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Fantasy football results: Week twelve stand-outs

The Cardinals' and NFL's best fantasy players from week twelve.

Jason Miller

The Cardinals' success against the Indianapolis Colts translated to the fantasy game this week. With an offense showing consistent production on the field and a top ten defense each week, it may just be time to commit Arizona's stars to your own starting line-up.

Cardinals:

Carson Palmer - 21 pts

Palmer followed up a 400-yard passing performance in week eleven with the fifth highest score in fantasy this week. He's officially on a hot streak and with his next game against a middling Philadelphia defense, look for the streak to continue in the east.

Rashard Mendenhall - 14 pts

For the first time all season, Mendenhall played like he deserved a roster spot -- not only with the Cardinals, but with your fantasy bench, which is where he should stay until he proves this showing wasn't a fluke.

Larry Fitzgerald - 18 pts

Good to see Fitz having a nice day in fantasy at the same time he became the youngest player to reach 11,000 receiving yards. While his yards/game haven't been exceptional, leading to an up-and-down fantasy season, he's been the Cardinals' most consistent threat to score (other than perhaps the kicker or defense) and needs to be in your starting line-up.

Michael Floyd - 10 pts

18 targets in two weeks should be enough to put your mind at ease, but if not, how about back-to-back 100+ yard receiving performances? Palmer loves throwing to Floyd and it's easy to see why: he makes tough catches, he goes up and gets it, and he has the best decoy in the league starting opposite him in Larry Fitzgerald.

Jay Feely - 18 pts

Noted for being the highest-scoring kicker this week. Feely is having an excellent season, having missed only two kicks on the year, one of which was blocked.

Cardinals D/ST - 13 pts

The Cards' D checks in with the fifth-best score in fantasy against the Colts. Keep 'em in your line-up, folks.

NFL:

Phillip Rivers - 28 pts

The fourth-best quarterback in fantasy, Rivers was number one this week. Most impressive was that this came against a stingy, 9-win Kansas City defense.

Knowshon Moreno - 29 pts

Moreno is having a heck of a season but was seen in a walking boot and crutches after the game. Pay close attention to his MRI results later this week. If he's out, look for Montee Ball on the waiver wire.

Josh Gordon - 29 pts

Gordon's record-setting day likely caused more than a few fantasy owners to choke on their overpriced light beers when his 237 receiving yards scrolled across tickers in NFL stadiums everywhere on Sunday. He's been rolling since coming off a week ten bye, even with Brandon Weeden back in the line-up.

Jimmy Graham - 16 pts

Nothing unusual for the NFL's best, by a significant margin, fantasy tight end. Graham is in the top 25 for all offensive players, extremely rare for the position.

Steelers D/ST - 23 pts

Though the Steelers' defense has been one of the best in the NFL in recent history, they haven't produced much in the way of fantasy points. 2013 has seen them struggle both on the field and on your web browser. The only way they'd be worth a roster spot is if they played Brandon Weeden every week.

Waiver mentions:

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB TEN - 23 pts; Josh McCown, QB CHI - 18 pts
Benny Cunningham, RB STL - 17 pts; Brandon Bolden, RB NE - 13 pts
Justin Hunter, WR TEN - 17 pts; Jacoby Jones, WR BAL - 16 pts
Ladarius Green, TE SD - 14 pts