Fantasy Football Week 12: Running Down The Week's Notable Performances

Preview and highlighting the best -- and worst -- fantasy performances from Week 12. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams.

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Eli Manning Fantasy Recap: Giants QB Tops 400 Yards In Loss

In you look at the box score and not the final score, Eli Manning had an outstanding game for the Giants: he completed 33-of-47 passes (70.2 percent) for 406 yards and two touchdowns. He was nearly perfect in the second half, completing 19 straight passes at one point.

Unfortunately, it was too little too late against the Saintswho won 49-24. Manning started the game with an interception in the end zone, and both of his touchdowns (caught by Victor Cruz) came in the fourth quarter when the game was all but officially decided. The Giants fell to 6-5, losing their third straight. But hey, credit Manning for going down swinging -- or in this case, throwing. Monday's game was the second time in Manning's career that he's topped 400 yards in a game.

Manning has had a solid fantasy season to date, but great stats weren't exactly a guarantee coming into the Giants' Week 12 matchup against the Saints. While the Saints' pass defense is by no means elite, the team was 4-0 at home coming into the game and Manning had thrown at least one interception in his previous three games. Manning had a total of 18 touchdown passes and nine interceptions entering Week 12.

For more fantasy info, check out our Fantasy Football Week 12 StoryStream. For more on Manning, head over to New York Giants blog Big Blue ViewFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Drew Brees Fantasy Recap: Saints QB Tallies Five Touchdowns Against Giants

Drew Brees threw for four touchdowns and rushed for another in New Orleans' 49-24 win over the Giants. And in case that wasn't enough, he also racked up 363 passing yards. What more is there to say? He spread the ball around to seven different receivers, making tossing two touchdowns apiece to Jimmy Graham and Lance Moore. This is what Drew Brees does, ladies and gentleman. 

Did you start him in fantasy this week? Of course you did. Anyone who has Brees on their fantasy team starts him, every week, without question. The way the game is shifting away from feature backs who pick up all of the touches and all of the touchdowns, Brees is probably the most obvious fantasy start in the league other than Aaron Rodgers, and he'll continue to be that even if he has a couple of bad performances.

For the season, Brees now has 3,689 yards -- the guy averaged 335.3 yards each time he steps on the field. He's thrown 27 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions.

For more notable fantasy performances around the league, check out our Week 12 Fantasy Football Stats StoryStream. For more on Brees, check out New Orleans Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Victor Cruz Fantasy Recap: Giants WR Pads Stats In Blowout Loss

The Giants may have been blown out 49-24 in real life, but they sure made fantasy owners happy. Victor Cruz led all receivers in Monday's game with nine catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Both of his scores came in the fourth quarter when the game was already well in hand for the Saints -- and each one was answered by another New Orleans touchdown -- but again, we're talking fantasy, and padding stats late counts as a clutch performance. 

Cruz wasn't a completely unknown quantity before this season, as he had a fantastic 2010 preseason before injuries shut him down, but his stats have still been shocking thus far. Because of injuries, Cruz has gotten an opportunity to feature this season and has quickly become the Giants' most productive receiver, recording 46 catches for 800 yards and five touchdowns coming into Week 12.

Even when the Giants have all of their receivers healthy -- Mario Manningham was out on Monday -- Cruz will likely continue to be a good fantasy play.

For more fantasy info, check out our Fantasy Football Week 12 StoryStream. For more on Manning, head over to New York Giants blog Big Blue ViewFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Hakeem Nicks Fantasy Recap: Giants WR Was Good, Not Great Against Saints

Hakeem Nicks finished Monday's 49-24 loss to the Saints with seven catches for 87 yards. That's a respectable line, especially in fantasy leagues that reward receptions, but if you told fantasy owners ahead of time that Eli Manning would throw for 406 yards, they probably would have expected a bit more from Nicks. Instead, Victor Cruz was Manning's favorite target for the night, racking up nine catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

To Nicks' credit, he had at least one reception taken from him by this vicious hit by Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, who was flagged for hitting a defenseless receiver:

Nicks hasn't scored as many touchdowns as many predicted thus far in 2011 -- he has only four on the year -- but his size and ability in the air makes him a constant red-zone threat. Coming into the Week 12 matchup against the Saints, Nicks had 43 catches for 685 yards and four touchdowns. With those stats, Eli Manning's stats this year and the Saints' average pass defense, Nicks looked like a solid play in most leagues coming into this week.

