StrategyNovember 27, 2007

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Tuesday Morning Quarterback – Week 12

By Michael Stephens

Week 12 of the NFL season featured many predictable outcomes but also brought us a myriad of interesting situations in fantasy football land. The Packers, Cowboys, and Patriots kept rolling as we all suspected, but it is teams like the upstart Buccaneers and Browns that have everyone buzzing. We have officially arrived at the point of no return. If your team hasn’t made the playoffs, you only have one week left. Can players like Andre Hall and Kolby Smith take your team to the end, or should you rely on solid performances from trusted vets like Jamal Lewis and Willis McGahee? Coverage of all the week 12 games will be covered in the following, so sit back and make all the right reads because it’s time to start the Tuesday Morning Quarterback!

• Packers 37, Lions 26
Green Bay has finally found a starting running back that is worth his salt. Ryan Grant continues to impress from all angles in the Packers spread offensive attack. Since taking over in the backfield, Grant is averaging 24 touches a game and has not had less than 21 in any contest since getting the job. What impresses me most is how the Packers are lining him up and throwing to him out of the spread. He has topped 90 total yards in four of five games and likely would have the other time if he wasn’t dinged up at the beginning of garbage time against the Panthers. With a fantasy playoff schedule that is laughably easy, plan on Grant to be a top 12 contributor for the rest of the season. Brett Favre, Donald Driver, and Greg Jennings all had huge games and are must-starts in all formats going forward.

There are not a lot of positives out of the Lions camp but I will do my best to make their glass half-full (even if it is looking like a shot glass at this point). Kevin Jones had his best game in a month as the Lions forced the issue on the ground early, but their lack of big plays and attacking nature in the passing game eventually sunk them in this one. Consider Jones a terrible start next week against a Vikings team that will make John Kitna pass early and often to beat them. Calvin Johnson had a ridiculous 15 targets in this game but only hauled in 7 catches. Though his stat line looked great with 83 yards and a touchdown, he was dropping balls left and right and virtually killed the value of Roy Williams (3 catches, 32 yards) in this game. Both Lions wide receivers are worth a start against this porous pass defense of the Vikings this coming week but those are the only Lions worth plugging into your lineups.

• Cowboys 34, Jets 3
This was the most pathetic of all Thanksgiving games by far. The referees might as well have called the game after Terrance Newman intercepted Kellen Clemens and returned the ball 50 yards for a touchdown. Marion Barber again proved two things: he is the only Dallas running back worth starting, and he is not as reliable of a fantasy asset as some might think. He is nothing better than a number two or three back most weeks in this big-play oriented passing attack. Tony Romo posted a pedestrian outing by his standards but did not have to force anything with an early 21-0 lead. He still found Terrell Owens and Jason Witten on his scoring tosses and finished with over 200 total yards. It is clear that Owens is Romo’s main man in the passing game, but do not forget about Jason Witten as long as Patrick Crayton and Terry Glenn are still out.

Without a big play from Leon Washington in the return game, talking about the Jets in fantasy terms is about as exciting as listening to a Tony Siragusa sideline report. There is no doubt in my mind that Clemens will be a better long-term option under center for the Jets. However, this fact all but kills any fantasy value left on this roster. With Laveranues Coles questionable every week and Jerricho Cotchery seemingly allergic to scoring touchdowns, this passing attack that will have to rely on Chris Baker and Justin McCareins for production. Would you trust your fantasy playoff lives to any of these clowns? I think not. Cotchery is worth a start in deep leagues as a number 3 receiver but that is it.

• Colts 31, Falcons 13
The Colts got a scare for two quarters of this game as it looked like their offense was never going to come back to life. Joseph Addai missed a golden opportunity for a monster game when he injured his neck in the second quarter but returned from the scare to garner 58 total yards and a touchdown. He looked good in limited work and is obviously worth starting next week (just don’t expect any miracles). Peyton Manning got back to business by throwing 3 touchdowns and topping 270 yards and was able to involve Reggie Wayne, Anthony Gonzalez, and both tight ends heavily in the offense. Only Wayne and Manning are worth starting against an inspired Jacksonville team that can tie the Colts for the division lead with a win on Sunday.

