Fantasy Football Week 12 best and worst performances

November 23, 2014

Justin Forsett - 33 fantasy points

LeSean McCoy – 20.1 fantasy points

Less than a week after Le’Veon Bell chewed up the Titans rush defense for 204 yards on 33 carries, McCoy authored his best fantasy football performance of the season to the tune of 21 carries for 130 yards with a touchdown.  As maddening as McCoy’s season has been compared to his perceived value back in August, over his last six games the Eagles’ running back is averaging 97 rush yards per game with two touchdowns.

FYI – either Arian Foster or Alfred Blue faces the Titans rush defense next week!

C.J. Anderson – 29.5 fantasy points

A last-second 26-yard rush pushed Anderson ahead of Matt Forte for the Week 12 lead in fantasy points scored.  Anderson is averaging 157.6 total yards and 25.1 fantasy points per game (PPR) over the last three games.  Ridiculous production.

Jarvis Landry – 24 fantasy points

Over the last month (4 games), Landry has caught 24 footballs for 195 yards with four touchdowns.  He’s owned in 5.3 percent of leagues despite suggesting otherwise in my weekly waiver wire column.

LeGarrette Blount – 19.8 fantasy points

The NFL has had to embrace and deflect plenty of storylines during the 2014 season, but the most recent narrative in New England may be my favorite.  All in the same week,

Josh Gordon – 20 fantasy points

Welcome back, Mr. Gordon!  Despite three more interceptions thrown, Brian Hoyer is the first Browns quarterback since Brian Sipe to pass for 300-plus yards in back-to-back games (1980).  He connected with Gordon eight times for 120 yards including a big reception by “Flash” on the final drive of the game.  It’s his ninth game (out of 15) with 90-or-more receiving yards in a game dating back to the 2013 season.

Isaiah Crowell – 20.8 fantasy points

The workload was nearly identical for Terrance West – 14 carries – and Crowell – 12 carries, but anybody that watched the Browns game against the Falcons realizes Crowell is the more aggressive running back of the moment.  He runs angry.  Crowell – an undrafted free agent remind you – averaged 7.3 yards per rush for 88 yards with two touchdowns.  Pending a few Week 12 games to be played, Crowell’s seven rushing touchdowns rank inside the top five among fellow running backs this season.  Even the Madden cover-worthy Peyton Hillis’ 11 touchdowns during the 2010 season ranked sixth at season’s end.

Latavius Murray – 23.2 fantasy points

We saw four carries.  We saw two impressive touchdown runs and one concussion.  If his passes all the concussion tests (it’s his first reported concussion in his career), he’ll creep into FLEX consideration against the Rams in Week 13.

Tim Wright – 20.6 fantasy points

Not the sexiest stat line, but the five receptions for 36 yards included two touchdowns.  With the Lions’ pass defense bracketing Rob Gronkowski in coverage, Wright managed to find himself open on multiple occasions.  He now has six touchdowns on the season for the Patriots and is hovering around the Top 20 tight ends in terms of fantasy points scored.

Delanie Walker – 20.5 fantasy points

After he missed Week 11’s contest due to a concussion, Walker posted his second-best fantasy numbers of the season with five receptions for 155 yards.

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall

In his first six games this season, Cutler averaged 24.4 fantasy points per game.  In the five games that have followed, here are his weekly fantasy point totals:

Good times.  Not frustrating at all.

As for Marshall, after scoring 53.2 fantasy points over his last two games, Brandon posted 6.2 fantasy points – second-fewest in a game this season.

DeSean Jackson – 5.9 fantasy points

For the third time in his last five games, Jackson has scored less than eight fantasy points in PPR leagues.  His two receptions against the Niners marks the fifth time in 11 games this season when he’s finished with three or fewer receptions.

Cecil Shorts III – 1.6 fantasy points

The one reception for six yards isn’t the concern.  It’s the three targets in 60 minutes.  These stats coming off a game where he posted 119 receiving yards on five receptions against the Cowboys in London.

Frank Gore – 1.6 fantasy points

The Niners ironman ranked outside the top 50 in fantasy points scored among running backs heading into Sunday night football.  The scary part surrounding his 13 carries for 36 yards with a lost fumble is that it’s his fourth game this season with four or fewer fantasy points in a game.  Carlos Hyde managed a rushing touchdown, but only saw seven carries.

Coby Fleener – 4.8 fantasy points

Over the previous two games, Fleener caught 11 receptions on 18 targets for 221 yards with a touchdown.  The Jaguars allowed 9.3 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.  Dwayne Allen was out due to injury.  We get two receptions for 28 yards in Week 12 against Jacksonville.