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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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"Y'all will see a big significant difference in the way I play, the speed. I won't have to think about a lot of stuff," Richardson said earlier this offseason. "It's going to be big -- timing with the offensive line, timing with Andrew (Luck), just knowing a lot more with the program, the whole system.

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