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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (thumb) is officially active for Week 15 against the Detroit Lions. Winston wasn't able to throw a football in practice until Friday, though he was able to finish off last week's 456-yard, four-touchdown performance with the injury. Winston has a great chance to stay hot against Detroit's suspect pass defense. Fantasy owners must beware the risk- Winston can be erratic even without a fractured thumb.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams (ribs, illness) is inactive for Week 15 against the Denver Broncos. Darwin Thompson, LeSean McCoy and Spencer Ware will shoulder the load for Kansas City. The Chiefs backfield isn't an ideal fantasy situation, though McCoy, who's had success running in snowy conditions, and Thompson are probably the safest choices.
Detroit Lions running back Bo Scarbrough (ribs) is officially inactive for Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Scarbrough wasn't able to practice on Thursday or Friday, so it was likely a longshot for him to play anyway. Ty Johnson, J.D. McKissic, and practice-squad call-up Wes Hills will lead the backfield in Scarbrough's absence. All are shaky plays, considering Tampa Bay possesses the league's best run defense.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) is officially active for Week 15 against the Tennessee Titans. When healthy, Fuller has been a difference-maker, averaging 7.6 targets and 74 receiving yards per game. He possesses considerable upside and could be worth a start in what should be a competitive divisional game. Fuller's presence is also a boost to quarterback Deshaun Watson's stock for this contest.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is active for Week 15 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Edelman was optimistic about playing, though it's nice to get the official word. He's a must-start considering his eight-game streak with double-digit targets and the fact that Tom Brady doesn't seem to trust any other receiver in this offense right now.
The Philadelphia Eagles have declared OT Lane Johnson, DL Shareef Miller, OG Sua Opeta, DE Derek Barnett, QB Nate Sudfeld, RB Jordan Howard and WR Nelson Agholor inactive for Week 15.
Detroit Lions RB Bo Scarbrough (ribs) is not active for Week 15's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.
Fantasy Spin: Henry should receive his normal workload this week and has been one of the top running backs in the NFL during the second half of the season. He is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
Houston Texans WR Will Fuller (hamstring) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.
Fantasy Spin: Fuller will return to the lineup after missing some time because of his hamstring injury. He should see a handful of targets in the passing game but may not be more than a flex option in leagues.
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 15 game.
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is officially active for the team's Week 15 game.
Fantasy Spin: Edelman should be the main option in the passing game for the Patriots this week and can be a No. 2 receiver in fantasy leagues.
According to a report by NFL's Ian Rapoport, the Cleveland Browns plan to retain Freddie Kitchens as their head coach after the season ends. Kitchens has gone through some growing pains as a first-time head coach, struggling with play calling at times while trying to manage some big egos in the Cleveland locker room. Despite the rough year, Kitchens is said to have support from the front office barring a late-season disaster. In what has seemed like a lost season at times, Kitchens and the Browns still have a chance to finish with a winning record, which would be just the third time that has happened since the team came back in 1999.
The New York Giants have declared TE Rhett Ellison, TE Evan Engram, OG Kevin Zeitler, QB Daniel Jones, OG Chad Slade and RB Wayne Gallman inactive for Week 15.
The Carolina Panthers have declared LB Christian Miller, OT Garrett McGhin, CB Corn Elder, TE Greg Olsen, DE Marquis Haynes, DL Woodrow Hamilton and LB Ramik Wilson inactive for Week 15.
The Tennessee Titans have declared WR Adam Humphries, CB Adoree' Jackson, LB Daren Bates, LB Sharif Finch, DE Matt Dickerson, DT Isaiah Mack and OG Kevin Pamphile inactive for Week 15.
The Washington Redskins have declared OG Brandon Scherff, TE Caleb Wilson, WR Trey Quinn, CB Quinton Dunbar, SS Josh Harvey-Clemons, OG Ross Pierschbacher and QB Colt McCoy inactive for Week 15.
According to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not planning on requesting a trade this offseason. This is a change from what Fox's Jay Glazer reported last week when he broke that Beckham has been telling opposing coaches and players to trade for him on-field before games. While it now appears that Beckham will stay in Cleveland, he is among a group of veterans who are hoping the team makes a few adjustments to the coaching staff and how roles are delegated for the 2020 season. Beckham is also said to be playing through a hernia injury although no decisions have been made in regards to his offseason plans just yet. A source told LaCanfora that the injury is not a major one and that surgery may not be a requirement this offseason.
The Denver Broncos have declared DL Adam Gotsis, OG Ronald Leary, CB Shakial Taylor, OT Ja'Wuan James, DE DeMarcus Walker, OT Calvin Anderson and DT Dre'Mont Jones inactive for Week 15.
The Kansas City Chiefs have declared QB Chad Henne, CB Morris Claiborne, OG Nick Allegretti, CB Rashad Fenton, RB Damien Williams, OT Jackson Barton and TE Deon Yelder inactive for Week 15.