This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
Well, that touchdown helped nobody.
This phrase, or some variation of it, is one we've all heard when an unpopular/lesser-known player scores a touchdown. But if there's one thing we've learned over the years it's that every touchdown, literally every single one, helps somebody.
One of the first places we look when a "nobody" scores a touchdown is the opposing defense. Nearly every fantasy format that uses defense/special teams has a scoring system based on points allowed, so any touchdown, regardless of who scores it, will hurt that unit. But it doesn't end there: not only does the defense take the point knock, but fantasy owners of more popular players are left cursing at their TVs wondering why their player didn't get the end-zone target.
We saw plenty of those situations in Week 15, as fantasy owners and NFL watchers were constantly left sitting at home wondering "who!?"
It all started Thursday night during the Broncos' 25-13 win over the Colts. With Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders the two leading receivers for Denver over the past few seasons, including this one, we saw receiving touchdowns scored by Cody Latimer and Jeff Heuerman on passes from Brock Osweiler, who came in for the injured Trevor Siemian. Coming into the week, Latimer and Heuerman had combined for two touchdowns this season. Sure, Thomas and Sanders were targeted 17 times, catching 12 passes for 137 yards, but fantasy owners need touchdowns this time of year.
It carried over to Saturday,