The Green Bay Packers defeated the Tennessee Titans 40-14 on a snowy, chilly Sunday Night at Lambeau Field.
QB Aaron Rodgers threw three 1st half TD's while rookie RB AJ Dillon had his best day as a pro. Here’s the fantasy recap from the Week 16 matchup.
GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-3)
QB AARON RODGERS
(21-for-25, 231 passing yards and 4 TDs)
The snow didn’t bother Rodgers one bit as the veteran QB came out en fuego on the frozen tundra Sunday night. He did most of his damage in the first half as he found his favorite target WR Davante Adams for two TD and another to WR Equanimeous St. Brown as the team scored a TD on its first three drives. Rodgers final TD came on its first drive of the second half where Adams was wide open in the middle of the end-zone and hauled in his 3rd TD of the game.
Rodgers continued his dominance as he has all season long. He’s now thrown 4 TDs in 6 games this season and has the Packers on the cusp of their second straight 13-3 season. The long-time Packer now boasts an incredible 44:5 TD/INT ratio and should be the frontrunner for the MVP. If your fantasy playoffs go into week 17, Rodgers is a top-5 play and a must start at the position against the Chicago Bears.
RB AJ DILLON
21 carries for 124 rushing yards, 2 rushing TD's and a catch for 5 yards
With starting RB Aaron Jones leaving early in the first half and backup RB Jamaal Williams ruled out, Dillon gashed the Titans defense all-night long. Seeing his first major workload all season, the rookie didn’t disappoint with a season-high in attempts (24 carries coming into tonight) and yards (115 rushing yards in 7 games) including his first two TD's as a pro. He was the definition of a bruiser as he broke multiple tacklers and evaded defenders from the jump.
With Jones clearly not 100% and Williams still dealing with a quad injury, Dillon is a must-add in my eyes. The Packers are still gunning for the top seed in the NFC and most likely won’t sit their starters barring something unforeseen happening which means Dillon could be in line for a huge role if Jones and Williams don’t play. Stash Williams as a potential league winner in week 17.
WR Davante Adams
11 catches for 146 yards and 3 TD's
I mean what more is there to say about Adams? After one of his worst performances in fantasy last week that potentially could’ve costed you a title berth, Adams responded in a huge way on Sunday night. The 7th year WR was open all night long as he consistently burned the Titans woeful secondary. It was Adams’ second game with 3 TD's, fifth game with multiple TD's, and he has now caught a TD in 10 of 13 games this season. Truly remarkable consistency we rarely see from the position. It makes you think how much better the season could've been if he didn’t miss weeks 3-4 with an injury.
Adams now has the league-lead with (and career high) 17 TD receptions (2nd most in team history) and is only 3 catches and 59 yards from setting career-highs in both receptions and yards. If Rodgers’ and Adams’ play next week, the 28-year-old should be the top WR on the board.
TENNESSEE TITANS (10-5)
RB DERRICK HENRY
23 carries for 98 yards
If you were vying for a chance at your fantasy championship and started Henry, you were no doubt disappointed with the 9.8 half-point PPR performance by the RB. With the Packers jumping out to a quick 19-0 lead in the first half, the Titans had to turn away from the run as the game was getting out of hand. This is the frustration for Henry managers as once the Titans get into hurry up mode Henry will come off the field for better receiving backs.
Even though he gained 98 yards on the ground, Henry didn’t have a real opportunity at the end-zone as both TD's came via Tannehill with one through the air and another 40 yards on the ground to start the second half. However with Titans defense unable to get the meaningful stops all night long it put a damper on any chance Henry would break for a big game.
Despite the lackluster fantasy output, Sunday’s performance now puts Henry over 1,700 rushing yards on the season and is averaging over five yards per carry for the second straight season with a great chance to lead the league in rushing yards for back-to-back seasons. Henry needs only two more rushing TD's in week 17 to have a career-high of 17. Look for Henry to feast next Sunday against a Houston Texans defense that just allowed 169 rushing yards and two TD's on Sunday against the lowly Cincinnati Bengals.