Welcome to Week 12 of the Brew Crew Corner. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! There is plenty for everyone to be thankful for. What I am thankful for is my wife’s pregnancy as she is due any day with our first child. We are having a boy! The Holidays along with a child on the way has made it hard for me to keep my fantasy focus but I am a veteran and I will never miss a waiver claim or line-up submission.
It’s going to be a crazy week for fantasy owners. One thing to be thankful for is the return of Andre Johnson. I could have used him the last few weeks and with all the players going on IR, it helps to get back a player of his caliber. I know we all have Parades, families, Black Fridays and holiday decorating to get done so let’s dive right in!
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.
Kevin Smith – 16 carries, 140 yards, two touchdowns, four receptions for 61 yards one touchdown. The return of Smith adds a much needed run game to the Detroit Lions and he will be a top waiver pick this week. Smith had not scored in a game since week 13 of the 2009 season and looked to be done in the NFL.
Ray Rice – 20 carries for 104 yards two touchdowns, five receptions for 43 yards. Rice made up for his poor performance against the Seahawks with a two score performance. Bad news is that he faces the best run defense this week when he plays the 49ers.
Nate Washington – Nine receptions for 115 yards two touchdowns. Washington was targeted nine times and caught all nine passes. He’s got good match-ups coming up against the Buccaneers and Bills.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.
Chris Johnson – 12 carries for 13 yards. 1.08, that is the yards per carry Johnson posted in this game. After putting up his second 100-yard game of the season, he layed another dud and pointing fingers is not the best way to get more carries.
Eric Decker – No Catches, five targets. Decker had scored three straight weeks but came away from this game without a grab. It just shows you that you can’t count on the receivers in Denver wit Tim Tebow at quarterback.
Jermichael Finley – One receptions for 30 yards. So much for Finley being a dominant tight end when he’s scored in just three games this season and has yet to past a 100-yard game.
Good quarterback match-ups this week:
Matt Ryan against the Vikings. Ryan has put up great numbers the past three weeks averaging 314 passing yards over those three games with six touchdowns. The Vikings are in the bottom half of the league in pass defense. Last week Oakland held their opponent to under 200 yards and one touchdown but two weeks ago they gave up four passing touchdowns to the Packers. The Vikings defense is allowing 259.4 passing yards per game (28th) with 19 touchdowns allowed.
Ben Roethlisberger against Chiefs. The Chiefs looked horrible on Monday night getting blown out by the Patriots. They have given up six multi-touchdown games this season. The Chiefs are allowing 229.6 passing yards per game (14th) with 18 touchdowns allowed. Roethlisberger is coming off a bye week but has had six straight games with a touchdown.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Matt Leinart against the Jaguars. Leinart steps into a good situation as the Texans have a good offensive line with a strong run game. Andre Johnson returns which will also help. Jacksonville has played well against the pass but Leinart has enough weapons that he will do well.
Good running back match-ups this week:
Matt Forte against the Raiders. With Jay Cutler out of the lineup, the team will count on Forte even more in the next few weeks. Forte will face the Raiders who are allowing 131.6 rushing yards per game (25th) with 10 touchdowns. Let’s hope Forte can hold up for the rest of the year.
Cedric Benson against the Browns. Last week the yards were tough for Benson as he faced a good Ravens’ defense but he still managed two scores. This week he has a better chance to find running room as he faces the 29th rush defense in the league allowing 139.3 rushing yards per game and seven touchdowns.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Donald Brown against the Panthers. The Panthers helped resurrect the career of Kevin Smith and have had a running back rush for over 100 yards in back to back games. The Panthers’ defense has struggled due to the injuries they have had and are allowing 140.7 rushing yards per game (30th) with league high of 14 touchdowns.
Bad quarterback match-ups this week:
Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Jets. The Bills are in free fall and with the loss of Fred Jackson, it doesn’t get any easier for this offense. Fitzpatrick’s last meeting against the Jets he posted just 191 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Jets’ defense is allowing just 200.1 passing yards per game (6th) with eight touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Alex Smith against the Ravens. With quarterbacks dropping like flies your going to have to rely on several starters that you normally wouldn’t. Smith has the 49ers running away with the division but will have a very tough game this week. he will face a Ravens pass defense that is holding opponents to 211.3 passing yards per game (7th) with just seven touchdowns allowed.
Matt Moore against the Cowboys. Moore has thrown three touchdowns in a game twice over the past three weeks. Expect a tough outing this week on thanksgiving as the Cowboys are back on track and playing well. The Cowboys pass defense is allowing 227.5 yards per game (13th) with 14 touchdowns allowed and interceptions.
Bad running back match-ups this week:
Ray Rice against the 49ers. In 10 straight games the 49ers have stopped all running backs from reaching the endzone while limiting teams to just 73.9 rushing yards per games (1st). Rice has not put together big performances in back-to-back games this season. It would be tough to bench Rice but you have to worry about his production this week.
Toby Gerhart against the Falcons. Adrian Peterson looks unlikely to play on his injured ankle which will give Gerhart the possible start. The Falcons limited Chris Johnson last week to just 13 yards and have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. They are 2nd in the league allowing just 85.4 rushing yards per game with six touchdowns.
Brandon Jacobs against the Saints. The Giants have missed Ahmad Bradshaw in the lineup and it shows. The team generated just 29 rushing yards last week and are an unbelievable 31st in the league in rushing yards per game. The Saints are ranked 19th in the league in run defense but as bad as the Giants looked lately rushing the ball, if the Saints jump out ahead early then the carries will not be there.
Week 12: I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.
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