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Erickson’s Week 12 Rapid Reactions & Top Performers (2022 Fantasy Football)

Nov 27, 2022
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Here are my rapid reactions, top performers, and key fantasy football takeaways from Sunday of Week 12. You can find our expert consensus fantasy football rankings for the week here. And you can also sync your fantasy football league for free using our My Playbook tool for custom advice, rankings, and analysis.

Injuries to monitor:

  • Jets RB Michael Carter (ankle) doubtful to return vs. Bears – sprained ankle. A few weeks out based on severity.
  • Allen Robinson (ankle, foot) – out for the rest of the season.
  • Matthew Stafford (concussion protocol) – may not return at all this season
  • Greg Dortch (thumb) – inactive for Week 12
  • Bears WR Darnell Mooney (ankle) doubtful to return – a two-week absence at least, but feared to be a season-ending ankle injury
  • Dolphins LT Terron Armstead suffers pec injury, ruled out vs. Texans
  • Travis Etienne Jr. questionable to return with foot injury – mid-foot sprain, 0-2 week injury. Comments say that he was okay after the game.
  • Elijah Mitchell (knee) – potential MCL sprain.
  • Josh Jacobs (calf) – returned and balled out. #beastmode

Top Headlines of the Day

QB: Trevor Lawrence: You must respect T. LAW. Big Day for Trevor Lawrence: 321 passing yards and 3 TDs, including game-winner to Marvin Jones and 2-pointer to Zay Jones.

RB: Josh Jacobs is the truth: 33 carries for 229 yards (86-yard TD) and two rushing TDs. 6 for 75 as a receiver on 7 targets. Zamir White came in for 2 carries only when Jacobs got tired. Ameer Abdullah saw 3 targets, catching 3 for 39 and 1 TD.

WR: In Godwin We Trust: Big Day for Chris Godwin. 12 for 110 receiving yards on a team-high 13 targets (31% target share). Top-15 WR ROS.

TE: The David Njoku‘s on You: David Njoku made one of the best one-handed TD grabs I’ve seen. Finished with 5 catches for 29 yards on 7 targets. Fully healthy, he’s a top-8 fantasy tight end ROS.

Quick Game-by-Game Observations & Takeaways

Falcons 13, Commanders 19

Fantasy takeaway: Starter Brian Robinson Jr. carries the ball 18 times for 105 rushing yards (5.8 ypc) and scores a 14-yd receiving TD (2 for 20 on 3 targets). Antonio Gibson has just 9 carries for 32 yards and caught all 3 of his targets for 22 yards.

Other notes:

Next week: Commanders at Giants, Falcons host Steelers

Notable Snap Counts

Commanders

Taylor Heinicke – 100%
Terry McLaurin – 82%
Logan Thomas – 71%
Jahan Dotson – 61%
Curtis Samuel – 60%
John Bates – 58%
Brian Robinson – 48%
Antonio Gibson – 42%
Cole Turner – 32%
Dyami Brown – 23%
Jonathan Williams – 8%

Falcons

Marcus Mariota – 100%
Drake London – 86%
Olamide Zaccheaus – 74%
Parker Hesse – 61%
Cordarrelle Patterson – 58%
MyCole Pruitt – 56%
Anthony Firkser – 39%
Tyler Allgeier – 39%
Caleb Huntley – 5%

Bengals 20, Titans 16

Fantasy takeaway: Tee Higgins continues to dominate. Team-leading nine targets (tied with Hayden Hurst, 25%) for 114 yards and 1 TD on 6 catches. Hurst caught 6 for 57.

Other notes:

  • Samaje Perine delivered in relief for Joe Mixon, rushing 17 times for 58 yards and 1 TD. Also added 7 targets (4-35). 21 total touches. Other Bengals RBs combined for 3.
  • Tyler Boyd disappoints again…2 for 16 on 4 targets.
  • Derrick Henry bottled up: 17 for 38 on the ground, but totaled 79 receiving yards on 3 catches (3 targets). Fumbled into the end zone.
  • Treylon Burks led the team with 6 targets (tied with Nick Westbrook-Ikhine), catching four for 70 yards. Also recovered the Henry fumble for a touchdown.
  • Rookie tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo finished with 5 targets, more than Austin Hooper (4). Went 3 for 35.
  • Robert Woods. 6 targets. 2 catches for 16 yards. Woof.

