Fantasy Impact: Week 12
Ken Pomponio
November 26, 2012

Bears 28, Vikings 10
Soldier Field (Chicago)

  • The Bears got back into the win column, but that was little consolation to Matt Forte's fantasy owners, who saw the the Chicago RB limp off the field in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He finished with only 42 rushing yards and two catches for 4 yards while losing a fumble. In the meantime, No. 2 back Michael Bush gained 60 yards on 21 carries and accounted for the team's two rushing touchdowns.
  • Extra points: Bears' QB Jay Cutler returned from a game-and-half concussion absence and was 23-of-31 for 188 yards, a TD and an interception. ... As has been the trend, more than half of Cutler's completions (12) went to WR Brandon Marshall, who compiled 92 yards on 17 targets. ... Vikings RB Adrian Peterson ran for 108 yards to notch his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game and hauled in a team-high six passes for 30 yards. ... Rookie WR Jarius Wright had his second consecutive solid outing with Percy Harvin sidelined, pacing the Vikes with seven receptions for 49 yards on a team-leading 10 targets. ... TE Kyle Rudolph (5-55) scored Minnesota's only TD but left the game in the fourth quarter with a possible concussion.

Bengals 34, Raiders 10
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)

  • The fantasy shocker of the day came in this one as Bengals' WR A.J. Green (3-111) failed to record a TD reception for the first time since the season opener, snapping his nine-game scoring streak. Meanwhile, rookie wideout Mohamed Sanu (5-29) caught a pair of short TD passes to extend his own scoring streak to three games.
  • Extra points: Cincy QB Andy Dalton threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns and now has seven games with three or more TDs this season. ... Meanwhile, Bengals' RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 129 yards and a score, his second-consecutive 100-yard outing with a TD. ... Oakland QB Carson Palmer had a rude welcome in his return to Cincinnati, throwing for only 146 yards, a TD and a pick. He had topped 300 passing yards in the previous three games. ... Reserve RB Jeremy Stewart, of all players, paced the Raiders with six catches for 37 yards, while WR Denarius Moore made his only reception of the day count, hauling in a 20-yard scoring pass.

Browns 20, Steelers 14
Browns Stadium (Cleveland)

  • It's a full month before Christmas, but the Steelers were in a giving mood Sunday, coughing up eight turnovers in a rare loss to the Browns. Third-string QB Charlie Batch tossed a trio of interceptions, and basically any one who carried or caught the ball lost a fumble with Chris Rainey, Rashard Mendenhall, Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and Emmanuel Sanders losing one apiece.
  • Extra points: Rookie RB Trent Richardson wasn't fazed in his first matchup against the Steel Curtain, rushing for 85 yards and a TD on 29 carries and picking up 27 more on four receptions. ... Browns QB Brandon Weeden threw for only 158 yards, a TD and an interception before leaving with reported head and right-arm injuries in the fourth quarter. ... For the Steelers, Dwyer was the team's leading rusher with all of 19 yards, while top WR Mike Wallace struggled mightily with one catch for nine yards on seven targets.

Colts 20, Bills 13
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

  • Andrew Luck is far from the only rookie making an impact in Indy as wideout T.Y. Hilton, a third-round pick, scored a pair of TDs for the second straight game. Hilton had two scoring receptions last week in New England, and followed that up Sunday with an 8-yard TD catch and 75-yard punt return. He finished with three receptions for 33 yards.
  • Extra points: The Colts' RB situation continues to be a timeshare with Donald Brown (11 touches-49 yards) and Vick Ballard (13-41) splitting the action. ... RB Fred Jackson returned after missing a game with a concussion but gained only 24 yards on seven touches, while C.J. Spiller had 103 on 15 touches. ... WR Stevie Johnson led Buffalo with six catches for 106 yards, but backup TE Lee Smith scored the team's lone offensive TD on a 1-yard reception -- his only catch of the game and just his third of the season.

