It was championship week for many fantasy football leagues; or in my case, consolation bracket championship week considering I failed to make the playoffs. With just one week remaining in the regular season, I urge owners whose season has ended to take this time to study up on players you might not be familiar with. With the season coming to a close, many teams are looking at players that may pay a big part in 2013, which means heavy sleeper potential is going to be on display for fantasy owners.
Best of luck to those who are still playing and congratulations to those who had championship seasons.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: 26 of 43 416 yards 4 TDs (40 points)
For Romo owners in the playoffs, this is your Christmas present. The four touchdown passes that Romo tossed represented only the third time he has done such a feat since 2008. Like Cam Newton, Romo has saved his best for the latter part of the season. Over the past four games he has eclipsed 300 yards three times while tossing 10 touchdowns to just one interception. With a pivotal game at Washington next week, he is sure to be giving it his all in week 17.
Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins: 19 rushes 65 yards 1 TD. 4 receptions 42 yards 2 TDs (28 points)
While Reggie Bush hasn't been lighting it up this season, he came into this game with just five total touchdowns, he did come through in a big way for fantasy owners who started him this week. With just 40 yards to go for his second consecutive 1,000 season, Bush should find that and more when facing the New England Patriots in week 17. Consider him a solid start for the final week of the regular season.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys: 9 receptions 224 yards 2 TDs. (34 points)
It was a career day for Bryant as his 224 yards receiving was the best he has ever posted in his short career. Even with a bad finger, Bryant has now extended his scoring streak to seven straight games. Today's multiple touchdown game gives him four games this season where that has happened; three of them happening over the last five games. Expect Bryant to continue to be productive in a must win game next week against the Washington Redskins.
Lance Kendricks, St. Louis Rams: 4 receptions 119 yards 1 TD. (17 points)
The majority of Kendricks' fantasy yards came on one play that saw him take a 20 yard pass and make it into an 80 yard touchdown. It's this type of big play ability that the Rams have been looking for from the athletic tight end for the past two seasons. With a week 17 game at Seattle, odds are he may struggle so don't be shocked with a poor performance.
Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens: 4 for 4 with 3 xp. (15 points)
Tucker turned in a solid game with a season high four field goals. While you can't expect a kicker who is averaging five points over his past two games before this one to put up consistent numbers, he does have low end appeal as the Ravens face the Bengals next week.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins: 13 of 25 130 yards 2 TDs. 6 rushes 44 yards (21 points)
Much forgotten about in the wake of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, Tannehill has quietly grown into a solid starter for Miami. Tannehill has shored up the early season mistakes that plagued him and over the last four games has had five touchdowns with zero interceptions. While not a top end QB heading into 2013, he does have flex potential and is definitely a solid mid round pick-up.
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