Fantasy Football 2012: What I Learned In Week 14

By Adam Pfeifer
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Week 14 was the biggest week all season, as it kicked off the fantasy playoffs. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to advance in the playoffs in one of my leagues, but that just means more dedication to helping you out, right?

Anyway, this week was full of big time fantasy implications. So, let’s take a look at some of the significant things that caught my eye, shall we?

Adrian Peterson is NOT human

Are you kidding me AP? Look, I get it. He’s good. But what he is doing right now is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen in football. Coming off serious MCL and ACL tears, Peterson is on pace for a 2,000 yard 2012 campaign. On Sunday against an injured, yet tough Chicago Bears defense, AP carried 31 times for for 154 yards and two scores. He is easily the best running back and fantasy this year, but more importantly, is easily making a case for MVP. Maybe Albert Pujols should give his nickname “The Machine” to the guy who has been playing like one. Consensus number one pick next year? I think so.

Chan Gailey is hurting C.J. Spiller’s fantasy value

When he has the rock, Spiller is one of the most explosive backs in all of football. When he doesn’t get it? Seven carries for 37 yards. Spiller only saw eight touches, his fewest since October 7th. As a Buffalo Bills fan, I am familiar with  Gailey often saying one thing and then doing another. I mean, what happened to 60-40 in favor of Spiller? Fred Jackson saw just 14 touches, but left the game with a serious knee injury. If he is forced to miss any time, Gailey will have to use Spiller, right? Unless he goes with Tashard Choice

When he wants to be, Dez Bryant is good. Really good

It is no secret that Bryant has some off the field issues. However, lately they have been put to rest, as he has been the hottest receiver in all of football. On Sunday, Dez caught four passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. Over the past five games, Bryant has 33 catches for 515 yards and a ridiculous seven touchdowns. During that stretch, the Dallas Cowboys have only lost once. He is clearly a key piece of that offense. Bryant currently ranks fifth in fantasy points among wide receivers and is capable of that production at any time.

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Cam Newton is still a legitimate QB1

Remember all of the panic and chaos regarding Newton towards the start of the year? Yeah, that has been put to rest. On Sunday, Newton was the highest scoring fantasy quarterback, scoring a whopping 41 fantasy points. Over the last three contests, Newton has scored over 100 fantasy points, including ten total touchdowns and zero interceptions. Like I said before, he will win many fantasy owners their championships.

Drew Brees IS human

Don’t get me wrong, Brees is still without a doubt a top three fantasy quarterback. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t give you a fair share if rough games. Brees threw for 354 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on Sunday. Over his last two games, Brees has just one touchdown to go with a troubling seven interceptions. The New Orleans Saints offensive line hasn’t been giving him much time, but Brees has also been making some uncharacteristic throws lately.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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