For more fantasy info, check out our Fantasy Football Week 12 StoryStream. For more on Manning, head over to New York Giants blog Big Blue ViewFor more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Mark Ingram Fantasy Recap: Rookie RB Scores Fourth Career TD

Mark Ingram enjoyed perhaps his finest game as a pro in Monday's 49-24 win over the Giants, as the former Heisman Trophy winner carried the ball 13 times for 80 yards and a touchdown, adding two catches for 14 yards through the air. Those numbers may not look all that impressive at first glance, but Ingram's touches have been limited this year with Pierre Thomas (eight carries for 63 yards and a TD Monday) and Darren Sproles (eight carres for 54 yards) seeing regular action.

Ingram got off to a good start in his rookie season with the Saints, but an injury slowed him down. In his return against the Falcons in Week 10, Ingram rushed for just 11 yards on eight carries. Coming into Week 12, Ingram had 340 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. With Thomas and Sproles both healthy and performing well, Ingram's opportunities will always be more limited than most featured backs, but he's clearly healthy and likely the best fantasy option of the three going forward.  

For more notable fantasy performances around the league, check out our Week 12 Fantasy Football Stats StoryStream. For more on Brees, check out New Orleans Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Darren Sproles Fantasy Recap: Solid Outing For Saints RB

Darren Sproles was his usual sneaky self in New Orleans' 49-24 win Monday, racking up yards without dominating touches. He totaled 82 yards from scrimmage (eight carries for 54 yards, two catches for 28 yards). And for the rare fantasy league that rewards return yardage, he didn't disappoint there, either, returning two kicks for 62 yards. It was a nice bounce-back performance from Week 10, when he was held to just three yards from scrimmage.  

Sproles hasn't been the feature back at any point for the Saints this season, but he gets enough touches that he's usually a decent play for those without two clear-cut fantasy starters at running back. With Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram healthy, Sproles wasn't expected to see too much action out of the backfield, though he's usually good for some return yards and quite a few catches out of the backfield on third downs.

Coming into Week 12, Sproles had a total of 1604 yards including return yardage, 796 yards not including returns. Sproles also had five total touchdowns entering the game against the Giants.

For more notable fantasy performances around the league, check out our Week 12 Fantasy Football Stats StoryStream. For more on Brees, check out New Orleans Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Tim Tebow Fantasy Update: Broncos QB Continues Strong Fantasy Run

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was part of another crazy fourth quarter/OT comeback victory as his Broncos knocked off the San Diego Chargers 16-13 on a Matt Prater field goal in overtime. Tebow did not have a particularly good passing line, completing 9 of 18 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. However, he put together another solid fantasy performance thanks to rushing for 67 yards and not turning the ball over.

Tim Tebow has quietly become one of the better fantasy quarterbacks out there. He will not put up 300+ yards or throw for three our four touchdowns, but his ability to gain yards on the ground is a huge difference-maker. Add in the additional two points on rushing touchdowns (for 4-pt QB TD leagues), and he is able to get value where most quarterbacks cannot.

Tebow and the Broncos travel to Minnesota next week to face the Vikings. For most fantasy athletes we would look at how a given team performs against the pass or the rush. For Tebow, it is hard to assess. A great passing defense won't really matter since he is more of a rushing QB. A great rushing defense is not guaranteed success since he is not a traditional running back rusher. For now, you just have to accept that he is a quality fantasy quarterback without being a traditional fantasy quarterback.

For more on the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Dwayne Bowe Fantasy Stats: Chiefs Wide Receiver Catches Flack, No Touchdowns

Despite the Kansas City Chiefs' recent slide down the standings, Bowe has continued to produce for his fantasy football owners. Matt Cassel's absence could have spelled doom for the wideout, but a seven reception, 87-yard performance in Week 11 proved that Bowe can still be productive with Tyler Palko starting under center.

