This time of year, the best gift anyone can ask for is a clutch championship week performance. And with most leagues in a Super Bowl state of mind, there were some big games and some even bigger injuries. This much is clear: Given Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees' outings over the past two nights, the best was certainly saved for last. Here are the awards.
A) Toby Gerhart. If necessity is the mother of invention, those who kept Gerhart-insurance on their Peterson-investment deserve a tip of the cap. Gerhart -- who has shown moderate but far from spectacular production as a backup -- will be the workhorse as the struggling Vikings take on the freefalling Bears.
B) Evan Royster. For those that prefer to drive without seatbelts, cross the street without looking and stand too close to microwaves, enter Mike Shanahan's latest unpredictable offering. The former Penn State standout was outrageously productive filling in for Roy Helu last week (good enough to make Helu dynasty owners grab a handcuff), tallying a combined 147 yards. He'll play against an Eagles team with their playoff dreams crushed, which -- for a Redskins squad that's had nothing to play for most of the year -- could spell a stat-stuffing shootout.
McCoy has been a powerhouse of production, and is easily a top four pick in 2012. However, a meager 35 yards on 13 carries plus an ankle sprain was not what owners had in mind for a championship performance in Week 16.
Romo, undervalued on draft day thanks to an injury-plagued 2010, went 0-for-2 before injuring his throwing hand. Heading into Saturday, Romo had hit his fantasy playoff stride, throwing seven touchdowns in the past two games. His departure left owners at the championship altar equally empty-handed.