Fantasy Focus: Year in Review

01.18.2010

Fantasy Focus

As you gear up for this weekend’s conference championships, let’s take a quick look back at the regular season’s studs in each position. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — In a year of QB headlines dominated by the Brett Favre saga, the (possible) farewell tour of Kurt Warner, and the leadership of Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, it was Rodgers who had the best fantasy season, quiet as it may have been. Through the end of the season, Rodgers threw for an impressive 4,434 yards, 30 touchdowns, and just 7 interceptions. Also quick on his feet, Rodgers picked up 316 rushing yards, 5 rushing touchdowns, 3 2 pt. conversions, and just 4 lost fumbles, ending the season with 297 total fantasy points. What may make this stat line more impressive is that Rodgers got the snot beat out of him almost every game early in the season, sustaining a near record number of sacks. There should no longer be any doubt: Aaron Rodgers is the future of the Green Bay Packers and should be for a while. Expect him to be an ever hotter commodity next season. Rodgers was the best fantasy QB in Week 15 and earned an honorable mention in Week 8 for tying with Brett Favre.

*Fantasy Stud of the Year*
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans — Honestly, who is surprised by this? Johnson dominated fantasy football this year and most of the defenses he faced throughout the season. By the time the dust had settled after Week 17, Johnson had accumulated 2,006 rushing yards, becoming just the sixth player in NFL history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in one season. He also had 14 rushing touchdowns, 503 receiving yards, 2 receiving touchdowns, 1 2 pt. conversion, and just 3 lost fumbles, ending the season with a league-high 329 fantasy points. At just 24 years old, Johnson could have several more standout seasons left in the tank and will give Adrian Peterson a run for his money at being the top fantasy prospect in 2010. Johnson was previously honored in Week 2, Week 8, Week 10, and Week 14, earning Fantasy Stud of the Week honors in each of those four weeks. It is no doubt Johnson helped many fantasy teams to championships this year, including the NC Nittany Lions in the First and Goal Fantasy League (congrats, Dave!). Johnson also won the AP’s Offensive Player of the Year award.

Chris Johnson

WR: DeSeason Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles — In what may prove to be a breakout season, Jackson was the best fantasy wide receiver in just his second career campaign. On a team that appears to be loading up on young offensive talent, Jackson shined like a beacon for the Eagles, who struggled down the stretch. Jackson racked up 1,167 receiving yards, 9 receiving touchdowns, 137 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 441 return yards, 2 return touchdowns, and just 1 lost fumble for a total of 206 fantasy points on the season. Just like fellow 2008 rookie Chris Johnson, Jackson appears posed to have a solid career, both on the field and in fantasy leagues, and may be the top receiver on many fantasy draft boards come next August. Jackson was the league’s best fantasy receiver in Week 14.

TE: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers — In what seems to be the theme of the 2009 season, the top fantasy tight end was also a young rising star. Davis had a breakout year with the Niners, leading the team in receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns. When all was said and done, Davis ended the season with 78 receptions for 965 yards and 13 touchdowns for a total of 168 fantasy points. While he was not one of the three tight ends to eclipse the 1,000 mark, his 13 touchdowns tied an NFL record, which Antonio Gates set in 2004. While many tight ends are valuable blockers and often have an unsung role in the offense, Davis is proving the position can be just as dangerous as any other for opposing defenses and will look to continue that trend in 2010. Davis was the league’s best fantasy tight end in Week 3 and Week 7.

K: Nate Kaeding, San Diego Chargers — Post season aside, Kaeding had a very solid season in 2009. Connecting for 32 field goals, including 9 40+ yarders, 3 of which were from 50+ yards out, and 50 PATs, Kaeding finished the season with 158 fantasy points. Kickers may never receive a lot of fantasy love from team owners, but some kickers, including Kaeding deserve some recognition for the support they provided their real-life and fantasy teams. In a true example of the tortoise beating the hare, Kaeding was the league’s top fantasy kicker by season’s end, despite not being the best kicker in any one particular regular season week.

D/ST: New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers — While I never did it during the season, I feel obligated to honor both of these squads, which finished the season in a tie for the top defensive squad with 181 fantasy points. The Jets allowed just 206 points on the season while accumulating 32 sacks, 17 interceptions, 14 fumble recoveries, 3 touchdowns, 2 blocked kicks, and 1 return touchdown. The 49ers’ squad allowed a higher 275 points throughout the season, but racked up 44 sacks, 18 interceptions, 15 fumble recoveries, 4 touchdowns, and 2 blocked kicks. It has ofen been said that defense wins championships. Most people may not think that applies to fantasy sports as raw stats drive success, not necessarily a full team effort. Well, to all the nay-sayers, the First and Goal Fantasy League championship game between the NC Nittany Lions and Team Ham featured a face-off of the Jets and 49ers defenses. How’s that for defenses winning championships? The Jets were the league’s best squad in Week 12 while the 49ers earned the top spot in Week 4 and Week 14.

