By week 12 of the 2012 season, you might think that the fantasy picture might be clear. However, with injuries to key players, unknowns having breakout performances, and some struggling stars, picking the right players is as confusing as ever.
Here, with the help of our statistically minded friends at ProFootballFocus.com are some stats that we hope will help your team score as many fantasy points as possible and hopefully get your name into the draw for a trip to SuperBowl XLVII in New Orleans.
4… Robert Griffin III is on fire—throwing for 200 yards and 4tds in last week’s victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. At only $2 million dollars, RG3 is a great value for the money and should put up strong stats again in a Thanksgiving showdown against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.
37… Over the past three seasons, New England Patriot’s tight end Rob Gronkowski has 37 touchdown catches—most in the NFL. Gronkowski, however, fractured his forearm while playing special teams last Sunday and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
517… With Gronkowski out you may want to consider Jermaine Gresham ($3 million) at tight end. Gresham is second on the Bengals team in total receiving yards (517), and has three touchdown receptions. The Bengals will also be facing the Oakland Raiders, a team which has been giving up big plays to tight ends the past few weeks.
13… This week, you may want to consider the Denver Bronco’s defense ($1 million). Defensive end Von Miller is a one man offensive wrecking machine, and leads the NFL with 13 sacks. The Denver defense overall has also been very good against the run and will be facing a Kansas City offense that has struggled mightily this season.
1,000… If you are looking for an excellent value at running back, look no further than the Buccaneer’s rookie Doug Martin ($1 million). In his first season, Martin is third in the league with 1,000 rushing yards on 197 carries. The Buccaneers will also be facing the porous Atlanta Falcons run defense that has allowed 100+ rushing yards to all but two opponents.
236… Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon ($1 million) had a monstrous game last week against the Houston Texans, catching 7 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown. While he is unlikely to repeat this performance this week against the Titans, look for him to be a favorite target of quarterback Chad Henne. Furthermore, the Titans are ranked 26th in the league in opponent passing yards, so it is worth the $1 million dollar gamble that Blackmon will have a big game.