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Monday, December 10, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 14 WRAPUP

Hope you had the Seattle Seahawks' defense.  I figured there was no better way to open up the wrapup than by making note of the fact that the Seahawks' swarming defense was unbelievably the star of the day in fantasy football Week 14 and I challenge anyone to show me they were able to beat their opponent who had that unit.  Yours truly capped a horrible season in the Experts League by bowing out meekly in the wild card round by a score of 160-98 (with me having only Andre Johnson to go...big whoop).  The funny part is that I was within only a few points of my opponent going into the fateful 4:00 games and we all know what happens there.  My wish for this Christmas is that John Skelton gets released and ends up working at McDonald's and that Ken Whisenhunt joins him as the manager. 

Oh by the way my opponent also had Adrian Peterson.  Yup it was that kind of day.

Anyways here is what else caught my eye in fantasy football Week 14.

A.J. Green:  3 catches for 44 yards.  Green has been a bit off the last few weeks as you start to wonder whether he is tiring a bit after dealing with so many double teams. 

Brandon Gibson:  6 catches for 100 yards and 1 TD.  Really Gibson's outlook all depends on whether or not Danny Amendola plays.  His best outings of the season have come when the latter was on the sidelines so plan accordingly based on what the injury report says this week.

Josh Freeman:  14/34 for 189 yards and 2 TD's.  You know you are having a nice season in fantasy football when on one of your worst passing days of the season, you still manage to net two touchdowns.  Freeman absolutely is a top ten QB for next year at the very least.

Nick Foles:  32/51 for 381 yards and 2 TD's.  We like what we have seen out of Foles so far and this goes back to his incredible preseason.  While we wouldn't touch him in fantasy football just yet, he at least needs to be monitored.

Bryce Brown:  12 carries for 6 yards along with 2 catches for 6 yards.  Thanks for nothing.  After doing a good Adrian Peterson impression the last two weeks, Brown was a complete no-show during some owner's playoff weeks.  It was almost like LeSean McCoy was back there again.

Jason Avant:  7 catches for 133 yards.  With DeSean Jackson out, Avant has really stepped up in his place.  A decent guy to look at as a WR 3 if you need help there.

Jeremy Maclin:  9 catches for 104 yards and 1 TD.  This is the guy who stands to benefit the most going forward with Foles.  A live value play for next season.

Vincent Jackson:  6 catches for 131 yards and 1 TD.  I have to admit I was a bit too harsh on Jackson coming into the season.  While he was a bit inconsistent with the Chargers, he has been every bit a top tier receiver with the Buc's.  Grade him there going forward.

Matt Ryan:  34/49 for 342 yards and 2 TD's/1 INT.  All is forgiven Matt for last week's debacle.  Ryan has been a bit shaky the second half of the season but he stepped up big here in a playoff week.

Cam Newton:  23/35 for 287 yards with 2 TD's along with 116 rushing yards and 1 TD.  Newton has been a monster the last few weeks but he was so bad for so long before that recent stretch, than his owners are likely out of the playoff hunt. 

Roddy White:  9 catches for 117 yards and 1 TD and 1 two-pt. conversion.  That is more like it.  Like with Ryan, Roddy White was a complete bomb against the Saints but he redeemed himself here.  White is tricky to forecast going foeward as Julio Jones will continue to eat into his production but for now he remains a WR 1.

Tony Gonzalez:  8 catches for 61 yards.  This guy just can't retire yet.  I am not done marveling at all he accomplishses each week.

Steve Smith:  7 catches for 109 yards.  Smith is aging but he is still capable of games like this.  I don't like him for next season however as further aging will show up in injuries.

Adrian Peterson:  31 carries for 154 yards and 2 TD's along with 2 catches for 16 yards.  There is nothing more to say about this guy than a simple WOW.  Unreal.  I heard stories this past summer of some teams getting Peterson as late as the eighth round.  Just nutty stuff.

Brandon Marshall:  10 catches for 160 yards and 1 TD.  You can absolutely make the claim that Marshall has been the best receiver in the game this season.  He once again hit the 100-catch mark with Jay Cutler as his QB which is something we all saw happening back when the trade to deliver him to Chicago was worked out.

Montell Owners:  14 carries for 91 yards and 1 TD along with 1 catch for 11 yards.  All in all it was a nice debut for Owens as a starter.  If you took a chance out of desperation, you were rewarded with a solid outing.

Kenny Britt:  8 catches for 143 yards.  We all know Britt is a big time receiver when he wants to be.  More consistency and better behavior would be nice.

Philip Rivers:  21/41 for 200 yards and 3 TD's.  No matter how you slice it, Rivers has been a massive disappointment the last season-plus.  This was a nice game but the erosion of talent he can throw to along with some skittishness in the pocket has led him to slump some. 

Ben Roethlisberger:  22/42 for 285 yards with 3 TD's and 1 INT.  Great comeback game for Big Ben who no doubt rescued some of his owners.  Just stay in one piece my man.

Danario Alexander:  7 catches for 88 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Alexander is one of the bigger breakout stories of this fantasy football season and he surely looks like Vincent Jackson in this offense.

Jamaal Charles:  18 carries for 165 yards.  Charles is a special talent as we know but it is annoying to own him due to his wild swings in stats. 

Josh Gordon:  8 catches for 86 yards.  Speaking of wide receiver breakouts, this guy has been right there with Danario Alexander all season/

Robert Griffin III:  15/26 for 246 yards and 1 TD along with 34 yards rushing.  Griffin left this one with a knee injury and it is a reminder of how fragile he is with his slight body.  Already is one of the bigger boom or bust guys going forward.

Alfred Morris:  23 carries for 122 yards and 1 TD and 1 fumble.  If only the guy could catch the occasional pass.  Morris would likely have won Rookie of the Year if the QB's were excluded from the voting and the new Michael Turner has earned low end RB 1 status.

Ray Rice:  20 carries for 121 yards and 1 TD along with 3 catches for 15 yards.  You look at how good Rice's numbers are and marvel but if you are an owner, you likely would admit to actually being disappointed.  The annoyed owners of LeSean McCoy understand.

Pierre Garcon:  5 catches for 87 yards and 1 TD.  Garcon was cast to the wire en masse after his long stay on the sidelines due to a foot injury but when on the field he has done nothing but produce.

Marshawn Lynch:  11 carries for 128 yards and 3 TD's.  I would say that those who own Lynch had a nice day yesterday.  Seems like such a long time ago when Lynch was cast to the curb when he left Buffalo.

Eli Manning:  22/35 for 259 yards with 4 TD's and 2 INT's.  This was one of those games where the stats looked better than how the guy actually wound up playing.  Manning was all over the place early on and should have had a third pick but the four scores were monstrous.  With David Wilson exploding this week, Manning has even more weapons now to play with the rest of the season.

David Wilson:  13 carries for 100 yards and 2 TD's, along with a kickoff return TD.  We said in the summer that Wilson reminded us of Chris Johnson and we stand by that argument.  He wasn't given much of a chance this season to play but when fianlly getting the opportunity yesterday, showed how explosive he could be. 

Victor Cruz:  8 catches for 121 yards and 1 TD.  This was a flashback to Cruz' early season monster games and even though he probably is beat up a bit, he showed up big in this game.

Hakeem Nicks:  4 catches for 67 yards and 1 TD.  Nicks has been really good the last month or so but as a reminder of how fragile he is, left in the middle of the game to get his knee checked which turned out to be nothing.



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