Studs and Duds: Week 18

Mon Jan 9 10:17am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

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This last week showed why you should end your fantasy seasons in Week 17. This last week was a bit of a mess. Some players were benched after just a few series and some didn’t play at all. And many of the big performers were guys that weren’t on any radars. It was a really tough week to figure out for fantasy owners. 

Chiefs 31, Raiders 13

Fantasy Stud: Hunter Renfrow. Renfrow had a disappointing fantasy season after his breakout year, but at least finished on a high note. He had seven receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. His reception total tied a season high and his yards was a season high. He scored 19.3 fantasy points, giving him double-digit fantasy points two of his last three games.

Fantasy Dud: Patrick Mahomes. Mahomes played fine but three rushing touchdowns really limited his fantasy numbers. He was not much of a help to fantasy teams, going 18-of-26 for 202 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Mahomes had his lowest fantasy total of the season, scoring just 17 fantasy points. He had 20-plus fantasy points all but a game before this one.

Game Notes: Jarrett Stidham had another decent start for the Raiders. He was 22-of-36 for 219 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also led the team in rushing, running seven times for 50 yards. 

Kadarius Toney found the end zone. He ran three times for 26 yards and a score. He also caught two passes for 18 yards. 

Jaguars 20, Titans 16

Fantasy Stud: Christian Kirk. Kirk had a huge game, helping the Jaguars clinch their playoff spot. He had six receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. Kirk topped 20 fantasy points for the first time since Week 10. It was the fourth time he went over 20 points for the season, though. He had a big first year in Jacksonville, finishing with over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns.

Fantasy Dud: Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence did not have much of a showing for fantasy teams in Week 18. He was 20-of-32 for 212 yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble, scoring just 13.6 fantasy points. He missed on a few throws that likely would have led to scores. He still had a great year overall and seems destined for stardom after his strong second season in the NFL. 

Game Notes: Joshua Dobbs played pretty well once again but a couple turnovers did him in during the game. He was 20-of-29 for 179 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also lost a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown. 

Derrick Henry got a huge workload, rushing 30 times for 109 yards. He averaged just 3.6 yards per carry but topped 100 yards because of the volume. Henry had four straight 100-yard games to end his season. 

Panthers 10, Saints 7

Fantasy Stud: Chris Olave. The offenses were awful in this one, but Olave was a bright spot. He had five receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. Olave scored 16 fantasy points in the game, his highest total since Week 11. Olave had a fine rookie season despite getting erratic quarterback play. He topped 1,000 yards for the season. 

Fantasy Dud: Sam Darnold. The Panthers might have won, but Darnold had an awful game. He was 5-of-15 for 43 yards with two interceptions. He played pretty well since taking over as starter, but his finish didn’t help matters for his value going forward. This was a brutal showing for Darnold. 

Game Notes: Alvin Kamara hit the 100-yard rushing mark, running 23 times for 107 yards. He also caught a pass for three yards. This was just his second 100-yard game of the season. 

Falcons 30, Bucs 17

Fantasy Stud: Drake London. London finished his rookie season on a high note. He had six receptions for 120 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of his career. He had at least 13 fantasy points four of his last five games. London is a fantasy player on the rise, especially if the Falcons can figure out their quarterback situation this offseason. 

Fantasy Dud: Mike Evans. Evans was active but didn’t get a catch and missed about the entire game because he was sick. It was a risk to play him to begin with, but Chris Godwin was active and had six catches for 55 yards. Evans had a good finish to this season, but fantasy owners weren’t happy with him this last week.

Game Notes: Desmond Ridder had his best showing as a pro. He was 19-of-30 for 224 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. 

Tyler Allgeier had 24 carries for 135 yards. Allgeier had a great finish to his rookie year, getting 15-fantasy points four straight. 

Vikings 29, Bears 13

Fantasy Stud: Alexander Mattison. Mattison got to carry the load with Dalvin Cook getting banged up. He took advantage, rushing 10 times for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Mattison has shown he can carry the load when give the chance and could be looking for a starting job somewhere next season. 

Fantasy Dud: David Montgomery. Montgomery played but didn’t do much. He seven carries for just 21 yards and didn’t catch a pass. He took a backseat toe Khalil Herbert much of the game. Montgomery had a solid season, but his status with the team is a little up in the air going forward. 

Game Notes: K.J. Osborn had his second 100-yard game of the season. He had five receptions for 117 yards. He has at least 14 fantasy points four of his last five games.

Cole Kmet scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had four receptions for 57 yards and a  score. 

