Fantasy Football: Adrian Peterson Leads 24-Member 'Week 15 Dream Team'

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterDecember 17, 2012

Fantasy Football: Adrian Peterson Leads 24-Member 'Week 15 Dream Team'

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    The following slideshow represents a 24-member listing of fantasy heroes from the Sunday portion of Week 15.

    In a typical all-star week, we'll usually go 14, 15 or even 16 deep. But for a second consecutive Sunday/Monday, the countdown exceeds 20. Whoa!

    The exclusive list includes one pick-six-driven defense, two tight ends, five quarterbacks, eight explosive running backs and eight clutch receivers.

    Special mention to the three-pack of kickers with five field goals—Blair Walsh (Vikings), Shayne Graham (Texans) and Sebastian Janikowski (Raiders).

    Sunday's notable omissions include Matt Ryan, Tony Romo, Ben Roethlisberger, Kirk Cousins (quarterbacks); Mike Tolbert, Trent Richardson, DeMarco Murray, C.J. Spiller, Mark Ingram, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson (running backs); Calvin Johnson, Randall Cobb, Antonio Brown, Dez Bryant, T.Y. Hilton, Joseph Morgan, Danny Amendola, Brandon Marshall, Travis Benjamin, Lance Moore (receivers); and Heath Miller, Tony Gonzalez, Anthony Fasano (tight ends).

    Enjoy the show!

Quarterback: Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams

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    Sunday Stats: 377 Yards Passing, Three TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Among Sunday's quarterbacks, Sam Bradford threw for the second-most yards (behind only Tom Brady), with the lion's share coming after the Rams fell behind 30-7.

    2. Against the Vikings, Bradford established new season highs in completions (35), pass attempts (55) and yards passing (377).

    3. In his last six games, Bradford has accounted for either 300 yards passing or multiple touchdowns four times.

Quarterback: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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    Sunday Stats: 297 Total Yards, Four TD (Three Rushing)

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Led by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks became the third team in NFL history—and the first in 62 years—to register 50-plus points in consecutive weeks.

    2. Wilson also became the first NFL quarterback since Daunte Culpepper (with Minnesota in 2000) to rush for three touchdowns in a half.

    3. Against the Bills, Wilson accounted for roughly 41 fantasy points (standard-scoring leagues), easily his highest single-game tally of the season.

    4. The rookie quarterback has accounted for multiple TDs in six of his last seven outings.

Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England Patriots

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    Sunday Stats: 443 Yards Passing, Two TD (One Rush)

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Tom Brady amassed the most passing yards (443) of any Sunday quarterback in the Patriots' home loss to the Niners.

    2. Brady also established a new personal best of four rushing touchdowns in a single season.

    3. Through 14 games, Brady has notched either 300 yards passing or multiple TDs 13 times.

    4. In his last five outings, Brady has accumulated 29 or more fantasy points four times.

Quarterback: Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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    Sunday Stats: 244 Total Yards (216 Passing), Four TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Colin Kaepernick threw four touchdowns (to three different receivers) in the 49ers' crazy win over the Patriots, eclipsing his seasonal tally of TD passes heading into Sunday (three).

    2. In his last five outings, Kaepernick has racked up 20-plus fantasy points four times (standard-scoring leagues).

Quarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

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    Sunday Stats: 307 Yards Passing, 4 TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Drew Brees was one of only three quarterbacks (Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson) to collect four touchdowns on Sunday.

    2. For the season, Brees is the only NFL passer to rack up 300 yards passing and/or multiple TDs in all 14 games.

    3. Brees (4,335 yards passing) is just about on pace for back-to-back campaigns of 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Running Back: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

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    Sunday Stats: 212 Total Yards, One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Adrian Peterson rushed for a season-high 212 yards against the Rams—the highest tally of any Sunday tailback.

    2. Peterson has notched 100-plus rushing yards in eight consecutive games—the longest streak of his career. Sunday also marked his second 200-yard outing of the year.

