By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
RealTime Fantasy Sports
Well, it was quite the week of action in the NFL. There were two games that went to overtime and several that were decided late. This made for some exciting action to watch. It also made for some big fantasy performances. We had a running back and receiver top 200 yards. And we didn't have a quarterback with a performance like that, but there were four quarterbacks that had three touchdown passes. So it was a pretty good week for fantasy scoring but not off the charts for most teams.
Saints 17, Ryan 13
Fantasy Stud: Jimmy Graham. Graham caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. This was his sixth 100-yard game of the season. He played more than recent weeks and seems to be getting closer to full strength. And even at less than full strength, Graham is still producing fine for fantasy teams. He has double-digit scores and is nearing a 1,000-yard season. Graham remains the top fantasy tight end in the game.
Fantasy Dud: Matt Ryan. Ryan didn't have a bad game by any means but he failed to score a touchdown, giving fantasy teams very little in Week 12. Ryan was 30-of-39 for 292 yards. The good news is Ryan didn't throw an interception in the game, which has been an issue for him in recent weeks. In his past five games, Ryan has five touchdowns to nine interceptions. He isn't near the fantasy option as earlier in the season.
Game Notes: Pierre Thomas continues to perform well as the top back for the Saints. He ran 10 times for 73 yards and caught five passes for 57 yards. He finished with 130 total yards, giving him seven straight games with 80-plus total yards.
Steven Jackson scored a touchdown for the first time since Week 2. He ran 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. This was his second highest rushing total of the season.
Jaguars 13, Texans 6
Fantasy Stud: Maurice Jones-Drew. It took some time but Jones-Drew is finally hitting his stride for fantasy teams. He ran for 84 yards and a touchdown, and caught six passes for 60 yards. He finished with 144 total yards and a touchdown. Jones-Drew has touchdowns three straight games. Jones-Drew has 74 or more total yards three of four games. Jones-Drew finally has some value as a No. 2 back for fantasy teams.
Fantasy Dud: Case Keenum. We guess we can see why Keenum was benched last week. He had a great matchup in this one and got a lot of starts from fantasy teams but came out of the game without about nothing. Keenum threw for 169 yards with an interception and failed to score a touchdown. You have to wonder if he will get the start again in Week 12. The Texans could go back to Matt Schaub.
Game Notes: Andre Johnson had one of his few quiet games, catching just two passes for 36 yards. This tied his lowest yardage total of the season. He also was targeted just six times in the game, which also tied a season low.
Dennis Johnson led the way at running back for the Texans. He ran 13 times for 74 yards while Ben Tate had seven carries for just a yard. Tate still looks to be hurting, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Johnson continues to get more work in the rushing game the coming weeks.
Ravens 19, Jets 3
Fantasy Stud: Jacoby Jones. Jones provided much of the offense for the Ravens, catching four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. He scored the only touchdown in the game, catching a 66-yard touchdown pass. This was the first time all season Jones topped 50 yards in a game. It was his second score of the season, though. Jones is always capable of the big game but you never know when that is going to come.
Fantasy Dud: Ray Rice. Rice returned to his previous early season form, rushing 16 times for 30 yards. He also caught just a pass for negative three yards. It was another very disappointing game for Rice, finishing with just 27 total yards after having his first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week. He continues to be a guy fantasy teams can't trust.
Game Notes: Geno Smith had plenty of struggles once again but wasn't pulled in the game. Smith was 9-of-22 for 127 yards with two interceptions. He also failed to score a touchdown. You have to wonder if he'll remain the starter in Week 12.
Joe Flacco had a solid showing against a good pass defense. He threw for 273 yard and a touchdown with an interception. This was his highest yardage game since Week 6.
Bucs 24, Lions 21
Fantasy Stud: Tiquan Underwood. Underwood was the big-play receiver in the offense for the Bucs. He caught three passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Underwood had a huge 85-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarterback to give the Bucs the lead. Underwood is starting to make more plays in the offense, having 60-plus yards two of three games. He is worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues if you are looking for receiver help.
Fantasy Dud: Bobby Rainey. Rainey came back down to earth in a much tougher matchup, managing just 35 yards on 18 carries. The good news is he got about all the work at running back but the bad news is he averaged fewer than two yards per carry. Rainey should remain the go-to back going forward but looks to be more of a matchup play than anything for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Nate Burleson returned from his broken arm and looked great, catching seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. He should continue to get plenty of work going forward as a starter for the Lions.
Calvin Johnson had his second straight 100-yard game. He finished with seven receptions for 115 yards. He has six 100-yard games for the season and is just two yards short of 1,200.
Steelers 27, Browns 11
Fantasy Stud: Josh Gordon. Sure, his team got beat big and Gordon got a lot of his big yardage totals in garbage time, but fantasy teams don't care about that. All fantasy teams care about is that Gordon finished with 14 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown. Gordon has scores two straight and three of his last four. He also has 100-yard games three of four games. He is flying under the radar a little but really having a big-time fantasy season, taking his game to a new level.
