Studs and Duds: Week 12

Mon Nov 25 8:18am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Henry scores two touchdowns


This seems to be a theme the last few weeks. Fantasy games were a little uneven once again. We had some very high scoring affairs but also some duds. There were seven teams that scored 30-plus points, but also five teams that didn’t even score double-digit points. It was all or nothing for many NFL teams in Week 12. 

There were just four 300-yard passers and four quarterbacks that hit the three-touchdown mark this week. The quarterback position wasn’t quite as prolific as it has been much of the year. Numbers were a little down. 

The running back position wasn’t much better  with five 100-yard rushers. And just two running backs had multiple touchdowns. Scoring was pretty down at the running back spot, especially if you consider some of the leading rushers included Rashaad Penny, Jonathan Williams, Bo Scarbrough and Benny Snell. Not a good week for many fantasy running backs.

The receiver spot saw a little more production. There were eight 100-yard receivers and two receivers that had double-digit receptions. And four receivers had multiple scores. Again, it wasn’t huge week at the receiver spot but a couple players really had huge games, carrying many fantasy teams to victory. 

Lastly, the tight end position was pretty good. We had a 100-yard tight end and another player that had double-digit receptions. So the tight end position saw some success with a couple players really producing big games.

As always, here is to hoping you came out on the right side of things in all your games this week. 

Texans 20, Colts 17

Fantasy Stud: Jonathan Williams. Williams did a great job filling in for Marlon Mack, rushing 26 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 17 yards. Williams sure looked the part of a solid starter for the Colts. He has two straight 100-yard games and could continue to start the next few weeks with Mack injured. Williams will be worth using for fancy teams as long as he is starting. 

Fantasy Dud: T.Y. Hilton. Hilton was active and played, which was a positive. But the negative was he did next to nothing on the field. He had three receptions for 18 yards. He will be a little hard to trust until he starts producing big on the field once again. The Colts passing game has struggled in recent weeks and couldn’t even top 150 yards in this game, which was against a bad pass defense. 

Game Notes: Will Fuller returned from injury and had a huge game, catching seven passes for 140 yards. Fuller has two 100-yard games this year and has been very productive when healthy and on the field. 

DeAndre Hopkins had two multiple touchdowns in the game. He had six receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns. He has at least six receptions all but two games this year.

Jets 34, Raiders 3

Fantasy Stud: Sam Darnold. Darnold continued his hot play, scoring three touchdowns once again. He was 20-of-29 for 315 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran five times for 16 yards and a touchdown, giving him three total scores. He has multiple touchdowns three straight games and nine total scores to just one interception during that stretch. With games against the Bengals and Dolphins the next two, Darnold has real value to fantasy teams right now. 

Fantasy Dud: Derek Carr. Carr had a rough game, eventually going to the bench with the team down big. Carr was 15-of-27 for 127 yards with an interception. He didn’t score a touchdown and failed to top even 150-passing yards. It was an unexpected game in a favorable matchup for Carr. 

Game Notes: Ryan Griffin had three receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown. Griffin has touchdowns two straight and three of five games.

LeVeon Bell had 108 total yards in the game. He ran 12 times for 49 yards and caught five passes for 59 yards. Bell has more than 100 total yards two of four games.

Bills 20, Broncos 3

Fantasy Stud: Cole Beasley. There was not offense in this game, but Beasley was a bright spot. He led the way at receiving for the Bills, catching six passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. Beasley has touchdowns four of six games. He also has at least four receptions three straight games. Beasley has been a very consistent fantasy factor in recent weeks as the top possession receiver in this offense. 

Fantasy Dud: Courtland Sutton. Sutton had his first real poor showing of the season. He had just a catch for 25 yards. Both totals were season lows for Sutton. The only good news is he was targeted seven times in the game. Sutton had more than 50 yards all but a game before this dud of a showing. He will be fine going forward, but the Broncos passing game is a bit of a concern if you are a Sutton owner.

Game Notes: Josh Allen has multiple touchdowns for the seventh straight game. He was 15-of-25 for 185 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. 

Devin Singletary had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. He had 21 carries for 106 yards. He has 75 or more rushing yards three of four games.

Bears 19, Giants 14

Fantasy Stud: Allen Robinson. Robinson rebounded in a big way after a poor showing last week. He had six receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. This was his second 100-yard game of the season. Robinson has at leas four receptions all but a game. He has been very good in an offense that has struggled passing the ball much of the year. 

