effectiveness. Hyde is sidelined for an unspecified amount of time with an ankle injury.

Gore's performance may have earned him a bigger workload Week 17 against Arizona regardless. The Cardinals defense is kind of the opposite of the Chargers, though. It's much more effective against the run than the pass.

If nothing else, you at least have some hope for Gore making a relevant contribution in Week 17, but because the matchup isn't as favorable, he's still probably a sit in typical 12-team leagues.


Saints' Drew Brees unable to overcome costly turnovers
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:55 pm ET) Saints quarterback Drew Brees was credited with three costly turnovers in his team's 30-14 defeat to the Falcons in Week 16.

Brees was picked off by Desmond Trufant in the first quarter and by Robert McClain in the fourth. On the final play of the game, Osi Umenyiora recovered a fumble from Brees and took it 86 yards for a touchdown to eliminate New Orleans from playoff contention.

Brees threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham in the fourth quarter for his only score of the day. He finished 30 of 47 for 313 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions, registering a 72.4 passer rating. He was sacked five times and finished with 8 rushing yards on two carries.

Bress will face Tampa Bay to end the season.


Eddie Lacy runs past 1,000 yards on the season in Green Bay's win
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:55 pm ET) Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed 17 times for 99 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 20-3 win over the Bucs Sunday.

Lacy, who was dealing with an eye injury coming into the game, surpassed 1,000 yards rushing on the year as well in this game. He now has 1,039 rushing yards and 401 receiving yards on the season.

The Packers will welcome the Lions to Green Bay in Week 17 with the division title up for grabs.


Dolphins RB Lamar Miller falls just short of 100 rushing yards
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:54 pm ET) Dolphins running back Lamar Miller received his most extensive action of the season during the Dolphins’ 37-35 win over the Vikings Sunday.

Miller received a season-high 19 carries for 92 yards while also catching five passes for a season-high 58 yards on seven targets. The five receptions tied his season high. Miller also scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Miller has yet to surpass more than 20 carries in a game this season, but is less than 100 away yards from achieving his first 1,000 yard rushing season.

The Dolphins will play the Jets Week 17.


One big run highlights Sunday effort by Browns RB Crowell
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:49 pm ET) The Browns used rookie Isaiah Crowell as their lone featured back Sunday at Carolina and he did nothing spectacular aside from a 26-yard run over a huge role in the second quarter.

Crowell otherwise rushed for just 29 yards on 18 carries in finishing with 55 yards on 16 attempts. He was not targeted in the passing game.

He will try again when the Browns finish the regular season next Sunday against the host Ravens.


Dolphins WR Mike Wallace scores two touchdowns Sunday
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Dolphins wide receiver Mike Wallace scored two touchdowns to help the Dolphins defeat the Vikings 37-35 Sunday.

The two touchdown catches from 16 and 7 yards was Wallace’s first multiple touchdown game as a Dolphin. Wallace now has 10 touchdowns on the season which he also accomplished in 2010. Wallace was targeted five times and caught all five passes for 58 yards.

The Dolphins host the Jets in Week 17.


Panthers back Stewart runs wild again in Week 16 win
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4:44 pm ET) Panthers featured back Jonathan Stewart continued to sizzle Sunday in the absence of injured backfield mate DeAngelo Williams. He keyed a defeat of the Browns.

Stewart not only caught a 9-yard touchdown pass five minutes into the second half, but he rushed for a game-high 122 yards on a season-high 24 carries. His twisting, turning 30 yard rush in which he faked out several defenders allowed his team to go into victory formation.

He has 437 yards on 78 carries for a 5.6 YPC average over the last four games. He will try to maintain his momentum when the Panthers play at Atlanta in Week 17.


Packers' Aaron Rodgers sits out final drive with injured calf
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:43 pm ET) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw for 318 yards and a touchdown in Green Bay's 20-3 win over Tampa Bay Sunday, but was not on the field for the team's final drive while dealing with a calf injury. With the game well out of hand, backup Matt Flynn went in to take the final three kneel downs to give Green Bay the win. 

Rodgers downplayed the injury after the game.

"I'll be okay for next week. [I] hurt my calf pretty good... Battled the flu the last few days," Rodgers said. 

Rodgers injured himself in the first half when he was sacked awkardly, forcing him to lose the ball and turn it over. 

Rodgers threw his first touchdown pass in seven quarters late in the fourth when he found Jordy Nelson from 1-yard out for the score. He and the Packers will look to clinch the division in Week 17 against the Lions. 


Long run doesn't change things for Colin Kaepernick
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4:39 pm ET) Colin Kaepernick had another poor passing performance Week 16 against San Diego, throwing for a season-low 114 yards with one touchdown pass. But because he ran for 151 yards, most of which came on a 90-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, he ended up having a standout performance in Fantasy.

But when's the last time you saw a 90-yard run for a quarterback? It doesn't happen every week. Even as athletic as Kaepernick is, his season long was only 23 yards prior to Week 16. That 90-yard touchdown run was a 15-point play in standard CBSSports.com leagues, which means it was responsible for more than half of Kaepernick's 29 Fantasy points. Take it away, and his performance in Week 16 was just as disappointing as in his previous eight games.

Kaepernick hasn't thrown for multiple scores in nine games, averaging 189.9 passing yards during that stretch, and he's averaging just 137.5 passing yards in his last four games. Don't let this performance change your approach to him in the season's final week, when the 49ers visit the Cardinals.


Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill has career day vs. Vikings
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:38 pm ET) Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill had the best game of his career to help lead the Dolphins to a 37-35 win over the Vikings Sunday.

Tannehill completed 35 of his 47 pass attempts to go along with a career-high four touchdowns and 396 passing yards. After not posting a 300-yard passing game all season, Tannehill has now thrown for more than 300 yards in two consecutive games. 

If Tannehill can throw for 215 yards in the season finale, it will mark the first time in his career he surpassed 4,000 passing yards in a season.

The Dolphins host the Jets in the final game of the season.


 
 
 
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