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Week 14 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  December 11, 2012 04:43 AM

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This was a great week to start…

Tom Brady, Patriots – Just missed 300 passing yards (296), but his 4 TDs will do just fine, thank you.
Cam Newton, Panthers – Threw for 287 yards and 2 TDs, and ran for 116 yards and another TD, with no turnovers.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – Passed for 285 yards and 3 TDs, plus 31 rushing yards and 2 turnovers.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – Pulled one out of his hat, with 200 passing yards and 3 TDs against the Steelers.
Nick Foles, Eagles – Had his coming-out party with 381 yards and 2 TDs through the air, plus 27 yards and a TD on the ground.
Eli Manning, Giants – Connected on 4 TD strikes while passing for 259 yards and giving up 2 picks.

Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks – Notched a TD hat trick while rumbling for 128 yards (on just 11 carries!).
David Wilson, Giants – The rookie broke through with 100 rushing yards and 2 TDs, and took a kickoff to the house.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings – Rushed for 154 yards and 2 TDs, plus 16 receiving yards.
Knowshon Moreno, Broncos – Ran for 119 yards and a TD, plus 4 catches for 48 yards.
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – Raced for 165 yards and a TD.
Darren Sproles, Saints – Had 56 rushing and 38 receiving yards on 4 catches, and scored both ways.

Brandon Marshall, Bears – Made PPR leaguers extra happy with 10 receptions for 160 yards and a TD.
Mike Wallace, Steelers – Hauled in 7 passes for 112 yards and 2 TDs.
Roddy White, Falcons – His 9 receptions produced 117 yards and a TD.
Danario Alexander, Chargers – Overcame the league’s stingiest defense with 7 catches for 88 yards and 2 TDs.
Victor Cruz, Giants – Turned 8 balls into 121 yards and a TD.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles – Caught 9 passes for 104 yards and a TD.
Vincent Jackson, Bucs – Reeled in 6 passes for 131 yars and a score.
Anquan Boldin, Ravens – Needed only 3 passes to accumulate 78 yards and a pair of TDs.
Brandon Lloyd, Patriots – Collected 7 passes for 69 yards and a TD, and fell on a fumble in the end zone for a 2nd TD.
Kenny Britt, Titans – Reeled in 8 passes for 143 yards.

Aaron Hernandez, Patriots – Took 8 catches and created 58 yards and 2 TDs.

Seahawks – Thoroughly dismantled the Cardinals, accumulating 8 turnovers, 3 sacks, a shutout and 2 defensive TDs.

This was a great week to play against…

Matt Schaub, Texans – Passed for just 232 yards with no TDs and 1 INT.

Bryce Brown, Eagles – The late-season hero turned goat, with just 12 combined yards.
C.J. Spiller, Bills – Limited to 37 yards rushing and a 15-yard reception.
Fred Jackson, Bills – Only 30 combined yards.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals – Managed 18 rushing yards in a blowout loss.
Chris Johnson, Titans – Ran for 44 yards and caught 3 passes for 15 more.
Mikel Leshoure, Lions – Just 49 yards in the Sunday nighter.

Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – 2 stinking yards!
Chris Givens, Rams – Only 25 yards on 3 balls.
Nate Washington, Titans – Caught a 15-yard pass on the day.
Sidney Rice, Seahawks – His team scored 58 yards, but he was limited to 2 catches for 35 yards.
Golden Tate, Seahawks – Even worse than Rice, with just 6 yards on 2 balls.
A.J. Green, Bengals – Doesn’t get much worse for Green than 44 yards on 3 catches.
Torrey Smith, Ravens – Inexplicably held to one 21-yard pass completion.
Greg Jennings, Packers – Just a 27-yard catch in his second game back.
Brian Hartline, Dolphins – His 2 receptions equaled 34 yards.
Lance Moore, Saints – Just 26 yards on his only catch.

Brent Celek, Eagles – Caught a 1-yard pass before leaving with a concussion.
Vernon Davis, 49ers – His sole reception totaled 4 yards.
Jermichael Finley, Packers – Only 16 yards on 2 balls.
Jacob Tamme, Broncos – Just 2 for 24.
Owen Daniels, Texans – Same for him.
Antonio Gates, Chargers – Handled 3 catches for 31 yards. 

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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