Enough is enough. It's time to start Brett Favre in all leagues.
What more does Favre have to do? When will Fantasy owners finally give in and use him as their No. 1 quarterback?
Coming into Week 12 against Chicago, Favre was started in just 57 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com. He was only the No. 5 quarterback in standard-scoring leagues, ahead of Matt Schaub, Tony Romo, Kurt Warner, Philip Rivers and Donovan McNabb, among others.
He then went out and passed for 392 yards and three touchdowns against the Bears. For the season, Favre has 2,774 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has as many passing touchdowns as Peyton Manning with eight fewer interceptions. He could end up with more Fantasy points than Tom Brady and Drew Brees depending on what happens Monday night.
The reason Favre's start percentage isn't at 100 percent is likely because the owners of Manning, Brees, Brady, Rivers, Warner and Aaron Rodgers don't want to bench these guys for Favre, which is understandable. But at some point you're going to realize Favre is putting up similar if not better stats. His outing Sunday was his third game with at least 30 Fantasy points in his past four games.
No one expected Favre to play at this level. He's 40 and looked awful last year with the Jets. But he's rebounded to have an MVP season with the Vikings and should get credit for his outstanding season.
The Vikings have an amazing offensive line, which has helped Favre avoid pressure, and he has turned the Vikings receivers into stars. Percy Harvin (six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown), Sidney Rice (six catches for 89 yards), Bernard Berrian (six catches for 74 yards) and Visanthe Shiancoe (five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown) all played well against the Bears.
Favre's play has even overshadowed Adrian Peterson. Look, it's eight paragraphs into this column on his first reference. Peterson had 25 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 18 yards against Chicago, but he had another lost fumble.
Even with Peterson's outstanding talent, it's easy to see the Vikings aren't afraid to turn Favre loose. He's no longer just a caretaker of the offense as he showed earlier this season, and the Vikings aren't worried about him throwing the ball 48 times like he did Sunday.
Since the trade deadline has passed in the majority of Fantasy leagues, you are stuck with Favre. So stop waiting for him to collapse like what we saw last year with the Jets. That's not going to happen again. The Vikings are a better team, and he's in a better situation.
Favre should finish the season strong, and it's time to use him. He is one of the top Fantasy quarterbacks this year.
Let's take a look around at the rest of the Week 12 action.
Start of the Week review: Jason Snelling was relegated to a backup role when the Falcons made the decision to start Michael Turner against Tampa Bay. The move might have backfired for Atlanta with Turner re-injuring his high ankle sprain and leaving the game. Snelling finished with only four carries for 8 yards and lost a fumble. He was outplayed by Turner (12 carries for 33 yards) and Jerious Norwood (six carries for 22 yards and two catches for 28 yards and a touchdown), who returned for this game also after being out with a hip injury. When we made the decision to use Snelling as the Start of the Week on Tuesday, we anticipated Turner would miss the game. The Falcons, after seeing Turner go down, probably wish they gave him another week to rest because now he could be out even longer.
Sit of the Week review: Matt Forte has been one of the biggest Fantasy disappointments this year, and he had a tough matchup against the Vikings. Minnesota held Forte in check with eight carries for 27 yards and four catches for 34 yards. Forte should get back on track with an outstanding matchup in Week 13 against St. Louis, and hopefully he can finish the season strong. The Bears need to realize that Forte needs at least 20 touches to be successful and take pressure off Jay Cutler (147 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions), who also had another bad game against the Vikings.
Insane stat line of the day: When Julius Jones (chest) first got injured two weeks ago, we were waiting for Justin Forsett's matchup with St. Louis in Week 12. He didn't let us down. Forsett had 22 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns against the Rams and proved to be a starting Fantasy option. Jones was trying to return this week, so keep an eye on his status for Week 13 against San Francisco. But if Jones is out again then Forsett would remain as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy running back or flex option against the 49ers.
Out-of-nowhere stat line of the day: We had Vince Young as a sleeper with his matchup against the Cardinals, but he far exceeded our expectations. Young was 27 of 43 passing for a career-high 387 yards and the game-winning touchdown to Kenny Britt on the final play. Young is now 5-0 as a starter this season and has posted some solid Fantasy performances the past couple of weeks. Young should definitely be added to your scout team, and hopefully he can continue to play at this level for the rest of the year. Once again, he beat Matt Leinart with a game-winning drive.
