Baltimore 38, Denver 35
This game was an instant classic from the beginning with more twists and turns than the Tilt-O-Whirl at the county fair.
Although Joe Flacco may not be an elite fantasy QB1, he certainly played at an elite level with all the chips on the table. Standing tall in the face of pressure, Flacco repeatedly attacked shutdown cornerback Champ Bailey connecting with Torrey Smith for touchdowns of 59 and 32 yards. He then pushed the game into overtime with a 70-yard strike to Jacoby Jones.
With complimentary running back Bernard Peirce aggravating a knee injury, Ray Rice came through in the clutch for his team. Handed the rock 30 times, Rice gouged the Broncos defensive line for 131 yards and a touchdown. Just goes to show what Rice can do when Baltimore makes the commitment.
It's a shame that someone had to lose this game, but the Baltimore defense earned it, limiting Peyton Manning to short and intermediate passes all game long. Unable to drive the football, many will speculate that cold weather (13 degrees at kickoff) combined with lingering nerve damage were the culprit. Either way, Manning has continually proved that he is still amongst the top fantasy gun slingers, and should retain such status until he proves otherwise.
After becoming the lead pony in Denver's backfield Knowshon Moreno, has been a solid fantasy producer. Unfortunately, Moreno was forced to exit this game with an apparent knee injury. Although the injury doesn't appear serious, it's a reminder that Moreno is a red flag injury risk entering 2013.
San Francisco 45, Green Bay 31
Colin Kaepernick is growing before our very own eyes...becoming the epitome of the new style of NFL quarterback. A dual threat on every play, the second year quarterback proved it once again, racking up 263 yards and two touchdowns through the air, and a record breaking 181 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Although hard to speculate his average draft position next season, he is developing into a nice mid QB1.
After a roaring start to this game, Frank Gore was seen a bit gimpy coming off the field in the second quarter. This was confirmed as LaMichael James carried the load for much of the second half until Gore reemerged in the late third quarter for big gains capped off by a short yardage touchdown. Normally a steady rotation hurts the running back position, but the Niners high volume run offense supplies enough opportunity that Gore will retain his status...
5 Months San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Sunday's Week 17 win over Arizona.
Gore added three catches for 21 yards out of the San Francisco backfield. LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon combined for ten carries and 55 yards while working in behind the starter. Gore's touchdown run came from two yards out in the fourth quarter and put the Niners up 24-6. He ends the regular season with 1,214 yards and eight touchdowns on 258 carries (4.7 YPC). The yards and touchdown totals are second-best single-season marks just behind his 1,695 yards in 2006 and his ten touchdowns in 2009. Gore added 28 catches for 234 yards and a touchdown out of the backfield. San Francisco clinched the No. 2 seed in the NFC and has earned a first-round bye for the playoffs.
Welcome to the final Brew crew Corner of 2012. I hope everyone's holidays were great. All that is left now is to wrap up the 2012 fantasy season and to celebrate New Year's. The final week there are some adjustments you need to make for the final game. We'll look at each scenario so you can prepare for this weekend.
Weather: Seems simple, but there has been some heavy snow throughout the country and several games will be affected this weekend by snow or rain. This weather will impact the passing game and may lead to a conservative rushing offense. Games that will be affected are Jets at the Bills, Dolphins at the Patriots, Eagles at the Giants, Browns at the Steelers and Raiders at the Charges. For an example of how weather can screw your game up, back in 2007, a heavy snow during the Bills and Browns resulted in a 8-0 Browns win. both quarterbacks in that game were limited to 137 yards or less. The running backs however still had success as Marshawn Lynch ran for 82 yards on 21 carries while Jamal Lewis carried 33 times for 163 yards.
Injuries: You've dealt with injuries all season but at this point of the season, it's taken its toll on a bunch of guys and if a team has clinched a playoff spot or has been eliminated, it makes it easy for a team to sit that player rather than risk losing them for the playoffs or having them rehab all offseason. Double and triple check reports this weekend. It would suck to lose a championship because you didn't change a player due to being inactive.
Inactive Players: While we are discussing players that are injured, some teams that have locked up a playoff spot may sit players that are healthy just to avoid injury or to give them rest. The Falcons who have clinched the #1 seed may limit Roddy White or Julio Jones if they play.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.
