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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 19
Week 18 Top Fantasy Performers, Defenses

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Russell Wilson: 15-of-26, 187 yards. 1 TD. 8 carries, 67 rush yards. 1 2-pt conversion.
  • Joe Flacco: 12-of-23, 282 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Aaron Rodgers: 23-of-33, 274 yards. 1 TD. 2 carries, 12 rush yards.

  • Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • Arian Foster: 32 carries, 140 yards. 1 TD. 8 catches, 34 rec. yards.
  • Marshawn Lynch: 20 carries, 132 yards. 1 TD. 1 fumble.
  • DuJuan Harris: 17 carries, 47 yards. 1 TD. 5 catches, 53 rec. yards.
  • John Kuhn: 3 carries, 4 yards. 1 TD. 2 catches, 15 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Adrian Peterson: 22 carries, 99 yards.
  • Bernard Pierce: 13 carries, 103 yards.
  • Ray Rice: 15 carries, 70 yards. 1 catch, 47 rec. yards. 2 fumbles.
  • Vick Ballard: 22 carries, 91 yards.

  • Top Fantasy Receivers:
  • Anquan Boldin: 5 catches, 145 yards. 1 TD.
  • Michael Jenkins: 3 catches, 96 yards. 1 TD.
  • Reggie Wayne: 9 catches, 114 yards.
  • A.J. Green: 5 catches, 80 yards.
  • T.Y. Hilton: 8 catches, 66 yards.
  • Andrew Johnson: 4 catches, 62 yards.
  • Greg Jennings: 4 catches, 61 yards.
  • James Jones: 4 catches, 51 yards.
  • Jordy Nelson: 3 catches, 51 yards.
  • Pierre Garcon: 4 catches, 50 yards.

  • Top Fantasy Tight Ends:
  • Owen Daniels: 9 catches, 91 rec. yards.
  • Dennis Pitta: 2 catches, 27 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Logan Paulsen: 2 catches, 15 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Zach Miller: 4 catches, 48 rec. yards. 1 2-pt conversion.

  • Top Fantasy IDP:
  • Paul Kruger: 4 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Leon Hall: 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD.
  • Clay Matthews: 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Reed Doughty: 12 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • London Fletcher: 15 tackles, 0.5 sack.
  • Ray Lewis: 13 tackles.

  • Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Andy Dalton: 14-of-30, 127 yards. 1 INT. 4 carries, 15 rush yards.
  • Ben Tate: 2 carries, 1 yard.
  • Randall Cobb: 1 catch, 7 yards.
  • Andrew Hawkins: 2 catches, 15 yards.
  • Santana Moss: 3 catches, 19 yards.
  • Sidney Rice: 1 catch, 27 yards.
  • Torrey Smith: 2 catches, 31 yards.

  • 2012 Playoff NFL Power Rankings
    Follow @walterfootball for updates.
    1. Denver Broncos (13-3) - Previously: #1 - Peyton Manning has won and covered each of the past eight meetings against the Ravens, including two in the playoffs, so he had to like Sunday's result.

      Perhaps there's a shared reason why the Broncos and Seahawks are having so much success. E-mail Benjamin G. wrote: "I hate drugs. But with both the Seahawks and the Broncos combining for just one loss since their states legalized the recreational use of marijuana, I have to ask if a Rams-Chiefs Super Bowl would be possible if the state of Missouri would decriminalize heroine or crack? At this point I think either one is as likely."

      I think he's on to something there. Perhaps drug use is the key to success. Didn't Michael Irvin get into trouble for drugs? He was pretty good, so maybe more NFL players should start smoking.

    2. New England Patriots (12-4) - Previously: #3 - I agree with what Bill Simmons said - the Patriots were definitely rooting for the Texans to beat the Bengals; otherwise, they would've been asked to defeat the Ravens, who always give them serious trouble. Houston, as we saw about a month ago, doesn't match up well against New England.

