If your fantasy league uses week 17 or you played a one-week league, this week reminded us of just how tricky the final week of the regular season can be. With some players resting for the playoffs and other playing less than a full game, week 17 was as fluky as usual but still gave us some great drama. There were some surprising names among the top scorers, and some other players who were major disappointments to their fantasy owners.
Let’s finish the season with a quick rundown of the top performers and biggest disappointments from week 17 by position:
Drew Brees-New Orleans Saints: Brees threw for four scores and 381 yards in the Saints romp at home over the Bucs. He added a fifth touchdown on the ground rushing for eight more yards and giving his owners a huge game. At home, Brees is amazing despite his struggles on the road.
Peyton Manning-Denver Broncos: Even though he only played a half, Manning got all the records he was going for and turned in a big game. He threw for 266 yards on 25/28 passing while throwing for four more touchdowns giving him four or more in four of his last five games in the regular season.
Carson Palmer-Arizona Cardinals: Palmer threw for 407 yards against the 49ers defense while throwing a pair of touchdowns and a pick. The Cardinals pushed San Francisco to the end of regulation, but ultimately couldn’t get a win against their division rival despite Palmer’s big game.
Colin Kaepernick-San Francisco 49ers: Kaepernick threw for 310 yards and a pair of touchdowns on an efficient 21/34 passing against a normally tough Cardinals secondary. He added 24 yards on the ground in San Francisco’s narrow win over Arizona.
Philip Rivers-San Diego Chargers: Even though he and the Chargers barely got a win over the Chiefs’ JV squad, Rivers ended the day with solid numbers. He threw for three touchdowns and 229 yards while also throwing one interception.
Andy Dalton-Cincinnati Benglans: Dalton threw four interceptions but still turned in a solid fantasy day depending on your league’s scoring since he did threw for a pair of touchdowns while running for another. In all, he threw for 281 yards and ran for another 23 on the ground, but his main point total came from the trips to the end zone.