Welcome to Week 12 of the Brew Crew Corner. The holiday season kicks off this week, and everyone will be running around like crazy trying to finish up their work for the week, visit relatives, cook for the family and prepare for Black Friday. On top of it all, you are in a dog fight for a playoff spot in your league and this week has three games on Thursday. So on top of all you have to do, you must remember to get your lineup straight, and the toughest part is making judgment calls on players that are banged up. Take a moment to look over your roster because you don’t want to start an inactive player.
This week you need to be thankful – thankful that you still have football to watch as we still don’t know what 2011 will turn out. Be thankful for those fighting overseas, be thankful for your friends and family and just take a moment to appreciate the important things in your life. While we are being thankful, let’s look at the top fantasy players at each position that we are thankful to have on our roster.
Philip Rivers 21.7 points per game (PPG)
Aaron Rodgers 21.1 PPG
Peyton Manning 20.1 PPG
Kyle Orton 19.8 PPG
Drew Brees 19.6 PPG
Arian Foster 28.1 PPG
Adrian Peterson 23.9 PPG
Peyton Hillis 23.2 PPG
Frank Gore 22.8 PPG
LeSean McCoy 22.1 PPG
Roddy White 22.2 PPG
Terrell Owens 19.6 PPG
Brandon Lloyd 19.5 PPG
Hakeem Nicks 19.1 PPG
Calvin Johnson 18.5 PPG
Antonio Gates 19.6 PPG
Marcedes Lewis 12.4 PPG
Jason Witten 12.1 PPG
Chris Cooley 11.2 PPG
Brandon Pettigrew 11.2 PPG
Sebastian Janikowski 11.7 PPG
Matt Bryant 11.1 PPG
David Akers 10.9 PPG
Rob Bironas 10.8 PPG
Dan Carpenter 10.8 PPG
Chicago Bears 14.1 PPG
Green Bay Packers 14.1 PPG
Pittsburgh Steelers 13.6 PPG
Tennessee Titans 12.8 PPG
Philadelphia Eagles 12.7 PPG
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.
Greg Jennings – 7 receptions, 152 yards, 3 TD. Got to love a player coming off a bye week that lights it up.
Stevie Johnson – 8 receptions, 137 yards, 3 TD. After Peyton Hillis, Johnson is by far the second-most valuable waiver pick up this season.
Arian Foster – 22 carries, 84 yards, 2 TD; 6 receptions, 59 yards. Foster has now passed the 1,000-yard mark and has five multi-touchdown games.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.
Ahmad Bradshaw – 12 carries, 29 yards, 1 fumble. Bradshaw’s worst game of the season saw him lose two fumbles, but one was overturned. He has been benched this week and will be a poor play until he proves himself again.
Darren McFadden – 10 carries, 14 yards. I know it was a tough matchup, but 1.4 yards per carry is awful.
Seyi Ajirotutu – 0, nada, zilch. “Seyi” goodbye to this fantasy player. In Week 9 he posted 111 yards and two touchdowns only to come off the bye with nothing. Some owners got burned on that one.
Good quarterback matchups this week:
Shaun Hill against the Patriots. Hill has posted great numbers since returning from injury and is averaging 18.5 points per game in those games. This week he faces a Patriots defense that has fallen to the bottom of the league behind Houston in pass defense. The Patriots are allowing 289.6 yards per game (31st) and have given up 20 touchdowns this season, also 31st.
Matt Cassel against the Seahawks. Cassel is finally playing like a good fantasy starter and has averaged 22 points per game the past three weeks. He will face a Seahawks team that was lit up by the Saints last week and is allowing 283.2 yards per game (30th) and have had 16 touchdowns thrown against them.
Sleeper Pick of the Week:
Sam Bradford against the Broncos. The Broncos have been lit up since coming back from London, allowing 701 yards and eight touchdowns in two games. Bradford has thrown a touchdown in every game this season and is on pace to put up 22 touchdowns this year.
Good running back matchups this week:
Ray Rice against the Buccaneers. Rice finally scored last week after scoring in just one week over the previous nine games. He will add to his scoring this week against the Buccaneers, who are 29th in yards allowed with 136.5 per game despite holding Frank Gore to 23 yards, and have surrendered eight touchdowns.
Frank Gore against the Cardinals. Nothing like a good matchup to help you forget an awful rushing game. Gore will face the Cardinals, who he lit up for 167 yards last year. Arizona is allowing 135.1 yards per game (28th) and are tied for 31st with 12 touchdowns given up this season.
Sleeper Pick of the Week:
Mike Tolbert against the Colts. Tolbert will have the bulk of the carries with Ryan Mathews dealing with an injury. Last week, Tolbert carried the ball 25 times and post his second 100-yard game. He has also scored eight touchdowns this year, tied for third-most in the league. He will face a Colts defense that is 30th in the league with 136.7 yards per game and has allowed 11 touchdowns on the ground this season.
Bad quarterback matchups this week:
Jon Kitna against the Saints. The Cowboys are trying to salvage something this season with two wins in a row, but they will face a tough Saints team that will put points on the board and then make it difficult for them to keep pace. The Saints are playing well against the pass, allowing just 186.3 yards per game (second) and are second to the Bears in touchdowns allowed with only seven this season.
Jake Delhomme against the Panthers. Misery loves company, and this week I feel the Panthers will step up and get their second win of the season. Delhomme has not played since Week 5 and has one touchdown to four interceptions this season. Carolina has been respectable against the pass, allowing 203.5 yards per game (seventh) and has given up 15 touchdowns this season while taking away 11 interceptions.
Michael Vick against the Bears. Could Vick struggle in this game? The Giants did a good job of containing Vick for most of the game and held him without a passing touchdown as well as causing his first turnover of the season. If the Bears use the Giants’ formula, they could limit Vick as well. The Bears’ defense is hot right now, allowing 212.4 yards per game (12th) and lead the league with only six touchdowns against them this season.
Bad running back matchups this week:
Fred Jackson against the Steelers. Jackson has been hot lately, averaging 28.3 points per game the past three weeks. The Steelers defense will cool him off as they are holding running backs to just 63 yards per game and have only allowed four touchdowns on the ground. Staggering stat is the 2.9 yards per carry opponents are getting.
Brandon Jackson against the Falcons. Another Jackson that is facing a touch matchup this week. “B-Jax” has been very inconsistent as a fantasy running back and should only be used as a flex option when the matchup is in his favor. He has gone five games in a row rushing for 58 yards or less with just two rushing touchdowns in that span. The Falcons are playing well and are holding running backs to 95.3 yards per game (sixth) and are tied for first with just three touchdowns allowed this season.
Matt Forte against the Eagles. Forte posted his second-best rushing game of the season last week but has been averaging 56.7 yards per game on the ground. He faces a tough Eagles defense that is hot right now and shut down the Giants’ rushing game last week. The Eagles’ defense is eighth with 99.7 yards per game and has allowed just eight touchdowns this season.
Week 12: I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
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