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Fantasy Football: Marshawn Lynch Leads 25-Member 'Week 14 Dream Team'

Jay ClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 10, 2012

Fantasy Football: Marshawn Lynch Leads 25-Member 'Week 14 Dream Team'

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    The following slideshow represents the most absurd countdown of the season—a 25-member listing of fantasy heroes from the Sunday portion of Week 14.

    In a typical all-star week, we'll usually go 14, 15 or even 16 deep. But 25? There's no rhyme or reason for so many prodigious performances.

    The exclusive list includes one elite defense/special teams unit, five quarterbacks, nine running backs and 10 wide receivers. Unfortunately, no tight ends or kickers earned a spot.

    Sunday's notable omissions include Philip Rivers, Jake Locker, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Joe Flacco (quarterbacks); Trent Richardson, Montell Owens, Shonn Greene, DeMarco Murray, Robert Turbin, Bilal Powell, Steven Jackson (running backs); Pierre Garcon, Jason Avant, Hakeem Nicks, Julio Jones, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith, Joseph Morgan, Randall Cobb, Calvin Johnson (receivers); and tight ends Greg Olsen, Anthony McCoy, Dennis Pitta, Clay Harbor, Martellus Bennett.

    Enjoy the show!

Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

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    Sunday Stats: 342 yards passing, 2 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. On Sunday, Matt Ryan connected with Roddy White (nine catches, 117 yards, one TD) and Julio Jones for a total of 14 catches for 183 yards and two touchdowns.

    2. Ryan has passed for 300-plus yards in four of his last five games.

    3. Against the Panthers this season, Ryan averaged 356 yards passing and 2.5 TDs.

Quarterback: Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Sunday Stats: 408 Yards (381 Passing), 3 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Nick Foles passed for a career-high 381 yards against the Bucs. He also helped the Eagles break an eight-game losing streak.

    2. Foles accounted for all three Philly touchdowns in Sunday's comeback victory, including one rushing score and the game-winning TD pass to Jeremy Maclin with no time on the clock.

    3. The Eagles rookie helped Maclin (nine catches, 104 yards, one TD) and Jason Avant combine for 16 catches, 237 yards and one touchdown.

    4. Foles amassed more total yardage than any other fantasy QB on Sunday, topping Cam Newton by a mere five yards.

Quarterback: Eli Manning, New York Giants

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    Sunday Stats: 259 yards passing, 4 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Eli Manning threw a season-high four touchdown passes in the Giants' 52-27 rout of the Saints.

    2. After a prolonged slump in Weeks 6-10, Manning has notched 285 total yards and/or three TDs in his last three games.

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Sunday Stats: 285 yards passing, 3 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Ben Roethlisberger accounted for 316 total yards (31 rushing) and three touchdowns in his return from a shoulder injury.

    2. Big Ben was one yard away from leading the Steelers in rushing Sunday, which may explain why Pittsburgh lost by 10 at home.

    3. In standard-scoring leagues, Roethlisberger tallied the third-most fantasy points (29.4) among Week 14 quarterbacks.

Quarterback: Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

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    Sunday Stats: 403 total yards (287 passing), 3 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Cam Newton rushed for a team-high 116 yards on nine carries—highlighted by a 72-yard touchdown run, the longest QB-scoring jaunt in Panthers history.

    2. In standard-scoring leagues, Newton accounted for nearly 40 fantasy points.

    3. Newton connected with seven receivers for 287 yards (and two passing TDs).

    4. In his last three games, Newton has amassed 1,071 total yards and 10 TDs.

Running Back: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Sunday Stats: 165 total yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Jamaal Charles rushed for a game-high 165 yards on Sunday, with 80 coming on a long touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage.

    2. Charles has racked up 100 total yards in five straight outings.

    3. The sad-sack Chiefs accounted for only seven points, 12 first downs and 310 total yards. Yet, Charles easily clinched a spot in this week's countdown.

