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Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) makes a touchdown catch against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)


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Carolina Panthers cornerback A.J. Bouye (24) breaks up a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


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Carolina Panthers Zane Gonzalez (5) kicks a field goal against the Minnesota Vikings during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)


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Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (94) chases Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)


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New York Giants' Leonard Williams, right, and Dexter Lawrence celebrate a sack during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


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Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard (30) takes the handoff from Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. Hubbard ran for a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


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Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey, top, tackles New York Giants' Sterling Shepard during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)


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New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, left, looks to throw under pressure during the first half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/John Munson)


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) The game betweeen the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants on Sunday matches two struggling NFL teams. There's so much more to the story, starting with the coaches.

Matt Rhule of the Panthers (3-3) and Joe Judge of the Giants (1-5) are going to be linked to the wild coaching searches that followed the 2019 season.

Rhule, a former Giants assistant who was coaching at Baylor, was considered the front-runner to replace Pat Shurmur with the Giants after a 4-12 season. He had an interview set with the team hierarchy in early January.

Panthers owner David Tepper went to Rhule's home in Waco, Texas and beat the Giants to the punch. He offered Rhule seven-year, $9 million annually contract, and got an agreement.

Rhule allegedly offered the Giants a chance to match the deal. However, New York decided to hire Judge, the special teams coordinator for the Patriots.

''I had a chance to have a conversation with them,'' Rhule said Thursday. ''I was unbelievably flattered, but the truth is it never really got to that point. I got offered the job in Carolina and took it. It just seemed like the right thing for us at the time.''

The storylines extend beyond the coaches.

The game also was supposed to be a matchup of two of the NFL's best running backs: Christian McCaffrey of the Panthers and Saquon Barkley of the Giants. McCaffrey is on injured reserve with a hamstring injury and Barkley has a badly sprained ankle.

The contest also marks the return of former Jets quarterback Sam Darnold and wideout Robby Anderson to MetLife Stadium. Anderson left New Jersey two years ago and Darnold was traded to Carolina in the offseason.

Carolina has lost three games in a row. The Giants are coming off their two worst losses of the season.

''I just want to win, baby,'' Giants safety Jabrill Peppers said. ''I want to make plays, go out there and win ballgames.''

RUN THE ROCK

Rhule said the Panthers will recommit to the running game this week. He thinks they have become too pass heavy and he doesn't believe that Darnold throwing the ball 40 times per game is the formula for success. He wants at least 30 rushing attempts as the team looks to ''find an identity'' without McCaffrey. The halfback has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury.

Rookie running back Chuba Hubbard is expected to carry the load.

''We have ran the ball well, but we have not been committed enough to running it - and that's going to change, I can tell you right now,'' Rhule said.

ROTATING O-LINE

Injuries have caused the Giants to change their line in some way every game this season. With LT Andrew Thomas going on injured reserve this week with foot and ankle injuries, the line will change again. Expect Nate Solder or Matt Peart to replace Thomas, with the other starting on the right side. Billy Price and Will Hernandez probably will start at center and right guard, respectively, for the sixth straight week. The left guard will either be Matt Skura for the fourth straight week or Wes Martin. Judge said Corey Cunningham will rotate at both tackles in the game.

NO PASS RUSH

The Panthers are eager to do anything to generate a pass rush. They had 14 sacks in the first three games, but only two in the last three outings.

Panthers defensive end Brian Burns said opposing teams have been keeping an extra player in to protect the quarterback in recent games. Teams also have used three-step dropbacks and quick releases to reduce the sacks.

''The (Vikings) put a tight end and a receiver on both sides usually when they were about to pass the ball,'' Burns said. ''They were really double-chipping frequently throughout the game. Just putting guys in our way just to mess with our eyes or whatever to slow us down.''

DOWN DEFENSE

Giants coordinator Pat Graham got on his defense before the Rams game and asked them to respond. While he said the group played hard, opponents have been shredding the unit.

Quarterbacks are hitting 74% of their passes and the Giants have given up 44 and 38 points the last two games. The offense has helped opponents with turnovers.

''Still stuff to clean up, whether it's the run game, the pass game, all that stuff in all facets - coaching as well, in terms of on me,'' Graham said. ''I'm never complaining about the effort. I thought there were flashes. There were flashes and we've got to build on that for this week.''

WHERE'S ROBBY?

Anderson has been a major disappointment since signing a three-year, $37.5 million contract extension this summer. He has failed to develop a chemistry with Darnold, which is perplexing considering they played together for two seasons with the Jets.

A year ago quarterback Teddy Bridgewater targeted Anderson 51 times in the first six games and he caught 40 catches for 566 yards and one touchdown. Through six games this year Anderson has been targeted 40 times by Darnold and has 15 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

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Jalen Reagor Nov 26 11:00pm ET
Jalen Reagor

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor is not a starting fantasy option in any format in a Week 12 game against the New York Giants. Reagor has put up a top-50 fantasy wide receiver performance only twice this season, and has scored under five fantasy points eight times. It's been a disaster of a season for the former first-round pick, and he cannot be relied on in any format at this point. There are few, if any, fantasy leagues where he should even be on a roster.