Fantasy Dud: Greg Little. Little continued his up and down play for fantasy teams, catching two passes for 17 yards. Little has three receptions for 21 yards the last two games after having a 122-yard showing in Week 9. Little is another guy capable of good things but you just can't trust him. He is all over the map for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Jason Campbell was forced from the game because of a concussion, giving Brandon Weeden yet another shot at quarterback. Weeden had his struggles again, though, going 13-of-30 for 209 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Antonio Brown had another big game, which is becoming normal for him. Brown caught six passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. He has 70-plus yards five straight games. Brown is having a huge season.
Panthers 20, Dolphins 16
Fantasy Stud: Mike Wallace. Wallace hasn't been consistent but proved his worth as the No. 1 receiver for the Dolphins in Week 12. He caught five passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Wallace showed his big-play potential, averaging 25.4 yards per catch and scoring on a 53-yard reception. Wallace has three 100-yard games but just two scores all season.
Fantasy Dud: Rishard Matthews. Matthews was starting to gain steam in the Dolphins' offense but took a step back in this game. Matthews caught three passes but managed just two yards. He had 15 receptions for 172 yards the previous two games, so fantasy teams that played Matthews this week got burnt. He still has value in PPR formats but don't be surprised if he is erratic going forward, especially in this offense.
Game Notes: Lamar Miller led the team in carries but managed just eight yards on 10 carries. Miller has just 27-rushing yards the last three games. He is really struggling behind the Dolphins makeshift offensive line.
Greg Olsen scored a touchdown for the second straight game. He caught five passes for 34 yards and a touchdown. Olsen has five touchdowns this season and scores four of five games.
Rams 42, Bears 21
Fantasy Stud: Brandon Marshall. Marshall was another player on a losing team that produced big for fantasy teams. He had 10 receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown. Marshall has 100-yard games three of his last four. Kind of surprisingly, this was his first double-digit reception game of the season, though. Marshall is enjoying another huge season for fantasy teams. He is near 1,000 yards and double-digit scores once again.
Fantasy Dud: Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery didn't do a lot despite the Bears throwing for more than 300 yards. Jeffery caught four passes for 42 yards. This was his lowest yardage total since Week 6. He had 60 or more yards four straight games. Jeffery remains a top No. 2 receiver for fantasy teams but he will have a down game every once in a while.
Game Notes: Zac Stacy was forced from the game with a concussion but did some damage in the first half before having to leave. He rushed 12 times for 87 yards and a touchdown. Benny Cunningham did a great job in his place, having his first 100-yard rushing game. He ran 13 times for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Tavon Austin found the end zone for the second straight game. This time he scored on a run, rushing 65 yards for the Rams first touchdown of the game. He also caught two passes for 39 yards, giving him 104 total yards.
Chargers 41, Chiefs 38
Fantasy Stud: Jamal Charles. Charles had his usual great showing for fantasy teams, rushing 14 times for 115 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 42 yards, giving him 157 total yards and two scores. Charles has double-digit touchdowns for the season and nine games with 100 or more total yards. He might be the most compete back in the game right now.
Fantasy Dud: Antonio Gates. Gates was one of the few offensive players in this game that didn't do a whole lot. Gates finished with just three catches for 21 yards. You just hoped for better from Gates when the Chargers scored 41 points and had nearly 500 total yards of offense. Gates remains a low-end No. 1 fantasy tight end but isn't in that elite group.
Game Notes: Ryan Mathews had to leave the game early because of a hamstring injury. He was running pretty well before getting hurt, rushing 14 times for 55 yards and a touchdown. We all know his injury history, so don't be surprised if he misses some time with this one.
Keenan Allen rebound from two poor showings (less than 50 yards in two straight games), catching nine passes for 124 yards. This was his fourth 100-yard game of the season. Allen is clearly the top receiver in this offense right now.
Packers 26, Vikings 26
Fantasy Stud: Adrian Peterson. Peterson might have been a little less than 100 percent healthy but sure didn't play like it. He carried the offense much of the game, rushing 32 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. Peterson has four 100-yard games, which is low for him, but is just four yards shy of another 1,000-yard season. He also has a more than solid 11 touchdowns, which makes up for his relative low touchdown totals.
Fantasy Dud: Scott Tolzien. Tolzien had a great matchup and was coming off a decent showing the previous week but really took a step backwards in this game, eventually getting benched. He was 7-of-17 for 98 yards with an interception before getting benched. Matt Flynn looks like he'll be the starter for the Packers going forward as long as Aaron Rodgers is out.
Game Notes: Matt Flynn had a pretty impressive showing in relief of Tolzien, leading the Packers on a big comeback. Flynn was 21-of-36 for 218 yards and a touchdown without an interception. As mentioned, Flynn likely sticks as the No. 2 quarterback going forward for the Packers.
