Week 13 Live BlogSunday, December 02, 2012
Welcome to Week 13.
A Rotoworld staffer is charting every game today, keeping an eye on in-game injuries, depth chart changes and potential breakout players. We'll also be watching to see why a certain player is under- or over-performing. If you have a specific question about something going on in a specific game, ask me on twitter (@adamlevitan) and we will try to get you an answer in this space.
So check back often as we'll be constantly updating this page through the late games.
* Sidney Rice will play through his calf injury, but projects to see plenty of Charles Tillman.
* Danny Amendola (foot) is inactive. Good news for Chris Givens.
* Beanie Wells (knee) is active, but Andre Roberts (ankle) is inactive.
* Jonathan Stewart (ankle) didn't even travel. Big opportunity for DeAngelo Williams.
* Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Brandon Lloyd and Aaron Hernandez are all playing through meaningless questionable tags.
FIRST HALF OBSERVATIONS
* Well, the weather story of the week coming in revolved around potential flooding and high winds in Oakland. That's no longer in the forecast. The real weather story is in Buffalo, where it is absolutely pouring as the Bills and Jags kick off. Also note that about a minute before kickoff, the skies opened up in Miami. Ryan Tannehill struggled throwing the ball on the first drive.
* Early on, the Colts are using Cassius Vaughn in one-on-one coverage with Calvin Johnson. That's not going to end well for the Colts. Looks like a varsity player going against the JV corner.
* The Patriots are using three-wide as their base. Brandon Lloyd and Julian Edelman out wide. Wes Welker in the slot. Aaron Hernandez getting open at will out of the "move" tight end spot. Hernandez had a potential TD go just off his fingertips on the Pats' first drive.
* As expected, Justin Forsett is the first man off the bench for the Texans. Ben Tate is going to have to earn this job back in practice. We suspect he will.
* Frank Gore handcuffers take note: Brandon Jacobs is the first back in off the bench today. LaMichael James isn't even active.
* Ryan Broyles hurt his right knee five minutes into the game. He walked without much of a limp to the locker room and is questionable to return. Note that the torn ACL Broyles sustained while at Oklahoma was in his LEFT knee. As of now, Tony Scheffler is playing every down in the slot and Mike Thomas has kicked out wide.
* Another big WR injury: Jordy Nelson is down with a hamstring. It's unclear if it's the same hammy that cost him a couple games earlier this year. James Jones is hot early, catching one TD pass and getting another called back by penalty.
* Matt Forte's numbers look bad, but he does appear to be healthy. A few minutes into the second quarter, he has nine touches compared to two for Michael Bush. Running without a hitch.
* Tim Tebow (ribs) isn't active today, but I'd stash him on my bench if possible. Three more first-half interceptions for Mark Sanchez today. It has to be over for him.
* Well, Rashad Jennings is done with a concussion. Chalk it up as another blown opportunity for him. Fullback-type Montell Owens figures to carry the load the rest of the way. Look for the Jags to go very pass heavy despite the weather conditions in Buffalo.
* Tom Brady just doesn't trust Brandon Lloyd. Not even looking at him. Many two-wide sets now include Welker and Edelman. Lloyd did have a great block on Welker's bubble screen for a TD in the second quarter. It's Lloyd's biggest contribution in weeks.
* Dustin Keller hurt his foot or ankle on a third-down catch deep in the first half. Hobbling now.
* DeAngelo Williams is running well in the first half with six carries for 35 yards. Mike Tolbert has two carries. If Cam Newton hadn't been so efficient in the first half, Williams' numbers would look much better.
* Well, CJ Spiller started and got most of the work early. But then Fred Jackson got in the game and looked very strong. During red-zone chances, Spiller has come off the field. The touch count at half: Spiller 9, Jackson 9.
* Now it looks like Tony Scheffler sustained a concussion as he's in the locker room. Ryan Broyles has shown no signs of going back in. The Lions are in full desperation mode for pass-catchers with Titus Young and Brian Robiskie inactive.
* So much for Kenny Britt getting more involved under new OC Dowell Loggains. Nope. He has two targets and no catches in the first half. Jake Locker looks way too uncomfortable for someone in their second NFL season. UPDATE: Kenny Britt with a 34-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He lives!
* Running back snaps for the Patriots at halftime, courtesy of Mike Reiss: Danny Woodhead 17, Stevan Ridley 14, Shane Vereen six. Touches: Woodhead four, Ridley four, Vereen zero.
