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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 12 Half PPR Rankings
Brandon Aiyuk Note
Brandon Aiyuk photo 83. Brandon Aiyuk WR - (at LAR)
He's become a mainstay in this offense, racking up 31 targets over the last three games, or 10.3 per game, which ranked seventh among wide receivers from Week 7 through Week 10. However, with Samuel and the running backs due back to the lineup, he'll take a hit in the target department. It also needs to be noted that he contracted COVID and may not be able to play in this game. If he does play, the matchup isn't one to get excited about, as the Rams have allowed the fewest points per game to wide receivers, and it's not even volume. The 1.53 PPR points per target they've allowed ranks as the second-lowest number in the NFL. The last time these two teams met, Aiyuk only saw three targets and turned them into two catches for 12 yards, though one was for a touchdown. That was one of just six touchdowns the Rams have allowed to wide receivers all year. Aiyuk is almost strictly a perimeter player, which means he'll see nothing but Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams, who've both played at a Pro Bowl level this year. Do yourself a favor and just prepare without Aiyuk available for this game, as there'll be better days ahead.
8 hours ago
Raheem Mostert Note
Raheem Mostert photo 91. Raheem Mostert RB - (at LAR)
It's going to be odd to have all three of these running backs back on the field, but that's what we should be expecting in Week 12. Unfortunately, we have zero clue about how Kyle Shanahan will use them. Mostert was the surefire starter through the four games he did play, but do his touches get dialed back now that multiple injuries have happened? Shanahan has always had an affinity for Coleman despite his inefficiency. And while McKinnon has played well in spurts, they clearly don't want him in the primary ball carrying role. This isn't a great matchup for timeshares, as the Rams have faced just 24.4 running back touches per week. In that Week 6 matchup this year, they all combined for 120 yards on 32 carries (3.75 yards per carry) while chipping in with another four receptions for 21 yards. That's a lot of volume but not a lot of production, which has been the case for most running backs as the Rams are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per weighted opportunity. Provided Mostert returns, he should be the top play, but he'd be stuck in the high-end RB3 territory as someone who may be eased back in. Coleman's inefficiency combined with the Rams efficiency amounts to almost zero upside, so he's not a recommended option. McKinnon is a better play than Coleman, but we haven't seen him get many touches with Mostert and Coleman in the lineup, which makes him a hail-mary RB4-type option who you hope gets it done through the air.
8 hours ago
Deebo Samuel Note
Deebo Samuel photo 123. Deebo Samuel WR - (at LAR)
We thought he might come back before their bye, but they played it safe and held him out. As long as he practices in full at some point this week, we should feel confident he'll be playing a full-time role in this offense. The last time they played the Rams, he had one of the best games any wide receiver has against them, racking up six catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, though if you recall, he totaled 98 yards AFTER the catch in that game. How is that possible? His average depth of target was 5.3 yards behind the line of scrimmage. Odd, I know. But give them credit for finding a way to get the ball into his hands. That's basically the only thing they're below average against, is allowing a 64.9 percent completion-rate to receivers, though those receptions go for a league-low 10.68 yards a pop. Unfortunately, the Rams are also the only team in the NFL who's allowed negative yards on wide receiver carries. Seriously, they've faced nine carries by wide receivers, but those have netted -1 yard. You're best off playing it safe and waiting to see Samuel play a full game before putting him back in lineups, as he's just a risky WR4 option this week.
8 hours ago
Jordan Reed Note
Jordan Reed photo 135. Jordan Reed TE - (at LAR)
Back in a full-time role before their bye, Reed hauled in 5-of-6 targets for 62 yards against the Saints. In three full games without Kittle in the lineup, he's posted lines of 7/50/2, 2/23/0, and 5/62/0. I understand having worries about playing him every week due to his health concerns, but while he's healthy, he's playable. The Rams cornerback trio has been arguably the best in the NFL, which will certainly limit the appeal of the 49ers receivers, and why tight ends have accounted for 20.6 percent of the production to skill-position players against them, which ranks as the fifth-highest number in the league. It helps that opponents have also given their tight ends a 23.8 percent target share (2nd-most in NFL) against them, so you'd think Reed should come with a solid floor. The issue is that those percentages are on small numbers overall. On the season, there have been just two tight ends who've finished with 10-plus PPR points against them, so it's not like this is a smash spot or anything. One of the tight ends who did do well against them was George Kittle, who caught 7-of-10 targets for 109 yards and a touchdown. Obviously, Reed isn't Kittle, but it helps to know that Kittle's done well against the Rams every time they play. Seriously, they've had no answer, as he's totaled at least 79 yards in each of their last six meetings. In a world where surefire tight ends are hard to find, Reed can be considered as a high-end TE2 this week.
