|Fantasy Football: Week 12 starts, sits||11.25.12 at 8:13 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 12 starts and sits. With so many games having already been played, I’m offering fewer players here than usual. If I fail to cover the player or players that you want feedback on, please feel free to stop by our chat Sunday morning at 11 a.m. We also offer full Week 12 positional rankings at Rotobahn.com.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Saints
If you need a quarterback and Kaepernick’s available, I love the move. You might need to be ready to make a switch, and there are limited options due to the late start. That being said, I think he’ll start over Alex Smith. Harbaugh wants to win, and San Francisco has more Super Bowl potential with Kaepernick at the helm. If he starts, I expect good fantasy numbers.
Chad Henne, Jaguars vs. Titans
He’s locked in with no competition, and this is a very good matchup. Henne’s also shown a solid rapport with all of his receivers. If you need a quarterback for Week 12, Henne will work in any format.
Joe Flacco, Ravens at Chargers
He’s just not trustworthy on the road and I’d much rather go with Henne, just to give you a baseline for comparison. Flacco has upside, and he can always have a good day, but you are pressing your luck when you play him on the road against decent competition.
Ronnie Hillman, Broncos at Chiefs
With Willis McGahee out for the year, Hillman should end up being the most valuable back in Denver for fantasy purposes. He is viable in any league and is a legit RB2 option in 12-team leagues.
Fred Jackson, Bills at Colts
With C.J. Spiller now starting, the first instinct might be to sit Jackson, but we’d play him this week in 12-team leagues. The matchup is good and they will still get Jackson the ball enough to be viable, and he is likely to get goal-line touches as he always has. He’s viable this week.
|Are the Patriots going to target a ‘Conehead’ at wide receiver?||03.01.11 at 1:39 pm ET|
One of the things the Patriots love to look at isn’t necessarily speed, but quickness. That’s why New England football fans should pay particular attention to what prospects — particularly wide receivers and defensive backs — do in the 3-cone drills this week. The Patriots have traditionally put a lot of stock — maybe more than most teams — in shuttle/cone drills in their pre-draft workouts. That’s not to say they would select a player based solely on what he did in one of the drills, but it would certainly cause New England to take notice.
(For a complete look at what the 3-cone drill entails, check out this exhaustive definition courtesy of NFL.com.)
To that end, lots of the relatively under-the-radar receivers (non first-rounders) they’ve targeted in recent years have all excelled in the agility drills. Julian Edelman had a 6.62 second time in the 3-cone drill as a collegian. Deion Branch was 6.71 (at the 2002 combine), Chad Jackson (at the 2006 combine) was 6.74 and Wes Welker was 7.06. (To give you some perspective, all of those performances would have put them near or in the Top 10 at this year’s combine.) That also translates to the defensive side of the football, as Devin McCourty’s 6.7 in the 3-cone drill at last year’s combine put him second among all corners.
Here are the Top 10 performances among all the wide receivers in the 3-cone drill. (The times for the defensive backs have not yet been posted.) It’s worth noting that many of these guys are not billed as potential first-round picks, so as a result, they could have drawn New England’s interest because of their performance this week.
1. Oregon’s Jeffrey Maehl (6.42)
2. Ohio State’s Dane Sanzenbacher (6.46)
3. LSU’s Terrence Toliver (6.48)
4. Mount Union’s Cecil Shorts (6.50)
5. Wake Forest’s Marshall Williams (6.61)
6. San Diego State’s Vincent Brown (6.64)
7. SMU’s Aldrick Robinson (6.65)
8. Hawaii’s Greg Salas (6.65)
9. Alabama’s Julio Jones (6.66)
10. Stanford’s Ryan Whalen (6.67)
(For what it’s worth, WEEI.com has already profiled Maehl as a “Potential Patriot.” Check out his information here.)
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