Welcome to the 2023 Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap.
With all 32 teams in action this week we got a nice preview of how our teams stack up against the rest of the league with just two weeks left in the fantasy regular season. Now, more than ever, is the stretch of season that you need to make sure you're maximizing your team's potential for a playoff run.
If you're in a dynasty league there is a good chance that your trade deadline is coming up at the end of week 13, so if you're looking at a rebuild now is the time to get aggressive in trade offers to contending teams to try and squeeze out as much future value as possible while they are focused on winning a title this year.
With all that said, Let’s get to the Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap.
2023 Fantasy Football Week 12 Recap
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Packers 29 - Lions 22
Jordan Love had his best game of the season in the Thanksgiving opener, lighting up the Lions to the tune of 268 yards and three TD passes. He also added an additional 39 yards on the ground. Jayden Reed found the end zone again, and although it's been a bit rocky, Christian Watson finally looks healthy and led the team with 94 yards and a TD.
The Lions got off to a slow start, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell if you just looked at the fantasy box score. David Montgomery led the backfield with 71 yards and a TD, while Jared Goff threw for 332 yards and two scores. Sam LaPorta got back into the end zone, while Amon-Ra St. Brown was his normal dominant self, racking up nine catches for 95 yards.
Cowboys 45 - Commanders 10
Dak Prescott has been elite for the last month, and his performance on Thanksgiving was no different, as he needed just 32 attempts to shred the Commanders' secondary to the tune of 331 yards and 4 TDs. Tony Pollard finished with 103 total yards and a TD, adding six catches to boost his production in PPR leagues.
Dak Prescott to Rico Dowdle for the rare Cowboys screen TDpic.twitter.com/OqJkZKLDZj
— Tom Downey (@WhatGoingDowney) November 23, 2023
Sam Howell was sacked four times but still put up 300 yards and a rushing score to save his fantasy day from being a complete bust. Brian Robinson didn’t have 5+ catches like the last two weeks, but still caught two of his three targets and has shown definite improvement as a pass catcher this season. Chris Rodriguez Jr was productive in garbage time and is averaging 5.2 yards per carry on the season and is worth a stash in deeper dynasty leagues.
49ers 31 - Seahawks 13
George Kittle finished with 19 yards and was the odd man out this week as Christian McCaffery, Deebo Samuel, and Brandon Aiyuk all had productive days from a fantasy perspective. McCaffrey racked up 139 total yards and two TDs while Aiyuk hauled in Brock Purdy’s lone TD pass on a 28-yard connection.
Linebacker Jordyn Brooks scored the Seahawks' only TD in a game where their offense was locked down all game long. Jaxon Smith-Njigba had arguably the catch of the week on a beautiful one-handed snag for a 34-yard hookup but had just one catch for seven yards outside of that spectacular play. He remains a strong buy for me in dynasty leagues as the talent is clearly there and his role is slowly expanding.
Dolphins 34 - Jets 13
Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill lit up the Jets secondary in the first-ever Black Friday NFL game, combining for 216 yards and a TD on 17 catches. Tua Tagovailoa had 243 yards but was picked off twice and struggled at times against a defense that has given a lot of good QBs headaches this season. Raheem Mostert finished with 94 yards and had two late TDs to pad his fantasy stats.
Garrett Wilson caught seven of his 10 targets for 44 yards and a TD while Breece Hall saved his fantasy day with seven catches but was otherwise held to 49 yards. Tim Boyle was expectedly not good, and the fact that the Jets didn’t get a better bridge QB after Aaron Rodgers went down is mind-numbing. There is no excuse for an offense with players as talented as Wilson and Hall to look this inept every single week.
Falcons 24 - Saints 15
Bijan Robinson delivered a stellar performance in a crucial victory that has positioned the Falcons back in the driver's seat of the NFC South. Robinson amassed 123 total yards and secured two touchdowns on 19 touches. Notably, Kyle Pitts took a backseat this week, and Drake London emerged as the leader in the receiving corps with five catches on seven targets, accumulating 91 yards.
