The Dolphins have mostly looked to limit running back Lamar Miller's touches this season, as he entered Week 16 with fewer than 20 touches in all but one game so far. He blew past that mark Sunday against the Vikings, and showed just what he can do in a 37-35 win.
Miller rushed the ball a season-high 19 times, and consistently had productive runs, racking up 92 yards with a long of just 14. The story was similar in the passing game, as he had five receptions for 58 yards, with a long of just 18. It was his best receiving game of the season, to go along with his second-best rushing game.
Miller has already rushed for a career-high 984 yards, and seems all-but assured of surpassing the 1,000-yard mark in the finale. He also has eight total touchdowns, after rushing for just three in his first 29 games, showing he can be an all-around back.
Assuming the Dolphins don't bring anyone in to compete for the job, Miller could be a borderline first-round value for the 2015 Fantasy season. In the near team, however, he's got a tough matchup to close out the season against the Jets, though he did have 12 Fantasy points against them in a Week 13 matchup.
Having scored double-digit Fantasy points (according to standard CBSSports.com scoring) in seven of its previous eight games, the Bills DST seemed like a gimme Week 16 at Oakland, which had allowed the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to DSTs this season. But for whatever reason, the defense didn't show up, allowing 26 points on 347 yards in a surprise loss for the Bills.
The points and yardage weren't even the biggest problem. The big plays that had carried the Bills DST in recent weeks, like the three touchdowns in its previous four games, were nowhere to be found. The Bills had just one sacks and zero takeaways.
The timing of this performance is all the incentive you need to sit the Bills DST for Week 17 at New England. With that matchup, it would have been a tough call otherwise.
Eli Manning throws for a season-high 391 yards, 3 TDs
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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.
The Rams entered Week 16 one of the hottest teams on the defensive side of the ball, but they didn't perform up to their recent standards Week 16 against the Giants, allowing 37 points on 514 yards, both season worsts. They had just one sack with zero takeaways.
Altogether, the performance came out to one Fantasy point for the Rams DST in CBSSports.com leagues, this after averaging 18.0 in its previous seven games. It allowed an average of 12.4 points on 304.1 yards during that stretch. One game doesn't undo that kind of momentum.
Unfortunately, the Rams are visiting a red hot Seattle team in Week 17, but the Seahawks' surge has been more because of their defense than their offense. Still, you'll want to weigh your options carefully. The Rams DST is a fine start for Week 17, but not automatic.
Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski kicks four FGs in Week 16 win
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Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski made four of his five field-goal attempts and added two extra points to score 14 points in his team's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.
Janikowski delivered from 45 and 36 yards out in the second quarter to help his team take the lead and 38 and 49 yards in the third quarter to extend the lead to two scores. His miss came from 48 yards out just after the two-minute warning, and while the Bills were able to respond with a touchdown, the Raiders still pulled out the win.
Janikowski has made 19 of his 22 attempts this season. He'll get to kick in Denver when the Raiders hit the road to face the Broncos in Week 17.
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.
Kenbrell Thompkins leads Raiders receivers in Week 16 win
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Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins led his team with five receptions and 90 yards in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.
Thompkins' highlights have ben few and far between this season, but he was able to haul in a 50-yard reception on third-and-13 late in the first quarter to set his team up with first-and-goal. The Raiders would score their first touchdown of the game two plays later. Thompkins came into the game just just 170 yards on 15 receptions.
Receiver Andre Holmes also came through with a big play in the win, hauling in a 51-yard pass late in the fourth quarter on another third-and-long play. The Raiders scored a key touchdown four plays later. Holmes finished with 73 yards on three receptions.
Two Raiders managed to catch touchdowns in the victory, and for both players, it was their only catch of the game. Wide receiver James Jones hauled in a wide-open three-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, while fullback Jamize Olawale scored the decisive one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders have a trip to Denver to face the Broncos on tap in Week 17.
Giants wideout Odell Beckham shredded the Rams for eight catches, 148 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, his third straight 100-yard game in what's looking like a Rookie-of-the-Year season. Beckham is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 130 yards and a touchdown catch in three straight games.
With his 9-yard scoring grab in the first quarter and his 80-yarder in the third, Beckham has 11 touchdown catches, a Giants' rookie record. He has at least six catches and 90 receiving yards in eight straight games.
Beckham drew a game-high 12 targets and continued to make the adjustment to the NFL look easy. He has 1,120 receiving yards in 11 games.
The Giants DST continued its strong finish Week 16 at St. Louis, scoring double-digit Fantasy points for the fourth straight game after doing so just twice in its first 11. It allowed 27 points on 387 yards and had only two sacks, but it made up for those lackluster numbers with four takeaways, including three fumble recoveries.
Sacks had carried the Giants DST the previous three weeks. It had no fewer than seven against the Redskins, Titans or Jaguars. It'll give up some points at times but has also shown a knack for big plays in recent weeks. Unfortunately, its matchup Week 17 against the Eagles is just too dangerous for you to use it in Fantasy.
Raiders RB Darren McFadden tallies 54 yards vs. Bills
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Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed for 54 yards on just nine carries in his team's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.
McFadden's 25-yard carry in the fourth quarter was a flashback to his days as one of the elite running backs in the league, as he was able to cut through the defense before being forced out of bounds at the one-yard line. The 25-yard pickup was his longest rush of the season. He did take a backseat to Latavius Murray in the win, touching the ball 10 times to 26 for the starter. McFadden will likely serve as a complementary back again when the Raiders face the Broncos in Week 17.