Unfortunately Bowe didn't end up producing a touchdown on Sunday Night Football against the Pittsburgh Steelers, though, despite catching seven passes for 69 yards. Bowe did catch some flack, however, for not attempting to catch a Palko pass late in the game.

Bowe is still the Chiefs' main weapon in the passing game, so he should continue to see a ton of targets. He hasn't had a touchdown since Week 6, however, largely thanks to the Kansas City's struggles all-around on offense.

For more on Stafford and the Kansas City Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Arrowhead Pride. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute injury information and start/sit advice.


Chris Johnson Fantasy Recap: CJ2K Breaks Out Against Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has dealt with struggles for much of the season, with speculated reasons ranging from poor offensive line play to his new contract to a rapid deterioration of his skills. Well, for one week we can rule out that last possible reason. Johnson blew up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rushing 23 times for 190 yards.

This was Johnson's third 100-yard rushing game of the season, but he has been unable to establish any sort of consistency. Two weeks ago he rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown and everybody thought he was back. Last week he rushed 12 times for 13 yards, this week 190 yards.

Next week, Johnson and the Titans face the Buffalo Bills on the road, followed by a home game against the New Orleans Saints. Neither brings a fantastic rushing defense, but it is hard to tell what to expect from Johnson week to week. Javon Ringer will continue to get a decent amount of carries each week, but CJ2K will remain the feature back and look to gain some measure of consistency.

For more on the Titans, check out Music City Miracles. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Beanie Wells Fantasy Recap: Cardinals Running Back Has Career Day

Running back Beanie Wells helped guide his Arizona Cardinals to a 23-20 victory over the St. Louis Rams thanks to a career performance from the third-year running back. Wells rushed 27 times for 228 yards and one touchdown. That easily topped his previous career best of 138 yards week four of this season against the New York Giants.

Wells has been dealing with a right knee injury that has slowed him for much of the season. He opened the season incredibly strong, rushing for 323 yards and five touchdowns through the first three games. Unfortunately he had issues with his knee at that point and missed a week. He came back October 2 and has played in every game since, but he has lacked his early season explosion. Although the Rams are a fairly bad team, it is a great sign to see Wells explode like this.

Wells faces a fairly solid matchup in Week 13 as the Cardinals host the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are playing well this year, but they have been inconsistent against the run. Wells is a solid start in the coming week.

For more on the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter.


Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy: Chiefs Defense Stifled Steelers Quarterback

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced in full with his team on Friday, erasing any doubts about his status for week 12 against the Kansas City Chiefs. That, no doubt, made fantasy owners very happy, as they hoped for the first multiple touchdown game from Big Ben since Week 8.

They didn't get what they wanted, however, as the Kansas City Chiefs defense stifled the quarterback on Sunday Night Football. Roethlisberger threw for just 193 yards on 31 attempts, though his two-yard strike to rookie tight end Weslye Saunders accounted for the only touchdown of the game.

Prior to this week's game, Roethlisberger 2,877 passing yards to go with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Five of his touchdown passes came in a week 5 game against the Titans. Yardage wise, he was averaging 287 yards per game through the first 11 weeks of the season. 

For more on Roethlisberger and the Steelers, check out Behind the Steel Curtain. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Andy Dalton Fantasy Stats: Bengals QB Enjoys Solid Second Half

Andy Dalton had a solid second half after failing to get much going in the first during Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns. For the game, Dalton completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 270 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Dalton's halftime turnaround helped the Bengals overcome a 20-10 deficit in the third quarter.

Few people expected the Cincinnati Bengals to be in the thick of a playoff chase in week 12 of the season, but that is exactly where they are. Much of their success can be attributed to rookie quarterback Andy Dalton who is among a handful of NFL rookie quarterbacks having a promising debut to their careers. 

Prior to this week's game, Dalton had completed 59.3 percent of his 332 passing attempts for 2,239 yards. He had 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions prior to this week's game. Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, ranked Dalton 24th on their quarterback rankings for week 12. 

