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Dose: Week 12 Review

Monday, November 27, 2017


Week 12 debuted with a trio of Thanksgiving games, but there was plenty of good football left for Sunday. As the playoff picture begins to form, fantasy players are looking towards the playoffs themselves. With only a few weeks left in the fantasy season, here are the highs and lows from Sunday’s action.

 

Buffalo- 16

Kansas City- 10

 

After starting the season winning five in a row, including a convincing season-opener against the Patriots, the Chiefs are completely falling apart. On Sunday, they allowed a struggling Bills team to come into Kansas City and dominate them in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate. The Bills held a 13-3 halftime lead and held tight in the second-half and even when the Chiefs had a chance for a game-winning drive, the Bills came away with a turnover, intercepting QB Alex Smith to seal the game. The entire game was largely devoid of offensive production. Bills QB Tyrod Taylor threw for just 183 yards and a touchdown, hitting rookie WR Zay Jones early in the game. RB LeSean McCoy finished with 79 total yards and TE Charles Clay led the team with a 4/60 receiving line.

 

In what looked like a “get right” game for Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt, facing the struggling Bills defense, he once again disappointed and his scoreless streak continued. Hunt rushed 11 times for only 17 yards and was outgained on the ground by Smith (5/35). Hunt was also a non-factor in the running game, catching one pass for nine yards. Kansas City’s top pass-catchers performed below expectation. Although WR Tyreek Hill saw a game-high 11 targets, he turned that into just seven receptions for a scoreless 41 yards. TE Travis Kelce (3/39) also was a fantasy bust in Week 12. With Smith and the entire Kansas City offense taking a huge step backwards in the second half of the season, the boos will grow louder and the calls for rookie QB Patrick Mahomes will increase. HC Andy Reid continues to squash the idea of inserting the rookie into the lineup over Smith.


 

Carolina- 35

NY Jets- 27

 

A close game throughout, the Jets had a chance to win this one after taking a fourth-quarter lead, but fell apart as Jets teams are apt to do. After a field goal early in the fourth-quarter to take the lead, the Jets then lost a fumble, which was returned for a touchdown, gave up a punt return touchdown and committed a blatant roughing the passer penalty when they needed a stop the most. Considering they got the win and put up 35 points, the 168 scoreless passing yards from QB Cam Newton is a bit disappointing. He did chip in 28 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground to help his fantasy production. Rookie RB Christian McCaffrey used a 40-yard rush to boot his production, finishing with 62 yards on the ground, along with two grabs for 35 yards through the air. Breakout WR Devin Funchess continues to prove he belongs in fantasy lineups, catching seven of 12 targets for 108 yards. Panthers TE Greg Olsen returned to the lineup after missing two months of action, catching one pass for 10 yards before being forced to leave the game with soreness in the same foot that kept him out of the lineup initially. The Panthers suggest Olsen just experienced soreness, so this situation may not be as bad as it first appeared.

 

In their loss, the Jets' passing offense put up big numbers. Veteran QB Josh McCown threw for 307 yards and a trio of touchdowns, his sixth game of the year with either 300 yards or multiple scoring passes. With the Jets' running game almost non-existent, their receivers put up huge numbers. WR Robby Anderson is proving to not just be an option but even an automatic weekly fantasy starter, catching six of 10 targets for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 54-yard bomb. WR Jermaine Kearse also quietly went over the 100-yard mark, with a 7/105/1 line. Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a couple of end zone targets, but failed to complete either, flat out dropping the first target and then having a second-half touchdown overturned upon review. He finished with a 2/27 line on seven targets.

 

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Philadelphia- 31

Chicago- 3

 

The biggest blowout of the day was the league’s best team the Eagles, easily handling the Bears and earning their tenth win of the season. The Eagles offense, as expected, put up huge numbers. MVP candidate QB Carson Wentz threw for 227 yards and three scores and TE Zach Ertz (10/103/1) resumed his role as Wentz’s favorite target. In a revenge game against his former team, WR Alshon Jeffery caught five balls for 52 yards and a touchdown, while WR Nelson Agholor posted a 3/32/1 line and also recovered a fumble from RB Jay Ajayi for a touchdown. The Eagles continue to use a full running back by committee with RB LeGarrette Blount leading the way with 15 carries for 97 yards. Ajayi only earned five carries for 26 yards.

 

The Bears had nothing to speak of offensively as QB Mitchell Trubisky threw for just 147 yards and two interceptions. The rookie signal caller actually led the team in rushing with just 12 yards, which was bad news for starting RB Jordan Howard, who rushed for just six yards and seven carries. WR Dontrelle Inman (4/64) once again led the team in receiving, but the team chose not to use electric rookie RB Tarik Cohen, who totaled -3 yards on four touches.

