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Fantasy Football Report: Week 12

Brian Westbrook and Frank Gore

For the first time in years, I have secured a playoff spot in one of my longest running football leagues. Please hold your applause. In the SoB football league, I have been on the short end of the stick all season. Despite being top five in points, I am in 10th place. The most recent bad luck came this past week as I lost my matchup by .38 points. Damn you Mike Tolbert for those garbage yards!

I can’t complain too much since Tolbert helped me clinch that playoff spot in my other league. Take the good with the bad and move on I suppose.

Injury Bug

  • Frank GORE! GORE! GORE! is officially finished for 2010. The man who basically was the 49ers offense suffered a fractured hip on Monday Night. Brian Westbrook filled in and did a great job, but we’ll discuss that later.
  • Uh-oh! Adrian Peterson may be in serious trouble. He left Sunday’s game in the first quarter with a serous ankle injury and didn’t return. His status for Week 13 is up in the air. Grab Toby Gerhart while you can.
  • The lone bright spot of the Seattle offense, Mike Williams, missed Sunday with an Achilles injury and may miss this week as well. His fill-in, Ben Obomanu had a career-day as a result, but keep reading to find out about that. Don’t you love the suspense?

Who’s Making Noise

  • Let’s get Ben Obomanu out of the way first. With no Mike Williams, Obomanu had a career-high 159 receiving yds and a TD. If Williams is out this week, grab Obomanu for his game against Carolina.
  • Looking like his former self, Brian Westbrook came off the bench to replace the injured Frank Gore and racked up 136 yds and a TD. Almost half of San Francisco’s yards from scrimmage went through Gore, so Westbrook might be that last piece of the puzzle down the stretch.
  • Carolina’s Mike Goodson failed to rush for 100 yds for a third straight game. However, he did total 136 yds and did find the endzone once, so we can let it slide.
  • Oakland rookie Jacoby Floyd is up and down in his production. We’ll classify this past week’s 108 yds and TD as “up”.
  • Like I mentioned earlier, if Adrian Peterson misses this week’s game against Buffalo, then Toby Gerhart would get a shot at the NFL’s worst rush offense. Gerhart rushed for 76 yds and a TD in AP’s absence.

Big Busts

  • Chris Johnson is arguably fantasy’s best player. Too bad he only had 5 rushing yds on 7 carries last Sunday. No need to panic, his nest few games (JAC, IND, HOU) all look promising.
  • Philip Rivers was a big reason I lost by less than a point in one of my leagues. Instead of tearing the Colts’ defense a new one, he threw for just 185 yds with no scores.
  • No receptions, no yds, no points. Dez Bryant was targeted six times, but was shut out by New Orleans.

Other Notes

  • Clearly still getting no love and respect, Matt Cassel is barely 50% owned in Yahoo! leagues. The man has thrown 10 TD with 0 INT in his last three games. Start the man with confidence!
  • Rookie Sam Bradford has thrown just 1 INT since Week 5. Seriously consider starting him this week against Arizona.
  • Pittsburgh receiver Hines Ward has a pattern this season. He goes four weeks between 100-yd games. Recently, he hit the century mark with 107 yds against Buffalo. Don’t start him for the next four games, but plug him into your lineup for the Week 17 finale against Cleveland.

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