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Monday, November 25, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 WRAPUP: 4:00 GAMES AND LATER

We complete the fantasy football Week 12 action by taking a closer look at all of the happenings from the 4:00 games and later.

-I liked Carson Palmer as we went into the season due to the fact he would be playing with a potent batch of receivers led by Larry Fitzgerald but he took a good month or two before he found his comfort zone.  Now Palmer is red hot as he was once again very good Sunday in throwing for 314 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Palmer is eliminating the turnovers which is always his biggest drawback.

-On the other side, the underwhelming season of Andrew Luck continued as he threw for only 163 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Luck has only thrown for 15 scores with 7 INT's which is a far cry from what many had expected leading into the season.  You can only blame the play-calling so much which means Luck has to get a hit as well.  Luck's owners had started moving away from him over the last month and right now I don't think you can trust him in a playoff game.

-Michael Floyd continued with his breakout Sunday by catching 7 balls for 104 yards.  Floyd was a big play guy coming out of college and after some adjustments in September and October, has been virtually unstoppable lately.  Meanwhile Larry Fitzgerald didn't light the world on fire with his raw receptions as he caught 5 balls for 52 yards but two went for scores.  It has been another letdown season for Fitzgerald fantasy football owners but he has perked up along with the rest of the offense.

-Nothing to talk about from either running games during the Colts-Cardinals game.  In fact both units in that respect are clearly in the discussion as the worst in the league.

-Told you all to pick up Ryan Fitzpatrick in  two QB formats and the Harvard alum made me look smart in another effective outing Sunday by throwing for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns with no turnovers.  The Titans have nice receiving help in Kendall Wright and Delani Walker so Fitzpatrick should continue to be a very good QB 2.

-Speaking of Wright, when on the field going back to his rookie season a year go, the kid has been better than you think.  Wright caught 6 balls for 103 yards and a touchdown and got some help from rookie Justin Hunter who caught 6 passes himself for 109 yards and his own score.  All of the sudden the Titans look pretty potent.

-Rashad Jennings has done a very nice job replacing Darren McFadden and word is that even when the latter returns, the former will play a lot.  Jennings is a clear PPR weapon all the way but he has run the football well also.

-No big mistake this time from Tony Romo who led a late fourth quarter game-wining drive over the New York Giants.  Criminally underrated every season, Romo threw for 250 yards with 2 TD's and 1 INT.  Maybe next year his fantasy football value should finally catch up with the numbers.

-Eli Manning did a nice job trying to lead the Giants back by throwing for 174 yards and 2 scores but by now no one is starting him other than in two-QB formats.  That is the status he should keep.

-Andre Brown made it two huge games out of three since he returned from a broken leg by rushing for 127 yards on 21 carries while also catching 4 passes for 11 more yards.  Brown is the clear top dog running back here but Brandon Jacobs could still get the goal-line work.

-Victor Cruz got hurt without Hakeem Nicks in the lineup drawing coverages away.  Cruz managed to catch only 2 balls for 27 yards.  Not good and this kind of shows you that even though Cruz can be considered a WR 1, he is a low one in that respect.

-Dez Bryant pretty much did as he pleased Sunday in catching 9 passes for 102 yards. 

-Once Tom Brady finally got back his offensive weapons, the numbers began to re-emerge from hibernation.  Brady was spectacular in keeping his cool after falling behind early by throwing for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Even though I knocked Brady down a peg or two earlier on, that goes out the window now that he is playing with a full deck.

-Stevan Ridley is back in the doghouse after losing an early fumble as he didn't see the field again afterwards.  This is the second time this season Ridley has gotten into trouble for turnovers and Brandon Bolden benefitted the most.  Bolden led the Patriots by rushing for 58 yards on 13 carries and a TD while also catching a pass for 11 yards.  Bolden is a prime pickup guy this week as Shane Vereen is not meant to run the ball much. 

-Speaking of Vereen, he is doing a great Darren Sproles impression by catching 8 balls for 60 yards while also rushing for another 31 yards.  Vereen has been a PPR dream since getting back into the lineup and he should remain a clear RB 2 under that situation.

-Eric Decker ruined comeback efforts for his fantasy football owners by catching only one ball for 5 yards.  Decker has been a non-factor the last month and a half and with the playoff weeks beckoning, it might be time to stick him on the bench.

-As far as the rest of the Broncos receivers are concerned, Demaryuis Thomas was dominated by Aqub Talib as he grabbed only 4 balls for 41 yards.  Thomas did score however.  The big surprise was tight end Jacob Tamme catching 5 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown as the replacement for Julius Thomas.  Sorry for those who went with Joel Dreessen.

-Speaking of tight ends, Rob Gronkowski caught 7 balls for 90 yards and of course a touchdown.  Julian Edelman however surprised by leading the team in catcher in the game with 9 for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns.  It was looking like Edelman was behind left behind with Danny Amendola and Gronkowski back but that obviously wasn't the case in this game.

There you have it.  Let us hear your thoughts.

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