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Fantasy Football 2012: Top Week 14 Performers

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Fantasy Football Top Players of Week 14

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Ideally, the best fantasy football rosters win by having great overall contributions from every player on the roster. When some players struggle to score near their projected totals, players that exceed expectations and have great outputs help balance out a team’s lower scorers. To win on a frequent basis, top performances are what fuel teams to the top of their respective leagues’ standings.

In Week 14, there were many players who would fit the statements of overachiever and high-scorers. The top performers of this week range from elite options with favorable matchups to the unlikely sources of production. If owners have one or more of the players on this list, they typically put themselves in a great position to win their matchup.

Week 14 provided plenty of scoring opportunities. In total, six teams scored at least 28 points, meaning there were plenty of touchdowns to go around for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends. This week, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for three passing touchdowns in his return, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ran for over 165 rushing yards and a touchdown and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt had over 140 receiving yards, yet none of these players make the list as Week 14 fantasy leaders. Here’s a look at the best of the best from this week in the NFL.

* Fantasy points are determined by Yahoo! fantasy football default scoring settings. Ownership numbers are from Yahoo! fantasy football leagues and up to date as of Monday, December 10. Statistics listed for players are subject to change after the game.

Austin Chang is a featured columnist and fantasy sports expert at Rant Sports and you can follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.

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QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – 37.08 points (vs. Atlanta Falcons, 98% owned)

Week 14 statistics: 287 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 116 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown

Against a tough opponent in the Falcons, Newton has been exceptional these past four weeks with eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. His fantasy contributions this week were especially helped by a 72-yard run. After a disappointing first half, he has certainly rebounded with a string of excellent fantasy performances when it matters most.

Honorable mentions: Philadelphia Eagles’ Nick Foles (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8% owned, 31.94 points), New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (vs. Houston Texans, 100% owned, 28.44 points), New York Giants’ Eli Manning (vs. New Orleans Saints, 96% owned, 24.06 points)

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RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks – 30.80 points (at Arizona Cardinals, 100% owned)

Week 14 statistics: 128 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns

In the Seahawks’ huge blowout win over the Cardinals, Lynch only had to carry the ball 11 times for his team. With those carries, he had a monster game by scoring on three of them and continues his unstoppable success in the second half of the season.

Honorable mentions: Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson (vs. Chicago Bears, 100% owned, 29.00 points), Giants’ David Wilson (vs. Saints, 30% owned, 28.00 points), Denver Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno (at Oakland Raiders, 68% owned, 22.70 points)

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WR Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

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WR Mike Wallace, Steelers – 23.20 points (vs. San Diego Chargers, 98% owned)

Week 14 statistics: 112 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

A big disappointment recently, Wallace’s first two-touchdown game of the season comes as somewhat of a surprise. Doing most of his damage in the second half of the game, he certainly benefited from the return of Roethlisberger.

Honorable mentions: Bears’ Brandon Marshall (at Vikings, 100% owned, 22.00 points), Patriots’ Brandon Lloyd (vs. Texans, 86% owned, 20.90 points), Chargers’ Danario Alexander (at Steelers, 52% owned, 20.80 points)

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TE Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

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TE Aaron Hernandez, Patriots – 17.80 points (vs. Texans, 96% owned)

Week 14 statistics: 58 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns

Despite his ankle injury, Hernandez was active on Monday night against the Texans. The biggest benefactor of Brady’s big day, he had his best outing of the season with two touchdowns against a Texans defense that is typically strong.

Honorable mentions: Panthers’ Greg Olsen (vs. Falcons, 70% owned, 11.50 points), Eagles’ Clay Harbor (at Buccaneers, 0% owned, 11.20 points), Baltimore Ravens’ Dennis Pitta (at Washington Redskins, 26% owned, 10.60 points)

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K Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

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K Steven Hauschka, Seahawks – 16.00 points (vs. Cardinals, 5% owned)

Week 14 statistics: 3-for-3 field goals made (31, 28, 32), 7 extra points made

It’s no surprise to see Hauschka benefit from the Seahawks’ record-breaking 58 points. From his three short-range field goals to making seven extra points, he had no problem benefiting from the exploitation of the Cardinals defense.

Honorable mentions: Broncos’ Matt Prater (at Raiders, 49% owned, 15.00 points), Cincinnati Bengals’ Josh Brown (vs. Dallas Cowboys, 0% owned, 15.00 points), Redskins’ Kai Forbath (vs. Ravens, 4% owned, 13.00 points), Panthers’ Graham Gano (vs. Falcons, 1% owned, 13.00 points)

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Seattle Seahawks team defense

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Seahawks team defense – 41.00 points (vs. Cardinals, 93% owned)

Week 14 statistics: 0 points allowed, 3 sacks, 4 interceptions, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 touchdowns

It is rare to see a defense lead all scorers in fantasy football, yet the Seahawks were able to do so with a dominant effort against the Cardinals. In a historic victory, the Seahawks forced eight turnovers and had no trouble stopping the mess known as the Cardinals offense.

Honorable mentions: Cleveland Browns team defense (vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 42% owned, 17.00 points), Giants team defense (vs. Saints, 78% owned, 15.00 points), Titans team defense (at Indianapolis Colts, 6% owned, 14.00 points)