The fantasy football 2012 season started when the Dallas Cowboys travelled to take on the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. While the Cowboys won the game, upsetting the Giants in the Meadowlands, the Cowboys vs. Giants game also introduced a new fantasy football star to owners around the country.
Kevin Ogletree came into the season as a question mark. Most Dallas fans had given up on the receiver, who had never been able to prove he deserved the role the Cowboys earmarked for him. In 2011, Dallas signed Laurent Robinson when they lost Miles Austin because they didn't trust Ogletree in the offense. After the Giants game, many fantasy football fans will scour their waiver wire for Ogletree next week.
Kevin Ogletree finished the game with eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns. In fantasy football leagues, that scores him anywhere from 23 points up to 31 in PPR leagues, and that doesn't even include bonuses for 100-yard games and long receptions. Needless to say, the receiver that barely locked up the slot receiver role in Dallas was the fantasy star on Wednesday night.
Interestingly, on a night where the running game seemed to stall for both teams, DeMarco Murray had a nice second half of play and ended up with an impressive 131 yards on the ground. While he never made it into the end zone, it was a nice night and the performance makes it look like his 2011 season was just a foreshadowing of things to come for the young superstar.
Of course, without Tony Romo, none of this would be possible. The Cowboys quarterback finished the game with 307 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception. It was a very nice 30+ point fantasy football night for the quarterback. Miles Austin also had a nice night, with four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown, scoring double-digit fantasy football points.
On the other side of the field, the Giants struggled all around. Eli Manning only managed 213 passing yards and one touchdown. Victor Cruz had a horrible night, dropping three passes, but finished with 58 yards on six receptions, nice in PPR leagues, but very disappointing in standard leagues. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 78 yards and a touchdown, most of his production in the second half.
For fantasy football 2012 players, Bradshaw was the only Giants starter worth owning in the game.
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