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Dallas Goedert Nov 26 11:00pm ET
Dallas Goedert

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert will look for another TE1 week in a Week 12 game against the New York Giants. Goedert has seen an enormous 30% target share over the past four games, but with the Eagles only throwing on one of every three offensive plays, that's translated to just 7.8 fantasy points per game. Still, while the range of outcomes for Goedert is larger than others ranked around him, his upside is also much higher. He's a fairly safe mid-range TE1 with top-tier upside every week.

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Jake Elliott Nov 26 11:00pm ET
Jake Elliott

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott will look for another strong performance in a Week 12 contest against the New York Giants. Elliott has been extremely consistent this season, making 18 of his 20 field goal attempts and all 29 of his extra point tries. Despite the consistency, Elliott has finished outside of the top-20 fantasy kickers six times due to low volume and the lack of long-yardage opportunities. He's a decent option against the Giants, since the Eagles should be able to move the ball fairly well.

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Daniel Jones Nov 26 11:00pm ET
Daniel Jones

The Philadelphia Eagles defense has had an up-and-down fantasy season, but they've been a top-six fantasy option in three of the past four weeks. A Week 12 matchup against Daniel Jones and the New York Giants shouldn't be too tough of a test for the unit that came up with a fumble recovery, two interceptions, and a defensive touchdown in Week 11. While there's always risk with the Eagles defense, there's some nice upside to go with it in Week 12.

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Kenneth Gainwell Nov 26 10:50pm ET
Kenneth Gainwell

Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Kenneth Gainwell is unlikely to have a big role in a Week 12 game against the New York Giants. Gainwell was a healthy scratch in Week 11, and even with Jordan Howard (knee) already ruled out, the rookie likely won't be much more than a change of pace option behind Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. Gainwell is nothing more than a desperation play in the deepest fantasy formats this week.

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DeVonta Smith Nov 26 10:50pm ET
DeVonta Smith

Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith is a risky but potentially strong option in a Week 12 matchup against the New York Giants. Smith has put up a 14-258-3 line over the past four weeks, good for the overall WR16 performance in that time. All that despite seeing just 21 targets, as the Eagles have only attempted a pass play on one-third of their offensive plays. Smith has a low floor because of his limited opportunities, but he's the lead receiver on a team that has shown the ability to score points. He'll come in as a WR2 but with a wider range of outcomes than others ranked around him.

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Quez Watkins Nov 26 10:50pm ET
Quez Watkins

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Quez Watkins is almost guaranteed to have a better game in Week 12 than he did in Week 11. Week 11 was the first time Watkins was held without a catch this season, putting up zero fantasy points and only being targeted once. He hasn't shown much upside this season, but had been a solid floor play in PPR formats in previous weeks. He'll continue to operate in a much more real-life-relevant role as the WR2 on the Eagles offense.

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Miles Sanders Nov 26 10:40pm ET
Miles Sanders

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders could be a solid fantasy option in a Week 12 matchup against the New York Giants. Sanders will remain the starter and should be the lead back in the backfield, but quarterback Jalen Hurts will likely continue to operate as the team's first rushing option. Still, Eagles running backs have averaged over 30 carries a game since Week 8, and Sanders picked up 5.9 yards per run on 16 touches in Week 11. With Jordan Howard (knee) not expected to play, it'll be a lot of Sanders with some Boston Scott mixed in, making Sanders a solid RB2 with upside this week.

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Boston Scott Nov 26 10:40pm ET
Boston Scott

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott could find his way into some fantasy value in a Week 12 matchup against the New York Giants. With Jordan Howard (knee) not expected to play, the Eagles backfield will be made up of Miles Sanders and Scott. Sanders will be the starter, and quarterback Jalen Hurts could end up with more rushing attempts than either running back, but with Eagles running backs averaging almost 31 carries per game since Week 8, there should be some touches for Scott against a Giants defense that hasn't been great against running backs. Scott is looking like a decent floor RB3/FLEX play, with some possible upside.

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Chester Rogers Nov 26 9:40pm ET
Chester Rogers

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Chester Rogers will see an increased opportunity with star A.J. Brown (chest) ruled out for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The 27-year-old recorded four receptions on six targets for 41 yards in the Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. Rogers will have an increased role in Week 12; unfortunately, it's against a tough Patriots defense which ranks number one against the pass. New England ranks 22nd in DVOA against WR2s; Rogers cold see some open looks but is not on the fantasy radar in Week 12.

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Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Nov 26 9:20pm ET
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Nick Westbrook-Ikhine becomes the team's de facto number one wide receiver after star WR A.J. Brown (chest) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. He led the Titans with seven receptions on eight targets for 107 yards in the Week 11 loss to the Texans. The Patriots rank number one in DVOA against the pass and second against the opposing team's top targets. Westbrook-Ikhine could see an uptick in targets, but the Titans' offense could have trouble moving the ball on Sunday against a surging Patriots defense. Fantasy managers in deep-league formats can use the 24-year-old as a streaming option, but even with the increased role, Westbrook-Ikhine is a boom-or-bust flex option in Week 12.

