BEARS 16 LIONS 14
To kick off our Thanksgiving Day extravaganza, we get the battle of Andy Dalton vs. Jared Goff. Super. Andy Dalton led the Bears to an uninspired victory 16-14. We thought David Montgomery would have smashed the Lions’ defensive front seven, but he only ran for 46 yards on 17 carries. Montgomery remains a match-up dependent RB2 at this juncture. Darnell Mooney is a talent as he hauled in five of eight targets for 123 yards. Mooney should be considered a low-end WR2 moving forward. Cole Kmet was the other player of note–catching eight of eleven for 65 yards. The primary takeaway for the Lions is the injury to D’Andre Swift. Keep an eye on Swift’s status leading up to game time, but the early expectation is that he could miss some time. Jamaal Williams is worth a waiver wire pickup in his absence.
RAIDERS 36 COWBOYS 33
Derek Carr led a balanced Raiders’ offensive attack over a CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper-less Dallas Cowboys 36-33. Carr played well from the coin-flip as he completed 24 of 39 for 373 yards and a touchdown. Darren Waller left this game early with an injury, so monitor his status this week. Carr had it going with Hunter Renfrow afternoon to the tune of eight catches for 134 yards. Renfrow is the only remaining solid pass-catching option for the Raiders. Play Renfrow as a high-end flex play. DeSean Jackson had 102 yards and a score on three catches. If you are desperate for a big play–D-Jax can provide that in your flex position. Josh Jacobs dominated the touches in this one with 22 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown. I still do not want to recommend Jacobs as anything more than a flex play. Dak Prescott completed 32 of 47 for 375 yards and two scores. Start Dak every week and don’t look back. Keep an eye on Ezekiel Elliott this week. We are hearing mixed reports suggesting that the Cowboys could sit Zeke to let his knee heal up. Tony Pollard looks like the better running back–rest may be in Zeke’s best interest. Michael Gallup caught five of eight targets for 106 yards, and Cedrick Wilson caught seven of ten for 104 yards. Neither receiver will assume this type of workload with Amari and CeeDee on the way back.
BILLS 31 SAINTS 6
The Buffalo Bills beat down the New Orleans Saints 31-6 behind Josh Allen‘s bounce-back performance. Allen completed 23 of 28 for 260 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Bills backfield got it going for the first time this season as Matt Breida totaled 55 yards and a touchdown while Devin Singletary totaled 48 yards. I doubt the Bills’ backfield will provide any semblance of consistency. Stefon Diggs stayed hot with seven catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Diggs may not be the locked-in top-five receiver we thought he would be, but he remains a low-end WR1. Cole Beasley caught five of his targets for 46 yards and is still a flex option in PPR leagues. It was a night to forget for New Orleans. Keep an eye on the injury report this week. Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram II should be close to returning for their date with the Cowboys on Thursday night. Reportedly, Taysom Hill is receiving the bulk of the first-team reps and should be in line to start for the Saints.
BENGALS 41 STEELERS 10
The Cincinnati Bengals destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-10 in a statement win. Joe Mixon was the catalyst carrying the rushing attack with 165 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. Tee Higgins was involved in the offense once again with six catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. Higgins is on the low-end WR2 range after disappointing the last month. Mixon dominated the workload, and Higgins’s re-emergence resulted in a quiet day for Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd. The Big Ben farewell tour continues as we are watching a washed-up version of the future Hall of Famer. Diontae Johnson continues to dominate the volume with nine catches for 95 yards on 14 targets. Chase Claypool only hauled in three of eight for 82 yards. Pat Freiermuth is getting it done every week with four catches on as many targets for 40 yards and a score. A down performance from Najee Harris as the Steelers’ offensive line was brutalized upfront. Expect a bounce-back performance from Harris.
BUCCANEERS 38 COLTS 31
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, behind Leonard Fournette, escaped Indianapolis with a 38-31 victory. Fournette was dominant with 131 total yards and four touchdowns on 24 touches–Fournette is a low-end RB1 the rest of the year. The wide receivers for the Buccaneers were oddly quiet in this one. I would expect Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to have bounce-back performances next week. Rob Gronkowski dominated the passing game with seven catches for 123 yards–Gronk remains a mid-TE1 the rest of the way. Carson Wentz played well in this one but had some timely interceptions that cost the Colts. Wentz completed 27 of 44 for 306 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions. Michael Pittman Jr. had an uneven performance as he caught only four of ten passes for 53 yards. Jonathan Taylor totaled 97 yards and scored a touchdown as he remains in the conversation for the top running back in fantasy football.