Jaguars 24, Titans 19
EverBank Field (Jacksonville, Fla.)

  • The Jags, of all teams, had three of the hottest waiver-wire pickups this past week in QB Chad Henne, RB Jalen Parmele and WR Justin Blackmon, and two of three delivered solid performances Sunday for their new fantasy owners. Henne threw for 261 yards, two TDs and an interception, with one of those scores going to Blackmon, the rookie who finished with 5 catches and 62 yards in all. Parmele, meanwhile, departed in the first quarter with a leg injury but did return, finishing with an unimpressive 52 total yards on eight touches.
  • Extra points: With Parmele going out, Rashad Jennings came in and ran for 43 yards on and a short TD on 16 carries. ... Jags' WR Cecil Shorts added to his big-lay resume with a 59-yard catch-and-sprint which highlighted a four-catch, 105-yard outing. ... RB Chris Johnson racked up 109 total yards for the Titans, including 80 on 21 rushes. ... The Tennessee pass-catching situation continues to be a throw-a-dart proposition with TE Jared Cook pacing the team Sunday in receptions (6), WR Nate Washington leading in receiving yards (54) and wideout Kenny Britt (3-25) hauling in Jake Locker's lone TD toss.

Broncos 17, Chiefs 9
Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City. Mo.)

  • There was much speculation on how the Broncos would replace injured RB Willis McGahee, and the answer -- shockingly -- was Knowshon Moreno, the former first-round pick who had been inactive the previous eight games. Moreno got the start and looked decent, rushing for 85 yards on 20 carries and added 26 more on four receptions. Rookie Ronnie Hillman (3 rushes, 9 yards) and Lance Ball (0-0), who had been seeing regular action spelling McGahee, were non-factors.
  • Extra points: Peyton Manning appeared to hit his head hard on the Arrowhead turf after being taken down in the second quarter and underwent halftime concussion tests as a precaution. He was cleared, and connected with WR Demaryius Thomas (4-82) on what proved to be the game-winning, 30-yard TD toss in the third quarter. ... With Brady Quinn completing only 13 passes for 126 yards, RB Jamaal Charles was basically the K.C. offense, rushing for 107 yards on 23 carries.

Dolphins 24, Seahawks 21
Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

  • The matchup between the Miami ground game and the Seattle defense didn't inspire much fantasy confidence entering Week 12, but Reggie Bush (14 rushes, 87 yards) and Daniel Thomas (9-60) more than held their own, each adding TD jaunts to boot. They certainly fared better than Seahawks counterpart Marshawn Lynch, who was limited to 46 yards on 19 carries.
  • Extra points: WR Davone Bess (7-129) and FB Charles Clay (6-84) were rookie Ryan Tannehill's top targets, while leading receiver Brian Hartline finished with only two grabs for 17 yards. ... For the Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson enjoyed a rare strong road performance, throwing for 224 yards and two scores and scrambling for 38 yards on five rushes. His TD tosses went to a pair of unusual suspects, FB Michael Robinson and TE Anthony McCoy

Falcons 24, Buccaneers 23
Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla.)

  • Is there a changing of the guard afoot in the Falcons' backfield? It certainly appeared that way Sunday as Jacquizz Rodgers (10 rushes, 49 yards; 2 catches, 30 yards) outperformed starter Michael Turner (13-17, 3-13). Both, however, rushed for TDs.
  • Extra points: Falcons' WR Julio Jones, battling a nagging ankle issue for the past 2 weeks, regained his big-play form with six catches for 147 yards, including an 80-yard TD reception in the third quarter. ... Tampa rookie sensation Doug Martin was limited to 50 rushing yards on 21 carries but more than salvaged his fantasy day with a pair of 1-yard scoring runs. ... Bucs' QB Josh Freeman threw for 256 yards but failed to throw a TD pass for the first time since Week 14 of last season.

Ravens 16, Chargers 13 (OT)
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)

  • What road woes? Joe Flacco overcame a slow start to dispel that notion, completing 30-of-51 passes for 355 yards and a TD while rallying the Ravens from a 13-3 deficit. Flacco's previous road passing-yardage high this season was the 232 he threw for Week 2 in Philly.
  • Extra points: Ray Rice didn't score but did everything but, rushing for 97 yards on 22 attempts and catching eight passes for 67 yards on a team-high nine targets. ... WR Torrey Smith paced Baltimore with seven receptions for 144 yards, but TE Dennis Pitta (6-42) snared Flacco's scoring toss. ... WRs Danario Alexander (5-74) and Malcom Floyd (4-65, TD) were the Chargers' most effective offensive weapons, while RB Ryan Mathews (88 total yards on 22 touches) and TE Antonio Gates (2-13) continue to underwhelm.

Rams 31, Cardinals 17
University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, Ariz.)

  • St. Louis QB Sam Bradford definitely did more with less Sunday, throwing for 205 yards and two TDs on only eight completions. Meanwhile, his Arizona counterpart, rookie Ryan Lindley, was 31-of-52 for 312 yards but didn't throw for a TD and was picked off four times -- two of which were returned for TDs by Rams' rookie CB Janoris Jenkins.
  • Extra points: Five of Bradford's eight completions went to rookie wideout Chris Givens, who rolled up 115 yards and a TD. ... Fellow WR Danny Amendola played despite a pre-game doubtful designation but was in and out of the contest and finished with only one catch for 38 yards. ... Rams' RB Steven Jackson ran for a season-high 139 yards on 24 carries. ... Cards' RB Beanie Wells returned after a seven-game injury absence and scored a pair of TDs while rushing for 48 yards on 17 carries. ... WR Andre Roberts (9-92) and TE Rob Housler (8-82) were Lindley's top pass catchers, while Larry Fitzgerald had another lackluster outing with only three grabs for 31 yards on a dozen targets.

49ers 31, Saints 21
Mercedes-Benz Superdome (New Orleans)

  • As expected, second-year QB Colin Kaepernick got the start for the Niners, and didn't disappoint, going 16-for-25 for 231 yards, a TD and an interception. He also ran seven times for 27 yards, including a 7-yard scoring scramble.
  • Extra points: Frank Gore was his usual stud self with 19 rushes for 83 yards and two catches for 18 yards and a TD, but valuable No. 2 back Kendall Hunter was carted off late in the third quarter with an ankle injury. He finished with four rushes for 28 yards. ... TE Vernon Davis didn't catch a pass after connecting so well with Kaepernick the previous week. ... For the Saints, Drew Brees threw for 267 yards and a trio of TDs but was sacked five times and had two picks returned for TDs. ... RB Chris Ivory led an ineffective New Orleans ground game with 34 yards on eight carries.

Giants 38, Packers 10
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • It looks like the bye week is just what Eli Manning and the G-Men needed as the QB ended a three-game TD-less drought by tossing a trio of scoring passes in a rout of the visiting Pack. Manning's touchdowns all went to WRs, with Hakeem Nicks (5-77), Victor Cruz (3-61) and rookie Rueben Randle (2-26) striking paydirt.
  • Extra points: Ahmad Bradshaw had more total yards (118) and more big plays, but fellow RB Andre Brown led N.Y. in rushing with 64 yards on 13 carries before leaving in the second half with a leg injury that required X-rays. ... Pass protection was an issue once again for the Packers as Aaron Rodgers was sacked five times and harassed most of the night while completing only 14-of-25 passes for 219 yards, a TD and an interception. He also lost a fumble. ... The Green Bay ground game remains ineffective behind James Starks (8-35) and Alex Green (10-30). ... Jordy Nelson paced the Packers with 71 yards and a TD on two catches, but fellow WR James Jones was a strange no-show with no receptions and no targets.

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