Fantasy Dud: Saquon Barkley.  Barkley had another disappointing game for all his fantasy owners. He failed to reach double-digit fantasy points for the second straight game. He ran 17 times for 59 yards and caught two passes for a yard. Barkley has just three touchdowns all season  and hasn’t hit the 100-yard rushing mark since Week 2. He has not lived up to his high draft status.

Game Notes: Mitchell Trubisky played much better this week, leading his team to victory. He was 25-of-41 for 278 yards and a touchdowns with two interceptions. He also ran in a score, giving him two total touchdowns.

Sterling Shepard returned from his concussion and had five receptions for 15 yards. He got his catches but was held in check after the catch. 

Steelers 16, Bengals 10

Fantasy Stud: Tyler Boyd. Boyd got back on track, catching five passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. He had just a catch last week, so this game was a welcome sight for all his fantasy owners. Boyd has at least five receptions four of five games. He has been one of the bright spots in a bad season for the Bengals, doing a good job as the No. 1 receiver for the team. 

Fantasy Dud: Mason Rudolph. Rudolph was benched in this game, going 8-of-16 for 85 yards with an interception. He gave way to Devlin Hodges, who was 5-of-11 for 118 yards and a touchdown. Rudolph has five interceptions his last two games and one or no scores four straight. He has been pretty mediocre to bad much of the year in a starting role for the Steelers. Hodges could get the start next week for the Steelers.

Game Notes: James Washington continued his hit play, catching three passes for 98 yards and a touchdown. Washington has touchdowns two of three games.

Benny Snell returned from injury this week and led the way in the rushing game for the Steelers. Snell had 21 carries for 98 yards and a catch for five yard. Snell could be the lead back for the Steelers the rest of the way.

Browns 41, Dolphins 24

Fantasy Stud: Jarvis Landry. Landry had his best game of the season, catching 10 passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Landry continues to be the top receiver for the Browns, having touchdowns four straight games. He has at least three receptions every game this season and five or more catches four of five. Landry is having a big year for the Browns, serving as the go-to target for the passing game.

Fantasy Dud: Kalen Ballage. Ballage is the starting back for the Dolphins but didn’t produce much with his chances in this game. He ran seven time for 13 yards and caught a pass for 13 yards. Ballage has fewer than 20-rushing yards all but one game this year. And he has at least seven carries four straight games. His fantasy value is very limited despite the workload. 

Game Notes: Baker Mayfield continues to show signs of life, going 24-of-34 for 327 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. Mayfield has three straight multiple touchdown games.

DeVante Parker had six receptions for 91 yards. Parker has at least four receptions six straight games. He also haas 69 or more yards three straight. 

Seahawks 17, Eagles 9

Fantasy Stud: Zach Ertz. Ertz is having quite the late-season surge for his fantasy owners. He had 12 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Ertz has 90-plus yards three straight and at least nine receptions in all of those games. He has been getting a huge workload in recent weeks with the Eagles all banged up at receiver. 

Fantasy Dud: Tyler Lockett. There were a lot of duds in this low-scoring game, but Lockett was our top dud. He had a good matchup against a secondary that struggled much of the year, but did little with that. Lockett had just a catch for 38 yards. This was his first game all year without multiple receptions. He has struggled the last two games, though, having fewer than 40 yards each of his last two. He has been targeted just six times his last two times out.

Game Notes: Rashaad Penny had a better showing than starter Chris Carson. Penny had 14 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown. Carson ran eight times for just 26 yards. This was a bit of a surprise with Penny having 14-rushing yards his last two games.

Dallas Goedert had seven receptions for 32 yards. Goedert has at least three receptions six straight games. His yardage numbers aren’t great, but Goedert is racking up the catches right now.

Bucs 35, Falcons 22

Fantasy Stud: Chris Godwin. Godwin was back to his huge ways in this game. He had seven receptions for 184 yards and two touchdowns. This was his fifth 100-yard game of the season and third multiple touchdown performance. He is over 1,000 yards for the season with nine touchdowns. Godwin is having a breakout season and carrying many fantasy teams to the playoffs. 

Fantasy Dud: Matt Ryan. Ryan was a big disappointment in a game that looked very favorable to him. He failed to score a touchdown, though, going 23-of-46 for 271 yards with an interception. He was even sent to the bench late in the game with the Falcons trailing big. This is the third time this season Ryan failed to score a touchdown. 

