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Fantasy Football: 10 biggest reactions to NFL Week 16

2W968E0 New York Jets running back Breece Hall (20) avoids a tackle against Washington Commanders defensive end James Smith-Williams (96) on his way to a touchdown during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

Breece Hall has a career game: Hall played a career-high 69 snaps in Week 16.

Running backs return: Multiple running backs returned from injury, including Jonathan Taylor and Alexander Mattison.

Cause for concern for Buffalo Bills receivers: Stefon Diggs and Dalton Kincaid have played significantly less the last two weeks and might not help fantasy managers to a championship.

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Breece Hall sets a new career high: Hall played 69 of a possible 90 offensive snaps for the Jets, setting new highs in total snaps and the percentage of snaps played.

  • Hall took over as the team’s primary passing-down back in Week 12. The job was Michael Carter’s to start the season and then Dalvin Cook’s once Carter was released.
  • Cook served as the early-down back for a few weeks, but after ineffective play, Israel Abanikanda took over as the primary backup on early downs.
  • Abanikanda played a lot in the Jets' blowout loss last week, with Hall playing his fewest snaps since Week 2.
  • Fullback Nick Bawden took some third-down snaps from Week 12 to 14. He didn’t play any snaps in Week 16.
  • The Jets released Bawden last week so they could activate Aaron Rodgers from injured reserve. Bawden was a practice squad elevation for the Week 16 game but was surprisingly inactive.
  • The Jets also ran a lot more passing plays than usual. They ran 10 plays of third-and-7-plus and 11 plays in two-minute drills, giving them more snaps in clear passing situations than usual.
  • Hall ran the ball 20 times for 95 yards and two touchdowns and added 12 receptions for 96 receiving yards.
  • We shouldn’t expect these kinds of numbers each week. His new role as the primary third-down back helped him and Bawden being inactive potentially led to more passing-down opportunities.

A quiet day for Minnesota Vikings running backs: Alexander Mattison returned from injury, but neither he nor Ty Chandler surpassed 20 rushing yards.


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