For more on Dalton and the Bengals, check out Cincy Jungle. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Tim Tebow Fantasy Stats: Broncos QB Efficient In Win

Tim Tebow came through with the late game heroics once again, leading the Denver Broncos on a 68-yard field goal drive in the fourth quarter to tie the San Diego Chargers, setting up a game-winning 38-yard drive in overtime. Per usual he didn't put up spectacular numbers, going 9-for-18 passing for 143 yards and a touchdown, adding 67 yards rushing on 22 carries.

Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos silenced a few more critics with a win over the New York Jets in week 11, on prime time television. With the AFC West race tightly packed together, the stakes were a little higher in a division matchup against the San Diego Chargers for week 12. 

Tebow did not throw a touchdown pass last week. He did score on the ground for the second week in a row, and he has done considerable damage to opposing defenses with his legs and the read option offense. Through eight games played prior to this week, Tebow had 709 passing yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. On the ground, Tebow has carried the ball 56 times for 388 yards and three touchdowns. 

For more on Tebow and the Broncos, check out Mile High Report. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Tom Brady Fantasy Stats: Patriots QB Lights Up Eagles

Tom Brady lit up a maligned Philadelphia Eagles secondary on Sunday, going 24-for-34 passing for 361 yards and three touchdowns to zero interceptions. After going three-and-out on the Patriots first possession, Brady had no trouble finding open receivers Sunday, solidifying his status as one of the league's best.  

Another year, another pile of statistics for Brady. Heading into week 12, Brady was averaging more than 326 passing yards per game. Facing a Philadelphia Eagles secondary without Nnamdi Asomugha looks good for the Patriots and fantasy owners alike. 

Heading into this game, Brady had  thrown for 3,266 yards, 25 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, ranked Brady as their fourth-best quarterback for week 12. Brady figures to be a key fantasy contributor as the season chugs toward the playoffs. Following this game, New England faces off against Indianapolis, Washing, Denver and Miami over their next four games. 

For more on Brady and the Patriots, check out Pats Pulpit. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter. 


Vincent Jackson Fantasy Stats: Rough Outing For Chargers Wide Receiver

Vincent Jackson had just two receptions for 25 yards during Sunday's overtime loss to the Denver Broncos. He was targeted just three times after being thrown to nine times the week before. He wasn't helped by another erratic outing from quarterback Philip Rivers, who went 19-for-36 passing for 188 yards.

Jackson has been all over the map as a fantasy receiver. Week 11's 165-yard outburst came just one week after one-reception dud against the Oakland Raiders. A number of factors contribute to the wild swing, not the least of which being the struggles of Phillip Rivers in the passing game. Jackson deserves your fantasy consideration every week, especially since the Chargers have been passing a ton to make up for their defensive deficiencies. Just keep in mind that the potential for disappointment exists.

For more on Jackson and the San Diego Chargers, visit SB Nation's Bolts From The Blue. For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow @sbnationfantasy on Twitter for up-to-the-minute injury information and start/sit advice.


Cam Newton Fantasy Stats: Panthers Rookie Has Quiet Outing

Cam Newton played well during the the Carolina Panthers' win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He didn't put up the kind of jaw-dropping numbers that fantasy owners have come to expect from the rookie, however. Newton went 20-for-27 passing for 208 yards, adding 53 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. 

Newton threw a season-high four interceptions last week against the Detroit Lions. It was the third time this season Newton has thrown multiple picks in a game. Fortunately, a start against the Indianapolis Colts in week 12 looked like just the thing for weary fantasy owners. 

Despite those four interceptions, Newton did rush for two touchdowns, giving him a rookie record-breaking nine rushing touchdowns for season, prior to this week's game. Newton has 2,885 passing yards to go with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. 

Fake Teams ranked Newton fifth among all quarterbacks on their week 12 rankings list. 

For more on Newton and the Panthers, check out Cat Scratch Reader. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Colt McCoy Fantasy Stats: Browns QB Throws Two Touchdowns In Loss

Colt McCoy had just 151 total yards on 34 pass attempts during the Cleveland Browns' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. McCoy managed two touchdowns, one to Greg Little and the other to Jordan Norwood, but also threw a fourth quarter interception to set up a short field and field goal for the Bengals.

