DeMarco Murray was due for a rough game, and Chicago's run defense has been underrated all year. Even with Murray bottled up (17-43), Derrick Henry broke loose (8-60-1) and led the backfield for the first time all season. Rishard Matthews now has five touchdowns over his last five games and is the clear top target in the passing game, but Delanie Walker (3-50-1) will still get his as well. This may be the end of the honeymoon fantasy period for the Titans, however, with a Bye week and a tough schedule ahead (DEN and KC) in the last three weeks.
Matt Barkley (316 yards, 3 TD) was even better than his stats would indicate. Barkley was victimized by multiple drops throughout the game, including on a potential game-winning score late. Marquess Wilson (8-125-1) exploded after spending all year on the PUP list. He's worth a flier in leagues where you may be desperate down the stretch. Jordan Howard has an RB2 floor every week, as his backups are barely playing.
LeSean McCoy had a quiet first half, but a 75-yard touchdown run changed things real quick. Shady (19-103-2) looked like his usual shifty self and took on a workhorse role with Mike Gillislee out. Sammy Watkins returned and had a 62-yard catch. He'll be a boom or bust play going into the fantasy playoffs, but he's definitely worth adding if he's on your waiver wire.
Blake Bortles put on his running shoes and scrambled for a team high 81 yards. Unfortunately, he only threw for 126. T.J. Yeldon was susrprisingly active, but it was Chris Ivory who left this one with a hamstring injury. Those tend to linger, which could make Yeldon a sneaky RB2 candidate if Ivory misses time. Jacksonville's receivers will be volatile so long as Bortles is their QB. Allen Robinson owners just have to cross their fingers in the fantasy playoffs, as you probably can't bench him.
Finally, Kenneth Dixon got more work. He had 17 total touches compared to Terrance West's 16. Unfortunately, until one wrestles away control from the other, both are better off as FLEX plays. Joe Flacco won't spread it out like this every week, as six receivers had three or more receptions. Don't panic, Steve Smith Sr. owners. Shout out to John Harbaugh for a hilariously brilliant move to have his team blatantly hold in order to burn clock late in the game. Football is weird sometimes.
Better days are ahead for Jeremy Hill (12-21), as Baltimore's run D is the best in the league. At least Hill caught 6 passes for 61 yards, which is a good sign. Hill will flirt with RB1 value during the fantasy playoffs, so don't be discouraged. Tyler Eifert didn't show up until the second half, but his line (5-68-1) sounds about right moving forward. Tyler Boyd and Brandon LaFell both had nine targets, but Boyd converted his chances more often. He's the higher upside pickup to replace A.J. Green.
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The Falcons may have found a difference-maker in WR Taylor Gabriel, and fantasy owners should take notice. Gabriel has silly speed and took two WR screen passes to the house (4-79-2). Don't get too excited, but this won't be the last we'll hear from him this season. Tevin Coleman returned (9 yards, 1 TD), but this was the Devonta Freeman (16-60-2) show most of the game. Coleman will begin to get more work and is a good FLEX play moving forward.
This was a great matchup for Carson Palmer, and he produced fairly well (289 yards, 2 TD). The Cardinals have struggled to run the ball consistently as of late, but David Johnson has that Le'Veon Bell type skill set that allows him to produce anyway. Johnson went for 8-103-1 as a receiver. You shouldn't be comfortable playing anyone on Arizona's offense other than Johnson and Fitzgerald. Everyone else is siphoning stats from each other.
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The Giants played a little conversative at times, but Eli Manning (194 yards, 3 TD) knows who butters his bread. Odell Beckham Jr. (6-96-2) was too much for Cleveland's secondary to slow down, and Beckham even brought back a punt return for a TD that was called back. Pittsburgh, Dallas and Detroit are on deck next, which sets up ODB to perhaps finish the fantasy playoffs as the highest scoring receiver. Rashad Jennings came back to earth a bit (15-55), but he's still holding off Paul Perkins.
Terrelle Pryor made some great plays, and Josh McCown threw for 322 yards, a score and no picks. Unfortuntately for the Browns, some untimely fumbles and stalls led to only 13 points and yet another loss. With RGIII headed back soon, it's tough to say anyone on this team is worth starting moving forward, but Pryor should be relatively safe.
This was a brutal beatdown. The Saints did whatever they wanted to offensively, but none of that fantasy goodness included Brandin Cooks, who posted a goose egg. You'd think in a game where his team scored 49 points, Cooks would get involved, especially since he played close to his normal snap load. Instead, he wasn't targeted, and rookie WR Michael Thomas carried the load (9-108-2). Mark Ingram (14-146-1) is back making big plays and is out of the doghouse. Fire him up as an RB2. Keep playing Drew Brees, obviously.
