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Eric Ebron

Detroit Lions

Ebron Could Use Some Luck


Colts signed TE Eric Ebron, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year contract. Coach Frank Reich called Ebron an "elite tight end."

The last time we saw Andrew Luck healthy (2016), the Colts used 2+ TE sets at the 3rd-highest rate in the NFL and had the 6th-highest target share to TEs.


04/01/18, 11:32 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers

Hyde and Seek


Browns agreed to terms with RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the 49ers, on a three-year, $15 million contract.

Obtaining Hyde has several trickle-down effects; first it replaces Crowell who signed with the Jets, it probably diminishes Duke Johnson’s value a bit. Hyde is a better all-around back than Crowell was and will certainly take over the goal-line work seeing that he’s got 20+ pounds on Duke. It also reduces the likelihood that Cleveland takes Saquon Barkley with the 4th pick in the draft. They will most likely look to draft a defensive player (Chubb) or trade down again.


04/01/18, 11:28 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jerick McKinnon

Minnesota Vikings

McKinnon Goes West For Gold-Rush


49ers agreed to terms with RB Jerick McKinnon, formerly of the Vikings, on a four-year, $30 million contract.

McKinnon averaged a ho-hum 3.8 yards a carry for the Vikings and scored three rushing touchdowns. By contrast, San Francisco's former lead runner, Carlos Hyde, averaged 3.9 yards an attempt in 2017 and had eight rushing touchdowns.

It appears as though Shanahan is enamored with McKinnon's athletic metrics, but I'm not so sure he was "pounding the table" to get him. This move could push the Niner's to cut Joe Williams.


04/01/18, 11:12 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.sacbee.com


Mike Wallace

Baltimore Ravens

Eagles Keep Improving


Eagles signed WR Mike Wallace to a one-year contract.
Mike Wallace can still move posting a top five max speed among wide receivers last season. He will fill the void left by Torrey Smith as a speed vertical threat.


04/01/18, 11:08 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Terrelle Pryor

Washington Redskins

Jets Searching For Weapons


Jets agreed to terms with WR Terrelle Pryor, formerly of Washington and Cleveland.

Second year in a row on a new team doesn’t really help Pryor's cause, but I like the idea of him on the field with Teddy Bridgewater at some point. I would imagine, with some creativity, the Jets could really design some innovative gadget plays.
The Jets receiving corps really looks like a bunch of question marks at this point though, no telling what the week-to-week outcome will be with these guys.
Jermaine Kearse: 65 catches, 810 yards, 5 touchdowns (2017)
Robby Anderson: 63 catches, 941 yards, 7 touchdowns (2017)
Quincy Enunwa: 58 catches, 857 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)
Terrelle Pryor: 77 catches, 1007 yards, 4 touchdowns (2016)


04/01/18, 11:04 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Carlos Henderson

Denver Broncos

Sleeper Watch


Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team is "counting on" Carlos Henderson making an impact in 2018.

If you are paying attention to Staggs projections there is plenty of opportunity for Henderson to step into a solid number of targets in the slot. Henderson was hindered by injury and awful QB play last year. Being drafted in the 18th round or later in best-ball leagues, Henderson is the late round flyer that should be on your radar.


04/01/18, 11:00 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.denverpost.com


Ben Watson

Baltimore Ravens

Watson Returns To Big Easy


Saints signed TE Ben Watson, formerly of the Ravens, to a one-year contract.

Watson had 74 catches on 110 targets for 825 yards and 6 TD’s when he was with the Saints in 2015. After missing 2016 he had a pretty good year with Baltimore last year despite an anemic offense, with 61 catches on 79 targets for 522 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s not a bad late round flyer TE. He’s basically free right now, but I expect by the time the season starts he’ll be being drafted within the top 20 at the position.


04/01/18, 10:54 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Jeff Janis

Green Bay Packers

Janis Truthers Challenged


Browns officially signed former Packers’ WR Jeff Janis.
The combine superstar never amounted to anything in Green Bay, I highly doubt Cleveland is the place for him to finally break-out.


