Fantasy Players of the Week - Week 13
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - In what was the final week of the regular season for many fantasy leagues, those who came through for their owners were a mixed bag ranging from the veteran returning from major off-season surgery to the wet-behind-the-ears rookies.
Let's see who won this week's top award.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis - Although Luck is prone to throw an interception or three, he's also passed for 3,596 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games. The contest against Detroit was typical of the rookie's season. He threw for 391 yards (he's earned the 300-yard bonus in three of his last five games) and four touchdowns, but was intercepted three times. And his Colts won the game, their eighth win of the season. Fantasy owners who selected Luck in the late rounds (preseason ADP 145) have been rewarded more often than not and his Week 13 production of 31 fantasy points topped the position.
Cam Newton, Carolina - Newton earned a career-best 39 points against Philadelphia on Monday night and came back with another strong performance against Kansas City. He passed for 232 yards and three touchdowns and added 78 yards on the ground for 28 fantasy points.
Running Back -
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota - The amazing story of "AP" grows with each week's new accomplishment. Against Green Bay's beat up defensive line, Peterson rushed for 210 yards, including a career-best 82-yard touchdown run in the first three quarters. While it was an amazing feat just to be able to play in Week 1 following major knee surgery in late December, what he's done over the past six weeks, averaging 157.8 ypg, is even more impressive. Add another 32-point day to his growing legend.
Bryce Brown, Philadelphia - Brown is averaging 31.6 fantasy points as an NFL starting running back. He's also averaging two touchdowns per game. Behind a rookie quarterback and a beat up offensive line. In fact, he's been so good that one of last year's top three fantasy stars, LeSean McCoy, may have to share the spotlight when he finally returns from his concussion problems. Fantasy owners who were lucky enough to claim him, or smart enough to handcuff him with McCoy are reaping huge benefits.
Wide Receiver -
Calvin Johnson, Detroit - Fantasy owners who were whining that Johnson hadn't been able to reproduce last year's early-season touchdown barrage have been quieted by the roll he's been on over the last four contests. Sunday (13-171-1 worth 32 fantasy points) was Megatron's fourth consecutive game with at least 140 yards and a touchdown catch.
Wes Welker, New England - Can anyone still remember the early-season questions about whether the Patriots was deliberately trying to keep Welker, an impending free agent, out of the game plan? With Rob Gronkowski sidelined and Aaron Hernandez dropping passes, Tom Brady went back to his most reliable receiver and Welker came through catching 12 balls for 103 yards and a score, earning fantasy owners 25 fantasy points.
Tight End -
Brandon Myers, Oakland - With Oakland's most dangerous weapons sidelined either by injury (Darren McFadden) or benching (Denarius Moore), quarterback Carson Palmer turned to his tight end 15 times and Myers caught 14 of them for 130 yards and a touchdown to easily out-distance all tight ends in Week 13.
Jason Hanson, Detroit - The "old man" was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goal attempts, including two long ones from 48- and 52-yards. Just another example of the advantages of kicking indoors.
Defense/Special Team -
Houston Texans - The Texans' defense did everything but score. They sacked Jake Locker six times, intercepted him three times and force three fumbles for 22 fantasy points.
And the winner of the TSN Fantasy Player of the Week is ... Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Despite numerous obstacles which would deter most mortals (major reconstructive knee surgery, a high ankle sprain, a shoulder strain and the flu), AP continues to rack up yards and fantasy points for his owners.
12/04 11:06:30 ET