After a couple of early blowout wins to the Lions and the Panthers, round 12 of NFL put up some very tense and exciting finishes – none more so than the perennially unlucky Cleveland Browns, who were lining up for a match-winning field goal against the Ravens only to have the attempt blocked, the loose ball collected by the Ravens defence and a game-winning touchdown completed. Unbelievable – one of the most amazing and unpredictable endings to a game EVER. Oh, and the undefeated Patriots got rolled by the Broncos too, meaning the Panthers remain the only team yet to experience the bitter taste of defeat. Can they go all the way though? Lets look at the standout fantasy performances from round 12.
Its been an interesting season for the Seattle Seahawks, and their QB Russell WILSON – ranked 7th – has been a prime example of that. With only 3 scores above 20 pts for the season WILSON has been slightly disappointing, however last week he was on fire, completing 21 of 30 attempts for a whopping 345 yds and 5 TDs – a career high for TDs for him, and equalling the franchise record. That all added up to 35.2 pts – gotta be happy with that.
The QB to watch as a result of round 12 is the Jets Ryan FITZPATRICK. Returning from a thumb injury Fitzy – currently ranked 15th – lived up to the hype, slinging 22 of 37 passes for 277 yds and 4 TDs, amassing a very tidy 29 pts. It was his best performance of the season, and as he is only owned in 9.5% of leagues, he is definitely one to add to your squad if you’re vulnerable at the QB position.
He’s done it again. The Vikings RB star Adrian PETERSON once again showed why he is ranked 2nd and owned in 100% of fantasy leagues, running for 158 yds on 29 carries, and slipping in for 2 TDs – as well as a further 29 yds receiving. That was a sweet 30.7 pts, and his last month now looks like this – 20 pts, 27 pts, 10 pts and 30 pts. Yep, its safe to say he’s back.
The RB to considering recruiting after last weeks effort is Kansas City’s Spencer WARE. Ranked 57th and only owned in 19% of leagues, WARE has been filling in for the injured Charcandrick WEST, who was himself filling in for the injured Jamaal CHARLES. WARE has more than held up his end of the bargain though, last week running for 114 yds and 1 TD, totalling 17.5 fantasy pts. With 22 and 17 points in the last fortnight, he might be here to stay.
It must’ve been the week for the old guard to reassert itself, with Detroit WR Calvin JOHNSON showing why he is one of the best in the business with a 93 yd, career-high 3 TD game leading to 27.3 pts. It was a season-best effort for the number 8 ranked JOHNSON, who is owned in 99% of leagues and is slowly sneaking back to his best. If you’re lucky enough to have him, hold on and enjoy the ride.
Another Seahawk unable to find consistency is WR Doug BALDWIN – however with games like last weeks he is heading in the right direction. Currently ranked 19th overall but only owned in 25% of fantasy leagues, BALDWIN caught 6 of 8 passes for 145 yds, and a career-high 3 touchdowns for a huge 32.5 pt game. The longest TD was a whopping 80 yd catch and run late in the 4th – WOW. With TE Jimmy GRAHAM injured, BALDWIN is definitely one to put your radar on.
New England’s TE Ron GRONKOWSKI is clearly the best TE in the business, even when he gets injured. Last weekend the GRONK hurt his knee, but even so he continued his good form with an 88 yd, 1 TD, 14.8 pt game. GRONK is clearly ranked #1 and owned in all leagues, and with only 3 games under 10 pts its not hard to see why – the big question is, how long will he be out for?
The TE to run your eye over this week is Jacksonville’s Julius THOMAS. Somewhat of a disappointment so far in season 2016, THOMAS caught fire last week, catching 9 of 10 passes for 116 yards and 1 TD – resulting in a 17.6 pt game, easily his best of the season. He is ranked 24th and only owned in 53% of leagues, so he could be just what you are looking for with 2 TDs in the last fortnight.
The Moneyball NFL competitions just keep rolling along, and whether you want to have a crack at every game in the round or just an individual matchup, there is sure to be a competition right down your alley. Of course the difficulty is selecting cheaper players who might come up with the goods, and that’s where we step in.
Have a look at this mob for some real value – in the QB area Russell WILSON ($8,400) and Matt STAFFORD ($8,000), as far as RBs go look at LeSean McCOY ($8,300) or Thomas RAWLS ($5,700), at WR consider Brandon MARSHALL ($8,700) or Sammy WATKINS ($7,400), and at TE have a squizz at Antonio GATES ($5,400) or Kyle RUDOLPH ($4,700).
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