    3. The Vikings dynamo has 1,812 rushing yards through 14 games, putting him within striking distance of the hallowed 2,000-yard mark. He also needs 294 yards to break Eric Dickerson's single-season NFL rushing record (2,105).

    4. Since Week 7, spanning eight games, Peterson has absurdly averaged 164 rushing yards and 1.13 touchdowns per outing.

Running Back: Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals

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    Sunday Stats: 67 Total Yards, Three TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Beanie Wells rushed for three touchdowns against the Lions (tying a career high from last year), eclipsing his seasonal TD output heading into Sunday's game.

    2. The 67 rushing yards also represented a seasonal best for Wells.

    3. Wells' third touchdown of the day, a 31-yard jaunt down the right sideline, capped Arizona's scoring in its 38-10 rout of Detroit.

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

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    Sunday Stats: 127 Total Yards (113 Rushing), One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. As mentioned earlier, the Seahawks are the first NFL club in 62 years to score 50-plus points in consecutive weeks.

    2. Amid this two-week scoring binge, Lynch accounted for 255 total yards and four touchdowns.

    3. Since Week 7, spanning eight games, Lynch has racked up 100 total yards and/or one TD seven times.

Running Back: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

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    Sunday Stats: 93 Total Yards (87 Rushing), One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. On Sunday in Cleveland, Alfred Morris trumped fellow rookie Trent Richardson in rushing yards, with each back notching a pair of touchdowns.

    2. In standard-scoring leagues, Morris tallied 21.3 fantasy points for the week.

    3. Morris has rushed for 100-plus yards in three consecutive weeks, a career-best accomplishment.

Running Back: Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos

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    Sunday Stats: 126 Total Yards (118 Rushing), One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In his last two games, Knowshon Moreno has accounted for 293 total yards and two touchdowns.

    2. Moreno has notched 100-plus total yards in three of his last four outings.

    3. In that span, Moreno logged 24 or more touches in all four games.

Running Back: Danny Woodhead, New England Patriots

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    Sunday Stats: 84 Total Yards (61 Rushing), Two TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Danny Woodhead produced the best numbers amongst Patriots tailbacks on Sunday, tallying two touchdowns and rushing for a season-high 61 yards.

    2. In Week 10 against the Bills, Woodhead also had two scores.

    3. Looking for an explanation of Woodhead logging a season-high 17 touches against the 49ers? Here's one: zero fumbles.

Running Back: Arian Foster, Houston Texans

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    Sunday Stats: 169 Total Yards (165 Rushing)

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Arian Foster rushed for a season-high 165 yards (against the Colts)—the highest Sunday tally of any AFC tailback.

    2. Through 14 games, Foster has incredibly notched 100-plus yards and/or one touchdown 13 times.

    3. Foster (1,313 rushing yards, 16 TDs) is on pace for 1,705 total yards and 18 TDs.

Running Back: DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

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    Sunday Stats: 144 Total Yards (93 Rushing), One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In the Panthers' surprising road romp of the Chargers, DeAngelo Williams accounted for 144 of his team's 372 total yards.

    2. Williams has tallied 100-plus total yards and one touchdown in consecutive weeks.

    3. The 144 yards represented Williams' best single-game output since 2009.

    4. Williams' 45-yard, deflected-pass touchdown in the first quarter was his first TD reception of the season.

Tight End: Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots

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    Sunday Stats: 10 Catches, 92 Yards, One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Aaron Hernandez attracted 19 targets against the 49ers—the highest tally of any Sunday pass-catcher.

    2. Additionally, he was the weekend's lone tight end with double-digit catches (Monday's results pending).

    3. Hernandez has notched eight-plus catches and double-digit targets in each of his last three games.

    4. In that span, Hernandez collected 26 catches, 43 targets, 247 yards and three touchdowns.

Tight End: Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

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    Sunday Stats: Seven Catches, 125 Yards, Two TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Dennis Pitta notched single-game career highs in receiving yards (125) and touchdowns (two) against the Broncos.