04/01/18, 10:50 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Thomas Rawls

Seattle Seahawks

Jets Sign Rawls


Rawls had five RB1 games in 2015, one in 2016, and has been a disappointment since. He’s not worth your time in fantasy, but he could cause enough disruption in the Jets backfield to cut any upside we might have hoped for from Isaiah Crowell.


04/01/18, 10:48 AM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.newyorkjets.com


Allen Robinson

Jacksonville Jaguars

Coo coo ca choo Mr. Robinson


Bears signed WR Allen Robinson, formerly of the Jaguars, to a three-year, $42 million contract.

This is a great move for Robinson and Chicago. Nagy’s offense and the young QB, Trubiski, should benefit Robinson at least as much as Bortles did, and Chicago gets the top WR in free agency.
Everyone on the team will be in a new scheme so there will be an adjustment, but as they start to gel we should see a big second half. Robinson’s recovery from a torn ACL doesn’t scare me away from drafting him in the late third/early fourth, his current MFL10 ADP is 43 overall while his Draft app ADP is 59.9. I expect Robinson to be somewhere in the range of 75 receptions, for 1100 yards and 8 TD’s.


03/24/18, 08:25 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Sammy Watkins

Los Angeles Rams

KC Building Strong Air Attack


Chiefs signed Sammy Watkins, formerly of the Rams, to a three-year, $48 million contract.

I’m a big Sammy truther so getting him in the 5th or 6th round is a pure power move. His current Draft app ADP of 87.1 is an absolute steal, his MFL10 ADP of 69.5 is still a great value in my opinion. There are quite a few options for high targets in KC so I don’t expect him to see the 128 targets he saw his rookie year, but he should definitely see more than the 70 he saw last year. He’ll have an entire offseason to work with the near-rookie QB, and at age 25 he should have enough burst left to have a 70 catch, 1050 yd, 8TD line. For his career he has 16 receptions on 30 targets for 12 TD’s in the Red Zone, and 9 receptions on 13 targets, for 8 TD’s inside the opponents 10. He should be the exact WR the Chiefs need to get over the hump. As a team the Chiefs were 34/75 for 13 TD’s in the Red-Zone last year and 12/24 for 10 TD inside the 10.


03/24/18, 08:19 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: www.pro-football-reference.com


Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins

Vikings Like That


Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully-guaranteed contract from the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. The deal is believed to be for around $86 million, and reports are it will be fully-guaranteed, a landmark for an NFL free agent.

Should be a lateral move for Kirk as far as fantasy, better WR’s, but fewer passes thrown in this offense. A healthy Dalvin Cook should be able to run out the clock if they are up in the second half of games and take the ball out of Cousins hands near the end zone. It should also help the overall efficiency of the offense so all in all it increases his floor, but cuts any garbage-time production we’ve seen with Washington. Kyle Rudolph becomes a big benefactor here, Cousins loves his TE, especially near the end-zone.


03/24/18, 08:16 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Case Keenum

Minnesota Vikings

Denver Makes Case


Broncos signed QB Case Keenum, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $36 million contract.

Well, I was hoping for more than a bridge QB for my favorite WR (D. Thomas), but this is a definite upgrade from the three stooges Denver put behind center last year.


03/24/18, 08:13 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


LeGarrette Blount

Philadelphia Eagles

Detroit Sparks Up Blount


The Lions signed free agent RB LeGarrette Blount to a 1-year deal worth $4.5M. He’s back with Matt Patricia, as the New England ties are strong.

The Lions have needed a true goal-line/power-back for years. I expect Blount to get between 150-200 touches and all the short-yardage carries. Detroit’s offense doesn’t really fit what Blount brings to the table, but I expect Patricia will have some influence over how the offense will operate from here-on-out.


03/24/18, 08:10 PM CDT by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

Cleveland Browns

Money Ball: The Sequel


Hate to start out the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but they are makin’ moves!
Browns acquired: Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Damarious Randall
Browns gave up: 2018 3rd-round pick (No. 65), 2018 4th-round pick, 2019 7th-round pick, DeShone Kizer

Building with experienced quality performers that have something to prove, by selling inconsequential draft picks is exactly what Sashi Brown was building up for. It’s a shame he won’t be around to reap the rewards, but these are quality moves for a win-now mentality.


