Studs and Duds: Week 12

Mon Nov 30 9:24am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

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This was an interesting week of games. There were some really big fantasy performances but also a few big-time players struggling to do much. This caused for some erratic scores across many fantasy teams. Hopefully, you weren’t one of the teams depending on Kyler Murray or Ezekiel Elliott to produce big once again. It didn’t happen. It would have been nice to own Derrick Henry, Deshaun Watson or Tyreek Hill, though. These guys produced off the charts as did a few others. There were fantasy points to be had this week.

Texans 41, Lions 25

Fantasy Stud: Will Fuller. Fuller had another one of his big performances. He had six receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns. Fuller had a season high 35.1 fantasy points. This was his fifth 100-yard game of the season. He also has scores seven of nine games. He has more than 20 fantasy points four games. Fuller has turned into an elite fantasy receiver this season as the top target in this offense.

Fantasy Dud: Marvin Hall. Hall got some play this week because of a favorable matchup and the injury to Kenny Golladay. He did not produce, though, catching two passes for 16 yards. Recently signed Mohamed Sanu had more catches than Hall, finishing with four catches for 32 yards. Hall has some big-game potential but is hard to trust because he has disappeared too many games.

Game Notes: Adrian Peterson got the most carries at running back for the Lions with D’Andre Swift out. Peterson had 15 carries for 55 yards and two touchdowns. This was the first game this season multiple touchdowns for Peterson.

Deshaun Watson topped 30 fantasy points for the second straight game. He was 17-of-25 for 318 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

Washington 41, Cowboys 16

Fantasy Stud: Antonio Gibson. Gibson continued his big rookie season, posting his biggest game of the year. He had 20 carries for 115 yards and three touchdowns. Gibson also had five catches for 21 yards. He had a season high 36.6 fantasy points. Gibson has touchdowns five straight games and has been one of the most consistent backs in fantasy football. He is having a huge rookie year in a bad Redskins offense.

Fantasy Dud: Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott had a rough game, rushing 10 times for 32 yards. He also had just a catch for seven yards and lost a fumble. He had fewer than five fantasy points for the first time all year. Elliott has really cooled since the injury to Dak Prescott. Elliott has fewer than double-digit fantasy points four of five games.

Game Notes: J.D. McKissic had his worst game since Week 1. He had at least 17 fantasy points two of three games before this one. He got next to no work, catching two passes for 21 yards. He had just a carry for six yards, giving him just 4.7 fantasy points.

Amari Cooper had his first 100-yard game of the season since Week 4. He had six receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown. He has at least five receptions three straight games.

Falcons 43, Raiders 6

Fantasy Stud: Calvin Ridley. It wasn’t a huge game for Ridley but very solid. He had six receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown. Ridley had 17.1 fantasy points, his highest total since Week 7. He has seven touchdowns this year and is two yards shy of 800, having another good season as a top target in the Falcons offense.

Fantasy Dud: Derek Carr. Carr got plenty of play this week but was a huge dud. He failed to score a touchdown and turned the ball over four times. He was 22-of-34 for 215 yard with an interception. He lost three fumbles in the game. Carr ha fewer than double-digit fantasy points after scoring more than 25 last week. Carr is a really hard fantasy player to trust, posting erratic numbers on a weekly basis.

Game Notes: Josh Jacobs was banged up in the game and disappointed with his play in the field. He had seven carries for 27 yards and caught three passes for 17 yards.

Brian Hill had the most carries for the Falcons with Toddy Gurley out. He had 13 rushes for 55 yards. Ito Smith also was in the mix, having 12 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Bills 27, Chargers 17

Fantasy Stud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler played his first game in several weeks and got plenty of work. He led the team in rushing and receiving. He ran 14 times for 44 yards and caught 11 passes for 85 yards. Ekeler had 23.9 fantasy points despite not even finding the end zone. He has double-digit receptions two of four games. Ekeler is a great play as long as he is healthy and playing.

 

Fantasy Dud: Mike Williams. Williams was pretty quiet in a game that Chargers topped 300-passing yards. He had three receptions for just 26 yards. Williams is becoming an boom or bust player. He has five games with double-digit fantasy points but also five games with fewer than 10 fantasy points. He should be up and down like his going forward.

Game Notes: Devin Singletary and Zack Moss both had success running the ball for the Bills. Singletary had 11 carries for 82 yards while Moss ran nine times for 59 yards.

Keenan Allen didn’t have his best receiving game but found the end zone for the fifth straight week. He had four receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown. Allen is up to seven touchdowns on the season.

Giants 19, Bengals 17

Fantasy Stud: Evan Engram. Engram hit the 100-yard mark for the first time all season. He had six receptions for 129 yards on nine targets. Engram has really come on after a slow start. He has double-digit fantasy points four of five games and nine or more targets four of those games. Engram has been a top-five fantasy tight end in recent weeks. 

