For a two-week stretch in his first stint replacing Ryan Mathews earlier this year, Chargers running back Branden Oliver looked like a legitimate standout in Fantasy, rushing for 100 yards in back-to-back games with some receiving yards to boot. But he faded in the weeks thereafter, making it easy for the Chargers to go back to Mathews when he returned from a shoulder injury in Week 11.
Unfortunately, in the two weeks since Mathews went down with what may be a season-ending ankle injury, Oliver hasn't regained his form from those two 100-yard games, averaging 39.5 rushing yards and 36.0 receiving yards.
One difference is that Donald Brown, who was second on the depth chart coming into the year, is healthy now and cutting into Oliver's production. The two actually had a combined 20 carries Week 16 at San Francisco, but Brown got seven of them. As much the issue, though, is that the Chargers aren't playing from ahead as often as they were earlier in the season. The turn actually began in Week 7, which was also when Oliver's production slipped.
Obviously, if you're still in the hunt for a championship in your league but have major issues at running back, you won't find too many players who are their team's primary ball carrier on waivers this time of year. But Oliver shouldn't be a priority for any Fantasy owner right now, whether or not Mathews returns for Week 17.
Texans kicker Randy Bullock converts six field goals in win
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
With the Texans starting their third quarterback of the season, the team relied heavily on kicker Randy Bullock during the Texans’ 25-13 win over the Ravens Week 16.
Bullock set a franchise record by converting all six of his field goal attempts. Bullock converted from 35, 25, 30, 20, 39 and 33 yards. He also made his lone extra point attempt. Before converting all six field goals, Bullock had never made more than three field goals in any game during his career.
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon hasn't been nearly the dynamic playmaker we expected since his return from suspension, as he put together yet another subpar performance in Week 16 against the Panthers.
Gordon had four receptions on seven targets to finish second on the team with 45 yards, but continues to disappoint Fantasy owners. Gordon, who was arguably the top receiver in the league a year ago, has just one 100-yard effort in five games, and has yet to find the end zone. Of course, it's not all Gordon's fault, as the Browns' quarterbacks have thrown just one touchdown in that time, compared to 10 interceptions.
Gordon made the most out of a bad quarterback situation last season too, but at some point, it is just too much to overcome. The Browns' quarterbacks have just 12 touchdowns to 15 interceptions on the season, production they almost have to improve on next season.
Gordon's upside remains tremendous, but it's awfully tough to rely on him heading into Week 17 against the Ravens. Owners in long-term Dynasty and keeper leagues shouldn't let five bad games with zero help from the quarterbacks dictate how they view him, however.
Steelers' Antonio Brown surpasses 1,500 yards receiving in win
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown had seven catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 20-12 win over Kansas City.
With his first catch of the game, Brown crossed 1,500 receiving yards on the season, breaking his own Pittsburgh record he set in 2013 for most receiving yards in a season.
Brown now also has 122 catches on the season, tying him for fourth all-time in a single season. He needs two catches in Week 17 to take over second place from Herman Moore (1995) and Wes Welker (2009).
He will get his chance next week against the Bengals.
Saints TE Jimmy Graham registered another 10-TD season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham become the first player in franchise history with three seasons of three-plus touchdowns during Sunday's loss to Atlanta.
Graham came down with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees in the fourth quarter. He was targeted 10 times and finished with six catches for 53 yards and a score in a 30-14 defeat. He moved into second place in franchise history with 51 career touchdown receptions.