 

 

Tennessee- 20

Indianapolis- 16

 

The Tennessee Titans pulled off a second-half comeback to steal a road win against the Colts in a tough game to watch. As was the theme of the day, both offenses struggled to put up points and this game featured multiple fantasy busts of the week. Titans QB Marcus Mariota played poorly, turning the ball over multiple times, and throwing for 184 yards with a score. The Titans running game continued its Jekyll and Hyde act with RBs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry sharing the carries, but with vastly different results. Murray rushed 12 times for only nine yards, but did get the lone rushing touchdown of the day and also contributed a 3/33 receiving line. Henry rushed 13 times for 79 yards. The Titans were missing WR Rishard Matthews, leading many fantasy players to lean on rookie WR Corey Davis, but he finished with just four grabs for 39 yards. Instead, it was veteran TE Delanie Walker who led the team with a 4/63/1 line.

 

When I mentioned fantasy busts…looking at you Colts. QB Jacoby Brissett looked like a nice option against a Titans defense that has struggled to defend passing offenses all season, yet he finished with just 196 scoreless passing yards. Obviously, this limited production had an impact on his receivers and WR T.Y. Hilton managed just two receptions for 15 yards, a major disappointment. TE Jack Doyle did continue to produce, posting a 7/94 line. RB Frank Gore scored his first touchdown since Week Three and totaled 79 yards. WR Donte Moncrief continues to disappoint, catching one pass for 16 yards.

 

 

New England- 35

Miami- 17

 

After falling behind by a pair of scores in the first-quarter, the Dolphins actually were able to mount a brief comeback, thanks to a turnover from Pats QB Tom Brady. Alas, that did not last long and New England pulled away to win easily. Brady only threw for 227 yards, but did toss four scores and the running game once again looked strong. RB Dion Lewis rushed for 112 yards on only 15 carries and RB Rex Burkhead scored twice, totaling 53 yards. With WR Chris Hogan once again out of the lineup, WR Brandin Cooks (6/83/1) and TE Rob Gronkowski (5/82/2) were the main targets for Brady. RB Mike Gillislee was again a healthy scratch and RB James White touched the ball just four times as HC Bill Belichick has reimagined his backfield since the season began.

 

The Dolphins were without starting QB Jay Cutler, but it can be argued QB Matt Moore is actually an upgrade. Moore totaled just 215 yards with a touchdown and a pair of picks. As his historical numbers with the Dolphins suggested, he favored WR Jarvis Landry. Landry led the team with an 8/70 line on nine targets, while WR DeVante Parker was targeted only three times. Last week’s star, WR Kenny Stills failed to break a long play and ended with three receptions for 47 yards. The Miami running game predictably struggled after falling behind and starter Damien Williams suffered a shoulder injury that forced him from the game. Williams totaled 52 yards before exiting, while RB Kenyan Drake managed just 47 total yards, but did find the end zone to boost his fantasy box score.

 

 

Atlanta- 34

Tampa Bay- 20

 

This game was all about Falcons WR Julio Jones. Entering the game with just one touchdown on the season, many were projecting a breakout game for the star wideout, but no one knew just how much he would produce. In the end, Jones caught 12 of his 15 targets for a whopping 253 yards and a pair of scores, including a 51-yarder thrown by WR Mohamed Sanu. The Bucs had absolutely no answer for Jones and he reminded us all just how good he can be on a weekly basis. Albeit in Jones’ shadow, other Falcons offensive stars played well, too. QB Matt Ryan finished with 317 yards and a touchdown, while RB Tevin Coleman, playing for the injured RB Devonta Freeman, rushed for 97 yards and a pair of scores. Along with the touchdown pass, Sanu also caught eight passes for 64 yards.

 

Tampa Bay failed to score a touchdown in the first-half and only found the end zone on a pair of garbage time runs from RB Peyton Barber, who was in for a concussed RB Doug Martin. The Bucs quickly ruled out Martin for the remainder of the game and called him week-to-week with the injury. If Martin can’t go next week, the Bucs will likely use a combination of Barber and veteran RB Jacquizz Rodgers. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 283 scoreless yards, targeting WRs Mike Evans (12) and DeSean Jackson (11) with over half of his passes. Both wideouts performed below expectation though as Evans (6/78) and Jackson (8/60) failed to find the end zone. TE Cameron Brate (1/6) continued to struggle with QB Jameis Winston out of the lineup.

 


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