2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Blurbview

by Richard Savill
2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Blurbview

Robert Saleh and the Jets have seen enough of Zach Wilson. Since Wilson took over from Joe Flacco, all the talented downfield weapons have gone into fantasy freefall. After the departure of Breece Hall, the situation worsened.

The thing for fantasy is that if the Jets make a change at quarterback, can we suddenly expect an immediate reversal for the other fantasy options on that offense? At this late stage of the fantasy football season, we've nearly run out of weeks to take extensive risks. Just the same, you should get your fantasy Jets out there ahead of the Sunday action.

We need to plug into the emerging situations that present themselves for teams like the Jets on the cusp of playoff elimination or ascendancy. Playoff implications in real football have an indirect impact on fantasy.

The 2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Blurbview is next.

Byes: none
Updated: Nov 27 1130am ET (Final)
Trending: Justin Fields out; Allen Robinson trending doubtful; Ja'Marr Chase out; James Robinson out


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The Games this Week2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Blurbview

A brief rundown of the games this weekend. Time to set those lineups and watch 'em play.

Early Sunday: Bengals (6-4) at Titans (7-3) +2.5 43.5

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Joe Burrow managed his fourth 300-yard passing game against the Steelers last week, but the Bengals face a tougher test against the underrated defense of the Titans.

The Titans prefer to match coverage rather than throw too many blitz packages at the opposition. The Titans have enough power up front to support their scheme. In fact, they rank third in quarterback pressures. Fortunately for the Bengals, they might have Ja'Marr Chase back (Chase now ruled OUT) to help give himself and Tee Higgins more single coverage and keep the Titan safeties in zone as much as possible. Higgins and Chase work better for fantasy when both are active. Hayden Hurst is an upside TE start as well as WR Tyler Boyd.

Joe Mixon is out for this game. Samaje Perine became the hot waiver pickup this week as the potential starter should Mixon not clear the concussion protocol by Sunday. He proved himself an excellent cuff filling in for Mixon last week.

The Titans rank third in fantasy points against running backs, but the opposite is true for wide receivers. On paper, if Chase plays, look for at least solid floor production and a roomy ceiling.

Burks On The Move Up?

Treylon Burks had his first 100+ yard game last week against the Packers. I guess you could call it a yardage breakout, which has more bankable interest than the touchdown breakout that we've seen from his rival rookie Christian Watson lately.

Unfortunately for Burks, the Titans remain firmly near the bottom in passing offense. Derrick Henry continues to be the offensive focal point of the Titans, and that's unlikely to change. He's the first running back in 2022 to stand on the 1,000+ yard rushing plateau. So we might conclude that the 100+ game for Burks appears more as an outlier on the stat sheet than something we can start relying on for the rest of the fantasy season.

Fun Fact: The Titans rank first in 4th down conversions (14/19) and the Bengals rank last (2/9).
Sleeper: Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals
Pick Poll: Titans 54%
Update: Joe Mixon O | Ja'Marr Chase O | Chris Evans Qep

Other Early Sunday Games in Brief...

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Buccaneers (5-5) at Browns (3-7) +3.5 42.0

It's a hot-hand backfield in Tampa Bay now and it appears that Rachaad White is winning and trending up. With Leonard Fournette doubtful, White becomes a must-start with RB1 upside. Nick Chubb is 4th in rushing and still has an eye on catching Henry. This game will have an excellent fanatsy mix of rush and pass. Start Donovan Peoples-Jones. With David Njoku cleared to play, get him also into your lineup.
Pick Poll: Buccaneers 85%
Update: Leonard Fournette O

Falcons (5-6) at Commanders (6-5) -4.0 40.5

Taylor Heineke has the locker room and the starting job. Wherever Carson Wentz goes, he can't gain the same charisma other quarterbacks do. Heineke doesn't give much upside to the downfield talent, but he doesn't harm it either. Nonetheless, against the Falcons, Jahan Dotson and Terry McLaurin are better starts than the running backs. Temper the eggs for Cordarrelle Patterson, but Drake London will blaze this week.
Pick Poll: Commanders 84%
Update: Caleb Huntley Q | Logan Thomas Qep
2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Blurbview

Texans (1-8-1) at Dolphins (7-3) -14.0 47.0

Kyle Allen will start for the Texans. Lovie Smith is running out of ideas to motivate his team the same way he did earlier in the season. Fantasy-wise, we can still stick with Dameon Pierce, who continues to maintain consistent RB2-type production. The forecast predicts a blowout, but as we saw with Minnesota and Dallas in Week 11, that just means your fantasy starters get benched in the fourth quarter.
Pick Poll: Dolphins 99%
Update: Raheem Mostert D

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Ravens (7-3) at Jaguars (3-7) +3.5 43.5

Fortunately, we don't see too many back-to-back offensive slogfests in the NFL—unless one of the teams is the Denver Broncos. This is a reasonably safe matchup for all the fantasy notables in this game. Travis Etienne continues to shape up as the next RB1 to enter prominence in 2023. Prepare for a close contest and make sure Christian Kirk is on your start list. Also, look for Isaiah Likely to continue filling the Rashod Bateman role.
Pick Poll: Ravens 95%
Update: Demarcus Robinson A | Devin Duvernay A | Isaiah Likely O | Gus Edwards A

Bears (3-8) at Jets (6-4) -6.0 38.5

Mike White will start against a suspect Bear defense ranked near the bottom. Last year, during his brief installment, White's opener tended toward safety valve throwing to Michael Carter. Saleh will probably want him to settle in quicker without those baby steps. Meanwhile, Justin Fields is fifth in rushing this season. With his availability in question, the rationale suggests sitting Fields and your fantasy Bears if possible this week.
Pick Poll: Jets 74%
Update: Justin Fields O | James Robinson O

Broncos (3-7) at Panthers (3-8) +1.0 36.0

Sam Darnold has to perform well with his career in mind, so there's incentive for him to make plays downfield. It's still a faint hope that this game doesn't play out as a punting competition. Kendall Hinton is slowly increasing his role in the Denver offense, and his production is worth monitoring. You can start Latavius Murray and D'Onta Foreman in this game, but it's still touchdown or bust for both.
Pick Poll: Broncos 66%
Update: Terrace Marshall Jr. Q | Jerry Jeudy O

Late Sunday: Chargers (5-5) at Cardinals (4-7) +3.0 48.0

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Kyler Murray returns as the starter for the Cardinals in what should be a game that rocks the house.

The Chargers had rough patches throughout last week's game against the Chiefs. During the absences of Mike Williams and Keenan Allen, Josh Palmer became a baked-in target attraction for Justin Herbert. Keenan Allen is quite safe from Palmer's stubbornly unceasing inclusivity. Williams will miss Week 12, again allowing Palmer further opportunity to excel.

It's all good from the standpoint of Austin Ekeler, who continues to remain productive through the thick and thin of the rollercoasting Chargers. It's a good time for Ekeler's owners to think about cuffing him with Isaiah Spiller, who is emerging from the shadows as the number two option in the backfield.

Cardinals Lose One and Gain One

Rondale Moore will miss Sunday's game, but Marquise Brown may return in at least a limited capacity. This revolving door of injured players matches Kingsbury's often chaotic-looking offensive scheme.

The Cardinals remain thin at wide receiver, so calling up someone, possibly Pharoh Cooper, from the practice squad could be a necessity. You can stash, or start if you are daring enough, Trey McBride. Following Zach Ertz's season-ending injury, he is the next up lead tight end.

Fun Fact: The Chargers have five straight beats of the Vegas spread on the road against the Cardinals since 1989.
Sleeper: A.J. Green, WR, Cardinals
Pick Poll: Chargers 86%
Update: Greg Dortch Qgt↓ | Rondale Moore O | Mike Williams O | Marquise Brown A

Other Late Games in Brief...

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2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Blurbview

Raiders (3-7) at Seahawks (6-4) -4.0 47.5

Almost overnight, Seattle is nuts about NHL hockey and the Kraken! But they also love Geno Smith, and so does fantasy. By Week 12, most thought Geno would not be this firmly planted as a starter. Now, he might end up as a league winner! As for the Raiders, Davante Adams continues to cruise through 2022, and the overtime win against the Broncos banged the gong. These teams are old rivals—expect it loud. Start everyone on both sides.
Pick Poll: Seahawks 86%
Update: Josh Jacobs Qep

Rams (3-7) at Chiefs (8-2) -15.5 42.0

The Rams are starting a quarterback you've never heard of. Cam Akers is back in the good graces of Sean McVay, only because Darrell Henderson was worse. Cooper Kupp is watching football. All through this and more, Allen Robinson still gets five targets a game. The Rams are currently more fantasy destitute than the Texans. For the Chiefs, you have an interesting risk/reward option in rookie Skyy Moore.
Pick Poll: Chiefs 97%
Update: Allen Robinson II Q | Tyler Higbee Q | Kadarius Toney O

Saints (4-7) at 49ers (6-4) -9.5 43.0

We have a fairly broad idea of how the 49ers' offense ticks these days. We now know that they still want Elijah Mitchell as a main part of the offensive optics to avoid overworking Deebo Samuel and Christian McCaffrey. The Saints follow a similar, but weaker, offensive scheme. This game has a complicated flow forecast, and I encourage you to weigh up the various start and sit opinions out there, especially those regarding the Saints.
Pick Poll: Bengals 88%
Update: Mark Ingram Q | Jarvis Landry Q | Deebo Samuel Qep |

Feature Games

Sunday Night: Packers (4-7) at Eagles (9-1) -6.5 46.5

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There is no lack of effort from Aaron Rodgers to try and get the Packers back to winning and into the playoff conversation. However, the math of their chances is down to around 3% now. Time to look at next season.