DOLPHINS 33 PANTHERS 10
Tua Tagovailoa led a dominant Dolphins defense and blew out the Carolina Panthers 33-10. Tagovailoa completed 27 of 31 for 230 yards and a touchdown. Tagovailoa leaned on Jaylen Waddle early and often to a tune of nine catches for 137 yards and a touchdown. Jaylen Waddle is an every-week WR2. Myles Gaskin led the Dolphins backfield with 49 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Gaskin is tough to trust, but with all of these other backs falling around him, Gaskin shapes up as an RB2. It was a disastrous game for the Carolina Panthers all the way around. Cam Newton was hammered behind an offensive line that put up little fight against the Dolphins’ defensive front. Newton looked lost as he completed 5 of 21 for 92 yards and two interceptions. Adding insult to injury, Christian McCaffrey was injured again and is now on season-ending injured reserve. Chuba Hubbard will likely take over the lions’ share of the Panthers’ backfield work. If Hubbard is on your waiver wire, prioritize picking him up. DJ Moore caught four of ten targets for 103 yards remaining the only piece in the Panthers’ passing attack that is worth starting on your fantasy team.
PATRIOTS 36 TITANS 13
Mac Jones continues to play with poise beyond his years as he leads the New England Patriots to a 36-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Jones completed 23 of 32 for 310 yards and two touchdowns. With other quarterbacks around the league playing poorly down the stretch, Mac Jones should be a low-end QB1. Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson shared the backfield duties once again. Harris totaled 52 yards and a score on 12 touches, while Stevenson rushed for 46 yards on nine carries. Harris is a low-end RB2, and Stevenson is a weekly flex-play. Kendrick Bourne is making the most of his opportunities with five catches for 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jakobi Meyers chimed in with five catches on eight targets for 98 yards. Without AJ Brown or Julio Jones, the Tennessee Titans could not get anything going in the passing game. Ryan Tannehill is not startable in fantasy leagues at the moment. The Titans running game remains the staple of the offense behind the rushing attack of Dontrell Hilliard and D’Onta Foreman. You can flex both backs.
GIANTS 13 EAGLES 7
The New York Giants won an ugly affair over the Philadelphia Eagles 13-7. Daniel Jones completed 19 of 30 for 202 yards and a touchdown in the victory. Saquon Barkley chipped in 40 rushing yards on 13 carries. The Eagles were downright dreadful on offense. Jalen Hurts completed 14 of 31 for 129 yards and three interceptions. Hurts did lead the Eagles in rushing with 77 yards. Boston Scott and Miles Sanders ran for 64 yards each, bringing the Eagles’ rushing total to over 200 for the fifth straight game. Jalen Reagor had two catches for 31 yards and dropped two touchdown passes and should never be trusted in fantasy football ever.
FALCONS 21 JAGUARS 14
Cordarrelle Patterson returned the Atlanta Falcons and led them to victory 21-14 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Patterson carried the Falcons offense with 135 total yards and two touchdowns on 18 touches. Patterson is an every-week starter for the remainder of the season. Kyle Pitts was a bust in this one as he caught two of six targets for 26 yards. Ever since Calvin Ridley stepped away, NFL defenses have focused on Kyle Pitts, and the Falcons have not adjusted. James Robinson was the lone bright spot for the Jaguars in this one as he totaled 115 yards on 20 touches. Laquon Treadwell led the Jaguars in targets–not good. Also not good–Dan Arnold may miss the rest of the season with an injury.
JETS 21 TEXANS 14
In another game with few fantasy implications, the New York Jets defeated the Houston Texans 21-14. Zach Wilson returned to the Jets lineup to throw a measly 145 yards. The Jets rushing attack found success behind Tevin Coleman, Ty Johnson, and Austin Walter–who I legitimately never heard of until Sunday. Elijah Moore was the most targeted Jet receiving option hauling in four of eight for 46 yards. Tyrod Taylor completed 17 of 26 for 158 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Brandin Cooks is still the only fantasy option on the Texans as he hauled in three of five targets for 45 yards and a touchdown.
