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Here are some rough notes that I’ve taken while reviewing the Week 12 games. I’m not going to talk much about the studs, but more about emerging players, players that are on the cusp of fantasy relevance, and players that we’re more likely to need to make decisions on.

  • We saw with the timing of Mike Williams getting more snaps and Hunter Henry getting a little phased out kind of coincided with each other. If Williams is out, I’m ok playing Henry.
  • Can’t trust Dak Prescott right now. A rushing TD against Atlanta was his only good play in the last 3 games, and that was 3 weeks ago. He’s totaled 1.96 fantasy points in standard QB scoring the last 2 weeks. That’s not a typo.
  • Dez averaging 5 catches for 50 yards in the last 5 games. No TDs. I’m ok benching him if you have other options. With how bad Dak is playing right now, don’t feel obligated to start Dez.
  • Is Keenan Allen going to keep this up? He went from averaging 7 targets and 4 catches a game  in the 4 games before Week 11 and is now getting 13/14 targets with 11/12 catches for over 150 yards, scoring TDs. The Chargers won the last 2 games, so it’ll behoove them to keep doing what they’re doing.
  • Keep rolling with Jamison Crowder. He’s averaging 10 targets, 7 receptions, and 103 yards in the last 4 games. Cousins is looking for him as his go-to target at the moment. 34% target share for Crowder in this past game. Doctson only saw 4 targets last week. TD saved your day.
  • Doug Martin had a concussion and was on his way to having a good game. He was actually averaging 4.7 yards per carry – surprising. Jacquizz Rodgers had 8 carries to Peyton Barber’s 5, but Barber had the pair of goal line TDs. If Martin misses next week’s game, I wouldn’t depend on either in what should be a timeshare.
  • Julio Jones – 12 catches for 253 yards and 2 TDs. That’s probably a better stat line receiving than Joe Flacco will have throwing all year. 3rd time in his career he went over 250 yards receiving. One of his TDs was from Mohamed Sanu who not only threw that TD but also caught 8 passes on 9 targets.
  • Derrick Henry – 13 carries for 79 yards. DeMarco Murray – 12 carries for 9 yards. Murray got the TD but hard to trust either right now. Murray also had 3 catches for 33 yards. Each played 29 snaps. Murray remains the goal line back. If you have a better option than Murray, I’m ok benching him if you weren’t doing it already. If you need to win to make the playoffs, you might need someone who’s more dependable than Murray is right now. I’m not saying you need to look for another option, but if you have one, I’m okay benching Murray.
  • The Chiefs offense is a shell of what it was earlier in the season. The play calling has been horrendous, especially where Alex Smith is choosing to go with the ball on 3rd downs – clearly short of the marker on multiple occasions. Very weird. This was a prime spot for Kareem Hunt to get volume and do his thing, but the Chiefs decided against it. Not sure what to say, except let’s hope it changes and changes soon.
  • Zay Jones starting to become focal point in pass game? Inefficient, but averaging 8 targets in his last 3 games with 2 TDs over that span. 10 targets in this last game. Above 50 yards in 2 of those games. Clay has not seen more than 4 targets in the three games since he’s return from injury. Just keep in mind that Jordan Matthews is not at 100% and Kelvin Benjamin wasn’t playing.
  • Damien Williams left yesterday’s game with a shoulder injury. Not sure what the extent is yet, but Adam Schefter reported that it could be a multi-week injury, and should miss this upcoming week. It’s a tough matchup against Denver, but with Kenyan Drake slated to see a ton of touches, he’s a good flex play next week.
  • Jordan Howard definitely disappointed, but don’t beat yourself up over starting him. He’s a stud and he needs to be started; he’s been on our bench plenty of times in similar spots where he exploded. This was definitely one of the outcomes we all expected – Philly going up big at home and phasing Howard out of the game. At least he has the 49ers at home next week.
  • Jay Ajayi still isn’t being treated as the starter, but LeGarrette Blount is doing his thing for the Eagles. He carried the ball 15 times for 97 yards, so we can’t say that Ajayi deserves to win the job. Ajayi is a more talented back than Blount, but Doug Pederson isn’t going to appease us fantasy owners. Ajayi did have a long run and almost had a TD if he didn’t fumble it at the goal line. I can’t trust to start Ajayi right now with him hardly playing more than 30% of snaps since he was acquired.
  • Eddie Lacy led the Seahawks backfield this week, but don’t forget how much they hate him. Mike Davis is expected to play this week and should resume his starting duties. I would pick him up, but… he’s playing the Eagles next week.
  • Michael Crabtree had to get his ass kicked out early in the 1st quarter. Why can’t he start throwing punches in the 4th after some production? If you started him like I did, you got a big fat 0. Can’t do anything about it. Hopefully he won’t get suspended.
  • Amari Cooper got concussed in this game, and it did not look good. He did walk into the locker room on his own power, but it’s possible he misses a game.
  • Couldn’t really get much of a sense of the Broncos backfield this week with the OC change. Booker played on  26 snaps, while Anderson played on 19. Bill Musgrave did say Booker deserved more touches, so it doesn’t seem like there was much of a shakeup than what was already happening, which was Booker becoming more of the #1 in this offense. Jamaal Charles even got in the mix and played on 15 snaps, 4 less than Anderson.
  • Gallman really gotta mess things up here. He played on 22 snaps to Darkwa’s 19. Vereen also had 15. Not sure if I can feel confident in starting Darkwa next week with him not getting the majority of snaps. I would understand if Vereen out-snapped Darkwa because of the negative game script, but it was Gallman instead.
  • Cooper Kupp saw the majority of targets while Robert Woods was out – caught 8 of 11 for 116 targets. Woods should be out another week or two, so Kupp should be a good start until he’s back.
  • Ricky Seals-Jones caught 4 balls for 72 yards and a TD. We should probably take him seriously now that he did it two weeks in a row with Gabbert. Only on the field for 17 plays, but Gabbert is looking for him. 3 TDs in 2 games with Gabbert.
  • Greg Olsen re-aggravated his foot injury, but initial tests aren’t too bad. Apparently it was sore so they held him out. More details to come.