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News: Cardinals WR Rondale Moore suffered a groin injury against the 49ers on Monday night.
What does it mean in fantasy: Moore was injured during the Cardinals’ first drive and was replaced by Greg Durch, who played 91% of the offense’s snaps and ran the same number of approaches as DeAndre Hopkins. Marquise Brown returned to practice this week but was not activated from IR before the game. Dortch had served as a slot receiver earlier in the season before Moore was healthy enough to take on the role and averaged 66 yards per game. On Monday, he accumulated 103 yards on the season. In the event Moore misses significant time with a groin injury, Dortch, who is listed in only 0.7% of ESPN tournaments, should be picked up by fantasy directors in deeper formats. He would serve as the Cardinals’ No. 3 receiver behind Hopkins and Brown.
Going deeper: Colt McCoy’s 47-yard touchdown pass to Dortch was the Cardinals’ longest offensive play of the season.
News: The Broncos waived RB Melvin Gordon III. RB Chase Edmonds is expected to lose time with a high ankle sprain.
What does it mean in fantasy: Gordon’s third loss of the season on the line against the Raiders on Sunday was the last straw for the Broncos’ coaching staff. With Edmonds sidelined and Gordon cut, the Broncos were left with Latavius Murray and Marlon Mack as the top running backs. Murray can be viewed as an RB2 based solely on size, even though Denver’s offense ranks 21st in total yards and 32 points per game.
News: Bears QB Justin Fields has a “day to day” left shoulder injury.
What does it mean in fantasy: Fantasy managers will learn more about Fields’ condition when the Bears release their first injury report on Wednesday. It wouldn’t be surprising if Fields missed the Bears’ Week 12 game with the Jets. David Montgomery would benefit from more rushing attempts if Fields were ruled out, but Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmitt would be hard to trust with Trevor Siemian under center.
News: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase is set to return to practice this week.
What does it mean in fantasy: Although that’s great news, Bengals head coach Zack Taylor has yet to confirm Chase’s return for Week 12 against the Titans. Chase has missed the last three games with a hip injury, but is no longer using crutches. The team will release its first injury report this week on Wednesday, which will provide more information about Chase’s condition.
Going deeper: In the three games prior to the injury, Chase scored 11 goals and 25.7 fantasy points.
News: Rams QB Matthew Stafford is still being evaluated for a concussion.
What does it mean in fantasy: Stafford was putting in a solid performance after missing one game while on league concussion protocol, but he left Sunday’s game against the Saints early to be assessed for another concussion. Head coach Sean McVay said Monday afternoon that the Rams are still deciding whether Stafford will return to concussion protocol. With a 3-7 record, Los Angeles has little reason to bring Stafford back after suffering a concussion two weeks ago. There’s a good chance John Walford or Bryce Perkins will start against the Chiefs in Week 12.
News: Chief RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a sprained ankle on Sunday against the Chargers.
What does it mean in fantasy: It is unclear at this time if Edwards-Helaire will be placed on injured reserve. In the absence of Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs will likely give rookie Isiah Pacheco the most rushing attempts. He became the first Chiefs running back to surpass 100 rushing yards that season by rushing for 107 yards on 15 carries against the Chargers. The upcoming Kansas City schedule is very favorable to appear, starting in Week 12 Pacheco will sit firmly on the RB2’s radar.
News: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Falcons placed TE Kyle Pitts on injured reserve.
What does it mean in fantasy: An MRI of Bates revealed a torn MCL, which would likely require surgery. With Bates on injured reserve, he will miss at least four games, possibly more due to the nature of his injury. He also suffered a hamstring injury earlier this season. During Bates’ absence, Atlanta could turn to tight ends Parker Hess, Mikul Pruitt, Anthony Firkser and Felipe Franks, who was dealing with a calf injury. None of them are on the fantasy radar. With Marcus Mariota under center this season, the Falcons’ offense ranks fourth in the league with 32.8 rushing attempts per game, while Bates averages 5.9 goals and 7.6 fantasy points.
News: Jets coach Robert Salih did not commit to QB Zach Wilson as the starter against the Bears in Week 12.
What does it mean in fantasy: Wilson had one of the worst games in the league this season against the Patriots on Sunday. The Jets kicked 10 times, the most by any team this season. Adding to the frustration, the tenth throw was returned for a touchdown. Wilson is 5-2 as a starter, but has been terrible in two of his last three games. On Sunday, Wilson completed nine of 22 passes for 77 yards, a career low. With a completion percentage of 55.6%, he ranks 23rd in the overall quarterback rating (45.2). In Week 12, neither Joe Flacco nor Mike White are attractive fantasy options.
News: Panthers head coach Steve Wilkes did not name the quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.
What does it mean in fantasy: Baker Mayfield started for the Panthers against the Broncos in Week 11 and was suboptimal. He finished with an overall quarterback rating of 20.2, slightly better than his league-low 15.3 rating over the first five games. It’s also possible that Wilkes will return to PJ Walker who was 2-3 as a starter before he suffered a high ankle sprain last week, opening the door for Mayfield to start. There has been some talk in the Panthers organization that Sam Darnold might get a chance to start this season, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Running back D’Onta Foreman is the only player that Carolina’s player fantasy managers can feel comfortable starting.
Going deeper: The Panthers are 32nd in the league with 286.1 total yards per game and 25th with 18.8 points per game.
News: Lions WR Jameson Williams is set to return from injured reserve.
What does it mean in fantasy: Williams’ long-awaited NFL debut is just around the corner. The Lions’ 12th overall pick was made Monday after rehabbing from a torn ACL he suffered during the College Football Playoff National Championship. Williams must undergo three weeks of training before returning, which could see him return in Week 15 against the Jets. The Panthers, Bears, and Packers are the Lions-friendly fantasy encounters in Weeks 16, 17, and 18 to finish off the season. Williams is listed in only 17.3% of ESPN affiliates. Fantasy directors have to hide it in deeper formats.
Going deeper: In 2021, Williams caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. A first-team All-SEC selection, he led the SEC in receiving touchdowns.
Today on ESPN.com/Fantasy and in the ESPN Fantasy app
• Week 12 fantasy football rankings at each center (PPR and NPPR)
Matt Bowen’s Streaming Pickups: Deeper Picks for Deeper Leagues and Emergency Needs
Eric Carabell’s Flexible and Superflex ratings for Week 12
NFL Nation’s fantasy fallout: beat journalists answer the most pressing fantasy questions
• Eric Karapel Trading Index and rest of the season rankings for week 12 and beyond
• Fantasy Focus podcast (10 a.m. ET)
Week 12 Field Yate Fantasy Pass
Mike Clay Thanksgiving Day Games Guide
The Mike Clay Shadow Report: Analysis of Defensive Back vs. Wide Receiver Matchups
Seth Walder’s Next Generation Statistics feature: Mismatches to exploit
Positional matching map by Tristan H. Cockcroft
Fantasy movie room Matt Bowen
Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS Best Buys for the 12th week
DFS cheat sheets for DraftKings and FanDuel
• Individual defensive player league rankings
• Fantasy Focus podcast (10 a.m. ET)
In case you missed it:
• Eric Moody’s Release Wire Picks determine the top players who should claim your team
• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp, and Liz Loza recap everything you need to know from Week 11 of the NFL season, including the stars that will help you through the season. Plus, Liz and Daniel give exclusive vocal reaction to SNF including a clutch performance from Patrick Mahomes. listen | Watch