This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
We were reminded early Sunday why many fantasy leagues don't include Week 17 in their playoffs, as players like Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Jared Goff, Alex Smith, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Jay Ajayi were all inactive or didn't play. Fantasy owners of those players who had to win this week were surely furious they had to drop them and scour the waiver wire for help. Sure, some leagues use a two-week playoff that helps alleviate some of this concern, but that's not making anyone who had to drop Bell for Branden Oliver or Akeem Hunt feel any better.
But before we jump into the playoffs (wait, is that the Bills in the postseason???) and early 2018 rankings, let's give some shouts to the guys who helped us pay the fantasy bills this season.
Tom Brady led the league with 4,577 passing yards this season, becoming the oldest player ever to lead the league in passing yards. If there was a knock on Brady it's that he had some of his worst games during the fantasy playoffs, as he threw either zero or one touchdown in Weeks 13, 14 and 15 before passing for 224 yards and two touchdowns (and one interception) in Week 16 and 190 yards and two scores in Week 17. Nevertheless, the Patriots rolled to another AFC East title with the best record in the AFC.
Additionally, thanks in part to Brady, the Patriots had three