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Full Disclosure: Benson and Beanie get it done

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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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"He's kinda sorta tried to say that he didn't really want to be dealt after all, but that's not flying anywhere," La Canfora wrote. "He and his agent have made it clear he'd rather not be back in Seattle and while the Seahawks aren't ones to back down, perhaps something emerges that makes sense for all parties prior to the start of the regular season.

"Kind of odd not to be so happy in a franchise that competes for the Lombardi Trophy, and until or unless the Seahaws put out explicit word that Bennett has permission to speak to other teams, I don't see any clubs nibbling in this era of hyper-sensitivity over tampering regulations. But there's a lot of time between now and September for something to perhaps change."

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"He's mean," Pagano said. "He's tough. He tackles. He's somebody that's going to hit you. He's not just going to try and tackle you. He's trying to run through you, and that's something that every defense is looking for. He's got great instincts, and that makes up for the so-called lack of speed. He plays faster than he's timed."

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"I know I spoke to you about getting impact players in the draft, especially when you're picking in the top 10, and that's exactly what Kevin White is," general manager Ryan Pace said after picking White.

"This guy's dynamic, he's big, he's strong and he's ultra-competitive. If I could stress one word for this player, he's competitive. You see it after the catch. You see it in the way he attacks the ball in the air. This is a dynamic playmaker for our offense."

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Wells went on to express his belief that Patriots locker room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski deliberately released air from the balls after they had been examined by the referee.

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"We do not believe there was any wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing by Patriots ownership, (coach) Bill Belichick or other Pats coach," it read. "...It also is our view that it is more probable than not that Tom Brady ... was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities of McNally and Jastremski involving the release of air from Patriots game balls."

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