Week 12 NFL Advanced Analytics Superstars

Now just one week out from the fantasy football playoffs, this is the time of year you want your players to get hot and perform like superstars. It does you no good to continue rolling out Jordy Nelson, Amari Cooper, and Dez Bryant on name value alone, and the analytics can certainly help us identify the top performers as we head into the most crucial part of the season.

Each week, we'll take a look at offensive players at each position who helped put their team in the best position to win. However, we'll be going beyond just the box score by diving into the impact of each player on their team's success.

To do this, we'll utilize our signature metric, Net Expected Points (NEP), which quantifies the number of points a player adds to his team versus how he's expected to perform. When a player rushes for 5 yards on a 3rd-and-3 and keeps the drive -- and potential for scoring points -- alive, he'll add more to his team's expected point total than when a player rushes for 5 yards on a 3rd-and-9 and forces his team to punt.

So, who were Week 12's NEP superstars?