Sun Oct 20 4:54pm ET
By JOE KAY
AP Sports Writer
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor, left, meets with Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, right, after an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
A Cincinnati Bengals fan reacts in the second half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) celebrates his interception and touchdown run in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) celebrates his interception and touchdown run in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen, right, sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) celebrates after sacking Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor works the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Frank Victores)
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (15) looks to pass on the run in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
CINCINNATI (AP) Gardner Minshew led a fourth-quarter touchdown drive that put Jacksonville ahead to stay Sunday, and Yannick Ngakoue returned an interception 23 yards to clinch a 27-17 victory over the winless Cincinnati Bengals.
The Jaguars (3-4) managed only field goals by still-perfect Josh Lambo until their rookie quarterback and their depleted defense made game-turning plays at the end.
The win capped a week in which the Jaguars traded disgruntled cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams for three draft picks. Their defense picked off Andy Dalton three times in the fourth quarter to put it away.
The wait goes on for first-year Bengals coach Zac Taylor, whose team fell to 0-7 for the first time in 11 years.
Minshew was solid a week after his so-so performance in a 13-6 loss to the Saints. The rookie completed 15 of 32 for 255 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass to Keelan Cole for a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter. Minshew also scrambled for 48 yards.
The Bengals were booed repeatedly during another inept performance. Cincinnati managed only 33 yards rushing - all by quarterback Andy Dalton. Myles Jack picked off Dalton at the Jacksonville 10 to preserve the late lead, and Ngakoue's interception return off a floating pass put it away.
Ronnie Harrison also picked off Dalton, who was 22 of 43 for 276 yards with a touchdown.
Alex Erickson provided the bulk of Cincinnati's offense, having a career day with eight catches for 137 yards. He had receptions of 12, 48 and 27 yards on the Bengals' touchdown drive late in the first half.
Lambo was good on all four field goal tries, leaving him 18 for 18 this season. Leonard Fournette piled up 131 yards against the NFL's worst run defense.
Cincinnati managed only 110 yards in the first half - including minus-2 rushing - but its only drive resulted in a touchdown on Dalton's 2-yard pass to Joe Mixon for a 7-6 halftime lead.
Jaguars: The defense was depleted by the fourth quarter. In the first half, LB Najee Goode suffered a foot injury and LB Cam Robinson had a toe injury. In the second half, DT Marcell Dareus had an abdominal injury and LB Quincy Williams left with a hamstring injury.
Bengals: CB Darqueze Dennard returned after missing all of camp and the first six games while recovering from knee surgery in March.
Jaguars: host the Jets on Sunday.
Bengals: play the Rams - Taylor's former team - in London on Sunday.
Houston Texans tight end Darren Fells had caught just one pass per game over Houston's last two games. He's got seven games this year with two or fewer receptions. And he's caught six touchdowns, including a pair of multi-touchdown games. What do you do with that? Well, the same thing you do every week: play him in deeper leagues if you don't have other options. Fells could catch two passes for two touchdowns. He could also one catch for seven yards. If you have a reliable option, play that guy instead.
