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Fantasy Football 2012: Top 25 Fantasy Performances Thus Far

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Top 25 Fantasy Performances

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The fantasy football universe has certainly seen it’s fair share of incredible performances so far in 2012.I mean, there were so many, how can you possibly account for them all?

What do you say we have a flashback or two?

As most of your leagues just passed the first round of the fantasy playoffs, (hopefully you advanced) I thought it would be an ideal time to look back at what we have seen this year. Join me as I rank the 25 best fantasy performances through Week 14. Believe me when I say that this was not an easy task, as there were certainly more than 25 that were deserving.

However, this is my list, and I am entitled to my opinions just as you are. You may agree and you may also disagree, which is fine. Also note that these are the top 25 fantasy performances, not performers. See the difference? Having said that, don’t be alarmed if you don’t see every single big name player on this list. These are the best performers over the course of one game, not the entire season.

So, without further ado, let’s get the countdown. Sit back, relax and enjoy reflecting some of the best individual days of the 2012 campaign. Can you guess who falls at the number one spot?

I’m pretty sure you can.

Note: Fantasy points reflect Yahoo! scoring.

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

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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25) Andre Brown at Carolina Panthers

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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 20 carries, 113 yards, 2 TDs

Fantasy points: 26.50

Filling in for an injured Ahmad Bradshaw, Brown eviscerated a Panthers defense on Thursday Night Football for the entire world to watch. He would go on to serve as the Giants goal line back until being placed on IR (broken leg).

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24) Marcel Reece vs New Orleans Saints

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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 19 carries, 103 yards. 4 catches for 90 yards

Fantasy points: 21.30

Reece also served as a fill-in, replacing an injured Darren McFadden. He may not have found the end zone, however, he finished just seven yards shy of 200 all-purpose yards.

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23) Danny Amendola vs Washington Redskins

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 15 catches, 160 yards, 1 TD

Fantasy points: 27.50

Amendola went gang busters in this contest. The 15 catches made him especially valuable in PPR leagues, where, when healthy, he has shined all year.

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22) Rob Gronkowski vs St. Louis Rams

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Joe Toth-USA Today Sports

Stat Line: 8 catches, 146 yards, 2 TDs

Fantasy points: 30.60

Gronk was smashing all over London in this game. I mean, 146 receiving yards from a tight end was unheard of until he came into the league. Unfortunately, he went on to break his forearm in Week 11.

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21) Robert Griffin III vs Philadelphia Eagles

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 14/15, 200 yards, 4TDs. 12 carries, 84 yards.

Fantasy points: 40.40

RG3 had about as close to a perfect came as possible, only throwing one incomplete pass. He torched the Eagles both through the air, as well as the ground.

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20) Drew Brees at Green Bay Packers

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Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 35/54, 446 yards, 3 TDs

Fantasy points: 35.84

Brees had himself an old fashioned shootout with Aaron Rodgers, throwing the ball a whopping 54 times. He put up the points but the Packers got the win.

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19) Bryce Brown vs Carolina Panthers

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 19 carries, 178 yards, 2 TDs

Fantasy points: 28.90

Yet another backup running back producing big time numbers, as LeSean McCoy was sidelined with a concussion. Brown excelled on Monday Night Football, impressing the world. However, he did fumble twice, which lowered his fantasy total a bit.

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18) David Wilson vs New Orleans Saints

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Stat Line: 13 carries, 100 yards, 2 TDs. 97 yard kickoff return for TD.

Fantasy points: 28.00

Wilson had one of the more impressive fantasy or non-fantasy performances all year. He finished the game with 327 all-purpose yards and 3 scores.

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17) Shonn Greene vs Indianapolis Colts

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Stat Line: 32 carries, 161 yards, 3 TDs

Fantasy points: 34.10

Greene ran all over the Colts atrocious run defense during a 35-9 blowout victory.

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16) Matthew Stafford vs Seattle Seahawks

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Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 34/49, 352 yards, 3 TDs. 4 carries, 12 yards, 1 TD

Fantasy points: 37.28

While struggling towards the beginning of the year, Stafford finally provided fantasy owners with a sigh of relief after having a monster game against a very good Seattle secondary. Ever since that game, Stafford has been much better.

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15) Mikel Leshoure at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 16 carries, 70 yards, 3 TDs

Fantasy points: 25.00

Leshoure easily had the best game of his young career, finding the end zone twice, all while averaging over 4.3 yards per carry.