ROOKIE: Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings — While many people expected good things in the future, not many counted on Harvin making such an immediate impact for the Vikings. Starting the season as a dangerous kick returner, Harvin soon found his feet in a more traditional offensive role as well by mid-season. Despite missing some playing time due to injury, Harvin racked up 790 receiving yards, 6 receiving touchdowns, 135 rushing yards, 1,156 return yards, 2 return touchdowns and no lost fumbles for a total of 183 fantasy points. As Harvin continues to learn the professional schemes and settles into his role with the Vikings, we should only expect to see his fantasy production increase over the next several years. The kid has some obvious talent and should be able to put it to good use in 2010 and beyond. Harvin was named the top fantasy rookie in Week 1, Week 3, and Week 12.

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Fantasy Focus: Week 17

01.07.2010

Fantasy Focus

As you gear up for the post season, let’s take a quick look back at the last regular season 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)

QB: Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings — Unlike the Favre we saw slump into homestretch in 2008, this year’s Favre has remained on top through the end of the regular season. Favre proved to his naysayers that he’s still got it by throwing for 316 yards and 4 touchdowns in Week 17. His 30 fantasy points look even better when you consider the fact that he was pulled from the game in the third quarter after amassing a 41-0 lead.

*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs — Who needs to be a pre-season favorite to put up big numbers? Not Jamaal Charles, that’s for sure. Charles finished a surprisingly strong season with 259 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. His 37 fantasy points capped an impressive year for the young running back, which didn’t really begin until Week 9 when he finally got the starting nod over a slacking Larry Johnson. His Week 17 performance also earned him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.

Jamaal Charles

WR: Sidney Rice, Minnesota Vikings — An obvious benefactor of Brett Favre’s strong year, Rice had another great game in Week 17. In all, Rice reeled in 6 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns. His 23 fantasy points were the highest amongst wide receivers in Week 17.

TE: Zach Miller, Jacksonville Jaguars — Giving the Jaguars some hope for the future, Miller had a solid performance to end the season. Miller caught 8 passes for 69 yards and 2 touchdowns for a total of 18 fantasy points. He may just be the pass catching tight end the Jaguars have needed for quite some time and should see a large increase in playing time in 2010.

K: Ryan Succop, Kansas City Chiefs — In a surprising upset of the Broncos, Succop certainly carrying his weight. He connected on 3 field goals (including 1 40+ yarder) and 5 PATs for a total of 15 fantasy points. It is a shame his offensive teammates couldn’t get him any more action during the rest of the season.

D/ST: Kansas City Chiefs — Along with Jamaal Charles and Ryan Succop, the entire Chiefs’ D shined in Week 17. While the unit did allow 24 points, it also racked up 2 sacks, 3 interceptions and 2 touchdowns. The unit accumulated 20 fantasy points, the highest amongst defensive units.

ROOKIE: Arian Foster, Houston Texans — For the second week in a row, Foster showed that he could be considered one of the top underrated rookies of the 2009 season. Rushing 20 times for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns (both in the fourth quarter), Foster could carry the Texans into the future if Steve Slaton continues to struggle with injuries and fumble tendancies. Foster finished the day with 25 fantasy points, more than any other league rookie.

Check back next week for a fantasy season recap!

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Fantasy Focus: Week 16

01.04.2010

Fantasy Focus

Alright, alright. I know I’m late with this one. I blame the holidays and a VERY busy week at work. Here is your recap for WEEK 16. (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: Tom Brady, New England Patriots — Battling a few injuries, Brady attempted to remind fantasy owners that he should still be taken seriously. Against the Jaguars, Brady threw for 267 yards and 4 touchdowns for 29 total fantasy points. His production was not only tops amongst quarterbacks, it was best in the league overall, earning him Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.

Tom Brady

RB: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers — Filling in for the suddenly injury prone DeAngelo Williams, Stewart once again had a solid rushing performance. His 206 rushing yards, 16 receiving yards, and 1 rushing touchdown gave him 27 total fantasy points. While technically in a tie with Darren Sproles for top rusher, we gave Stewart the nod because Sproles had some return yards in his total and not all leagues recognize return yardage.

WR: Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons — In a matter of personal record keeping, White had a very good game in Week 16. Breaking off 139 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, White surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the fifth consecutive season and set a new personal record with 10 touchdowns on the season. The performance also gave him 25 fantasy points in Week 16, best in the league amongst receivers.

TE: Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles — For the second time this season, Celek was the league’s top fantasy tight end. Amassing 121 yards and 1 touchdown, Celek finished the day with 18 fantasy points.

