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WEEK 12
2012
HOU at DET (THU) *BAL at SD *MIN at CHI *SF at NO
NE at NYJ (THU) BUF at IND *OAK at CIN *STL at ARI
WAS at DAL (THU) DEN at KC PIT at CLE TEN at JAC
*UPDATED *ATL at TB GB at NYG SEA at MIA *CAR at PHI (MON)

Prediction: HOU 24, DET 20 (Line: HOU by 3)

Players to Watch: Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Pettigrew

The 9-1 Texans are undefeated on the road but will be playing in the early game for Thanksgiving which means a very short week with little time to prepare. The 4-6 Lions are on a two game losing streak and are only 2-2 at home. The Texans are also coming off an overtime win over the Jaguars in a game that ruined all their defensive averages.

Houston Texans
Homefield: Reliant Stadium
Grass
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 MIA 30-10 10 @CHI 13-6
2 @JAC 27-7 11 JAC 43-37
3 @DEN 31-25 12 @DET -----
4 TEN 38-14 13 @TEN -----
5 @NYJ 23-17 14 @NE -----
6 GB 24-42 15 IND -----
7 BAL 43-13 16 MIN -----
8 BYE ----- 17 @IND -----
9 BUF 21-9 ----- ----- -----
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vs Rush Catch Pass

Pregame Notes: What happened last week was a trap game of enormous proportions coupled with the Jaguars refusal to let Arian Foster ravage them yet again. So they sold out to stop the run and held him to 77 yards on 28 carries with no touchdowns for the first time this year. All it cost was allowing Matt Schaub to throw for the second highest passing yardage (527 yards) in NFL history. This was made even more entertaining knowing that the previous week, Schaub only passed for 91 yards and one score in Chicago.

In the process, the Jaguars also allowed a career game for Andre Johnson who turned 14 receptions into 273 yards and one touchdown that won the game in overtime.

Schaub is usually good for around 250 yards with one ot two scores. Even with the monster game last week, he's thrown 18 touchdowns on the year and never threw more than 290 yards in any other game.

What the Jaguars proved was that Arian Foster can be stopped and denied any touchdowns all it takes is giving up NFL records for the other players from Houston. Foster scored in every other game this year and and topped 95 yards six times. He still has 12 total touchdowns on the year already.

Owen Daniels missed week ten with a bad hip but returned last Sunday to post six catches for 57 yards which is right at his weekly average. Daniels already scored five times and since he was still not 100%, Garrett Graham scored twice against the Jags. Figure on that not happening again since Daniels is healthier this week and remains the biggest part of the passing game along with Andre Johnson.

What is troublesome this week is that Johnson had his worst three games while on the road. Those three never produced a score or more than 35 yards in any of them. Johnson went off on the Jags last week for 273 yards but in Jacksonville in week two, he only caught three passes for 21 yards. His upside means he is always a must-start but his success away from Houston means this week will be interesting. No other wideout has any fantasy relevance for the Texans and even last week when 527 yards happened, no other wide receiver gained more than 54 yards besides Johnson.

The Lions have a decent defense that ranks no worse than average against any fantasy position. No visitor to Detroit scored more than 24 points this year so the scoring is almost certain to be low this week.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points HOU 17 2 29 2 6 7
Preventing Fantasy Points DET 12 4 17 23 24 30

  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB T.J. Yates, HOU @JAC 40000017002 *
If Tom Savage (concussion) is incapable of playing this week, look elsewhere. The Jaguars have boasted one of the toughest defenses of the position all year.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Lamar Miller, HOU @JAC 5003200000 ***
Miller (knee) was limited Wednesday. Success on the ground has been hard to come by vs. the Jaguars. Since Week 9, the position has averaged 75.2 rushing yards (8th fewest) and hasn't scored over the course of 100 carries. Miller's best hope is to catch a few passes from the backfield. He mustered 11.6 PPR points without scoring in the Week 1 contest.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Andre Ellington, HOU @JAC 1005400000 **
Jacksonville has done a masterful job of bottling up RBs in every facet but through the air. This is a byproduct of how good the Jags are against wideouts. Since Week 9, this group has given up 6.8 receptions (3rd) and 51.2 yards (7th) per game. Three of the 34 total catches have scored.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @JAC 002300000 *
Nuk was a viable fantasy play in the Week 1 game, going for 7-55-1 with Tom Savage starting. The Jacksonville defense has ranked strongly against receivers all year, but in the past five games, one in every 8.8 catches has scored (3rd), or one TD per game. Perhaps this is slightly misleading, given the 8.8 receptions allowed rates as the fewest in this time.

Update: Hopkins showed up on Thursday's report as a DNP with a toe injury. He was listed as questionable Friday and also sat. The matchup stinks, and gamers may see a poor return on a starting investment. Check 90 minutes before kickoff for his final game status.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Will Fuller V, HOU @JAC 002200000 ***
He didn't play in the Week 1 meeting. The Jaguars have smothered wideouts all year long, and trusting Fuller in a fantasy lineup is unwise. Receivers have average only 8.8 catches a game (worst in football).
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
TE Stephen Anderson, HOU @JAC 003300000 *
Jacksonville has been stout against the position, giving up just 8.3 PPR points a game. One of the last 18 catches, spanning five games, has scored.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU @JAC 1100 ***
Having surrendered only eight field goal and extra point attempts apiece in the last five games, Jacksonville has provided the fourth-fewest opportunities in this time.

