The Saints set out to make a point against the Rams and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and they were successful, putting up 49 points on Williams and his defense. Nearly all of the Saints’ key personnel had banner days, starting with QB Drew Brees, who threw for 310 passing yards and four touchdowns. Rookie WR Michael Thomas led the team with a 9/108/2 line and RB Mark Ingram got back on track with a huge game. He totaled 167 yards and also scored a pair of TDs. The only key player from the Saints offense who couldn’t get on track was WR Brandin Cooks, who failed to even record a single target. In general, the Saints offense is deadly when at home, and they should continue to be plugged in when playing in the dome in New Orleans.
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Playing without RB Giovani Bernard and WR A.J. Green, the Bengals couldn’t quite take down their division rival Baltimore. In past games with Bernard out, Jeremy Hill had put up huge numbers, but that wasn’t the case against the stingy Ravens defense. Hill managed just 21 rushing yards on 12 carries. He did chip in six receptions for 61 yards. Rookie WR Tyler Boyd was the favorite to see a major uptick in playing time with Green out of the lineup. He played well enough, catching five passes for 62 yards, but it was the TE Tyler Eifert who led the team in targets, while Boyd’s nine matched those of WR Brandon LaFell.
Bills WR Sammy Watkins made his surprising return to the lineup after being activated from the injured reserve list. Watkins led the team in receiving with 80 yards on three catches. Buffalo has a WR-friendly schedule going forward and Watkins looks to be back to weekly fantasy starter status.
Colin Kaepernick had another huge game, his best since his return to the starting role. Kap had been doing a lot of damage as a runner, as he did Sunday when he rushed for 113 yards to lead the team. He also threw for 296 yards and three scores as San Francisco nearly pulled off the comeback against Miami. Kaepernick became just the fifth player since 1970 to rush for over 100 yards and throw three touchdowns in the same game, joining Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota, Michael Vick and Randall Cunningham.
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QB Brock Osweiler continued to struggle, throwing for 246 yards, but no touchdowns and three picks in the Houston loss. HC Bill O’Brien is already being asked about benching his starter… QB Ryan Tannehill continues to play well, throwing for three scores and 285 yards in Miami’s win… Saints TE Josh Hill is emerging as a weekly contributor. Against the Rams, he caught all six targets for 74 yards, easily outproducing starter Coby Fleener… Superstar WR Odell Beckham had another monster game, catching six of his 11 targets for 96 yards and two scores. OBJ even had a third long TD called back or his day would’ve been even sweeter… Even with RB Tevin Coleman, starter Devonta Freeman had another solid fantasy day. While he only managed 77 total yards, he did find the end zone twice. Coleman’s yardage was even more limited, but he also scored after relieving Freeman… The Ravens’ run game continues to be a mystery. Rookie Kenneth Dixon (13 for 49) and veteran Terrance West (13 for 48) posted nearly identical rushing stat lines, but Dixon continues to be more involved in the pass game… Bills RB LeSean McCoy returned after missing much of last week with a thumb injury. He broke a long 75-yard touchdown early in then second half and ended with 134 total yards and a pair of scores… Titans QB Marcus Mariota kept his hot streak alive, throwing for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and chipping in with 46 rushing yards… The Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson fell flat, managing just five points in the loss to Tampa Bay. Wilson threw for 151 yards and two picks, though he did lead the team with 80 rushing yards… The Jets and Pats game was much closer than most expected, but QB Tom Brady, who missed practice much of the week, still posted 286 yards and two scores… The Raiders played without QB Derek Carr for a second half series after he suffered a finger injury. He returned to the game wearing a glove and went on to lead Oakland to a win over Carolina. Carr put up 315 yards and two touchdowns and looks like an MVP candidate… WR Tyrell Williams continues to perform as the WR for San Diego. He caught eight of his 14 targets for 70 yards and a score… Miami rookie WR Leonte Carroo caught his first career touchdown, a 15-yarded from Tannehill… Rookie QB Jared Goff failed to throw a touchdown pass in his first career start last week. This week, against the Saints, he found pay dirt three times (Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Lance Kendricks)… WR Terrelle Pryor continues to dominate defenders with little help from his teammates. Sunday, he saw 16 targets, catching six of them for 131 yards… Cardinals RB David Johnson didn’t get much done on the ground with just 58 yards, but he did lead Arizona in receiving with an 8/103/1 stat line… TE Tyler Eifert started slowly for Cincinnati, but finished well, catching five balls for 68 yards and a score from QB Andy Dalton… WR Allen Hurns caught only one pass for the Jags, a 12 yards TD. He injured his hamstring on the play and was forced from the game… The Titans’ running game was a bit off against Chicago. Rookie Derrick Henry led the team with 60 yards, while DeMarco Murray managed only 43 yards on 17 carries. Murray did add 41 more yards as a receiver… WR Mike Evans caught two touchdowns before many fans even turned on the game, scoring more than 20 fantasy points in the first quarter. He finished with a stat line of 8/104/2… TE Rob Gronkowski was banged up coming into the game, having missed last week, and he suffered an early back injury that kept him out of most of this one too. Gronk is expected to play next week… The big game flip flopping of Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (8/110) and Amari Cooper (4/22) continued… Although veteran TE Antonio Gates didn’t even see a target from QB Philip Rivers, rookie Hunter Henry caught two balls for 20 yards and a score… Several QBs accounted for three touchdowns in Week 12, among them Giants QB Eli Manning as New York cruised against the Browns… WR Taylor Gabriel has been emerging in recent weeks as a real playmaker for the Falcons and he had his best game yet, totaling over 100 yards and two TDs… Jaguars RB Chris Ivory was on his way to a big game, but suffered a hamstring injury and was forced to leave the game… The Bears offense looks nothing like it did at the beginning of the season, being led by QB Matt Barkley making his first career start. Barkley and the entire offense was outmanned, but stuck around and nearly knocked off the Titans. Barkley threw for 316 yards and three scores, along with a pair of interceptions. Barkley’s top option was talented WR Marquess Wilson, who caught eight of his 11 targets for 125 yards and a TD… Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell is emerging as a star. Sunday, he caught five passes for 42 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He nearly had a third, but couldn’t hang on. QB Tom Brady already seems to trust for the former Georgia star… RB Jonathan Stewart broke out of his mini-slump, running for 96 yards and a pair of scores against Oakland… WR DeAndre Hopkins continues to post modest numbers. His five grabs for 70 yards was not bad, but certainly not what fantasy owners taking him in the first round had in mind… Falcons WR Julio Jones put up another clunker, catching four passes for 35 yards as Atlanta scored 38 points… Like some other QBs on Sunday, Jaguars starter Blake Bortles did much of his damage on the ground. Bortles led the team with 80 yards rushing and had just 126 through the air… Jets RB Matt Forte struggled against the New England defense that had been pretty forgiving against opposing runners. Forte totaled only 50 yards, while his teammate WR Quincy Enunwa was the star of the day for New York. He caught all five of his targets for 109 yards and an acrobatic TD… Panthers QB Cam Newton got off to a terrible start, but a long TD to WR Ted Ginn got the offense going. Newton finished with 246 passing yards and two scores, along with a rushing score…
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