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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Fantasy Watch: NFC West points leaders

By Mike Sando

Russell Wilson, Sam Bradford, Colin Kaepernick, Beanie Wells and Michael Crabtree ranked among the NFL's top 12 scorers in fantasy points for Week 15.

This might not be a big deal to everyone, but if you had Wilson and Kaepernick starting as lower-priced quarterbacks on your Gridiron Challenge team, you might blog about it.

St. Louis Rams tight end Lance Kendricks will be joining them in my Week 16 lineup. He faces a suspect Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass defense that ranks 27th in Total QBR allowed. Tight ends Brandon Myers (17 points), Martellus Bennett (13), Clay Harbor (11) and Antonio Gates (11) have had double-digit fantasy scoring games against the Bucs. Greg Olsen (nine), Jacob Tamme (8) and Fred Davis (7) came close.

Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson (22 points Saturday night) and Greg Zuerlein are rounding out my player lineup this week. It was only fitting that I failed to sub out the Detroit Lions' defense before their kickoff Saturday night against the high-scoring Atlanta Falcons. Call it richly deserved punishment for placing the Falcons only sixth on my most recent power rankings ballot.

The chart shows NFC West leaders in fantasy points this season. Not pictured: Larry Fitzgerald, with 87 points, down from 151 at this point last season. He trails Michael Crabtree (124), Sidney Rice (110), Golden Tate (95) and teammate Andre Roberts (95) among NFC West wideouts with two games remaining. Brandon Gibson (86), Danny Amendola (78) and Chris Givens (77) are next.