The second-to-last week of the regular season brought another wild and crazy slate of fantasy football. Several games were back-and-forth with big fantasy points coming late and keeping things interesting all the way to the final snap. With one more week of crazy fun left in the regular season, should you be looking to include any of Week 16’s breakout stars in your lineup? Find out who I think you should be riding or fading in the final week of the season.
TE Kyle Rudolph, MIN at DET, $3,400 — 36.2 DKFPOn the day before Christmas Eve, Rudolph took the lead and helped pull the Vikings’ sleigh as they continue their trek to the playoffs. Rudolph caught a Hail Mary touchdown just before halftime and added another score in the second half to finish with a season-high 122 yards by hauling in all nine of his targets.
Rudolph’s previous season-high was 72 yards, and he had been held under 50 yards in 11 of his 14 previous games. He only had two touchdowns in all those contests combined, so Sunday’s outburst was a bit out of the blue. Rudolph usually takes a back seat to Adam Thielen ($7,800) and Stefon Diggs ($7,400), and next week the whole Vikings offense will be risky as they go into a win-and-get-in game against the Bears’ tough defense. The Bears have been excellent against tight ends this season and held Rudolph to just two catches for 13 yards earlier this season. While Rudolph definitely delivered just in time for Christmas, there’s definitely risk of a post-holiday crash. I would avoid riding Rudolph after Christmas since this week seems like a limited-time seasonal offer.
QB Nick Foles, PHI vs. HOU, $4,700 — 35.94 DKFPThe Eagles were hoping for a loss from the Cowboys or Rudolph’s Vikings to help their playoff chances and didn’t get either. However, they did their part and kept their playoff chances alive with a big win over the Texans. Foles finished with 471 yards and four touchdowns and led the team to a game-winning field goal as the clock expired. He out-dueled the late heroics of Deshaun Watson ($6,600), who put up 40.46 DKFP of his own.
Foles had just 10.3 DKFP against the Rams last week, but still got the Eagles the win they needed. He continues to come up big in big games for the Eagles. Next week, he’ll need to lead the Eagles to one more W to give them a shot at getting into the playoffs if either the Cowboys or Vikings slip up. Foles has upside in the match-up if he gets another start in place of Carson Wentz (back), but he’ll remain a boom-or-bust play. Washington’s defense is actually pretty solid, so there will be more reliable plays in the final week of the season.
WR Robby Anderson, NYJ at GB, $4,500 — 32.0 DKFPAnderson was the second-best WR on the main slate behind Antonio Brown ($8,300) and hung a massive 32 DKFP on the Packers by catching nine of 13 targets for 140 yards and a touchdown. His score came on a 33-yard strike from rookie Sam Darnold ($4,900), who had an impressive 29.04 DKFP of his own.
The Jets have gotten a touchdown and at least 75 yards from Anderson in each of their past three games, as he has established himself as New York’s top WR. He has become Darnold’s go-to option, and the two Jets will try to finish the season by visiting the Patriots and crashing their plans for a first-round bye. The Patriots secondary has been beatable deep, so Anderson should fare better than the two catches he had for 22 yards in their last meeting when Josh McCown was under center.
RB Jamaal Williams, GB vs. NYJ, $5,400 — 27.6 DKFPThe Packers rallied to beat Anderson’s Jets in overtime, and Williams posted a monster game. Even though Aaron Rodgers ($6,300) ran for a couple touchdowns, Williams ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on his 15 carries and added 61 more yards by catching six of nine targets. Williams filled in well for Aaron Jones (knee), who is on IR.
Williams had 19.7 DKFP last week against the Bears after Jones was injured and has looked very effective since taking over as the Packers’ lead back. Next week, Green Bay hosts the hapless Lions to wrap up their lost season. If Williams is healthy enough to be the lead back again next week, he should be set up for a strong finish to the year.
RB C.J. Anderson, LAR at ARI, $0 — 26.2 DKFPAfter joining the Rams in the middle of the week, Anderson got the start and was Los Angeles’ primary RB against the Cardinals. He took 20 carries for 167 yards and a touchdown and lost five yards on his only catch. He played ahead of John Kelly ($4,000) and should remain the backup even after Todd Gurley (knee) is able to return for the season finale.
The Rams take on the 49ers in another great matchup for Anderson next week, and if he starts in place of Gurley he’ll be a legitimate option. Even if Gurley plays, the Rams will likely be cautious enough with their star RB that Anderson will be a solid play if he keeps getting work.
WR Nelson Agholor, PHI vs. HOU, $3,700 — 25.6 DKFPAfter Alshon Jeffery ($5,300) went off last week, he ended up dealing with cramps and missing time throughout Sunday’s contest with the Texans. While he was in-and-out, Agholor stepped up and had his best performance of the season. He caught five of seven targets for 116 yards and a touchdown to finish as the second-highest WR behind just Anderson and Brown.
Agholor has been boom-or-bust most of the season, but the booms have been few and far between. In Week 15, he only had one catch for 18 yards. There’s no arguing that he can go off for big plays from time to time, but he can’t be counted on as reliable producer regardless of whether Foles or Wentz starts at QB.
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