Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant change at the tight end position. While the amount of “stars” at the position has fallen off, the depth has risen. Fantasy owners nowadays have a legitimate 10-12 guys at the tight end position that could produce on a regular basis.
Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant rise in production from the wide receiver position. Nowadays, it’s a passing league and each team has two or three wideouts that have fantasy relevance on a weekly basis. With all the depth at the position, it makes ranking wide receivers a tall task weekly.
Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant drop in production among the running back position. Gone are the days in which every NFL team has a bell cow running back that is guaranteed 20-plus touches weekly. Nowadays, it’s a passing league and fantasy football players are at an extreme disadvantage if they don’t get their hands on the top running backs.
Matthew Stafford completed 20 of 35 pass attempts for 250 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on Thanksgiving against the Vikings. He also injured his ankle, though he was able to finish the game.Stafford was lucky to get the fantasy production he did, as he threw a touchdown pass with almost no time left in the first half and a second into double coverage. Still, he found a way to provide fantasy value to his owners, as he usually does. He has extra rest to let his ankle heal, but any lack of mobility against a tough Ravens defense in Week 13 will dim his fantasy prospects.
Dallas Cowboys RB Rod Smith rushed nine times for 41 yards and a touchdown while adding another two receptions for seven yards in Thursday’s Week 12 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.Smith was hands down the Cowboys ost productive off sieve player on Thursday, and that’s not saying much. Splitting carries with Alfred Morris, Smith is an upside Flex option whose value peaks in PPR scoring formats.
Dallas Cowboys RB Alfred Morris rushed six times for 36 yards while catching his lone target for 13 yards in Thursday’s Week 12 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.Despite the return of Tyron Smith on the line, the Cowboys’ offense didn’t fare any better than the previous weeks without Ezekiel Elliott. In fact, Morris had his worst game of the three. Now, heading into a favorable matchup against the Redskins in Week 13, he should be viewed a risky Flex option due to the uncertainty. Still, due to his expected opportunity-share, he should remain in starting lineups with tempered expectations.
Atlanta Falcons beat reporter Kelsey Conway is reporting RB Devonta Freeman (concussion) is ruled out for Week 12. Still feeling the lingering symptoms of a concussion suffered in Week 10, Freeman is officially ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against Tampa Bay. Because he is missing his second straight game with the head injury, his ROS future is concerning. As a result, Freeman owners should begin to target Terron Ward on waivers as a just in case option. Tevin Coleman will remain the Falcons’ RB1 in a favorable Week 12 matchup against the Buccaneers.
Bills tight end Charles Clay (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Kansas City. There’s no reason to think Clay has had any setback after playing in the last two games, so he should be good to go. In those games, however, he’s played between 54 percent and 60 percent of the team’s snaps, which is down from the over 80 percent he played before his torn meniscus, so he’s still not fully recovered. The X factor this weekend is whether wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Jordan Matthews will play; if not, Clay could see a big target share. If they do, Clay would make a risky start.
Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Gerry Dulac is reporting WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (hamstring) is ruled out for Week 12. Missing practice this week with a hamstring injury, Smith-Shuster is ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the Packers. In the emerging rookie’s absence, expect Martavis Bryant to step into the WR2 role with a chance to lock it down ROS with a strong performance. Facing an exploitable Packers secondary, Bryant is a TD or bust Flex option for Week 12.
Jason Witten caught seven passes for 44 yards in the loss to the Chargers.Witten’s age has been showing lately, as he’s been non-existent with the poor QB play of Dak. You have to hold on to Witten in season long leagues, but he’s no longer a must start.
Dak Prescott threw for 179 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss to the Chargers.Dak has been awful lately. Without the Zeke, Dak may not be the same QB.
Ty Montgomery (ribs) remained sidelined during Friday’s practice. Coach McCarthy has stated that Montgomery must practice before being cleared to play. Montgomery has not practiced all week as he rehabs his injury. Montgomery has yet to be officially ruled out for Week 12 but at this point he should be considered highly doubtful. An official ruling on his status will be announced in the near future. Jamaal Williams is set to dominate the running back snaps in his absence.
Niles Paul hauled in three catches for 16 yards in Thursday’s 20-10 win over the Giants. He was targeted a season-high five times and his three catches also a season-high.While Paul doesn’t need to be considered for fantasy purposes, the most noteworthy item with this performance is he took work away from Vernon Davis in the absence of Jordan Reed. Reed remains the only Redskins tight end worth rostering right now.
Jay Cutler threw passes for the first time on Thursday since being in the concussion protocol. Matt Moore has been working with the first team this week. Coach Gase has said that Cutler will remain the starter once he’s ready to go. The Patriots have allowed the fourth-most completions of 20-plus yards which bodes well for Kenny Stills if Matt Moore gets the start.
Vernon Davis was targeted just once and failed to make a catch for the first time this season.This was a disappointing performance for Davis who failed to take advantage of Jordan Reed being held out again. Both offenses were kept in check throughout, but the one target spoke to Davis’s inability to separate. If Reed plays next week Davis could be dropped in all leagues as it’ll now be difficult to determine if Niles Paul will start taking work from Davis too.