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14) Chris Johnson at Buffalo Bills

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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 18 carries, 195 yards, 2 TDs

Fantasy points: 32.30

Johnson owners were thrilled after he had his breakout game against Buffalo in Week 7. Prior to this game, he had been the biggest fantasy bust on the year. He could have had an even bigger game if Jamie Harper hadn’t vultured two goal line touchdowns from him.

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13) Marshawn Lynch vs Arizona Cardinals

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Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 11 carries, 128 yards, 3 TDs

Fantasy points: 30.80

Lynch made like his nickname and went absolutely “Beast Mode” on the Cardinals. He was responsible for 21 of the Seahawks’ ridiculous 58 points.

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12) Denver Broncos D/ST at San Diego Chargers

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 4 INTs, 2 FFs, 2 TDs

Fantasy points: 29.00

After a miserable start to the game, the Denver defense began to play with fire, forcing 6 Phillip Rivers’ turnovers in route to a come from behind victory.

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11) Adrian Peterson at Green Bay Packers

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Stat Line: 21 carries, 210 yards, 1 TD

Fantasy points: 28.50

Peterson absolutely shredded the Packers defense, rushing for over 200 yards. He has arguably been the best player in all of fantasy football, just months after suffering MCL and ACL injuries.

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10) Cam Newton vs Atlanta Falcons

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Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 23/35, 287 yards, 2 TDs. 9 carries, 116 yards, 1 TD

Fantasy points: 41.08

Remember when I said Cam could win you your fantasy league? I wasn’t kidding. Over the last three weeks, Newton has over 100 total fantasy points, thanks to this monster performance against the Dirty Birds.

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9) Brian Hartline vs Arizona Cardinals

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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 12 catches, 253 yards, 1 TD

Fantasy points: 37.30

Hartline came out of the blue with this performance. He went from hardly being owned in fantasy leagues to the number one waiver wire add. Sadly, he hasn’t really done anything since.

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8) Andre Johnson at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 14 catches, 273 yards, 1 TD

Fantasy points: 40.30

This game had tons of fantasy outbursts, but Andre Johnson stole the show. In PPR formats, he had 14 points just off of catches! He ended up scoring the game winning touchdown in overtime.

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7) Matt Schaub at Jacksonville Jaguars

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 43/55, 527 yards, 5 TDs

Fantasy points: 47.08

In the same game, Schaub had the second best fantasy game from a quarterback all year. No one saw this coming from him, as he isn’t a big time fantasy producer.

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6) Brandon Marshall at Tennessee Titans

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Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 9 catches, 122 yards, 3 TDs

Fantasy points: 34.70

Marshall exploded for three scores in this 51-20 blowout win. It’s safe to say with performances like these, it’s no wonder Marshall ranks first in fantasy points among wide receivers.

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5) Marques Colston vs San Diego Chargers

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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 9 catches, 131 yards, 3 TDs

Fantasy points: 35.60

This was easily Colston’s best game all season long. Every time the Saints were in the red zone, he was targeted first by Drew Brees and that hasn’t really changed all year.

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4) Jamaal Charles at New Orleans Saints

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Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 33 carries, 233 yards, 1 TD. 6 catches, 55 yards

Fantasy points: 37.80

Many fantasy owners panicked when Charles was struggling the first two weeks of the season. Well, in Week 3 against the Saints, he shut those critics up by going off for over 280 total yards and a score. Since then, Charles never looked back.

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3) Seattle Seahawks D/ST vs Arizona Cardinals

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 4 INTs, 4 FFs, 2 TDs, 0 points allowed

Fantasy points: 41.00

At home, Seattle is one of the most dangerous teams in football. They proved it on Sunday, as their defense absolutely dominated Arizona in a 58-0 rout. I mean, 41 fantasy points from a defense? Seriously?

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2) Aaron Rodgers at Houston Texans

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 24/37, 338 yards, 6 TDs

Fantasy points: 51.22

Believe it or not, prior to this game, owners were even worrying about Rodgers of all people. Well, they were too shutup, after Rodgers found the end zone six times (3 to Jordy Nelson) against a very good Texans defense.

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1) Doug Martin at Oakland Raiders

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Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Stat Line: 25 carries, 251 yards, 4 TDs

Fantasy points: 53.20

Not only was this the best fantasy performance of 2012, but it is arguably one of the best of all time. Martin rushed for over 200 yards in the second half alone! He was also the first player in NFL history to score three rushing touchdowns of over 45 yards in the same game. Hats off to the rookie, who certainly has played like one this year.

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