K: Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears — In Week 16, Gould connected on 3 field goal attempts, including 2 40+ yarders, and 3 PATs. His performance earned him 14 fantasy points. While technically a tie with Mason Crosby, we gave the nod to Gould. Why? He’s a Penn State grad. So we have some bias. Sue us.

D/ST: Atlanta Falcons — Through giving up just 3 points while amassing 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 touchdown, the Falcons’ D scored an impressive 21 fantasy points. Despite being in a three-way tie with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets, we selected the Falcons’ D as the best fantasy team as they allowed the fewest points of the bunch. While extra stat paddings are nice, isn’t the point of the defense to keep the other team from scoring?

ROOKIE: Arian Foster, Houston Texans — In a week when many “no-name” players get a chance to shine due to star injuries and some team post season plans being blatantly obvious, it seems fitting that the top rookie was also a “no-name.” Foster rushed for 97 yards and 1 touchdown, earning him 15 fantasy points. The undrafted rookie may not be in the limelight often, but at least for one week, he was the league’s best rookie.

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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Fantasy Focus: Week 15

12.24.2009

Fantasy Focus

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)

QB: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers — In another quarterback shootout (resulting in another close loss), Rodgers had the upper fantasy hand this time around (unlike Week 8). While completing just 26 of 48 passes, Rodgers did accumulate an impressive 383 passing yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. Tacking on 22 rushing yards and a fourth touchdown, Rodgers ended the day with 35 fantasy points, earning him best QB honors in Week 15.

*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns — A relatively unknown rusher, Harrison ran into the record books in Week 15 with a staggering 286 yards and 3 touchdowns (and 12 receiving yards for those of you keeping track at home). Harrison’s ground attack led to the third-highest single-game rushing yardage in league history and broke a Browns team record of 237 yards set by the legendary Jim Brown. His 47 fantasy points shocked many fantasy owners and were more than enough to give Harrison Fantasy Stud of the Week honors.

Jerome Harrison

WR: Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland Browns — Another Brown having a record-breaking day, Cribbs broke and then extended the league career kick returns for touchdown record to eight. His two kickoffs in one game also tied a league record. In total, Cribbs racked up 305 returns yards along with his 2 touchdowns for a total of 27 fantasy points (his 8 rushing yards and 3 receiving yards did not add to his fantasy output). He may not be a true wide receiver, but his performance in Week 15 deserves recognition regardless.

TE: Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts — For the second week in a row, Clark was the league’s best tight end. In Week 15, he reeled in 7 receptions for 95 yards and two touchdowns, good for 21 fantasy points. Clark now holds a Colts team-record for career touchdown receptions by a tight end with 41.

K: Matt Prater, Denver Broncos — Prater once again had a solid kicking performance in Week 15, connecting on all four of his field goal attempts, including one in the 40-49-yard range and another from 50+ yards out. Tacking on one PAT, Prater ended the day with 16 fantasy points, best in the league amongst kickers.

D/ST: New York Giants — In a crucial divisional game, the Giants’ defense showed up to play on Monday night. By only allowing 12 points and recording 5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and 1 touchdown, the Giants D scored 21 fantasy points. It may be more of the same for a unit that has featured Michael Strahan and Lawrence Taylor in the past, but it stood out in fantasy leagues as the Giants had the NFL’s best fantasy squad in Week 15.

ROOKIE: Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers — It’s not often that a receiver who only catches 2 passes and does not return kicks will be honored in the Fantasy Focus. Wallace would like to remind you that it isn’t quantity of receptions, but quality of receptions that earns you a spot on this blog feature. With his two receptions, Wallace had 79 yards and two touchdowns for a total of 19 fantasy points. What makes it even better? His first reception was a 60-yard touchdown on the game’s first play and his second reception was the game-winning 19-yard touchdown as time expired. Now that’s what I call quality.

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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Fantasy Focus: Week 14

12.17.2009

Fantasy Focus

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)

QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints — Brees is having a great year. There is no getting around that fact. In Week 14, Brees completed 31 of 40 passes for 296 yards and 3 TDs. His 23 fantasy points were the highest in the NFL amongst quarterbacks. The only thing that might slow him down? The Saints not concerning themselves with a perfect record and benching Brees to keep him healthy for a playoff run. Of course even from the bench Brees would probably find a way to score at least 15 fantasy points.

*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
RB: Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans — Is anyone surprised by this man anymore? He has quite simply been dominating fantasy football this season, and Week 14 was no exception. Johnson rushed for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 69 receiving yards and another touchdown for 35 total fantasy points. This was the fourth time just this season that Johnson has had 35+ points. On a non-fantasy note, Johnson is just 374 rushing yards shy of the 2,000-yards mark, easily attainable for such an explosive back.

Chris Johnson

WR: DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles — Showing some of the flash that made him a prime rookie last season, Jackson caught 6 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown and added 83 returns yards and another touchdown, not bad for a kid coming off a concusion the week before. His 33 fantasy points were highest amongst receivers in Week 14. On the season, Jackson is just 53 receiving yards away from breaking the 1,000-yard mark.

