Fantasy Players of the Week - Week 14
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Week 14 began the playoffs for many fantasy owners and it's likely fortunes were changed by questionable weather around much of the country. From snow in Green Bay to rain throughout most of the northeast, many NFL coaches featured the running game over the pass to combat the inclement weather and it showed in numerous individual fantasy totals. Just four quarterbacks threw for 300 yards or more while 10 running backs cracked the 100-yard mark.
Let's see who won this week's top award.
Cam Newton, Carolina - Quarterbacks who throw for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns are not a rarity in the NFL, but one who has the added dimension of rushing for 116 yards and a score in the same game are a very rare talent, indeed. Newton's 43 fantasy points put him well ahead of any other quarterback in Week 14.
Tom Brady, New England - Brady was on the doorstep of an award-winning week, but never opened the door. After throwing for three touchdowns and 165 yards in the first half, Brady finished the 42-14 Monday night demolition of the Houston Texans with only one second-half score and fell just short of the 300-yard bonus (296 passing yards) to post a second-best total of 30 fantasy points.
Running Back -
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle - Lynch only carried the ball 11 times against the Cardinals, about half a day's work for the Seahawks' star running back, but the damage he did in those few attempts was enough to earn top-dog status at the running back position. He slashed through the Arizona defense for 128 yards and three touchdowns worth 34 fantasy points.
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota - It's hard to find new things to say about Peterson's continuing superlative performances this season. Sunday against the Bears' highly-ranked defense he carried the Vikings on his shoulders to a 21-14 upset win. Peterson rushed for 154 yards and two scores worth 32 fantasy points.
Wide Receiver -
Brandon Marshall, Chicago - The Bears' offense didn't have much going for it Sunday, falling behind the Vikings 14-0 in the first quarter. But Marshall has become as reliable a receiver as there is in the league and a score with under two minutes do go in the game (a.k.a. garbage time) was a huge boon to his fantasy owners. Marshall finished the day with 10 catches for 160 yards and 31 fantasy points.
Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh - It wasn't a coincidence that the return of Ben Roethlisberger to the starting lineup triggered the return to fantasy relevance for his No. 1 receiver. Wallace caught seven balls for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns worth 30 fantasy points.
Tight End -
Aaron Hernandez, New England - There aren't many teams in the league who could lose a tight end the caliber of Rob Gronkowski and not miss a beat, but the Patriots are just such a team. The equally talented Hernandez has struggled with injuries for much of the season, but Monday night against Houston he combined with Brady for eight catches and a pair of touchdowns.
Steven Hauschka, Seattle - Hauschka was a busy man on Sunday, converting 10 kicks - seven extra points and three field goals for 16 fantasy points.
Defense/Special teams -
Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks' defense put on a truly special performance in Sunday's 58-0 destruction of the Arizona Cardinals. The defense led the way, scoring twice, creating eight turnovers (four interceptions, four fumbles) and three sacks for a week-best total of 44 fantasy points.
And the winner of the TSN Fantasy Player of the Week Award goes to ... the Seattle Seahawks' defense.
12/11 10:54:28 ET