    3. Green Bay Packers (12-5) - Previously: #4 - Look how much the Packers sucked Saturday night:

      In all seriousness, the Packers are peaking at the right time - but this next game could be their toughest test of the entire playoffs. More on this later.

    4. Seattle Seahawks (12-5) - Previously: #2 - I've dropped the Seahawks from No. 2 to No. 4 because Chris Clemons may have tore his ACL. It's never good to lose your top pass-rusher.

      I should mention that there are some who consider Marshawn Lynch to be better than Adrian Peterson. Check out this post on

    5. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) - Previously: #5 - I think what the NFL did in terms of scheduling next weekend's games was completely irresponsible. I know there's some sort of TV deal that says FOX gets the late Saturday and early Sunday contests, but f*** that. What the NFL did was give an enormous advantage to the 49ers and a huge disadvantage to the Seahawks.

      It's all about circadian rhythms. NPR did a report on this back in January, where it found that West Coast teams struggle in 1 p.m. games (10 a.m. local time) but thrive in night affairs. That's because the human body typically shuts down around 8-10 p.m. The 49ers, however, play these night games at 5 p.m. local time, so it gives them a big edge. That might be why San Francisco is 32-15 against the spread as a favorite in night contests dating back to 1989.

    6. Atlanta Falcons (13-3) - Previously: #8 - What I wrote last week: "The Falcons A) played their starters and were manhandled by the slumping Buccaneers and B) possibly lost John Abraham for the playoffs. Think they peaked early yet again? This team is in trouble."

      What forum member PiazzaJordan2 posted this past weekend:

    7. Houston Texans (13-4) - Previously: #9 - The Texans dominated the Bengals, yet only won by six. Not good.

      Now, it's time for Power Rankings Hate Mail:

      Just looked your preseason power thats really bad "The Chiefs have the best roster in the NFL if you exclude the quarterback position. They're stacked everywhere.."

      Uhh... yeah. They were. They had five Pro Bowlers and could have easily sent a couple more players to Hawaii. Thanks for pointing out something I got right!

      Michael Vick "Clearly on the decline and unable to stay healthy and on the wrong side of 30, why would any team want to give him any kind of money????" Some would have said this about peyton Manning this offseason too...

      Did you really just compare a future Hall-of-Fame quarterback to a guy with only two career playoff victories? QB Dog Killer can't ready defenses or recognize the blitz. Stop it already with him. He stinks.

    8. Washington Redskins (10-7) - Previously: #6 - Mike Shanahan said some puzzling things about Robert Griffin in his post-game press conference, like he wouldn't have played him if he thought there was further risk to his LCL. I wanted Shanahan to clarify his comments, so I flew to Washington to interview the Redskins' head coach.

      Me: Hey Mike, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. Oh, and you brought your son Kyle too!

      Mike Shanahan: No problem, Walt. We're such big fans of your site. And Kyle will be essential to this interview.

      Me: Oh, that's great. Well, let's get right to it then. You said that Robert Griffin wouldn't have played if he... what is going on here? Why is Kyle shaking?

      Mike Shanahan: Oh, he's been having seizures for the past 10 minutes. It's OK. Go on with your question.

      Me: Wait, what? What do you mean go on with my question? I think he needs to go to the hospital.

      Mike Shanahan: Stop it, Walt. You don't know my son like I do. If I thought there was a risk that he'd die, I'd send him to the hospital. But there's no risk, so just let him continue on with his seizures.

      Me: I don't know... I... wait, he's bleeding out of his ears now. Shouldn't we call an ambulance?

      Mike Shanahan: That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I just spoke to Dr. James Andrews a couple of seconds ago, and he cleared Kyle for this interview.

      Me: A couple of seconds ago? I didn't see Dr. James Andrews anywhere.

      Mike Shanahan: Well, that's not my problem. Please, continue on with your question.

      Me: But... I... aren't you concerned about your son? Look at him, his skin is all green.