McCoy has hardly been pillar for fantasy football general managers. Despite a few glimpses of promise as a rookie, there figures to be a healthy debate about his future as the Browns' starting quarterback after this season. McCoy has at least been healthy, starting all of the Browns' games this season. 

A tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals defense hardly seemed like the week that he would finally get things going in Cleveland's talent-starved offense. However, in the season opener against the Bengals, McCoy completed 19 of 40 passes for 213 yards, two touchdowns and one interceptions. Prior to week 12, McCoy had 2,181 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. McCoy was ranked 26th on the week 12 quarterback rankings by Fake Teams

For more on McCoy and the Browns, check out Dawgs By Nature. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Josh Freeman Fantasy Stats: Just One TD For Bucs QB

Josh Freeman put up unspectacular stats on Sunday, bumming out fantasy football owners and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs QB threw for just one touchdown and 199 (ACK!) yards in a 23-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Freeman was all set for a big season this year after a breakout performance with 25 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 16 starts last season. His second year has been a little more difficult. Freeman has already thrown 18 picks, and the Buccaneers are struggling. 

Prior to this week's game against the Tennessee Titans, Freeman had completed a total of 236 passes in 378 attempts. His 62.4 percent completion percentage does at least bode well for his future. Freeman had 2,516 passing yards and 11 touchdowns through week 11. 

Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, had Freeman ranked 18th on their week 12 list of quarterbacks. 

For more on Freeman and the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Matt Hasselbeck Fantasy Stats: Not Much From Titans QB

Matt Hasselbeck did not have a good game for the Tennessee Titans or his fantasy football owners. Hasselbeck, who might have been feeling the lingering effects of an elbow injury he suffered last week, threw for just 160 yards and one touchdown (along with two interceptions) in the Titans 23-17 win against the Bucs.

Hasselbeck left last week's game against the Falcons early with an elbow injury. He resumed practicing this week, and the Titans plan to start him this week despite rookie Jake Locker's impressive, two-touchdown debut. What it will take for Locker to get back in remains to be seen, but Hasselbeck could be on the sidelines with any trouble. 

Hasselbeck had thrown one interception before leaving the game. He had four touchdowns and three interceptions in three games prior to that, despite the lack of contributions from running back Chris Johnson. Prior to week 12, Hasselbeck had 2,357 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. 

Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, ranked Hasselbeck 14th on their rankings for week 12. 

For more on Hasselbeck and the Titans, check out Music City Miracles. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter too. 


Ryan Fitzpatrick Fantasy Stats: Big Day for Bills QB

Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick did not get the win on Sunday vs. the Jets but he did win the fantasy football stats quarterback battle with Jets QB Mark Sanchez. Fitzpatrick threw for three touchdowns and 264 yards against the tough Jets defense, out-dueling Sanchez who threw four touchdowns but not as much yardage.

Fitzpatrick failed to complete a touchdown pass for just the second time this season in week 11. A week 12 matchup against the Jets looked even more daunting for his production. The Harvard product had a big start to the season, but things seem to be slowing down. 

Heading into week 12, Fitzpatrick had 2,285 passing yards, 16 touchdown and 14 interceptions. Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, ranked Fitzpatrick 32nd on their quarterback rankings for week 12. 

For more on Fitzpatrick and the Bills, check out Buffalo Rumblings. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Mark Sanchez Fantasy Stats: Four TDs for Jets QB

Mark Sanchez put up some of the best fantasy football stats in the NFL on Sunday afternoon. Yup, you read that correctly. Sanchez only completed about 50 percent of his passes and didn't top 200 yards, but he did throw four touchdown passes in a 28-24 win against the Bills.

Dustin Keller (two touchdowns), Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes all benefitted from perhaps the best game of the season for Sanchez.

Sanchez is the most typical average fantasy quarterback, at least when you average out his stats from game to game. Fantasy owners counting on Sanchez this week were no doubt hopeful based on the matchup against the Buffalo Bills, a team that seemed suddenly incapable of preventing opponents from scoring points. 

Leading into week 12, Sanchez had completed 193 of 338 passes, for a 57.1 completion percentage. He had 14 passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also had three rushing touchdowns prior to this game. Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy spots site, has Sanchez ranked 15th in their week 12 quarterback rankings. 

