NFL Scores Week 12: AFC, NFC Results, Playoff Standings and Top Fantasy Stars

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2018

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs the ball in for a touchdown in the second half of a game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 31-23.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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While NFL fans around the country get their last day to recover from Thanksgiving, their NFL and fantasy football teams are pressing through Week 12 and on toward the playoffs.

As usual, we have plenty of big-time individual fantasy performances to check out. From the Dallas Cowboys' Amari Cooper going off on the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving to Christian McCaffrey running wild on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, this week gave us plenty of excitement.

Below, you'll find each game's biggest fantasy performer, playoff standings and highlights from the week's biggest stars.

Week 12 NFL Scores, Fantasy Stars
AwayScoreHomeFantasy Star
Bears23-16LionsLeGarrette Blount88 rush yds, 2 TD, 1 rec, 15 yds
Redskins23-31CowboysAmari Cooper8 rec, 180 yds, 2 TD
Falcons17-31SaintsDrew Brees15-of-22, 171 yds, 4 TD, INT
Jaguars21-24BillsJosh Allen8-of-19, 160 yds, TD, 99 rush yds, TD
Browns35-20BengalsBaker Mayfield19-of-28, 258 yds, 4 TD
Patriots27-13JetsSony Michel133 rush yds, TD, 2 rec, 12 yds
Giants22-25EaglesSaquon Barkley101 rush yds, TD, 7 rec, 41 yds
49ers9-27BuccaneersJameis Winston29-of-38, 312 yds, 2 TD, 24 rush yds
Seahawks30-27PanthersChristian McCaffrey125 rush yds, TD, 11 rec, 114 yds, TD
Raiders17-34RavensLamar Jackson14-of-25, 178 yds, TD, 2 INT, 71 rush yds, TD
Cardinals10-45ChargersPhilip Rivers28-of-29, 259 yds, 3 TD
Dolphins24-27ColtsAndrew Luck30-of-37, 343 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Steelers17-24BroncosJuJu Smith-Schuster13 rec, 189 yds, TD
Packers17-24VikingsKirk Cousins29-of-38, 342 yds, 3 TD, 17 rush yds
Standard Scoring Format
Week 12 Playoff Standings
1Chiefs (9-2)Saints (10-1)
2Patriots (8-3)Rams (10-1)
3Texans (7-3)Bears (8-3)
4Steelers (7-3-1)Cowboys (6-5)
Wild CardChargers (8-3)Vikings (6-4-1)
Wild CardRavens (6-5)Redskins (6-5)
7Colts (6-5)Seahawks (6-5)
8Titans (5-5)Panthers (6-5)
9Dolphins (5-6)Eagles (5-6)
10Bengals (5-6)Packers (4-6-1)
11Broncos (5-6)Falcons (4-7)
12Browns (4-6-1)Buccaneers (4-7)
13Bills (4-7)Lions (4-7)
14Jaguars (3-8)Giants (3-8)
15Jets (3-8)Cardinals (2-9)
16Raiders (2-9)49ers (2-9)


Amari Cooper

On Thanksgiving, new Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper went bananas on the way to eight receptions, 180 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in Dallas' 31-23 win.

The NFL shared highlights of the game, including Cooper's scores:


FINAL: The @dallascowboys move into a tie for first place in the NFC East! #WASvsDAL #DallasCowboys https://t.co/Da8ktGU7Wv

The Cowboys are now 3-1 since acquiring Cooper in a trade with the Oakland Raiders, with a 61-percent chance to make the postseason, according to FiveThirtyEight's projections.

And Cooper has a lot to do with it. He's averaging 18.7 fantasy points per game in point-per-reception formats with Dallas. Ezekiel Elliott (27.6) and Dak Prescott (19.7) are the only Cowboys averaging more over those four games.


Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has been on a ridiculous run for about a month now. After racking up 239 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns Sunday, he's averaging 24.6 fantasy points (30.8 PPR) since October 28.

The NFL posted video of McCaffrey's receiving touchdown:

After this monster performance, McCaffrey now has 1,192 rushing yards, 1,259 receiving yards and 17 total touchdowns in his young career. Herschel Walker and Alvin Kamara are the only other players in NFL history to hit all three marks in their first 27 NFL games.


Saquon Barkley

Elsewhere in the NFC, New York Giants rookie Saquon Barkley continued his ridiculous inaugural campaign with 101 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, seven catches, 41 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

The league posted video of his 51-yard strike from the first half of a 25-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles:


.@Saquon makes this look way too easy. 51 yards. GONE. 📺: FOX #GiantsPride https://t.co/GHi33e1RDt

Barkley is now averaging a whopping 26.2 PPR points per game. Coming into this season, the highest PPR average ever by an NFL rookie was Marcus Allen's 25.41 in 1982.


Rookie Quarterbacks

Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson all led their teams to victory while tallying at least 20 fantasy points in Week 12.

Allen led the way with 27, largely because of the damage he did as a runner. He went 8-of-19 passing for 160 yards and a touchdown through the air, adding another 99 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Mayfield was just one point behind, finishing with 258 yards and four touchdowns on 19-of-26 passing.

Jackson got an even 20, running 71 yards and a touchdown and going 14-of-25 passing for 178 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.


JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Denver Broncos may have ended the Pittsburgh Steelers' winning streak Sunday, but it'd be hard to pin that on JuJu Smith-Schuster.

The Steelers wideout totaled 13 receptions, 189 receiving yards and a touchdown in the 24-17 loss.

That score was a 97-yarder, as seen on the NFL's timeline:


.@TEAMJUJU JUST WENT 97 YARDS! 📺: CBS #HereWeGo https://t.co/kqPClv8YtU

After Sunday's big game, Smith-Schuster is now averaging 19.2 PPR points per game, top-10 among receivers this season.


Kirk Cousins

The Minnesota Vikings beat their division rival, the Green Bay Packers, 24-17 on Sunday Night Football behind a big game from Kirk Cousins.

The Vikings quarterback went 29-of-38 for 342 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

The NFL shared highlights of the game:


FINAL: The @Vikings WIN on #SNF! #SKOL #GBvsMIN (by @Lexus) https://t.co/2P9S6Fkkbb

Counting Sunday's game, Cousins now has a passer rating of 101.9, just above the career high of 101.6 he set in 2015.


Unless otherwise noted, stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference or ESPN's FantasyCast.