      Mike Shanahan: Ugh! That's because he's not applying the spray tan like I told him to. Kyle! KYLE!!! SPRAY YOURSELF WITH THAT SPRAY TAN I GAVE YOU, AND WHILE YOU'RE AT IT, SPRAY ME!

      Me: I don't think he can hear you.

      Mike Shanahan: He's fine. Like I said, if I thought he was in any danger, I would've driven him to the hospital myself.

    9. Baltimore Ravens (11-6) - Previously: #10 - Ray Lewis apparently had the media people too excited with his crazy dances. When discussing Baltimore, Keyshawn Johnson said, "This is the NBA." And as Facebook friend Jay B. pointed out, Bill Cowher said, "The Baltimore Colts are blitzing Andrew Luck today!"

      The Ravens may have won by 15, but it was hardly impressive. They were nearly outgained by the Colts and lost the time of possession by 16 minutes. And this was against a rookie quarterback. Imagine what Peyton Manning will do to them next week.

    10. Minnesota Vikings (10-7) - Previously: #7 - I don't understand how Christian Ponder didn't play. It'd be one thing if he couldn't even move his elbow, but he was shown throwing the ball around in warmups. I don't get it. I'm with forum member Swag Dynasty, who had this to say:

      Oh, and for more on why I don't think Adrian Peterson should win MVP, click the link.

    11. Indianapolis Colts (11-6) - Previously: #12 - I was super tired Sunday morning, so I tweeted the following (@walterfootball):

      Wow, #Colts head coach Bruce Arians hospitalized. Hope he's OK

      Well, my intentions were good, but I didn't realize that Arians is no longer the head coach. Oops. In my defense, there's been no official announcement that Chuck Pagano was officially the head guy again. Or maybe there was, and I wasn't paying attention.

      At any rate, what a frustrating game for the Colts. They played the Ravens evenly in between the 20s and won the time of possession by 16 minutes, but they screwed up so many times in the red zone. You have to wonder if things would have been different had their head coach offensive coordinator not been hospitalized.

    12. Cincinnati Bengals (10-7) - Previously: #11 -'s Steven Lourie posted this on my Facebook wall: "If you do another top-10 overrated players list, Andy Dalton has to be on it."

      Absolutely. I will be doing another list this summer. Here are last year's top 10 overrated NFL players.

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    Jets Fan 04-15-2014 09:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Although i dont think it will happend i hope my jets end up 32nd so we can get 1st pick, but knowing my team we'll end up staying in playoff race till about week 13 then get knocked out but still try to win so we can end up with a crappy draft pick to go along with a crappy team like we have for the past 3 seasons, other than that i dont agree with 49ers at 1 maybe 4 or 5, i dont like kaepernick
    fake tweet 04-09-2014 02:02 am (total posts: 1)
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    that tweet is totally fake, its the only tweet that it has ever made, and it follows 11 people, 4 of which are affiliated with this site, way to make a fan base look stupid
    redskins fan 04-09-2014 12:14 am (total posts: 1)
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    You're crappy
    Hoodmorning 04-07-2014 05:17 pm (total posts: 1)
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    I have to disagree with you walt. The 49ers lost defensive players, has seen its best defensive players aside from Bowman grow another year into their twilight years and yet has added no1 to the mix. Chris Cook does not count and they have a huge need at corner. The fact that they are good, not great, at safety does not help the fact. You just love the NFC West teams hardcore and it doesn't matter what any other team does, in your mind those are the best. I don't see how anyone can deny that the broncos and the patriots are the best teams in the NFL right now. And I would also put the packers ahead of the 49ers and seahawks. They did pretty well last year considering they didn't have their most effective weapon in Rodgers for most of the year. With more time under Lacy's belt and a fully healthy receiving corpse, they are poised to dominate. The Packers also retained their essential defensive players on reasonable contracts and will focus on that in the draft. It is only your absurd love for the NFC West and their mobile QBs that makes you love them more. I will agree that they are both top 6 teams at overall talent, but neither of them are the top teams. Also the Saints could challenge these teams now that they have a very strong secondary to go with their improved D line and always epic offense.
    rick 04-07-2014 03:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Jets at 32.. This idiot must be a pats fan..or actually hes a vick hater thats where this comes guys like this that know not a dam thing about sports get these jobs is beyond me. At the sametime these morons picked the jets at 32 last year it just shows that they know weather men they always wrong but keep their jobs ..smh
    JetsFan1988 04-07-2014 03:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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    starting to lose respect for you....