    2. He also recorded seven or more catches and double-digit targets for the second time in his three-year career.

    3. On Sunday, Pitta doubled the other Ravens playmakers' output with catches, receiving yards and targets.

Wide Receiver: James Jones, Green Bay Packers

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    Sunday Stats: Five Catches, 60 Yards, Three TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. James Jones produced three scores against the Bears, his fourth multi-TD outing of the season...and fifth of his career.

    2. On Sunday, Jones didn't lead the Packers in catches, receiving yards or targets, but he was the only playmaker to score a touchdown.

    3. Among his positional brethren, Jones currently stands as the NFL leader in TD receptions (12).

Wide Receiver: Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills

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    Sunday Stats: Eight Catches, 115 Yards, One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Against the Seahawks, Steve Johnson notched his second 100-yard outing of the season. It was also his seventh effort of double-digit targets.

    2. Since Week 10, Johnson is a perfect 6-of-6 in crossing the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one touchdown.

Wide Receiver: Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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    Sunday Stats: Six Catches, 74 Yards, Two TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Julio Jones tallied the third-most fantasy points among the Sunday wideouts.

    2. In his last four games, Jones has averaged 4.5 catches, 8.5 targets, 84 yards and one touchdown.

    3. On a curious but happy note, Jones scored his first home TD of the season on Sunday.

Wide Receiver: Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

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    Sunday Stats: 11 Catches, 151 Yards, One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Andre Johnson registered the fourth-most fantasy points (21.1) among the Week 15 wideouts.

    2. Johnson's 151 yards served as the weekend's second-highest tally with receivers (behind Brandon Lloyd).

    3. Since Week 6, spanning nine games, Johnson has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD seven times.

    4. In his last five outings, Johnson amassed 47 catches, 64 targets, 763 yards and two scores.

Wide Receiver: Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins

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    Sunday Stats: Two Catches, 56 Yards, Two TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Against the Browns, Leonard Hankerson produced two touchdowns...off only two catches, three targets and 56 yards.

    2. In one highly efficient afternoon, Hankerson doubled his career touchdown output.

Wide Receiver: Eric Decker, Denver Broncos

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    Sunday Stats: Eight Catches, 133 Yards, One TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Eric Decker tallied the fifth-most points among Week 15 wideouts.

    2. In the last two weeks, Decker has 16 catches, 20 targets, 221 yards and one touchdown.

    3. Through 14 games, Decker has crossed the PPR-elite threshold of six catches, 95 yards and/or one TD nine times.

Wide Receiver: Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots

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    Sunday Stats: 10 Catches, 190 Yards

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. Against the 49ers, Brandon Lloyd caught 10 balls for 190 yards—the largest tally of any Sunday wideout.

    2. Lloyd was also one of three Week 15 wideouts to post double-digit catches.

    3. The speedy receiver established new season highs in catches, yards and targets (16).

    4. In the last two weeks, Lloyd has 17 catches, 25 targets, 279 yards and one touchdown.

Wide Receiver: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

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    Sunday Stats: Seven Catches, 107 Yards, Two TD

    Fantasy Reasons For This Honor

    1. In standard-scoring leagues, Michael Crabtree tallied the second-most fantasy points (22.7) of any Week 15 wideout, trailing only James Jones.

    2. Crabtree has garnered double-digit targets in each of his last three outings.

    3. Since Week 13, Crabtree has 23 catches, 34 targets, 301 yards and two touchdowns.

Defense/Special Teams: Arizona Cardinals

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    Sunday Highlights

    1. The Cardinals forced four turnovers in their 38-10 demolition of the Lions.

    2. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford tossed three interceptions on the day, with two coming back as pick-six touchdowns for Arizona (Rashad Johnson, Greg Toler).

    3. The Cardinals also collected two sacks and allowed just 10 points on the day.

    4. No matter the scoring system, Arizona's D/ST had Sunday's most prolific fantasy outing.