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Full Disclosure: Benson and Beanie get it done

Senior Fantasy Writer
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This season has been challenging for Fantasy owners, and Week 12 provided another great example with Beanie Wells. He finally took advantage of his matchup with the Rams.

In Week 9, we had Wells as the Start of the Week because he was playing St. Louis at home. He was coming off a great game at Baltimore with 14 Fantasy points, and we expected him to roll over the Rams. Well, he struggled with just three Fantasy points, and that started a downward spiral with 10 Fantasy points combined in his past three games.

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Lucky for us, we decided to stand behind Wells again in the rematch with St. Louis, and he had a career-high 228 yards rushing, one touchdown and one fumble for 26 Fantasy points. He finished as the No. 1 running back this week.

Aside from Wells, there were some other strange moments in Week 12. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Steve Johnson made the Jets secondary look ordinary, Mike Shanahan committed to Roy Helu and Reggie Wayne decided to emerge from his Peyton Manning-induced coma.

The best part about our week, however, was Cedric Benson's performance as the Start of the Week. As expected, he ran through the Browns for 18 Fantasy points, which matched his season-high in Week 1 -- also against Cleveland.

We'll find out if Benson, who has three touchdowns in his past two games, can stay hot in Week 13 in a tough matchup at Pittsburgh. With the way this season has gone, don't be surprised if Benson once again is a star.

Editor's note: The Fantasy points are based on a standard-scoring league with six points for all touchdowns.

Full Disclosure from Week 12
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Cedric Benson, RB, CIN 12 18 80 No. 4
Recommended starts that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Mark Sanchez, QB, NYJ 18 29 28 No. 3
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL 21 28 77 No. 4
Beanie Wells, RB, ARI 10 26 50 No. 1
Percy Harvin, WR, MIN 8 16 65 No. 7
Eric Decker, WR, DEN 7 12 29 No. 13
Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN 9 12 23 No. 2
Fred Davis, TE, WAS 7 11 46 No. 3
LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB 11 11 85 No. 15
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT 22 11 67 No. 22
Carson Palmer, QB, OAK 19 10 39 No. 24
Andre Johnson, WR, HOU 11 2 88 No. 54
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET 9 2 53 No. 23
Recommended sits that made us look good
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN 16 16 22 No. 14
Joe Flacco, QB, BAL 16 12 34 No. 21
Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC 7 6 71 No. 35
C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF 6 6 35 No. 32
Vernon Davis, TE, SF 6 3 75 No. 22
Jackie Battle, RB, KC 6 2 11 No. 47
Ed Dickson, TE, BAL 3 1 13 No. 41
Earl Bennett, WR, CHI 5 0 16 No. 58
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, BUF 15 31 13 No. 2
Roy Helu, RB, WAS 5 21 18 No. 2
Reggie Wayne, WR, IND 3 18 18 No. 4
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, NE 7 16 45 No. 7
Steve Johnson, WR, BUF 3 13 22 No. 12
Mike Williams, WR, TB 5 12 42 No. 17
A.J. Green, WR, CIN 7 11 46 No. 20
Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN 6 11 47 No. 18
Sleepers that shined in Week 12
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Vince Young, QB, PHI 19 24 22 No. 5
Donald Brown, RB, IND 7 15 17 No. 8
Willis McGahee, RB, DEN 10 11 60 No. 16
Plaxico Burress, WR, NYJ 7 11 55 No. 18
Damian Williams, WR, TEN 6 9 10 No. 25
Sleepers that struggled in Week 12
Player Fantasy Points (projected) Fantasy Points (actual) Start percentage Rank at position
Josh Freeman, QB, TB 17 10 31 No. 25
Ben Tate, RB, HOU 9 2 33 No. 39
Santana Moss, WR, WAS 7 2 10 No. 55
Heath Miller, TE, PIT 6 2 20 No. 24
Early Doucet, WR, ARI 6 1 25 No. 61

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Lions WR Calvin Johnson does not need offseason surgery
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:31 pm ET) Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson indicated Saturday that he will not need to undergo offseason surgery, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Johnson had surgery on his ankle and finger last offseason, and while he missed three games due to injury in October, he played every game from November onward despite being limited by an ankle injury in practice. The Lions wide receiver finished with 71 receptions for 1,077 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014.


Patriots upgrade center Bryan Stork to probable for Super Bowl
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:31 pm ET) The Patriots have upgraded center Bryan Stork to probable for Sunday's Super Bowl, the team announced Saturday. 

Stork was considered questionable with a knee injury after missing the AFC Championship game and was limited in practice Friday. The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against the Seahawks Sunday.


