Dec 18, 2012
—Written by Brian Dezelske
—Edited by Marc Caviglia
Week 15 of the 2012 NFL season had its share of fantasy football disappointments. Players like Doug Martin, Roddy White and Ray Rice cost many owners a shot at fantasy glory, and leaving them with nothing but that empty feeling inside.’
Once again, Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson put up big yardage numbers in their quest for record-breaking immortality, meanwhile helping propel owners to their respective fantasy football championships. Some lesser-known names pulled through as well; names like Sam Bradford and James Jones put up huge fantasy days but may not have been in many lineups, causing yet more pain and agony for owners.
All the aforementioned names put their stamp on this past week in one form or another, but will it be enough to make the Bruno Boys Week 15 Studs and Duds? Read on and find out.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
The only way to describe what Adrian Peterson has accomplished this year is that he isn’t human. His 212-yard performance against the St. Louis Rams puts him at 1,812 yards, and gives him eight consecutive games of at least 100 yards rushing. During that eight-game stretch he’s accumulated 1,313 yards; in comparison, there are only two running backs whose season totals are greater than Peterson’s last eight games (Lynch, Morris). The man is simply playing in a different stratosphere right now.
Now, while all the talk is whether he’ll get the 294 yards needed to eclipse Eric Dickerson’s single-season record of 2,105, AP and the Minnesota Vikings will focus on the Houston Texans. The Texans allow the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs and they’ve given up just four total touchdowns to the running back position, however, three of those have come in the last four games.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers
It’s extremely hard to go into Foxboro and beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, so that makes Colin Kaepernick’s performance even more amazing. He finished with 216 passing yards, but thew four touchdowns in the 41-34 win, including a clutch 38-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree that sealed the game with just over six minutes left.
Next up for Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers is a trip to the Northwest and a showdown with the Seattle Seahawks in a battle that has huge divisional implications. It could be a rough ride for CK as the Seahawks give up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and allowed just four passing touchdowns in the last six games.
Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson didn’t do much with his arm to beat the Buffalo Bills, because he decided to use his feet instead. He ran for 92 yards and tallied three first-half rushing touchdowns in leading the Seattle Seahawks to a 50-17 win over the hapless Bills. He accounted for 297 total yards and four touchdowns and has made a nice argument for being the best quarterback out of this year’s rookie crop.
Week 16 will show what this kid is really made of because he and the Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers in a major NFC West showdown that could determine the outcome of the division. The 49ers give up the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but have allowed eight passing touchdowns in the last six games.
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees had yet another fantastic outing as the New Orleans Saints dog-walked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 41-0. He threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns—his third game with at least 300 yards and four touchdowns this year.
He’s on a roll right now and it doesn’t look like things will slow down for him this week when the Saints go on the road to take on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys allow an average of just 13.3 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but have allowed 12 passing touchdowns in the last six games.
Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals
Beanie Wells achieved a couple things in the Arizona Cardinals 38-10 win over the Detroit Lions: He recorded a season-high 67 yards rushing and scored three times, bringing his touchdown total to five on the year.
Next up for Wells and the Cardinals is a game against the Chicago Bears. The Bears allow the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Owners who think he’s a sneaky flex play because of his recent scoring outburst may want to temper expectations and look elsewhere for running back help.