The Kansas City defense has been outstanding in recent weeks, allowing just 9.8 points per game over their last four games, all wins.
The Chiefs have also held opposing teams to under 200 passing yards in those four games in what has been a drastic turnaround after allowing 31.3 points per game in 2015's first four contests. A Week 12 home date with Buffalo won't do much to derail this defense and the Chiefs D/ST can be considered a top-tier Week 12 fantasy option.
San Francisco LB Ahmad Brooks is going through the NFL concussion protocol this week and did not practice on Thursday.
Brooks had three tackles and a sack in Week 11 at Seattle, but is a dicey bet to suit up in Week 12 when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals. With or without Brooks, the San Francisco defense will face a stiff challenge this week against the Arizona offense that has averaged a hefty 35.7 points per game over the last three weeks. The 49ers D/ST can be left comfortably on the waiver wire.
The New Orleans defense has not allowed less than 300 passing yards in a single game since Week 6.
The Saints travel to Houston as they come out of a Week 11 bye with a new defensive coordinator in Dennis Allen. The New Orleans defense has been a wreck all season in almost every capacity and likely won't be turned around quickly with new leadership. The Saints D/ST won't be worth fantasy consideration in Week 12 against Brian Hoyer and the Texans.
The Cincinnati Bengals will put their 13th-ranked run defense to the test in Week 12 against St. Louis running back Todd Gurley.
Gurley hasn't topped 100 rushing yards since Week 8, but has scored a touchdown in five-straight games and the Bengals are certainly aware of the challenge that the rookie presents. "We’re going to be challenged that way, and we’re going to have to tackle this guy (Todd Gurley). He’s explosive, he has speed, has the ability to cut, and he’s strong. When you look at him, he’s a handful," said Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis. Matching up with Gurley will be tough, but the Bengals D/ST is a top-10 fantasy option in Week 12 due to St. Louis' quarterback struggles.
The Arizona defense will face 49ers QB Blaine Gabbert in Week 12 when they travel to San Francisco.
Gabbert has done a reasonable job at quarterback since taking over for Colin Kaepernick, but the San Francisco offense has averaged just 312 total yards and 15 points per game with Gabbert under center. The Cardinals D/ST has allowed 73 total points over the last two weeks but will be a top Week 12 fantasy option due to the advantageous matchup.
Zach Miller reeled in two of seven targets for 10 yards and a touchdown in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Miller saw an increased volume in Martellus Bennett’s absence but couldn’t take advantage of it. He was left wide open on his three-yard touchdown. Miller has scored four touchdowns over his last four games but has only caught 12 passes during that stretch. His window for fantasy relevance will close as soon as Bennett returns to the lineup.
Richard Rodgers absorbed four of seven targets for 30 yards in the Packers' Week 12 loss to the Bears.
Three of his four catches came after halftime. Rodgers’ season-high in yards is 45, which gives him a pretty low ceiling. He has a soft matchup against the Lions next week but that’s no reason to start him. At best, he’s a boom-or-bust TE2.
Matt Forte ate up 44 yards on 15 carries and caught his only target for nine yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Forte didn’t make much noise in this one. He out-touched Jeremy Langford by a slim 16 to 13 margin and wasn’t able to convert any of his goal-line carries. It’s unclear if the Bears were trying to ease Forte in after missing three weeks with an MCL sprain or if they actually see this as a running back by committee. He’ll remain in the RB1 discussion next week against the Niners.