In many fantasy football leagues, the berths in next week’s championships were most likely lost instead of won in Week 15.
So many players who’ve carried their fantasy teams into the playoffs picked the worst time to have subpar games or suffer injuries.
Playing against the vaunted Chicago Bears defense would be a tough matchup for anyone, but what about the great Aaron Rodgers?
Although the Green Bay Packers quarterback threw for 274 yards, he didn’t have a touchdown pass and he threw his first interception in his last 402 attempts. Rodgers’ total of 13.5 fantasy points was only the 13th highest total at the position for the week (with two games still remaining).
It didn’t help that Rodgers lost his primary weapon in the running game when Aaron Jones left with a knee injury in the first quarter — after rushing for 8 yards on four carries.
The preliminary diagnosis for Jones is a sprained MCL in his knee — the same injury that has kept Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon out each of the last three games.
That doesn’t bode well for Jones’ availability for next week’s fantasy championships, assuming your team managed to survive and advance in the first place.
Missing in action
Whether you had Rodgers or Jones fail to deliver as expected — or didn’t have the services of Gordon or Odell Beckham Jr. — you weren’t alone in your troubles.
— Ben Roethlisberger (QB2 through 14 weeks) threw for just 215 yards and put up 12.5 fantasy points.
— Andrew Luck (QB4) had 192 passing yards and no touchdowns, finishing with 9.2 fantasy points.
— Saquon Barkley (this season’s RB2) was held to 31 yards on 14 carries, and four catches for 25 yards. Averaging 25.4 PPR points per game, Barkley finished with 9.6.
— Adam Thielen (WR2) was targeted only twice. He caught both, but totaled just 19 yards.
— Amari Cooper (the No. 1 WR over the last five weeks) caught just four of his seven targets for 32 yards as the Cowboys were shut out for the first time since 2003.
— Eric Ebron (TE4) caught only one of his three targets from Luck for 8 yards.
And that list doesn’t even include Keenan Allen (0 catches on Thursday before leaving with a hip injury), Frank Gore (five carries, 14 yards before suffering a foot injury) or LeSean McCoy (game-time decision, DNP).