Those in IDP leagues appreciate the monster afternoon by linebacker Michael Boley as he totaled 10 tackles, 3 sacks, and a forced fumble. Roddy White further proved that he is the only big-play threat on this team and that he is still a risky start because of inconsistency. White grabbed 6 balls for 104 yards and a long touchdown and proved to be the only Falcon other than Boley that should be paid over the league minimum. Joey Harrington is what he is; an over-hyped, burned-out ex-Heisman finalist who will never amount to anything more than Ryan Leaf with a prettier smile and a bit of stage presence. All other Falcons should be jettisoned to the waiver wire if you have not already done so. Hopefully some poor schmuck in your league gambles with Alge Crumpler or Jerrious Norwood in their playoff match up against you. Muahaha…

• Seahawks 24, Rams 19
Seattle finally made up for puking away the Arizona game earlier in the season but further proved that if they are not able to earn a home playoff game, that they will be making a first round exit this season. Inconsistency reigns on this team, and that fact will likely continue with constant injuries to the receiving corps. DJ Hackett was unable to complete the game after re-aggravating his ankle sprain and it looks like he will be missing at least 2 more weeks. The Hawks need to pass effectively to win, and with nice match-ups down the stretch that will have real life playoff implications he still has considerable value. Deion Branch will take over as the go-to guy in Seattle and Bobby Engram will be worth starting as your number two receiver going forward. Matt Hasselbeck will bounce back from his first one touchdown game in 6 weeks an should be started along with Branch, Engram, and Maurice Morris from here on out.

Steven Jackson did enough to satisfy his fantasy owners with 105 total yards and a score, but looked unimpressive after his 53 yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter. He rushed for 37 yards on his other 22 carries and was again underutilized in the Rams’ passing game. Especially with uncertainty at the quarterback position, the Rams should lean on Jackson heavily in their upcoming games with teams that are soft against the run (Atlanta and Cincinnati). Torry Holt did not impress this week in posting 5 receptions for 54 yards, but is easily worth starting every week regardless of who is throwing him the ball. Other than Jackson and Holt, all other Rams should be avoided down the stretch. There is not enough reward to be gained from the risk of starting Isaac Bruce or Drew Bennett in a must-win fantasy game.

• Vikings 41, Giants 17
Minnesota’s defense came up huge in this game and allowed their pathetic passing game to hide behind their impressive running attack. The defense was easily the most effective Vikings fantasy player, as it amassed 3 touchdowns, 4 turnovers, and 3 sacks in their drubbing of Eli Manning and the Giants. Sidney Rice came up with another big play for a touchdown and topped 80 yards for the first time all season. He is still too inconsistent to start even in deeper leagues, but he could have significant value in dynasty and keeper leagues that keep a lot of players. Chester Taylor was unspectacular in gaining 89 total yards on 33 touches, but he was able to add a touchdown for good measure. He will likely be splitting carries with Adrian Peterson this week and is worth a flex start against the Lions. Keep your ears open on Peterson’s status, but it looks as though he will be healthy enough to play. He has repeatedly proved that he will make the most of a limited workload and is a must-start if he is good to go.

The Giants did not look like the 7-3 team that many (including yours truly) thought would be able to shred the Vikings defense for a ton of big plays through the air. Eli Manning played his worst game of the season as he looked to emulate Carson Palmer’s performance against the Cardinals last week. The only difference for Eli was that three of his four interceptions were effectively returned for touchdowns without a penalty on the return. Amani Toomer (83 yards) and Plaxico Burress (93 yards, 1 touchdown) had their best games in the last 5 weeks, but both look to be questionable starts against the Bears and Eagles down the stretch. Without the consistency that Brandon Jacobs brings to the Giants offense, this unit looks like a fish out of water. Jacobs is likely to miss at least one more game with a hamstring injury and it is still up in the air if Derrick Ward will healthy enough to replace him in the backfield. I would avoid both Ward and Reuben Droughns for now and hope for a speedy recovery for Jacobs.

• Buccaneers 19, Redskins 13
Tampa Bay forced six turnovers and withstood a late Washington rally en route to their seventh win of the season. Jeff Garcia left the game early in the first half with back pain and was unable to return. It is looking like the injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined against the Saints this weekend. If this is the case, Ernest Graham will be the only Tampa player worth a start with backup Bruce Gradkowski under center. All Buccaneer receivers take a hit in value (as does their defense) with the inconsistent and turnover happy Gradkowski running the offense. Graham did post some decent numbers against a good Redskins rush defense and will look to build on his 75 yard/1 touchdown performance in 4 consecutive games against soft defenses. I cannot overstate the value of Graham with his playoff schedule (Saints, Texans, Falcons, 49ers). He should post borderline number one starter numbers form here on out and only stands to gain from Garcia’s swift return.