SECOND HALF OBSERVATIONS
* The Packers have announced that Jordy Nelson will NOT return today due to his latest hamstring pull. Perhaps Greg Jennings is going to be a bigger factor in the fantasy playoffs than we thought. James Jones, too.
* Ryan Broyles isn't going to return with that knee injury. Owners can chalk up a brutal 1/3/0 line.
* Owners grappling with Vernon Davis' ineptitude may want to give Marcedes Lewis a look off the waiver wire. Chad Henne loves throwing to this guy whereas Blaine Gabbert simply didn't for unknown reasons.
* Larry Fitzgerald beat Antonio Cromartie for a 23-yard gain on the first series. Since then, he has no catches. Ryan Lindley is that bad.
* Yes, Reggie Wayne is healthy. Andrew Luck has just made some poor decisions and has strangely tried to force slants to Donnie Avery.
* As mentioned above, the Jets no longer have a choice. They've benched Mark Sanchez. If Tim Tebow's ribs are OK for Week 14, look for him to start. I'd consider him a borderline QB1 thanks to his unique running ability. Greg McElroy got a standing ovation when he came on the field today to replace Sanchez.
* Looks like Stevie Johnson tweaked a hamstring now. He's in the locker room near the end of the third quarter.
* CJ Spiller does not look happy about coming off the field in the red zone. He stood by himself on the sideline, as far away from the play as possible. UPDATE: Spiller knows how to fix this red-zone issue. Just run for a touchdown from 44 yards out. Easy.
* This is why we can't trust Jarius Wright as a viable plug-n-play when Percy Harvin is out. Christian Ponder goes into these ruts where he can't complete a pass. Literally. Vikings have to have questions about his long-term status as a starting NFL quarterback.
* I don't know what else to say about Adrian Peterson other than he isn't human. Literally. The greatest athletes in the world have tried to come back from an ACL tear and failed with a year of rehab. Peterson got about six months of rehab in and looks better than ever. It makes no sense whatsoever.
* Justin Blackmon is not hurt. He has one catch on four targets. In other words, he's no Cecil Shorts. However, he might have to be soon. Shorts took a blow to the head and looks woozy as he comes off. He's done for the day.
* Had your playoff heart broken by Jason Hanson or the Texans D/ST? Don't stand for it. Next year, my main league is going to play without any K or D/ST. They are last-round throwaways or $1 picks that randomly pop off. No reason to have them decide games.
* Potential big, late news for Vick Ballard owners. Donald Brown rolled his ankle deep in the fourth quarter and was limping pretty good. Ballard ran really well today and couple be looking at a full workload in Week 14.
* Darren McFadden (ankle) is not expected to make his return on a wet field against the Browns today. That means Marcel Reece owners can start their guy with confidence. UPDATE: It's official, DMC is inactive.
* Big surprise for deep leaguers: Brandon Stokley (wrist, hip) is INACTIVE. Matt Willis and Andre Caldwell figure to handle No. 3 WR duties.
* Rashard Mendenhall has gone from starter to healthy scratch. Expect Jonathan Dwyer to handle the vast majority of the workload today, with Isaac Redman in support.
* Matt Willis is working the slot for the Broncos with Stokley out.
* The Steelers opened in a three-wide set, meaning both Mike Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders were out there. When Ben Roethlisberger gets healthy, that will be the base.
* As expected, Champ Bailey is all over Vincent Jackson. Josh Freeman immediately looking toward Mike Williams on other side.
* Nothing new for the Chargers. Ronnie Brown plays on third downs, catches a dumpoff from Rivers and comes up three yards short of the end zone. Meanwhile, Ryan Mathews is getting his right ankle taped up on the sideline.
* Knowshon Moreno is fresh and he looks that way. He's breaking tackles and has earned 10 touches compared to two for Lance Ball and zero for Ronnie Hillman so far. Moreno isn't letting go of this job.
* The Raiders are starting to use Jeremy Stewart more as a runner and Marcel Reece as a "move" tight end. Reece did have a bad third-down drop midway through the second quarter.
* Big defensive injury for the Steelers as top corner Ike Taylor is done for the day with an ankle injury. The Ravens and Torrey Smith can pick on backup Cortez Allen.
* The Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee is hearing that Norv Turner told the CBS broadcast team that he doesn't think Ryan Mathews has the vision to be a franchise running back. Mathews also appears to have his signals crossed with Philip Rivers today on screen passes. A regime change in San Diego will be big for Mathews.
* Updating that Marcel Reece note from earlier: He's now playing a lot of fullback as Jeremy Stewart is running the ball really well.