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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 20
Week 19 Top Fantasy Performers, Defenses

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Colin Kaepernick: 17-of-31, 263 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT. 16 carries, 181 rush yards. 2 rush TDs.
  • Russell Wilson: 24-of-36, 385 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT. 7 carries, 60 rush yards. 1 rush TD.
  • Tom Brady: 25-of-40, 344 yards. 3 TDs.
  • Joe Flacco: 18-of-34, 331 yards. 3 TDs. 1 fumble.
  • Matt Schaub: 34-of-51, 343 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT. 1 2-pt conversion.
  • Matt Ryan: 24-of-35, 250 yards. 3 TDs, 2 INTs.
  • Peyton Manning: 28-of-43, 290 yards. 3 TDs, 2 INTs. 1 fumble.
  • Aaron Rodgers: 26-of-39, 257 yards. 2 TDs, 1 INT. 3 carries, 28 rush yards.

  • Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • Shane Vereen: 7 carries, 41 yards. 1 TD. 5 catches, 83 rec. yards. 2 rec. TDs.
  • Arian Foster: 22 carries, 90 yards. 1 TD. 7 catches, 63 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Frank Gore: 23 carries, 119 yards. 1 TD. 2 catches, 48 rec. yards.
  • Ray Rice: 30 carries, 131 yards. 1 TD.
  • Stevan Ridley: 15 carries, 82 yards. 1 TD. 1 catch, 13 rec. yards.
  • Marshawn Lynch: 16 carries, 46 yards. 1 TD. 3 catches, 37 rec. yards.
  • DuJuan Harris: 11 carries, 53 yards. 1 TD. 2 catches, 11 rec. yards.
  • Knowshon Moreno: 10 carries, 32 yards. 2 catches, 21 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Ronnie Hillman: 22 carries, 83 yards. 3 catches, 20 rec. yards.
  • Michael Turner: 14 carries, 98 yards.
  • Jacquizz Rodgers: 10 carries, 64 yards.
  • Jason Snelling: 1 catch, 5 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.

  • Top Fantasy Receivers:
  • Torrey Smith: 3 catches, 98 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Golden Tate: 6 catches, 103 yards. 1 TD.
  • James Jones: 4 catches, 87 yards. 1 TD.
  • Jacoby Jones: 2 catches, 77 yards. 1 TD.
  • Roddy White: 5 catches, 76 yards. 1 TD.
  • Wes Welker: 8 catches, 131 yards.
  • Andre Johnson: 8 catches, 95 yards. 1 2-pt conversion.
  • Greg Jennings: 6 catches, 54 yards. 1 TD.
  • Devier Posey: 3 catches, 47 yards. 1 TD.
  • Demaryius Thomas: 3 catches, 37 yards. 1 TD.
  • Brandon Lloyd: 5 catches, 32 yards. 1 TD.
  • Brandon Stokley: 3 catches, 27 yards. 1 TD.
  • Eric Decker: 6 catches, 84 yards.
  • Anquan Boldin: 6 catches, 71 yards.
  • Sidney Rice: 4 catches, 60 yards.

  • Top Fantasy Tight Ends:
  • Zach Miller: 8 catches, 142 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Tony Gonzalez: 6 catches, 51 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Aaron Hernandez: 6 catches, 85 rec. yards.
  • Owen Daniels: 9 catches, 81 rec. yards.
  • Dennis Pitta: 3 catches, 55 rec. yards.

  • Top Fantasy IDP:
  • Corey Graham: 8 tackles, 2 INTs, 1 TD.
  • Terrell Suggs: 10 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
  • Sam Shields: 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD.
  • Ray Lewis: 17 tackles.

  • Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Jermichael Finley: 4 catches, 35 yards.
  • Ben Tate: 0 carries, 0 yards.
  • Lance Ball: 0 carries, 0 yards.
  • Alex Green: 0 carries, 0 yards.
  • LaMichael James: 3 carries, 21 yards. 1 catch, 7 rec. yards.
  • Kevin Walter: 2 catches, 15 yards.
  • Randy Moss: 2 catches, 25 yards.
  • Harry Douglas: 2 catches, 29 yards.
  • Jordy Nelson: 5 catches, 46 yards.
  • James Casey: 3 catches, 29 yards.

