Fantasy Football Week 12 Aftermath: Gut Checks, Lineup Fun and Waiver Wire Picks

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Fantasy Football Week 12 Aftermath: Gut Checks, Lineup Fun and Waiver Wire Picks
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The playoffs are approaching quickly and we’re getting into some must-win weeks for many dynasty league owners. In a year full of surprises, Week 12 didn’t disappoint.


Week Twelve Fantasy MVP

Once is a fluke. Twice is a coincidence. Fourteen is ridiculous. Yet, that’s exactly the number of touchdowns Dwayne Bowe has after his 13-catch, 170 yard, three touchdown performance this week against Seattle.

Say what you want, but there may be no other wide receiver I’d want for the stretch run this season.


Week Nine Fantasy LVP

Dez Bryant was a chic pick as a potential No.1 wide receiver this week. You must have thought it was Easter instead of Thanksgiving as he laid an egg.  No catches? Ouch.


Lineup Fun

You probably won if your lineup looked like this…

QB Tom Brady = 341 passing yards, four touchdown passes
RB Peyton Hillis = 131 rushing yards, 63 receiving yards, three touchdowns
RB Fred Jackson = 59 rushing yards, 104 receiving yards. one touchdown
RB Jamaal Charles = 173 rushing yards, one touchdown
WR Dwayne Bowe = 13 catches, 170 receiving yards, three touchdowns
WR Deion Branch = three catches, 113 receiving yards, two touchdowns
WR Jacoby Ford = four catches, 108 receiving yards, one touchdown, one KO return TD
TE Billy Bajema = three catches, 32 receiving yards, two touchdowns

You probably lost if your lineup looked like this…

QB Carson Palmer = 135 passing yards, one touchdown, two interceptions
RB Brandon Jackson = 26 rushing yards, 10 receiving yards
RB Cedric Benson = 41 rushing yards
RB LeGarrette Blount = 55 rushing yards
WR Dez Bryant = No catches
WR Terrell Owens = three catches, 17 yards
WR DeSean Jackson = two catches, 26 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez = one catch, 17 yards


Gut Checks

I’d be worried if…

I’m running to the waiver wire to pick up Billy Bajema.

I have Montario Hardesty in a dynasty league.  It’s looking more and more like Peyton Hillis has more long-term potential than we thought.

I’m relying on Dez Bryant to be a No.1 receiver this season. While he’ll surely get there eventually, he’s still a rookie.

I own any Lions player outside of Calvin Johnson.

I own any Cardinals player, including Larry Fitzgerald.

I have Frank Gore in a dynasty league. This latest injury really puts into question how many productive years he has left. He could be a “sell medium” candidate.

I expect Jonathan Stewart to be the bellcow for the Panthers anytime soon. Mike Goodson has shown the ability to at least be a steady compliment to Stewart.

I need Ahmad Bradshaw to carry my team into the playoffs. While he’ll surely regain his starting job at some point, his production is likely to dip here in the next few weeks.

I didn’t buy low on Josh Freeman this offseason. We really pushed him this summer as a candidate to add and he’s doing nothing to show he can’t be a productive NFL or fantasy quarterback.

I have Anquan Boldin as a No.2 receiver. There are just too many weapons in Baltimore for him to be relied on heavily.

I’m hoping for Pierre Garcon to come out of his funk. His timing with Manning is just off.

I didn’t handcuff Clinton Portis to Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams AND James Davis. Boy, nobody saw this coming with Shanahan, right!?!


A Look Ahead to the Hot Name on the Week 13 Waiver Wire

1. Brian Westbrook, RB, SF

I’d expect Anthony Dixon to be more involved than he was last night, but Westy proved he could still play, though I could have probably run for 100 yards against the Cardinals. Regardless, Westbrook has major value right now with Gore likely done for the year.

2. Joel Dreessen, TE, HOU

Owen Daniels can’t stay healthy and Dreessen has flashed some ability. You could do worse if you’re in need of a tight end.

3. Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN

He’s certainly already owned in most dynasty leagues, but he could prove to be valuable in yearly formats if Peterson’s ankle acts up again.

Keep in mind the names found on this list are added to ones from previous weeks. That’s why you don’t see a player like Ben Obomanu…we recommended him in our lineup advice column WEEKS AGO.

Good luck this week!

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