Fantasy Football Week 12 Recap: 17 Things You Need To Know

Nov 28, 2022
Week 12 Recap: 17 Things You Need To Know

The Week 12 early Sunday slate started slowly, yet still provided four games decided by a single score, including a frantic finish with a 33-point fourth quarter between Baltimore and Jacksonville. The day was capped off by a high-scoring affair between the Packers and Eagles.

Bright Stars

Garrett Wilson was just one of the Jets who seemed to benefit from a change at quarterback. The rookie wide receiver snagged five passes for 95 yards and two scores through the air. The Jets topped 30 points on offense for just the third time in 2022.

Chris Godwin was heavily involved in the Tampa Bay offense. Brady’s most targeted receiver, Godwin made 12 receptions for 110 yards and a trip to the end zone in a Buccaneers’ overtime loss. Godwin was the only Buccaneer receiver with double-digit targets on the day.

Justin Herbert had his greatest fantasy performance of the year. With 274 passing yards and three touchdown throws, Herbert led the Chargers to a narrow win over the Cardinals. He added 38 yards on the ground on four carries.

Josh Jacobs put on his biggest show of the year to date. The only running back with four 30+ point performances in PPR scoring saved his greatest performance for the Seattle Seahawks. Only Joe Mixon, in Week 9, has outscored Jacobs’ latest effort. Jacobs collected 303 total yards and a pair of rushing scores.

Jalen Hurts excelled against the Packers on Sunday night. Despite passing for just 153 yards, Hurts tossed two scoring strikes and did the rest of his damage with his feet. On a night when the Eagles ran for 363 yards, Hurts led the way with 157 rushing yards.

Miles Sanders saw his top day of the season in Week 12. Adding to the onslaught of the Philadelphia running game, Sanders amassed 143 yards on the ground and found paydirt twice. He contributed three receptions for 17 yards on three targets.

Dim Stars

Dameon Pierce struggled to his second-lowest output of the year. The rookie scored under five PPR points for the second consecutive week. Earning the fewest touches in his career to date, Pierce carried five times for eight yards, while catching three passes for an additional eight yards. Fantasy managers cannot feel comfortable about back-to-back duds from a rookie on an offense going through changes.

Christian McCaffrey let fantasy managers down in Week 12. He accumulated the fewest total yards in any outing this year. McCaffrey tallied 49 total yards, with 11 carries for 32 yards and four catches for a mere 17 yards. His workload was limited by a knee injury. He was seen on the sideline wearing a brace on the affected knee.

Alvin Kamara continued his streak of underperformance. He only collected 40 total yards on 13 touches against San Francisco. It also marked his ninth game without a touchdown. Kamara saw the end zone three times in Week 8 but has failed to score in any other contest this year. He also lost two fumbles in a disastrous performance for the Saints’ offense.

Rising Stars?

Mike White may be sticking around as the Jets’ starter. Taking the reins from an ineffective Zach Wilson, White drove New York to a victory on the road in Chicago. Most significantly, for fantasy purposes, White topped 300 yards passing and threw the most touchdowns since Joe Flacco’s Week 2 four-score performance that feels like twenty years ago.

Zonovan Knight emerged from literally nowhere, the practice squad, to lead New York in rushing. An undrafted rookie, Knight carried 14 times for 69 yards. He also had an impact in the passing game, catching three passes for 34 yards.

JaMycal Hasty took advantage of the misfortune of Travis Etienne. Working largely in relief of the young running back, Hasty touched the ball 17 times and reached the end zone. Hasty ran 12 times for 69 yards and hauled in five passes for 67 yards, including a 28-yard score. If Etienne misses time, Hasty will be a top target on the waiver wire.

Rachaad White achieved his highest fantasy total of the season. In a featured role with Leonard Fournette sidelined, White showed his versatility. He rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries and was able to pull down all nine of his Tom Brady targets. White converted the grabs into 45 yards. If Fournette misses additional time, White is an obvious start. Even if Fournette returns in a limited capacity, White will have fantasy value down the stretch.

Injury Concerns

Travis Etienne exited the game with a foot injury. His status for Week 13 remains up in the air. After leaving the field in the first half, Etienne spent much of the second half on the sideline, albeit without his helmet. Asked by reporters after the game, Etienne indicated he will be ready for next week.

Darnell Mooney sustained an ankle injury against the New York Jets. Injured while blocking early in the third quarter, Mooney was helped off the field. While he will undergo further testing on Monday, the team fears the injury will end his season.

Michael Carter injured his ankle in the first half of the Jets’ victory. Carter sustained the injury on the team’s sixth drive and he did not return to the game. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, but there is some concern for a high ankle sprain to sideline him for multiple weeks.

Elijah Mitchell suffered an MCL sprain according to head coach, Kyle Shanahan. The running back aggravated a prior injury from earlier in the season. Reportedly, the team is optimistic that the current injury is less severe than the previous one.

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