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Week 12 Studs, Duds, Sleepers

November 24, 2009


AARON RODGERS –  Rodgers travels on a short week to a Detroit team that surrendered 4 Touchdowns to Brady Quinn.  Enough said.

PHILLIP RIVERS –   Rivers gets Kansas City at home, a team he hit up for 268 yards and 3 TDs in week 7.  I expect even better numbers this week.  Enjoy.

LARRY FITZGERALD – Tennessee is not equipped to handle Fitz and they have given up a league leading 23 touchdown passes through week 10.  He’s always a must start but this week he should be enough to carry most teams.

VINCENTE JACKSON –  Jackson and Rivers hooked up for 142 yards (season high) last time the Chargers played the Chiefs.  Expect Rivers to hook up early and often with his favorite red zone target.

GREG JENNINGS –  Look for Jennings to build off his week 11 success.  I expect a second straight 100 yard week and a score or two against the awful Lions secondary.

RICKY WILLIAMS –  With Ronnie Brown done for the season and a game against the Buffalo Bills soft run defense have Ricky Williams looking like fantasy gold for week 12 and beyond.

ADRIAN PETERSON –  Always a must start but AP gets the struggling Bears defense at home.  Look for Peterson to tear up this division rival he averaged 126 rushing yards and 1.5 touchdowns against last year.

VERNON DAVIS –  Davis and new starting QB Alex Smith have clearly connected on the field and Jacksonville’s secondary has given up lots of points and lots of yards, both good for Smith’s top receiver.


MARK SANCHEZ –  With Carolina’s run defense giving up yards and touchdowns lately, the Jets look to hand the ball to Thomas Jones and Shonne Green in bunches to keep the mistake prone Sanchez from handing the ball to the Panthers.

CALVIN JOHNSON –  Look for the Packers to put pro bowl corner Charles Woodson on the Lions most dangerous player.  With Woodson playing at the top of his game, Johnson will have to work hard to get very little.

MILES AUSTIN –  Dallas has struggled to move the ball in the last two games, and Tony Romo has been spreading the football around during that time.  Oakland has been good about not allowing passing touchdowns as well as limiting yards against teams’ receivers.   

MATT FORTE –  Forte has been a huge disappointment so far this year and that won’t change this week.  At this point he should have to work just to be in your everyday lineup.  If you’re in a PPR league and have no other options he might be worth a look but Minnesota is 4th in the NFL in yards per game allowed and have surrendered only 3 rushing touchdowns all year.

MARSHAWN LYNCH –  Questionable with a shoulder injury, Lynch is already a shaky start.  Add that to the fact that the Bills play a solid run defense in Miami and you have a fantasy dud in week 12.

DUSTIN KELLER –  With Mark Sanchez up and down season it’s hard to know what to expect out of any of his targets.  Keller has shown some potential this year but don’t look for much this week against an unfavorable Carolina matchup.


JOSH FREEMAN –  Freeman looked shaky last week for the first time since he burst onto the scene with a 3 touchdown performance against the Packers.  This week though, he attacks an Atlanta secondary that ranks near the bottom in yards per game and touchdown given up.  Atlanta should win this game but Freeman could be good for a couple of touchdowns and a bunch of yards.

FELIX JONES –  If your stretched thin at RB this week Jones could be a good start.  Oakland run defense is soft and has been susceptible to the big play, and there’s not many in the league with Jones’ big play potential.

JAMAAL CHARLES –  Charles has been solid since replacing Larry Johnson after his suspension.  Last week owners who had the guts to start him against a stout Steelers run defense were rewarded with a receiving touchdown and some hard earned yards (Charles also took a KO to the house).  This week he has a better matchup against San Diego and look for the Chiefs to keep this game a little closer with Charles getting used as a rusher and receiver.

ANTONIO BRYANT –  Bryant returned to action last week and modestly had 3 receptions for 40 yards as rookie Josh Freeman struggled with his accuracy.  Bryant can expect a few more targets as Tampa Bay’s most reliable receiver while the Buc’s try and keep up with a very capable Falcons offense.

MICHEAL CRABTREE –  After a big second half against the Packers the 49ers would be foolish to at least not play some of the game in a similar shotgun style offense against the Jaguars.  The pass defense is not a good and Alex Smith seems to be coming into himself these days.

JERMICHEAL FINLEY –              Its hard to put too many weapons from one team on these lists, but the Packers are playing a Lions team that gave up 37 points to the Browns!  Finley lead the team in receptions in his first week back and has clearly become a safety blanket of sorts for Rodgers.  With lots of red zone opportunities to go around this week, Finley will get his looks and could be in for a big day.

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  1. November 30, 2009 7:35 pm

    results: STUDS- 5-3 Ill take a win with AP with 100 total yards and 1 touchdown, not what owners were hoping for but Favre stole the show again. Vincente Jackson and Greg Jennings were on the right teams but just the wrong pick in the secondary as Donald Driver and Antonio Gates had the Stud days.

    DUDS- 5-1 Took a win with calvin even though he got in the endzone this week because he only caught two balls for 10 yards. Lynch didnt play and its hard to find reasons to start Forte each week for fantasy owners.

    SLEEPERS- 4-2 Finley and Crabtree were average and not much help, but anyone who took chances with the others got nice returns as they all found the endzone and Freeman had 250+ with 2 TDs 0 INTs!!

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