Week 16 fantasy feedback

» In a matchup of top rookie running backs, both Eddie Lacy and Le’Veon Bell have acquitted themselves well. The difference is that Lacy has found the end zone twice. But both have bright futures.

» Ryan Mathews needs to be considered a low-end RB2 heading into next fantasy season. He’s run hard all season, stayed healthy and curbed his fumbling problems. He’s the back everyone thought he’d be coming out of college.

» Calvin Johnson was banged-up coming into today’s ballgame and his production seems to have suffered accordingly. Of course, it doesn’t help that Matthew Stafford has struggled today.

» The Belitricks are strong today. All four Patriots running backs have at least one attempt so far today. 

» It looks like early season Carson Palmer kidnapped mid-season Carson Palmer and locked him in a closet. Or it could have something to do with playing the Seahawks in Seattle.

» The Rams defense once again stands tall at home, posting seven sacks, forcing two turnovers and scoring 15 fantasy points. Too bad they’re on the road at Seattle next week.

» Geno Smith scored more fantasy points than Cam NewtonDrew Brees and Adrian Peterson combined. Just like we all thought.

» Edwin Baker is carrying the load for the Browns running game late in the season. Just like we all thought.

» For everything that Peyton Manning has done this year, Jamaal Charles could be the fantasy MVP. He’s been consistent all season long and saved some of his biggest performances for the late weeks of the season.

» We all thought a pair of running backs would have a big day in the Titans-Jaguars game. We just didn’t think it would be Shonn Greene and Chris Johnson. The MJD-Jordan Todman duo didn’t offer much in the way of fantasy production.

» After being so good for so long, Kendall Wright did you no favors today with his four catches for 22 yards.

» Matt Schaub returns. The Texans offense is even more ineffective than usual. Coincidence? I think not.

» Andre Caldwell: 2 rec, 12 yards. And that, boys and girls, is why you don’t chase the points.

» On the flip side, the Bills rushing duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller had a nice day, combining for 221 scrimmage yards. Jackson is definitely the lead horse in that stable, but it was nice to see Spiller bounce back. Even if it was far too late for many fantasy owners.

» The Dolphins defense scored four fantasy points against Thad Lewis and the Bills?!? That’s ungood.

» The Panthers and Saints had a lot of fantasy value — if you started the defenses. Otherwise, there weren’t a lot of big performances to speak of.

» If Andy Dalton couldn’t succeed today against the Vikings, it might never have happened. He could be a fantasy championship MVP with his four TDs today.

» If anyone knows what DeMarco Murray did to make the Cowboys coaches angry, please let us know.

» After being so good to start the season, the Chiefs defense has been a mixed bag in the second half of the season. This week, that has been evidenced by the big game Donald Brown is having today.

» The first half of the morning games won’t be remembered for offense. Apart from a nice half by Andy Dalton and Demaryius Thomas, there hasn’t been much in the way of fantasy scoring.

» Everyone’s worst fears in the Saints-Panthers game is coming true in the first half. Neither offense has done anything of note. Bad news for Drew Brees and Cam Newton owners.

» Josh Gordon had a couple of chances to help fantasy owners out but couldn’t bring in a pair of passes in the end zone.

» Early on, MJD has two carries while Todman has three. That helps no one.

» No surprises among this week’s inactives. It looks like weather could have a bigger impact on today’s games than injuries. At this point, you start your studs, pick your best matchups and let it rip. You got this far, don’t over-think things you can’t control.

» It’s not looking good for Tavon Austin to play today. But it’s hard to imagine that anyone playing in a championship situation is relying on Austin anyway.

» The Jaguars are optimistic that Maurice Jones-Drew will play today. If he’s in the lineup, he’s a quality start against the Titans poor run defense. But it’s bad news for anyone hoping to plug in Jordan Todman today.

– Follow Marcas on Twitter @MarcasG

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