Guy we were way right about: I loved the Bills matchup against the Dolphins this week, especially for Terrell Owens and Fred Jackson. Owens, as you can read in the latest version of Press Box View, is starting to play well and had five catches for 96 yards and a touchdown Sunday. He now has two touchdowns and almost 300 receiving yards in his past two games. And as we suggested in our recent Playing the Waiver Wire, Jackson had the chance to shine against Miami with Marshawn Lynch dealing with an injured shoulder. Jackson had 15 carries for 73 yards and two touchdowns and five catches for 43 yards against the Dolphins.
Guy we were way wrong about: Matt Hasselbeck didn't help Fantasy owners Sunday with all his handoffs to Forsett. Hasselbeck was only 14 of 25 passing for 102 yards at St. Louis. Along with that, Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh struggled against the Rams with a combined six catches for 60 yards. We'll see if the Seahawks passing game can rebound next week against the 49ers.
Overachieving defense of the week: The 49ers and Jets defense get a tie this week. The 49ers had a tremendous game against the Jaguars in a 20-3 victory. San Francisco had six sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The Jets, meanwhile, had four interceptions on Jake Delhomme, including one returned for a touchdown from Darrelle Revis, who locked down Steve Smith for two catches and 2 yards. The Jets also sacked Delhomme three times in a 17-6 victory and held DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to a combined 75 rushing yards.
Underachieving defense of the week: The Eagles had the Redskins at home, and you had to figure that would mean plenty of sacks and turnovers from Jason Campbell. While the Eagles had two interceptions from Asante Samuel, Philadelphia managed only one sack and allowed 24 points. It wasn't the kind of dominating game you hoped the Eagles DST would have against such a miserable offensive opponent.
Names to add to your scout team ...
Ryan Fitzpatrick, quarterback, Buffalo (246 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception, 50 rushing yards and one touchdown against Miami)
Josh Freeman, quarterback, Tampa Bay (250 passing yards, two touchdowns and 14 rushing yards at Atlanta)
Matt Leinart, quarterback, Arizona (220 passing yards at Tennessee)
Chris Redman, quarterback, Atlanta (243 passing yards and two touchdowns against Tampa Bay)
Chris Brown, running back, Houston (56 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards and a touchdown against Indianapolis)
Jason Avant, wide receiver, Philadelphia (five catches for 94 yards against Washington)
Kenny Britt, wide receiver, Tennessee (seven catches, 128 yards and a touchdown against Arizona)
Antonio Bryant, wide receiver, Tampa Bay (three catches, 91 yards and a touchdown at Atlanta)
Malcom Floyd, wide receiver, San Diego (three catches for 85 yards against Kansas City)
Injury alerts ...
Matt Ryan, toe, considered questionable for Week 13 against Philadelphia
Eli Manning, foot, considered questionable for Week 13 against Dallas
Michael Turner, ankle, considered questionable for Week 13 against Philadelphia
Danny Ware, concussion, considered questionable for Week 13 against Dallas
DeSean Jackson, concussion, considered questionable for Week 13 at Atlanta
Eddie Royal, thigh, considered questionable for Week 13 at Kansas City
Michael Clayton, knee, considered questionable for Week 13 at Carolina
Jordy Nelson, shoulder, considered questionable for Week 13 vs. Baltimore
Brent Celek, hand, considered questionable for Week 13 at Atlanta
The last word: Cedric Benson (hip) missed his second game in a row for the Bengals, and Larry Johnson got the opportunity he was waiting for against the Browns. Johnson had 22 carries for 107 yards while sharing carries with Bernard Scott, who also played well with 18 carries for 87 yards.
Benson was expected to return for this game, but the Bengals (unlike the Falcons) did the right thing to keep him out. If Benson remains out in Week 13 against Detroit then Johnson and Scott would be worth starting.
This was Johnson's first 100-yard game since Week 16 last year. He is worth adding if he's still available because it appears like the Bengals will use him as long as Benson is injured.
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