Even a bad match by his quarterback, Matthew Stafford, in Week 16 did not stop Cooper Kupp’s fantasy managers from advancing to their league championship games.
First, to be clear, let’s clarify that it refers to a large number of his managers advancing to their finals, rather than all of them (something that would be statistically impossible), but Kupps 21.3 PPR- fantasy points in the past week did not prove an obstacle for his team in 48% of ESPN’s leagues. That’s his league-leading – and with a massive, 10% margin on it – percentage as far as the list of players you most often find on fantasy teams advancing to their league championships.
That Kupp scored 21.3 points despite Stafford scoring 6.68 fantasy points, not to mention Stafford, who only completed 56.8% of his passing attempts, says a lot about wide receiver’s extraordinary efforts in 2021. Kupp’s 391.4 PPR fantasy points this season is the 13th most of any player through 16 weeks in NFL history as well as the most among wide receivers, he has already matched Antonio Brown’s record (2014) with 12 games with 20 plus points and he is now 17 receptions shy of Michael Thomas’ single-season record (2019) and 230 yards left from Calvin Johnson’s single-season record (2012) with two games to play.
By staying on 48% of the ESPN finalists’ lists, Kupp also joins a list of only nine players who can claim at least a 40% threshold in the last six seasons (the ones for which we have available data) . Alvin Kamara (48.3%, 2017), Christian McCaffrey (48.1% in 2019) and James Conner (46.9%, 2018) are the only others who exceeded 42%. Coup’s margin over No. 2 Mark Andrews (38%) is also the biggest in any of these seasons, underscoring his status as fantasy football’s MVP (at least so far).
Putting aside Kupp’s historic season, the unpredictability of player availability, primarily due to the COVID-19 virus and its latest Omicron variant, has undoubtedly been the greatest story of the fantasy football playoffs. The numbers of ESPN finalists confirm that the group, which is among the 13 best players / defenders on the list, missed five matches, illustrating that getting to the playoffs was just as important to advance to the final as it was to have the players who got you there. available for your week 15 and 16 lineups.
In fact, 16 of the 27 players living on a finalist’s list in at least 25% of the ESPN leagues were players who also included the list of 18 who were on at least 50% of the playoff teams two weeks ago. Incidentally, seven of these 16 were outside the 100 overall PPR fantasy points scorers from weeks 15-16, and the seven missed four altogether during that time.
Below are the 33 players who reside on finalist lists in at least 24% of the ESPN 10-team standard PPR leagues: