2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 12

Jets | Jaguars | 49ers

by Joe Bond
2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 12

Hi, everybody, and welcome to my 2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 12 article.

Week 12 brought us a few injuries that are going to impact things moving forward and definitely did in Week 12. Jets, Jags and 49ers are just a few of those teams and we will for sure get into those situations below.

Also, I mentioned this last week, but I'll remind you. Fantasy playoffs are starting very, very soon. Now is the time to stop holding onto those players we hope are going to do well and start setting yourself up for the best success in the playoffs.

If this means stashing quarterbacks because you've been streaming all year, do it. If this means grabbing some defenses, do it. Or, if it means handcuffing your running backs, do it. Herms has waiver wire advice for those who need it still.

2022 Fantasy Football Targets and Touches Trends Through Week 12

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Running Backs

New York Jets

James Robinson was inactive in Week 12, which was surprising. So this was going to be a Michael Carter game right? Nope.

For one he suffered an ankle sprain early in the second half. This not only knocked him out for the rest of the game, but might make him miss time moving forward.

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Second reason is he was splitting work with undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight. Knight ran well enough to earn a role in this offense. He finished the day with 69 rushing yards and 34 in the air.

Now if Carter misses time I fully expect Robinson to be active and there will be a split again. So for those who are thinking they might be a workhorse back here, you need to hold your horses (pun intended).

Jacksonville Jaguars

Travis Etienne was injured very early in Week 12. We watched him to go the locker room with a foot issue, but then quickly come back out with his helmet on only to sit on the sidelines. Coaches said he could have played, but they were playing it safe. Fantasy managers are not happy to hear this as he gave you nothing. Now we have to hope they are right and he can suit up next week.

If he doesn't play, who will the Jags turn to and can we trust them? The answer to who the Jags will turn to is JaMychal Hasty, but trust is a strong word. You will likely need to be in a pretty deep league or have very little depth at running back to need to start Hasty.

The fact of it is he is not a great runner. In this game, he got the attempts with 12, but just a 2.3 yard per carry is not going to cut it. He does catch passes and that is where I would look for him to do the most damage. Now to be fair his next opponent, Detroit, is going to be a lot easier to run on than the Ravens. Still, I hope I don't have to rely on him for my leagues.

San Francisco 49ers

Another injury to Elijah Mitchell. A knee sprain that is likely to knock him out 6-8 weeks.

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This is good news for Christian McCaffrey managers as I fully expect them to give the large majority of the workload to him. This of course is assuming he is healthy too. He is dealing with knee irritation.

Maybe that explains the production we've seen from CMC over the last three weeks. 32-109-1 on the ground (3.4 ypc), 15-123-0 in the air. Ever since that crazy week, he ran, caught and threw for a touchdown it hasn't been great for him.

If we are not able to get CMC or Mitchell, then the next man up appears to be Jordan Mason. However, we will need to keep an eye out for who is actually active in this game. Tyrion Davis-Price and Tevin Coleman are both there and could get involved. Its Kyle Shanahan so really your guess is as good as mine after CMC and Mitchell.

Baltimore Ravens

Gus Edwards was activated last week and saw a whopping 16 carries to just three total for Justice Hill and Kenyan Drake.

I'll be honest I was surprised to see the lack of usage for Drake considering how well he had been running the last few weeks.

So it appears Gus Edwards is safe to plug in with that kind of usage right? Well, not so fast. J.K. Dobbins is eligible to come off IR this week and I imagine he would be the No. 1 running back upon return. Edwards and Dobbins might split more of the workload than Edwards and Drake did, but it still puts a dent in Edwards value.

Wide Receivers

Cleveland Browns

I bring them up because we are going to get the debut of quarterback Deshaun Watson. What does this mean for the Browns receivers? It has to be a boost right?

Well... maybe not. It might surprise you to learn that the Browns have the sixth-best offense in total yards and 17th-best in passing. Sure, there is plenty of room to improve in the passing game, but do we really think a guy who has not played football in almost two years is going to come in and light the world on fire?

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Amari Cooper is WR8 and has had his most consistent fanasty season to date, finishing as WR2 or better in 7 of 11 Weeks. Already more than 2021 and tieing 2020 & 2019.

Honestly, I'm kinda worried about the chemistry that Watson, Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones will have and we could see them take a step back the rest of the season. You're not sitting Cooper but it does not feel as comfortable starting him now as it has been all season.

Chicago Bears

Darnell Mooney is now lost for the rest of the season as he is going to require surgery on his ankle.

Not that he was an automatic play, but he was in the mix for lineup consideration most weeks since the Bears offense woke up.

If you are desperate Chase Claypool takes the volume bump so perhaps he is somebody to look at. I'm not excited about it, especially if Justin Fields still can't go. I'm not looking to start any receiver with Trevor Simien or Nathan Peterson as their quarterback.

 

*all snap count, target and carry data is from fantasydata.


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