As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints — In one of the most highly anticipated games of the season, Brees and the Saints proved they are legitimate and (hopefully) we are seeing the beginning of the end for the Patriots ride as an “elite” team. Brees once again completely dominated a defense, this time throwing for 371 yards and 5 touchdowns while completing more than 75% of his passes. Although he did record -1 rushing yard on the night, that hardly detracts from his stellar performance. When all was said and done, Brees ended up with 37 fantasy points, 11 more than any other player, earning him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors for the second time this season.
RB: Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills — Possibly taking the starting RB position away for a second time this season, Jackson is proving to be a strong fantasy performer. In Week 12, Jackson rushed for 73 and 2 touchdowns, caught 5 passes for 43 yards, and added 61 return yards to boot. His 26-point fantasy outing was best amongst running backs in the league.
WR: Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers — Driver is once again putting together a very solid year, and his performance in Week 12 had no small effect on that effort. Catching 7 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown, Driver accumulated 20 fantasy points. While technically a three-way tie for best receiver, Driver got our nod because Miles Austin has already been recognized twice this season and Percy Harvin, also a multiple honoree, is being recognized as the week’s top rookie.
TE: Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers — Like Donald Driver, Gates is also having yet another great year. While not a fantasy stud every week, Gates has the potential to explode in any given week. In Week 12, Gates hauled in 7 receptions for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. His 23 fantasy points were best in the league amongst tight ends in Week 12.
K: Matt Prater, Denver Broncos — A relative unknown to many fantasy team owners, Prater proved he deserves a bit more attention moving forward. Prater connected on all four of his field goal attempts, including one from 40+ yards out, and added two PATs for 15 fantasy points. In a league that seems to thrive on irony, Prater was the league’s top kicker the same week longtime Bronco Jason Elam was released from the Falcons.
D/ST: New York Jets — Despite their offensive woes this season, the Jets showed they can take control of a game on the defensive side of the ball. Facing a seemingly hapless Panthers team, the Jets allowed just 6 points while recording 3 sacks, 4 interceptions, and 1 touchdown. Their 24-point fantasy week was best amongst defenses in Week 12.
ROOKIE: Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings — Harvin continues to make a strong case for ROY honors. Having already proved to be a more than capable kick returner, Harvin is now showing what he can do as a true receiver. Harvin reeled in 6 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown while adding 45 rushing yards on just two carries. His 20-point performance placed him in a three-way tie for best WR in the league while putting him ahead of all other rookies in Week 12.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!
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