  • 2012 Playoff NFL Power Rankings
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    1. San Francisco 49ers (12-4-1) - Previously: #5 - Wow, Colin Kaepernick. And Justin Smith looked pretty decent in his return from injury. The 49ers are the team to beat with Rob Gronkowski out for New England.

      I was pretty frustrated by the Saturday night game for two reasons. The first, I'll discuss in the Green Bay capsule. The second was the fact that kickoff occurred prior to the conclusion of the Baltimore-Denver contest. I didn't even know 49ers-Packers started. In fact, I missed the pick-six, and when I heard about it, I tweeted (@walterfootball):

      Would it kill the NFL to wait? Or at least to space the games out in the future? Why not start the first one at 4:15 instead of 4:30? I don't think anyone outside of Wisconsin and northern California was even aware that the second Saturday matchup had already begun until James Brown gave us a live update.

    2. New England Patriots (13-4) - Previously: #2 - People will yell at me for picking the Texans +9, but if I would have gone with Patriots -9, Houston would have covered. That's how things are going right now.

      My brain feels like it's turned to mush after that 0-4 weekend. I could have done better flipping a coin. I actually did, really. I was so frustrated in the late afternoon game that I grabbed a quarter and flipped it four times. I went heads for home team; tails for road team. The coin landed tails (Ravens), heads (49ers), tails (Seahawks) and tails (Texans). So, I would have went 3-1 flipping a coin. How sad is that?

      I'm also disgruntled because of the dreaded Punt Pass and Kick winners' announcement. It's the worst moment of the year. Click here to see my reaction to it.

      Other forum members hated it as well...

      Clovdyx: PPK winners? Let's boo some middle school kids!
      Eagles1990: Aww come on Fox... You couldn't do this **** at halftime?
      Betelgeuse: not one texans jersey? ****ing brats
      Speedel: what the ****ed is this ****?
      MaybeOaklandWontSuck1Day: Nooooo!!!!! Not this!!!!

    3. Baltimore Ravens (12-6) - Previously: #9 - I understand that Raven fans were upset that I didn't give their team much of a chance against the Broncos. One such person posted the following in my forum after the game:

      Baltimore had a great victory. The difference was the pass protection. I don't know how the hell it happened, but Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher shut down Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. I can't explain that at all. That's why picking NFL games is impossible. Well, at least for me it is.

    4. Seattle Seahawks (12-6) - Previously: #4 - The Seahawks have a bright future with Russell Wilson. They should have a bright present, but were screwed over by the NFL's schedule-maker. More on that later.

      Two funny things related to the Seahawks: The first is something e-mailer A.J. B. sent to me. It's some troller who sounds an awful lot like Mario Migelini:

      The second was a comment I found about Pete Carroll on I think I laughed for a good five minutes after reading it:

    5. Denver Broncos (13-4) - Previously: #1 - So many questions for the Broncos:

      Why did Champ Bailey look like he belonged in the Saints' secondary?
      Why was John Fox so conservative with Peyton Manning?
      What the hell was Rahim Moore doing?
      Did another running back really have to get injured?
      How did Bryant McKinnie and Michael Oher shut down Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil?
      Why did Manning pull a Jake Locker in overtime?
      Why did the officials make sure that Baltimore at least covered?

      Unfortunately, there are no answers.

      Speaking of the crooked refs, it was amusing to read all of the complaints about them on Twitter and Facebook. Here's a small sample from

    6. Green Bay Packers (12-6) - Previously: #3 - Here's something I wrote last week:

      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 September, 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 [edit: now 33-15] against the spread as a favorite in night contests dating back to 1989.

      If you noticed, the Packers started playing poorly in the middle of the third quarter, which was about 8 p.m. their time. Circadian rhythms capsized their chances. That's not to say they would have won, but the game would have been much tighter.