For more on Sanchez and the Jets, check out Gang Green Nation. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Roddy White Fantasy Update: Falcons WR Has Big Game, Despite Injury Scare

Roddy White has been having a bit of a quiet season. Despite coming into Week 12 of the season with 710 receiving yards, he had just three touchdowns. On Sunday, he showed signs of breaking out.

Despite being forced to temporarily leave the game after a nasty hit, White caught 10 passes for 120 yards and scored a touchdown. It was White's second straight huge week after he went for 147 yards, but was held out of the end zone last week. 

Prior to last week, White had gone six weeks without breaking the 80-yard barrier. That drought had threatened his streak of four straight seasons with at least 1,150 yards, a number he's well on pace to at least hit now.

For more insight and analysis of White's performance, be sure to check out Falcons blog The Falcoholic. For more fantasy football news, be sure to check out SB Nation's Fantasy Football site.


Maurice Jones-Drew Fantasy Update: Jaguars RB Has Huge Game In Defeat

Maurice Jones-Drew has been just about all of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense this year. It should come as little surprise that he continued to do more of the same against the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Jaguars running back had 99 yards rushing and 67 yards receiving in a losing cause. The only thing missing from Jones-Drew's day was a touchdown.

It has been that kind of season for Jones-Drew and the Jaguars. The 26-year-old has rushed for 941 yards already to go along with 139 yards receiving. His five touchdowns are a bit disappointing, but there's only so much you can do when your offense is as bad as the Jaguars.

On Sunday, the offense was so bad that rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert was pulled in the fourth quarter and replaced by Luke McCown. Gabbert was 13 of 29 for 136 yards and an interception before being pulled. With that kind of passing offense, it's only going to be tougher for Jones-Drew to produce.


Arian Foster Fantasy: Texans RB Has Relatively Quiet Game

With Matt Schaub out and backup quarterback Matt Leinart going down in the first half, you would think that would mean good things for Arian Foster's fantasy output. Turns out, the Houston Texans didn't really need him that much. Foster overcome an early fumble to score a touchdown, but ended up with a relatively pedestrian 65 rushing yards and 24 receiving yards. Of those rushing yards, 42 came on one carry.

Foster and his team had the week off last week. Foster's fantasy owners may have had to sweat out his absence, but Foster probably needed the week off after a productive run of games this season. Foster has topped 100 yards from scrimmage in every game since week 4. He broke triple digits for rushing yards in four games and broke the 100-yard mark for receiving three times this season. 

Through week 11, Foster had a total of 740 rushing yards and six touchdowns to go with 445 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. 

Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, had Foster ranked at the top of their running back rankings for week 12. 

For more on Foster and the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Michael Turner Fantasy Stats: Falcons RB Largely Invisible

During a season in which Michael Turner has been the biggest part of the Atlanta Falcons offense, it seems odd that his team would score three touchdown during one of his worst performances. Turner was held to just 64 all-purpose yards (60 rushing) and did not score a touchdown in a game the Falcons won 24-17.

Turner had been the rock of the Atlanta offense heading into their week 12 game against the Vikings. In ten games prior, Turner topped 100 rushing yards five times. He was averaging almost 89 yards per game this season. Turner ran for 100 yards even and a touchdown against the Titans last week. 

Leading up to their week 12 game, Turner had 888 rushing yards on 200 carries. He had eight touchdowns too. 

Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, ranked Turner fifth on their running back rankings for week 12. 

Fore more on Turner and the Falcons, check out The Falcoholic. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Matt Ryan Fantasy: Falcons QB Tosses Three Touchdowns

Matt Ryan had the breakout game many have been hoping for on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. The Falcons quarterback was 27 of 34 for 262 yard, but more importantly tossed three touchdowns. It was the kind of performance many had been expecting to see more of this year. 

Ryan was supposed to lead a much more dynamic Falcons offense this season. That was part of the reason the team swapped a boatload of draft picks to move up in the 2011 NFL Draft to take wide receiver Julio Jones, who has missed a handful of games this season. Ryan has thrown for multiple touchdown passes just three times in ten games prior to this week. 

