NFL Week 15 Winners/Losers

Winners

Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams: What a thoroughly dominating performance, and one that looks all the more impressive considering it came against a Seattle Seahawks defense that hadn’t allowed more than 19.3 non-PPR or 22.3 PPR fantasy points in a game and had allowed averages of 15.2 (third-fewest) and 19.7 (fourth-fewest) in those respective scoring systems to opposing running backs entering the week. Gurley’s 45.0 PPR and 42.0 non-PPR fantasy points set new career highs for the third-year running back, and the latter was the best single-game score by any individual player all season.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Where has that been for the past two months? Hunt scored 39.6 PPR fantasy points on Saturday night, the second-best total of his rookie season behind only his 45.6 in the Week 1 NFL Kickoff game. In doing so, he became just the fourth player since 1950 to score at least 39.6 twice during his rookie season.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Make it 18 career games with at least 30 fantasy points. That gives Newton sole possession of third place at his position on the all-time list. Only Drew Brees (20) and Tom Brady (19) have had more 30-plus-point performances in their careers, but keep in mind that Brees had only two and Brady one before their 29th birthdays.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: His 28.9 PPR and 22.9 non-PPR fantasy points on Saturday night paled in comparison to Hunt’s totals, but they were still excellent and the fifth-best single-game totals in his three-year, 41-game NFL career. Gordon.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: He scored 27.5 PPR fantasy points on Sunday, marking the fourth consecutive week that he scored at least that many. That’s only the 18th time since 1950 that any player has managed a streak of at least that length, and Bell joined Ricky Williams (2000 Weeks 6-9 and 2002 Weeks 11-14) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2003 Weeks 14-17 and 2006 Weeks 6-15) as the only players with multiple streaks at least that long.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: For the 19th time in his career, Gronkowski scored at least 25 PPR fantasy points, his 27.8 leading all tight ends entering Sunday Night Football. In NFL history, only Tony Gonzalez (22) had more 25-point performances in his career than Gronkowski, who has played 100 games to Gonzalez’s 270.

Losers

Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers: The Chiefs certainly seem to have his number, limiting Rivers to just 7.08 fantasy points on Saturday night. That was Rivers’ eighth consecutive game of fewer than 15 fantasy points against the Chiefs, and five resulted in fewer than 10 points. He has averaged just 9.4 fantasy points per game against his division rival during that eight-game span.

A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: His was a matchup nightmare, as he went head-to-head against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, plus drew double-coverage on a good number of his snaps played, but Andy Dalton’s performance didn’t help matters. Green scored just 5.0 PPR fantasy points on four targets in the game.

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