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Monday Morning Takeaways – Week 16

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Detroit 18, Atlanta 31

Lions

Congratulations goes out to Calvin Johnson for setting the all-time single season receiving yards record previously held by Jerry Rice. So much for the Madden Curse.

Somehow Matthew Stafford managed to put up 443 yards, but zero touchdowns. Scoring just one touchdown over the past three games has Stafford amidst the lower QB1, leaving owners to weigh their options next week with Chicago coming to the Motor City.

Mikel Leshoure’s pedestrian season continues as the second year player rushed for a meager 46 yards on 15 carries. However, Leshoure keeps finding the end zone after scoring his eighth touchdown in eight games. He’s a tough start every week, but it’s hard to argue with production.

Falcons

In this game it was the usual suspects for Atlanta as Roddy White, Matt Ryan and Julio Jones all produced solid numbers. The only member of the Falcons passing game getting coal in his stalking was Tony Gonzalez. Even in a game with four passing touchdowns, it’s hard to feed everybody.

As speculated every week, when Turner doesn’t score he will be a disappointment. This game was case in point.

Christmas came early for the Falcons clinching home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Atlanta’s gain is fantasy owners loss as they will likely sit their key players. Fantasy managers with a Week 17 championship should be searching for other options.

New Orleans 34, Dallas 31

Saints

From top to bottom, every viable fantasy option on the Saints offense delivered including Mark Ingram who has now scored five touchdowns over the last seven games. Even more intriguing was Ingram eclipsing 20 carries for the first time all season. Heading to face the 27th ranked Carolina rush defense next week has Ingram pegged as a low-end RB2.

Cowboys

I know I’m supposed to stick to lesser known players, but it’s hard to discuss the Cowboys without mentioning Dez Bryant. In a plus matchup he didn’t disappoint racking up 224 yards while scoring a pair of 58-yard touchdowns. The man is a beast, broken finger and all.

Tennessee 7, Green Bay 55

Titans

Last week Jake Locker’s piss poor play was disguised by Mark Sanchez and the New York media buzz. Now exposed, he continues to prove that he is widely inaccurate, has difficulty reading the defense, while looking run even before the play breaks down. Fortunately for Britt owners, Locker was able to squeeze out a junk time touchdown. With that said, Locker’s struggles severely hinder the value of all members of the Titans' passing attack.

Packers

The Packers were simply too much for the Titans as Aaron Rodgers dismantled the Tennessee secondary. Randall Cobb was a beneficiary having a solid game (62 yards, one touchdown) before getting his ankle/knee rolled up. He was seen limping off the field and getting worked on by the training staff. His Week 17 availability will be in doubt.

It was announced before the game that Ryan Grant would start for the Packers. He wound up carrying the load picking up 80 yards on 20 carries scoring two touchdowns. Owners beware as Grant did most of his damage in junk time with the game out of control.

With San Francisco losing, the Packers can clinch a first round bye with a win, meaning Aaron Rodgers and the boys will almost certainly be in the lineup next week.



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