For the season, Ryan has 2,625 passing yards, 15 touchdowns and ten interceptions. Fake Teams, SB Nation's fantasy sports site, had Ryan ranked ninth on their week 12 quarterback rankings

For more on Ryan and the Falcons, head over to The Falcoholic. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Christian Ponder Fantasy Update: Nothing Special From Vikings QB

With Adrian Peterson out for the foreseeable future, the Christian Ponder's chances to put up bigger fantasy numbers have surely improved. Unfortunately for his owners, there was little sign of that on Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Ponder was 17 of 25 for just 186 yards and a touchdown. He didn't throw an interception, but also didn't do anything remotely spectacular.

The rookie took over the starting job in week 7, making his starting debut against the Green Bay Packers. This week against the Falcons he had to shoulder even more of the burden of a talent-deprived Vikings offense.  

In five games played, Ponder has completed 75 of 144 passing attempts for 955 yards. He has five touchdown passes and six interceptions, stats not out of line with expectations of a rookie quarterback. Fake Teams has Ponder ranked at number 19 on the week 12 quarterback rankings. 

For more on Ponder and the Vikings, check out the Daily Norseman. Be sure to follow @SBNationFantasy on Twitter as well. 


Fantasy Football Week 12 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For WRs

Week 12 of the 2011 NFL season resumes Sunday afternoon following a Thanksgiving triple-header that had a lot of quality talent on display. There will be even more talent on display on Sunday as big name players are finally returning from injury. The most prominent such player is Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson. The big Texans receiver has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since week.

As teams figure out their Week 12 fantasy football lineups, there are some intriguing sleeper options available. When it comes to wide receivers it is a roll of the dice without the normal top guys because targets can change so drastically from week to week. Nonetheless, there are solid options available:

Chaz Schilens, Raiders: This is a good option if Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey are both sidelined. The Raiders are already without Jacoby Ford, leaving them with fairly limited receiver talent. Carson Palmer has to throw to somebody, so why not Schilens?

Percy Harvin, Vikings: If you have Harvin and are questioning whether to start him, the Adrian Peterson injury actually opens the door for an intriguing role. Toby Gerhart will handle the bulk of the carries, but Harvin will likely get a decent amount of running back touches in a change of pace role. An increased role only boosts his value.

Here are the top 30 wide receiver projections for Week 12. You can view all the projections at For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.


Fantasy Football Week 12 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For RBs

Week 12 of the 2011 NFL season is back after a few days off following a Thanksgiving tripleheader. The big at the running back position heading into Sunday's games is that all-world Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been downgraded to out for the Vikings-Falcons game. Toby Gerhart will start in his place and is a solid option in place of AP.

While Adrian Peterson is out for Sunday's game, Joseph Addai is likely returning following a hamstring injury. He is expected to handle the bulk of the load against Carolina, although if the game turns into a shootout, it will be tough to see Addai putting together a solid performance.

Fantasy football playoffs are only a couple weeks away, which means teams are scrambling through last minute sit/start decisions, hoping to find the best sleepers still on the market or on their bench:

Donald Brown, Colts: This would be one of the bigger rolls of the dice with Joseph Addai reportedly planning on carrying the full load on Sunday. However, given how hamstring injuries can act up quickly, Brown could be worth a flex position if you are desperate for bodies. I suspect most teams have enough options to not roll the dice on Brown, but consider him an option.

Toby Gerhart, Vikings: He was a big waiver wire pick-up and is worth a start with Adrian Peterson on the sideline. Gerhart is not the best running back in the NFL, but he is going to get a lot of carries as the number one back. That is not something most bench/free agent options can guarantee.

Here are the top 15 running back projections for Week 12. You can view all the projections at For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.


Fantasy Football Week 12 Advice: Sit/Start Projections For QBs

Week 12 of the NFL season is three games in following the Thanksgiving tripleheader, but now we get the main course. A lot of great talent played on Thursday, but there are plenty of big names remaining. Some fantasy teams have had upwards of half their players go already, but most contests remain up for grabs heading into Sunday.

We are through the NFL's bye weeks, which means all healthy players are available to you. There are not many question marks left at this point, with certain players establishing themselves as the best of the best. Cam Newton has joined the upper echelon of must-start quarterbacks. Even Tim Tebow is turning into a must-start QB because of his wheels.