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Dontrell Hilliard Nov 26 9:10pm ET
Dontrell Hilliard

Tennessee Titans running back Dontrell Hilliard led the team's backfield with 63% of snaps and was targeted 10 times in the Week 11 loss to the Houston Texans. He was signed to the Titans 53-man roster earlier in the week. Tennessee waived veteran running back Adrian Peterson in a corresponding move. Hilliard had a massive role last Sunday, rushing for 35 yards on seven carries and catching eight passes for 47 yards. The Titans will be without star wide receiver A.J. Brown (chest); Hilliard could lead Tennessee in targets in Week 12 against the Patriots. The Titans backfield will be tough to trust, but the 26-year-old should have a vital role in the passing game and is a solid option in deep-league formats this Sunday.

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Ryan Tannehill Nov 26 9:00pm ET
Ryan Tannehill

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be without one of his top weapons as A.J. Brown (chest) was ruled against the New England Patriots for Sunday's game. The 33-year-old struggled mightily last Sunday against the Texans, throwing one touchdown and four interceptions in the Week 11 loss. He faces a surging Patriots defense in Week 12 that just shut out QB Matt Ryan and the Falcons offense. Tannehill has been mediocre in 2021 and has failed to throw multiple touchdowns in nine of 11 games this year. The veteran will be without his top pass-catchers and mainly an option in Superflex leagues in Week 12.

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Ben Roethlisberger Nov 26 8:50pm ET
Ben Roethlisberger

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (pectoral/shoulder) got in a full practice on Friday and is without an injury designation heading into a Week 12 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Cincinnati has been tough on opposing quarterbacks in 2021, allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points per game. Roethlisberger has been pedestrian for much of the season but he's been trending up of late, having thrown five touchdowns over his past two games. The veteran signal-caller threw for 318 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions back when these two teams met in Week 3. Treat him as a low-end QB2 for Week 12.

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Kareem Hunt Nov 26 8:40pm ET
Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (calf) is expected to be activated and on the field when his team takes on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12. Hunt has been sidelined since injuring his calf during a Week 6 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The veteran running back will take on a Baltimore defense that is allowing the 17th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. If Hunt is active, look for him to slot in for the majority of the work in the passing game plus his usual 12-14 carries on the ground. That will be enough to treat him as a low-end RB2 in fantasy for Week 12.

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Darius Slayton Nov 26 8:40pm ET
Darius Slayton

New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton should have an expanded role on Sunday as the team will be without WR Sterling Shepard (quad) and most likely Kadarius Toney (quad) for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The 24-year-old has caught 16 passes for 227 yards and touchdown over seven games in 2021. Slayton is the Giants' top downfield threat and faces an Eagles that has been tough against WR2s and ranks sixth versus the opposing team's secondary targets. Even with the expanded role, the Giants offense has struggled most of the season, and Slayton is a boom-or-bust flex option in Week 12.

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Austin Hooper Nov 26 8:40pm ET
Austin Hooper

Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper has been trending up in recent weeks, having caught eight balls for 78 yards and a touchdown over his past two games. Hooper will take on the Baltimore Ravens on the road in a Week 12 divisional matchup. Baltimore has been generous to opposing tight ends this season as they are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game. Hooper still carries some risk as a fantasy option but he has become a bit more reliable of late. Treat him as a mid-range TE2 in Week 12.

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Jarvis Landry Nov 26 8:30pm ET
Jarvis Landry

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (knee) got in a limited practice session on Friday and will head into his team's Week 12 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens without an injury designation. Landry has been playing through a knee injury for much of the season, which has limited his mobility on the field. The Ravens represent a neutral matchup for Landry as they are allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers in 2021. Landry and the Cleveland passing game has been struggling over the past few contests, which makes the veteran wideout a risky option in fantasy in Week 12. Treat him as a low-end WR3 this weekend.

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Baker Mayfield Nov 26 8:30pm ET
Baker Mayfield

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (groin, shoulder, foot) got in full practices on Thursday and Friday and is listed without an injury designation as he gears up to take on the Baltimore Ravens on the road in Week 12. Mayfield is playing through an assortment of injuries that have affected him on the field, but he continues to suit up and play through a variety of ailments. Baltimore sets up as a plus matchup for Mayfield in Week 12 as they are allowing the ninth-most fantasy points per game to the quarterback position in 2021. That being said, Mayfield has not played well over the past month and will be tough to trust against Baltimore. Treat him as a low-end QB2 for Week 12.

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Kenny Golladay Nov 26 8:30pm ET
Kenny Golladay

New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay has had a forgettable season in 2021. He's caught 20 passes for 322 yards and has yet to find the end zone. The 28-year-old is averaging 4.0 YAC per reception and 15% of the team's target share, ranked 61st among all wideouts this season. Golladay will try to turn things around against a Philadelphia Eagles defense that ranks 26th in DVOA against wide receivers on the year. The Giants will be without wide receivers Sterling Shepard (quad) and most likely Kadarius Toney (quad) for Sunday's game. Golladay should see an uptick in targets while both receivers are sidelined. The former Detroit Lion hasn't produced in fantasy this year and can't be trusted as anything more than a boom-or-bust flex option in Week 12.

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