Stoppage Time Sports’ Week 16 Reactions

Dec 26, 2012

760 Packers v Buccaneers
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By: Jordan Hall, Stoppage Time Sports
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You can finally breathe again; it’s all over. The world didn’t end, much to the chagrin of some unhappy Central Americans. You survived Christmas and those gay happy meetings. Lastly, you survived another fantasy football season.
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Like every other season in the history of fantasy, 2012 was riddled with surprises and moments that left us shaking our heads. In the next several weeks, Stoppage Time Sports will be bringing you plenty of content to help you come to terms with what has happened, and what it all means for next year.
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Because most leagues do not play in week 17, I will keep my observations short about week 16, as I prepare for my early 2013 ranking which will come out on Monday. Be sure to check back in for that.
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Joe Flacco had a very nice game on Sunday, partially aided by a rushing touchdown. This is exactly why Flacco, simultaneously can and cannot be your starting fantasy quarterback. He put up 26 points here, yet has 6 games this season in which he has put up less than 200 passing yards. He is capable of giving the huge game but he’s every bit as likely to produce a stinker. Frustrating.
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Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns on Sunday. Everyone who thinks he will do this regularly please raise your hand. Oh, your hand is not up either? Wilson is a fad, a fluke, a flash in the pan. Is the kid talented, of course, but is he ever going to be a reliable fantasy starter, absolutely not. Disregard.
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Oh Ryan Grant, how you tease us. As if back from the dead, he was the fourth leading scorer among running backs on Sunday. As weird as it sounds, if he remains with the Packers through the off-season, he will no doubt be a top 25 running back next preseason. He has proven that he can be effective in the Packers system and they clearly don’t want to give the gig to Alex Green. I think Grant could be a sneaky keeper/ dynasty name.
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Did you know that Alfred Morris has scored in single digits in standard scoring only four times this season? Who would have ever guessed that a Shanahan running back would be a model of consistency? Not this guy. Morris has now posted 52 points over the last three weeks, presumably your fantasy playoffs. That’ll work.
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Peyton Hillis had 15 carries for 101 yards on Sunday. This is just enough to lead me to believe that he will continue to be a worthwhile handcuff to Jamaal Charles. All year, I believed that eventually Hillis was going to return to fantasy relevance, and in this game he did. As crazy as it may seem, I kind of think Hillis has an outside chance of finishing in the top 20 among running backs next year. The Chiefs run offense can sustain two fantasy studs.
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Larry Fitzgerald finally awoke from his coma on Sunday to post a 8 catch, 111 receiving yard game. It’s good to see Larry get something going but until the Cards figure out the quarterback situation, he’s not going to be a top 20 guy. Geno Smith.
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It was a fitting end to the season for Brandon Lloyd. He managed to haul in 6 balls but for only 62 yards. After showing breath the past two weeks with 20 and 19 points, he returned to the irrelevant, where he had lingered all season long. I think he’s going to be a major steal next fall and I think we can truly chalk this up to a lost year.

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