TE: Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts — Proving once again that he is an upper-tier tight end, Clark reeled in 5 receptions for 43 yards and a career-high 3 touchdowns in Week 14. The performance also helped Clark break his own team tight end records for receptions (82) and yards (902).

K: Rob Bironas, Tennessee Titans — In another perfect kicking performance, Bironas drilled all 4 of his field goal attempts, including a 50-yarder, and connected on all 5 of his PATs. His 19 fantasy points were tops for a kicker in Week 14 and made a huge difference in my own 2-point fantasy victory.

D/ST: San Francisco 49ers — Going up against one of the most potent offenses, the 49ers defense clearly showed up to play in Week 14. The Niners allowed just 9 points and recorded 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, a blocked kick and a staggering 5 fumble recoveries. The unit’s 24 fantasy points showed why a good defense is just as important as a good offense.

ROOKIE: Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants — Getting the starting nod over fellow rising star Mario Manningham, Nicks capitalized on the opportunity by catching 4 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown. His 17 fantasy points were highest in the league amongst NFL rookies in Week 14. Despite the overall solid performance, Nicks may want to brush up on his receiving skills as he dropped several key passes late in the game.

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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Fantasy Focus: Week 13

12.10.2009

Fantasy Focus

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)

QB: Bruce Gradkowski, Oakland Raiders — WHO?!? In a league full of superstar quarterbacks, Gradkowski is certainly not in the limelight often. Hell, he wasn’t even the starter on his own team. But when your team is looking for an answer to deal with JaMarcus Russell’s complete lack of effectiveness and you have a performance like Gradkowski did on Sunday, people are going to start taking notice of you. Gradkowski completed 20 of 33 passes for 308 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Raiders over defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh. Tacking on 20 yards rushing, Gradkowski finished the day with 26 fantasy points. It may not have helped many fantasy owners as Gradkowski is owned in VERY few leagues, but he might prove valuable in coming weeks (remember that nobody named Austin Miles a few weeks back who is now a starting stud?).

RB: Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants — In one of the quietest games for a running back featured in the Fantasy Focus, Jacobs only delivered 39 rushing yards and 1 reception. Big deal, right? Except that 1 reception was a 74-yard touchdown and his 39 rushing yards were enough to find the endzone a second time. All in all, Jacobs accumulated 22 fantasy points, enough to top all other running backs in Week 13.

*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
WR: Devin Thomas, Washington Redskins — Thomas had the best game of his career in Week 13. Reeling in 7 receptions for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns, Thomas showed he could be developing into a solid receiver. He also racked up 159 return yards, giving him 29 total fantasy points. In a week of surprising performances, the young Thomas grabbed Fantasy Stud of the Week honors and could be a threat to do so again in the future, even if not this season.

Devin Thomas

TE: Jermichael Finley, Green Bay Packers — Yet another player with sub-superstar status to be honored this week is Finley, who led the Packers to victory on Monday night over the Ravens. His career high 7 receptions for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns were the difference in the 27-14 game. Compiling 19 fantasy points, Finley almost surely helped some fantasy teams to victory as well, although not many as Finley is not considered to be a premier tight end and is not owned in well over half of all fantasy leagues. Perhaps after Week 13, he will get some more attention moving forward.

K: Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints — In one of the best games of the week, Hartley was the hero for the still unbeaten Saints. Hartley connected on 4 of 5 field goals (only missing a 58-yarder at the end of regulation), including the game winner in overtime. He also added 3 PATs for a total of 15 fantasy points. Technically in a tie with Matt Prater (recognized in Week 12), Hartley gets our nod for hitting more field goals (Prater had 5 PATs) and for winning the game.

D/ST: Carolina Panthers — A team in the midst of an season that has seen their offense implode with turnovers more often than not, the Panthers reversed the role in Week 13. The defensive unit tallied 5 interceptions to go along with 2 sacks and only 6 allowed points. By accumulating 19 fantasy points, the Panthers were the league’s best defensive unit in Week 13.

ROOKIE: Louis Murphy, Oakland Raiders — It just wouldn’t seem right to have a top rookie name honored in a week that showcased quiet and possibly rising stars. Fortunately, Murphy also matches that criteria. While his rookie comrad Darius Heyward-Bey is receiving most of the attention in Oakland, Murphy had a very solid performance in Week 13. Murphy caught 4 passes for 128 yards (a ridiculous 32.0-yard average) and 2 touchdowns. What’s even more impressive? His entire stat line was populated during Oakland’s amazing fourth-quarter comeback. His 24 fantasy points were best in the league amongst rookies.

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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Fantasy Focus: Week 12

12.03.2009

Fantasy Focus

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.

Drew Brees

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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