Fantasy Recap: Week 17 Edition

The New York Giants beat the Washington Redskins 19-10 on Sunday, officially eliminating their division rivals from playoff contention while gaining momentum heading into wild card weekend. Here are the top three fantasy football performers from today’s matchup at FedEx Field:

1.      New York defense (20.00 points)- As they’ve been doing all season, the New York Giants defense carried their team to a win through multiple turnovers and overall domination.   Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two picks, including a game-clincher late in the fourth quarter, while cornerback Trevon Wade recovered a fumble on a lateral pass from Washington’s Jordan Reed on the final play of the game and took it 11 yards to the house to ensure victory for the Giants.  This marked the fifth straight week that the Giant defense had at least one interceptions and the fifth time in six games that they’ve recovered a fumble. Landon Collins, Damon Harrison, Leon Hall and Rodgers Cromartie each had a sack on the day, putting an exclamation point on what was a dominant performance against an offense that has no trouble putting points up on the board.  This defense is playing as well as they’ve been playing all season, and the entire NFC playoff field is certainly aware.   

2.      Kirk Cousins (13.84 points)- Kirk Cousins may not have had his best matchup, but in a game where Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t put up their usual high numbers, Cousins cracks the list.  He threw for 291 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions, with the lone touchdown being a short one-yard pass to Jordan Reed early in the fourth quarter.  Cousins had another big year for Washington, throwing for over 4,000 yards and 24 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions, which are statistics that should warrant him a big payday in the near future.  He did have a chance to at least get his team into field goal range to potentially send the game into overtime late in the fourth quarter, but an interception to Dominique Rodgers Cromartie dashed any hopes of that taking place.  Despite the turnovers, Cousins had a great season and is definitely the guy going forward for the Washington Redskins.

3.      Paul Perkins(10.20 points)-Paul Perkins was officially moved into the number one running back spot on the Giant depth chart this weekend, and he proved that Ben McAdoo made the right decision with a big game.  Perkins rushed for a career high 102 yards on 21 carries, and once again showcased his ability to make defenders miss in open space as well as hitting his holes hard.  Perkins’ evolution throughout the course of the season was notable and, although Rashad Jennings might get in the end zone more often as a short yardage/goal line back, no one can deny that the rookie’s skill set is much broader than that of Jennings.  Perkins, as well as his offense line, looks to be improving and hitting their stride just in the knick of time with the playoffs around the corner, and a balanced offense could take this team from an early elimination to a Super Bowl.

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