BRONCOS 28 CHARGERS 13
The Denver Broncos controlled the action on Sunday, and the result was never in doubt as Denver defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 28-13. Javonte Williams led the way with 111 total yards and a touchdown on 17 touches. His partner in crime, Melvin Gordon III, totaled 88 yards on 18 touches and the Broncos remain committed to a split backfield. Super. A quiet afternoon for the Broncos’ pass catchers as Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock combined to throw for only 155 yards. Justin Herbert had an up and down performance completing 28 of 44 for 303 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. The Chargers could not get anything going on the ground as Herbert also led the team in rushing. Even in a down performance, Austin Ekeler continues to produce with 99 total yards and a touchdown on 18 touches. Ekeler is a top-five, if not top three running back, rest of the season. Keenan Allen remains the most consistent pass-catcher on the team as he hauled in seven of ten targets for 85 yards. Mike Williams continues to have an up and down season. Sunday was down as Williams hauled in only four catches for 39 yards.
PACKERS 36 RAMS 28
The Green Bay Packers continue their NFC dominance with a victory over the Los Angeles Rams 36-28. Playing through a painful toe injury, Aaron Rodgers continues to shine as the reigning MVP completed 28 of 45 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Davante Adams was again stellar with eight catches on nine targets for 104 yards–Adams is unstoppable. Randall Cobb stepped up with four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Jones was eased back into the offense with ten touches for 23 yards as AJ Dillon totaled 90 yards on 25 touches. Jones is still an RB1, but a lower-end version, while Dillon is firmly on the RBs radar. Matthew Stafford is battling several injuries, and it shows as he completed 21 of 38 for 302 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. Cooper Kupp had a down performance catching seven of ten for 96 yards. Van Jefferson and Odell Beckham Jr. got into the act with Jefferson hauling in three for 93 and ODB hauing in five for 81.
49ERS 34 VIKINGS 26
With both teams eyeing a playoff spot, the San Francisco 49ers secured a victory 34-26. Elijah Mitchell was the story in this one as the rookie running back totaled 168 yards and a touchdown on 30 touches. Deebo Samuel totaled 78 yards and two scores on seven touches before leaving the game with a groin injury. The early reports are that Deebo will miss 1-2 weeks of action. Disappointing performance from George Kittle with one catch for 13 yards. With Deebo missing time, I expect Kittle to step up in the receiving department. Pay attention to Brandon Aiyuk, who caught three passes for 91 yards. Dalvin Cook left this game with an injured shoulder that should cost him a few games. If Alexander Mattison is on your waiver wire, he should be your top priority this week. Kirk Cousins was inaccurate on Sunday as he completed 20 of 32 for 238 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. I would expect strong performances from Cousins, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen next week.
RAVENS 16 BROWNS 10
Lamar Jackson had his worst performance in the NFL, and yet the Baltimore Ravens squeaked out a victory 16-10. Jackson completed 20 of 32 for 165 yards, a touchdown, and FOUR interceptions. Jackson did give you 68 yards on the ground, leading the Ravens in rushing. Devonta Freeman led the Ravens backfield with 60 yards on 17 touches. Mark Andrews and Marquis Brown are still the top two receiving threats for the Ravens. Andrews caught four of ten targets for 65 yards and a touchdown and is a top-three tight end option for the remainder of the season. Hollywood caught eight of ten for 51 yards and is a weekly WR2. The Browns could not get it going on the ground, and then they lost All-Pro Right Tackle Jack Conklin for the remainder of the season. Nick Chubb rushed for 16 yards on eight carries, while Kareem Hunt rushed for 20 yards on seven carries. Better days will be ahead for the Browns rushing attack. Jarvis Landry was the only consistent pass-catcher with six catches for 111 yards and should be a low-end WR2/high-end flex play for the remainder of the season.
FRANCHISE TEAM 17 SEAHAWKS 15
The Washington Franchise Team held on for a 17-15 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football. The run game was dominant as Washington had the football for more than 40 minutes. The Washington backfield dominated as Antonio Gibson totaled 146 yards on 36 touches, and J.D. McKissic was a fantasy machine totaling 56 yards and two touchdowns on 12 touches. Terry McLaurin led the receiving options with four catches for 51 yards. Taylor Heinicke was efficient all night as he completed 27 of 35 for 223 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Russell Wilson led the Seahawks with 16 yards rushing–yikes. The Washington front seven dominated up-front all night long. Russell Wilson did bring Seattle back but still hasn’t looked like himself as he completed 20 of 31 for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Washington game-planned to take away DK Metcalf, and they were successful as he caught just one pass for 13 yards. Tyler Lockett made the most of his three catches for 96 yards. Keep an eye on Gerald Everett, as he was the most targeted pass-catcher, hauling in five of nine for 37 yards and a touchdown.