03/09/18, 09:37 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo Bills

Hue Looks To TyGoat


Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, who's pondering his future, is a fan of Tyrod Taylor and has said so on the ThomaHawk Show podcast.

Tyrod is just one season removed (2016) from being the QB11 in average fantasy ppg, including seven 20+ point weeks and six 15+ point weeks. Given the current talent on the O-line and skill position weapons he could improve on those numbers. He has the potential to be this year’s Alex Smith, definitely heading my late-round (12+) QB picks now.


03/09/18, 09:32 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Deshone Kizer

Cleveland Browns

Packers Get In On The Fun


The Packers have traded for QB DeShone Kizer from the Browns to Green Bay.

This is the best possible scenario for Kizer, who was thrown into the fire last season. Getting the chance to develop and learn behind the best in the business is the best chance he has for longevity.


03/09/18, 09:30 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Torrey Smith

Philadelphia Eagles

On The Move Again


The Eagles trade WR Torrey Smith to the Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith could fill the old Ted Ginn role which makes this fairly interesting. Stagg Party says it’s more of a boost for Cam than Torrey himself.

This is an absolute perfect fit, someone who isn’t going to demand the ball, but can take the top off a defense while McCaffrey, Olsen, and Cam work underneath. Torrey is looking like a great late-round flyer.


03/09/18, 09:28 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


DeMarco Murray

Tennessee Titans

Henry Hype Train Has Clear Track


DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans.
No surprise here, expect Derick Henry to be a lead back with 250+ touches, but they will bring in someone that will play the third-down, pass-catching role out of the backfield. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sign someone like Jerick McKinnon or Rex Burkhead, or even Darren Sproles or Charles Sims. There are also plenty of options in the NFL draft, Henry won’t be a true “Bell Cow.”


03/09/18, 09:17 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com


Marquise Goodwin

San Francisco 49ers

The Name Says It All


Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed.

Shanahan has found his big-play threat at a reasonable price. Goodwin caught 56 balls for 962 yards last season, but only had two TD’s. None of his six longest plays (33+ yards) were from Garoppollo so it leads me to believe they will still be looking for a top of the line WR, even with Garcon coming back from injury.


03/09/18, 09:15 PM CST by Wheeler

Source: twitter.com

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 12

2012 Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em for Week 12

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2012 fantasy football start'em sit'em Week 12

 

 

 

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em – Week 12

 

 

No More Byes!!!

 

 

 

 

Every week, there are certain fantasy studs who you simply have to start no matter what. Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson and A.J. Green fall into that category, to name a few. There are also a good number of players you should probably sit each week as well. But then, there are those players whom you have no idea whether to start or sit. Here are a few not-so-obvious guys at each major fantasy position who you might not know what to do with, but for whom the stats and other information dictates one way or the other.

 

 


START 'EM

 

 

QUARTERBACKS

 

 

Tony Romo - Pyro Character

Tony Romo (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) As I’ve said for ages now, Tony Romo is NOT an elite quarterback, whether it be real life or otherwise. However, he is very very good at home and has the (fantasy) numbers to back it up. In the 41 games he’s played from start to finish since he became a starter for the Cowboys in the middle of 2006, Romo has had 19 300-yard games and 27 games where he’s thrown for at least two touchdown passes. I know we’re all used to fantasy studs like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady, but the numbers you just read are actually pretty rare otherwise and need to be considered when you’re talking about your starting fantasy QB down the stretch. His record on Thursday’s is 6-1 and could easily be considered his favorite day of the week to play. In fact, in seven career Thursday games (which are mostly on Thanksgiving), Romo has thrown for 18 touchdowns (2.6 TDs per game) and just five INTs, so if you were ever going to think about starting this guy, Turkey Day might be the best time for you to do it. He’s a QB1 this week for sure this week, especially against a Redskins pass D that allows the sixth-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this year.  FINAL STATISTICS:  37-for-62 – 441 yards – 3 TDs – 2 INTs  //  3 rushes - 7 yards - 0 TDs