Next week: Titans at Eagles, Bengals host Chiefs

Notable Snap Counts

Titans

Ryan Tannehill – 100%
Robert Woods – 81%
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine – 75%
Austin Hooper – 67%
Treylon Burks – 67%
Derrick Henry – 56%
Geoff Swaim – 54%
Dontrell Hilliard – 37%
Chigoziem Okonkwo – 33%

Bengals

Joe Burrow – 100%
Tee Higgins – 83%
Samaje Perine – 80%
Tyler Boyd – 76%
Trenton Irwin – 74%
Hayden Hurst – 66%
Trayveon Williams – 20%
Trent Taylor – 16%

Bears 10, Jets 31

Fantasy takeaway: Mike White (Kings stay kings). The Jets new quarterback delivered BIG. 22-28 for 315 yards and 3 TDs. Garrett Wilson benefitted the most catching 5 balls for 85 yards and two TDs (29% target share). Elijah Moore also scored (2 targets).

Other notes:

  • No other Jet has more than 3 targets besides Wilson: Tyler Conklin (3), Zonovan Knight (3) and C.J. Uzomah (3).
  • Knight (kickoff returner) took over as the lead back after an injury to Carter…rushed 14 times for 49 yards with 3 catches for 34 yards.
  • The rookie Knight burst onto the scene for the NC State Wolfpack as a true freshman, leading the team in rushing yards. Although he improved drastically in PFF grading from his first year to his second (65.4 vs. 84.2), the climb did not continue in this past season. The North Carolina State product posted his worst single-season college dominator rating (13%) after just three rushing touchdowns. With him unable to become the sole owner of the backfield, it makes it easy to project Knight as a committee back in the NFL. He has only one game on his college resume with 20-plus carries. However, he does possess receiving skills, having caught 41 passes the past two seasons. Knight also has a propensity to break tackles, ranking 14th in that category since 2020.
  • Ty Johnson scored on the ground (5 for 62) and was targeted twice.
  • James Robinson was a healthy scratch.
  • David Montgomery totaled 14 carries for 79 yards (5.6 ypc) and caught 3 passes for 34 yards (4 targets). 62% opportunity share.
  • Darrynton Evans operated as RB2, with 9 carries for 34 yards along with 1 catch for 33 yards.
  • Cole Kmet led the Bears with 6 targets, but finished with just 3 for 27. Chase Claypool was second with 5 targets and finished with a team-high 51 receiving yards on 2 catches.
  • Darnell Mooney was not targeted after leaving with an injury. Justin Fields did not play.

Next week: Jets at Vikings, Bears host Packers

Notable Snap Counts

Bears

Trevor Siemian – 100%
Cole Kmet – 100%
David Montgomery – 68%
Chase Claypool – 67%
Byron Pringle – 54%
Equanimeous St. Brown – 40%
Dante Pettis – 40%
Darrynton Evans – 32%
Darnell Mooney – 32%
Trevon Wesco – 23%
Velus Jones – 21%
Khari Blasingame – 18%

Jets

Mike White – 100%
Garrett Wilson – 83%
Tyler Conklin – 79%
C.J. Uzomah – 76%
Corey Davis – 68%
Zonovan Knight – 48%
Elijah Moore – 35%
Michael Carter – 30%
Denzel Mims – 29%
Braxton Berrios – 25%
Ty Johnson – 24%
Braden Mann – 0%

Texans 15, Dolphins 30

Fantasy takeaway: Jeff Wilson Jr. came through rushing 13 times for 39 yards with 1 rushing TD. He was also targeted thrice. However he did go into the locker room at one point with a leg injury. He did return later on. Myles Gaskin was next man up with 6 carries for 17 yards without Raheem Mostert active.

Other notes:

  • Tyreek Hill: 6-85 on 9 targets
  • Jaylen Waddle: 5-85 on 10 targets
  • Combined for 50% of team’s target share.
  • Nico Collins led Texans with 9 targets (24% target share) finishing 6 for 44.
  • Jordan Akins was TE1 for the Texans, catching all 5 targets for 61 yards and 1 TD. Also lost a fumble.
  • Brandin Cooks: 5-59 on 5 targets
  • In full blowout fashion, Dameon Pierce carried the ball 5 times for 8 yards. However, he did see 6 targets (3 for 8).
  • Dare Ogunbowale got first carry of the game and didn’t touch the ball until middle of the 3rd quarter when he punched in a goal-line TD down 30-0.

Next week: Texans host Browns, Dolphins at 49ers

Notable Snap Counts

Dolphins

Tua Tagovailoa – 72%
Jaylen Waddle – 62%
Jeffery Wilson – 61%
Trent Sherfield – 61%
Tyreek Hill – 59%
Mike Gesicki – 54%
Durham Smythe – 49%
Alec Ingold – 45%
Cedrick Wilson – 43%
Myles Gaskin – 34%
River Cracraft – 33%
Skylar Thompson – 28%

Texans

Kyle Allen – 100%
Nico Collins – 75%
Brandin Cooks – 74%
Chris Moore – 59%
Teagan Quitoriano – 59%
Dameon Pierce – 56%
Jordan Akins – 52%
Phillip Dorsett – 43%
Dare Ogunbowale – 30%
O.J. Howard – 20%
Rex Burkhead – 18%

Broncos 10, Panthers 23

Fantasy takeaway: D’Onta Foreman delivers once again in positive game script. 24 carries for 113 rushing yards. Chuba Hubbard even got more involved with 17 carries for 65 yards. Neither were targeted. Raheem Blackshear saw the 2 RB targets.

Other notes:

  • D.J. Moore has LIFE with Sam Darnold at quarterback. 4 for 103 receiving yards on a team-high 6 targets (35% target share).
  • Latavius Murray led the Broncos backfield with 13 carries for 92 yards, with 1 catch on 1 target. 78% opportunity share. Marlon Mack saw two carries for 7 yards and was targeted once.
  • Kendall Hinton led the Broncos with 9 targets, catching 5 for 35. Courtland Sutton posted 8 targets, hanging 6 for 75.
  • Greg Dulcich with just 2 for 11 on 3 targets. Had a TD-grab wiped off due to penalty. Brandon Johnson would eventually score.

Next week: Broncos at Ravens, Panthers on BYE

Notable Snap Counts

Broncos

Russell Wilson – 100%
Courtland Sutton – 93%
Kendall Hinton – 92%
Greg Dulcich – 87%
Latavius Murray – 82%
Brandon Johnson – 70%
Montrell Washington – 12%
Marlon Mack – 10%
Devine Ozigbo – 7%
Jalen Virgil – 7%

Panthers

Sam Darnold – 100%
D.J. Moore – 97%
Tommy Tremble – 74%
Terrace Marshall – 62%
Ian Thomas – 58%
D’Onta Foreman – 53%
Laviska Shenault – 42%
Chuba Hubbard – 42%
Raheem Blackshear – 5%

Buccaneers 17, Browns 23 OT

Fantasy takeaway: Big Day for Chris Godwin. 12 for 110 receiving yards on a team-high 13 targets (31% target share).

Other notes:

  • Mike Evans saw 9 targets, but caught just two passes for 31 yards. Woof.
  • Rachaad White started in place of Leonard Fournette and was the team’s primary RB1. Caught all nine of his targets for 45 yards and added 14 carries for 64 yards. Totaled 23 touches for 109 yards. An elite 85% opportunity share with Ke’Shawn Vaughn seeing just 4 carries for 15 yards.
  • Nick Chubb: 26 carries for 116 yards and 1 TD. 1 target. Kareem Hunt totaled 6 touches for 21 yards.
  • Amari Cooper: Home sweet home. 7 for 94 on 12 targets (33% target share).
  • David Njoku made one of the best one-handed TD grabs I’ve seen. Finished with 5 catches for 29 yards on 7 targets.
  • Donovan Peoples-Jones duded out (2 for 16), while rookie David Bell posted another 6-target outing…

