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2012 NFL Power Rankings: Week 21
Week 20 Top Fantasy Performers, Defenses


Top Fantasy Quarterbacks:
  • Matt Ryan: 30-of-42, 396 yards. 3 TDs, 1 INT. 1 fumble.
  • Joe Flacco: 21-of-36, 240 yards. 3 TDs. 3 carries, 12 rush yards.
  • Colin Kaepernick: 16-of-21, 233 yards. 1 TD. 2 carries, 21 rush yards.
  • Tom Brady: 29-of-54, 320 yards. 1 TD, 2 INTs.


  • Top Fantasy Running Backs:
  • Frank Gore: 21 carries, 90 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Ray Rice: 19 carries, 48 yards. 1 TD. 3 catches, 22 rec. yards.
  • LaMichael James: 5 carries, 34 yards. 1 TD.
  • Bernard Pierce: 9 carries, 52 yards.
  • Stevan Ridley: 18 carries, 70 yards. 1 fumble.


  • Top Fantasy Receivers:
  • Julio Jones: 11 catches, 182 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Anquan Boldin: 5 catches, 60 yards. 2 TDs.
  • Wes Welker: 8 catches, 117 yards. 1 TD.
  • Roddy White: 7 catches, 100 yards.
  • Brandon Lloyd: 7 catches, 70 yards.
  • Torrey Smith: 4 catches, 69 yards.
  • Michael Crabtree: 6 catches, 57 yards. 1 fumble.
  • Randy Moss: 3 catches, 46 yards.


  • Top Fantasy Tight Ends:
  • Vernon Davis: 5 catches, 106 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Tony Gonzalez: 8 catches, 78 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Dennis Pitta: 5 catches, 55 rec. yards. 1 rec. TD.
  • Aaron Hernandez: 1 carry, 6 rush yards. 9 catches, 83 rec. yards.


  • Top Fantasy IDP:
  • Rob Ninkovich: 8 tackles, 2 sacks.
  • Ray Lewis: 14 tackles.
  • Patrick Willis: 12 tackles.


  • Fantasy Scrubs of the Week:
  • Michael Turner: 8 carries, 30 yards.
  • Danny Woodhead: 3 carries, 11 yards. 1 catch, 12 rec. yards.
  • Jacquizz Rodgers: 10 carries, 32 yards.
  • Shane Vereen: 4 carries, 16 yards. 2 catches, 22 rec. yards.






  • 2012 Playoff NFL Power Rankings
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    1. San Francisco 49ers (13-4-1) - Previously: #1 - There's no way the 49ers would have won after being down 17-0 with Alex Smith at quarterback. Jim Harbaugh deserves all of the credit for going to Colin Kaepernick when most of the pundits though that Smith should be the guy.

      Speaking of Harbaugh, I can't wait for a gif of his freak-out upon hearing the official's call after the replay review in the fourth quarter. Perhaps Harbaugh will find this amusing:



    2. Baltimore Ravens (13-6) - Previously: #3 - Loved this post by forum member Lenruk when the Ravens weren't catching crazy passes in the first half:



      Fortunately for Baltimore, everyone stepped after halftime. The post-game celebration, however, was a little weird. I thought it was very strange when owner Steve Biscotti gazed lovingly at Jim Nantz and said, "I was hoping you'd be here presenting this to me."

      What was up with that? I flew to his office to find out.

      Me: Hey Steve, thanks for agreeing to do this interview. Congrats on making the Super Bowl!

      Steve Biscotti: Oh, thank you, Walt. I was hoping you'd fly to my office to interview me personally.

      Me: Really? I'm flattered.

      Steve Biscotti: Oh, yes. I've been fantasizing about this moment for years, ever since you've started doing interviews on your Web site.

      Me: Fantasizing? Why?

      Steve Biscotti: First you, then Jim Nantz... I can hardly contain myself right now.

      Me: Uhh... not that there's anything wrong with that, but you're weirding me out.

      Steve Biscotti: Why? Just ask my references.

