Fantasy Football Live Blog for NFL Week 12
It's Week 12 of the NFL season, and as fantasy owners dig out from under a long weekend of eating and shopping, it's time to set lineups and make that one last push for the fantasy playoffs.
Be sure to check back here throughout the day for the latest NFL news of import to fantasy football enthusiasts, whether it's injury news, player updates or Week 12's breakout fantasy performances.
Joe Flacco just had the ugliest 300+ passing yards game in NFL history.
The Baltimore Ravens quarterback once again struggled on the road, but at the end of the day the Ravens will take the 16-13 win and Flacco's fantasy owners will take the 355 passing yards and a touchdown.
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice converted a fourth-down screen pass to help set up the field goal that sends their game with the San Diego Chargers into overtime.
Oh. It was fourth and 29.
Today's saddest stat:
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, AZ: 3 catches, 31 yards.
Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells isn't exactly tearing up the field in his first game back from injury, but he's getting done.
Wells has 38 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries against the St. Louis Rams, while LaRon Stephens-Howling, who had been starting in Wells' stead, has picked up all of 1 yard on 1 carry.
Farewell Hyphen...we barely knew you.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has two touchdown passes, but a pick-six by linebacker Ahmad Brooks just before halftime has the Saints and San Francisco 49ers knotted at 14 at intermission.
Only five touches for 24 yards in the first half for Frank Gore.
Once again Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens are struggling mightily on offense on the road, as Flacco has completed only half his passes for 58 yards and the Ravens trail the San Diego Chargers 10-0 in another fantasy snoozer.
There were a couple of 100-yard receiving outings but otherwise it was a whisper-quiet fantasy day in Indianapolis, where the Colts downed the Buffalo Bills 20-13.
Veteran Reggie Wayne reeled in eight catches for 102 yards, while Stevie Johnson of the Bills chipped in six grabs for 106 yards in a losing effort.
Well. the good news is that for the first time since Week 1 an opponent was able to hold Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green without a touchdown catch.
The bad news for that opponent is that Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton still threw three scoring passes, running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis topped 100 yards for the second straight week, and the Bengals demolished the Oakland Raiders 34-10.
The biggest news from Chicago's 28-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings was no doubt the ankle injury suffered by Matt Forte.
Forte's injury led to a bigger workload for backup Michael Bush, who finished with 60 yards on 21 carries and a pair of first-half touchdowns.
Look for the bruising Bush to be a popular guy on fantasy waiver wires this week.
UGLY day if you had to start any Pittsburgh Steelers.
Not only did the Steelers fall to the Cleveland Browns 20-14 but no Pittsburgh player caught a touchdown pass or rushed for over 20 yards.
Rookie running back Trent Richardson gained 112 yards and scored a touchdown for the victorious Browns.
85 yards on 20 carries for Knowshon Moreno in the Broncos' ugly 17-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, but it will be Moreno who's the fantasy story of the day after going from afterthought to starter in the blink of an eye.
Nice game from running back Chris Johnson, who tallied 116 total yards, but it was all about those plucky Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, as big game from rookies Justin Blackmon and Cecil Shorts helped propel the Jags to their second win of the year.
Both youngsters caught scoring passes for the second straight game, and it may well officially be time to snatch Blackmon off waiver wires.
Rough day against the Miami Dolphins for Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch managed only 45 yards on 21 touches, and although this wasn't totally unexpected against a good Miami defense this still isn't the time of year for flops.
The Atlanta Falcons have an absolute stranglehold on the NFC South after rallying to best the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24-23.
Matt Ryan topped 350 passing yards with a touchdown for the Falcons, and while rookie Doug Martin of the Buccaneers was held to only 50 rushing yards he salvaged his fantasy day with a pair of touchdowns.
Not so for quarterback Josh Freeman of Tampa, who failed to throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season.
Nice timing there Josh.
Some good news for late-game fantasy owners.
Both wide receiver Danny Amendola of the St. Louis Rams and running back Darren Sproles of the New Orleans Saints are active this afternoon, although the former is a very dicey fantasy play after not practicing at all this week.
Things are opening up a bit in the second half.
Both Cecil Shorts (59 yards) of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Julio Jones (80 yards) of the Atlanta Falcons just hauled in long touchdown passes.
Now that's more like it!
The biggest story from Chicago, where the Bears are up big on the Minnesota Vikings, is what the game's star running backs aren't doing.
Adrian Peterson of the Vikings and Matt Forte of the Bears have combined for only 68 total yards and each have lost a fumble while Chicago's Michael Bush has vultured a pair of touchdowns.
It's shaping up to be one of those weeks folks.
It's all Bengals in Cincinnati, where the team leads the reeling Oakland Raiders 24-0 at halftime.
Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has 74 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while quarterback Andy Dalton found rookie wideout Mohamed Sanu for a pair of short scoring strikes.
Here's all you need to know about the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, where the Steelers lead 14-13 at halftime.
Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, and Rashard Mendenhall are sharing fumbles in the Pittsburgh backfield, as each back has lost one in the game.
A fantasy bonanza it ain't.
So much for Ronnie Hillman
After being billed as a potential fantasy sleeper for most of the week the rookie running back has yet to receive a carry in the Denver Broncos game with the Kansas City Chiefs, with Knowshon Moreno shouldering the load in the Denver backfield.
7-6 Denver at intermission of a quiet game.
We have a Reggie Bush sighting!
After several quiet weeks the seventh-year running back for the Miami Dolphins is finally making a bit of fantasy noise in Week 12, picking up 46 yards on the ground and scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks.
7-7 at the half in Miami.
Slow offensive half in Tampa Bay, where the Buccaneers and the Falcons are knotted at 10 at halftime.
Doug Martin has 24 yards and a score on the ground for the Buccaneers, while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's recent turnover binge has continued with another interception, his sixth in the last two games.
Big early blow to fantasy owners who were already hurting at running back in Week 12.
Jalen Parmele of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who was being counted on as a spot starter this week by many fantasy owners, has suffered a leg injury and is questionable to return according to NFL.com.
Hot start for Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
The fifth-year pro already has six carries for 62 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals have raced to an early 14-0 lead over the Oakland Raiders.
If you were concerned about starting Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones in Week 12 due to his knee injury apparently there's no reason to be.
Jeff Darlington of NFL.com reports that the second-year pro looked "just fine" in warmups for his game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so start Jones as you normally would in a very favorable fantasy matchup.
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