2012 Conference Championships: Turnovers and Tight Ends fantasysharks.com Jan 21 '12

Welcome to the Conference Championship edition of the Brew Crew Corner. Two games this week will decide who will go to the Super Bowl. Last weekend it was turnovers that sunk three teams while tight ends decided some other games. The Houston Texans threw three interceptions and a lost a fumble, the New Orleans Saints threw two interceptions and lost three fumbles, while the Green Bay Packers had one interception and lost three fumbles in their loss. Not taking care of the football gave the other teams additional opportunities, and it cost these three teams dearly.

I've never seen a year where we've had so many stud tight ends playing in the playoffs, and last weekend we saw four tight ends dominate in games. For the New England Patriots, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez destroyed the Denver Broncos. Gronkowski had 145 yards and three touchdowns while Hernandez had four receptions for 55 yards and one touchdown, and he added five carries for 55 yards. In San Francisco, Vernon Davis had seven catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns as he out performed Jimmy Graham, who had five receptions for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Tight ends will definitely be a factor in the Conference Championship games. Look for Jake Ballard and even Dennis Pitta to have key grabs this weekend.

Last week we analyzed the value of the running backs for 2011. This week we will look at the wide receivers for this season.

Top 20 Wide Receiver Good Values

Rank

Player

+/-

3

Victor Cruz, New York Giants

+91

20

Laurent Robinson, Dallas

+75

25

Jabar Gaffney, Washington

+65

14

Nate Washington, Tenessee

+64

28

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland

+60

38

David Nelson, Buffalo

+58

39

Doug Baldwin, Seattle

+58

42

Early Doucet, Arizona

+56

31

Torrey Smith, Baltimore

+51

52

Damian Williams, Tenessee

+48

54

Jason Avant, Philadelphia

+47

4

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay

+42

61

Brandon LaFell, Carolina

+41

62

Preston Parker, Preston Tampa Bay

+41

63

Demaryius Thomas, Denver

+41

45

Titus Young, Detroit

+38

69

Lavelle Hawkins, Tenessee

+38

41

Eric Decker, Denver

+36

71

Legeud Naanee, Carolina

+34

7

Steve Smith, Carolina

+27

Top 20 Wide Receiver Poor Values

Rank

Player

+/-

212

Terrell Owens, Free Agent

-138

213

Randy Moss, Free Agent

-134

147

Lee Evans, Baltimore

-105

149

Danny Amendola, St. Louis

-113

168

Jordan Shipley, Cincinnati

-95

115

Chad Ochocinco, New England

-90

162

Mark Clayton, St. Louis

-90

128

Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville

-90

121

Braylon Edwards, Free Agent

-78

140

Bernard Berrian, Free Agent

-76

127

Steve Smith, Philadelphia

-72

70

Andre Johnson, Houston

-69

92

Kenny Britt, Tennessee

-66

113

Mike Williams, Seattle

-61

101

Jacoby Ford, Oakland

-56

144

Donnie Avery, Tennessee

-55

119

Eddie Royal, Denver

-53

123

Derrick Mason, Free Agent

-52

75

Sidney Rice, Seattle

-46

79

Mike Thomas, Jacksonville

-44

AFC Conference Championship Game:

Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots -- Sunday, Jan. 22, 3 p.m.

Ravens Pass Offense: 19th, Run Offense: 10th

Ravens Pass Defense: 4th, Run Defense: 2nd

Patriots Pass Offense: 2nd, Run Offense: 20th

Patriots Pass Defense: 31st, Run Defense: 17th

These teams are no stranger to one another but Tom Brady is 4-1 against Baltimore. Can the Ravens' defense hold Brady in check? More importantly, can the Ravens defend the Patriots' tight ends? The Patriots will look to stop Ray Rice and then force Joe Flacco to make a mistake. Flacco will need to manage the game and let the defense and run game carry the team. In the end, the fire power the Patriots have will give them an edge.

Prediction: New England 24, Baltimore 20

NFC Conference Championship Game:

New York Giants at San Francisco 49ers -- Sunday, Jan. 22, 6:30 p.m.

Giants Pass Offense: 5th, Run Offense: 32nd

Giants Pass Defense: 29th, Run Defense: 19th

49ers Pass Offense: 29th, Pass Offense: 8th

49ers Pass Defense: 16th, Pass Defense: 1st

First Meeting: 49ers defeated the Giants, 27-20, on Nov. 13.

Their first meeting went down to the wire and so will this game. Two good defensive teams that matchup the same on offense. The Giants have the edge in passing and they will use that to get ahead. This game will come down to who turns the ball over more. The Giants are 4-0 in Conference Championship games.

Prediction: Giants 21, 49ers 17

Conference Championships: Two games lead up to the Super Bowl. I think these matchups provide Super Bowl caliber games to watch.

Good luck to your team. Follow @BrewCrewCorner

Go Giants!

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