Detroit Lions
Homefield: Ford Field
FieldTurf
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 STL 27-23 10 @MIN 24-34
2 @SF 19-27 11 GB 20-24
3 @TEN 41-44 12 HOU -----
4 MIN 13-20 13 IND -----
5 BYE ----- 14 @GB -----
6 @PHI 26-23 15 @ARI -----
7 @CHI 7-13 16 ATL -----
8 SEA 28-24 17 CHI -----
9 @JAC 31-14 ----- ----- -----
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DET vs HOU Rush Catch Pass
QB Matthew Stafford 260,2
WR Golden Tate 3-40
PK Matt Prater 1 FG 4 XP

Pregame Notes: The Lions are back in the NFC North cellar and while the next six games feature four home games, it is of little consolation when they go against winning records and great defenses of the Texans, Falcons and Bears. After an encouraging 2011 season when they ended 10-6 and made the playoffs, it's like that never happened and it is just another disappointing losing season for the Lions.

Matthew Stafford is off his 5000 yard pace but he's still posting big yards in most games and has five efforts that exceeded 300 yards. But he's only thrown for more than one touchdown in two games all season and twice did not throw any scores. What works in his favor this week is that the Texans have less time to prepare and CB Johnathan Joseph strained a hamstring and may not play. He'll likely be a game time decision and won't be 100% regardless. If you think that is not a big deal, consider what Justin Blackmon did last week. 236 yards was the third best by any rookie wide receiver in the history of the NFL. Chris Henne passed for 354 yards on them. It was a trap game granted, but the loss of a cornerback is material to this week.

Mikel Leshoure gained 84 yards and a score on the Packers for one of his best games of the year and Joique Bell has been demoted from being the third down back. He no longer gets more than one pass instead of the four to seven in previous games. Leshoure is the only fantasy play here and rarely tops 70 rush yards in a week with minimal role as a receiver.

Brandon Pettigrew scored two weeks ago but has been little used in the last month and rarely manages more than 40 yards in any game. He was a bigger factor when facing the best defenses though and that could show up this week as well. That is a risk though since he has been largely phased out of the passing scheme as of late.

Titus Young was suspended for this game because of behavior unbecoming of a rookie. He had a display of immature self-importance that didn't settle well with the coaching staff so he gets a time out to think about it. Young generally remained under 40 yards in most games and his absence should not be of much impact. It will allow Ryan Broyles a chance for more playing time. Calvin Johnson is currently on a three game streak of 100+ yards and after scoring just once in the first eight weeks, he scored in each of the last two games. This week will be interesting since Seattle and Chicago held him to under 50 yards but the Texans are on a short week, on the road and without their best corner.

RANKS (1-32, 1 = BEST) TEAM QB RB WR TE PK DEF
Gaining Fantasy Points DET 8 10 5 7 8 27
Preventing Fantasy Points HOU 11 2 14 12 8 5

  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
QB Matthew Stafford, DET CHI 0000031021 ***
Stafford went for 299 yards and two TDs in the Week 11 comeback win at Chicago. The Bears have been among the 10 strongest defenses of the position since Week 9. Detroit is home and its season is on the line.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
RB Theo Riddick, DET CHI 4005401000 ***
Riddick has struggled to find success against the Bears in his career. He went for a paltry 4.9 PPR points in the Week 11 game. This defense has given up only 4.8 receptions for 35 yards in the last five games. One of the past 24 catches has scored, and one once in the last 118 carries has a running back found paydirt.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Marvin Jones Jr., DET CHI 0061001000 ***
Jones went for 85 yards and a TD on four grabs in the Week 11 comeback. The veteran has emerged as a weekly lineup play and faces the No. 10 defense to exploit for Week 15. The Bears have granted receivers plenty of work between the goal lines, and the position has scored once per game over the last five weeks.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Golden Tate, DET CHI 006700000 ***
Tate never has been much of one for the end zone, and his worth in fantasy is driven by receiving volume. The Bears allowed him three catches for 32 yards in Week 11 when Marvin Jones had a fine day. Over the last five weeks, Chicago has struggled to limit receptions (10th) and yardage (8th) per contest.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
WR Kenny Golladay, DET CHI 002300000 ***
The rookie continues to see a handful of targets and catches each week, making a few big plays with his downfield ability. He hasn't scored since a two-TD day in the opener. Keep him in reserve, assuming he is even owned.
  Opp RuYDRuTDRecReYDReTDPaYDPaTDInt ConFac
TE Eric Ebron, DET CHI 004400000 ***
Ebron posted a marvelous PPR game a week ago, but he remains inconsequential. The Bears held him to 4-49-0 in Week 11. This defense has yielded just one TD in the past 22 receptions.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Matt Prater, DET CHI 3333 ***
A lone field goal was the only miss among the 12 three-pointers and 22 total chances since Week 9. Chicago offers the seventh-best matchup for generating fantasy points.

WEEK 12
2012
HOU at DET (THU) *BAL at SD *MIN at CHI *SF at NO
NE at NYJ (THU) BUF at IND *OAK at CIN *STL at ARI
WAS at DAL (THU) DEN at KC PIT at CLE TEN at JAC
*UPDATED *ATL at TB GB at NYG SEA at MIA *CAR at PHI (MON)

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