    jets at #32?, obvious bias is obvious.
    Mac 04-07-2014 01:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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    49ers at #1 is a joke. I'm not even a Seahawks fan and I think they should be at #1. They won the fricking Super Bowl, dude! "Almost winning" is like finishing 4th in the Olympics.
    Titans too high 04-06-2014 11:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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    They are regressing Jake Locker can't stay healthy put a fork in them Jerry... theyre done!
    Jets 04-06-2014 10:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Walt we get it you're male Sarah Mclachlan. That being said, I agree Vick is a waste of flesh and a terrible quarterback, but Rex Ryan is a very, very good coach. He took a team of sh*t and got them to eight wins. While Vick sucks, he's better than Geno Smith. While they did nothing to get better they also did nothing to get worse. Likely go 7-9 or 8-8 again.

    And I'm a Dolphins fan
    Qyntel Woods 04-06-2014 09:05 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Alright Walt, I know you have an obvious hard-on for dogs, but please stop letting your borderline-bestiality tendencies cloud your football analysis.
    Rendawg 04-06-2014 09:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Why do you have the chargers listed as the #12 team if you clearly write you don't think they will make the playoffs, also the Vick/Jets talk is ridiculous, he didn't sandbag the eagles playoff team last year and he was benched mid season.
    Joshua Elledge 04-06-2014 07:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Panthers will be fine next year. remember where we were at 2 years ago and we were in worse cap shape, we'll be better than everyone expects.
    Live 04-06-2014 04:45 pm (total posts: 2)
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    Just saw the rest of it. Lol, this is horrible. Did you even put any thought whatsoever into this? Titans are definitely way too high without a run game and the lost of Verner. McCourty does his part but Verner definitely held his own and was the defense.

    Rams are overrated, especially with Bradford at QB. Please, throw that team in the dumpster. Great defense, I admit. Run game is good, passing needs some work but still too high up there.

    Hit it with the Cardinals, made a great run.

    I guess the Panthers are way down the list because they have no WRs? I'm sure their ranking will change so I'll leave that for now.

    Colts should be higher, in the 8th spot would be perfect. Luck is just magical.

    Eagles and Ravens should be in the top 10. Good coaching, both have playmakers, young teams.

    Falcons are too high? But then again, injuries definitely slowed them down last year.

    Steelers should be higher and the Bengals are some pretenders, particularly the almight "Red Rocket" ahaha, what a joke. Marvin Lewis is a joke too. Been there for WAY too long. Won't be surprised if he's fired after or during the season.

    SLEEPER: Buccaneers/Fins(unbiased opinion lol) for next season.
    Live 04-06-2014 04:36 pm (total posts: 2)
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    Don't agree with the Yets at #32. Jags or Cowboys should definitely be there. Name me a playmaker on the Jaguars. Oh wait, YOU CAN'T.

    In the Yets defense, Rex Ryan is an amazing coach, let's not forget about his 2 appearances in the conference championship WITH SANCHEZ! He is real coach and is very vocal and a motivator, I see a 6 win team at the moment, definitely not last in the league.

    Also, only reason why the Fins sucked last year is because of the O-line and horrible offensive play calling. Could have, well SHOULD HAVE been 10-6, 9-7.
    Texans 04-06-2014 03:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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    Everyone knows Arian foster and a 1st would only go for two mithril ores

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