LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – And just like that, the fantasy football season is over. We made it! It was a very unpredictable season overall, having games postponed and players sit out from COVID-19, but the championship is now complete. There were several big players that affected championships all around the league, some creating a huge lead for those who rostered them. Let’s break them down. Welcome to the last Fantasy Football Leader Breakdown, where the top three quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends will be analyzed and broken down from their latest matchup.
Quarterback #1 – Josh Allen = 32.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen likely assisted his owners with a fantasy title from being the top fantasy quarterback on champion week. If a Monday night miracle was needed for winning the pot, Josh Allen and his number one receiver, Stefon Diggs provided for owners with a hefty point pile. Allen was absolutely lights out during the Sunday Night blowout over the New England Patriots, hauling in 32.3 fantasy points. Allen completed 27 of 36 passing attempts for 320 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions. The young QB also added four rushing attempts for 35 yards. Allen looked near perfect and was on many winning fantasy rosters this season. The Bills will take on the Dolphins in Week 17.
Quarterback #2 – Tom Brady = 29.92 Fantasy Points (STD)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady looked crisp on Saturday’s matchup against the Detroit Lions. Brady completed 22 of 27 passes for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the 47-7 blowout. Brady took advantage of all of his offensive weapons, handing out touchdowns to nearly all of them. In fact, Brady was so good that he rested the entire second half. However, 29.92 fantasy points were accumulated in the first have, leaving fantasy owners satisfied. The Buccaneers will look to stay hot as they close out the regular season by taking on the Atlanta Falcons.
Quarterback #3 – Deshaun Watson = 26.76 Fantasy Points (STD)
Despite a disappointing season for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, he had a beastly fantasy day securing 26.76 points. Watson completed 24 of 33 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-31 loss over the Bengals. Watson was a solid QB1 all season and will look to be the same next year. The Texans will take on a poor Titans pass defense in Week 17.
Running back #1 – Alvin Kamara = 53.2 Fantasy Points (STD)
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara likely won his owners a fantasy football title with his nuclear performance on Christmas Day. Kamara went absolutely beast-mode, getting 22 carries for 155 yards and totaling six touchdowns. To add icing on the cake, the RB added three receptions for 17 yards in the 33-52 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. To think if gadget player Taysom Hill did not snag a rushing touchdown, Kamara would’ve had seven scores. This was the most impressive performance of the RB’s career, carrying the entire offense on his back. Sadness filled those who played against Alvin Kamara in the Fantasy Football Championship, as he single-handedly destroyed opponents. Kamara and the Saints will close out the regular season in a matchup against the Carolina Panthers.
Running back #2 – Myles Gaskin = 28.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
Miami Dolphins running back Myles Gaskin hasn’t played in several weeks due to COVID-19. However, the RB was activated off the reserve list in Week 16, and he made his return noteworthy. Gaskin returned with a bang during the Saturday matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. He rushed 14 times for 87 yards and also brought in five receptions for 82 yards and two touchdowns in the mind-blowing victory. Gaskin showed everyone that he is clearly the number one back in the offense and was the only player on the Dolphins that had a relevant fantasy performance. Gaskin and the Dolphins will take on the Buffalo Bills next week.
Running back #3 – Jeff Wilson Jr. = 26.4 Fantasy Points (STD)
It’s been an interesting year for San Francisco running backs, but Jeff Wilson Jr. delivered in champion week for his fantasy owners. The 49ers running back had a monster game against the Arizona Cardinals, carrying the ball 22 times for 183 yards. Wilson Jr. also caught a 21-yard touchdown pass. The team leaned heavily on Wilson this week, and it paid off with a 20-12 victory in Arizona. The 49ers will take on the Seattle Seahawks to close out the regular season.
Wide receiver #1 – Stefon Diggs = 32.5 Fantasy Points (STD)
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has fit into his new team perfectly this season. It looks like the WR is only getting better each week, and the connection between him and QB Josh Allen is certainly strong. Diggs was unstoppable in the 38-9 blowout over the Patriots. He caught nine of his 11 targets for 145 yards and three touchdowns in the Monday night victory. Diggs is certainly setting records and will be a first-round pick in the 2021 fantasy football draft. The Bills will take on the Dolphins in Week 17.
Wide receiver #2 – Devante Adams = 32.2 Fantasy Points (STD)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devante Adams continues to be great. Having MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers as his QB is only perfect for the WR, as the two continuously destroy defenses. Adams caught 11 of 12 targets for 142 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the snowy Sunday night blowout over the Tennessee Titans. Adams was clearly outstanding and was making catches that seemed near impossible in the snowy atmosphere. Whether it be a screen-pass, fade, or quick-slant, Adams would get the job done. The star receiver will take on the Bears in Week 17.
Wide receiver #2 – Mike Evans = 30.1 Fantasy Points (STD)
Mike Evans, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a massive performance in the Saturday blowout over the Lions. Evans caught 10 of 12 targets for a season-high 181 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the contest. The WR was at his very best, providing 30.1 fantasy points for his owners. Evans caught a touchdown from QB Tom Brady and the backup QB, Blaine Gabbert. It was nice to see the Buccaneer show up big for the fantasy football championship. Next week the Bucs will face off against the Falcons, and it is likely Evans will rest up for the playoffs.
Tight end #1 – Jimmy Graham = 18.9 Fantasy Points (STD)
The final week of fantasy football was a huge one for the tight end position! Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham came up big for his fantasy owners in the blowout victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The veteran caught four passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-17 win. As the tight end position was desperate all year, Jimmy Graham had some solid games throughout the season, hauling in eight touchdowns. Age is just a number, as the tight end still provided a hefty 18.9 fantasy points! Graham and the Bears will take on the Green Bay Packers to close out the regular season. It will be an intense matchup.
Tight end #2 – Rob Gronkowski = 17.8 Fantasy Points (STD)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski had his best game of the season, securing 17.8 fantasy points in the Saturday matchup against the Detroit Lions. What is very odd about this, is Gronk only saw two targets in the competition. However, he made the most of those targets, turning them into two catches for two touchdowns. Tom Brady still loves his tight end, as he tossed a beautiful 33-yard pass to his former teammate. It is possible that Gronkowski will take Week 17 off, as the Bucs have nothing to play for in their matchup against the Falcons.
Tight end #3 – Irv Smith Jr. = 17.3 Fantasy Points (STD)
Minnesota Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. gifted two touchdowns to people who rostered him on championship week. The tight end caught six passes for 53 yards, including two touchdowns in the 52-33 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Christmas Day. With TE Kyle Rudolph out, Smith Jr. provided guidance to the endzone in the Week 16 matchup. The Vikings will head to Detroit and take on the Lions in their final regular-season game.
Congratulations to all who won their Fantasy Football Championship! For those who had been defeated, don’t worry, next year will be better. It was an action-packed fantasy season, and it will be exciting to see what 2021 will have in stores for everyone. See you next year!