What we learned in Week 12: Favre, Slaton ...

Updated: November 30, 2009, 3:20 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

First thing Monday mornings, I look at my fantasy football teams and get an idea whether I won or lost the matchups. Obviously there is one game to go, but most weeks it's pretty clear entering Monday night how your team has fared. This week, with so many key fantasy options in action for the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots, I'd argue that very little has truly been decided. For instance, one of my teams has a 31-point lead, but my opponent still has Drew Brees left. Am I safe? Another team has a 17-point lead plus Laurence Maroney, but my opponent has Wes Welker. I don't feel safe there, either.

One of my buddies e-mailed me a link of his Week 12 matchup this morning to show me that his undefeated team -- and yes, just like the Saints and Indianapolis Colts, it's quite the feat to be unbeaten past Thanksgiving in fantasy football! -- will head into December unscathed, considering he has a "commanding 67-point lead." Then I pointed out to him his opponent still has Tom Brady, Randy Moss and the Patriots' defense. Hey, stranger things have happened. Let's just say this Monday night game, with two of the top quarterbacks in fantasy, a pair of top-20 running backs and probably three top-10 wide receivers, carries a lot of weight, um, just a tad more than when the Baltimore Ravens shut out the Cleveland Browns two Mondays ago.