by ANDREW HORN
A huge game by Drew Brees propelled me to a comeback ninth win of the season. One week until the playoffs start means this week determines your seed in your respective playoffs. Make sure everyone one on your team is a Week 12 winner, instead of a loser.
Winner: Drew Brees (NO) 45.5 points:
For only the second time this season, Drew Brees eclipsed the 40-point barrier against the Baltimore Ravens. While the Saints lost the game, it appears losing is the only way to win the NFC South. Brees had 420 passing yards and three touchdowns against a banged up Ravens secondary. His 45-point game comes after a season low last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The biggest drawback to Brees now is that 3 out of the next 5 games are on the road, where he is only averaging 28 points a game. Obviously too good to sit, but don’t expect a six touchdown game anytime soon.
Loser: Robert Griffin III (WAS) 4.4 points:
Another year, another disappointing quarterback situation for Redskins fans. After losing in San Francisco on Sunday, Robert Griffin III will likely play the next five games as the backup to Colt McCoy. McCoy is Washington’s only quarterback with a winning record this season. The hype of Griffin turned out to be just that. Reports say that Griffin is still a part of the long-term plan for the Redskins, though it remains to be seen what role he will play. For now, drop him from your team.
Winner: Justin Forsett (BAL) 35 points:
While it may be true that even molasses can rush for 100 yards against the Saints defense, Forsett still put up 182 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just 22 carries. The journeyman back ran cross-country on the Saints in a big win for the Ravens. All teams in the AFC North have at least seven wins, setting up a very tight and exciting end to the season for those teams. Forsett has a date with San Diego next week, and he should have a date with your starting lineup.
Loser: Andre Ellington (ARI) 6.3 points:
This was a pretty foreseeable dud for the Cardinals. This is more an indictment on the terrible day the entire offense had. Ellington on rushed for 24 yards on 10 carries and 39 receiving yards on five catches. A pretty poor day as the Cardinals were incapable of getting any offense going against the defending champs. Next up for the Cardinals are the Falcons, who have given up the most points to opposing running backs. Safe to say, Arizona will take out its frustration on Atlanta come Sunday.
Winner: Odell Beckham Jr (NYG) 28.6 points
Odell Beckham Jr is the hottest name in football after his legendary catch for a touchdown against the Cowboys. The rookie from LSU had 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in a loss on Sunday. His one-handed grab in the second quarter showed that all of his pregame work on one-handed catches was warranted. Next up for the Giants is the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Start him if you have him; pick him up if you don’t.
Loser: Michael Floyd (ARI) 0 points:
Paging Mr. Floyd, please report to the offense when you are ready. Floyd was only targeted twice in the Cardinals loss to the Lions, making zero catches. This comes after a two touchdown game against the Detroit Lions. Floyd only has 101 yards receiving in the last five games. The former first round pick has the size and hands to be a superstar in the league, but does he have the will? Next week against Atlanta will be very telling in the development of Floyd. Sit him.
Winner: Tim Wright (NE) 17.6 points:
Congrats to Tim Wright for more than doubling Gronkowski’s point total. Too bad this is an outlier and won’t reflect a consistency on a week-to-week basis. Gronk is still the top tight end, but it is nice for Patriot fans to develop more of the two tight end game that made them so lethal a couple seasons ago. At Green Bay means bench Wright and hope he doesn’t vulture a couple of touchdowns from Gronkowski.
Loser: Vernon Davis (SF) 2.1 points:
The former Maryland Terrapins standout probably wants to pull into his shell and forget about the 2014 season. Davis has only caught 21 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns this season, with the two scores coming against the Cowboys in Week 1. His talent level is still through the roof, but Davis is starting to get up there in age. It needs to be tracked whether this will be a consistent trend down or just an unfortunate season. Since the tight end situation for many teams is worse off, you are kind of stuck starting him.