Dolphins 11, Jets 6

Fantasy Stud: Garrett Wilson. Wilson was about the only offense in this game. He had a great game, carrying the offense for the Jets. He has eight receptions for 102 yards. This was his fourth 100-yard game. He finishes his rookie year with more than 1,100 yards. He has a really bright future. 

Fantasy Dud: Zonovan Knight. Knight carried the most work at running back but didn’t do anything. He has 12 carries for just 22 yards. He also didn’t catch a pass in the game. Knight showed well with his chances this year, but is likely playing for a top backup role next year for the Jets. 

Game Notes: Jeff Wilson and Raheem Mostert split the work at running back again and produced well. Wilson had 16 carries for 72 yards while Mostert had 11 carries for 71 yards. 

Tyreek Hill was banged up in the game, hurting his ankle. He had just two catches for 23 yards. He was in and out of the game. 

Steelers 28, Browns 14

Fantasy Stud: Nick Chubb. Chubb continued his fine season with another good game. He had 12 carries for 77 yards. He also caught five passes for 45 yards and a touchdown. Chubb topped 20 fantasy points in the game for the sixth time this year. He had more than 1,500-rushing yards in the game. 

Fantasy Dud: Diontae Johnson. Johnson had two receptions for just 38 yards. He failed to score a touchdown, meaning he was shutout of the end zone the entire season. Johnson got his catches, but couldn’t find the end zone and his yardage totals were just so so.

Game Notes: Najee Harris scored his 10th touchdown of the season. He had 23 carries for 84 yards and a score. He had double-digit fantasy points all but three games. 

Bills 35, Patriots 23

Fantasy Stud: Nyheim Hines. It was pretty unbelievable but Hines returned to kicks for touchdowns, including the opening kick of the game. This put the Bills home crowd in a frenzy and was a fitting start to the game after the Damar Hamlin tragedy. The Bills defense/special teams scored 19 fantasy points in the game because of the big showing from Hines. 

Fantasy Dud: Devin Singletary. Singletary had seven carries for just 29 yards. And he caught just a pass for three yards. He also lost a fumble, finishing with just 3.2 fantasy points. Singletary had another up and down season as the Bills starter, finishing with just more than 800-rushing yards. 

Game Notes: Josh Allen had another three-touchdown game, going 19-of-31 for 254 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He scored 25-plus fantasy points for the third straight game.

Stefon Diggs enjoyed his seventh 100-yard game of the season. He had seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. 

Texans 32, Colts 31

Fantasy Stud: Zack Moss. Moss continued his strong showing as the starting back for the Colts. He had 18 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown. He also had three catches for seven yards. Moss topped 20 fantasy points, giving him double-digit fantasy points for the first time all year. He did have 70-plus rushing yards three of his last four games. 

Fantasy Dud: Chris Moore. Moore was starting to emerge late in the year, but was quiet in this favorable matchup. He had two receptions for just 22 yards. Moore finishes the season with fewer than 30 yards three straight games. He got quiet in a hurry after looking like a big help to fantasy teams.

Game Notes: Jordan Akins was a big bright spot for the Texans, catching four passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns. He also converted a two-point try to win the game for the Texans. 

Brandin Cooks had his first 100-yard game of the season. He has five receptions for 106 yards and a touchdown, topping 20 fantasy points for the first time this year. 

Bengals 27, Ravens 16

Fantasy Stud: Ja’Marr Chase. Chase had eight receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown. Chase scored 22.6 fantasy points. Chase had a big second season, topping 1,000 yards while scoring nine times despite missing four games because of injury. He can challenge for top fantasy receiver in the game next year. 

Fantasy Dud: Joe Burrow. Burrow played the whole game but was held in check pretty well. He was 25-of-42 for 215 yards and a touchdown. He also lost a fumble. Burrow failed to hit 15 fantasy points in the game, which was his lowest total of the entire season. 

Game Notes: Isaiah Likely had his first 100-yard game as a pro. He had eight receptions for 103 yards, taking advantage of starting with Mark Andrews a healthy scratch. 

Gus Edwards was hurt early in the game and unable to return. Kenyan Drake ended up carrying the load most of the game and had 16 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown. 

49ers 38, Cardinals 13

Fantasy Stud: Brock Purdy. Purdy just keeps getting it done for the 49ers. He was 15-of-20 for 178 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Purdy has multiple touchdowns six straight games. He is just a great fit for the offense, having 20-plus fantasy points two straight and three of five games.

