Not again! Again? He did it again! He always does this!
Which one of the above expressions did you shout when Tony Romo ended Dallas’ season with his third crippling interception on Sunday night? Perhaps there were some expletives involved, depending on your level of fandom, but it was probably something along those lines. The 2012 NFL regular season finished in entertaining fashion as the ‘Boys fell short of the postseason yet again, but there were plenty of other notable performances from week 17, headlined by the always amazing Adrian Peterson. Let’s check out the highs and lows from Sunday, but first, make sure to sign up for The Fake Football Playoff League, to compete for cool prizes and ween yourself off fantasy football and into the offseason!
Tony Romo: On the Sunday Night Football stage, the nation’s favorite signal calling punching bag (outside of Mark Sanchez) entertained America with yet another late game melt down in a season-ending loss to Washington. Romo tossed a trio of interceptions in the game and never really got the Dallas passing game rolling. Lost in the flurry of interceptions is the fact that Romo did have a decent year from a fantasy perspective (career high 4,903 yards), which is usually the case despite his “real life” struggles. Romo will be a solid option in 2013 for those who prefer to wait on drafting a quarterback and have a high pain tolerance.
Alfred Morris: Alfie had himself a tremendous game on Sunday and rumbled right into second place in NFL rushing yardage for the 2012 season. Morris ran extremely hard, as usual, against Dallas and will provide an interesting matchup for Seattle next weekend alongside RGIII. Morris will most likely shake out at the 1st/2nd round turn in 2013 drafts, which seems reasonable.
Eli Manning: Just when his fantasy owners and NFL team DIDN’T need it, Eli chucked five touchdown passes in the Giants’ week 17 win over Philadelphia. Peyton’s baby brother had a rough go in 2012, throwing for his lowest yardage and touchdown totals since 2008. Manning’s value will be at rock bottom in 2013 and will make an interesting late round rebound candidate.
Drew Brees: The always explosive Drew Brees finished 2012 in style, with 396 yards passing and four touchdowns. Brees totaled his third career 5,000+ yard season and led the NFL in both yardage and touchdown passes. The return of Sean Payton should help continue Brees’ run of dominance next season.
Adrian Peterson: Although he fell a hair short of breaking the NFL’s single season rushing record, All Day gave his best effort on Sunday, amassing 199 yards on the ground as he put the finishing touches on an absolutely amazing 2,097 yard season. If you do not select Mr. Peterson with the #1 pick next fall, you and I will have some serious problems!
DeAngelo Williams: Williams put a very unexpected cap on his mediocre (at best) 2012 season, rushing for 210 yards and two scores. With the roughly $2.6 billion owed to Carolina running backs in 2013, Williams’ offseason will be one to follow as the team decides whether it wants to keep its hoard of overpriced backs or try to be competitive. Only time will tell!
Jamaal Charles: JC finished off his own 2012 season in week 17 just like he finished off my fantasy season in week 15. Charles was yet again victimized by a pathetic offense as he totaled just 67 total yards. Things can’t get much worse for the Chiefs in 2013, so Charles should be fine after recording the quietest 1,500 yard season in memory.
Michael Crabtree: Ladies and Gents, we have one of our first candidates (along with his quarterback) for the 2013 offseason hype machine! Perhaps the upcoming rise in Crabs’ 2013 ADP will be warranted, as the young wide out has been a wrecking ball since Kaepernick took over for San Francisco. Crabtree racked up another 8 catches for 172 yards and a couple scores on Sunday while finishing off his career season. Hopefully the Kaep and Crab connection keeps rolling through the postseason and into 2013.
Greg Jennings: Jennings got a good laugh at us fake football folks on Sunday as he finally exploded for a monster game one week after our seasons came to an end. 8 catches, 120 yards and two scores was the final tally for Jennings, as the free agent-to-be took advantage of Randall Cobb’s absence. Jennings’ 2013 destination will be a storyline to keep tabs on this offseason.
Jimmy Graham: Jimbo G had a big game on Sunday, with 9 grabs for 115 yards and a score. Despite being hampered by injuries the entire season, Graham still nearly clipped 1,000 yards (982) and did find the end zone 9 times. Graham may still command a high draft pick next season, but may be a decent value this time around.
Rob Gronkowski: Gronk came storming back from his broken arm with 42 yards and a touchdown in week 17 as the Pats stomped out the ‘Phins. Gronk should be good to go for the playoffs and will be a fine target for 2013, as the big moose is terribly good in handsome Thomas Q. Brady’s offense.