2012 fantasy football studs:
Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson may be the prime stud of this year’s fantasy football season. After being a top five draft pick for the past few years, Peterson was only a low-second to high-third round draft pick in many fantasy leagues this season. Coming off ACL surgery, no one could have predicted that Peterson would be the highest scoring running back in standard scoring leagues; but by the end of the season, Peterson was able to rush for 2,097 yards, 12 touchdowns, one receiving touchdown, and 307.40 fantasy points.
Quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tony Romo made many fantasy owners pleased this season. Denver Broncos’ QB Peyton Manning was projected to be the 64th best fantasy player of the 2012 fantasy season; while Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo was projected to be the 60th. Both of these QBs beat their projections, as Manning ended the season with 321.96 fantasy points and the sixth most of all players; and Romo finished the season with 297.92 fantasy points and the ninth most of all players.
Rookie quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, were also studs of this year’s fantasy football season, as they were all three in the top 12 fantasy point earners by the end of the season. Washington Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III earned the fifth most fantasy points of all players, but Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson’s 12th most fantasy points may have been more impressive, as he was only projected to be the 245th best fantasy player this season.
Rookie QBs were not the only rookies to impress; Washington Redskins’ rookie running back Alfred Morris also produced a quality fantasy season. As the year began, Morris was only projected to earn the 240th most fantasy points, but by the end, Morris scored 241.00 fantasy point, which was good enough to make him the fifth highest scoring RB this season.
2012 fantasy football duds:
There were an abundance of disappointing running backs this fantasy football season, but the two main duds have to be Philadelphia Eagles’ RB LeSean McCoy and Oakland Raiders’ RB Darren McFadden. McCoy and McFadden were both projected to be in the top six in fantasy this year, but neither was able to crack the top 50. McCoy finished the season with the 66th most fantasy points, while McFadden finished with the 107th most.
Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has to be the biggest dud of all this season. Before the season began, Fitzgerald was projected to be the second highest scoring WR; only behind Detroit Lions’ Pro Bowl WR Calvin Johnson. While Johnson met expectations, Fitzgerald did not. As the season progressed, Fitzgerald was only able to score 103.80 fantasy points and the 43rd most of all WRs.
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