Fantasy Football's Top Scorers from NFL Week 13
It seems like it just started, but in reality Week 13 brings with it the finish line in many fantasy football leagues, as the regular season concludes and those teams fortunate enough to have successful seasons move on to the playoffs.
Most of those teams were spurred on by stud players who have been regular visitors to this slideshow throughout the 2012 campaign, the fantasy stars that lead each position in fantasy points in a given week.
So, who were the top dogs in the most important week of the season for many fantasy owners?
Read on and find out!
Note: These scores were tabulated using a PPR scoring system that awards one point for 10 rushing or receiving yards or for 25 passing yards and each reception. It awards six points for all touchdowns and subtracts two points for turnovers.
QB: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (36 Pts.)
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The Indianapolis Colts blew up their team after a dreadful 2-14 2011 season, and the team was hopeful when they selected quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in April's draft that Luck would quickly lead the team back to respectability.
I doubt the Colts thought it would be this quickly.
Yes, Luck threw three interceptions on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, but he also passed for nearly 400 yards and tossed four touchdown passes, including one on the game's final play that won the game for the now 8-4 Colts.
RB: Bryce Brown, Philadelphia Eagles (31 Pts.)
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Usually when the NFL's leading rusher rips an opponent for over 200 yards on the ground, as Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings did in Week 13, that player is more or less a shoe-in for the top spot among fantasy running backs.
Unless of course that back loses out to a rookie making his second career start.
If Bryce Brown of the Philadelphia Eagles keeps it up at anywhere near the blistering pace he's set in his first two games he's going to have Philly fans saying "LeSean who?", as for the second straight game Brown scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground, torching the Dallas Cowboys for over 100 rushing yards in the first half alone.
Of course, there's the not insignificant matter of the soul-crushing fumbles, but they mean a lot more to the Eagles than to Brown's fantasy owners.
WR: Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (36 Pts.)
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Back in Week 9 fantasy owners of Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson were anxiously wringing their hands, bemoaning the fact that the sixth-year pro had only one touchdown catch on the year and wondering if they'd wasted a first-round fantasy pick.
Since then Johnson has four straight games with over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown, including Sunday's 13-catch, 171-yard explosion against the Indianapolis Colts.
Looks like that pick may not have been such a waste after all.
TE: Brandon Myers, Oakland Raiders (33 Pts.)
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Before the 2012 season began much was made of elite fantasy tight ends such as Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, but the player who may well be the MVP at the position wasn't even drafted in most fantasy football leagues.
Fourth-year pro Brandon Myers came from nowhere to emerge as one of quarterback Carson Palmer's favorite targets with the Oakland Raiders in 2012, and after hauling in 14 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns Myers now ranks among the top-five fantasy options at his position.