Many, if not all, fantasy leagues played their championship weekend during Week 16, and unfortunately for owners of Calvin Johnson, Marshawn Lynch and the Kansas City defense, your fantasy team may have stumbled in the most important fantasy week of the season. While injuries may have been the reason for some of the production drop, some teams were just outplayed during Week 16.
The Detroit Lions took on the struggling New York Giants Sunday, and the league’s best receiver left many fantasy owners scratching their heads. It appears that a long season finally caught up to Calvin Johnson, and injuries that he has played through in the past were just too limiting. The Giants held a significantly less than 100 percent Megatron to a meager three receptions for 43 yards and zero scores. Head Coach Jim Schwartz said after the game that Megatron was limited due to both a knee and ankle injury and that was used sparingly in the team’s overtime loss to the Giants. Fantasy owners need to watch Megatron’s injury status carefully over the next week, especially if your championship round consists of two weeks.
Unfortunately for the Seattle Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch and his fantasy owners, no injuries could be blamed for his weak performance Sunday against a driven Arizona Cardinals football team. Lynch was held to under 75 rushing yards for the fifth straight week. The Arizona Cardinals defense honed in on the star running back and limited him to an average of just 3.9 yards per carry. While the Cardinals have had one of the top rushing defenses in the league this season, the usually dominant Seattle Seahawks struggled to get their offense going in the team’s 17-10 loss. Fantasy owners should not worry, as Lynch will face a more inferior rush defense in the St. Louis Rams next week.
One of the biggest surprises of the entire season is the Kansas City Chiefs and their jump from the worst team a year ago to one of the most dominant and electrifying in 2014. The Kansas City defense has been the most consistent components of the Chiefs success this season, and unfortunately for fantasy owners and the Chiefs alike, the defense fell apart Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
Much of the problem resided in the offenses’ inability to keep their defense off the field, and that became ever more apparent as they failed to score any points after stud running back Jamaal Charles’ 31-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. Not to mention the Kansas City defense was only able to sack Andrew Luck once all game. Fantasy owners should expect the Kansas City Chiefs defense to rebound in the final game of the season against the San Diego Chargers, as the Chiefs look to gain momentum as the playoffs begin.