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (foot) hasn't practiced yet this week and head coach Dan Quinn said that if he can't practice before the team's Week 12 game against the Buccaneers, he won't be suiting up. Freeman is currently listed as questionable for Week 12, but one would imagine he's more on the doubtful side of questionable. He could, however, have a good chance to make his return in Week 13 if he doesn't suffer any setbacks in his recovery. Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison will most likely shoulder the running back workload for as long as Freeman is out.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley is in a great spot heading into Week 12. He's coming off of his best game of the year where he caught all eight of his targets for 143 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. This week, Ridley and the Falcons face a Buccaneers Defense that has allowed the second-most passing yards per game in the league this year. The team's star wide receiver Julio Jones (foot) is currently questionable for the game. If Jones sits or plays at less than 100%, that gives Ridley even more of a boost. Regardless, Ridley should see around eight targets in the game, giving him a good chance to post between 80 and 100 receiving yards with touchdown potential.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (ankle) sat out Wednesday's practice and is currently questionable for Week 12 against the Buccaneers. However, there doesn't seem to be an indication that he's at risk for missing the game. Sitting out Wednesday's practice appears to have been mostly precautionary. If he is indeed good to go for Week 12, he'll be in good position to have a solid week. The Falcons are a pass-heavy offense facing a very pass-friendly Buccaneers Defense yielding 290 passing yards per game, second most in the league. Expect Ryan to throw for over 300 yards with two or three touchdowns on the day.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (foot) sat out Wednesday's practice and is currently questionable for Week 12 against the Buccaneers. There haven't been many details released in terms of the severity of Jones's foot injury so make sure to monitor his status in the coming days. If he's good to go, he needs to be started in all leagues as the Falcons face a very pass-friendly Buccaneers Defense. Jones has had at least eight targets in five straight games with over 90 receiving yards in four of those five games. He could easily top 100 yards and find the end zone against the Buccaneers in Week 12.
New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is reportedly dealing with a high ankle sprain that could sideline him for two, maybe three weeks. Though he's currently listed as questionable for Week 12, fantasy owners should expect him to be out for Week 12 and likely Week 13 as well. While Sanu is gone, Julian Edelman should see a minor boost in targets. Phillip Dorsett (concussion) could benefit from Sanu's absence, though he is currently questionable for Week 12 while going through concussion protocol. N'Keal Harry also stands to benefit and is worth a speculative add if you have an open roster spot in leagues of 12 teams or deeper.
Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills had a good game when the Texans and Colts met earlier this year, catching four passes for 105 yards, but that only happened because a Will Fuller hamstring injury thrust Stills into a larger role. This week, Fuller is a game-time decision with that hamstring injury, which means playing Stills in fantasy should also be a game-time decision: if Fuller's out, Stills has value as an upside WR4 option, but if Fuller plays, Stills' role will be reduced too much to play him.
Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox found the end zone in Week 11 for the first time since Week 3. Knox has shown some promise this year, but he still has a lot of work to do in order to become a borderline reliable tight end fantasy option. The Bills face a tough Broncos pass defense this week and Knox will likely be touchdown-or-bust. Considering he's scored just twice this year, the odds are greatly slanted towards bust.
The Bills Defense is in a great spot heading into a home matchup against the Broncos in Week 12. The Broncos rank amongst the bottom third of the league in both points per game and yards per game. The Bills should be able to hold the Broncos under 20 points in the game, potentially well under 20 points, and they should be able to record several sacks on quarterback Brandon Allen and maybe a few turnovers as well. They are a fantastic starting option this week.
Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller (hamstring) is reportedly a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. We last saw Fuller against the Colts in Week 7, when he caught one pass for six yards before exiting. Fuller's best game of the year was in Week 5, when he caught 14 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, but other than that game, he hasn't found the end zone this season. Boom-or-bust is the best way to describe Fuller at this point, and he's going to be tough to trust in fantasy lineups if he does play Thursday.
Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson has seen some increased involvement in Houston's offense lately, including a five-catch game in Week 9, but that involvement isn't really translating into fantasy success. He continues to trail Carlos Hyde in rushing attempts and his impact in the pass game has been inconsistent all year. The last time Johnson faced the Colts, he had nine touches, producing 56 yards. Something around 50 total yards seems like a good bet based on Johnson's recent production, which means you're not getting much out of him for fantasy purposes unless he finds the end zone. He has done that in three of Houston's last five games, but somehow those touchdowns still feel like anomalies based on how the Texans are using him.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley had a disappointing showing in a very favorable Week 11 matchup against the Dolphins, catching just four passes for 38 yards. It was a game where the Bills scored 37 points and quarterback Josh Allen had a career day, but John Brown was the primary producer amongst the team's receivers. This week, Beasley and the Bills face a tough Broncos pass defense that allows just 210 passing yards per game, fifth fewest in the league. Beasley has been averaging about five targets per game in the past few months and with his 10.4 yards per reception average and lack of touchdown production, he's tough to trust for a big fantasy day. He's a viable WR3 or flex in deep PPR leagues, but if you have another option with more upside, you might want to get away from Beasley this week. In non-PPR he shouldn't be started.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins got off to a slow start to the year, but has four straight games with either 80 receiving yards or a touchdown. It's a good time for the star receiver to get back on the right track, and he'll look to continue that on Thursday against the Colts. In Week 7, Hopkins caught nine passes for 106 yards and a touchdown against Indianapolis, and while this isn't a great matchup for the Texans, Hopkins has been targeted at least 11 times in five straight games and should be able to turn that usage into a strong fantasy outing. Consider him a mid-tier WR1 this week.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie saw a season-high 56 offensive snaps in Week 11 against the Dolphins. No other Bills receiver other than John Brown or Cole Beasley played double-digit snaps in the game. Unfortunately, there wasn't much production that came with the increased playing time. McKenzie saw a solid amount of targets (6), but only caught 3 passes for 21 yards while adding a 10-yard rush. This week, the Bills face a tough Broncos pass defense that should make things difficult on all the Bills' receivers. McKenzie might be worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues down the stretch but he has no value as a starting option this week.
Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen is coming off a career day in Week 11, where he torched the Dolphins for four touchdowns and over 300 combined passing and rushing yards. This week, he faces a tougher task against the Broncos. The Broncos have allowed the fifth-fewest passing yards per game this year, right around 210 yards per game. The Bills Defense should shut down the Broncos offense for the most part, which should leave Allen and company with plenty of opportunities. It's just a question of whether or not Allen will be able to take full advantage of the opportunities. Expect a relatively low-scoring game where Allen throws for around 200 yards and adds around 50 rushing yards with one or two total touchdowns. That makes him more of a QB2 than a low-end QB1 this week.
Houston Texans running back Carlos Hyde found the end zone in Week 11, but it came after a lot of short runs that hadn't gone his way. It's fair to expect more of the same out of Hyde on Thursday against the Colts: three yard gains and a fantasy value that's entirely dependent on him managing to break off one big play. He didn't do that the last time these teams faced, carrying the ball 12 times for 35 yards in the loss. It's hard to see Hyde as more than a low-end RB3 in this matchup.
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown had his biggest game of the year in Week 11, catching nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. This week, he is going to have his work cut out for him, facing a tough Broncos pass defense that should include a lot of coverage from star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. The game figures to be relatively low-scoring, but Brown has an extremely reliable target share in the offense, with 25 targets over the past two weeks. He should be able to overcome the tough matchup and come down with at least five catches for somewhere around 70 yards. Don't expect another monster game, but he should still be a decent WR2 play.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is coming off one of his worst games of the season, a 169-yard performance in Week 11 against the Ravens in which the third-year passer threw for a pick and no touchdowns. He looks to get back on track on Thursday against the Colts in what could be another tough one for Watson. Last time these teams played, Watson threw for 308 yards and a touchdown, but he also tossed a pair of interceptions and had just 32 rushing yards. Fantasy owners probably can't justify sitting a quarterback with Watson's upside, but don't be surprised if he doesn't finish as a fantasy QB1 this week.
Buffalo Bills running back Frank Gore has been relegated to No. 2 back status in Buffalo following the emergence of rookie running back Devin Singletary this past month. Gore has 21 fewer touches than Singletary the past three games. Over that span, Gore has struggled mightily, averaging about two yards per carry while failing to top 27 rushing yards in a game - despite having two game with double-digit carries. Gore could end up seeing around ten total touches this week against the Broncos, but it's hard to trust that he'll do much of anything with them. He can be dropped in all leagues of 12 teams or less and isn't worth starting in deeper leagues.
Buffalo Bills running back T.J. Yeldon was inactive for the fifth straight game in Week 11 and it's hard to imagine anything different for Week 12. Unless there's an injury or a depth chart shift in Buffalo in the coming weeks, Yeldon figures to remain inactive for games and has no business being on fantasy rosters.