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Monday, December 12, 2011


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Stat of the Week: In Tim Tebow’s eight 2011 starts, the Broncos have outscored opponents by just six points while managing a 7-1 record. Denver was 4-14 in their past 18 games before Tebow took over.

Runner-Up: Eagles DE Jason Babin is the first player in NFL history with zero 12-sack seasons in his 20s and two 12-sack seasons in his 30s.

Second Runner-Up: Wes Welker joins Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison as the only players in NFL history with four 100-catch seasons.

Quote of the Week: Vikings DE Jared Allen explains punching Ray Edwards in the groin: “Ray is obviously a former teammate and friend of mine.  I told him before the snap that he’s known for blowing up the long snapper on the field goal. So I told him: ‘You run me over here, I’m going to punch you square in your wiener, dude.’”

Runner-Up: Profootballtalk’s Mike Florio on Marion Barber’s late-game miscues against Tebow and the magical Broncos: “How can guys like Barber not sense, consciously or otherwise, that they’re simply killing time with the Washington Generals while the Great Football Fan in the Sky gets ready to throw a bucket of confetti on someone sitting in the front row?”

Second Runner-Up: Ryan Mathews, speaking on behalf of his fantasy owners, regarding Mike Tolbert’s red-zone role: “I just let it fly and tried to get to the end zone. If I’d have gotten caught, the vulture would have come in and put it in. So I tried to finish it off.”

Third Runner-Up: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on venerable halfback and team leader Frank Gore“I’ve never seen anything like him to be honest with you. I can’t compare him to any other player that I’ve ever been around. ... Then, when you add up the injuries he’s had, some of the serious knee, shoulder, hip-type of injuries, lesser guys would have called it a career, let alone to come back and having the kind of year that Frank is having. He’s a different guy. He’s not normal. He’s not you and me. No, he’s not any of us. Not the normal guy. There are super human powers there. There should be a statue to Frank. Maybe with the new stadium. There should be something somewhere. A life-size statue of him in one of those cool positions he gets in. About six inches off the ground, or a leg going one way, and the other going the other, twisting and turning. It’s just so cool. It’s just so cool to slow the tape down and watch what he does.”

Tweet of the Week: From @allie_yoder after yet another comeback victory for Denver: “Tim Tebow: Most talked about white Bronco since O.J.”

Runner-Up: From @patycake15 of @ThePigskinArch, channeling Arnold Jackson on the Browns’ backfield: “What you sulkin’ about, Hillis?”

Second Runner-Up: ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando and the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows on Ben Roethlisberger, whose unquestioned toughness is often accompanied by drama queen tendencies on injuries: “I prefer ‘Beneral Hospital’ RT@espn_nfcwest: Let the 11-day soap opera begin. As Big Ben's Ankle Turns.”

Fantasy MVP of Week 14: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars / Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

Fantasy Breakout Player of Week 14: Felix Jones, Cowboys

Fantasy Rookie of Week 14: Julio Jones, Falcons

Fantasy Disappointment of Week 14: Jermichael Finley, Packers / Calvin Johnson, Lions

Fantasy Fraud of Week 14: Malcom Floyd, Chargers / Colts Offense

Fantasy Fluke of Week 14: Ryan Grant, Packers

Fine Fifteen Fantasy Offenses

1. Patriots
2. Packers
3. Falcons
4. Eagles
5. Saints
6. Chargers
7. Cowboys
8. Lions
9. Giants
10. Steelers
11. Panthers
12. Vikings
13. Ravens
14. Jets
15. Raiders

Early Waiver Look

QB: Jake Locker, Rex Grossman, T.J. Yates, John Skelton
RB: Felix Jones, Chris Ivory, Montario Hardesty, Kahlil Bell, Chauncey Washington, Keiland Williams
WR: Demaryius Thomas, Jabar Gaffney, James Jones, Donald Driver, Randall Cobb, Titus Young
TE: Dallas Clark, Jake Ballard, Evan Moore, Anthony Fasano, Marcedes Lewis

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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