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Monday, December 17, 2012

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 15 WRAPUP 1:00 GAMES

The 2012 fantasy football season is almost in the books as we move onto the Super Bowl week.  Let's take a look at all of the key action from Week 16.

Matthew Stafford:  24/50 for 246 yards and 3 INT's.  This abomination was the topper on a busted season for Stafford who went as a late first round or second round pick last summer.  He still had Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew, Tony Scheffler and friends for almost the entire season so it appears as though he was playing over his head in 2011.  Obviously Stafford gets downgraded for next summer.

Calvin Johnson:  10 catches for 121 yards.  Megatron was the only Lion who showed up in this game as he continues to be on pace to overtake Jerry Rice's season receiving yardage total.  Despite some pressure from A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall, Johnson remains the absolute top dog at the receiver position.

Vick Ballard:  18 carries for 105 yards.  Ballard has likely put himself into position to be the starting runner for the Colts next season but he has not wowed me by any means.  Stictly a backup guy at best. 

Reggie Wayne:  3 catches for 14 yards.  Wayne has completely vanished at the worst time for his fantasy football owners.  It is games like this that cost owners a championship.

Andre Johnson:  11 catches for 151 yards and 1 TD.  Johnson has been ridiculous the seocnd half of the season and once again has reclaimed his spot at a top four receiver in fantasy football with Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, and Brandon Marshall.  However the annoying career-long issue for Johnson has been his lack of touchdowns as the one he hauled in during this game was only his fourth of the season.  Strange for a guy so talented.

Arian Foster:  27 carries for 165 yards along with 2 catches for 4 yards.  If only I drafted this guy over LeSean McCoy.  Foster will get some stiff competition from a rejuvenated Adrian Peterson next season as the top running back in drafts but at least in PPR he remains number 1.

Knowshon Moreno:  22 carries for 118 yards and 1 TD along with 2 catches for 8 yards.  It took him long enough but Moreno is finally showing the talent we all knew he had.  Moreno has made the Broncos even more scary and his ability to both run and catch the football make him a potential sleeper value for next season.

Eric Decker:  8 catches for 133 yards and 1 TD.  Overall Decker has fully lived up to the sleeper hype we attached to his name leading up to the season, despite that three game blip a few weeks ago. 

Dennis Pitta:  7 catches for 125 yards and 2 TD's.  Joe Flacco loves his tight end and really he should be going to him more than he does.  While Pitta has nice receiving ability, he has not consistently been good enough to trust as an every week guy.

Cecil Shorts:  6 catches for 101 yards.  Shorts continues to produce every week with little to no fanfare.  Shows you how pathetic everyone sees the Jacksonville offense as being that Shorts is widely ignored despite a very solid season.

Kirk Cousins:  26/37 for 329 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT.  RG3 who?  Seriously Cousins was fantastic here in a tough spot and this kid has a real nice future ahead of him.  Look for a team to pony up a first round pick for the guy in the offseason.

Alfred Morris:  27 carries for 87 yards and 2 TD's along with 2 catches for 6 yards.  How about those two catches?  There is not much more to add to Morris that I haven't already stated in calling him the new Michael Turner. 

Trent Richardson:  11 carries for 28 yards and 2 TD's along with 3 catches for 4 yards.  Wow Richardson's owners are thanking their lucky stars he got into the end zone twice because he was horrible running the football in this game.  Still as long as he doesn't turn into the medical version of Ryan Matthews, the future is bright.

Sam Bradford:  35/55 for 377 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  Truth be told I expected more games like this out of Bradford to this point in his career but the gross absence of weapons has to be considered in his slow progress.  The talent is there though just waiting to explode.  Draft him as a backup next season with upside.

Adrian Peterson:  24 carries for 212 yards and 1 TD.  Eric Dickerson's NFL rushing record here we come.  The record is the only challenge Peterson has faced this season in a truly remarkable effort off the blown out knee.  And again he went as a fourth round pick in the Experts League.  Wow.

Steven Jackson:  13 carries for 73 yards along with 8 catches for 73 yards.  This was a throwback game for the aging Jackson who is surely winding down his last season with the Rams.  It was a heck of a run literally for one of our favorites.

Josh Freeman:  26/47 for 279 yards and 4 INT.  Freeman likely thrust many of his ecstatic owners to the playoffs with a big time breakout season and than buried them for good with his 4-pick disgrace.

Drew Brees:  26/39 for 307 yards and 4 TD's.  This is why you make Drew Brees a first round fantasy football draft pick every season without blinking an eye.

Doug Martin:  9 carries for 16 yards along with 3 catches for 19 yards.  Oxygen please!  Martin has hit the proverbial Rookie Wall with a thud.

Eli Manning:  13/25 for 161 yards and 2 INT's.  Against a soft Atlanta secondary and in a dome means there are no excuses for how terrible Manning was.  Really for the last month-plus Manning has been shaky as a whole, last week notwithstanding. 

Matt Ryan:  23/28 for 270 yards and 3 TD's.  Sure Ryan's no-show against the Saints a few weeks ago cost me the season but he has been a monster the last two weeks and overall has completely lived up to the hype we screamed out him coming into the season in this passing attack.

Julio Jones:  6 catches for 74 yards and 2 TD's.  Yup the transition of Jones being the top dog in the Atlanta passing attack is now complete. 

Tony Gonzalez:  6 catches for 49 yards and 1 TD.  Please return for one more year bro.  This fun story is not over yet.

Aaron Rodgers:  23/36 for 291 yards and 3 TD's.  He got off to a bit of a slow start but Rodgers was his usual monster self in the second half.  Nothing to see here but greatness.

Brandon Marshall:  6 catches for 56 yards and 1 TD.  Typical brilliance from Marshall who will be a second round pick as we hit next season.

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