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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31504648 Dud - Dolphins offense vs NE Dud+-+Dolphins+offense+vs+NE Fantasy Football

Granted it's not easy to play at New England in late-December, especially when the Patriots are working on BYES and sending a message, but to fail to find the end zone or the area between the uprights during a 60-minute is tough.  The Dolphins could have won three straight on the way out of 2012 as they build towards 2013.  On top of the zero points, Miami only recorded 256 total yards as Ryan Tannehill finished with 235 passing yards with an interception and Reggie Bush finished with eight carries for 26 yards.  It was an ugly end to an ugly season. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31508099 Dud - Reggie Wayne vs HOU Dud+-+Reggie+Wayne+vs+HOU Fantasy Football

Outside of points-per-reception leagues, Reggie Wayne really didn't help standard-scoring league owners in 2012.  He only finished with 20-or-more fantasy points once, while finishing with 10-or-fewer points nine times.  In the season finale against Houston, Wayne finished with 40 yards on four receptions (12 targets).  Colts' fans couldn't care less.  They have their head coach back and are headed to the playoffs. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31506651 Dud - Brandon Marshall vs DET Dud+-+Brandon+Marshall+vs+DET Fantasy Football

Brandon Marshall and the Bears were playing for their playoff lives against one of the weaker pass defenses in the league in the Detroit Lions.  After scoring in three consecutive games, Marshall was held out of the end zone and hauled in only five passes for a measly 42 yards.  His four fantasy points were the fewest since Week 2 when the Bears played at Green Bay. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31502049 Duds - Why You Don't Play Week 17 Duds+-+Why+You+Don%27t+Play+Week+17 Fantasy Football

Ray Rice's three carries for five yards are kind of patronizing for fantasy owners.  However, it wasn't just Rice who punished owners active in leagues where Week 17 remained relevant.  As predicted, Julio Jones and Roddy White coasted in their meaningless game against Tampa Bay.  A.J. Green caught two passes for 26 yards, then caught some pine on the sidelines.  Even LeSean McCoy, who missed a chunk of the season with a concussion, took it easy in Week 17, with only 10 carries.  Unless the game warrants a change, Week 17 will remain fantasy poision in my world.  For all the work owners put into draft strategy, draft execution, weekly roster maintenance and starts/sits analysis on Sunday mornings, your fantasy title shouldn't come down to the likes of Bernard Pierce and Michael Floyd (no disrespect) in the end. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31502041 Stud - Mike Tolbert vs NO Stud+-+Mike+Tolbert+vs+NO Fantasy Football

The point of this fantasy stud nomination is three fold:


1) to inform you of Tolbert's 47 total yards and three touchdowns (22.7 fantasy points) against the Saints


2) to illustrate Tolbert's unique physique as the "bowling ball" moniker continues to be apropos and


3) for everyone to really step back and ask "Why did Carolina bring Tolbert in with two starting running backs (when healthy) and Cam Newton already hogging 99.999 percent of the workload?" 


Tolbert finished the season with 54 carries, of which 29 came in the last four games (w/ Jon Stewart out).  Five of his seven touchdowns came in the last three games.  I'm not sure the juice was worth the squeeze. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31502053 Stud - DeAngelo Williams vs NO Stud+-+DeAngelo+Williams+vs+NO Fantasy Football

This just in from FOXSports.com's fantasy "of course he would in Week 17" department. Carolina Panthers' running back DeAngelo Williams rushed for a career-high 210 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns against the Saints.


Williams only had 527 rushing yards and three touchdowns heading into the season finale against New Orleans.  His previous career-high was 186 rushing yards against Tampa Bay in Week 14 of the 2008 season.  I remember it well, because my friend Doda knocked me out of the playoffs thanks to Williams' performance on that painful Monday night in December.  I saw daylight the following day, my cell phone wasn't so fortunate. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31502055 Stud - Titans DEF/ST vs JAX Stud+-+Titans+DEF%2FST+vs+JAX Fantasy Football

In a meaningless Week 17 contest, the Tennessee Titans' defense and special teams came to play.  The defense sacked Chad Henne seven times and picked him off three times, returning two of those interceptions for six points.  On special teams, Darius Reynaud housed two punts - one traveling 69 yards, the other 81 yards.  The 38 fantasy points rival the Seattle Seahawks' DST for the season high. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31502040 Stud - Terrelle Pryor vs SD Stud+-+Terrelle+Pryor+vs+SD Fantasy Football

Oh, the irony!  The undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes football team could (should?) be preparing for a BCS National Championship showdown with Notre Dame next Monday.  Instead, they are banned from postseason play because of the illegal shenanigans conducted by the guy sprawled out in an NFL end zone in the image to the left.  Terrelle Pryor's, among others', NCAA violations cost the Bucks a shot at the crystal football, yet he managed to earn his first career start on Sunday against the Chargers.  Pryor finished 13-28 for 150 yards with two passing touchdowns, an interception and 49 rush yards with a third score.  Add it all up, and Pryor scored 26.9 fantasy points (standard scoring) in his first start.  It's what Week 17 fantasy football fun is all about! - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31504647 Stud - Alfred Morris vs DAL Stud+-+Alfred+Morris+vs+DAL Fantasy Football

Lost in the shuffle of all the great rookie-quarterback play have been the incredible statistical seasons recorded by Tampa Bay's Doug Martin and Washington's Alfred Morris.  Morris, or ALF as he's affectionately known, rushed a career-high 33 times for 200 yards with three touchdowns.  His 39.2 fantasy points led the league as the Redskins head to the playoffs.  Oh, and if you get the chance, look up ALF's current car. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31504645 Stud - Eli Manning vs PHI Stud+-+Eli+Manning+vs+PHI Fantasy Football

You take the good, you take the bad,


you take them both and there you have


the facts of Eli, the facts of Eli.


When fantasy owners needed him most, Eli Manning abandoned them.  He averaged 155 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in Weeks 15 and 16 combined.  Then, with the Giants' season hanging on by a thread, Manning carves up the woeful Philadelphia secondary for 205 yards with five touchdowns in Week 17.  The, at times, erratic fantasy production still won't deter owners from drafting Eli in 2013.  He remains a Top 10 fantasy quarterback. - Ryan Fowler

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Fantasy Football 2186 43 Week 17 fantasy football studs and duds 31504637 Stud - Adrian Peterson vs GB Stud+-+Adrian+Peterson+vs+GB Fantasy Football

Fantasy owners love numbers and this was my favorite from Adrian Peterson's 2012 resume:  he rushed for over 150 yards on seven (7!) different occasions.  Sure he may have fell nine yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record, but the dude scored 25-or-more fantasy points six different times this season.  He saved his best for last as he carried the ball 34 times for 199 yards with two touchdowns against the Packers. - Ryan Fowler

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