Week 12 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

Bears QB Kyle Orton will be back on top of his game Sunday at St. Louis.

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Week 12's Best...

QB: Jay Cutler. The Broncos QB tore apart the Raiders defense in the season opener, throwing for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns. So the Broncos know they can throw for success against the Raiders, and with the injuries to their running game, they'll continue to let Cutler air it out.
RB: Matt Forte. Lots of touches+ Facing the Rams= Fantasy Domination.
WR: Anquan Boldin. En fuego. In points-per-receptions leagues, he's a top 10 player each week right now. He was finally held without a TD last week, but just put up 13 receptions for 186 yards instead. I don't care that he's playing the Giants, I would start him against the '85 Bears without hesitation right now.
TE: Antonio Gates. Only 2 catches last week for 10 yards last week at Pittsburgh, in a game that was particularly a struggle for his QB Philip Rivers. Rivers will bounce back with a good game versus Indy, and he knows the best game to succeed in the passing game is to find his terrific tight end.
K: Jeff Reed. At worst he's going to get a bunch of XP chances against the Bengals. I'm expecting 10+ fantasy points.
D/ST: Pittsburgh Steelers. Great defense at home against the Bengals, I'm not going to waste my time with this one.

Sleeper Picks...


QB: Kyle Orton. Weeks ago this looks dumb to even call sleeper... This is a gamble after seeing how he definitely wasn't close to 100% this past Sunday at Green Bay, and he was unable to generate much power since the ankle injury is on his plant foot. I think he'll look better and is going to have a big week in against a pathetic Rams defense.
RB: Derrick Ward. Brandon Jacobs isn't a lock to play this week, and if Ward starts, he's a great play. Regardless, he'll usually get you a handful of points anyway. He's had at least 10 carries 5 of the last 6 games, and gets a few catches each game. He should be owned in all leagues. Dude could get a helluva payday in the offseason too.
WR: Deion Branch. Returned after his heel injury has bugged him all year and got 4 catches for 54 yards. If he's 100%, he's a great fantasy option to grab off the waiver wire, and since Seattle will be playing from behind a lot, there will be a lot of passes thrown his way. I'm calling a double-digit fantasy performance this week.
TE: Zach Miller. At least 2 catches in every game but week 3 at Buffalo. Now he faces a struggling Broncos defense that should have a tough time stopping him.
K: Sebastian Janikowski. The Raiders might be able to move the ball better than people are expecting at Denver... Hunch pick of the week.
D/ST: Cleveland Browns. Not a good defense, but facing Sage Rosenfels and the Texans. The Texans have some great weapons with Andre Johnson, Steve Slaton, and Owen Daniels, but Rosenfels finds the opposing team as much as he can find those guys.

Shit Picks...

QB: Brett Favre. As we all know, while Favre's going to throw a shitload of TD's, he's also going to throw a shitload of INT's. Tennessee's damn good at getting those. Not a good matchup for Favre.
RB: Cedric Benson. Unless you don't have any other RB's that should get about 10 carries, do not think about starting Benson at Pittsburgh.
WR: Marques Colston. The Saints receiver will be blanketed by Charles Woodson Monday night.
TE: L.J. Smith. Yet to top 40 receiving yards in a game this season, and only caught more than 3 passes in 1 game. At Baltimore, stay away.
K: Adam Vinatieri. He's struggled away from home this year(3 for 6).
D/ST: New York Giants. Yep, I'm going with them for the 2nd time in 3 weeks, even though they're a tremendous defense. I wouldn't feel comfortable starting any defense against the Cardinals right now.

My Week 11 Picks(scoring based off ESPN standard league settings)...

Best: Kurt Warner(15 Points), Michael Turner (20 Points), Anquan Boldin(18 Points), Tony Gonzalez(3 Points), Jason Elam(9 Points), Carolina Panthers(10 Points).

Sleepers: Jake Delhomme(7 Points), Peyton Hillis(18 Points), Ted Ginn Jr.(15 Points), Daniel Graham(6 Points), Garrett Hartley(12 Points), Green Bay Packers(16 Points).

Shit: Philip Rivers(2 Points), Ryan Grant(20 Points), Braylon Edwards(10 Points), Visanthe Shiancoe(4 Points), Ryan Longwell(8 Points), Chicago Bears(-5 Points).

UPDATE(11/20, 5:15 PM ET): Rotoworld, Fox Sports, and The Mac Bros. rankings added. Plus, "Lineup Calls" from Fox Sports. Other news, Cowboys rookie RB Felix Jones is done for the year with a big left toe injury. Chad Ocho Cinco walked out of a team meeting, and was punished by being held out of tonight's game against the Steelers, so get him out of your lineup immediately. Brian Westbrook missed practice again, follow his status closely.

UPDATE(11/21, 6:00 PM ET): Yahoo's rankings added, as well as "Bringin' The Noise" from Yahoo. Additionally, the injury statuses of all those players are updated. Clinton Portis, Plaxico Burress, and Roddy White are added to the group, as they're officially "Questionable". Brian Westbrook is "Questionable", but it sounds like even if he plays, it will be in limited duty, and that's not a good play against the Ravens. I removed Felix Jones, as he's done for the season with a big toe injury. So cut his ass. Tony Gonzalez removed as well, he's not on the Chiefs injury report so he's good to go. More updates are likely to come.

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