Eddie Lacy had a great game but was hurt in overtime, leaving the game. Lacy ran 25 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. Lacy has touchdowns two straight games and scores in five of six.
Cardinals 40, Colts 11
Fantasy Stud: Carson Palmer. Palmer continues to be red hot for the Cardinals. He was 26-of-37 for 314 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Palmer has four straight games with multiple touchdowns and eight scores to just two interceptions during that stretch. After starting the year slow, Palmer finally has more touchdowns (16) than interceptions (15) for the season. He is a legit low-end No. 1 for fantasy teams right now.
Fantasy Dud: Donald Brown. Brown was supposed to take over the lead back duties for the Colts after his solid play the last few games. But that clearly wasn't the case with Trent Richardson getting much of the work at running back for the Colts. Brown ran just twice for a yard and caught a pass for minus two yards. It was puzzling to see Brown get such a small workload with Richardson continuing his struggles and the Colts looking for a spark at running back.
Game Notes: Larry Fitzgerald has five receptions for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Fitzgerald has scores two straight games and scores three of the last four. He is starting to produce a little better for fantasy teams in recent weeks.
Coby Fleener caught four passes for 55 yards and a touchdown. He has 50-plus yards three of four games. Fleener has multiple receptions all but a game this season.
Titans 23, Raiders 19
Fantasy Stud: Justin Hunter. Hunter got more chances in the offense and took advantage. He had his best game to date, catching six passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. This was his first 100-yard game as a pro and could signal the start of a lot more playing time for Hunter going forward. Hunter is a young player on the rise in this offense.
Fantasy Dud: Delanie Walker. Walker didn't have a bad showing if you were in a PPR format but if you weren't in that format, he did little for your team this week. Walker finished with five receptions for 46 yards. It broke a streak of two straight games with a touchdown and at least 60-receiving yards. Walker is still gaining value in this offense but isn't a surefire fantasy starter by any means.
Game Notes: Kendall Wright hurt his foot in the game but was able to play much of the game and score the game-winning touchdown. Wright caught six passes for 103 yards and a score. Wright has at least 69 yards seven straight games.
Matt McGloin continues to play pretty well in a starting role. He was 19-of-32 for 254 yards with a touchdown and an interception. McGloin made some plays against a good defense and should continue to start for the Raiders - despite his team losing the game.
Cowboys 24, Giants 21
Fantasy Stud: Jason Witten. Witten had just four catches and didn't top 40 yards but scored two touchdowns, making for a big fantasy performance. Witten finished with four receptions for 37 yards and two scores. Witten is getting a few more looks in the red zone this season, scoring six touchdowns. He has multiple receptions every game and two 100-yard showings. Witten is performing well for fantasy teams as a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end.
Fantasy Dud: Victor Cruz. This seemed like a game setup for Cruz to perform well. But Cruz disappointed fantasy owners, catching two passes for 27 yards. This was his second lowest yardage total of the season and just the first time all year he had fewer than three catches. Cruz is having a fine season but not quite as productive as recent years. He has been a little more erratic.
Game Notes: Andre Brown continues to get a ton of work running the ball. Brown carried the ball 21 times for 127 yards. Brown has 100-rushing yards two of three games and 69 carries during that stretch.
As expected, Dez Bryant was targeted much more this week, getting 15 targets. He had nine receptions for 102 yards. Bryan has four 100-yard games this season.
Patriots 34, Broncos 31
Fantasy Stud: Knowshon Moreno. Moreno left the stadium on crutches with an apparent foot injury but he sure did his damage during the game. He had a career day, rushing 37 times for 224 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots were daring the Broncos to run and they kept feeding Moreno the ball. It led to a monster rushing day for Moreno. This was actually was his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. But he does have 10 touchdowns and is well over 1,000 total yards for the year. His injury is a concern going forward, so keep an eye on the player notes for the latest.
Fantasy Dud: Stevan Ridley. Ridley put the ball on the ground once again and found his way to the bench for the rest of the game. He ran four times for 14 yards before watching from the sidelines. At this point, you have to wonder if he'll have much of a role with the team going forward. Ridley has lost four fumbles for the season but done so in three straight games. Until he gets that straightened out, don't expect much playing time for Ridley, which is a shame because he is the most talented back for the Patriots.
Game Notes: Aaron Dobson didn't catch a pass and barely saw the field much of the game. Kenbrell Thompkins saw much more playing time and finished with six receptions for 56 yards. At this point, the receiver spot in New England is proving to be very unpredictable.
Julian Edelman led the Patriots in receiving, catching nine passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Edelman got very little work in the offense in recent weeks, so this big game was a bit of a surprise. He had three straight games with 27 or fewer yards coming into this firstname.lastname@example.org