20 Fantasy Football Players on Santa’s Nice List

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Who Makes The List?

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a long 2012 fantasy football season for everyone and in most leagues, this is the final week of the season with championship games. It is also the holiday season so there are many players that are Santa’s nice list because of how well they played in 2012. I’m sure that if you have a few of these players that you are likely in the title game or got very close.

This list is littered with quarterbacks with how pass-oriented the National Football League has become but two wide receivers crack this list. There are rookies in this list, there are returning veterans and some players whose careers got a jolt from a chance of scenery. It has been a year that will be remembered for records that should be broken in the next two weeks. I know that I wish I could have drafted the No. 1 player on this list instead of him slipping deep into the draft.

Here is my list of the 20 players who are on Santa’s nice list for fantasy football in 2012. I really hope that your season went well and that you are playing for a championship this week instead of being knocked out in the quarterfinals like I was in both leagues I play in. I know for me a few of these players are on my naughty list for that reason but a lot of you had these players to help you out and get you where you are now. It’s time to enjoy the last two weeks of the season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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20. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Green has 85 catches for 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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19. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson has 106 catches for 1,667 yards and five touchdowns.

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18. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

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Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Romo has passed for 4,269 yards with 22 touchdowns.

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17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dalton has 3,313 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.

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16. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

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David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Richardson has 897 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns along with 48 catches.

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15. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall has 107 catches for 1,398 yards and ten touchdowns.

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14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Stafford has 4,252 passing yards and 17 touchdowns.

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13. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Rice has 1,031 rushing yards and 55 receptions.

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12. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Luck has 3,978 yards passing with 20 touchdowns.

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11. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Lynch has 1,379 rushing yards and ten touchdowns.

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10. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Manning has 4,016 yards passing with 31 touchdowns and just ten interceptions.

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9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan has 4,202 passing yards and 27 touchdowns.

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8. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Martin has 1,250 yards rushing and ten touchdowns along with 38 catches.

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7. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

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Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Rodgers has 3,588 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.

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6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Griffin has 2,902 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns along with rushing for 748 yards and six TDs.

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5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Foster has 1,313 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns and 36 catches with two more touchdowns.

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4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Newton has passed for 3,451 yards along with rushing for 647 yards.

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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Brees has thrown for 4,335 yards and 36 touchdowns with 18 interceptions.

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2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Brady has passed for 4,276 yards and 30 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Peterson has 1,812 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns along with 38 receptions.

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Who Makes The List?

list
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a long 2012 fantasy football season for everyone and in most leagues, this is the final week of the season with championship games. It is also the holiday season so there are many players that are Santa’s nice list because of how well they played in 2012. I’m sure that if you have a few of these players that you are likely in the title game or got very close.

This list is littered with quarterbacks with how pass-oriented the National Football League has become but two wide receivers crack this list. There are rookies in this list, there are returning veterans and some players whose careers got a jolt from a chance of scenery. It has been a year that will be remembered for records that should be broken in the next two weeks. I know that I wish I could have drafted the No. 1 player on this list instead of him slipping deep into the draft.

Here is my list of the 20 players who are on Santa’s nice list for fantasy football in 2012. I really hope that your season went well and that you are playing for a championship this week instead of being knocked out in the quarterfinals like I was in both leagues I play in. I know for me a few of these players are on my naughty list for that reason but a lot of you had these players to help you out and get you where you are now. It’s time to enjoy the last two weeks of the season.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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20. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

green
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Green has 85 catches for 1,208 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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19. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

johnson
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Johnson has 106 catches for 1,667 yards and five touchdowns.

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18. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

romo
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Romo has passed for 4,269 yards with 22 touchdowns.

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17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

dalton
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Dalton has 3,313 passing yards and 26 touchdowns.

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16. Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

richardson
David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Richardson has 897 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns along with 48 catches.

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15. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall has 107 catches for 1,398 yards and ten touchdowns.

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14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Stafford has 4,252 passing yards and 17 touchdowns.

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13. Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

rice
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Rice has 1,031 rushing yards and 55 receptions.

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12. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

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Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Luck has 3,978 yards passing with 20 touchdowns.

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11. Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

lynch
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Lynch has 1,379 rushing yards and ten touchdowns.

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10. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

manning
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Manning has 4,016 yards passing with 31 touchdowns and just ten interceptions.

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9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

ryan
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan has 4,202 passing yards and 27 touchdowns.

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8. Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

martin
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Martin has 1,250 yards rushing and ten touchdowns along with 38 catches.

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7. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

rodgers
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Rodgers has 3,588 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.

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6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

griffin
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Griffin has 2,902 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns along with rushing for 748 yards and six TDs.

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5. Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Foster has 1,313 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns and 36 catches with two more touchdowns.

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4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Newton has passed for 3,451 yards along with rushing for 647 yards.

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3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Brees has thrown for 4,335 yards and 36 touchdowns with 18 interceptions.

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2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

brady
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Brady has passed for 4,276 yards and 30 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

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1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Peterson has 1,812 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns along with 38 receptions.


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