Week 12 in fantasy football means making that final push to the playoffs in most leagues.
Crucial matchups are always swung by the team that has that one player that just goes off. Anyone that either owned or played against Doug Martin in Week 9 can attest to that.
Predicting anyone to go over 50 points in a single game again anytime soon may be a bit absurd, but that doesn't mean that we won't see some monster performances. These players should be the top fantasy options at their positions.
So if you have these guys in your lineup, congratulations. If you don't, better make sure you have your best lineup in. You'll need to make up some ground.
QB: Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning has to be the fantasy football MVP of 2012 to this point. Heck, he's probably the NFL MVP at this point of the season.
Manning has been a consistent fantasy football machine this year: He's averaging 19.5 points per game in standard-scoring leagues after an offseason that was filled with doubt over his ability to produce. Manning has tossed three touchdown passes in six of his last seven games.
With a matchup against Kansas City that is as easy as they come, Manning should light it up once again and take top billing for all quarterbacks this week.
RB: Doug Martin
The battle for fantasy football rookie of the year has to be between Doug Martin and Robert Griffin III at this point.
Each first-round draft pick has proven his fantasy value throughout his rookie season and has proven to be capable of putting up big fantasy points.
Martin may not score 51 points like he did in Week 9 against Oakland, but he does have a nice matchup against a Falcons defense that has been giving up 18.1 fantasy points per game to running backs.
Look for Martin to go off again and top all running backs this week.
WR: A.J. Green
It will be tough for anyone to top Dez Bryant's 24 points on Thanksgiving, but if anyone can do it, it's A.J. Green.
The Bengals wideout has been absolutely dominant this season. He has scored a touchdown in every single game since being held out of the end zone in Week 1 and has a very favorable matchup against the Oakland Raiders this week.
Andy Dalton has improved since a weak start to the 2012 campaign, and that should mean that Green will only continue to improve as the season winds down. Green could go off on Sunday.
TE: Marcedes Lewis
All in all, this has just been a down year for tight ends.
The position has been extremely hard to predict this year, and even the best options have been erratic. This week Marcedes Lewis should be the next tight end to go off.
With Chad Henne at quarterback, the Jaguars offense came alive, and Lewis was a beneficiary—he hauled in two touchdown passes against the Texans. This week he faces the Titans. Tennessee is giving up 10 points per game to opposing tight ends, so the opportunity is there for Lewis to have another big day.