 

Andy Dalton - Pyro Character

Andy Dalton (vs. Oak) – Dalton started the season throwing up at least one interception in his first eight games. In his last two games, however, the Cincinnati youngster hasn’t thrown a single pick while he’s quietly put up six TDs in back-to-back Bengals victories. It may be a bit hard to believe, but Dalton actually ranks eighth for quarterbacks in fantasy points per game right now and could jump up a notch or two against the lowly Raiders defense this Sunday. Each of the last three QBs to face the Raiders (Freeman, Flacco and Brees) put up over 20 fantasy points against them, so it stands to reason that Dalton will do the same with the roll he’s currently on.

 

Robert Griffin III - Pyro Character

Robert Griffin III (at Dal, Thanksgiving afternoon) – Though he may have looked a little prettier in previous weeks, RGIII is coming off his best game as a professional. He only threw for 200 yards, but he also tossed up four TD passes of six, 17, 49 and 61 yards while completing 14 of his 15 pass attempts in the game. The bonus that usually comes with Griffin is that he also ran for 84 yards and as has become the norm for the youngster, he did not throw an interception either. RGIII has been having a very nice rookie campaign, even though it seemed he was slowing down before his latest lights-out performance last week. From a fantasy owner's standpoint, it's nice to see Griff avoid the type of big hits he endured earlier in the season as well. Griffin will be facing the fifth-best defense against quarterbacks in Dallas who are yielding a meager 14.3 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. DeMarcus Ware is going to be a factor that may limit the amount of running opportunities Robert will have in this game, so I wouldn't expect another big rushing day like he had last weekend. That being said, the Cowboys seem to be in disarray this season, and if they fall apart on Thanksgiving at the hands of RGIII, Jerry Jones just might have to fire himself.  FINAL STATISTICS:  20-for-28 – 311 yards – 4 TDs – 1 INT  //  6 rushes - 29 yards - 0 TDs

 

Andrew Luck - Pyro Character

Andrew Luck (vs. Buf) Though it certainly wasn’t his greatest performance of the year, Andrew Luck set a record against the New England Patriots last weekend by being the first rookie quarterback in history to throw for five 300-yard games during his inaugural season (Peyton Manning and Warren Moon each had four; RGIII currently has three). Just to show how dominant he’s been fantasy-wise, Luck is also just the seventh rookie QB since the NFL-AFL merger to rush for five or more TDs in a season as well. He currently ranks seventh for quarterbacks in fantasy points per game and should do well to keep that spot against a Buffalo defense that ranks eighth in the league in QB fantasy points allowed.

 

 

Others with QB1 Potential:

 

Cam Newton (at Phi, Monday night)

 

Colin Kaepernick (at NO)

 

Matthew Stafford (vs. Hou, Thanksgiving day) - FINAL STATISTICS:  31-for-61 – 441 yards – 2 TDs – 0 INTs  //  2 rushes - 7 yards - 0 TDs

 


 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Mark Sanchez (vs. NE, Thanksgiving night) - FINAL STATISTICS:  26-for-36 – 301 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - 2 yards - 0 TDs

Sam Bradford (at Ari)

Chad Henne (vs. Ten)

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Frank Gore - Pyro Character

Frank Gore (at NO) Living up to his nickname, Frank the Tank has been awesome in his final season before he turns 30 years old. Normally you would expect him to slow down right about now, but the ‘Niners have kept his playing time in check enough this season so he should have enough left in his legs to finish the year off strong. This week he’ll be visiting New Orleans to take on a Saints defense that allows the second-most fantasy points per game to running backs. Though QB Colin Kaepernick showed strong in his first start last weekend, I expect San Fran to try and control this game on the ground in order to keep the ball out of Drew Brees’ hands. If that happens, then Gore will be looking at 20 to 25 touches and will inflict some serious fantasy damage this Sunday.

