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Week 16 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  December 24, 2012 04:59 AM

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This was a great week to start…

Drew Brees, Saints – Passed for 446 yards and 3 TDs.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Threw for 342 yards and 3 TDs and ran for 11 yards and a fourth TD, with zero turnovers.
Matt Ryan, Falcons – Passed for 279 yards and 4 TDs, plus 25 rushing yards, without a turnover.
Tony Romo, Cowboys – Accumulated 416 yards and 4 TDs in a losing cause.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks – Just 171 passing and 29 rushing yards, but 4 TDs with only 1 INT.
Peyton Manning, Broncos – Passed for 339 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
Joe Flacco, Ravens – Passed for 309 yards and scored 3 total TDs, without a turnover.

Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – Raced for 226 yards and a TD.
Reggie Bush, Dolphins – Scored 3 TDs while running for 65 and catching 4 passes for 42 yards.
Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks – Ran for 111 yards and a TD, plus 19 yards and a TD receiving.
Ray Rice, Ravens – Ran for 107 yards and caught 6 passes for 51 yards and a TD.
Shonn Greene, Jets – Ran for 38 yards and 2 short TDs, and took 2 passes 42 yards.
Ryan Grant, Packers – Found his Fountain of Youth, rushing for 80 yards and 2 TDs, and hauled in a 34-yard pass.

Dez Bryant, Cowboys – Took 9 receptions 224 yards and waltzed into the end zone twice.
Roddy White, Falcons – Torched the Lions for 153 yards and 2 TDs on 8 receptions.
Calvin Johnson, Lions – Made history with his 11-catch, 225-yard performance.
Mike Williams, Buccaneers – His 7 catches were good for 132 yards and a TD.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles – Notched 116 yards and a score on 8 passes.
James Jones, Packers – Racked up 100 yards and a TD on 7 receptions.
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks – Scored twice on just 4 catches for 53 yards.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – Hauled in 9 balls for 102 yards and a TD.
Eric Decker, Broncos – Hauled in 2 TDs of his own on 6 receptions for 65 yards.
Marques Colston, Saints – Was great for PPR leaguers, with 10 catches for 153 yards.

Bears – Had 4 sacks, 3 turnovers, scored 2 TDs and held the Cards to just 6 offensive points.

This was a great week to play against…

Carson Palmer, Raiders – Knocked out of the game after passing for 31 yards.
Matt Stafford, Lions – Accumulated 443 yards, but no TDs and 1 INT.
Matt Schaub, Texans – Just 178 passing yards without a score.

Arian Foster, Texans – His 29-combined-yard collapse made everyone sick, including himself.  Oh yeah; he fumbled, too.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals – Ran for 3, count ‘em, 3 rushing yards.  And fumbled!
Frank Gore, 49ers – Stuffed for just 28 yards in primetime.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers – Proved my contention that he can’t be trusted, even in excellent matchups, rushing for just 19 yards and taking 2 receptions for 29 yards.
Darren McFadden, Raiders – Limited to 33 rushing yards, and 3 catches for 15 more.
Michael Turner, Falcons – Rushed for 41 yards and only 16 yards on 4 receptions.
Chris Johnson, Titans – Ran for 28 and caught 2 passes for 13 yards before exiting with an injury.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants – Held to 39 rushing and 8 receiving yards.
Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers – Out-rushed by Mendenhall, with just 39 yards.

Hakeem Nicks, Giants – Blanked.
Jeremy Kerley, Jets – Zippo as a receiver, but ran for 2 whole yards.

Danny Amendola, Rams – Squandered an awesome matchup with just 5 yards on 2 catches, and a lost fumble.
Sidney Rice, Seahawks – 14 yards on his only catch.
Denarius Moore, Raiders – Just 12 yards on 3 receptions.
Brian Hartline, Dolphins – He did the same on 2 catches.
Mike Wallace, Steelers – Limited to a 13-yard play.
Nate Washington, Titans – His 2 catches went for 15 yards.
Victor Cruz, Giants – Only 21 yards on 3 receptions.
Golden Tate, Seahawks – Two receptions were good for 27 yards.
T.Y. Hilton, Colts – Only 34 yards on 2 receptions.
Stevie Johnson, Bills – Took 4 catches for 44 yards, and lost a fumble.

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons – Held to a 9 yarder.
Aaron Hernandez, Patriots – He had a 13 yarder.
Scott Chandler, Bills – It was a 25 yarder for him.
Owen Daniels, Texans – His 3 receptions went for 27 yards.
Vernon Davis, 49ers – Just a 27 yarder before exiting with a concussion.

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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