With the staggering news of Sean Taylor’s untimely shooting death, the hearts and minds of all football fans should be with Taylor’s family and the Redskins organization. Say what you want about his personal life and off-field issues, but no one deserves to have their home invaded and be shot in front of their loved ones, period. This is a tragic loss to the Redskins defensive unit that had previously struggled in pass coverage. With only rookie safety LaRon Landry making any waves in the Redskins secondary, look for teams to continually exploit them with the deep ball. Jason Campbell threw the ball 49 times en route to topping 300 yards again but is spreading the ball around too well for anyone not named Chris Cooley to be counted on as a receiver. Clinton Portis has two nice match-ups with the Bills and Bears on the horizon and he should get the lions share of premium carries against these two underachieving rush defenses. Be wary of Washington’s playoff schedule with New York and Minnesota looming and temper your expectations.

• Saints 31, Panthers 6
Drew Brees continues to impress us with big yardage totals and multiple touchdown games and is helping to reinstate Marques Colston (93 yards, 1 touchdown) as an elite receiving option. Brees threw three touchdowns and now has 15 scoring tosses in his last 7 games. He has cut down on the interceptions and is again making all of the throws and spreading the ball all over the field. Reggie Bush was limited to 12 touches for 62 yards, which is probably a good thing for his long-term value. The Saints got up big early in the second half and did not need to risk the health of their franchise player when beating down a beleaguered Panthers defense. The Saints have a pretty soft schedule after their game with Tampa Bay this weekend and should be making a playoff push that will solidify the value of Brees, Colston, and Bush until season’s end. Consider all three must-starts when healthy.

Other than linebacker Jon Beason, I do not see a Carolina player that I would touch with a ten-foot pole, the North Pole, or any other pole for that matter. Steve Smith led the Panthers in rushing with one attempt for 22 yards; I will not repeat this because I might choke on my own vomit by doing so. Smith caught 6 balls for a paltry 47 yards and this is further proof that the Panthers can avoid, ignore, and otherwise neutralize a superlative offensive talent on a weekly basis. Drop all Panthers other than Smith and pray that an opposing owner is thin at running back and starts DeShaun Foster or DeAngelo Williams against you! Side note – it is looking like Carolina is the team that you will want to start your fantasy D/ST against on a weekly basis, even if that choice is the 49ers…

• Jaguars 36, Bills 14
The Jaguars are clearly a better team in all aspects of the game when David Garrard is under center. Garrard continued his impressive streak of interception-free games and totaled 296 yards and a touchdown against the Bills. He makes all of the big plays and takes care of the ball which is all you can ask for in a signal caller. Fred Taylor had his best game of the year with 118 total yards and a score, and further proved that he is healthy enough to kill the value of Maurice Jones-Drew. Both are nothing more than flex plays going forward, especially against the Colts this week, but I would still give a slight advantage to Jones-Drew because of his pass receiving and kickoff return skills. Reggie Williams is making all of the big plays in the passing game but do you really want to gamble on him catching a long touchdown pass in a must-win fantasy playoff game? All Jaguar receivers should be avoided in shallower leagues as they are simply too inconsistent in their production.

The Bills have about as many positives as do the Carolina Panthers for the rest of the season. On top of an injury to their top offensive threat Marshawn Lynch, this offense is plagued by constant quarterback changes and inconsistent play across the board. Trent Edwards has already been named the week 13 starter which should kill what little value Lee Evans and this offense had left. Evans has totaled 10 catches for 124 yards in 3 games since his mini-resurgence in October and looks to be nothing more than bench fodder from here on out. With Anthony Thomas added to the injury report and Lynch at least one week from his return, it looks as though second-year running back Fred Jackson will get the bulk of carries against a pretty good Redskins rush defense. Even if you are as desperate as the NFL Network is to get viewers, you would not want a piece of this action!

