Philip Rivers completed 29-of-35 passes for 291 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Rams.
Rivers dinked and dunked his way down the field all day, as he attempted just one pass over 20 yards. He continuously dumped it off to Eddie Royal, Keenan Allen, and his running backs, allowing them to create yards after the catch. It's how the Chargers had to call the game with Rivers banged up and facing a fearsome pass rush that got to Rivers for three sacks. Rivers will be more of a QB2 when the Chargers head to Baltimore in Week 13.
John Brown caught three passes for 61 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss at Seattle.
Starting in place of Larry Fitzgerald (knee), Brown impressively adjusted on a deep lob from Drew Stanton for a 33-yard gain. He also had a 23-yard catch called back by a holding call. Continuing to show he's a difference-making talent in this league, we have no doubts that he'll feast on Atlanta in Week 13 if he draws another start. Add him while we wait for news to develop -- early signs on Fitz are not good.
Colin Kaepernick completed 20-of-29 throws for 256 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 49ers' Week 12 win over Washington.
He added nine rushes for 14 yards. Kaepernick kicked off Sunday's scoring with a 30-yard TD dart to Anquan Boldin. As is all too frequently the case, Kap went in the tank thereafter, throwing a third-quarter interception on an ill-advised decision and getting bottled up as a runner. Throw in a fair of lost fumbles by the Niners' running backs and it was a disappointing day for San Francisco's Jekyll & Hyde offense, considering the opponent. Still a one-read quarterback, Kaepernick has a tendency to hesitate when the defense takes away his first read, and he becomes a random streetball-type player thereafter. Kaepernick will not be a viable fantasy QB1 when the 49ers face the Seahawks on Thanksgiving.
Tre Mason rushed for 62 yards on 16 carries in the Rams' Week 12 loss to the Chargers.
Mason added a 26-yard catch. He continues to dominate touches in the Rams' backfield, providing at least one explosive play per game. Mason's big run in this one was a 21-yard scamper. The St. Louis offensive line struggled a bit, however, while the Rams also battled the refs and penalties. Mason will be a solid RB2 option against the Raiders in Week 13, but we'd prefer to see more goal-line looks.
Stepfan Taylor rushed five times for 14 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss at Seattle.
Taylor is the clear-cut backup to Andre Ellington, getting sprinkled in for some early-down work throughout the game. Unfortunately, he's a far inferior talent and has no shot of picking up steam behind this offensive line. Taylor is a weak handcuff.
Ryan Tannehill completed 26-of-36 passes for 228 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in Miami's 39-36, Week 12 loss to the Broncos, adding four rushes for 15 yards and an additional score.
Today was the first time in Tannehill's 43-game career that he accounted for four total touchdowns. Tannehill was on point from the beginning, being decisive in the pocket, and accurate on the run. He had a hard time keeping up with Peyton Manning, however, as injuries mounted for the Dolphins' defense. Tannehill's pick was a tipped pass thrown to a tightly-covered Jarvis Landry. A second INT was overturned by defensive holding. It wasn't a perfect game, but Tannehill did all that could reasonably be expected in a high-scoring road jaunt. Much more consistent than he was the first two years of his career, Tannehill will be in the QB1 conversation against the Jets' dreadful secondary next Monday.
Anquan Boldin secured 9-of-12 targets for 137 yards and a touchdown in the 49ers' Week 12 win over the Redskins.
Boldin turned in one of this game's highlight-reel plays late in the fourth quarter with a powerful 29-yard reception at the end of which "Q" drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness flag. The catch set up Carlos Hyde's game-winning four-yard TD run. Proving to be a steal based on where he was drafted this fall, Boldin has been the lone consistent target in Colin Kaepernick's passing game. He does have a difficult Week 13 matchup on deck against Seattle.
Peyton Manning completed 28-of-35 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns in Denver's 39-36, Week 12 win over the Dolphins.
Manning and the Broncos got off to another slow start, but gradually kicked it into gear as the Dolphins defense got more and more injured. The four-score day was Manning's fourth of the season, and leaves him at 34 through 11 games played. That puts him on pace for 49, which would tie Manning's 2004 mark for third-most all time. Manning has a tough Week 13 road matchup in the Chiefs, but will be a top-three QB1, as usual.