NFL Week 16 Fantasy Football Recap: Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier (25) rushes during the first half against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Drake London: 7 receptions, 96 yards

Gus Edwards: 11 carries, 99 yards


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ATL@BAL | DET@CAR | SEA@KC | NO@CLE
HOU@TEN | CIN@NE | NYG@MIN | BUF@CHI
WSH@SF | PHI@DAL | LVR@PIT


Tyler Allgeier takes hold of the Falcons’ backfield: Allgeier was the clear top player in the Falcons' backfield for the first time since Cordarrelle Patterson returned from injury.

  • He ran the ball 18 times for 74 yards and added four catches for 43 receiving yards.
  • He’s typically been the Falcons' primary receiving back, but this was the first time in months that he also played a majority of snaps on early downs, as well as in short-yardage situations even though they weren’t converted to touchdowns.
  • His quality of play has been consistent in recent weeks. He’s averaged 5.8 yards per carry since Week 11.
  • The Falcons play the Arizona Cardinals next week. This is a much better matchup, as the Falcons could be playing from ahead, and Arizona has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to running backs this season.
  • The combination of Allgeier’s increased role and the matchup could make Allgeier the top waiver wire option at running back for the week, barring an injury in a later game.
  • He’s also done enough to potentially keep the starting job in 2023.

The Ravens play Sammy Watkins: Watkins was added off waivers earlier in the week after the Green Bay Packers released him. He instantly moved to second on the Ravens' depth chart.

  • Watkins played for Baltimore in 2021, so it likely wasn’t difficult for him to get up to speed in the offense.
  • The Ravens were in need of a wide receiver after Devin Duvernay broke a bone in his foot, which landed him on injured reserve.
  • Watkins caught a 40-yard pass on his only target, which was good enough for the second-most receiving yards on the team.
  • Demarcus Robinson continued to be the Ravens' top receiver and scored the game's only touchdown.
  • Robinson is a potential waiver target in deep leagues for when the Ravens play the Pittsburgh Steelers next week. The Steelers have allowed the fourth-most receiving yards to wide receivers this season.
  • It would be a big gamble, as the game script could be similar to this — where Baltimore runs all game.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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