 

Chris Johnson - Pyro Character

Chris Johnson (at Jax) Even though he’s been consistent since Week 4 and averaging one touchdown and 140.3 rushing yards over the last four weeks, I still have my reservations about CJ2K. That’s how much his putrid 2011 season and first few weeks of 2012 have influenced the overall fantasy world. That being said, I must be getting over it now or else I wouldn’t have him up here in my top-5 RBs for the week. Jacksonville has one of those strange defenses that are hard to figure out as they’ve shut down the best in the game (Arian Foster in Week 11), but also allowed career fantasy days to players like Ben Tate and Mikel Leshoure this season. However, one consistency I noticed is that they’ve had a tough time stopping good cut-back runners with a lot of speed, so I have to believe that Johnson at least has a shot at a big game here. It may be slow for him in patches, but fantasy owners will love the couple of big runs that should come his way during the course of the game.

 

C.J. Spiller - Pyro Character

C.J. Spiller (at Ind) Even though his fellow backfield mate, Fred Jackson, will be returning to action this week, coach Chan Gailey has already stated that Spiller will not only start, but also receive the majority of the snaps throughout the game. Maybe Gailey finally took a look at the fantasy stats for the year and realized that C.J. is not only averaging the sixth-most fantasy points per game, but also the most yards per carry in the entire league. Either way, Spiller is finally getting his due—and not a moment too soon with the Bills taking on a Colts defense that has allowed the second-most touchdowns to running backs and the eighth-most fantasy points per game. If Spill can somehow get 20 or more touches in this one, then this ranking will end up far too low.

 

Stevan Ridley - Pyro Character

Stevan Ridley (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) – Ridley has rushed for a touchdown in three straight games now and is tied for second in the league with seven on the year. His rushing yards, attempts and fantasy points per game are all up there in the top-10 as well, though his fantasy output each week has been a bit scattered throughout the season. Back when he faced the Jets in Week 7, Ridley had just 65 yards on 17 carries and no touchdowns, numbers which would add up to his third-lowest fantasy score in 2012. However, there are a couple of bright spots for Ridley owners to look at here. First off, the Jets have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season. Second, the Jets defense has allowed seven different running backs to put up double-digit fantasy points against them but most importantly, five of those came with the Jets playing at home. Lastly, three of Stevan’s four 100-yard games and four of his seven rushing TDs have come on the road. I expect him to be right on the edge of RB1 status by the end of the weekend.  FINAL STATISTICS:  21 rushes - 97 yards - 1 TD  //  0 catches - 0 yards - 0 TDs

 

Marcel Reece - Pyro Character

Marcel Reece (at Cin) Marcel Reece has been kind of a beast the last three weeks putting up the third-most fantasy points in non-PPR and second-most in PPR leagues. Though he did have a 100-yard game against the Saints last week, he’s not normally much of a runner as his area of expertise lies more in the passing game than on the ground. However, I don’t think it will matter much this week as the Bengals have allowed the third-most receptions to running backs this season and the ninth-most fantasy points per game. Reece will be heavily involved in the offensive game-plan once again this weekend and should be able to turn out some pretty nifty fantasy numbers with the work.

 

 

Others with RB1 Potential:

 

Trent Richardson (vs. Pit)

 

Jamaal Charles (vs. Den)

 

Alfred Morris (at Dal, Thanksgiving afternoon) - FINAL STATISTICS:  24 rushes - 113 yards - 1 TD  //  0 catches - 0 yards - 0 TDs

 

BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. Oak)

 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Jalen Parmele (vs. Ten)

Vick Ballard (vs. Buf)

Steven Jackson (at Ari) 

Bryce Brown (vs. Car, Monday night)

Ronnie Hillman (at KC)

Beanie Wells (vs. StL)

Andre Brown (vs. GB, Sunday night)

Shane Vereen (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) - FINAL STATISTICS:  10 rushes - 42 yards - 0 TDs  //  2 catches - 91 yards - 1 TD

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Randall Cobb - Pyro Character

Randall Cobb (at NYG, Sunday night) After watching that touchdown catch he pulled off last week against the Lions, I really can’t say it enough—this kid is really something special. As we heard the entire offseason, Randall Cobb is a superstar in the making and I have no doubt he’ll continue his hot play this weekend against the Giants. Cobb has now put up six straight games with either 100 yards or a touchdown and it seems Aaron Rodgers has noticed as he continues to target him more and more every single game. The Giants’ pass D has allowed the most touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this year and the fifth-most fantasy points per game, so look for Randall to show us something special again this Sunday night.

