I have been saying this since the beginning of the season: match-ups are the most important thing for players going into many weeks of the fantasy football season. If you look at Week 16 of the fantasy football playoffs, match-ups would make or break many owners. In Week 16, the championship weekend, Andy Dalton proved this theory to be true.
The Cincinnati Bengals took on the struggling Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have been letting up some huge numbers to all of the quarterbacks they have faced in recent weeks. Coming into this game, you had to have a feeling that Andy Dalton had a great chance to put up some huge numbers and he did not disappoint his owners.
Dalton had a heck of a week. His numbers are what make championships happen: 366 yards with four touchdowns. He also helped owners of A.J. Green out this week by giving Green seven receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns. These are exactly what the owners of these two guys needed and wished for this week.
Dalton was a quarterback that was shaky all season long. Dalton would throw games that some third-string quarterbacks would laugh at. However, when push came to shove, Dalton delivered and delivered big.
If many of you have a keeper league, Dalton is not a guy that many owners would consider keeping nor should you. He just does not put the numbers up of some quarterbacks like Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers. However, in a week that saw Aaron Rodgers on the bench injured and Drew Brees stopped by the Carolina Panthers, it was Dalton, not these guys that produced for his owners.
It was another classic example of matchups that can win you or lose you your fantasy football championship!