QB Game Ball – Tim Tebow, DEN - 16/36 for 205 PaYd, 2 PaTD, 2 INT; 13 carries, 94 RuYd, RuTD
It wasn’t pretty, but Tebow once again posted monster fantasy numbers leading the Broncos’ offense. There was no better option for those still needing production in Week 17.
QB Honorable Mention – Ben Roethlisberger, PIT - 15/22 for 280 PaYd, 2 PaTD; 4 carries, 24 RuYd (did damage despite sitting out for a quarter plus of action).
RB Game Ball – Arian Foster, HOU - 31 carries, 180 RuYd, 2 RuTD; 2 receptions, 10 ReYd
Foster locked up the NFL rushing title and perhaps the Fantasy MVP award by going out with a bang as the Texans knocked Jacksonville out of playoff contention. If Gary Kubiak stays in Houston as expected next season, Foster will garner serious consideration for the No. 1 overall pick in any format.
RB Honorable Mention – Ryan Mathews, SD - 26 carries, 120 RuYD, 3 RuTD; 3 receptions, 19 ReYd (many will underrate him next year, but Mathews is just now getting healthy after a nagging ankle. I am not writing him off as a bust just yet).
WR Game Ball – Larry Fitzgerald, ARI - 11 receptions, 125 ReYd, 1 ReTD
A week after having his six-year streak of multiple catch games snapped a week ago, Fitzgerald blew up as the Cardinals try to play catch up for most of the game against the 49ers. Despite quarterback questions Fitzgerald remains a WR1 in fantasy leagues moving forward.
WR Honorable Mention – Jerome Simpson, CIN - 12 receptions, 123 ReYd, 1 ReTD (if it weren’t for a couple of fumbles Simpson could have come in over Fitzgerald. Still, two straight weeks in the good part of this column should be a huge boost of confidence for him heading into next season).
TE Game Ball – Rob Gronkowski, NE - 6 receptions, 102 ReYd, 1 ReTD
Gronkowski continued to be a favorite target in the Patriots’ passing game and benefited from Aaron Hernandez, Wes Welker and Deion Branch all sitting out as the team already had the AFC’s top seed secured before kickoff. He has high upside in the future.
TE Honorable Mention – Vernon Davis, SF - 3 receptions, 96 ReYd, 1 ReTD (he is capable of producing big numbers, but Davis’ inconsistency makes him a bit of a fantasy headache).
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Joe Flacco, BAL - 14/19 for 125 PaYd, 0 TD, 1 INT
The Ravens needed to win the game to have a shot to grab the AFC North crown and a first-round bye therefore there was no resting Flacco. His owners are likely wishing the Ravens had though. He had one the most mediocre performances of his short career. It marked his third game of the season without throwing a touchdown pass.
Stinky Sock Honorable Mention – Peyton Hillis, CLE - 6 carries, 13 RuYd; 1 reception, 3 ReYd (a great year ends badly for the Browns’ back as he averaged just 35.7 yards per game on the ground over that span).
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