      Matt Millen: Did someone call my name? Hey, Walt. I've gotta say, I've enjoyed many a night with Mr. Big Shot Ravens Owner, and no one - I mean no one - I've ever met has been more handy with a pair of kielbasas in his hand.

      Me: That's disgusting. Again, not that there's anything wrong with that.

      Steve Biscotti: There is definitely not anything wrong with it. Walt, I was hoping you'd be here to spend the night with us.

      Matt Millen: Yes, Walt. We'll have so much fun. I have all sorts of kielbasas for us to try. First, I can do you, then Mr. Big Shot Ravens Owner can do me, and then...

      Me: Ugh... I'm not sure I'm ever going to conduct another interview ever again.



    3. New England Patriots (13-5) - Previously: #2 - E-mailer Kyle L. said it best:

      Walt, big fan of yours here. Just asking that you please do what these lousy announcers in the AFC title game wouldn't do: call out Tom Brady for him quitting on his team. 4th and 4 and he throws the ball away instead of trying to outrun Haloti Ngata for 4 yards? I was embarrassed as a football fan to have witnessed one of the biggest p***y plays I've seen in my life. The media is too scared to call out Brady. ESPN won't say a word. Somebody needs to go after him. Might as well start by going to one of the top ranked sites on the web. Thank you for taking time to read this. Continue the great work.

      I agree with this. I have no idea why Brady just quit on the play.

      What happened to him, by the way? He used to be so clutch. Ever since he married the Brazillian supermodel and started getting weird haircuts, he's come up short in big moments. And check out what he looked like after Sunday's loss (thanks to my girlfriend Awesome Girl Who Loves Football for this):



    4. Atlanta Falcons (14-4) - Previously: #7 - Sucks that Matt Ryan hurt his shoulder near the end of the game. Who knows how that game would have turned out?

      I might as well post the hate mail I received last week:

      Only Walt would rank a team that is going to the NFC championship second to last. At least man up and admit you're placing the Falcons 7 because you hate them. Snizzlefist out.

      I have a deep disdain for the Falcons. Born and raised in Philadelphia, I naturally developed a strong hatred for them.

      HAHA Walt you're an idiot. You really thought they'd hold the game because the Ravens were in OT?! LMAO I saw the tweet but thought it was a joke. Pathetic. Sad you were missing your lovefest game of the year with Rodgers against the Niners.

      Umm... yeah. You don't think FOX's advertisers were a bit mad that no one was watching their telecast? I was mad too. It broke my heart not to see Rodgers play the 49ers.

      how on earth are the falcons ranked 3 behind the sehawks... whom we just beat... it doesn't make any sense.

      The Falcons barely beat the Seahawks at home. Seattle would win most matchups against Atlanta on a neutral field. And just because Team A beat Team B doesn't mean Team A is better. By that logic, the Cardinals are better than the Patriots because they won in New England.

      Wow. You're blaming "circadian rhythms" now? That's pathetic. What's for next week? Atlanta losing to San Fransisco & you saying "Atlanta didn't cover the spread because the wind outside the Georgia Dome was a degree colder then expected". Also, your bashing of your hate mail is rather unwarranted. They make better arguments then you do. Oh & Patriots FTW.

      Patriots for the loss. And no, the wind was a degree warmer than I expected, so that's why the Falcons didn't cover. Duh.



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    Jets Fan 04-15-2014 09:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.226 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx5.63 (total posts: 1)
    1     6

    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 xxx.xxx.xxx1.48 (total posts: 1)
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    You're crappy
    Hoodmorning 04-07-2014 05:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.45 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx3.79 (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 from..how 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 nothing.like weather men they always wrong but keep their jobs ..smh
    JetsFan1988 04-07-2014 03:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.120 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx1.17 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx3.90 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx64.2 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx1.64 (total posts: 1)
    112     3

    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 xxx.xxx.xxx.195 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx.176 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (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 xxx.xxx.xxx0.22 (total posts: 2)
    39     52

    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 xxx.xxx.xxx.147 (total posts: 1)
    37     22

    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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