BIJAN ROBINSON’S 2ND TOUCHDOWN OF THE DAY pic.twitter.com/KRHTULxUfS
— Not Bijan (@InBijanWeTrust) November 26, 2023
Chris Olave was off to a hot start, lighting up the Falcons with 114 yards on seven receptions before exiting the game due to a concussion. Alvin Kamara showcased his dual-threat abilities, hauling in four receptions for 50 yards and an additional 69 yards on the ground. Despite Derek Carr's 304 passing yards, he was kept out of the end zone and intercepted once.
Steelers 16 - Bengals 10
Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth played pivotal roles in the Steelers' first game without offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Fantasy GMs are hopeful that this trend continues after a challenging journey to this point. Harris led the way with 99 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Freiermuth hauled in 9-of-11 targets for 120 yards, consistently finding space in the middle of the field.
In last week’s recap, I expressed concerns about Joe Mixon being the biggest loser with Joe Burrow out for the year. This week validated those worries. If not for a late 39-yard reception, Mixon's fantasy day would have been a complete bust, as he struggled on the ground, managing only 16 yards on eight carries. Ja'Marr Chase remains the standout option on this team, concluding with four catches for 81 yards.
Titans 17 - Panthers 10
The Titans' offense remains a fantasy dead zone as Will Levis adapts to the NFL game. Despite the box score not reflecting it, Levis has shown improvement in the last two weeks, connecting on 31 of his 45 passing attempts with no interceptions. Derrick Henry was steady in this win, accumulating 76 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
For the second consecutive week, Chuba Hubbard and Miles Sanders essentially split the ground game work 50/50, but it was Hubbard who found the end zone and caught all five of his targets for 47 yards. Jonathan Mingo is a dynasty buy as his role steadily grows, leading the team in targets and receiving yards and stepping up with Adam Thielen being locked down throughout the game.
Colts 27 - Buccaneers 20
The Colts' star players responded in a must-win game, with Jonathan Taylor racking up 91 yards and two touchdowns, and Michael Pittman leading the wide receivers with 10 catches for 107 yards on 13 targets. Gardner Minshew was intercepted once but threw for 251 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground, doing enough to keep the Colts in the AFC South race.
Three straight games with a TD for Jonathan Taylor 👀 pic.twitter.com/hs5ZMxdbe4
— NFL Fantasy Football (@NFLFantasy) November 26, 2023
Mike Evans continued his impressive performance, catching six passes for 70 yards and the Buccaneers' only two touchdowns. Rachaad White needed just 17 touches to accumulate 110 yards, while Baker Mayfield, overcoming an early ankle injury, finished with 199 yards along with two touchdowns and one interception.
Giants 10 - Patriots 7
The legend of Tommy DeVito continues to grow in New York with his second consecutive win as a starter, a feat Daniel Jones failed to achieve all season before his injury. Excluding the Giants' four-game win streak last season, Jones has only won back-to-back games once in the last three seasons. Rookie WR Jalin Hyatt caught five passes for 109 yards, showing promise in recent weeks as a potential trade target for next season in dynasty leagues.
In a recurring narrative, Mac Jones was benched after throwing two interceptions as the Patriots' challenging season continued. Rhamondre Stevenson finished with 107 total yards and is the only player on this team worth starting at this point, even in superflex leagues. Demario Douglass led the team with six catches for 49 yards, making him a long-term buy in dynasty leagues, though trusting him down the stretch of this year with the Patriots' QB issues will be challenging.
Jaguars 24 - Texans 21
Trevor Lawrence had 364 yards to go with one touchdown and one interception as the Jags triumphed over the Texans in a thrilling win. Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk emerged as the biggest beneficiaries of Lawrence's impressive passing day, combining for 178 yards and a touchdown on nine catches. Travis Etienne, although not very efficient against a tough Texans defense, managed to rack up 86 yards on 24 touches.
C.J. Stroud continues to exceed expectations in his outstanding rookie year, lighting up the Jaguars with 304 yards and two touchdown passes, along with an additional 47 yards and a score on the ground. Tank Dell, who moved up to WR3 in my rookie ranks two weeks ago, finished with five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown and had an additional 40+ yard reception nullified by a questionable penalty call.