 

Julio Jones - Pyro Character

Julio Jones (at TB) – I know Julio Jones is listed as “questionable” this week and probably bummed some fantasy owners out last weekend by not being able to last the whole game, but he practiced more this week than he did last week and should be ready to go on Sunday. If he is, he’s an absolute MUST start as a WR1 due to his indescribable fantasy prowess away from home. In 12 career regular season games on the road, the absolute WORST Julio has done was catch four balls for 68 yards at Houston in Week 13 last season. Check to make sure he’s active first, but considering the Buccaneers have allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing WRs this season, you have to get him in your lineup if he is.

 

Andre Johnson - Pyro Character

Andre Johnson (at Det, Thanksgiving day) – Johnson is coming off a career day (yeah, you could call it that) in which he had 14 catches for 273 yards and a game-winning 48-yard TD catch to top it off. The performance not only gave Andre his third 100-yard game of the season, but also just his third TD on the year. The good news is that Johnson has seen at least 10 targets a game over the Texans' last five games, so there's always the potential for something like what happened last weekend. 'Dre showed that he still has that game-breaking ability he displayed early on in his career and with the targets he's getting, you could expect better numbers going forward. Johnson will definitely see a lot of attention in this match-up after his performance last week. I wouldn't be surprised to see a lot of coverage rolled over to his side of the field as the Lions try to take away the big play. Johnson has disappointed in his two previous games following a 100-yard performance, putting up three catches for 21 yards and four catches for 35 yards in those games. Either way, even if the Lions try to bracket him with their safeties, he should still be able to sneak out low-end WR1 numbers, though you won't see a repeat performance of last week.  FINAL STATISTICS:  9 catches - 188 yards - 0 TDs

 

Dez Bryant - Pyro Character

Dez Bryant (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) – Did Dez Bryant just make himself the most sought-after wide receiver in the league with his performance against Cleveland last week? Nah, but the kid is definitely better than he had been playing over the first half of the season. Grabbing 12 balls on 15 targets is nothing to sneeze at, but with Joe Haden sitting on the sidelines for the Browns during that game, be wary of what just happened. He’s a dominant force when he wants to be, but the question is—when can fantasy owners count on him to be that guy? This week might be a good one going up against a Redskins defense that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season, but then again, Dez hasn’t shown up on Thanksgiving for a couple of years now, so which way do you go? I think he’s a must-start this week, especially with Washington’s defense being hit by the injury bug lately (and all year for that matter).  FINAL STATISTICS:  8 catches - 145 yards - 2 TDs  //  1 rush - 6 yards - 0 TDs

 

 

Others with WR1 Potential:

 

 

Victor Cruz (vs. GB, Sunday night)

 

Eric Decker (at KC)


Wes Welker (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) - FINAL STATISTICS:  7 catches - 71 yards - 1 TD

 

Vincent Jackson (vs. Atl)

 

Michael Crabtree (at NO)

 

Denarius Moore (at Cin)

 

Hakeem Nicks (vs. GB, Sunday night)

 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Danario Alexander (vs. Bal)

Cecil Shorts (vs. Ten) 

T.Y. Hilton (vs. Buf)

Ryan Broyles (vs. Hou, Thanksgiving day) - FINAL STATISTICS:  6 catches - 126 yards - 0 TDs

Darrius Heyward-Bey (at Cin)

Julian Edelman (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) - FINAL STATISTICS:  2 catches - 64 yards - 1 TD  //  1 rush - 3 yards - 0 TDs