If you are coming out of the last byes with question marks at the QB position, there are still some sleepers out there. The best options are likely already acquired, but we have a few sleepers worth considering:

Matt Hasselbeck, Titans: He's not a fantastic option anymore, but his receivers are stepping up in Kenny Britt's absence. He faces a Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad that has been incredibly inconsistent, particularly on the road. If you are playing QB roulette with Matt Schaub or Jay Cutler costing you, Hasselbeck is an intriguing option.

Mark Sanchez, Jets: I'm not a big fan of the Sanchise, but he has a potentially juicy matchup against a reeling Buffalo Bills squad. Matt Moore had a strong game against them last week, so Sanchez is a guy to consider for one week.

Here are the top 15 quarterback projections for today. You can view all the projections at For more on fantasy football, check out Fake Teams. Follow us on twitter @sbnationfantasy.


Fantasy Football Week 12 Sit/Start Advice: Thanksgiving Edition

Week 12 of the 2011 NFL season gets underway on Thursday with a full slate of Thanksgiving football. The day kicks off at 12:30pm ET on FOX with the Green Bay Packers taking their undefeated record into Ford Field to face a fired up Detroit Lions squad and fan base. At 4:15pm ET on CBS, the suddenly hot Miami Dolphins face a stiff test when they head into Dallas to face the Cowboys. The day wraps up with the first brother vs. brother coaching matchup as the Baltimore Ravens host the San Francisco 49ers at 8:20pm ET on NFL Network.

Given the significant teams and fantasy players involved in this year's Thanksgiving NFL schedule, we are putting together a midweek sit/start projection list. Fantasy football is fast approaching the playoffs, which means sit/start decisions bear so much more weight. Here are a look at some of the tougher decisions you will face this week. These are suggestions in a vacuum since every roster is different and everybody is dealing with different injury issues in week 12. You can view a variety of player projections at Additionally, if you are trying to figure out some last minute add/drop ideas, check out this article at National Football Post.

Packers vs. Lions
RB James Starks, GB
: Sit - Starks has been banged up all week and is looking like a game-time decision against the Lions. Given how questionable the Packers rushing game can be from week to week, even if Starks is active, I don't think he is a great start. Even if active, I could see Starks ending up with fewer carries than Ryan Grant.

RB Ryan Grant, GB: Situational Start - He's only a slightly better option than Starks as this could turn into an aerial battle. If you need some help at Flex or RB2, Grant is a decent start, but not particularly great.

RB Kevin Smith, Det: Start - It is entirely possible his performance last week was a fluke. I'd like to think it could turn into the story of the second half of the season and would be willing to roll the dice that he can put together another solid game. Maybe not 200+ combined yards, but solid nonetheless.

Dolphins vs. Cowboys
WR Laurent Robinson, Dal
: Start - Miles Austin is out again and Robinson has a four-game touchdown streak. Some would say he's due to quiet down. I say, don't bet against the streak. It obviously depends on your other receivers, but if you have question marks, he's your guy.

RB Reggie Bush, Mia: Start - The Dolphins are hot and Reggie Bush is playing some of the best football of his career. As I said above, I don't bet against the streak.

QB Matt Moore, Mia: Situational Start - Basically if you had Schaub or Cutler, you should consider starting Moore this week. He is not a fantastic option, but he has contributed to the Dolphins recent run and might be worth a test-drive before your playoffs.

49ers vs. Ravens
WR Torrey Smith, Bal
: Situational Start - The 49ers have a great rush defense, but their pass defense has shown an ability to get shredded from time to time. The Ravens have done some big things through the air at home and I think there is a chance for Smith to put up some good numbers if he doesn't have Carlos Rogers covering him. Smith hasn't been consistent which is why I don't upgrade him to a simple Start.

WR Michael Crabtree, SF: Situational Start - The 49ers receiver has done a solid job developing chemistry with QB Alex Smith. He nearly matched his career high in receiving yards this past week. He might not wow people on a consistent basis, but he is developing into a solid Flex, WR3 option.


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