Jared Goff (214 yards, 3 TD) made some great throws against a joke of a defense, but the fantasy stats count all the same. He's off the fantasy radar this year, but dynasty league owners should take note. Todd Gurley was a disappointment again, but game flow certainly wasn't in his favor. He's a massive bust, but at least he's still playable in PPR leagues now that he's making an impact as a receiver.
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Jay Ajayi was surprisingly shut down by the league's worst run defense (18-45), but at least he found the end zone. Ryan Tannehill had the big fantasy day in Miami (285 yards, 3 TD) but somehow missed both DaVante Parker and Jarvis Landry with his touchdown throws. Miami is one of the least convincing potential playoff teams, but the Fins certainly are hot right now. Baltimore's defense will be a tough test next week.
Colin Kaepernick is back to being a fantasy stud, believe it or not. Kaep ran for 113 yards and threw for 296 yards with 3 TD against a defense that's been performing well lately. CHI, NYJ and ATL are great matchups moving forward, as well. Carlos Hyde is getting involved as a receiver, which was the big knock on him to start the year. He's easily the best weapon Kaep has, and he'll continue to put up strong days one way or another because of that.
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The concerns of Mike Evans being shut down by Richard Sherman were put to bed early. The Bucs moved Evans around, and posted an 8-104-2 line. Play your stars. Doug Martin has a deathgrip on a valuable job as Tampa Bay's workhorse. The Bucs are one of the true one RB teams left in football, as Martin carried it 23 times for 87 yards. Don't expect a dominant performance like this from Tampa Bay again, especially with the Saints coming up twice on the schedule.
That screeching sound is the Seahawks momentum coming to a halt. Russell Wilson threw for just 151 yards and two picks, and Thomas Rawls couldn't much going on the ground (12-38). Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin had some decent PPR performances, but it was all bad for Seattle's offense. Carolina's pass defense next week should provide a nice bounce back spot for Seattle's offense.
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The legend of Derek Carr (315 yards, 2 TD) grows. Despite being temporarily sidelined with a finger injury, Carr engineered a few late drives to bring the Raiders back into it and win in the fourth quarter...again. This was a rough matchup for Latavius Murray, but a touchdown saved his day. Michael Crabtree took advantage of Carr's fourth quarter heroics and went for 8-110, leaving behind his drop-filled Week 11 showing.
This is about as good as it gets for Jonathan Stewart (17-96-2), who quietly has been a solid RB2 since returning from injury. Kelvin Benjamin was shut out through three quarters, but hooked up with Cam Newton on a long touchdown to make up for it. Cam finally ran one in from inside the five, but it's clear that Carolina doesn't want to expose him to more hits than necessary in what is quickly turning into a lost season.
Rob Gronkowski has probably saved and killed your fantasy team all at once this year. Gronk left the game with zero catches due to a back injury, which could leave him questionable for Week 13. Dion Lewis and James White continued to split passing down duties, which makes it hard to play either guy. Malcolm Mitchell will be a popular waiver wire addition after scoring twice, and if Gronk is out again, it's hard to argue with. Tom Brady (286 yards, 2 TD) tortures the Jets like none other.
Quincy Enunwa emerged back onto the scene, catching all five of his targets for 109 yards and a TD. I'm not buying. Brandon Marshall owners were happy to see him score again (6-67-1). It's just hard to trust Fitzpatrick on a week-to-week basis. This was a disappointing showing for Matt Forte against a beatable run defense in a game where game flow actually favored him. At least the Colts and Niners are up next.
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What a game. It wasn't pretty for the Chiefs, but Tyreek Hill put up a massive fantasy line in a game where he absolutely wasn't supposed to. Hill ran for a score, brought a kick back for a score and caught Alex Smith's only touchdown pass to go along with his nine receptions. It's past time to add him, if he's still available. Travis Kelce (8-101) has entered a nice groove as of late as well, and like Hill, has benefited from Jeremy Maclin's absence. I expected more from Spencer Ware here (17-64), but the Falcons and Raiders are nice "get right" games.
This was Trevor Siemian's best game of his career. With the run game not providing a whole lot, Siemian saved the day with his big time hookups with Emmanuel Sanders (7-162-1). The deep ball was there all game, and Bennie Fowler dropped a potential game-winning catch that was in his bread basket. If you're in a deeper league, A.J. Derby has taken over the starting receiving tight end job from Virgil Green. The Broncos clearly think highly of him.