Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Week 12 Heroes & Zeros

This was a great week to start…

Robert Griffin, Jr., Redskins – Passed for 311 yards and 4 TDs, with 1 INT, and ran for 29 more yards.
Cam Newton, Panthers – Threw for 306 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for 52 yards and 2 more scores, with no turnovers.
Tom Brady, Patriots – His 323-yard passing day included a trio of TDs, plus he ran one in.
Tony Romo, Cowboys – Got off to a slow start, but ended with 441 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs.
Matt Stafford, Lions – Passed for 441 yards and a pair of TDs.
Eli Manning, Giants – Finally got off the schnide wih 249 yards and 3 TDs without a turnover.
Andy Dalton, Bengals – Passed for 210 yards and 3 TDs.

Bryce Brown, Eagles – Welcome to the NFL, rookie.  He burst onto the scene with 178 rushing yards and 2 TDs, plus 11 yards on 4 receptions; but he fumbled twice.
Arian Foster, Texans – Ran for 102 yards and a pair of Thanksgiving treats, and caught 5 passes for 15 yards for dessert.
Shane Vereen, Patriots – Rushed for 42 yards, but did his real damage as a receiver, hauling in 2 passes, including an 83-yard TD.
Michael Bush, Bears – Scored twice while running for 60 yards.
Doug Martin, Bucs – Ran for 50 yards and scored 2 TDs, and caught 2 passes for 13 yards.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals – Also found the end zone twice, and ran for 48 yards.

Dez Bryant, Cowboys – Had 8 catches for 145 yards and 2 TDs.  We’ll overlook the fumble.
Julio Jones, Falcons – Caught 6 passes for 147 yards and a score.
Calvin Johnson, Lions – He turned 8 passes into 140 yards and a TD.
Julian Edelman, Patriots – Had another crazy, productive outing with 2 receptions for 64 yards and a TD, and ran in a fumbled kickoff return for another score.  He also lost a fumble.
Andre Johnson, Texans – Pulled down 9 receptions for 188 yards.

Patriots – Scored on 2 fumble returns, and notched 4 takeaways and 2 sacks.

This was a great week to play against…

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers – Held without a TD and just 256 yards passing.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Any time he’s limited to 219 passing yards, 22 rushing yards and 1 TD, plus 2 turnovers, it’s your lucky day.

Rashard Mendenhall, Steelers – Actually cost his owners points with a fumble and just 6 rushing yards.
Pierre Thomas, Saints – Got nowhere on his only carry.
Ronnie Hillman, Broncos – So much for taking over for Willis McGahee.  He only got 3 carries for 9 yards.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers – Held to 21 rushing yards.
Fred Jackson, Bills – Combined for 24 total yards.
Mark Ingram, Saints – Ran for 27 yards.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers – Totaled 28 yards and fumbled.
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers – Just 27 on the ground and 9 through the air.
Matt Forte, Bears – Rushed for 42 yards and lost a fumble.
Vick Ballard, Colts – Ran for 41 yards.
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks – Only 46 yards on the day.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Raiders – Blanked by the Bengals.
Brandon Gibson, Rams – Posted a goose egg.
James Jones, Packers – He did, too.
Mike Wallace, Steelers – Shut down by his QB, and Joe Haden, with one 9-yard catch on the game’s last play.
DeSean Jackson, Eagles – Left injured after his own 9-yard reception.
Miles Austin, Cowboys – Knocked out early before he could catch a pass.
Brian Hartline, Dolphins – Only 2 catches for 17 yards.
Brandon Lloyd, Patriots – Just 3 receptions for 26 yards.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers – Ditto.
Mike Williams, Bucs – He produced 28 yards on 3 passes.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – His 3 receptions only amounted to 31 yards.
Danny Amendola, Rams – Had a 38-yarder.

Vernon Davis, 49ers – Blanked.  Again.
Antonio Gates, Chargers – Only 13 yards on 2 catches.
Aaron Hernandez, Patriots – Just 2 receptions for 36 yards, but had a TD negated on an offensive PI penalty.


  1. Hey Ladd, really appreciate the advice (Torrey Smith great call last week!). Am I crazy for starting J. Rodgers over Turner tomorrow vs the saints? 1/2 point PPR and Rodgers has out-scored him in 3 out of past 5 weeks. My only other RB options are Forte and Dwyer. (2 RB league)

  2. Hello Ladd. Love your fantasy advise. I'm headed towards the playoffs next week and in a real pickle, mainly because my team has been lucky in playing other low scoring teams, not good. Finding the downside of being at the top of the league is that i can never get that score on the waiver wire each week.

    So, Larry Fitzgerald continues to stink up the joint (yes, i read your piece on questioning "must-starts" which his name appeared on), and i have Gordon (Cle) and Hilton (Ind) on the bench. Would either of those warrant a start over Fitzy?

    Also, my Flex option has been an issue all year with Benson going down early. I have Reece (RB, Oak) who looks like will be a good start for 1 more week. However beyond that looking at R.Jennings (RB, Jax) or Vereen (RB, Pat), or the aforementioned bench WRs.

    Who can i count on most the rest of the year in these 2 positions?

  3. Yeah, I think you should roll with Hilton over Fitz this week.

    Looks like DMC is coming back, though Reece is still expected to get plenty of work. Don't like Jennings or Vereen, so I might take my chances with Reece this week and hope that AZ's QB situation gets better so you can put Fitz back where he belongs.

  4. Thank you Ladd for your response. I wish a stayed with your advise because i stuck with the "must start" and Fitzy put up another stinker this week.

    Looks like Fitzy and AZ has a rough schedule coming up with Seattle and Chicago Ds in 2 of the next 3 weeks (our playoffs end week 16), and Reece looks like he will be irrelevant again with DMC expected to be back in full role in a Thursday game this week, so i need to make my flex decision by Thursday this week.

    So, which 2 can i rely on most for my 2nd WR spot (Dez Bryant is my other WR), and 1 Flex spot for the next 3 weeks of our playoffs (this is not a PPR league by the way)?

    Fitzgerald (vs Sea, Det, Chi), Reece (vs Den, KC, Carolina), Hilton (vs Ten, Hou, KC), or Gordon (vs KC, Wash, Den). with 12 teams the waiver wire is very thin at the moment for what's left unless this week uncovered a gem, and looks like R.Jennings and Vereen are non-factors.