Next week: Bucs host Saints (MNF), Browns at Texans

Notable Snap Counts

Browns

Jacoby Brissett – 100%
Donovan Peoples-Jones – 96%
Amari Cooper – 92%
David Njoku – 81%
David Bell – 63%
Nick Chubb – 59%
Kareem Hunt – 41%
Harrison Bryant – 27%
Anthony Schwartz – 14%

Buccaneers

Tom Brady – 100%
Chris Godwin – 96%
Mike Evans – 90%
Rachaad White – 90%
Julio Jones – 62%
Cade Otton – 52%
Cameron Brate – 51%
Ko Kieft – 23%
Ke’Shawn Vaughn – 13%
Breshad Perriman – 12%

Ravens 27, Jaguars 28

Fantasy takeaway: Gus Edwards back to Ravens RB1? He dominated the touches over other Ravens RBs with a 81% opportunity share. Gus Bus totaled 16 carries for 52 yards and scored. Justice Hill had 1 carry for 3 yards, Kenyan Drake 2 carries for 2 yards (1 target).

Other notes:

  • Mark Andrews: 4 for 50 on 7 targets
  • Josh Oliver second with 6 targets: 4 for 76 and 1 TD with no Isaiah Likely.
  • Demarcus Robinson: 4 targets. 1 catch for 17 yards. Devin Duvernay saw most WR targets (5) and had 2 carries.
  • Zay Jones with a MONSTER GAME. 11 catches for 145 yards on a team-high 14 targets.
  • Christian Kirk with only 4 for 46 on 9 targets.
  • Big Day for Trevor Lawrence: 321 passing yards and 3 TDs, including game-winner to Marvin Jones.
  • JaMycal Hasty filled-in for an injured Travis Etienne, totaling 17 touches for 28 receiving yards and 28 rushing yards. Caught all 5 of his targets including a 28-score. Will be high waiver wire target if ETN if is out extended time.

Next week: Ravens host Broncos, Jaguars at Lions

Notable Snap Counts

Ravens

Lamar Jackson – 100%
Mark Andrews – 85%
Devin Duvernay – 78%
Patrick Ricard – 74%
Josh Oliver – 61%
Demarcus Robinson – 60%
Gus Edwards – 50%
Kenyan Drake – 25%
Justice Hill – 19%
DeSean Jackson – 14%

Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence – 100%
Zay Jones – 90%
Christian Kirk – 90%
Evan Engram – 81%
Jamycal Hasty – 78%
Marvin Jones – 60%
Jamal Agnew – 24%
Snoop Conner – 16%
Travis Etienne – 8%

Chargers 25, Arizona Cardinals 24

Fantasy takeaway: Have a day James Conner. 25 carries for 120 yards along with 3 catches for 20 yards and 1 receiving TD. 28 total touches, while the other Arizona RBs combined for 3 touches.

Other notes:

  • Marquise Brown made his return to the lineup off the short-term IR and led the team with 8 targets. Caught 6 balls for 46 yards. DeAndre Hopkins saw fewer targets (6), but caught 4 for 87 and 1 score.
  • Robbie Anderson and Trey McBride each saw 3 targets.
  • Austin Ekeler led the Chargers with a whopping 15 targets catching 11 for 60 yards. He also rushed just 5 times for 20 yards. Joshua Kelley and Isaiah Spiller split back-up duties with 2 carries each. Kelley saw more targets (3).
  • Second in targets was No. 4 WR DeAndre Carter, with 10. Went 7-73-1.
  • Keenan Allen and Josh Palmer each saw 7 targets and caught 5 passes. Allen scored.
  • Gerald Everett only caught 4 of his 4 targets for 18 yards. But hauled in a 2-point conversion to win the game.