    That alone should reveal why Charles is a healthy lock for Round 2 in next year's 12-team drafts.

Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    Sunday Stats: 170 total yards (154 rushing), 2 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Adrian Peterson torched the Bears for 154 rushing yards and two scores, with the majority of damage coming in the first half.

    2. Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher with 1,600 yards, is on pace for 1,969 by season's end. To reach the hallowed 2,000 mark, he would need to average 134 rushing yards for the next three weeks.

    3. The Vikings star has rushed for 100-plus yards in seven consecutive games, the longest streak of his amazing career.

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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    Sunday Stats: 128 total yards, 3 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Marshawn Lynch steamrolled the Cardinals for 128 rushing yards and three touchdowns, his greatest scoring output since the 2010 season (Week 13 vs. Carolina).

    2. Of his last seven outings, Lynch notched 100 total yards six times. He also has seven TDs in that span.

    3. Behind Lynch, Seattle whitewashed Arizona (58-0) for its most decisive victory in franchise history.

    On the flip side, Sunday's debacle was the Cardinals' worst defeat in their long (storied?) history.

Running Back: Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Sunday Stats: 132 total yards (128 rushing), 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Doug Martin ran for 128 yards and logged 31 touches (just one short of his season high) in the Bucs' crushing loss to the Eagles.

    2. In his last nine games, Martin has rolled for 100 total yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

    3. Martin has rushed for 100-plus yards four times in his rookie campaign.

Running Back: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

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    Sunday Stats: 112 total  yards (56 rushing), 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. DeAngelo Williams had the most symmetrical outing of any elite back from Sunday, posting 56 yards both rushing and receiving.

    2. Williams' 53-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter—which essentially clinched Carolina's win over Atlanta—was his first touchdown catch in four years.

    3. The Panthers back established a career high in total yards (112).

    4. In standard-scoring leagues, Williams racked up 17.2 fantasy points. By doing this, he fulfilled my midweek guarantee of 14 points (80 yards and one touchdown).

Running Back: Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints

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    Sunday Stats: 94 total yards (56 rushing), 2 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Darren Sproles was one of six running backs to tally 20-plus fantasy points in Week 14 (standard-scoring leagues).

    2. Thanks to Sproles, Saints QB Drew Brees capped his streak of zero touchdown passes at one.

Running Back: David Wilson, New York Giants

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    Sunday Stats: 100 rushing yards, 3 TDs (1 kick return)

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. David Wilson, a backup tailback, ran for 100 yards and two scores in the Giants' 25-point rout of the Saints.

    2. Wilson also notched 227 return yards, highlighted by a kick-return TD in the first quarter (tying the score at 7).

    3. The Giants' rookie had his coming-out party as a pro. He also made a strong case for becoming the club's starting back in 2013. (Sorry, Ahmad Bradshaw.)

Running Back: Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens

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    Sunday Stats: 136 total yards (121 rushing), 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Ray Rice ranked as the No. 7 running back for Week 14 (pending Monday's results).

    2. Rice has collected either 100 total yards or one touchdown in his last three games.

    3. For the season, Rice has 11 outings of 96 total yards and/or one touchdown.

Running Back: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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    Sunday Stats: 122 total yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. On Sunday, Alfred Morris racked up his sixth 100-yard rushing day of the season. He has seven touchdowns, as well.

    2. Through 13 games, Morris has notched 100 total yards and/or one TD 10 times.

    3. The Redskins rookie has logged 20-plus carries in each of his last four outings.

Wide Receiver: Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Sunday Stats: 7 catches, 112 Yards, 2 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Mike Wallace ranks as the No. 1 wideout for Week 14 (pending Monday's results).

    2. Wallace established a new seasonal high in receiving touchdowns, catching two to give him eight. He also collected double-digit targets for the third time.