• Bengals 35, Titans 6
The outcome of this game was hard to fathom. How could the reeling Bengals defense shut down one of the best rushing attacks in the AFC and post 5 touchdowns on a solid defensive unit while only forcing 2 turnovers? Heck if I know… Carson Palmer found Chad Johnson on all three of his touchdown passes and Johnson dazzled us both with his 12 catches for 102 yards and his impressive camera work! Unfortunately, this is the kind of thing that we have come to expect from “Ocho-Cinco” – he loses track of the end zone for eight weeks and then finds it 3 times in one week. On paper his six touchdowns sound pretty nice in conjunction with his 1,041 receiving yards, but the problem lies in the fact that most of these numbers come from 3 games. He is still a must-start option at receiver, but he will get you 7 catches for 93 yards more often than 12 catches and 3 touchdowns. T.J. Houshmandzadeh has slowed down a bit with the return of Chris Henry but both look to be worth starting in leagues with three or more receivers. Palmer can spread around enough touchdowns for all three to have value as the Bengals make one final playoff push.

Vince Young turned in another pedestrian performance in this game and the Titans running game continued to fade into oblivion. I do not think that any player on this offensive unit is worth a start other than Justin Gage. Gage has 17 catches for 254 yards and a touchdown in his last 3 games and looks to be the only receiver that Vince Young can count on to be consistently healthy and open down the field. He looks like a great sneaky play as a number three receiver down the road. Keith Bulluck and David Thornton are beasts in IDP leagues and look to be the only Titans worth starting regardless of match-ups.

• Browns 27, Texans 17
The Browns keep on winning by chewing up the clock on offense and keeping their suspect defense off the field. Jamal Lewis turned his 31 touches into 147 total yards and a touchdown against a weak Texans defense. I will continue to preach about Lewis’ ridiculously easy playoff schedule so that no one does anything silly like bench him. Other than a much expected low-output game against the Steelers in week 10, Lewis has produced elite fantasy numbers one way or the other. In the other 3 games this month he 373 yards and 6 touchdowns. Who wants to bet me that the Cardinals, Jets, Bills, and Bengals will do anything to change this? Anyone? I thought not! Derrick Anderson will also take advantage of this cakewalk and should continue to get Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards the necessary touches to put up elite fantasy stats. Do NOT forget to handcuff Jason Wright to Lewis in all formats as he has considerable value should Lewis be injured (and since he has played 5 weeks without so much as a scratch I would consider him a ticking time bomb).

The Texans had to play catch-up all game long and a potentially monster day for Ron Dayne (on paper) fizzled as the game progressed. He was able to gain 85 yards on 18 touches and continues to make the most of his carries for this injury-prone Texans backfield though, so I would not hold him personally responsible. Play the match-ups with Dayne going forward and expect number three/flex production from him. Kevin Walter is coming off his best game in a month (65 yards, 1 touchdown) and is worth a look when he faces a Titans secondary that allowed him to run free for 97 yards and a score earlier this year. After 120 yards and a touchdown in his return last week, Andre Johnson was only able to snare 3 balls for 37 yards. Expect him to turn things around against the Titans and start him alongside Walter. Owen Daniels makes for a nice stopgap at tight end as well after his second straight solid outing (7 catches, 82 yards and a touchdown).

• Raiders 20, Chiefs 17
My theory about underachieving position players continues to come true! I talked badly about Justin Fargas and he rewarded his owners with 24 touches for 157 yards and a touchdown. The forgotten man, LaMont Jordan, chipped in with a whopping 4 yards and a touchdown in this game but you can leave him on the scrap heap as long as Fargas is healthy. This team is clearly better with Daunte Culpepper at quarterback. He seems to be able to do just enough in the passing game to keep the running game rolling. For that, all Fargas owners should be thankful. Drop all other Raiders immediately (other than Kirk Morrison, of course!). No Raider other than these 2 is worth owning at this point.

Rookie running back Kolby Smith emerged as a great running back option down the stretch and should be immediately handcuffed to Larry Johnson if you hadn’t done so already and if he is still available. Smith made his debut as an NFL running back by gaining 150 yards on 31 carries and scoring 2 touchdowns. He might be rewarded for this performance with a trip to the bench sooner than later, but it looks as though Larry Johnson will be out for at least another week. The Chiefs face three defenses in the bottom half of the league in fantasy points allowed to running backs and whoever starts in this tandem should receive consideration as a number two running back in fantasy. Other than Smith, only rookie receiver Dwayne Bowe had a respectable showing in this one. Bowe topped 60 yards for the fifth time in six games and looks to be the main target for quarterback Brodie Croyle in the red zone. Start Tony Gonzalez as well. He is still a top 5 fantasy tight end and that won’t change for the rest of the season.