Fantasy Dud: Greg Dortch. Dortch had been on a pretty good run lately, so he got some play this week. He had just four catches for 40 yards, though, with the entire Cardinals passing game struggling. He had 21 largest his last two games before getting just four in this one. Dortch could be a big part of the offense going forward, though, after his strong showing down the stretch. 

Game Notes: Elijah Mitchell returned this week and ran five times for 55 yards and two touchdowns. He looked good in his first game back from a knee injury. 

In what might have been his last game of his career, A.J. Green had a strong showing. He had three receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. 

Eagles 22, Giants 16

Fantasy Stud: Davis Webb. There was not much good offense in this game, but Webb produced decent numbers for fantasy teams. He had two scores and didn’t turn the ball over. He was 23-of-40 for 168 yards and a touchdown. He also ran six times for 41 yards and a score. Webb scored 22.5 fantasy points in his first NFL start. 

Fantasy Dud: Jalen Hurts. Hurts returned from his shoulder injury and played the entire game. He played alright, but didn’t help fantasy owners at all. He failed to score a touchdown. He was 20-of-35 for 229 yards with an interception. He also ran nine times for 13 yards. The best news was he made it out of the game healthy and will be ready to go for the playoffs.

Game Notes: Kenny Golladay finally did something for the Giants in his last game of the year and likely last as a Giant. He had two receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. This was his first score of the season. 

Commanders 26, Cowboys 6

Fantasy Stud: Sam Howell. Howell had a solid game in his first NFL start. He topped 20 fantasy points in the game, doing a lot better than a lot quarterbacks from around the NFL in Week 18. He was 11-of-19 for 169 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also ran five times for 35 yards and a score. Howell could make a case to be the starter in Washington next season. He showed some promise. 

Fantasy Dud: Tony Pollard. Pollard had a dreadful game. He ran seven times for 19 yards and led the team in rushing. He also didn’t catch a pass. Pollard didn’t even hit two fantasy points, breaking a streak of at least 14 fantasy points four straight games. His point total was his second lowest of the season. 

Game Notes: Dak Prescott had an awful game, going 14-of-37 for 128 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He scored just 11 fantasy points. 

Terry McLaurin had three receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. He had another fine season despite quarterback issues. He was able to top 1,100-receiving yards. 

Broncos 31, Chargers 28

Fantasy Stud: Russell Wilson. Wilson played a good game, going 13-of-24 for 283 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. This gives him two straight games with 26-plus fantasy points. Maybe a new coaching staff will get Wilson’s career going in the right direction again. He showed much better late in the year. 

Fantasy Dud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler played most of the game but couldn’t get it going. He had 11 carries for 34 yards and four catches for 36 yards. His 10 fantasy points was a season low. It broke a streak of four straight games finding the end zone. 

Game Notes: Mike Williams appeared to injure his back in the game and had to be carted back to the locker room. He had four receptions for 32 yards before the injury. 

Jerry Jeudy had a huge game, catching five passes for 154 yards. His receiving yards was a season high. He has 100-yard games two of his last three. 

Seahawks 19, Rams 16

Fantasy Stud: Tyler Lockett. Lockett was one of the few offensive stars in this one. He had five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. He went over 1,000 yards for the season in the game and scored his ninth touchdown. Lockett was much more consistent this year, having double-digit fantasy points all but three games. 

Fantasy Dud: DK Metcalf. Metcalf had just three catches for 40 yards. Jalen Ramsey did a good job of slowing down Metcalf in this one. Metcalf had his usual big season, but did have fewer than eight fantasy points two straight to end his year. 

Game Notes: Cam Akers hit the 100-yard rushing mark for the third straight game. He had 21 carries for 104 yards and three receptions for 24 yards. He had quite the finish to his season, topping double-digit fantasy options six straight games. 

Kenneth Walker topped 100-rushing yards for the third straight game. He ran 29 times for 114 yards and caught a pass for 10 yards. He went over 1,000-rushing yards for the year in the game. 

Lions 20, Packers 16

Fantasy Stud: Jamaal Williams. Williams scored two more touchdowns, adding to his already big total. He ran 16 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Williams finishes the season with 17 touchdowns and also topped 1,000-rushing yards for the year. He had his best season as a pro and probably earned a big contract from some team this offseason. 

Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers didn't come up big for his team in a must-win game. He was 17-of-27 for 205 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Rodgers scored just 14.3 fantasy points. He had more than 20 fantasy points just two times all season. It was a really disappointing season for Rodgers. Will he continue to play going forward? That will be the big question this offseason. 

Game Notes: Christian Watson had his third 100-yard game of the season. He had five receptions for 104 yards. He has 100-yard games three of eight. 

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

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