Game Notes: Qadree Ollison led the Falcons in rushing. He ran eight times for 20 yards while starter Brian Hill had nine carries for 14 yards. Neither back did much, so expect Hill to continue to starter while Devonta Freeman is out.

Calvin Ridley scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He had six receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown, getting targeted a season high 10 times. 

Redskins 19, Lions 16

Fantasy Stud: Terry McLaurin. There were very few bright fantasy spots in this game, but McLaurin was one of them. He had five receptions for 72 yards and was the top target in the offense once again. He had double-digit fantasy points for the first time since Week 6. McLaurin does have at least three receptions four straight games. He has been one of the few steady fantasy options in this offense. He should only get better going forward, especially as the Redskins get better play from their quarterback spot. 

Fantasy Dud: Jeff Driskel. Driskel got some fantasy starts in this one but disappointed with his play. He turned the ball over three times and scored just one touchdown. He was 20-of-33 for 207 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. His only positive was as a runner, rushing nine times for 63 yards. Driskel had fewer than 20 fantasy points for the first time since taking over as the starter. He proved he isn’t a guy you can totally trust despite a favorable matchup. 

Game Notes: Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson continue to split the work at running back for the Redskins. Guice ran 10 times for 32 yards while Peterson had 10 carries for 27 yards. The timeshare continues for the Redskins at running back. 

Bo Scarbrough ran 18 times for 98 yards. He did lose a fumble in the game but dominated carries and showed well with his work. Scarbrough has 153-rushing yards in two games for the Lions and should continue to get the bulk of the work at running back while Kerryon Johnson is out.

Titans 42, Jaguars 20

Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry ran 19 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a pass for 16 yards, giving him 175 total yards and two scores in the game. Henry has 30-plus fantasy points two straight games. He has scores three straight and four of five games. Henry is having another big-time late season surge, helping many fantasy teams secure a playoff spot. 

Fantasy Dud: Nick Foles. Foles didn’t have a bad game but didn’t find the end zone, leading to a poor fantasy showing. He was 32-of-48 for 272 yards without a touchdown or an interception. It was a down showing for Foles despite airing it out 48 times. Foles has thrown for at least 272 yard each of the games he has started and finished. He also has attempted 45-plus passes in each of those games. Foles just needs to start finding the end zone more to be a better fantasy play.

Game Notes: Leonard Fournette scored his second and third touchdowns of the season. He ran 24 times for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a season high nine passes for 62 yards. 

Ryan Tannehill continued his great play as the starter for the Titans, scoring four touchdowns. He was 14-of-18 for 259 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He also ran seven time for 40 yards and two touchdowns. Tannehill has multiple touchdowns five straight games.

Patriots 13, Cowboys 9

Fantasy Stud: Julian Edelman. This was a fantasy game to forget with few points for either team. It was a really disappointing game for most players involved. One of the few decent showings was from Julian Edelman. He didn’t score a touchdown but had eight receptions for 93 yards. Edelman has at least eight receptions five of season games. He is getting a ton of week work as the top option in the Patriots passing game.

Fantasy Dud: Dak Prescott. Prescott had a really down game for his standards, failing to score a touchdowns while gaining 212 yards. He was 19-of-33 for 212 yards with an interception. His 10 fantasy points was a season low for Prescott. He had 23-plus fantasy points four straight games before this showing. It wasn’t a complete shock, though, with the conditions poor and his opponent very good defensively. Prescott will rebound in the coming weeks.

Game Notes: Amari Cooper played but didn’t catch a pass. He wasn’t quite 100 percent healthy and was in and out of the game. Cooper has three receptions for 38 yards his last two games on 10 targets.

Jakobi Meyers had a bigger role in the passing game because of injury and set some career highs. He had four receptions for 74 yards on nine targets. 

49ers 37, Packers 8

Fantasy Stud: George Kittle. Kittle returned from his injuries that kept him out of action the last few games and didn’t miss a beat. Kittle was as good as ever, catching six passes for 129 yards and a touchdown. Kittle now has 70 or more yards five of six games. He also has scores three of those games. He is rounding into form at a great time for all his fantasy teams. His production has been off the charts in recent weeks.

Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. The 49ers defense dominated Rodgers in this one. He barely threw for more than 100 yards and scored just a touchdown. He was 20-of-33 for 104 yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble. It was a very disappointing showing from Rodgers in a crucial week of games for all his fantasy owners. Rodgers has just two touchdowns his last three games and fewer than 200-passing yards two of those games. He isn’t having near the season of past years.

Game Notes: Davante Adams scored his first touchdown of the season. He had seven receptions for 43 yards and a score on 12 targets. Adams has seven receptions each of his last four games he has played. 

Jimmy Garoppolo scored multiple touchdowns for the fourth time in five games. He was 14-of-20 for 253 yards and two scores without a turnover. Garoppolo also has at least 248-passing yards all four of those games.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Julio Jones Aug 15 3:50pm ET

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones has been working to stay in shape this offseason and has not undergone any surgeries, per The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The 31-year-old is still one of the best receivers in the game and going through the offseason without major injury concerns is a bright sign for the Alabama product's fantasy value heading into this season. Still firmly entrenched as the WR1 for Atlanta and coming off a 1,394 yard season, Jones stands firmly as a top-five fantasy receiver.

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Jarvis Landry Aug 15 1:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (hip) looked good in Friday's practice, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. Landry had hip surgery on February 4 but he was able to participate in team drills on Friday and even found the end zone during 11-on-11 drill where he beat safety Andrew Sendejo deep and connected with Baker Mayfield for about a 50-yard score. Stefanski said of Landry, Ive been able to watch him progress here over the last couple of weeks. Hes doing a nice job. Hes not afraid to work. I enjoy watching him out on the practice field. I enjoy having him around the meeting rooms. Hes progressing nicely. All signs point toward Landry being ready for Week 1 when Cleveland faces off against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Christian McCaffrey Aug 14 11:20pm ET

Elite Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey didn't hesitate to say his own name when it came to selecting the first pick in fantasy drafts, per ESPN. The 24-year-old's claim is backed up by an incredible 2019 season which saw him garner 1,387 rush yards, 4.8 rush yards per carry, 15 rush touchdowns, 116 receptions, 1,005 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns. The Panther also finished with the second most fantasy football points in the history of the game at 471 points. It should be no shock that the RB would consider himself the top pick for 2020 and with a role as the focal point of the Carolina offense, along with coming off an astounding fantasy season, there is no disputing that.

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Antonio Gibson Aug 14 10:50pm ET

Washington Football Team running back/wide receiver could fill the role planned for recently-released running back Derrius Guice. Gibson has been practicing as both a running back and a wide receiver, but with Guice no longer in the backfield, Gibson could be the best bet in a still-crowded running back room. Adrian Peterson, Bryce Love, Peyton Barber, and J.D. McKissic will also be battling for playing time. Gibson is a huge upside/gadget player floor choice right now.

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Dak Prescott Aug 14 10:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said that he is "optimistic" about coming to an agreement with the team on a long-term contract extension after this season. It seems the two sides never got too close to a deal in the offseason, as Prescott wanted more money and fewer years than the Cowboys were offering. He'll play under the franchise tag this year and could be tagged again next year if the two sides still can't agree, although next year's tag would cost the team $38 million.

From RotoBaller

Baker Mayfield Aug 14 5:10pm ET

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said he's "finding out how to get back to the basics" after a disappointing sophomore campaign in 2019. "I lost myself in that and I wasn't able to be who I am for these guys on the team. I told them that," Mayfield continued. "I told them that if I'm not doing that, hold me accountable." Head coach Kevin Stefanski's zone-run and play-action scheme should fit Mayfield better, but some fantasy owners may still be skeptical. Mayfield was being taken as a top-five fantasy signal-caller in 2019. That won't happen in 2020 drafts, but the 25-year-old from Oklahoma could surprise some as a QB1 with an improved supporting cast.

From RotoBaller

Dalvin Cook Aug 14 5:00pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook plans to be a full participant at training camp while he seeks a long-term contract extension. "I'm out there full go, 1,000 percent," Cook said. The RB1 in fantasy should be present for workouts on Monday for the start of camp. The 25-year-old second-rounder was a top-five running back last year despite missing two games due to injury. With the Vikings passing game less of a certainty now that Stefon Diggs is in Buffalo, Minnesota could lean even more on Cook, both on the ground and through the air. Fantasy managers probably won't view the former Florida State running back as elite because of injury concerns, but he's been pretty money in his short career when he's on the field.