Next week: Chargers at Raiders, Cardinals on BYE

Notable Snap Counts

Chargers

Justin Herbert – 100%
Josh Palmer – 95%
Keenan Allen – 89%
DeAndre Carter – 80%
Austin Ekeler – 70%
Gerald Everett – 58%
Joshua Kelley – 21%
Isaiah Spiller – 12%

Cardinals

Kyler Murray – 100%
James Conner – 97%
Marquise Brown – 97%
Trey McBride – 79%
DeAndre Hopkins – 74%
A.J. Green – 53%
Robby Anderson – 42%
Keaontay Ingram – 11%
Corey Clement – 2%
Andre Baccellia – 2%

Saints 0, 49ers 13

Fantasy takeaway: Brandon Aiyuk remains WR1 in SF. Team-leading 8 targets for 5 catches and 65 receiving yards (22% target share). Jauan Jennings was second with 7 targets, catching 6 for 49 and 1 TD. Deebo Samuel also earned 7 targets, but caught only 3 for 43 yards. Also 2 carries for 0 yards.

Other notes:

  • Alvin Kamara rushed 7 times for 13 rushing yards, but salvaged a fantasy day with 6 for 37 receiving on 7 targets (23% target share). Taysom Hill (6 for 13 with 2 targets) and Mark Ingram (4 for 10 with 1 target) were both inefficient versus a stout 49ers run defense.
  • Chris Olave led Saints with 9 targets (5-62). Nobody else saw more than 4 (Jarvis Landry)
  • Christian McCaffrey finally out-rushed Elijah Mitchell in carries (11 vs 7) because the latter left with an injury. CMC added four for 17 as a receiver on 6 targets, vs Mitchell’s two targets. Mitchell also still rushed for more yards (35 vs 32).

Next week: Saints at Bucs (MNF), 49ers host Dolphins

Notable Snap Counts

Saints

Andy Dalton – 86%
Alvin Kamara – 67%
Chris Olave – 67%
Adam Trautman – 61%
Jarvis Landry – 56%
Rashid Shaheed – 53%
Taysom Hill – 49%
Juwan Johnson – 47%
Mark Ingram – 30%
Tre’Quan Smith – 26%

Kevin White – 32%

49ers

Jimmy Garoppolo – 100%
George Kittle – 97%
Brandon Aiyuk – 97%
Deebo Samuel – 79%
Christian McCaffrey – 63%
Kyle Juszczyk – 43%
Jauan Jennings – 41%
Elijah Mitchell – 21%
Jordan Mason – 13%
Ray-Ray McCloud – 10%

Rams 10, Chiefs 26

Fantasy takeaway: Isiah Pacheco‘s run as the Chiefs RB1 continues. 22 carries for 69 yards and 1 TD. Also added a catch for 17 yards. Jerick McKinnon saw more work as a receiver (6 targets) but had zero carries. Ronald Jones compiled just 5 touches.

Other notes:

  • Rookie Skyy Moore led team with 5 receptions for 36 yards (6 targets). JuJu Smith-Schuster had just 3 catches for 38 yards on 3 targets.
  • MVS: 4-56 on 5 targets.
  • Van Jefferson led the Rams with 7 targets. Caught 3 for 29 yards and scored.
  • Tyler Higbee did not record a target, playing 59% of the snaps.
  • Rookie Kyren Williams led Rams backfield in carries (11), targets (3)  and snaps (70%) over Cam Akers. Akers went 8 for 37 as a rusher with zero targets (30% snap share).

Next week: Chiefs at Bengals, Rams host Seahawks

Notable Snap Counts

Rams

Bryce Perkins – 100%
Van Jefferson – 87%
Kyren Williams – 70%
Ben Skowronek – 63%
Tutu Atwell – 52%

Tyler Higbee – 59%
Brandon Powell – 48%
Lance McCutcheon – 48%
Brycen Hopkins – 41%
Cam Akers – 30%

Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes – 100%
Justin Watson – 84%
Travis Kelce – 83%
Noah Gray – 66%
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – 58%
Isiah Pacheco – 51%
Skyy Moore – 46%
JuJu Smith-Schuster – 38%
Jerick McKinnon – 34%
Joe Fortson – 22%
Ronald Jones – 14%

Raiders 40, Seahawks 34

Fantasy takeaway: Josh Jacobs GOD mode. 33 carries for 229 yards (86-yard TD) and two rushing TDs. 6 for 75 as a receiver on 7 targets. Zamir White came in for 2 carries only when Jacobs got tired. Ameer Abdullah saw 3 targets, catching 3 for 39 and 1 TD.