• 49ers 37, Cardinals 31
In an ugly ending that left Seahawks fans like me screaming out loud, the 49ers reminded the Cardinals of 3 things: neither have any chance of making the playoffs, Neil Rackers can’t finish anymore, and Frank Gore is a darned good player. Gore was the headline story of this game as he posted his best outing of the year by far (21 carries, 11 catches, 214 total yards, and 2 touchdowns). Sadly, many owners chose this week to give up on Gore and he probably attained these numbers on a majority of people’s benches. That should not be the case going forward. Other than a week 14 match-up with the Vikings, the 49ers have a soft running back schedule with Carolina and Cincinnati on the docket that Gore should be able to exploit. Don’t go doing anything crazy like starting Trent Dilfer, but he might resurrect some value from Vernon Davis down the stretch. Just a thought. By the way IDPers, Patrick Willis looks like a top keeper for next year after turning in another impressive effort with 18 tackles and a half a sack. Michael Lewis is also a must start at defensive back going forward.

Kurt Warner posted another laughably productive day passing the football in this game, topping 480 yards and 2 touchdowns. Again unless you are in a league that uses team quarterbacks, you are cursing Tim Rattay right now for “vulturing” touchdown passes from Warner on one and two yard goal line plays. Larry Fitzgerald had a monster game with 9 catches for 156 yards and 2 touchdowns, including a ridiculous reception on a “Hail Mary” to end the first half. He is the only Cardinal other than Warner that is worth starting in shallow leagues. Edgerrin James and Anquan Boldin are definitely worth looks in deeper leagues, but their spotty production and inconsistency make them more flex starts than anything.

• Bears 37, Broncos 34
Todd Sauerbrun is already the punch line of the week but I thought I’d pile on for good measure. If he could have gotten one kick out of bounds and away from Devin Hester and the Bears punt-block team, the Broncos would have won this game. Rex Grossman posted another pedestrian outing with 193 yards, one touchdown, and two turnovers and the Bears ran the ball with some results in this ugly overtime victory. Cedric Benson suffered a season ending injury and will be replaced by a combination of Adrian Peterson and rookie Garrett Wolfe. Both ran effectively after Benson left the game and if the Bears pick one and stick with him, there could finally be a viable option in the Chicago backfield. Stay tuned for who that might be and pick up both in the meantime. Bernard Berrian only caught 3 balls for 24 yards, but did manage to grab the lone touchdown pass from Grossman. As long as Sexy Rexy is under center for this team, Berrian is the only pass catcher worth starting (even in deeper leagues).

Rookie running back Andre Hall is the story of this game, as he gained 167 yards of total offense and a touchdown before leaving the game with an injury. Couple this with Travis Henry’s eminent suspension and Selvin Young’s questionable status and you have a classic setup for some Shanahanigans in Denver’s backfield next week. Early word out of the Mile High City has Cecil Sapp and Mike Bell splitting carries if Young is unable to start, which makes this backfield a complete mess directly before the tastiest running back match up of the year (Oakland). If there is a clear cut starter and you have no better options at number two or three running back then you can gamble here, but if there is much riding on your fantasy match-up for the week, I would avoid this situation completely. Jay Cutler looked very good en route to 302 passing yards and two touchdowns, as he continues to make Brandon Marshall and Tony Scheffler great options going forward. Javon Walker could return this week but is still a couple weeks away from reliable production at wide receiver. Even when healthy, he will likely steal touches from Brandon Stokley, not Marshall or Scheffler.

• Chargers 32, Ravens 14
Phillip Rivers continued his up and down play with 249 passing yards and 3 touchdowns in this game. He found Antonio Gates 6 times for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns, while spreading the other score to Chris Chambers. Chambers has not made the splash that some though that he would in San Diego but he has still scored at least 9 points in three out of five games in power blue and white. LaDainian Tomlinson was able to eek out 121 yards on 30 touches against a Ravens defense that is still very tough against the run and will look to improve upon his performance against a Chiefs team that gave up over 150 yards and two touchdowns to the Raiders. This team will be fighting for its playoff life until the end of the season, which should bring considerable value out of Gates and Tomlinson that hasn’t been there at the end of the last two seasons.

