Jan 2, 2013
—Written by Brian Dezelske
—Edited by Marc Caviglia
It was quite a finale to the 2012 NFL season. We saw Alfred Morris and DeAngelo Williams both crack the 200-yard mark, and Adrian Peterson rush for 199 yards, while falling just nine yards short of running back immortality.
We also witnessed Tony Romo do what he does best—crap all over himself in a clutch situation and fail to make the playoffs.
Needless to say Week 17 had its shares of highs and lows, but which ones were deemed worthy of making this week’s Studs and Duds? There’s only one way to find out…
Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys
While Tony Romo did manage to throw two touchdowns on Sunday night, he only threw for 218 yards and connected with the other team for three interceptions—his third one coming late in the fourth quarter and sealing the fate of the Dallas Cowboys.
It was his fourth time this year where he threw more interceptions in a game than touchdowns, after having only thrown one interception since Week 12. He was on a roll until this past week, so it was sad to see him fail his owners at such a critical point in the season—but it was oh so predictable.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Well thanks for playin’… or not? In a week that was crucial to many fantasy football championships, BenJarvus Green-Ellis didn’t even step onto the field. He suffered a hamstring injury in pre-game warm-ups, forcing the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff to keep him on the sidelines for the season finale.
It was a rough ending for fantasy owners who were looking to him for a big game against a weak Baltimore Ravens run defense. Replacing him were Cedric Peerman and Brian Leonard who combined for 48 yards on 15 carries and four fantasy points.
Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots
Just when a guy is hot—so hot he’s ready to pop—it actually gets too hot for him and he flops. Truer words can’t be spoken of Brandon Lloyd who had just put up 341 yards in the three prior to Week 17. However, when it came time for him to make his mark this offense, he came up lame. He finished the day with nine yards on one reception and zero fantasy points.
It’s not what owners and pundits were expecting, especially against a Miami Dolphins pass defense that gave up an average of 19.7 fantasy points to the receiver position. You have to hand it to the Dolphins though; they held Lloyd to a combined two receptions for 29 yards this season.
Denarius Moore, WR, Oakland Raiders
People may wonder why Denarius Moore made this week’s “Duds” list because he did score a touchdown in Week 17, but when a guy has one more fantasy point (6) than yards receiving (5) you make this list.
He would be nominated for the “Second-Half Dud of the Year” Award, if there was one, for not reaching double-digit fantasy points since Week 10. He did show some promise during the middle of the season but fell off completely and caused owners plenty of heartache.
Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins
Poor Reggie Bush fell 14 yards short of back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons on Sunday because of a dismal 26 yards on eight carries in a 28-0 shutout loss to the New England Patriots. It may have been the last time he gets a chance at cracking the 1,000-yard mark because the Miami Dolphins like what they have in Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller, and they should both see increased playing time in 2013.