    7. Atlanta Falcons (14-3) - Previously: #6 - The Falcons couldn't cover during their win? Really? Really...?

      FOX color analyst Brian Billick said some strange things during the Seattle-Atlanta telecast. When the Falcons won, he commented, "This win legitimizes the Seattle Seahawks as the No. 1 seed and as the team to beat." He also suggested that the Seahawks should kick a field goal and then attempt an onside kick down six with 44 seconds remaining.

      Why does Billick say such stupid things? I flew to his office to find out.

      Me: Hey Brian, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. I know you're incredibly busy with broadcasting games and conducting head-coaching interviews with teams.

      Brian Billick: I can always find time for you, Walt. I was just looking in my magic mirror and asking it who the fairest NFL analyst of them all is.

      Me: Oh, OK. What did the mirror say?

      Brian Billick: It said, "You, Brian, you are the fairest analyst of them all."

      Me: That's cool. You must be happy you got to broadcast such an amazing game.

      Brian Billick: Absolutely. What an amazing game. There's no question that the Seattle Seahawks are the team to beat in the NFC.

      Me: The Seahawks? Didn't they lose?

      Brian Billick: Walt, I have a suggestion for you. When you do these interviews, you should let your guests ask the questions and then you answer them.

      Me: What? Why would I bring someone in for interview only to have them ask me questions?

      Brian Billick: I'm just listing all of your options. Let's try it, Walt.

      Me: Umm... OK.

      Brian Billick: First question: What's your favorite color?

      Me: I don't really have...

      Brian Billick: My favorite color is red, the same color as the lemon, my favorite vegetable. Second question: What's your favorite food?

      Me: I have lots of fav...

      Brian Billick: Third question: What's your favorite movie?

      Me: Well...

      Brian Billick: This interview is incredibly boring. Reminds me of that awful Seahawks-Falcons game I called where Russell Wilson threw tons of interceptions. Pete Carroll should have thought about benching him in favor of Tarvaris Jackson.

      Me: Jackson's not even on the team. And didn't you just say it was an amazing game?

      Brian Billick: I was just listing all of my options, Walt. For instance, I might call it a mediocre game. Or I might say that the Falcons are so bad that they're drafting No. 1 overall. Or I might say that the Seahawks and 49ers will play in the Super Bowl.

      Me: Why don't you just say, I don't know, actual facts?

      Brian Billick: That's it, Walt. I'm fed up with this stupid interview. I'm going to ask questions to someone more important, like my magic mirror.

    8. Houston Texans (13-5) - Previously: #7 - I'm sure Baltimore fans will be happy that their team isn't in last place this week. Since I'm bound to get more hate mail from them anyway, I might as well post the hate mail I received last week:

      How are the Redskins higher than the Ravens after they were eliminated from the playoffs? That is ridiculous

      I'd make fun of this guy because Washington's Kirk Cousins beat his Ravens, but I guess I should be sympathetic toward people who might have been in a coma during certain points of the regular season.

      And ray Lewis played a very strong game and you discredit his whole performance because he dropped an interception. LOL

      Not sure what you're watching. He's actually been pretty terrible in coverage in both games. But if ESPN says he's great, I guess he's great. LOL

      Hey Walt- Where is this in your power rankings? NFL Picks (2012): 128-141-7 (-$5,360)

      Probably somewhere near the Raiders or Eagles. I'm sure there are worse handicappers out there, so they might be ranked with the Chiefs and Jaguars. Either way, I would be fired if I weren't my own boss. Well, I technically can fire myself because I'm on my own payroll, so perhaps I should look into this.

      You're really questioning an NFL players toughness?

      You're really questioning a football writer's trolling?

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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)
    112     4

    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)
    4     1

    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

    Run Defenses, Pass Defense, Pass Protection:

    Something new this year - I'm keeping track of precise run defense, pass defense and pass protection rankings in Excel. The benefit to this is that it'll be broken down by week. Here are the download links:

    2012 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet (2007 Excel)

    2012 NFL Defensive Rankings Spreadsheet - (1999-2003 Excel)

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