8 hours ago
Jerick McKinnon Note
Jerick McKinnon photo 147. Jerick McKinnon RB - (at LAR)
It's going to be odd to have all three of these running backs back on the field, but that's what we should be expecting in Week 12. Unfortunately, we have zero clue about how Kyle Shanahan will use them. Mostert was the surefire starter through the four games he did play, but do his touches get dialed back now that multiple injuries have happened? Shanahan has always had an affinity for Coleman despite his inefficiency. And while McKinnon has played well in spurts, they clearly don't want him in the primary ball carrying role. This isn't a great matchup for timeshares, as the Rams have faced just 24.4 running back touches per week. In that Week 6 matchup this year, they all combined for 120 yards on 32 carries (3.75 yards per carry) while chipping in with another four receptions for 21 yards. That's a lot of volume but not a lot of production, which has been the case for most running backs as the Rams are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per weighted opportunity. Provided Mostert returns, he should be the top play, but he'd be stuck in the high-end RB3 territory as someone who may be eased back in. Coleman's inefficiency combined with the Rams efficiency amounts to almost zero upside, so he's not a recommended option. McKinnon is a better play than Coleman, but we haven't seen him get many touches with Mostert and Coleman in the lineup, which makes him a hail-mary RB4-type option who you hope gets it done through the air.
8 hours ago
Richie James Jr. Note
Richie James Jr. photo 187. Richie James Jr. WR - (at LAR)
Kendrick Bourne Note
Kendrick Bourne photo 201. Kendrick Bourne WR - (at LAR)
Kyle Juszczyk Note
Kyle Juszczyk photo 219. Kyle Juszczyk RB - (at LAR)
Tevin Coleman Note
Tevin Coleman photo 248. Tevin Coleman RB - (at LAR)
It's going to be odd to have all three of these running backs back on the field, but that's what we should be expecting in Week 12. Unfortunately, we have zero clue about how Kyle Shanahan will use them. Mostert was the surefire starter through the four games he did play, but do his touches get dialed back now that multiple injuries have happened? Shanahan has always had an affinity for Coleman despite his inefficiency. And while McKinnon has played well in spurts, they clearly don't want him in the primary ball carrying role. This isn't a great matchup for timeshares, as the Rams have faced just 24.4 running back touches per week. In that Week 6 matchup this year, they all combined for 120 yards on 32 carries (3.75 yards per carry) while chipping in with another four receptions for 21 yards. That's a lot of volume but not a lot of production, which has been the case for most running backs as the Rams are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per weighted opportunity. Provided Mostert returns, he should be the top play, but he'd be stuck in the high-end RB3 territory as someone who may be eased back in. Coleman's inefficiency combined with the Rams efficiency amounts to almost zero upside, so he's not a recommended option. McKinnon is a better play than Coleman, but we haven't seen him get many touches with Mostert and Coleman in the lineup, which makes him a hail-mary RB4-type option who you hope gets it done through the air.
8 hours ago
Ross Dwelley Note
Ross Dwelley photo 250. Ross Dwelley TE - (at LAR)
Trent Taylor Note
Trent Taylor photo 287. Trent Taylor WR - (at LAR)
Jeff Wilson Jr. Note
Jeff Wilson Jr. photo 332. Jeff Wilson Jr. RB - (at LAR)
Charlie Woerner Note
Charlie Woerner photo 345. Charlie Woerner TE - (at LAR)
Austin Walter Note
Austin Walter photo 376. Austin Walter RB - (at LAR)
River Cracraft Note
River Cracraft photo 394. River Cracraft WR - (at LAR)