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.
Jeremy Langford rushed 12 times for 48 yards and a touchdown and caught one of three targets for five yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Langford had a rough day on the receiving end, which is somewhat surprising after dominating in that area during Matt Forte’s absence. Early in the second quarter he had Clay Matthews beat on third down but couldn’t hold onto the ball. His second drop of the day was equally disastrous and easily could have been intercepted. Langford got several possessions all to himself and plunged ahead for a one-yard touchdown late in the first half. Forte is still ahead of Langford on the depth chart but the gap isn’t as big as it once was. Assuming he gets the same amount of work next week, Langford will be a flex option against the Niners.
Alshon Jeffery snagged seven of 11 targets for 90 yards in the Bears' Week 12 win over the Packers.
Jeffery was consistently a thorn in the Packers’ side, especially after halftime when he caught four passes for 58 yards. Jeffery still found time to mix in a few head-scratchers. He dropped a pass late in the first half and lost focus on an embarrassing offsides penalty in the third quarter. Jeffery nearly made the play of the night with a diving end-zone catch against Damarious Randall but he couldn’t stay inbounds. He’ll be a WR1 against the Niners in Week 13.