Jeremy Kerley (vs. NE, Thanksgiving night) - FINAL STATISTICS:  7 catches - 86 yards - 0 TDs

Sidney Rice (at Mia)

Brandon Gibson (at Ari)

Mohamed Sanu (vs. Oak)

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Jason Witten - Pyro Character

Jason Witten (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) – Despite his early-season spleen situation, Jason Witten currently leads all tight ends with 96 targets and 73 receptions. His 636 yards on the year isn’t what makes him tenth on the fantasy points per game list, though—it’s the lack of touchdowns, a problem he’s had throughout his entire career. Lucky for Witten owners, the Redskins have allowed the second-most TDs to tight ends this season as well as the second-most fantasy points per games, so there’s no reason to think Witten won’t dominate the field this week. He seems to be very fond of the Thanksgiving Thursday game anyway, so make sure you have him inserted as your TE1 this week.  FINAL STATISTICS:  9 catches - 74 yards - 0 TDs

 

Vernon Davis - Pyro Character

Vernon Davis (at NO) Vernon might have been held in check during the middle portion of the season, but after a bit of complaining a couple of weeks ago, the 49ers got him back involved in the offense to which Davis responded with maybe his finest game of the season. I don’t know if you saw his last outing against the Bears on Monday night, but holy cow did he look good! This week the ‘Niners will be going up against a Saints team that Davis absolutely scorched in the playoffs last season to the tune of seven catches for 180 yards and two touchdowns. A performance like that won’t happen again, but I definitely see good things coming his way on Sunday.

 

 

Brandon Myers (at Cin) Myers is certainly one of the biggest surprises at the tight end position this season, especially when you consider the fact that he was always a blocking tight and had caught just 32 balls in three years prior to this 50-catch (so far) campaign. However, he seems to be a natural pass-catcher as he’s converted 50 of his 67 targets including the first three TDs of his career. Cincinnati has been less than average against TEs this season allowing them the eighth-most fantasy points per game, so there’s definitely reason to be stoked here. When you add in that the Raiders have become a big-time passing team with McFadden and Goodson going down and that Myers has seen 30 targets over the last three weeks, there should be no question about getting him in there as a TE1 this weekend.

 

Dustin Keller - Pyro Character

Dustin Keller (vs. NE, Thanksgiving night) Dustin Keller has all the talent in the world, but can’t seem to get out of his own way to use it on a consistent basis. As has been the case throughout his career, Keller is nursing an up-and-down 2012 campaign with most of it being on the down side due to his early-season injury woes. His finest game, however, came against the Patriots back in Week 7 when he caught all seven of his targets for 93 yards and a touchdown. If there’s one game to get his guy in for the rest of the season, it’s probably this one. The Patriots have allowed the most receiving yards, second-most receptions and third-most fantasy points per game to TEs this year, so if the trends continue; Keller should be able to put up TE1 fantasy stats this Thanksgiving.  FINAL STATISTICS:  5 catches - 64 yards - 1 TD

 

Jermaine Gresham - Pyro Character

Jermaine Gresham (vs. Oak) The former first-round monster out of Oklahoma has been steadily climbing the fantasy totem pole all season and currently resides as the tenth-ranked tight end in the league. Jermaine has at least three receptions in all ten of his games this season and is in the midst of a career-best three-game stretch in terms of catches with 15 in the last three weeks. He also just put up his first 100-yard game as a pro three weeks ago, so obviously the big man is hitting his stride. With Oakland allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to TEs this season, you might want to ride Gresham’s hot streak this weekend.

