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Week 17: The End of the 2011 Fantasy Season

Welcome to the last Brew Crew corner of 2011. This is the final week of the 2011 NFL regular season and the completion of 2011 Fantasy leagues. Congratulations to those who won a championship last week. This week will be the final games for those who have a 14 week regular season. It has been a long road but for a few, it will lead to a fantasy trophy.

Top 20 Fantasy players over the past 3 weeks.

RK Player            POS    FPTS
1. Maurice Drew Jones-Drew JAC     RB    91    
2. Tom Brady NEP         QB    86    
3. Drew Brees NOS         QB    82    
4. Roddy White ATL         WR    79    
5. Ray Rice BAL            RB    77    
6. Matthew Stafford DET     QB    75    
7. C.J. Spiller BUF         RB    73    
8. Arian Foster HOU         RB    72    
9. Aaron Rodgers GBP         QB    72    
10. Reggie Bush MIA         RB    70    
11. Julio Jones ATL         WR    70    
12. Cam Newton CAR         QB    70    
13. Tim Tebow DEN         QB    70    
14. Steven Jackson STL         RB    69    
15. Marshawn Lynch SEA         RB    69    
16. Matt Ryan ATL         QB    69    
17. Calvin Johnson DET         WR    68    
18. Marques Colston NOS     WR    67    
19. LeSean McCoy PHI         RB    66    
20. Ryan Mathews SDC         RB    64    

The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.

Tom Brady– 27-for-46 for 304 yards, 1 touchdown, 9 carries 17 yards 2 touchdowns. Brady is not known for scoring with his legs as he had scored his first rushing touchdown the week before for the season. This week he scored two touchdowns on the ground. That is as many as he had in 2009 and 2010 combined.

Jordy Nelson– 6 receptions 115 yards 2 touchdowns. Nelson is one of the most productive late round or waiver pick ups this season. He was drafted on average at 11.03 and in most cases probably slipped through undrafted. Now he is the 7th best wide receiver in fantasy leagues.

Arian Foster– 23 carries for 158 yards, 1 touchdown. Foster missed the Week 1 game against the Colts but in the second meeting he ran over them. Despite missing time early this season, Foster’s average 26.8 ppg which is on pace
from last season when he averaged 26.9 ppg.

The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.

LeSean McCoy & Tony Romo. Normally I don’t put injured players on the dud list but these are the fantasy playoffs and when your best starters leave the game, you don’t have the opportunity to substitute that player like you can in a real NFL game.

Steve Smith– 1 reception 9 yards. Smitty looked like a lock to put up big numbers against a poor Tampa Bay team. The Panthers scored plenty of points but Smith was not part of the equation.

Hakeem Nicks– 1 reception for 20 yards. Victor Cruz stole the show but Nicks saw 7 targets in this game and should have had better stats.

MATCH-UPS

Good quarterback match-ups this week:

Eli Manning against the Cowboys. This is going to be a big game for Manning and it will define this season for him. Manning has already set a career best for passing yards in a season but for the past 2 weeks his stats have been subpar. The first meeting against the Cowboys Manning threw for 400 yards and two scores. The Giants seem to have a running game again which will open up the passing lanes. The Cowboys are 23rd in pass defense allowing 238.3 with 21 touchdowns allowed.

Philip Rivers against the Raiders. The Chargers are eliminated but they can still drag the Raiders down with them. Rivers threw for 274 yards and 2 touchdowns in the first game against Oakland. The Raiders are 25th in pass defense allowing 247.5 passing yards per game with 28 touchdowns.

Sleeper Pick of the Week: Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Patriots. The Patriots need a win to lock up the #1 seed and the Bills would love to prevent that. The Bills are 1-4 in the division but the one win was against the Bills where Fitzpatrick put up his most yards of the season with 369. The Patriots ranked 32nd in passing and have given up the leagues most plays over 20 yards with 76.

Good running back match-ups this week:

Maurice Jones-Drew against the Titans. Jones-Drew has played well during the fantasy playoffs with back to back 100 yard games and a touchdown last week. In week 10, Jones-Drew ran for 114 yards and a score. Look for MJD to close out the year with another 100+ yard game. The Colts with a loss can lock up the #1 draft pick next year and have the 29th ranked defense allowing 140.9 rushing yards per game with 19 rushing touchdowns.

Frank Gore against the Rams. Nothing is better for fantasy owners than one of their best players going up against a great match-up as well as the team playing for a playoff seed. The Niners need a win to secure the #2 seed. Gore posted just 73 rushing yards in week 13 against the Rams but he’s healthy now and should run over a defense that is 32nd in the league against the run allowing 154.5 rushing yards per game with 15 touchdowns.

Sleeper Pick of the Week: Kahlil Bell against the Vikings. With Matt Forte done for the year and Marion Barber unhealthy, Bell has had an opportunity for more playing time. Last week he ran for 121 yards on 21 carries. If you are looking for a player to fill in then Bell could be the guy as he faces the Vikings who are allowing 28.8 points a game.

Bad quarterback match-ups this week:

Rex Grossman against the Eagles. The Eagles have won 3 games in a row but it was too little too late. To save face they will look to finish at 8-8. Grossman’s last outing against the Eagles was rough as he had just 143 yards passing and 4 interceptions. Not a good match-up to put your championship hopes on.

Charlie Batch against the Browns. Ben Roethlisberger is dealing with the high ankle sprain and has a chance to play but either quarterback will have a tough game against the Browns who are second to the Steelers in pass defense. The
Browns are allowing 184.0 passing yards per game with 16 touchdowns given up.   

Aaron Rodgers against the Lions. With the #1 seed wrapped up, this game has no importance to the Packers and they won’t risk injury to key players so even if he plays don’t expect him to stay in long. It is a big blow to owners. I hope you have a good back-up quarterback. The Lions can still benefit from a win and will play hard in this game.

Bad running back match-ups this week:

Chris Johnson against the Texans. Johnson may miss this game due to an injury but if he plays he’ll have a tough match-up against a Texans team that held him to 18 yards in week 7. Johnson is having the worst year as pro and shouldn’t be counted on this week. The Texans 4th in run defense allowing 96.7 rushing yards per game with only 8 touchdowns allowed this season.

Shonn Greene against the Dolphins. The one thing the Dolphins have done well this season is play run defense they enter the final week of the season ranked 3rd overall giving up just 93.4 yards per game on the ground with 8 touchdowns. Greene was held to 74 yards in week 6 against the Dolphins and hasn’t played well the past two weeks  averaging just 65.5 yards rushing.

Peyton Hillis against the Steelers. Hillis said he believes in the Madden Curse stating “Things haven’t worked to my favor this year. There’s a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain’t no doubt about it.” It has been a very disappointing year for him and he ends the year with a tough division match-up against the Steelers who still have a shot at winning the division with a win. The Steelers are 9th in run defense allowing 101.7 rushing yards per game with only 7 touchdowns all season on the ground.

Week 17: Have a happy and safe New Year’s! See you in 2012.

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Cheers!

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