Will next season include Aaron Rodgers? That is a question which people are already discussing.

As to Rodgers' current state of football prowess, he revealed that he's been playing with a broken thumb for six weeks. This can account for many of his performance issues, but not everything. Aaron Rodgers himself would never cite injury as an excuse.

What About The Rest of the Packers?

Two games with five touchdowns haven't convinced the fantasy community that Christian Watson is fully on track to become a WR1 in this league. He's legit as a WR3 or Flex, but we need more confirmation. What we do know is that he is developing in the right direction. Most certainly, you can start him in this game, but with lower expectations.

Aaron Jones continues to seesaw in fantasy production. If the pattern of recent weeks holds true, this should be one of his boom outings—if Jones can get enough volume. A.J. Dillon has fallen to the fringes of the fantasy radar and is no longer startable.

Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan remain as "fantasy normals" in their respective levels and usage.

The Missing Dallas Goedert Targets

Did you see TE Jack Stoll as a hot waiver pickup this week? Not likely, as he had just one target against the Colts. Tyree Jackson, freshly activated from the PUP list, didn't see any. Yes, we watch these things.

So, what happened to the targets?

First of all, it turns out that the Colts game was one of the lows of the season in pass attempts from Jalen Hurts. Second, it may just be that the extra targets going forward will simply melt into the overall stats of the offense. If that's the case, then there are no speculative stashes at tight end for the Eagles. If you insist on the opinion that there must be a main TE beneficiary, I would choose Jackson over Stoll.

We should see a lively contest on Sunday night. Obviously, the better options rest with the regular Eagles on your fantasy team. For the Packers, we might see a game where Aaron Jones is the only one cashing in with good numbers.

Fun Fact: This is the first visit to Lincoln Financial Field by the Packers since 2016. Aaron Jones remains on a career pace for his third 1000+ yard season.
Sleeper: Quez Watkins, WR, Eagles
Pick Poll: Eagles 87%
Update: Aaron Jones A | Romeo Doubs O

Steelers (3-7) at Colts (4-6-1) -2.5 39.0

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A game that may have a better chance of opening up offensively than the 39-point O/U suggests.

The Steelers are allowing the most passing touchdowns (22) on the season, but with the full return of T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick, the pressure on Matt Ryan for quick accuracy will be a challenge.

Nonetheless, your Colts' receivers are all solid plays. The opposite is true for the receivers on the Steelers. See the Fun Fact below.

Najee back to being Najee?

Najee Harris was on the cusp of timesharing the backfield until just a couple of weeks ago. Presumably, Jaylen Warren was going to increase his role in the backfield. The notion went out the window following Warren's hamstring injury last week.

In his last two games, Harris rushed 20 times for 90+ yards in each. It's a promising sign that Najee remains capable of leading the backfield. In fact, he has recently emerged as one of the Steelers' brightest stars.

As I stated at the beginning of this extended blurb, this game may provide higher fantasy point production and entertainment than otherwise expected.

Fun Fact: The Steelers allow the most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and the Colts allow the fewest. The Steelers have a streak of seven straight wins against the Colts since 2011.
Sleeper: Alec Pierce, WR, Colts
Pick Poll: Colts 73%
Update: Jaylen Warren O | Matt Ryan Q | Jonathan Taylor Q | Deon Jackson Q | Mo Alie-Cox Q

In the Booth on Sunday

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen in the booth at Atlanta

CBS Early

Bengals at Titans: Ian Eagle, Charles Davis
Ravens at Jaguars: Andrew Catalon, James Lofton
Texans at Dolphins: Spero Dedes, Jay Feely

FOX Early

Buccaneers at Browns: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma
Bears at Jets: Joe Davis, Daryl Johnston
Falcons at Commanders: Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth
Broncos at Panthers: Chris Myers, Robert Smith

CBS Late

Chargers at Cardinals: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
Raiders at Seahawks: Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta

FOX Late

Rams at Chiefs: Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen
Saints at 49ers: Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez

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