The "12 Pack" Week 12 Fantasy Recap, Week 13 Waiver Wire & #SNF "40-Ounce."
The Sunday games are now in the books, here are my early week 12 takeaways...
(1) *Waves off the Canton bust maker for Jalen Parmele.* In the meantime, while Parmele left with a leg injury, Jennings scored his first TD since Romney had momentum. Fuck us all.
(2) I mentioned last week that Jon Dwyer had carved out a role for himself, and Redman and Mendenhall (twice) both punctuated my point by fumbling against Cleveland...and then Dwyer fumbles. Chris Rainey scored however, so yeah, this is a pretty shitty Todd Haley mind fuck we're about to endure. Buckle up.
(3) Cecil Shorts is an every week starter. Forget that he has two of the worst QBs in perhaps the entire galaxy throwing to him, he's a strong WR3/Flex going forward. In fact, I cited that Henne had two prime matchups last week ( TEN/BUF), so get the most out of this passing game while you can (Blackmon also scored for the second time in two weeks).
(4) If Michael Bush is available in you 3 team league, run don't walk to the waiver wire. Not only is he still a monster goal line vulture, Matt Forte sustained an ankle injury...same ankle he suffered a high ankle sprain earlier in the year. Not good, kids.
(5) Yes, the Raiders are horrible. Just keep playing their skill players in the passing game, and pray for garbage time production. It's what they do.
(6) Chan Gailey is a stubborn old buzzard. Imagine if he gave C.J. Spiller 25 carries a game and used him in space correctly? No, I can't either. Just trust in his low end RB1/high end RB2 production, in the "Dickensian" like rations he receives from Ebenezer Gailey.
(7) One of my NFL Draft favorites last year was Mohamed Sanu, and the past two weeks, he's quietly putting up James Jones-like numbers, finding the end zone thrice. Pick him up for depth, and put him on your radar for your dynasty league. He will be a strong WR2 for Andy Dalton for years to come.
(8) You can depend on three things in life, death, taxes and Chris Johnson doing nothing with a big workload for 3 quarters...then breaking off a big run to salvage his fantasy day.
(9) Andy Dalton continues to get it done. By my count, that's 9 TDs in the last three weeks, and the emergence of Sanu to boot. Keep riding the Ginger Wave while you can.
(10) Alex Smith should seek out a realtor...and quickly. The Kaepernick Era has begun, for better or worse.
(11) I take back what I said about Beanie Wells...hopefully his knees won't explode by the time I post this.
(12) Rummy On the Board-
Don't know what you got till it's gone, eh Bears' fans? Smoking Jay's return put Marshall back on the map, (12/92 and just missed a TD after a PI call), and looks like the Bears are back in the playoff saddle again.
Damn you, Kyle Rudolph...and your all-of-that-fantasy-potential-tease! Kidding aside, get better young man (concussion-like symptoms).
Even without a big yardage day, Doug Martin muscles his hamster arse into the end zone twice. The rook continues to reward fantasy owners week to week.
Third time's a charm...when it comes to Cardinal QBs I guess.
The Saints defense lived up to their billing...and made Colin Kaepernick continue to look like a seasoned vet. Maybe they should take a bounty out on form tackling.
Ben Roethlisberger wants to play week 13. If he doesn't, the Steelers better kiss their season goodbye.
Congrats to the Browns by the way, smelled an upset this week, a big reason I had their defense ranked so high. Three INTs and SEVEN forced fumbles. Wow.
Waiver Wire Adds: Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bush, Cecil Shorts, Beanie Wells, Justin Blackmon, Andy Dalton, Chad Henne, Mohamed Sanu, Dallas Clark, David Wilson and Greg Jennings (speculative adds).
Sunday Night Football "40-Ounce"- Welp, a big Barry Horowitz (Google it, kids) style back pat for yours truly, for calling a bounce back game for the mighty football Giants of New Jersey. Eli wasn't perfect, but he didn't get a lot of help from a buttery fingered Hakeem Nicks, who dropped a few catchable deep passes last night. Even still, Eli finished with 249 yard and 3 TDs...for a QB who hadn't thrown a TD since week 7? A BYE week does a body good. As for Nicks and Cruz, they both found the end zone and put up solid fantasy numbers, and should improve down the stretch. Like I mentioned via the 2Mugs Podcast, the Giants only get better this time of year, so take full advantage in your fantasy playoffs.
Speaking of getting better, wish Andre Brown a speedy recovery on his broken fibula (not before he gave us all one more vultured TD). Brown was a solid flex play every week, and not he opens the door for rookie David Wilson to shine. Wilson is still a liability in pass protection, but the way the Giants love to run the ball in December and January, he's worth an add as a change of pace back, or in case Bradshaw in injured...AGAIN.
As far as the Packers go, what can I say? A big reason I had their defense ranked below the Giants this week, I thought Coughlin would have his boys ready to go, and their 5 sacks, 1 INT and a FF proved me correct. Randall Cobb still managed double digit fantasy points ( in return leagues), and even Jordy found the end zone, but that was about it. The Giants came to play, the Packers? Not so much. Greg Jennings is eyeing a week 13 practice return, but I wouldn't expect too much a few weeks removed from surgery. Worth rostering, but also worth dropping if he holds back your playoff depth for a waiver pickup. I think Green Bay will be fine fantasy wise, but this was just a down week. It happens.
Stay tuned on Tuesday morning for the Monday Night Football recap, and follow me on Twitter at @Rumfordjohnny. Cheers.
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