And down the stretch we come! Turkeys are eaten, leftovers are gone, fantasy playoffs are in sight. Week 12 had some mighty fine results. Here are those who earned Game Balls this week.
Robert Griffin, III, WAS, 311 passing yards, 4 TDs, 29 rushing yards – RG3 is now officially a fantasy stud. After his Thanksgiving performance, he solidified his stature. He was already there, but now he’s producing so consistently you can’t bench him. He’s on pace for over 900 rushing yards too.
Matthew Stafford, DET, 441 passing yards, 2 TDs – Stafford and the Lions have discovered their passing ways, much like they did last year. It could be too little too late for many of his owners who suffered through early season disappointment. Stafford has 1,300 passing yards in the month of November. Needle is pointing up for Stafford and his owners.
Arian Foster, HOU, 102 yards, 2 TDs, 5 catches, 15 yards – Pre-draft debate about who was number one overall has been silenced. It’s Foster, and it’s not even close. Foster is a relentless fantasy player, racking up double digit points every week. Foster already has 12 TDs on the season, so do the math here in Week 12.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, CIN, 129 rushing yards, 1 TD – It’s now back-to-back game balls for BJGE and back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances for the Bengals RB. He’s paying nice dividends for his owners who had previously benched or released him. Now he’s showing his fantasy value when you need it most.
Dez Bryant, DAL, 8 catches, 145 yards, 2 TDs – Bryant always had potential as a WR1, and was likely drafted as such. Now he’s starting to show that he’s more than just hype. Tony Romo and the Cowboys are starting to throw the ball a lot and Bryant now seems to be Romo’s preferred target.
Julio Jones, ATL, 6 catches, 147 yards, 1 TD – Believe it or not there was talk of fantasy owners benching Jones over concerns about a nagging injury. But Jones showed again this week why he is a must-start every week, regardless of situation or matchup. He’s just too explosive and too talented.
Charles Clay, MIA, 6 catches, 84 yards, 1 TD – The Dolphins tight end was one of the top fantasy scorers of the week and is owned in .1% of all leagues. Is this a fluke or a trend? Probably closer to a fluke, but after this performance, he still earned his game ball.
Dustin Keller, NYJ, 5 catches, 64 yards, 1 TD – I’ve been a Keller fan for a while. He’s the best scoring option on the Jets offense. That doesn’t say much, I realize, but Keller has been underutilized most the year, and has battled injuries. Now finally healthy, Keller may be a nice play for fantasy owners down the stretch.
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
Vernon Davis, SF, Goose eggs – Davis got ZERO fantasy points. None. Zilch. Goose eggs. And it was Davis who was supposedly the benefactor of having Colin Kaepernick under center. Yet, he was invisible again. This isn’t the first time it’s happened for Davis, who lacks consistency to be counted on regularly. In one league, I made the great choice to start Cecil Shorts over Davis in a flex. Boy am I glad I did. Nevertheless, Davis has earned this game used sock award for his lack of performance this week.