The Cleveland Browns will host the Baltimore Ravens on Monday, who will be led by Matt Schaub, Buck Allen, and Kamar Aiken.
Baltimore has been crushed by injuries and will play the rest of the 2015 season their leading passer, rusher, and receiver. The Cleveland defense is an enticing Week 12 fantasy option due to the matchup, but this group has not been good this season and has allowed 29.0 points per game during their current five-game losing streak. The Browns D/ST is a borderline top-12 fantasy play this week for teams looking for streaming options.
The Houston Texans are focused on slowing New Orleans wide receiver Brandin Cooks in Week 12, who has scored five touchdowns in his last three games.
Cooks has averaged 85.7 receiving yards in those three games and has at least four receptions in each game this season. "He’s a guy that you can throw screens to, you can throw shot plays to, intermediate routes, run him on reverses and speed sweeps and things like that. So, he’s a really good player," said Houston coach Bill O'Brien. The Houston defense has improved during a current three-game winning streak, but will have a tough Week 12 challenge in the New Orleans Saints. The Texans D/ST is a middling Week 12 fantasy option.
The Panthers worked out free agent CB Cortland Finnegan.
31-year-old Finnegan retired in March, but has been working out for teams the last month. He could be a depth option with Charles Tillman sidelined. The Panthers also had Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain in for tryouts.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Week 12.
He’ll miss his ninth straight game. ASJ hasn’t been cleared for contact despite returning to practice in Week 8. The Bucs will continue to go with a committee of Luke Stocker, Cameron Brate, and Brandon Myers.
Allen Hurns (thigh, foot) is listed as probable for Week 12.
Hurns has been injured all year, but hasn’t missed any games. He’ll likely need sports-hernia surgery after the season. Hurns is a mid-range WR2 for Sunday’s Chargers matchup.
Chris Polk (knee, hamstring) is probable for Week 12.
Polk will return after missing only one game. He shouldn't see more than 5-7 touches in a committee with Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes.
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 12.
Peterson only got in one limited practice this week. Despite the questionable tag, coach Bruce Arians expects him to play. The Cardinals don't need Peterson to beat the 49ers, so it's possible he'll be held out in an effort to get fully healthy.
John Brown (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 12.
It's an upgrade from last week, when Brown was listed as questionable. Brown has struggled playing through injuries, managing just three catches since Week 7. He's a boom-or-bust WR3 against the 49ers.