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RotoVegas | NFL Week 17 Results and Year-End Wrap Up

Ladies and gentlemen, we knew this time would come… the 2018 NFL regular season is officially in the rear-view mirror. It was a wild season full of a ton of big changes. Golden Tate is an Eagle, Amari Cooper is a Cowboy, and Antonio Brown is apparently a huge asshole. Some had career years, others saw their careers end. But through it all, you all participated in the inaugural season of Roto Vegas, and nobody will ever be able to take that from you.

I wanted to mix things up for Week 17, so I pinned exclusively high-ranked guys against some lower-tier players and made all spreads double digit point totals. Let’s see how you guys did and get the final tally!

1. Pat Mahomes should feast on a weak Raiders D, so he’s our QB1 for Week 17. Josh Johnson is our QB22 as the Redskins attempt to play spoiler against the Eagles. At Mahomes -13, who you got?

Mahomes -13: 67%
Johnson +13: 33%

Winner: Mahomes -13

Given the lofty standard Patrick Mahomes set as this year’s top fantasy scorer, Week 17 was definitely a let-down, primarily due to the fact that Kansas City locked up the #1 seed with a win over Oakland and was pummeling them right from the start. Mahomes threw for just 281 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT to finish with 17.3 points on the day. By my math, Josh Johnson needed just 4.4 points against the Eagles to cover this spread, and he had… 2. 2 points. 12/27, 91 yards, 1 INT. That’s it. The Redskins man… pathetic.

2.  Christian McCaffrey will look to wrap up his all-pro year against the Saints, while Dion Lewis looks to solidify a more prominent role as the Titans try to make the postseason. The line is McCaffrey -12

McCaffrey -12: 84%
Lewis +12: 16%

Winner: Lewis +12

This was a tough one, as we were unsure exactly how much  Christian McCaffrey was going to be used in Week 17. The answer was not very much, as the Panthers had nothing to play for and didn’t feel the need to risk an injury to the guy who was essentially their entire offense in 2018. CMC ran just 4 times for 18 yards and added a reception for 22 yards before his day was done. Dion Lewis, meanwhile, took a major backseat to red-hot Derrick Henry down the stretch and didn’t get any carries in Tennessee’s SNF loss, although he did catch 3 of 4 targets for 23 yards. Despite his minor role, Lewis would’ve had to score in the deep negatives to lose this matchup, and he covers easily.

3. Davante Adams has been a fantasy MVP candidate and will look to continue his dominating year at home against the Lions. He’s an 11-point favorite over Nelson Agholor. Who you got?

Adams -11: 64%
Agholor +11: 36%

Winner: Agholor +11

Another tough one here, as Davante Adams was questionable all week and ultimately sat out Green Bay’s Week 17 game against Detroit. But with the Packers losing 31-0 on Sunday, it’s safe to say Adams would’ve struggled to cover this line regardless. Especially with Nelson Agholor‘s massive game against Washington: 5 catches for 40 yards and 2 TDs, good for 21 points on the day. So while Adams sitting obviously sealed this one’s fate, it’s unlikely he was topping 32 points on Sunday regardless.

4. Travis Kelce is our TE1 as he looks to solidify the #1 seed against the Raiders, while CJ Ozumah and the Bengals face the Steelers. At Kelce -13, who you taking?

Kelce -13: 68%
Ozumah +13: 32%

Winner: Ozumah +13

Unlike many other covers for the underdogs this week, this one was pretty legit. Travis Kelce may not have gotten the total workload he would normally get, but he did play 74% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps and was targeted 9 times, so he had his chances to put up numbers. He did alright, catching 5 balls for 62 yards, but finished with just 11.2 points on the day. CJ Ozumah was unsurprisingly quiet, catching just 1 pass for 6 yards, but it was still enough to cover. Double digit spreads, man, they’re crazy.

5. The Seahawks D welcomes the lowly Cardinals into Century Link Field, making them our #2 defense for the week. The Jets, meanwhile, are at #28 when they face the Patriots on the road. At Seahawks -10, who you taking?

Seahawks -10: 56%
Jets +10: 44%

Winner: Seahawks -10

Let’s be honest here: 10 is a pretty wild spread for two defenses. This one was an uphill battle, but you guys went with Seattle, and they delivered. The Seahawks grabbed 2 fumbles and recorded 6 sacks against Arizona, although allowing 24 points to be scored capped their fantasy production at 13. But the Jets helped out big time, getting pummeled by the Patriots and recording just 1 sack and no turnovers while allowing 32 points, leaving them at -1 and ending the season with a reader W! (We’ll ignore the 3-2 loss for the week and focus on ending on a positive note).

And so, our season is a wrap. It was a lot of fun coming up with spreads for you guys and seeing what you thought of them, and I sincerely thank everybody who voted all year long, whether it was just once or every week. Our loyal readers finished the season with a final record of 34-49-2, which means you guys hit at about a 40% clip for the year. All things considered, not bad! There were some ugly weeks and some great weeks, but you guys toughed it out through Week 17, and for that I thank you. Enjoy your offseason, study up, and come get the W in 2019. Maybe, if you’re lucky, we’ll even have some $$$$ involved.

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