Fantasy Football Week 12: Studs and Duds from Sunday's Games
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With only one game remaining in Week 12, I took a look at some of yesterday's outstanding (and not-so-outstanding) performances.
Here are some Week 12 Fantasy Football Studs from Sunday:
QB - Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: Despite facing a tough matchup against the Chiefs, Rivers scored more than 20 fantasy points for the first time since Week 4. Rivers missed his fourth 400-yard game by just eight yards and threw three touchdowns Sunday.
QB - Tom Brady, New England Patriots: For the first time in his career, Brady overcame a 24-point deficit in a classic Manning-versus-Brady matchup in prime time. Brady finished the day with the second-most fantasy points to Rivers as he threw for 344 yards, three touchdowns and no picks. In his past three games, he's averaging 357.3 YPG with eight touchdowns and only one interception.
RB - Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos: In a heart-breaking loss to the Patriots, Moreno rushed for a career-high 224 yards and a touchdown on 37 carries. Moreno's performance was the first 200-yard game of the season; in fact, it was Moreno's first 100-yard rushing game this year.
RB - Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars: Not only did MJD score in his third consecutive game, but he finished with a season-high 144 yards from scrimmage. Over his past four games, he has had double-digit fantasy points three times and has 395 YFS, 20 receptions and three touchdowns.
RB - Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles rushed for a season-high 115 yards, added four catches for 42 yards and scored two touchdowns. Only Moreno scored more fantasy points than Charles Sunday.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers: Lacy rushed 25 times for 110 yards and a score and added six receptions for 48 yards against the Vikings Sunday. In the eight games since the Packers' bye, Lacy has 182 carries for 755 yards and five touchdowns. He has scored a touchdown in five of his past six games.
RB - Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams: Stacy (concussion) was forced to leave the game early, but the duo combined 196 rushing yards and two touchdowns plus one reception for 10 yards. The Bears have now allowed a 100-yard rusher in four consecutive games and face Minnesota's Adrian Peterson next week.
RB - Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings: If Peterson was less than 100 percent, he didn't show it. Peterson carried the ball 32 times for 146 yards, both of which are season highs, and a touchdown. It was his third game this season with at least 140 rushing yards and he now has 10 rushing scores this year.
WR - Josh Gordon, Cleveland Browns: Not only did Gordon finish with back-to-back 100-yard games for the first time this season, but he set the franchise record with 237 yards on 14 receptions in the process. Despite his two-game suspension to start the season, Gordon is on pace for a stat line of 84/1537/8 this season.
WR - Tiquan Underwood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Underwood had just three receptions, but he finished with 108 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Next week's matchup against the Panthers will be tough all around for the Bucs.
WR - Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins: 60 Minutes had his best performance of the season with five catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. It was his first touchdown since Week 2.
WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: Not only did Fitzgerald catch two touchdown passes on Sunday, but he became the fastest receiver to reach 11,000 receiving yards in NFL history. Considering the team's quarterback woes over much of his career, the mark is even more impressive.
WR - Julian Edelman, New England Patriots: In his previous six games, Edelman scored a total of 15 points. With nine catches for 110 yards and two scores on Sunday night, he had more than that this week alone with a season-best 23 fantasy points. Only Gordon had more fantasy points at receiver this week.
TE - Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers: Mentioned in my DraftStreet value post Saturday night, Green delivered for those that took the low-priced bargain in daily fantasy leagues. While Green scored his first NFL touchdown, he now has 80-plus yards in back-to-back games as well.
TE - Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys: Witten caught only half as many passes as he had the first time the Cowboys faced the Giants, but caught as many touchdowns (two). In two games against the G-Men this season, Witten has 12 receptions for 107 yards and four touchdowns.
TE - Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots: The best red-zone target in the NFL, Gronk scored a touchdown in a third consecutive game. He finished with seven catches for 90 yards and a score. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in four of the five games he played this season.
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Here are some Week 12 Fantasy Football Duds from Sunday:
QB - Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: In a cold and windy night in Foxborough, Manning had his worst performance of the season with 150 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a season-low 12 fantasy points. Going into Monday Night Football, 17 quarterbacks have scored more fantasy points than Manning this week.
RB - Ben Tate, Houston Texans: Although he had a season-high five receptions for 26 yards, Tate managed only one rushing yard on seven carries as the team extended its losing streak to nine games.
RB - Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Coming off his league-leading 34-point performance in Week 11, Rainey scored just three fantasy points as the Lions limited him to 35 rushing yards on 18 carries. To be fair, the Lions have been outstanding versus the run since Week 5.
RB - Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts: Week after week, Richardson finds himself in this spot as he carried the ball seven times for 15 yards and scored a total of two fantasy points. Since the bye (Week 8), Richardson has single-digit carries and 22 rushing yards or less in all four games.
RB - Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts: Over the past several weeks, Brown has been more productive than Richardson. On Sunday, both of them were duds. Brown finished with minus one yard from scrimmage and only had two carries and one reception.
RB - Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots: Not only did his touchdown streak end at five games, but his fumble streak extended to three games. Ridley finished with four carries and 14 yards, both of which are season lows, and minus one fantasy point. It could be a while before Ridley's out of Bill Belichick's doghouse.
RB - Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins: Although he finished with three fantasy points and four receptions for 39 yards, Miller once again averaged less than one yard per carry. Miller had 10 carries for eight yards and now has 21 carries for 27 yards over his past three games combined. Next week, the Dolphins face the Jets, who lead the league in rushing defense.
RB - Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens rushing attack struggled once again, but to be fair, they faced the league's top-ranked rush defense. The Jets held Rice to 30 yards on 16 carries and one catch for minus three yards.
WR - Victor Cruz, New York Giants: His lost fumble, which led to a defensive touchdown, negated the two fantasy points he had on his two receptions for 27 yards. In two games against the Cowboys, Cruz has 29 and zero fantasy points, respectively.
WR - Eric Decker and Wes Welker, Denver Broncos: Decker had just one reception for five yards and no fantasy points. Decker has single-digit fantasy points in four consecutive games. Welker had more receptions (four), yards (31) and fantasy points (three), but he now has three consecutive games with single-digit fantasy points as well.
WR - Danny Amendola, New England Patriots: On a night that Edelman scored 23 fantasy points, Amendola had just one with three receptions for 17 yards.
WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts: For the second week in a row, Hilton finished with less than five fantasy points. Despite the Colts trailing big early, Hilton had five receptions for only 38 yards, a four-game low since the team's loss of Reggie Wayne.
WR - Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans: Johnson connected on just two of Case Keenum's six targets for 36 yards, which ties a season low. Johnson saw his streak of double-digit fantasy points end at three games. Meanwhile, Hopkins had just one catch for eight yards.
TE - Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins: After last week's bounce-back game of 6/90/1, Clay had another dud — four receptions for 27 yards. It was the fourth time in the past five weeks that Clay has had three fantasy points or less.
TE - Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers: Gates had only three receptions for a season-low 21 yards in a tough matchup against Eric Berry and the Chiefs. Gates has less than 10 fantasy points in six of his past seven games.
TE - Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns: Cameron had just three receptions for 32 yards, which is a three-week high. Over his past three weeks, Cameron has 10 receptions for only 65 yards and no touchdowns.
My initial Week 12 fantasy football rankings will be released Monday night.