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2017 Fantasy Football Week 12 Recap: Winners, Losers

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Thanksgiving day brought some good football. Case Keenum and the Vikings had total control over the Lions all day Thursday. He’s showing promising signs for this team moving forward. Dak is showing major signs of struggling, having not thrown a touchdown pass in the last three games. The loss of Zeke has proven that the Cowboys are quickly losing hope of a late playoff push. Kirk Cousins continues to try to lead this team to the playoffs after defeating the Giants.

It’s been a very unpredictable year for fantasy so far. It continued again during Week 12. This time it was Case Keenum performing at a high level, Philip Rivers nearly throwing for 500 yards, Vernon Davis non-existent on Thanksgiving and Robby Anderson continuing to surprise the fantasy football world.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 12 Recap

For most leagues, this upcoming week begins playoff week. The waiver wire might be thin at this point and trades may no longer be made due to trade deadlines. This is where fantasy football gets even more interesting. With that being said, it is time to review the winners and losers for Week 12.

Winners

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Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings

The offense was clicking all game long for the Vikings. Rudolph ended up catching four passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, the 63 yards were a season high for the 28-year old. The two scores were the first time he has found the end zone since week eight against Cleveland.

It’s been a shaky fantasy season for Rudolph this year after having a career year last season. Nonetheless, he has been a very consistent player catching five or more passes in each of the past six games prior to the this game. He’ll be in the high-end TE2 conversation next week against the Cardinals.

Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers

Keenan Allen has been almost unguardable the past two weeks. Posting 23 catches for 331 yards and three touchdowns. On Thursday, the Cowboys had no answer as he was getting open all game long. His lone touchdown was an impressive one, as he made two shifty moves to juke out three defenders for a late touchdown.

He has been really impressive to watch now that he is fully healthy. The 6’2″ receiver is now showing the league that he can be a top receiver at full health. He faces the Browns in Week 13, expect him to keep his stellar play rolling in this game.

Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers

The performance he put on in Dallas Thursday afternoon left the Cowboys speechless. It was definitely Rivers’ best game of the year. He threw for 434 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. The big-play ability was there all game as long passes to Hunter Henry, Tyrell Williams and Keenan Allen helped set up some early scores for the Chargers.

The veteran has been taking care of the ball recently, only throwing one interception in his past there games. He draws another favorable matchup next week against the Browns. Rivers can be a viable starter during the fantasy football playoffs.

Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Entering the game Sunday, we knew this was a juicy matchup for Julio. He went on to catch 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Entering the game with only one touchdown, fantasy owners were greedy for more scores. Jones did that and more as he was just too much for the Bucs defense.

He became the first player in NFL history to have multiple games with 250+ receiving yards in a game. Week 13 he gets a match against Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings. As we all know, Rhodes is one of the best at locking down elite receivers. It will be interesting to see how he responds after this monster breakout performance.

Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints

Kareem Hunt who? Alvin Kamara seems to be the favorite to win rookie of the year with the numbers he’s been putting up lately. Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, Kamara caught six passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball five times for 87 yards and another touchdown.

All game long he was making plays out there for New Orleans. His first touch of the game went for an electrifying 74- yard touchdown. He found a hole up front and once he got near the sidelines nobody would catch up to him. It seemed like every time he touched the ball he got at least 10 yards down the field.

He has surely proven himself as a weekly RB1 even with Mark Ingram producing high-end numbers as well. The rookie sensation gets a matchup against the Panthers next week.

Losers

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Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions

By far the worst performance on the year for Golden Tate. He caught four passes for just seven yards against the Vikings. A couple of mistakes, especially the mistake he made of running backwards instead of getting a critical third down during the fourth quarter headlined Tate’s Thanksgiving.

Over the past two games, he has been held to just seven catches for 39 yards. Start him at your own risk next week as he faces a solid Ravens defense.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Dez caught just three passes for 37 yards during the loss to the Chargers. A night in which he was held without a catch during the first half. Dak has surely struggled with the loss of Ezekiel Elliott, but Dez Bryant has also struggled for the most of this season.

He has failed to find the end zone since Week 7. To make things worse, he has not topped 100 yards receiving this season as well. Things might not get much easier for Dez as he faces off against Josh Norman next week. He can be viewed as more of a WR3 against the Redskins.

Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

The Giants have allowed a touchdown to every tight end they’ve faced besides Travis Kelce in Week 11. That week Kelce caught eight passes for over 100 yards. It was a juicy matchup for the veteran tight end on Thanksgiving. With no Chris Thompson, Terrelle Pryor and Jordan Reed, Davis was in line for a huge game.

How would he follow up? Getting targeted only one time and behind held without a catch is exactly what fantasy owners had in mind. Niles Paul even saw four more targets than Davis did. It was the first time since Week 1 he failed to catch a pass. He’ll look to bounce back with a matchup against Dallas next week.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

Entering Sunday, Hunt and the Chiefs seemed poised for a bounce-back game. Well that didn’t happen as the whole Chiefs team has hit a major slump. Hunt carried the ball just 11 times for a career-low 17 yards. Battling stacked fronts all game long, it was tough for Hunt to find any running room. This was easily the worst game of the rookie’s career thus far.

It’s been a rough past couple of weeks for Hunt owners. In four of the last six games, he’s been held to under 50 rushing yards. He faces another tough matchup next week with the Jets. Start him at your own risk as the fantasy playoffs are here.

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks

Doug Baldwin had himself another dud performance. He caught just two passes for a season-low 25 yards. He was a complete non-factor in the game against the 49ers. During the past two weeks now, Baldwin has caught just four passes for 65 yards. The touchdown last week helped but has still been in a short slump.

Heading into Week 13 he faces a pretty solid Eagles defense. Baldwin can look to return fringe WR2 numbers next week as he may not be able to come down with a lot of catches.


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