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Fantasy Review: Week 12

James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, NM and has been playing fantasy sports for well over a decade. Not only does he write the Bengals fantasy section, but he also does the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers fantasy sections, as well as the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz fantasy basketball sections in the NBA. Last season James finished with an 82 percent accuracy rating for fantasy predictions and will be here to answer any questions you may have about your specific team. Just send him an email and he will reply back the same day with your answer.

Week 12 of the NFL season marks two important milestones: the trade deadline for most fantasy leagues and Week 1 of the fantasy playoffs for some of the deeper leagues. Hopefully you got any of those last minute trades pushed through and you are getting those lineups settled for your playoff run.


Drew Brees: Brees came through in true champion style on Monday Night Football as he completed 18 of his 23 passes for 371 yards and 5 TDs. He had two different receivers over the 100-yard mark and hooked up with seven people total, good enough for the No. 1 spot in fantasy-land this weekend.

Philip Rivers: Rivers and the Chargers beat up on the helpless Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, but it was fantasy owners that won in the end. Rivers finished the game with 317 passing yards and 2 TDs and he did that without throwing an INT or taking a single sack on the day.

Fred Jackson: Fred Jackson may have just won himself the starting RB job this weekend by putting up 73 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards, 61 return yards, and two scores. It was an all-around game from a back that can do a little bit of everything.

Justin Forsett: With one loser comes a winner as Hasselbeck bombed and Forsett exploded with his 130 rushing yards and 2 TDs. Forsett may just be that waiver wire addition that will pay off come fantasy playoff time because Hasselbeck can't seem to get it done anymore.

Miles Austin: Austin came on like wildfire midway through the season and teams started covering him like a true No. 1 WR. This weekend Austin came through with 145 yards and a TD as the Cowboys feasted on the Raiders this Thanksgiving.

Kenny Britt: Britt was the main winner in the return of Vince Young to the ranks of NFL QBs that actually perform on Sunday. I am not a big fan of the Tennessee Titans passing game, so I will just simply say to not expect this again.

Antonio Gates: Gates was the recipient of the Rivers bonanza as he caught all seven passes thrown his way for 118 yards and 2 TDs. As TEs go, this was an amazing performance by one of the league's best players at his position.

New York Jets Defense: The Jets defense held the Panthers to just six points, and they also tallied four INTs, three sacks, and a defensive TD. Any time a defense scores a TD, they are almost assured to be on top of the fantasy defense list.


Jay Cutler: Chicago is officially the city where good QBs go to die. In Week 12 Cutler managed to throw for 147 yards, one TD and 2 INTs, and he took four sacks, making him one of the biggest draft busts in fantasy leagues this season.

Matt Hasselbeck: I am officially done with Hasselbeck and picking him to do something in fantasy leagues. This weekend he managed to throw for a whopping 102 yards and no TDs. If he can't get it done against St. Louis, he won't get it done against anyone else.

Michael Turner: I warned you all about Turner in the preseason and now the injury bug is in full effect with the burner. On Sunday, Turner managed to finish with 33 yards and no scores, then to top it off he reinjures his ankle and is a question mark going forward.

DeAngelo Williams: Williams was shut down by a tough Jets defense as he rushed for 40 yards and added another 10 via the air. The Panthers offense is misfiring as a whole and now it is filtering down to the running game, which has traditionally been their strength.

Larry Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald had four receptions for 34 yards, far from the WR1 that was taken in round 2 of most fantasy drafts. Fitzgerald's production saw a drop due to Matt Leinart replacing an injured Kurt Warner.

Vincent Jackson: Even with Philip Rivers having a heck of a game, V-Jax had an off week as he finished the day with five targets but just two receptions. Jackson is one of the truly great WRs in the NFL and fantasy football, so chalk it up as a bad week and move on.

Brent Celek: Celek finished this weekend with an astounding nine targets, but he managed only four receptions for 33 yards and no scores. Celek and Gates are prime examples of feast or famine.

Philadelphia Eagles Defense: The Eagles/Redskins rivalry is a long-standing one, but I don't think anyone expected Washington to put up 24 points or allow just one sack on the day. Philly was able to snatch two INTs, but they were supposed to do so much more.

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