Fantasy Dud: Tyler Boyd. The loss of Joe Burrow was a big one for Boyd this week, getting little work in the passing game. Boyd had three receptions for 15 yards. Boyd had a season low 4.5 fantasy points. He had five straight games with double-digit fantasy points before this one. Boyd is going to be a concern going forward with Burrow out of action.

Game Notes: Brandon Allen was a little shaky in his first start of the season for the Bengals. He was 17-of-29 for 136 yards and a touchdown with an interception. He also lost a fumble, having two turnovers in the game.

Daniel Jones was forced from the game because of a hamstring injury. He was 16-of-27 for 213 yarn without a touchdown or interception before leaving. Colt McCoy played in relief and was 6-of-10 for 31 yards. There is some concern that Jones could be out some time with this injury. Stay tuned.

Titans 45, Colts 26

Fantasy Stud: Derrick Henry. Henry had a monster game, carrying many fantasy teams to victory. He ran 27 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He also had two carries for seven yards. Henry almost scored 40 fantasy points, which he did in Week 6. Henry is having just a huge season, already over 1,200-rushing yards with 12 touchdowns. He might not catch the ball but that doesn’t really matter because of his big rushing and touchdown totals.

Fantasy Dud: Jonnu Smith. Smith did not catch a pass in the game and wasn’t even targeted. It was a very disappointing performance for the tight end. Smith is a bit of a touchdown dependent player at this point. If he doesn’t score, he is little help to fantasy teams. Smith has topped 50 yards just two times all year and not since Week 3.

Game Notes: Nyheim Hines got mot of the work at running back with Jonathan Taylor out of action. Hines ran 10 times for 29 yards and had eight receptions for 66 yards. Hines has 17-plus fantasy points three of five games.

A.J. Brown scored for the second straight game and seventh time in eight games. He had four receptions for 98 yards and a touchdown. Brown has scored all but two games this season.

Vikings 28, Panthers 27

Fantasy Stud: Justin Jefferson. Jefferson led the way at receiver for the Vikings with Adam Thielen out of action. He had seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson has scores two straight and 17-plus fantasy points three straight games. He is having a huge rookie season and continues to produce consistent numbers for fantasy teams. Jefferson is just 82 yards shy of a 1,000-yard season.

Fantasy Dud: Dalvin Cook. Cook did not have a typical came for his standards. He wasn’t terrible but just didn’t produce big numbers. He had 18 carries for 61 yard and caught four passes for 21 yards. Cook had a season low 12.2 fantasy points. He had 100-plus total yards four straight games before this one. Cook remains a must start but this game likely hurt some of his fantasy owners.

Game Notes: With Thielen out, Olabisi Johnson got some chances and led the team in receiving yards. He had seven receptions for 74 yards.

Teddy Bridgewater returned from his knee injury and played alright. He was 19-of-36 for 267 yards and a touchdown with an interception.

Patriots 20, Cardinals 17

Fantasy Stud: Kenyan Drake. Drake scored the only touchdowns for the Cardinals. He scored twice, running 22 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Drake also had three receptions for 15 yards. Drake has scores two straight games. He topped 20 fantasy points for the first second time this season. Drake is starting to produce a little more consistently, having three straight games with double-digit fantasy points.

Fantasy Dud: Kyler Murray. Murray disappointed his fantasy owners for the first time all season. He did not score a touchdown. He was 23-of-34 for 170 yards with an interception. He also ran five times for 31 yards. This was his first game without 20-plus fantasy points. He scored just 10.6 fantasy points. Murray will be fine going forward but this game was a real downer for his fantasy owners.

Game Notes: Sony Michel was active but did not get a carry in the game. Damien Harris led the way with 14 carries for 47 yards. James White scored two rushing touchdowns, rushing five times for 18 yards.

Cam Newton struggled but still led his team to a win. He was 9-of-18 for 84 yards with two interceptions. His only positive was on the ground, running nine times for 46 yards.

Dolphins 20, Jets 3

Fantasy Stud: DeVante Parker. Parker really enjoyed the return of Ryan Fitzpatrick. He had a 100-yard game, catching eight passes for 119 yards. This was his first 100-yard game of the season since Week 4. Fitzpatrick is a top fantasy receiver as long as Fitzpatrick is at the helm.

Fantasy Dud: Sam Darnold. Darnold returned to the lineup but was a mess, going 16-of-27 for 197 yards with two interceptions. Darnold scored just 8.75 fantasy points. He has fewer double-digit fantasy points three straight gams. He has not topped that mark since Week 4. Darnold is not useable for fantasy teams. He might be playing his way out of a starting job in New York.

Game Notes: Breshad Perriman led the Jets in receiving. He had four receptions for 79 yards. Perriman has double-digit fantasy points three straight games.

DeAndre Washington was the leading rusher for the Dolphins, running 13 times for 49 yards. Matt Breida had eight carries for 36 yards.

Browns 27, Jaguars 25

Fantasy Stud: Nick Chubb. Chubb hit the 100-yard rushing mark for the third straight game. He had 19 carries for a season-high 144 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 32 yards, which was an added bonus for Chubb. He finished with a season high in fantasy points (26.6). Chubb is a top No. 1 fantasy back in the Browns run-first offense. He gets it done on a weekly basis.