Other notes:

  • Davante Adams: 7-71 on team-high 11 targets
  • Mack Hollins: 4-63-1 on 5 targets
  • Foster Moreau also earned 7 targets, but only caught 3 for 33 yards. But at least he scored!
  • DK Metcalf ended with a 41% target share (15) catching 11 for 90 yards. Tyler Lockett saw less volume (7 targets) but went 3-68-1.
  • Kenneth Walker totaled 15 touches (1 catch, 14 rushes for 26 yards) but scored two rushing TDs. Still handled 75% of the backfield opportunities.

Next week: Seahawks at Rams, Raiders host Chargers

Notable Snap Counts

Raiders

Davante Adams – 100%
Foster Moreau – 100%
Derek Carr – 99%
Mack Hollins – 96%
Josh Jacobs – 79%
Keelan Cole – 65%
Jakob Johnson – 26%
Ameer Abdullah – 18%
Zamir White – 4%

Seahawks

Geno Smith – 100%
DK Metcalf – 91%
Tyler Lockett – 88%
Will Dissly – 74%
Kenneth Walker – 71%
Noah Fant – 62%
Marquise Goodwin – 45%
Travis Homer – 20%
DeeJay Dallas – 14%

Eagles 40, Packers 33

Fantasy takeaway: Miles Sanders runs wild. The Eagles RB1 rushed 21 times for 143 rushing yards and two TDs on Sunday night football gashing the Packers run defense. He totaled 24 touches with 3 receptions for 17 yards en route to a 67% opportunity share. Boston Scott (3) and Kenneth Gainwell (8) combined for 11 carries and 1 target. Gainwell scored from inside the 4-yard line, but Sanders scored from inside the 2-yard line later on in the second quarter.

Other notes:

  • For the second straight week, DeVonta Smith posted the team’s highest target share (36%) in the absence of Dallas Goedert. Caught 4 of 9 targets for 50 yards but did not score.
  • A.J. Brown was second in targets (6), catching 4-46-1. The 2nd straight week when Smith/Brown combined for 60%-plus of the team’s targets.
  • No. 3 WR Quez Watkins also scored for the second straight week on 5 targets, while playing 82% of the snaps.
  • Tight end Jack Stoll played 80% of the snaps and was not targeted.
  • Christian Watson led the Packers in targets (6, 24%) catching four for 110 receiving yards and one TD. His 63-yard TD came from No. 2 quarterback Jordan Love, who targeted him thrice on his nine pass attempts (33% target share).
  • 2 of Allen Lazard’s 3 targets also came from Love. Lazard finished with just 2 catches for 24 yards despite playing 100% of the snaps
  • Aaron Jones finished with the most carries (12 for 43) but A.J. Dillon stole the show on the ground. Dillon rushed 8 times for 64 yards and 1 TD. Both RBs also caught 3 of their 4 targets. All in all, Jones posted a 57% opportunity share to Dillon’s 43% opportunity share — by far their closest gap in usage over the last several weeks. 
  • Robert Tonyan: 3 for 20 on 3 targets. Played just a 51% snap share. He’s not a viable fantasy tight end by any means.

Next week: Packers at Bears, Eagles host Titans

Notable Snap Counts

Eagles

A.J. Brown – 96%
DeVonta Smith – 92%
Quez Watkins – 82%
Jack Stoll – 80%
Miles Sanders – 54%
Kenneth Gainwell – 34%
Grant Calcaterra – 29%
Boston Scott – 12%
Zach Pascal – 11%

Packers

Allen Lazard – 100%
Christian Watson – 92%
Aaron Rodgers – 80%
Aaron Jones – 71%
Robert Tonyan – 51%
Randall Cobb – 45%
AJ Dillon – 43%
Marcedes Lewis – 39%
Josiah Deguara – 29%
Jordan Love – 20%
Tyler Davis – 18%
Sammy Watkins – 8%

 

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