 

 

Others with TE1 Potential:

 

Jermichael Finley (at NYG, Sunday night)

 

Kyle Rudolph (at Chi)

 

 

SLEEPERS

 

Dallas Clark (vs. Atl)

Dwayne Allen (vs. Buf)

Marcedes Lewis (vs. Ten)

Tony Moeaki (vs. Den)

Kellen Davis (vs. Min)




SIT 'EM



QUARTERBACKS



Philip Rivers (vs. Bal)

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick (at Ind)

 

Matt Schaub (at Det, Thanksgiving day) - FINAL STATISTICS:   29-for-48 – 315 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - -1 yards - 0 TDs

 

 

INJURIES

 

Alex Smith (vs. Chi, Monday night) – PROBABLE – Head; practicing in a non-contact jersey, but won’t start anyway


Jay Cutler (at SF, Monday night) – PROBABLE – Head; limited in practice, but expected to start in Week 12


Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Bal, Sunday night) – OUT – Shoulder, ribs; will be out for awhile as his rib injury has been said that it could actually kill him if hit the wrong way


Michael Vick (at Was) – DOUBTFUL – Head; hasn’t been ruled out yet, but looks like he’ll miss at least one more game


Kevin Kolb (at Atl) – DOUBTFUL – Ribs, shoulder; has resumed running and throwing, but is reportedly still a few weeks away from returning

 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

 

Rashard Mendenhall (at Cle)

 

Ahmad Bradshaw (vs. GB, Sunday night)

 

Shonn Greene (vs. NE, Thanksgiving night) - FINAL STATISTICS:  14 rushes - 71 yards - 0 TDs  //  1 catch -9 yards - 0 TDs

 

Felix Jones (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) - FINAL STATISTICS:  6 rushes - 14 yards - 0 TDs  //  3 catches - 47 yards - 1 TD

 

Michael Turner (at TB)

 

Reggie Bush (vs. Sea)

 

 

INJURIES

 

DeMarco Murray (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) – OUT – Foot; Murray is inactive for the Thanksgiving afternoon game


LeSean McCoy (vs. Car, Monday night) – DOUBTFUL – Concussion; hasn’t resumed practicing yet and doesn’t look like he’ll play in Week 12


Willis McGahee (at KC) – OUT – Knee, leg; placed on I.R. with a designation to return


Darren McFadden (at Cin) – DOUBTFUL – Ankle; still isn’t practicing and might not be back until Week 13


Mike Goodson (at Cin) – DOUBTFUL – Ankle; still wearing a walking boot and unlikely to be available until Week 13


Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. Ten) – OUT – Foot; is no longer on crutches or in a boot, but unlikely to play until at least Week 13

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

 

Mike Wallace (at Cle)

 

Larry Fitzgerald (vs. StL)

 

Brandon Lloyd (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) - FINAL STATISTICS:  3 catches - 26 yards - 0 TDs

 

Dwayne Bowe (vs. Den)

 

Pierre Garcon (at Dal, Thanksgiving afternoon) - FINAL STATISTICS:  5 catches - 93 yards - 1 TD

 

 

INJURIES

 

Julio Jones (at TB) – QUESTIONABLE – Ankle; limited in practice and could be a game-time decision, but looks likely to play


Pierre Garcon (at Dal, Thanksgiving afternoon) – QUESTIONABLE – Foot; has been declared active for today’s game


Antonio Brown (at Cle) – DOUBTFUL – Ankle; getting in limited practices now, but still unlikely to suit up in Week 12


Alshon Jeffery (vs. Min) – OUT – Knee; went in for a minor scope and should be out 2-4 weeks


Kevin Ogletree (vs. Was, Thanksgiving afternoon) – OUT – Concussion; declared inactive for the game


Laurent Robinson (vs. Ten) – OUT – Concussions; Robinson was put on I.R. and will miss the remainder of the 2012 season


Greg Jennings (at NYG, Sunday night) – DOUBTFUL – Groin; getting in limited practices now, but still unlikely to suit up in Week 12

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

 

Brent Celek (vs. Car, Monday night)

 

Martellus Bennett (vs. GB, Sunday night)

 

Heath Miller (at Cle)

 

Jared Cook (at Jax)

 

 

INJURIES

 

Rob Gronkowski (at NYJ, Thanksgiving night) – OUT – Broken left forearm; scheduled to be out for 4-8 weeks


Coby Fleener (vs. Mia) – QUESTIONABLE – Shoulder; has been limited in practice, but is more likely to come back in Week 13

 

 

 

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