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Marcus Mariota Aug 14 4:50pm ET

Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said that quarterback Marcus Mariota "really fired me up today" at training camp on Friday. He has turned a corner with his ankle (injury) and he is a dazzling playmaker. He had a very nice day. It might just be coach speak, and we all know that Gruden typically loves almost every player he's laid eyes on in the NFL, but it's worth noting nonetheless. Incumbent Derek Carr could easily be on the hot seat early in 2020 if he doesn't impress the coaching staff with his production, and Mariota, despite his failures in Tennessee, remains athletic and is one of the highest-paid backup QBs in the league. If Mariota winds up making starts this year, he'd be a low-ceiling, low-end QB2.

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Trevor Siemian Aug 14 4:43pm ET

Free-agent QB Trevor Siemian (Jets) worked out for the Detroit Lions Friday, Aug. 14.

From TheHuddle

Bronson Kaufusi Aug 14 4:33pm ET

New York Jets RB Kenneth Dixon (hip), DE Bronson Kaufusi (hamstring) and LB Jabari Zuniga (quadriceps) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 14.

From TheHuddle

Cordarrelle Patterson Aug 14 4:30pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has been meeting with the running backs at camp, instead of the wide receivers. This could be an indication that head coach Matt Nagy is planning to use the speedy receiver out of the backfield more this year. This is Patterson's second year with the Bears. Last year, he caught 11 passes for 83 yards while adding 17 rushes for 103 yards. It's certainly an intriguing development, but we'll need to see it play out quite a bit more before we start to get excited about Patterson for fantasy purposes.

From RotoBaller

Mychal Kendricks Aug 14 4:03pm ET

Free-agent LB Mychal Kendricks (Seahawks) received interest from the Las Vegas Raiders, but the two sides were not able to reach a contract agreement, according to a source.

From TheHuddle

Romeo Okwara Aug 14 4:03pm ET

Detroit Lions DE Romeo Okwara (undisclosed) was activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, Aug. 14. The team also waived S Jeremiah Dinson.

From TheHuddle

Jahleel Addae Aug 14 3:53pm ET

Free-agent S Jahleel Addae (Texans) is scheduled to work out for the Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.

From TheHuddle

Kevin Stefanski Aug 14 3:50pm ET

Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter underwent knee surgery on Thursday according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. The veteran lineman reportedly had the surgery to remove loose bodies from the knee. Stefanski would not elaborate on how long Tretter would be out but the NFL Network reported that he will probably only miss a couple weeks. In Tretters absence, rookie center Nick Harris will get a chance to show what he can do. Tretter is a key piece to a revamped Cleveland offensive line this year.

From RotoBaller

Leonard Williams Aug 14 3:33pm ET

New York Giants DT Leonard Williams (undisclosed) was activated from the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, Aug. 14.

From TheHuddle

Frank Gore Aug 14 3:23pm ET

New York Jets RB Frank Gore (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 14, because of a hamstring injury. Head coach Adam Gase said Gore was held out as a precaution.

Fantasy Spin: Gore likely will be the No. 2 running back for the Jets and see a handful of carries each game. He could be a handcuff to Le'Veon Bell in fantasy leagues but probably will not have a big fantasy impact.

From TheHuddle

Pierre Desir Aug 14 3:23pm ET

New York Jets CB Pierre Desir (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Aug. 14.

From TheHuddle

Baker Mayfield Aug 14 3:13pm ET

Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield said Friday, Aug. 14, he 'lost myself' in 2019 and started doubting himself after a couple of sub-par performances. Mayfield, though, said Friday that's in the past. 'In a much better state, mentally, physically. Just ready to roll,' Mayfield told reporters at training camp. 'Back to where I need to be to be the leader.'

Fantasy Spin: Drafted as a breakout No. 1 QB last season, Mayfield stumbled badly, throwing for five fewer touchdowns and seven more interceptions than he did as a rookie in 2018. He should bounce back the other way some in 2020, but he's still figures to wind up as a QB2 when all's said and done.

From TheHuddle

Lamar Miller Aug 14 2:53pm ET

Updating previous report, New England Patriots RB Lamar Miller received a one-year, $1.05 million contract that includes $200,000 in guarantees with $1.5 million also available in 'achievable' incentives.

From TheHuddle