Broncos 29 - Browns 12
The Broncos extended their winning streak to five games on Sunday, gaining momentum at a crucial point in the season. Russell Wilson compensated for an average day as a passer with 34 rushing yards and a touchdown, boosting his final fantasy numbers. Javonte Williams dominated backfield touches, despite an inefficient performance against a tough defense, while Courtland Sutton narrowly missed a touchdown that would have enhanced his 3-catch, 61-yard day.
That’s 20 TDS and just 4 INTS for Russell Wilson this season
— Swipa (@SwipaCam) November 26, 2023
David Njoku led the team in targets for the second week in a row, securing six of his nine targets for a team-high 59 yards. Njoku seems to have solidified a role as Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s preferred target, making him a reliable TE1 down the stretch. Kareem Hunt had seven carries, but Jerome Ford led the backfield with 13 touches for 79 yards.
Chiefs 31 - Raiders 17
Rashee Rice had one of his best games of the season, stepping up significantly with eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs desperately needed someone to emerge as the number two option behind Travis Kelce, and Rice seems best positioned to grow into this role down the stretch and into next season. Isiah Pacheco broke off 89 yards and two touchdowns on 20 touches, making him a potential league-winner with his role in this offense.
Josh Jacobs anchored the Raiders' attack with 125 total yards and a touchdown, while Aidan O'Connell threw for 248 yards and a score through the air. O’Connell’s numbers weren’t spectacular, but he looked more comfortable operating in the pocket on Sunday. Jakobi Meyers and Davante Adams each drew seven targets, combining for 152 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches.
Rams 37 - Cardinals 14
Matt Stafford finished with 229 passing yards and four touchdowns as the Rams secured a second consecutive division win, suddenly finding themselves back in the mix for a Wild Card spot. Kyren Williams demonstrated he’s completely over the injuries that slowed him earlier in the season, breaking free for 204 total yards and two touchdowns on 22 touches. Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp had quiet nights, while Tyler Higbee stood out with two red-zone touchdowns.
Marquise Brown finally got back on track and had his first big performance with Kyler Murray under center, leading the team with 88 yards on six catches. Murray's overall numbers looked decent, finishing with 256 yards and one touchdown through the air and on the ground. Trey McBride continues to blossom into a surefire TE1 for fantasy GMs in dynasty and redraft, catching seven of his nine targets for 60 yards.
Eagles 37 - Bills 34
Jalen Hurts shook off an extremely slow first half to post monster fantasy numbers, tossing three touchdown passes while adding 65 yards and another two touchdowns on the ground. Devonta Smith caught seven of eight targets to lead the Eagles with 106 yards and a touchdown, while AJ Brown found the end zone to prop up his five-catch, 37-yard performance. D'Andre Swift continues to thrive running behind this offensive line when given touches, turning 14 carries into 80 yards.
JALEN. HURTS. WALK-OFF. TOUCHDOWN.
MERRILL REESE AND MIKE QUICK ON THE CALL pic.twitter.com/KVZisdGI1R
— Nick Piccone (@_piccone) November 27, 2023
Josh Allen came up just short in a battle of two of the NFL's premier QBs but had a huge day from a fantasy perspective with 420 total yards and four touchdowns. Gabe Davis, Stefon Diggs, and James Cook each had six catches, with Davis leading the Bills trio with 105 yards and a touchdown. Those six receptions turned into 57 yards and were a game-changer for Cook as he was bottled up for just 43 yards on 16 carries.
Ravens 20 - Chargers 10
Zay Flowers had a productive PPR day, securing five catches for 25 yards and a touchdown before sealing the game with a 37-yard rushing touchdown. Keaton Mitchell led the Ravens' backfield in touches, accumulating 89 total yards on 9 carries and two catches. Lamar Jackson finished with 177 passing yards and one touchdown but slightly boosted his final numbers with 39 rushing yards.
Despite the Chargers' real-life struggles, Keenan Allen continued to amass impressive numbers, catching 14 of his 16 targets for a team-high 106 yards. Austin Ekeler totaled 64 yards on 15 touches but suffered another critical fumble and appears to be losing a step. If you're not in a position to win a title this year, you need to actively shop him to contenders in dynasty leagues this week before the deadline.
Monday Night Football Prediction
Bears 21 - Vikings 20
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