Fantasy Dud: Laviska Shenault. Shenault got some play this week with D.J. Chark out. That didn’t go too well for all the fantasy owners that used him, though. He had three catches for 31 yards and ran once for six yards. Shenault had just 6.7 fantasy points, giving him fewer than double-digit fantasy points every game since Week 5.

Game Notes: Mike Glennon got the start this week and did well for the Jaguars. He was 20-of-35 for 235 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover. He might keep the starting job for now.

Jarvis Landry enjoyed his best game of the season. He had a season high in receptions, yards and scored his first touchdown of the season. Landry had eight receptions for 143 yards and a score.

Saints 31, Broncos 3

Fantasy Stud: Latavius Murray. Murray had his best game of the season, hitting the 100-yard mark. He ran 19 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He got a lot more work with the Saints up big, giving Alvin Kamara a bit of a break. Murray did not have more than 65-rushing yards in a game before this great showing.  

Fantasy Dud: Kendall Hinton. Almost as expected, Hinton was a disaster as the starting quarterback for the Broncos. The practice squad receiver was forced into the quarterback role because he played some in college. This did not go well, finishing 1-of-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions. And some fantasy teams took a chance on him because he was eligible at receiver. Not good.

Game Notes: Royce Freeman ran the wild cat some for the Broncos and actually led the team in rushing. He ran eight times for 50 yards while Melvin Gordon had 12 carries for just 31 yards.

Taysom Hill did not do much through the air but did score two rushing touchdowns. He was 9-of-16 for 78 yards and ran 10 times for 44 yards and two scores.

49ers 23, Rams 20

Fantasy Stud: Deebo Samuel. Samuel returned to the lineup and was an immediate factor in the game. He had 11 receptions for 134 yards. He flashed his huge potential in the game. Let’s just hope he can stay on the field the rest of the season. Injuries have been the issue for Samuel. When playing, he can be a top fantasy player. He has 12-plus fantasy points each of the last three games he has played.

Fantasy Dud: Jared Goff. Goff had his struggles in this game, going 19-of-31 for 198 yards with two interceptions. Goff had his lowest fantasy point total of the season, scoring just nine fantasy points. Goff had three straight 300-yard games before this dud of a showing. Goff had a really terrible fantasy game at a bad time for a lot of teams.

Game Notes: Raheem Mostert returned from his knee injury and lost a costly fumble, which was returned for a touchdown, but he still led the team in rushing. Mostert had 16 carries for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Cam Akers did not have the most carries but led the team in rushing once again and scored a touchdown. He ran nine times for 84 yards and a touchdown. Akers has found the end zone two straight games.

Chiefs 27, Bucs 24

Fantasy Stud: Tyreek Hill. Hill had one of the best fantasy games for a receiver of all time. He was spectacular, catching 13 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Hill scored an amazing 57.9 fantasy points. He won games for nearly every team that had him this week. Hill is having a terrific season. He has double-digit catches two straight and 100-yard games three straight. Hill also has multiple touchdowns three of four games. He has 14 total scores and more than 1,000-receiving yards after 11 games.

Fantasy Dud: Antonio Brown. Brown had a really disappointing performance after a couple of really solid showings. He was lost in the shuffle this week, catching two passes for 11 yards. He scored just 3.1 fantasy points after two straight games with 13-plus fantasy points. He had 15 receptions his previous two games before this one. Brown might be a little hard to trust going forward, having a lot to compete with for weekly targets.

Game Notes: Rob Gronkowski had his first 100-yard game of the season. He caught six passes for 106 yards on seven targets. He has really played better after a slow start, having 13-plus fantasy pitons five of seven games.

Patrick Mahomes hit the 400-yard mark for the second time this year. He was 37-of-49 for 462 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Mahomes has an amazing 32 total scores to just two interceptions.

Packers 41, Bears 25

Fantasy Stud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers had another one of his big performances, picking apart the Bears defense. He was 21-of-29 for 211 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover. Rodgers scored 27.75 fantasy points, giving him 27-plus points six straight games. He has 34 total touchdowns to just four interceptions. Rodgers is having a remarkable season, looking like the Rodgers of old.

Fantasy Dud: Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Valdes-Scantling was active for this one after missing time during the week with a Achilles’ injury. He didn’t not have a catch or target in the game. He was a huge bust for anyone that took a chance on him. It was obvious the Packers played it safe with their young receiver, keeping him on the sidelines. It is a shame the team didn’t just make him inactive.

Game Notes: David Montgomery finally showed some signs of life. He had his first 100-yard game and a season high 25.3 fantasy points. He ran 11 times for 103 yards and caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Mitchell Trubisky was erratic in defeat. He turned the ball over three times but also managed to score three touchdowns - mostly in garage time when the team was down big. He was 26-of46 for 242 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions. He also lost a fumble in the game.

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.

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