Week 12 Winners & Losers

Week 12 Winners & Losers

Week 12 saw a lot of players grab and rush for multiple touchdowns. Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Robby Anderson, and more. So many great performances and so little time to talk about them!

Winners

Josh McCown (vs CAR): 19/36 for 307 yards & 3 TDs, 0 INT | 2 carries for 28 yards
McCown started the day off sluggishly but found his groove at the end of the 1st half and it carried throughout the game. He racked up a lot of his yardage on a few long throws, and his first touchdown pass to Robby Anderson was either beautiful or crazy. McCown has put up at least 16 fantasy points 5 out of 6 times since Week 6. John McCown is someone to look at as a solid streamer next week against Kansas City.

Blaine Gabbert (vs JAX): 22/38 for 241 yards & 2 TDs, 1 INT | 6 carries for 17 yards
REVENGE GAME! Gabbert made some excellent throws in this game, clearly displaying the talent that the Jaguars saw when they drafted him in the 1st round of the 2011 Draft. Utilizing the reliable Larry Fitzgerald and his new found target in Ricky Seals-Jones, he kept his team ahead and got Phil Dawson within range for a last-second field goal. Gabbert has put up QB1 numbers in his first two games of the season but doesn’t have a good matchup going against the Rams next week.

Julio Jones (vs TB): 12-15 receptions for 253 yards & 2 TDs | 1 carry for 15 yards
Julio! Welcome back! Whether it was from Matt Ryan or Sanu, Jones was catching long bombs left and right. He was removed from the injury list from that hamstring before the game and looked no worse for wear. Not much to say here except that it’s nice to see many people’s first-round pick produce at this level.

Alvin Kamara (@ LAR): 5 carries for 87 yards & 1 TD | 6-6 receptions for 101 yards & 1 TD
Game flow was Kamara’s friend in this one, as the Saints got down early and stayed that way until they began the clawback in the 4th quarter. His role in the passing game is secured, and with some explosive offenses still to come on the Saints Schedule, Alvin Karama is primed to see a half dozen carries the same amount of targets. Kamara has turned himself into a set-it-and-forget-it kind of player.

Zach Ertz (vs CHI): 10-12 receptions for 103 yards & 1 TD
Now that’s the Zach Ertz we’ve come to expect at the top of the tight end position. Leading the team in targets and yards, it’s reassuring to see him back at 100% from that hamstring injury. He’s back to his winning ways as a TE1.

Losers

Marcus Mariota (@ IND): 17/25 for 184 & 1 TD, 2 INT | 3 carries for 4 yards
This should have been a better game for Mariota, but the Colts defense has been giving some QBs problems as of late. Two bad picks and an inability to run the ball hurt Mariota this game. He should have a solid outing against the Texans next week, but Mariota has struggled against division rivals in the past.

Doug Baldwin (@ SF): 2-3 receptions for 25 yards & 0 TDs | 1 carry for -5 yards
Tied for 5th most targets on the team, Russell Wilson just had other targets to throw to. With Jimmy Graham warranting the red zone targets, Paul Richardson moving the chains in between the 20s, and J.D. McKissic being Wilson’s safety valve this game, there wasn’t enough love to give to his slot receiver. I’d say this isn’t something to worry about, but his production has been dwindling over the last 4 weeks. He’s going to have to step up his game next week against Philly’s secondary.

Mark Ingram (@ LAR): 11 carries for 31 yards & 0 TDs | 2 receptions for 5 yards
Game flow was Ingram’s foe in this one, as the Saints got down early and turned to their passing downs back for most of the afternoon. Ingram still out-carried Kamara 11-6, but isn’t going to get the same workload or targets he did a year ago in these situations. There’s no reason to worry about his job security. It’s his first game rushing for under 70 yards since Adrian Peterson was traded.

Travis Kelce (vs BUF): 3-4 receptions for 39 yards & 0 TDs
A mediocre day for Alex Smith doesn’t usually mean the same for his top-flight tight end, but it did today. Smith’s crosshairs were trained on Tyreek Hill and Albert Wilson all day and didn’t look at Kelce enough, despite some open routes. Nothing to be concerned about here unless whispers of Smith getting benched going into New York start to surface.