Willis McGahee remains the only top flight fantasy performer on this team as he scored a touchdown in his sixth straight game. He is averaging 4.3 yards per carry which is a vast improvement from his last years in Buffalo. If he can find the end zone against the tough Colts and Patriots defenses to offset a downward spike in his yardage totals, he should be able to post two very nice games against the Dolphins and Seahawks to end the season. Derrick Mason seems to be developing some rapport with quarterback Kyle Boller and got back on track with a 7 catch, 99 yard performance. Now that it looks as though Boller will finish the season under center, look for Mason to continue to improve his numbers and warrant a start as a number two or three receiver from here on out. No other Ravens are worth owning at this point in the season.

• Patriots 31, Eagles 28
The Patriots may look like they lost a step on the rest of the league but I chalk up most of their struggles to the impressive defensive scheme of the Eagles. I don’t think that this performance will be duplicated by any other team this season because no one has the same personnel as the Eagles nor can any other team in the league mix in effective blitzing and coverage in the way that we saw Sunday night. Tom Brady threw one touchdown and added 380 yards in his first game of the year with less than three scoring tosses. I fully expect him to get back on track next week and so should you. Brady was able to find Wes Welker 13 times for 149 yards (both career highs for Welker) as he picked apart the middle of the field and the flats. Randy Moss had a quiet game with 5 catches for 43 yards, which was to be expected after his four-score outburst last week. All three of these Patriots are obvious must starts going forward and I would add Ben Watson into consideration as well.

AJ Feeley looked impressive in his first start of the season and if anyone laid out a blueprint for success against the Patriots, it was the offensive brain-trust of the Eagles. Feeley threw for 345 yards and 3 touchdowns against one of the league’s top defenses at home. He effectively used the middle of the field and found Greg Lewis (Remember him? You might want to if Donovan McNabb misses anymore time), LJ Smith, and company all game long. Brian Westbrook gained 92 yards and scored a touchdown in the losing effort and will look to improve his yardage numbers next week against a Seahawks defense that plays the run well but has given up big plays on the ground in each of the last three weeks. Reggie Brown, Kevin Curtis, and Greg Lewis are all likely to drag each other’s value down and probably belong on your bench until some clarity is gained on the quarterback situation. Start Brown in deeper leagues if you have to choose between the three.

• Steelers 3, Dolphins 0
This was one of the ugliest games in recent memory and I don’t know if we can blame the entire outcome on the sloppy field and the terrible weather conditions. Ben Roethlisberger completed 18 of 21 passes for paltry yardage totals but made all the plays on the last drive to get the Steelers in position for the winning field goal with 20 seconds left. Hines ward had 9 catches for 88 yards and is clearly a better play with Santonio Holmes out with an injury. Willie Parker totaled 89 yards on 25 carries in a noble effort without any solid footing. He should be a fine play going forward as the Steelers fight for home-field advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs, though I still think he won’t score more than two touchdowns down the stretch. The other surprising storyline was the disappearance of tight end Heath Miller. He did not catch a pass and was not even targeted once in a game that seemed tailor made for his skill-set. Miller has only 9 catches in his last 4 games so if you have a better option at tight end, now would be the time to plug him in.

The Dolphins cannot win to save their lives and they are losing running backs like there is no tomorrow! The Ricky Williams comeback story ended early in the first half after posting 6 carries and 15 yards before leaving with a season-ending injury. Jessee Chatman then followed suit with a serious looking injury that inhibited his return to the game as well. Make way for Patrick Cobbs and possibly Sam Gado (yes that Sam Gado) in the Miami backfield. The Dolphins have no where else to turn as they are on their number four and five running backs and you should treat these two as such (number four and five backs). Both make for decent speculative pickups for depth at running back but have no long term value on this team. John doesn’t look bad at quarterback but he is the quarterback of the future. Keep that last word in mind…

That wraps up my coverage of the action from Week 12. It’s time to ice down that throwing arm and hit the research until next Thursday (time to buy that ol’ NFL Network subscription!) Hopefully this information will help you lead your team to a playoff birth and beyond. I hope to see you all next week and look forward to your feedback and suggestions. Feel free to email or PM me at any time.

Michael Stephens is an avid fantasy sports enthusiast who writes for the Cafe. He hails from the Pacific Northwest and is a die-hard Seahawk fan to the core! You can find Michael in the Cafe's forums where he actively posts under the name of WaCougMBS.
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