Week 12: Fantasy Football Studs and Duds

knowshon moreno

Here are our picks for this week’s surprise performers – both good and bad. If you need to vent (or boast) about one of these players (or a player we missed), please do so in the comments below. YOU DON’T NEED TO BE REGISTERED to join in the discussion!


Philip Rivers (SD) QB – 393 TOTAL YDS / 3 TD
Philip Rivers is having a career season in 2013. He’s making better decisions and holding on to the ball better than ever before (5 of his 10 seasons he’s had 8 or more fumbles).  Watching him shred the Chiefs’ defense, it’s like the entire Chargers organization has been drinking some of “Philip’s Powerful Potion” (a la Michael’s Secret Stuff). The only question is, when will the effects wear off – and will Phil singlehandedly beat the Monstars when it does?

Knowshon Moreno
(DEN) RB – 230 TOTAL YDS / 1 TD
Sunday’s performance wasn’t a complete shocker considering the season Knowshon Moreno has been having. However, THIRTY-SEVEN carries is unheard of – and 224 yards rushing is nothing to scoff at. We thought it was important to give Moreno his moment in the spotlight, as the “bruised ankle” he sustained might be a little more serious than the Broncos are letting on. Nevertheless, watching the Patriots try to stop Knowshon Moreno in Week 12 was a lot like watching anyone trying to stop Goldberg’s famous knucklepuck – IMPOSSIBLE.

Josh Gordon
(CLE) WR – 14 rec / 237 YDS / 1 TD
If you’ve been faithfully placing Josh Gordon in your lineup every week this season, you deserve these weeks of “boom” to counter the “bust.” After joining the Browns in week 3, Josh Gordon’s YPG has fluctuated more than the numbers on Rex Ryan’s bathroom scale. 146 / 71 / 86 / 126 / 21 / 132 / 44 / 125 / 237.  While Jordan Cameron’s fantasy value has fallen by the wayside, Josh Gordon is a double-rainbow on the otherwise unsightly landscape known as the Cleveland Browns. Two hundred thirty-seven yards – WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?


Honorable Mention: Jamaal Charles (KC) RB – 157 YDS / 2 TD, Ryan Fitzpatrick (TEN) QB – 346 TOTAL YDS / 2 TD, Julian Edelman (NE) WR – 149 TOTAL YDS, 2 TD


Victor Cruz (NYG) WR – 27 YDS / 1 Fum Lost
Victor, I think they are yelling “boooo” and not “Cruuuuuz” – but I could be wrong. Nope, that guy over there is definitely not happy. He says he simply needed you to maintain zero points this week in order to win…and then you fumbled the ball. Your team is awful, but YOU dropped that ball. It could be a while before you score again. Now, excuse us while we watch a DOG do a salsa dance…

Andre Johnson
(HOU) WR – 36 YDS
“I’ve still got Andre Johnson against JACKSONVILLE…I’ll be fine.”
FACT: Andre Johnson is a beast. FACT: The quarterback situation in Houston is horrible. THIRD AND FINAL FACT: You should be worried. Tuesday morning rolls around and Johnson owners are reacting a lot like the bad guy at the end of Despicable Me did.

Ben Tate (HOU) RB – 1 RUSH YD / 27 TOTAL YDS
Again, the Texans were playing JACKSONVILLE. Ben Tate was projected to have a big day. He rushed SEVEN times for ONE yard. *cue video*

DIS-Honorable Mention: Frank Gore (SF) RB – 34 TOTAL YDS, Wes Welker (DEN) WR – 31 YDS, T.Y. Hilton (IND) WR – 38 YDS

Did any of these players help or hurt your week 12 fantasy matchup? Use the comments below to therapeutically vent and/or boast. We are here for you!





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  1. ryanswilling@charter.net'


    November 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Andre was very disappointing. I just got him in a trade last week so that bad performance was expected. I would also mention the Chiefs D/ST and Ridley as a dud as well. Thoughts on Johnson this week? You cant sit him can you? Riley Cooper only other option.

    • Legion Report

      November 26, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      We agree with the Dud status of Ridley and the Chiefs. That being said, we would stick with Andre and look for a bounce-back performance. Cooper vs. Arizona isn’t exactly a desirable matchup.

  2. prk154@comcast.net'


    November 26, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    PPR….Le’veon Bell, Torrey Smith, TY Hilton, Nate Burleson. Please pick 2??? – See

    • Legion Report

      November 26, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Bell and Burleson – since it’s PPR.

  3. Suzanne.caraballo@gmail.com'


    November 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    Cruz, Welker, R.Matthews, D.Brown, and Vinatieri (my Arab & K were on byes which is why I had these two) failed me in week12. Don’t have a lot of options for week13. Not really wanting to play Saints defense vs Seattle. I have Lynch 😉 rest of my wk13 players on roster: Kaepernick, M. Goodwin, Cruz, Welker, Lynch, R. Jennings, Hauschka, Saitns def, Crabtree, G. Tate, Fleener, Fitzpatrick, Tamme, Ellington, D.Brown

    • Legion Report

      November 26, 2013 at 10:24 PM

      QB – Kaep
      RB – Lynch
      RB – Jennings
      WR – Welker
      WR – Cruz
      TE – Fleener
      K – Hauschka
      Flex – Ellington … If you need one.

      Def – If you have someone to drop, we like JAX as a sneaky play this week.

  4. hardymanb@uwplatt.edu'


    November 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Who do I play this week… rod streater, cordarelle patterson or hakeem nicks and bills D or bears D

    • hardymanb@uwplatt.edu'


      November 27, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      Also do u know any defenses that have good matchups for the playoffs in week 14, 15 , 16?

    • Legion Report

      November 28, 2013 at 3:39 AM

      Streater and Bills D. Don’t like either D.

  5. hardymanb@uwplatt.edu'


    November 27, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Who do I play this week… rod streater, cordarelle patterson or hakeem nicks and bills D or bears D

    • Legion Report

      November 28, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      Streater. Not crazy about either Defense, it’s a coin toss.

  6. chmead@gmail.com'


    November 27, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Trying to figure out my entire roster (minus my rbs) who to start for week 13.

    12 team QB flex full PPR league
    QB: Foles, Kap, Vick
    RB: Bush, McCoy, Ridley, L. Bell, J. Bell
    WR: Cruz, Welker, Burleson, D. Moore
    TE: Reed, Wright

    I’m leaning Both Kap and Foles to go with my autostart RBs. Then Welker plus Burleson cause Cruz has burned me so many times but I’m not sure about sitting him because once again his matchup is crazy good.

    • Legion Report

      November 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Drop Vick.
      Go with:
      Bush McCoy
      Cruz Welker
      Flex – Burleson

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