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2012 Conference Championships: Turnovers and Tight Ends

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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




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