Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay – Winston continued to defy the odds and rewrite personal and league records Sunday, navigating what is officially a fractured thumb to eclipse the season-high 456 yards he compiled just a week ago against Indianapolis – becoming the first player in NFL history to throw for more than 450 yards in consecutive games. It was also Winston’s second straight four-touchdown effort, and his third overall this season. Making the fifth-year quarterback’s numbers all the more impressive was the fact they were accomplished without the services of Mike Evans (hamstring) and, for part of the contest, Chris Godwin (hamstring), who both may be out of action for a Week 16 inter-conference match up against Houston on Saturday.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Tampa Bay – Perriman’s numbers are impressive under any circumstances, but given that Tampa Bay lost both Chris Godwin and Scott Miller due to hamstring injuries Sunday, and is already likely without Mike Evans the rest of the way for the same reason, they’re particularly encouraging as well. The fifth-year speedster brought in scoring tosses of 34, 25 and 25 yards from Jameis Winston, giving him four of his five touchdowns on the season over his last two games. Perriman should be primed for every-snap volume in a Week 16 Saturday matchup against Houston, as Evans and Godwin are highly likely to miss that contest.
Minnesota D/ST – The past two weeks have been very kind to the Minnesota defense, as it was fortunate to feast on two teams that have nothing left to play for in Detroit and the Los Angeles Chargers. In Sunday’s game against the Chargers, Minnesota was on the attack early. The defense finished the day with three interceptions, three sacks and four fumble recoveries, one of them resulting in an immediate touchdown. Minnesota next hosts Green Bay in a game that could decide the NFC North crown.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee – Tannehill continues to impress as well as shock onlookers with his rejuvenation in Tennessee. The former Texas A&M Aggie was busy again on Sunday, tossing two touchdowns and running for a third, albeit in a losing effort against Houston. Tennessee stays home and hosts New Orleans next weekend in what just may be a shootout.
A.J. Brown, WR, Tennessee – The Mississippi product is steadily evolving into an Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate as the season wears on, as he now has seven receiving scores and sits just 107 yards short of 1,000. Brown has been seemingly unstoppable over the past month, specifically, racking up an incredible 111.8 receiving yards per game with four total scores since Tennessee’s Week 11 bye. He remains a promising fantasy play Week 16, taking on a New Orleans defense that came into Monday Night Football as a Bottom 10 unit in terms of both receiving yards (2,327) and receiving touchdowns (16) allowed to opposing wideouts.