Fantasy Recap: Week 12 Early Slate Part 1

  • Final Score: Broncos 10 @ Panthers 23 (Panthers covered +1, U36)


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    Just when we thought this season couldn’t get any worse for the Broncos, they are defeated by the woeful Sam Darnold-led Panthers. The questions about head coach Nathaniel Hackett are growing as he sidesteps with his answers. Russell Wilson continued his staggeringly bad play throwing for just 142 yards and a touchdown, which came on their final drive in garbage time. If you still needed to see more before dropping Wilson as your starting fantasy quarterback, this has to be it. Latavius Murray was the only running back of consequence, getting 13 of the 19 total carries for 92 yards while adding a catch for six yards. He should continue to get opportunities like these as long as Mike Boone remains out. Courtland Sutton was still Wilson’s go-to guy, but six catches for 75 yards seems closer to a ceiling than floor in this offense and once Jerry Jeudy returns the pair for fantasy turns into a worse Tyler Lockett/D.K. Metcalf situation. Greg Dulcich once again disappointed us and can be left on waiver wires moving forward as he just isn’t involved enough at the moment.


    The Panthers were the next team to shut down this ridiculously bad Broncos offense as the Panthers defense has been rather good as of late, allowing no more than 15 points in their last three games. Sam Darnold played the role of game manager and threw for 164 yards and a touchdown while handing off to D’Onta Foreman and allowing the defense to play their game without giving the Broncos more possessions due to turnovers. The touchdown pass went to D.J. Moore to the delight of his fantasy managers and the dismay of those who sat him. He caught four passes for 103 yards otherwise and could be a reliable fantasy option with Darnold as he has in the past. D’Onta Foreman had a nice day, running for 113 yards on 24 carries while fellow running back Chuba Hubbard got involved as well. Hubbard turned 17 opportunities into 65 yards. Neither running back had a reception which could limit their ceilings in PPR leagues.


    Top Performers

    RB Latavius Murray: While he didn’t score a ton of fantasy points, Murray showed he can be the team’s lead guy and the team has shown that they are willing to give him enough volume for us to feel confident using him as a RB2 moving forward.


    RB D’Onta Foreman: The game-script this week called for a whole lot of Foreman as the Panthers were playing with a lead all game and had Foreman carry 24 times to run the clock out on the Broncos. The Panthers are on bye, but Foreman has played well enough for us to roster him through it.


    WR D.J. Moore: Can Sam Darnold be the one to unlock Moore? This game was a step in the right direction as Moore made some nice big plays and can be on the WR2 borderline after the bye.


    Biggest Busts

    QB Russell Wilson: Wilson has been a mainstay on these lists and this week is no different as his play makes him barely playable in even superflex leagues. Denver’s playoff hopes are gone and their next week matchup in Baltimore doesn’t provide much hope for their fantasy players.


    TE Greg Dulcich: Dulcich was a top-12 option for many based on his snap share in the offense, but with the offense playing the way they’re playing at the moment, we can do much better than him.


    DST Denver Broncos: The Denver defense has been their saving grace this season but today in a matchup we thought was great as they were facing a turnover-prone quarterback, they failed to sack or pick him off making this a disappointing performance from this unit. It doesn’t get easier in Baltimore next week.


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    Buccaneers 17 @ Browns 23 (Cleveland covered +3.5, U42)


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