NFC West: 2012 NFC West Gridiron Challenge

Fantasy Watch: NFC West points leaders

December, 23, 2012
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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.

2012 Grid Challenge: Time to catch up

November, 18, 2012
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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.

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