Getting Defensive: Week 12

Getting Defensive: Week 12
Jeff Ratcliffe breaks down the matchups for all 30 fantasy defenses in action and gives his top kicker plays for Week 12.
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Browns coach Mike Pettine defended Isaiah Crowell's Week 11 lost fumble, crediting Texans ILB Brian Cushing with making a great play.

The Browns appear to be increasingly committed to Crowell, sticking with him after the loose ball, and cutting Ben Tate. "I don't see him as having a fumbling problem," Pettine said. "I think he was trying to switch (hands with) the ball and got caught. I thought Cushing made a heck of a play. He hit right on top of it." The Cleveland Plain Dealer foresees the Browns using a "two-back rotation" of Crowell and Terrance West going forward. Crowell is the strongest fantasy option, at least for now.
Nov 19 - 9:21 PM

Based on conversations with the Redskins' old coaching staff, ESPN's Steve Young stated that he knows Robert Griffin III "doesn't put the time in."

"I’ve talked to his previous coaches, people I really trust and admire, that know quarterbacks," Young said. "He doesn’t put the time in." Current Redskins coach Jay Gruden all but confirmed Young's comments by recently stating Griffin has "fundamental flaws" and his footwork is "not even close" to where it needs to be. On Wednesday, Gruden continued to dance around the topic and paint a rose-colored picture. "He could do more probably," Gruden acknowledged, "[but] he studies himself and he comes back with ideas the following day. Whether he's here or not, there's a lot of work you can do. ... I really think he works hard at it. He puts his work in." Dan Snyder will probably have to decide between RG3 and Gruden this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 19 - 9:00 PM

Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson expects Jeremy Hill to handle "the bulk of the carries until (Gio) Bernard’s hip and shoulder click back into place."

Playcaller Hue Jackson isn't naming a Week 12 starter, which leaves the door open for Hill to take over as the Bengals' primary runner, even with Bernard all set to play against the Texans. "I think my concern is keeping him healthy,’ Jackson said of Bernard, who missed the last three games. Asked if Hill has earned a bigger role, Jackson replied "I think he deserves it. ... I think Jeremy has done a tremendous job and he earns the right to play, there's no question about that. But it's always good to have two really good runners." Expect Hill to lead the Bengals in carries against Houston, and possibly carry the bulk of the workload the rest of the way. In fantasy, he's a borderline RB1.
Source: bengals.com
Nov 19 - 8:54 PM

Bengals OC Hue Jackson declined to name a starting running back when pressed following Wednesday's practice.

Jackson said Gio Bernard (hip) was "tremendous" in Wednesday's session, and Bernard remains on track to return Sunday against Houston. His role isn't going to be what it was early in the season, however. "I think we've got to work him back into our process and how we do things," said Jackson. "What will determine that is just how fast and how we think he is ready to go." It sounds like Bernard will be "eased in" versus the Texans. He'll be a flex option in standard fantasy leagues, and perhaps a lower-end RB2 in PPR.
Source: bengals.com
Nov 19 - 8:47 PM

A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that the time slot for Sunday's Jets-Bills game in Buffalo could be moved due to snow.

Per PFT, the "potential window" for moving the game could span anywhere from Sunday night to Tuesday night. The Bills were unable to practice Wednesday, and it remains to be seen whether they'll be able to do so on Thursday or Friday.
Nov 19 - 8:17 PM

Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Tannehill played through his shoulder injury last week and didn't have any setbacks. He should be upgraded to full Thursday. Tannehill will be a QB2 against Denver in Week 12.
Nov 19 - 7:33 PM

Andre Ellington (hip/foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Ellington has been limited all season. Averaging 22.7 weekly touches, he'll continue to be an RB1 despite a difficult matchup against the Seahawks.
Nov 19 - 7:21 PM

Marshawn Lynch (back) did not practice Wednesday.

Lynch is over the calf issue that made him questionable last week. The Seahawks are getting him extended rest. Lynch isn't in danger of missing Sunday's game with the Cardinals.
Nov 19 - 7:12 PM
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