Calvin Johnson- 11 receptions for 225 yards. Johnson was the highlight of week 16 as he broke Jerry Rice's single season receiving record. If only Johnson could match the 15 touchdowns Rice had in 1995.
Dez Bryant- 12 receptions for 224 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. After fracturing his finger, Bryant decided to play through the pain and produced the best game of his career. Hopefully he can have another game like this in week 17.
Reggie Bush- 19 carries for 65 yards and 1 touchdown, 4 receptions for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns. Bush is 40 rushing yards away from reaching 1,000 yards for just the second time in...
5 Months San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore rushed only six times for 28 yards in San Francisco's Week 16 loss to the Seahawks.
He was held without a catch on one target in the passing game. In what's been an extreme rarity since Jim Harbaugh came to town, the 49ers were forced to abandon the running game after falling behind 28-3 in the first half. Going up against a violent Seahawks defense, Gore fumbled after being slammed to the turf in the second quarter, but teammate Joe Staley was able to recover the ball. The 28 yards from scrimmage were a new season-low by 28. Gore will get the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17, who held him to 55 yards on 16 rushes in Week 8.
Welcome to Week 16! Congratulations to those of you who have been able to navigate the fantasy playoffs and find yourself on the verge of a championship. And remember, to always count your blessings!
Robert Griffin III *Status uncertain for Week 16*
Carson Palmer, Oakland - If you can't maintain Top 10 scoring at your position, you can't be on the 'Studs' list.
Sam Bradford, St. Louis at Tampa Bay: Coming off of a great game in Week 15, in which he threw for 377 yards and three touchdowns against the Vikings, Bradford gets fantasy's worst defense versus quarterbacks. Tampa Bay is giving up 311 passing yards per game this year and has allowed three or more touchdown passes in six games this season.
Tony Romo, Dallas vs. New Orleans: Romo has thrown for at least 300 yards eight times this season and this week he'll face a Saints defense that has allowed at least 300 yards passing in eight games this season. Despite the fact that the Saints thoroughly dominated the Bucs last week, they still allowed Josh Freeman to pass for 330 yards. The Saints have given up 18 of their 27 passing touchdowns on the road.
Kirk Cousins, Washington at Philadelphia: KEEP AN EYE ON THE STATUS OF RG3. As of Wednesday morning it was unclear if Robert Griffin III would play in Week 16. Last week Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns versus a Browns defense that had only allowed multiple touchdown passes in one of its last seven games. This week the Redskins will be facing an Eagles defense that has allowed multiple touchdown passes in seven of its last eight games.
Chad Henne, Jacksonville vs. New England: Over his last three games, Henne is averaging 203 passing yards while throwing for only one touchdown during that span. This week he'll be going up against a Patriots defense that prior to last week had only allowed one passing touchdown in Weeks 12-14. The Patriots have held opposing teams to one-or-less touchdown passes in seven of 14 games this season. You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco at Seattle: Between Weeks 12-14, Kaepernick threw only one touchdown pass while averaging 208 passing yards per game. This week he'll be facing the No. 1 defense in fantasy versus quarterbacks. The Seahawks have allowed one-or-less passing touchdowns in 11-of-14 games this...
5 Months San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore rushed 21 times for 83 yards in San Francisco's Week 15 win over the Patriots, adding two catches for 34 yards.
Going up against one of the league's better run defenses in wet conditions, tonight was the eighth time in 14 games Gore has surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage. Tonight was just the second time in six games since the 49ers' bye week that he failed to find the end zone. Gore did cede 4-of-6 carries to LaMichael James as the 49ers looked to drain the clock on their final two possessions, but he still out-touched his rookie teammate 23-8. Gore will face a major test in Week 16, where the 49ers travel to CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The Patriots are for real in case there is a question. The one kicker? The 49'ers are too. Play what you own in this matchup, even though the 49'ers are tough on defense and the Patriots can stop the run, you don't sit Tom Brady or Frank Gore. The 49'ers are the better fantasy play, the Patriots the better NFL play. Welcome to New England Sunday nighters.
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