Here's a look back at Week 12's action, and fantasy advice for the week ahead:
WEEK 12 RECAP
Bears 16, Lions 14: Josh Reynolds was Jared Goff’s most-targeted receiver in his second game with the team — the two clearly have leftover chemistry from their four years together in Los Angeles. Anyone who can actually coax Goff to throw the ball downfield is worth a look. Reynolds' Thanksgiving touchdown traveled 39 yards, which must have felt like a million miles to Goff.
Raiders 36, Cowboys 33 (OT): DeSean Jackson remains the quintessential boom-or-bust option in fantasy, but at least it’s good to know the boom still applies.
Bills 31, Saints 6: Zack Moss was a healthy scratch on Thanksgiving. Buffalo’s backfield has been a hard riddle to solve this season, but Matt Breida has always been a gamebreaker and it appears he still has some juice left — he has three total touchdowns the last three games.
Bengals 41, Steelers 10: We’re finally seeing peak Joe Mixon — he’s on pace for 1,725 total yards and 20 touchdowns. Consider that these last two weeks might actually be the peak of Mixon’s season though. His two monster performances came in games where Cincinnati outscored its opponents 73-23. In a more competitive environment or one where Cincy has to throw the ball more, Mixon’s ceiling will likely be limited because Samaje Perine and Chris Evans are factors on third down.
Buccaneers 38, Colts 31: I know the proximity of Mo Alie-Cox makes some hesitant to trust Jack Doyle, but the veteran has at least five targets in three straight games and three touchdowns in his last five games. Alie-Cox has only received five targets once this season (Week 4 against the Dolphins).
Dolphins 33, Panthers 10: It’s fair to say you will likely get a discount on Christian McCaffrey if you draft him next season. I can see him slipping to the back-end of the first round in most drafts. Keep in mind, McCaffrey was still RB25 in PPR and he only finished five of the seven games he played this season. As long as he remains the focal point in Carolina’s offense, he’s worth the risk. You’ll just have to adjust how you construct your roster around him.
Patriots 36, Titans 13: Kendrick Bourne is the WR20 in standard formats (WR23 in PPR) this season. He’s actually a top-10 option (WR9) in standard since Week 3.
Giants 13, Eagles 7: I know it’s tempting because of the past production of Kenny Golladay and Sterling Shepard (and the immense upside of Kadarius Toney), but it’s best to avoid the revolving door the G-Men offer up at the wide receiver position. It’s an absolute mess with players like Pharoh Cooper, John Ross and Collin Johnson seeing action recently.