Too much, too late for these studs in Week 17

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Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

Hey, Kurt Warner, where was that last week? Or the week before?

The Cardinals’ QB had 30 last week. No, not 30 points, but rather 30 passing yards against the Patriots in Week 16 — championship week in most fantasy formats. So many of you likely rode the Warner machine to the fantasy playoffs, only to watch him take to the snow like the Titanic took to the iceberg.

So you can imagine the frustration of watching Warner throw four touchdowns against the Seahawks in Week 17, wasting a great fantasy performance. No, that didn’t hurt at all.

And what about Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson and Rams RB Steven Jackson? Tomlinson likely was the top pick in your fantasy draft, and Jackson wasn’t far behind. Both were huge disappointments, yet they found their stride in Week 17. That’s about as useful as getting in “A” in your summer-school class. It’s just way too late. In fact, it’s kind of mean. You’re advised to not even watch Week 17 next season if you aren’t playing in a fantasy football championship. Unless, of course, you actually enjoy real football or something.

Some other studs from this week:

  • Saints QB Drew Brees fell just short of Dan Marino‘s single-season passing yards mark, but he did manage to throw four touchdown passes in a loss to the Panthers. Brees has a pretty good case for fantasy football MVP.
  • Nobody knows if the Packers regret going with Aaron Rodgers, but fantasy footballers are happy they made the decision. Rodgers had 308 passing yards with three touchdowns and was one of the top fantasy league QBs.
  • With Michael Bush in the fold, the Raiders have an embarrassment of riches at running back. Bush had 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns in the Raiders’ upset of the Buccaneers. Like a fantasy owner with three stud backs, the Raiders ought to think about dealing one of those backs for a wide receiver.
  • Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald capped off a sensational season with 130 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the year as the top receiver in fantasy football.
  • Fantasy footballers wondered when Texans WR Andre Johnson would reach his potential. It happened this year. Johnson had 148 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears to cap off his monster season. The Texans will be a force in fantasy football next season with Johnson and RB Steve Slaton.

And finally …
Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams rushed for 178 yards against the Saints. But how weird is this? That total seems like a disappointment. Like if Williams doesn’t score at least two touchdowns, he’s a failure.

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