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Winner: Matthew Stafford
A lot of nervous fantasy enthusiasts were pushing the panic button after Stafford threw four picks against the Bears. The Lions QB rallied, putting up 29.60 points during a five-touchdown performance against Panthers. Stafford will continue to have favorable matchups as the Lions fight for a playoff spot.
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Loser: Sam Bradford
Many tabbed Bradford to be a breakout fantasy star in just his second season, but that hasn't been the case through Week 11. Things looked promising when he hit Brandon Lloyd for a touchdown early against the Seahawks, but he never was able to get it going and ended with 5.24 points. Good news, though, I started him in a league in which I lost all my quarterbacks.
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Winner: Kevin Smith
No, not that Kevin Smith. The former Lions running back reunited with his old team and had a monster game against the Panthers, posting 38.10 points. Smith will be the top name on the waiver wire this week.
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Loser: Mike Tolbert
Remember when there was a report from an unnamed source who said Antonio Gates was fat and slow? Was he actually talking about Tolbert, or was it Tolbert trying to get the heat off of himself? Tolbert didn't look good against the Bears, scoring fewer than four points.
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Loser: Ryan Mathews
Tolbert and Mathews combined for just a bit more than six points, barely edging out the fantasy production of Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji. The Chargers started strong and now are trending downward as the season shifts to its stretch run.
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Winner: Vincent Jackson
Hey, look! There was one Chargers player who failed to disappoint on Sunday. Jackson had a monster game, recording 165 yards and a touchdown -- good for 22.5 points.
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Winner: Jordy Nelson
I wrote this in my Friday column, but you need to start Nelson every week. Nelson is the Packers receiver to own this season, putting up 24.30 points during a week in which the team let nearly everybody score. Well, at least guys who were not on your fantasy team like Raji, John Kuhn or Tom Crabtree.
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Loser: Greg Jennings
And then there was Jennings, who battled injuries en route to only one reception for six yards. Jennings is too good to ever bench, but the Packers have become annoying by their penchant for spreading the ball around a little too much.
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Loser: Denarius Moore
Moore was the waiver pickup of the week in most fantasy formats, and many rushed him into their lineups given the Raiders' favorable matchup against the Vikings. But Oakland went heavy on the run, and it was Chaz Schilens who grabbed the lone touchdown pass from Carson Palmer.
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Winner: Jason Witten
Witten posted his highest receiving total (85 yards) since Week 4, most of it coming on a 59-yard touchdown reception. Witten ended with 14.5 fantasy points, tops for tight ends on Sunday. QB Tony Romo spreads the ball around a little too much, but you can never bench Witten.
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Loser: Jermichael Finley
Finley was another victim of Aaron Rodgers' generosity. Hey, Rodgers: You have some fantasy studs, get them into the mix. Finley has failed to top 70 yards in the past seven games.
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Loser: Jake Ballard
Oh man, if you were waiting for Ballard to have a big game to carry your fantasy team on Sunday night, well, keep waiting. Ballard had a couple of bad drops and failed to deliver with only 1.30 points.
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