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2012 Grid Challenge: Time to catch up

11/18/2012

Julio Jones' status for the Atlanta Falcons in Week 11 will affect the NFC West in two realms: fantasy and reality.

Jones, who leads the Falcons in yards per catch (16.0) and ranks second in touchdown receptions (five), missed practice all week. The Arizona Cardinals will be monitoring Jones' status as they prepare to face the Falcons in the Georgia Dome later Sunday. Some of us will be watching for selfish interests relating to fantasy football.

It's been a while since we discussed the 2012 NFC West Gridiron Challenge, but now that my team has climbed into the 92.2 percentile following a 150-point week, the subject carries a little more appeal.

"Niners win all 2013" leads the 1,500-plus current entries by 23 points after collecting 18 points from the Buffalo Bills' defense against Miami on Thursday night. He stands atop all entries despite holding onto Aaron Rodgers through the quarterback's Week 10 bye. I might hold onto the Falcons' Jones even if he's inactive simply because he's locked in at $1.2 million below market value and there aren't appealing replacements.

Best of luck to your team this week.