    3. Who doesn't love fantasy production during garbage time? Wallace's two scores came in the final 18 minutes after the Steelers had fallen behind the Chargers, 27-10.

Wide Receiver: Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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    Sunday Stats: 10 catches, 160 yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson were the the only Week 14 wideouts to post double-digit catches (Monday's results pending).

    2. For the weekend, Marshall also led his positional brethren in receiving yards.

    3. In standard-scoring leagues, Marshall tallied the second-most fantasy points (22).

    For PPRs, he had 26 points.

Wide Receiver: Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Sunday Stats: 9 catches, 104 yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. On Sunday, Jeremy Maclin trumped teammate Jason Avant (seven catches, 133 yards) in catches (nine), targets (13) and touchdowns (one).

    2. Maclin's game-winning touchdown occurred with no time left on the clock.

    3. The Eagles' wideout established a seasonal high in receptions against the Bucs.

Wide Receiver: Danario Alexander, San Diego Chargers

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    Sunday Stats: 7 catches, 88 yards, 2 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Danario Alexander racked up the third-most points (20.8) of any Sunday receiver.

    2. Alexander has scored five touchdowns in his last three outings. In that span, he also has three games of 19-plus fantasy points.

    3. The Chargers wideout tied seasonal highs in catches (seven) and targets (11) against the Steelers.

Wide Receiver: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

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    Sunday Stats: 9 catches, 117 yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Roddy White established a seasonal high with nine receptions against the Panthers.

    2. For the year, White has six outings of double-digit targets.

    3. The Falcons' wideout busted a six-game touchdown drought, his longest scoreless void since 2008.

Wide Receiver: Victor Cruz, New York Giants

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    Sunday Stats: 8 catches, 121 yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Victor Cruz and Brandon Marshall were the only Week 14 wideouts to collect at least eight catches, 120 yards and one touchdown.

    2. Cruz has 100 yards receiving in back-to-back games.

Wide Receiver: Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams

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    Sunday Stats: 6 catches, 100 yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. On Sunday, Brandon Gibson posted the first 100-yard receiving outing of his four-year career.

    2. Gibson's 13-yard touchdown reception—with 48 seconds left—clinched the Rams' sixth victory.

    At 6-6-1, St. Louis remains in prime contention for an NFC wild-card slot.

Wide Receiver: Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Sunday Stats: 6 catches, 131 yards, 1 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Vincent Jackson collected the fifth-most points among Week 14 wideouts (19.1).

    2. For the year, V-Jax has six outings of double-digit targets.

    3. This served as Jackson's most prolific fantasy day since Week 7, when he amassed seven catches, 216 yards and one score against the Saints.

Wide Receiver: Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens

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    Sunday Stats: 3 catches, 78 yards, 2 TDs

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Anquan Boldin caught only three balls for 78 yards against the Redskins, but he scored enough (twice) to rank No. 4 among the Sunday wideouts.

    2. In his last two games, Boldin has collected eight catches, 15 targets, 159 yards and three touchdowns.

Wide Receiver: Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

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    Sunday Stats: 8 catches, 143 yards

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. For this countdown, I wanted to reward the best PPR, non-touchdown outing for Sunday, a distinction that falls to Kenny Britt (22.3 PPR points).

    2. Britt easily established seasonal highs in catches (eight) and receiving yards (143) against the Colts.

    3. In his last three outings, Britt has notched either 100 yards receiving or one score.

Defense/Special Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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    Sunday Highlights

    1. The Seahawks forced eight Cardinals turnovers in their 58-0 home rout.

    2. Arizona collected only 154 total yards and 10 first downs against Seattle.

    3. The Seahawks' defense held receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11 targets) to a measly one catch for two yards.

    4. In the second quarter, Seattle scored a pair of non-offensive touchdowns (one Richard Sherman pick-six and one fumble-recovery TD) in a four-minute span.

    5. The Seahawks easily trumped all Sunday comers in D/ST fantasy points (23).

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