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Fantasy Football 2014 Running Back Rankings: Week 12

DeMarco Murray leads the NFL in rushing by nearly 300 yards
Fantasy Football 2014 Running Back Rankings: Week 12

The NFL’s leading rusher is back from bye so it’s only fitting that he regains his position atop Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Running Back Rankings for Week 12. DeMarco Murray is ahead of Arian Foster by nearly 300 yards for the league lead and is coming off a bye ready to face a Giants defense that’s given up nearly 500 yards on the ground in the last two games.

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Fantasy Football 2014 Kicker Rankings: Week 12

Mason Crosby has scored double-digit fantasy points in three straight games
Fantasy Football 2014 Kicker Rankings: Week 12

Green Bay’s offense and defense have both been on a roll lately, which is why Mason Crosby is near the top of Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Kicker Rankings for Week 12. The Packers have averaged more than 50 points per game over their last three, so it should be no surprise that Crosby has produced double-digit fantasy points in each. Points shouldn’t be that much of an issue for Green Bay this week against Minnesota, making Crosby a very appealing option. The only kickers we like better this week are Adam Vinatieri (at JAC) and Stephen Gostkowski (vs. DET).

Fantasy Football 2014 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 12

Justin Houston and the Chiefs get their shot against the NFL's worst offense this week
Fantasy Football 2014 Defense/Special Teams Rankings: Week 12

Jacksonville is back from bye, but Oakland has the worst offense in the NFL, which is why Kansas City checks in at No. 1 in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams Rankings for Week 12. The Chiefs are tied for third in the league in sacks (30) while the Raiders are last in total (276.5 ypg) and scoring (15.2 ppg) offense and tied for fourth in giveaways (20). It sure sounds like a recipe for good things from Kansas City’s DST this week. But don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the Jaguars.

Fantasy Football 2014 Tight End Rankings: Week 12

Coby Fleener led all TEs in fantasy points in Week 11 with his seven-catch, 144-yard effort against the Patriots
Fantasy Football 2014 Tight End Rankings: Week 12

Rob Gronkowski fared better than Jimmy Graham last Sunday, so for now the pecking order will remain the same as it relates to Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Tight End Rankings for Week 12. Gronk caught a touchdown pass for the third straight game in the Patriots win over the Colts, while Graham was held to just three catches and 29 yards in the Saints’ home loss to the Bengals.

Fantasy Football 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 12

Demaryius Thomas has gone over 100 yards receiving in seven straight games
Fantasy Football 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 12

Antonio Brown is on bye so for at least this week, he will cede the No. 1 spot on Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings for Week 12 to Demaryius Thomas. Brown leads the position in fantasy points, but Thomas isn’t too far behind after stringing together seven straight games with at least 100 yards receiving.

Fantasy Football 2014 Quarterback Rankings: Week 12

Peyton Manning looks to bounce back from a season-low 17.5 fantasy points last week
Fantasy Football 2014 Quarterback Rankings: Week 12

Aaron Rodgers continues to lead the pack in Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Week 12, while a couple of elite signal-callers look to bounce back from disappointing showings. Rodgers led the Packers to their second straight 50-point effort last week and he now has thrown nine touchdown passes and no interceptions in the past two games.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals Game Preview and Prediction

Notre Dame has lost two in a row.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Louisville Cardinals Game Preview and Prediction

Louisville and Notre Dame both enter Week 13 at 7-3, and each program still has plenty left at stake despite sporting a three-loss resume. The Orange Bowl is a possibility for both programs, with the Cardinals having a better shot at a trip to Miami than the Fighting Irish. In order for Louisville to reach the Orange Bowl, coach Bobby Petrino’s team needs to win out and have Georgia Tech lose its finale against Georgia.

Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Ole Miss Rebels Game Preview and Prediction

Can the Razorbacks win two in a row in SEC play?
Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Ole Miss Rebels Game Preview and Prediction 2014

Arkansas and Ole Miss each have two regular season games remaining, and there’s plenty at stake for both programs. The Rebels still have faint SEC West title hopes if they win their last two games and Auburn defeats Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The Razorbacks finally earned a win in SEC play under second-year coach Bret Bielema with a 17-0 victory over LSU last Saturday.

Betting Against the Spread: College Football Week 13 Picks

Each week, Braden Gall offers his top picks of the week.
Betting Against the Spread: College Football 2014 Week 13 Picks

I was 3-4 with top picks and 3-3 in trendy picks last week and it has dropped me below .500 for the first time all season. And I’m not sure where to go this weekend to make up for it.

 

You’ll notice one of two themes this weekend in college football. A) Huge point spreads in top 25 mismatches and B) Impossibly difficult to predict rivalry games with heavy title implications. This might be a good week to sit on the bench.

 

So I'm going to try the underdogs...

 

Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Game Preview and Prediction

Will the Cornhuskers bounce back?
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Game Preview and Prediction 2014

Nebraska and Minnesota head into Week 13 needing a victory to keep their Big Ten West Division title hopes alive. The Cornhuskers lost to Wisconsin 59-24 in a record-setting performance by running back Melvin Gordon, while the Golden Gophers fell short in their upset bid over Ohio State (31-24).

 

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