Geno Smith hopeful Jets bring back Percy Harvin in 2015
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:48 pm ET) Jets quarterback Geno Smith knows he can't make the ultimate decision, but he wants to see Percy Harvin back in New York in 2015.

"I would love for Percy to come back," Smith said. "Obviously I can’t make that decision, but from my short time with him he’s been a great teammate. He’s obviously a dynamic player and I’d love to see what he can do in this new offense."

Harvin played eight games with the Jets in 2014, catching 29 passes for 350 yards. 

However, Harvin is due $10.5 million in base salary in 2014, and is under contract until 2018.


Eagles' Nick Foles expecting to be starter in Philadelphia next year
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:06 pm ET) Eagles quarterback Nick Foles said he is expecting to be back in Philadelphia in 2015, leading the offesne.

"My expectation is to be out there and be the starting guy," Foles said, according to CSNPhilly.com. "I expect to be out there with my teammates leading them. I’ve never thought otherwise throughout this whole time. 


"I know there’s been a lot of things said, but the only thing I’m worried about is making myself the best player, the best person to help lead my team."

Foles, who threw for 2,163 yards and 13 touchdowns in an injury-shortened season, expects to be back at full strength by the time training camp rolls around.

"Completely healthy, ready to go," he said. "Just grinding away. Just can’t wait to get back out there."


Jets' Geno Smith doesn't know if he will start in 2015
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(3:00 pm ET) Jets quarterback Geno Smith said Saturday he is unsure of his status with the team and has not received a definitive answer from new coach Todd Bowles on whether he will be the starter in 2015, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.

Smith, who threw for 2,525 yards with 13 touchdowns in 2014, also isn't sure if the Jets will try to draft a quarterback in the first round like Jamies Winston or Marcus Mariota, but he would welcome the challenge as more competition.


Cardinals coach Bruce Arians: 'It's really (Fitzgerald's) decision'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday he really wants to see wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back in Arizona next season.

"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t," Arians said. "We definitely, desperately want him to stay. He knows that. It’s really his decision."

Fitzgerald has a salary cap hit of $23.6 million for 2015 and the team will work to get that number down in the offseason. Team president Michael Bidwill said this week contract talks won't start fully until after the Super Bowl.

"I’m hoping and praying every day that it does happen," Arians said. "I’ve expressed to him personally how much it means to us."

Fitzgerald has not reached 1,000 yards receiving in the past three seasons and totaled 784 in 2014 on 63 catches with two touchdowns.


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(9:25 am ET) Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell is ready to hit the free-agent market during the upcoming offseason and feels the Super Bowl will be his last game in Seattle.

"I’m the prettiest girl at the dance right now," Maxwell said. "But yeah, it’s one of those things I’m excited about it. I would love to be here, but I’m ready to see what’s out there and see how things work out."

Maxwell, who was heavily targeted this year with the Seahawks secondary filled with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, grabbed two interceptions and defended 11 passes.

"Coming into the season I already knew teams were going to try me," Maxwell said. "But it was cool. I accept that. That’s more opportunities for me to get the rock and put my name out there."


Report: Titans S Bernard Pollard wants to be released
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(12:52 am ET) Titans safety Bernard Pollard has requested a release from his contract, The Tennessean reports. He is scheduled to make $3.1 million in the final season of his two-year deal in 2015.

Pollard submitted his request to general manager Ruston Webster at the end of the regular season, per the report. He is recovering from a ruptured Achilles and wants to play in 2015, but said on The Tennessean's Bernard Pollard Show earlier this month that he was unsure of his future with the Titans.

"I am not getting any younger, so I want to win, I really do. I want to win,'' Pollard said. "Looking at how things took place this year, looking at where (the Titans) need to be for next year, that is a tough, tough question, and I don't even know if they can give me the answer. I have one year on my deal, but it is going to take some time."

Pollard has been out of his walking boot for a month and is making progress in rehab. He suffered his Achilles injury in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve.


Patriots fairly healthy heading into Super Bowl Sunday
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(1/30/2015) The Patriots will be at nearly full strength for Sunday’s Super Bowl as the following players have been listed as probable: Tom Brady (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow), Akeem Ayers (knee), Darrelle Revis (non-injury-related) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center Bryan Stork, who is questionable with a knee injury and was limited in practice Friday.

The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.


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Chancellor was a late addition to the injury report, when he fell on the next-to-last play of practice and missed the last play. He was not limping on his way off. All other players were full participants in practice Friday.

The Seahawks are currently 1-point underdogs against New England.


 
 
 
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