2013 Fantasy Football: Week 12 All Fantasy Team
2013 Fantasy Football: Week 12 All Fantasy Team
My apologies to my regular readers for this being published later than normal, as this is usually out prior to the Thursday games. With all the buzz and commotion that comes with the holiday season, things got a little wacky for me this week. Regardless, even though week 13 has now started, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take a little time to recognize the top fantasy football performers from week 12.
This week due to a few requests, I have decided to publish the week 12 All Fantasy Team in the form of a slideshow opposed to an article. If you prefer one more than the other, sound off in the comments below, on my Facebook page, or my Twitter account. As you all know, I would love to hear from you and get your opinions on any topic. You know how to reach me, so if you want to, don’t hesitate.
In week 12 there were the clear busts, like Peyton Manning with only 15 fantasy points or Wes Welker with only 44 total yards. There were some surprises, like Tiquan Underwood, not Vincent Jackson, going off for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Dynasty owners might also want to take a look at San Diego Chargers rookie tight end Ladarius Green, who seems to be on the upswing after getting 80 yards and a touchdown in week 12. The rookie has all the tools, the size and the speed to be a top tier tight end. For now, he might be too risky to be an every week starter, but I would use a roster stash on him in keeper leagues if you have the room. If Antonio Gates goes down, Green will go off.
For the first time in slideshow form, I present to you the week 12 All Fantasy Team for the week’s top performers. As we head down the stretch run, I wish you all the best of luck as you make your final preparations for the playoff push. Happy Holidays.
Quarterback: Philip Rivers
Is anyone else kicking themselves for not grabbing Philip Rivers off the wire early this season? Against a solid Kansas City Chiefs defense, Rivers was on a tear, completing 27 of 39 passes for 392 yards and three touchdowns. Rivers is fourth in quarterback scoring on the season, and shows no sign of slowing down.
Wide Receiver 1: Josh Gordon
I feel bad for Josh Gordon. He obviously is a top tier talent, but his dismal quarterback play is preventing him from being a truly elite ever week starter. Despite the limitations from his quarterback, he still third in per game scoring average. In week 12, he caught a crazy 14 passes on 17 targets that went for 237 yards and a touchdown, setting the franchise single game record.
Wide Receiver 2: Julian Edelman
At the start of the 2012 season, Julian Edelman was set to take over the Wes Welker role for the New England Patriots until an early season injury put him on the shelf and Welker had the chance to lock down the spot. When the Patriots let Welker walk this summer, a part of that was because the coaching staff still thought that Edelman could fill that role. In Welker’s first game against his old squad, Edelman stole the show securing nine of 11 targets for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Running Back 1: Knowshon Moreno
Multiple people asked me this week for help with their running back situation. Knowshon Moreno seemed to be in every question, and I told a few of you that I thought you had better options this week. I was dead wrong and I’m sorry if you sat him on my advice. Moreno had his best game of his entire career, rushing the ball an insane 37 times, and gaining 224 yards and a touchdown in the process. He left the game with a deep bone bruise, and owners need to have a backup plan ready for week 13.
Running Back 2: Jamaal Charles
If you ask me, Jamaal Charles is clearly in the MVP discussion of the 2013 season. As stout as the Chiefs defense has been, they wouldn’t be anywhere close to their 9-2 record without Charles. He’s been held to less than 100 yards only twice this season and is the leading running back scorer in fantasy. Even more impressive, he is the only reliable offensive threat the Chiefs have, their opponents know it, stack the box against him, and he still performs. In week 12, he kept on producing, this time posting 157 total yards and two touchdowns. The man is a beast.
Tight End: Jimmy Graham
Can anyone besides Aqib Talib stop Jimmy Graham? It seems like every time he touches the ball he scores a touchdown, regardless of if he gets a full snap count or not. In week 12 he put up another 100 yard receiving day and scored a touchdown. On the season his 946 receiving yards ranks ninth among all players and his 11 touchdowns is tied for first with Calvin Johnson. In standard formats, he has a 40 point lead on the tight end scoring. Owners can’t ask for anything more.
Kicker: Jay Feely
Last week the Arizona Cardinals completely destroyed the Indianapolis Colts. While all the focus went back to the Colts’ slow starts and Andrew Luck owners started freaking out, Jay Feely quietly hit field goals from 21, 25, 48 and 50 yards out, along with connecting on all four point after attempts. You know your kicker had a good day when he outscored Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski and Joe Flacco.
Defense/Special Teams: Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens have been trending up for a few weeks now, and it seems like they are hitting their peak at the right time. In week 12, they held the New York Jets to only three points, while getting three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Jacoby Jones is capable of taking the ball the distance on every kick or punt return and posted 127 yards in the return phase of the game. Owners who held steady with Baltimore are getting rewarded, as the Ravens have crept up to sixth in per game scoring average, and are the fifth highest scoring D/ST in fantasy.
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