Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/4/12

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for a 19-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Adrian Peterson knew what the football game meant when he took the field on Sunday.  He knew of its importance.  He knew that he needed to pull out a victory, that the playoffs could be on the line.  No, not for the Minnesota Vikings, but for your fantasy football team.  For the men and women who drafted him early when everyone else said that he couldn’t recover from that ACL tear in his knee.  AP was surely thinking of these fantasy owners when he suited up in purple and gold to take on the Packers.  And he delivered.  Big time.Who else helped you reach the fantasy promise land this past week?QUARTERBACKSQB CHAMPSIn a week of beastly fantasy outings, it’s unlikely that any QB carried you all the way to victory.  Still, these four signal callers did enough to merit Week 13 champ honors.Andrew Luck: 391 pass yds, 4 pass TDs, 3 INTs, 33 rush ydsCam Newton: 232 pass yds, 3 pass TDs, 78 rush ydsTony Romo: 303 pass yds, 3 pass TDs, 14 rush ydsRussell Wilson: 293 pass yds, 2 pass TDs, 71 rush ydsWhile the four above QBs probably didn’t do enough to single-handedly secure you a win, there was one quarterback that owners have relied on all season who failed to deliver and could've caused you to lose.QB CHUMPDrew Brees: 341 pass yds, 5 INTsBrees decided to have his worst game ever with the fantasy playoffs on the line, dooming many of his fantasy owners and ensuring that he’ll have plenty more free time to star in commercials in January.RUNNING BACKSRB CHAMPSAdrian Peterson’s stat lines from the Vikings’ past six games:Week 7: 153 rush yds, rush TD, 6 rec ydsWeek 8: 123 rush yds, rush TD, 4 rec ydsWeek 9: 182 rush yds, 2 rush TDs, 11 rec ydsWeek 10: 171 rush yds, rush TD, 5 rec ydsWeek 12: 108 rush yds, 6 rec ydsWeek 13: 210 rush yds, rush TD, 10 rec ydsIf AP isn’t the fantasy champ of the 2012 season I don’t know who is.Another RB champ of the week:Bryce Brown: 169 rush yds, 2 rush TDs, 14 rec yds, fumble lostThat’s two insanely good fantasy performances in two weeks and two games he’s cost the Eagles any chance of winning by fumbling the football late.RB CHUMPSNot many AWFUL running back outings, so we’ll have to give this week’s chump statuses to two below-average performances.Chris Johnson: 51 rush yds, 20 rec yds, fumble lostRyan Mathews: 26 rush yds, 25 rec ydsWIDE RECEIVERSWR CHAMPSWeek 13 truly was the Week of the Receiver.  Eleven different WRs had at least 100 yards receiving.Calvin Johnson: 171 rec yds, rec TDBrandon Marshall: 165 rec ydsLance Moore: 123 rec ydsSteve Smith: 120 rec yds, rec TDJosh Gordon: 116 rec yds, rec TDPierre Garcon: 106 rec yds, rec TDVictor Cruz: 104 rec ydsWes Welker: 103 rec yds, rec TDDanario Alexander: 102 rec ydsMichael Crabtree: 101 rec ydsT.Y. Hilton: 100 rec ydsSeven other wideouts had between 90 and 100 yards with at least one TD: Demaryius Thomas (2 TDs), Sidney Rice, Dez Bryant (2 TDs), Rod Streater, Golden Tate, Mike Williams, Donnie Avery (2 TDs)We’ll give champ honors to Megatron, Demaryius Thomas, and Dez Bryant.  If you’re in a PPR league though, Brandon Marshall and Wes Welker were both also most certainly champs.WR CHUMPSIn a week of such great fantasy output, it’s surprising that these three didn’t live up to expectations:Andre Johnson: 56 rec ydsVincent Jackson: 55 rec ydsReggie Wayne: 51 rec ydsTIGHT ENDSTE CHAMPS13 different tight ends caught a touchdown pass in Week 13: Brandon Myers, Heath Miller, Tony Gonzalez, Brandon Pettigrew, Martellus Bennett, Greg Olsen, Kyle Rudolph, Scott Chandler, Tony Moeaki, Dallas Clark, Coby Fleener, Jermaine Gresham, and Jeff Cumberland. Jason Witten didn’t record a touchdown, but he did catch 6 passes for an impressive 108 yards.So which TEs were the cream of the crop?Brandon Myers: 130 rec yds, rec TDHeath Miller: 97 rec yds, rec TDMartellus Bennett: 82 rec yds, rec TDTE CHUMPSAs with wide receiver chumps, there were some unexpected chumps for tight ends too.Jimmy Graham: 59 rec ydsAntonio Gates: 49 rec ydsOwen Daniels: 43 rec ydsVernon Davis: 15 rec yds
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Seahawks players feel Sherman bombshell story ‘nailed it’

Turkey: Kanter a member of terrorist group, issues warrant

Chad Johnson says Roger Goodell consulted him on touchdown celebration rule change

Kevin Durant is not to blame for the NBA’s lack of parity, and he knows it

Khloe Kardashian called out Cavs fan who mentioned ‘curse’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Warriors’ Mike Brown: Steve Kerr may be back for the Finals

Dodgers transfer Andrew Toles and Scott Kazmir to the 60-day disabled list

Looking back at 40 years of women racing in the Indianapolis 500

U.S. national soccer teams to wear LGBT-themed jerseys to celebrate pride month

Mike Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater still has ‘long ways to go’

Report: Clippers concerned about Chris Paul leaving to sign with Spurs

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker