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Week 12 Live Blog

by Ryan McDowell
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

With the Thanksgiving holiday, we are already three games into Week Twelve, including some big performances from WRs Keenan Allen and Marvin Jones, along with duds from QB Dak Prescott and TE Evan Engram. Among the players ruled out today are: WR John Ross, RB Devonta Freeman, QB Jameis Winston, WR Rishard Matthews, TE Martellus Bennett, RB Mike Gillislee, QB Jay Cutler and WR Chris Hogan. Players who will be active and on the field: TE Charles Clay, WR Jordan Matthews, WR Danny Amendola, RB Matt Forte and TE Greg Olsen. Let's make the fantasy playoffs today!

 

(7:41PM) Our games have wrapped up for the day. Let's check the finals before we call it a day.

Seattle 24, San Francisco 13

LA Rams 26, New Orleans 20

Oakland 21, Denver 14

Arizona 27, Jacksonville 24

 

(7:39PM) With time running out, veteran QB Blaine Gabbert got the Cardinals down the field and K Phil Dawson set a new career best with a 57-yard field goal, putting Arizona ahead with just one second remaining. 

 

(7:31PM) Saints RB Alvin Kamara just keeps making plays. With the Saints down big and time running out, Kamara got into the end zone again on a 15-yard touchdown pass from QB Drew Brees. The Saints now trail by six points with under two minutes remaining. 

 

(7:23PM) The Broncos have scored again on a second touchdown pass from QB Trevor Siemian, this one to WR Bennie Fowler, and now trail 21-14 with under three minutes remaining. This would be an epic collapse for the Raiders. 

 

(7:16PM) The slugfest continued as the Jaguars have tied the game on a 17-yard touchdown run from QB Blake Bortles, who now has 62 rushing yards and a pair of scores in the game. 

 

(7:14PM) Although the game was already decided, 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass as time expired in his first possession with San Francisco. The Niners will have a decision to make at quarterback, depending on CJ Beathard's status. The Seahawks got the win 24-13. 

 

(7:10PM) Earlier in the week, the 49ers chose to stick with rookie QB CJ Beathard over QB Jimmy Garoppolo, whom they traded for at the deadline. Now, Beathard is down with an injury and Garoppolo is set to make his debut for San Fran. 

 

(7:08PM) And the Cardinals responded quickly. On their next drive, QB Blaine Gabbert dropped a bomb of a pass to WR Jaron Brown, who hauled it in for a 52-yard score. Gabbert then found WR Larry Fitzgerald for the two-point conversion to take a seven point lead. 

 

(7:05PM) After trailing for most of the game, the Jaguars defense came through as it has all year. The Jags defense forced a QB Blaine Gabbert fumble and returned it for a ten-yard touchdown, taking the lead with less than a quarter to play. 

 

(6:59PM) The Broncos have avoided the shut out in the strangest of ways. QB Trevor Siemian connected with WR Cody Latimer for a 25-yard touchdown on a fourth-down play, the first score of the season for Latimer. 

 

(6:55PM) Early in the fourth-quarter and facing a 13-point deficit, the Saints are attempting a comeback and leaning on their RBs. On fourth down, QB Drew Brees hit RB Alvin Kamara, who gained 33 yards to put the team inside the five. Kamara now has 164 total yards, leading the team in rushing and receiving. 

 

(6:47PM) That didn't last long! Broncos QB Paxton Lynch suffered an ankle injury and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game. Lynch completed only nine passes for 41 yards in nearly three quarters of action. The Broncos have now turned back to QB Trevo Siemian

 

(6:43PM) Here are the top-scoring FF TEs for the week, so far:

TE1- Zach Ertz

TE2- Rob Gronkowski

TE3- Kyle Rudolph

TE4- Hunter Henry

TE5- Jack Doyle

 

(6:34PM) Here are the top-scoring FF WRs for the week, so far:

WR1- Julio Jones

WR2- Keenan Allen

WR3- Robby Anderson

WR4- Marvin Jones

WR5- Jamison Crowder

 

(6:29PM) Another game, another blowout. Seattle added to their lead with a touchdown connection between QB Russell Wilson and TE Jimmy Graham, now leading 21-6. Graham has only two catches for nine yards for the score. 

 

(6:27PM) The Raiders have added to their commanding lead as QB Derek Carr found RB Jalen Richard for a six-yard touchdown pass. Oakland is cruising over the Broncos 21-0 as Carr now has 146 passing yards and a pair of scores. 

 

(6:25PM) The Jaguars are hanging in the game and now trail 16-10 after a touchdown run from QB Blake Bortles, who leads the team with 45 rushing yards on the day. Rookie RB Leonard Fournette has managed just 16 yards on 10 carries so far. 

 

(6:21PM) No surprise here, but Raiders WR Amari Cooper has been ruled out for the remainder of the game with a concussion. Cooper posted a 1/9/1 line before leaving the game. 

 

(6:19PM) Here are the top-scoring FF RBs for the week, so far:

RB1- Joe Mixon

RB2- Tevin Coleman

RB3- Rex Burkhead

RB4- Alvin Kamara

RB5- Samaje Perine

 

(6:12PM) Here are the top-scoring FF QBs for the week, so far:

QB1- Philip Rivers

QB2- Case Keenum

QB3- Josh McCown

QB4- Carson Wentz

QB5- Tom Brady

 

(6:09PM) Live blog coverboy QB Russell Wilson has not had a big game, but he did just account his second touchdown of the day, hitting TE Nick Vannett, his first career touchdown. Wilson has jyst 144 passing yards so far. 

 

(5:54PM) Outside of a brawl, it has been a quiet afternoon of games, but let's get a quick overview of the action. The Rams lead the Saints at halftime, thanks to scores from WR Sammy Watkins and WR Josh Reynolds. The Saints touchdown came on a long run from rookie RB Alvin Kamara. It has been all Oakland as the Raiders lead 14-0 as halftime approaches. Scores from RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Amari Cooper account for the points. Arizona leads the Jags 13-3 at the break thanks to a third touchdown in two games from rookie TE Ricky Seals-Jones. Seattle leads yet another low-scoring game 7-3 on a rushing score from QB Russell Wilson

 

(5:39PM) The Raiders have already lost WR Michael Crabtree (fighting) and WR Amari Cooper (head), leaving TE Jared Cook and RB Marshawn Lynch to carry the load. After a touchdown to Cook was overturned, Lynch ran it in from two yards out, giving the Raiders a 14-0 lead. 

 

(5:34PM) Raiders WR Amari Cooper had the earlier touchdown catch and that might be the end of his day as he just took a nasty hit from the Denver defender, appearing to be knocked out cold. Cooper will almost certainly be assessed for a concussion and I'd be surprised if we saw him back in this game. 

 

(5:28PM) After a pair of touchdown receptions in limited playing time last week, there was a lot of debate about rookie TE Ricky Seals-Jones and if his performance was a fluke or a sign of things to come. Well, he just scored again, catching a 29-yard pass and walking into the end zone uncovered to give the Cardinals a 13-0 lead over Jacksonville. Seals-Jones now has three receptions for 61 yards and the score. 

 

(5:26PM) The Rams are without WR Robert Woods, but are still making plays in the passing offense. After QB Jared Goff hit WR Cooper Kupp for a 53-yard bomb, the Rams then scored on a Goff to WR Josh Reynolds touchdown. The Rams lead 17-7 and the Saints should be throwing the ball for the remainder of the half. 

 

(5:19PM) With WR Michael Crabtree out for the game after the earlier fight, WR Amari Cooper becomes the top option for QB Derek Carr and the two just hooked up for the first score of the game. Carr found Cooper for a 9-yard touchdown, giving Oakland a 7-0 lead. It was Cooper's first reception of the game. 

 

(4:56PM) The unbelieveble heater for rookie RB Alvin Kamara continues. He just broke a 74-yard touchdown run on his first touch of the game. He made that he made look easy, but the Saints trail 10-7. 

 

(4:38PM) This shouldn't be surprising given the sitory of these teams, but a brawl has broken out in the Denver/Oakland game, keyed by a scuffle between WR Michael Crabtree and DB Aqib Talib. Both players were ejected in a situation that could've seen many more players bounced. Crabtree did not record a catch before being ejected. The Raiders also lost their RG Gabe Jackson, who made contact with an official and was sent to the locker room. 

 

(4:28PM) With WR Robert Woods out for the game, WR Sammy Watkins took advantage, hauling in a 24-yard reception on the Rams first offensive play of the game. Watkins then finished the drive with a 5-yard score from QB Jared Goff, giving the Rams a lead over the Saints. 

 

(4:16PM) The 49ers and Seahawks are underway, but QB Russell Wilson didn't start well, throwing an interception on his first pass attempt of the game. The Niners couldn't take advantage though and Wilson and Seattle has the ball back. 

 

(4:13PM) The Jets aren't going away. After falling behind by two scores in the fourth quarter, QB Josh McCown led a scoring drive, as he found WR Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown. They now must stop the Panthers offense with just over three minutes remaining. McCown is up to 282 passing yards and three touchdowns for the game. 

 

(4:04PM) The Falcons game has wrapped and WR Julio Jones finished with a week-winning 12/253/2 line, with a 15 yard rush thrown in, quieting any and all who doubted the superstar. 

 

(3:59PM) Some final scores from our early games...

Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 20

Cincinnati 30, Cleveland 16

Tennessee 20, Indianapolis 16

Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10

 

(3:56PM) The Patriots just concluded another successful drive, ending with the fourth touchdown pass of the day for QB Tom Brady, who found WR Brandin Cooks from five yards out. Cooks now has 6/83/1 for the game and the Patriots are headed for another win. 

 

(3:55PM) Jets QB Josh McCown was trying to make a play, but he lost the ball and the Panthers made him pay, recovering a fumble and returning it for a go-ahead score. QB Cam Newton followed that up with a successful two-point conversion and Carolina leads again. 

 

(3:48PM) The Falcons are in the end zone again, but this time it is RB Tevin Coleman with his second rushing touchdown of the day. Coleman has an impressive 97 yards on the ground and the Falcons lead 34-20 with under two minutes left. 

 

(3:36PM) The Titans have come back to take the lead on a one-yard touchdown run from RB DeMarco Murray. It's been a terrible game for Murray, who has ten carries for -2 yards in the game, but his touchdown and 2/25 line as a receiver might save his day for fantasy players. 

 

(3:33PM) For those of you on Julio watch...The Falcons star WR is up to 11 receptions for 229 yards and two scores. 

 

(3:31PM) Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer just scored on a fourth-down run from three yards out. The Browns now trail just 23-16 in the middle of the fourth quarter. 

 

(3:30PM) Eagles RB Jay Ajayi broke a long run before fumbling into the end zone. The ball was recovered by WR Nelson Agholor for the touchdown and Philly leads 31-3. 

 

(3:27PM) The Panthers are back on top after a two-yard touchdown run from RB Jonathan Stewart. QB Cam Newton completed passes to WR Devin Funchess (35 yards) and RB Christian McCaffrey (26) to keep the drive alive and Stewart finished it off. The two-point conversio failed and Carolina leads 18-17. 

 

(3:24PM) As mentioned earlier, Panthers TE Greg Olsen was returning from a long absence today after suffering a broken foot early in the season. After recording just one catch for 10 yards on the day, Olsen has reaggrevated the injury and will not return. This could be a bad sign for the veteran tight end. 

 

(3:17PM) The Bucs are already calling RB Doug Martin week-to-week with what must be a severe concussion. In his stead, RB Peyton Barber just scored his second rushing touchdown of the day and is likely to be the top waiver wire target as the fantasy playoffs approach. 

 

(3:09PM) Jets WR Robby Anderson is quietly becoming a WR1 in fantasy leagues. Anderson just caught his second score of the game, this time a 54-yarder from QB Josh McCown, giving the Jets the lead. Anderson has a pretty stat line of 5/118/2 on the day. 

 

(3:07PM) One play after Dolphins RB Damien Williams was carted off with a shoulder injury, his backup RB Kenyan Drake lost a fumble and the Patriots have it in Miami territory, leading 28-10. 

 

(3:05PM) Titans TE Delanie Walker is enjoying a big game and just hauled in a touchdown pass from QB Marcus Mariota, his first of the game. Walker has a 4/63/1 line and the Titans trail 16-13. 

 

(3:02PM) Miami RB Damien Williams just broke off a nice 11-yard run, but went down grabbing his left shoulder and was immediately attened to by medical staff. Williams has 52 total yards on the day, while RB Kenyan Drake has 23 yards, but could see a bulk of the work for the remainder of the game. 

 

(2:59PM) With starting RB Doug Martin out for the game, RB Peyton Barber earned the red zone carries and scored from two-yards out, bringing the Bucs within two scores of the surging Falcons. By the way, Atlanta WR Julio Jones is up to 161 yards on seven receptions, along with a 15-yard run. 

 

(2:57PM) Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has broken out of his multi-week "slump" catching his second touchdown of the day as he bobbled, but held on for the score. The Patriots lead 27-10 and Gronk now has 5/82/2 on the day. 

 

(2:53PM) With WR Rishard Matthews out, today had the makings of a breakout game for Titans rookie WR Corey Davis, but midway through the third quarter, Davis has just one reception for 12 yards. Tennessee trails 16-6, so we could see some passing volume in the remainder of the game. 

 

(2:50PM) The Chiefs offense are finally showing some signs of life. QB Alex Smith hit WR Albert Wilson with a short pass and he did the rest, weaving through the Bills defense for a 19-yard touchdown pass. The Bills still lead 13-10. 

 

(2:48PM) The Falcons have extended their lead to 27-6 over Tampa Bay on a three-yard touchdown from RB Tevin Coleman. Coleman now has 63 rushing yards in the game. 

 

(2:45PM) The Browns continue to give it up against opposing tight ends as Bengals TE Tyler Kroft caught a touchdown pass from QB Andy Dalton. Kroft made a nice leaping catch in the back corner of the end zone for the one-yard score, giving Cincy a 23-6 lead over the Browns. 

 

(2:43PM) Tampa Bay RB Doug Martin has suffered a concussion and has been ruled out for the game. Martin had seven carries for 33 yards before the injury. The Bucs will likely roll with RB Jaquizz Rodgers for the remainder of the game. He has five carries for 20 yards. 

 

(2:39PM) The Bengals continue to lead over in-state rival Cleveland, but WR AJ Green has had little impact so far. Early in the second-half, Green just caught his second pass of the day and has a total of 33 yards. 

 

(2:33PM) With most games at halftime, let's check the top FF scorers for the day...

QB- Carson Wentz, Tom Brady, Cam Newton

RB- Rex Burkhead, Joe Mixon, Frank Gore

WR- Julio Jones, Robby Anderson, Alshon Jeffery

TE- Zach Ertz, Rob Gronkowski, Delanie Walker

 

(2:31PM) In a revenge game for Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery, you knew it was only a matter of time. QB Carson Wentz found Jeffery for the eight-yard touchdown, giving Philly a 24-0 halftime lead. Jeffery has 5/52/1 at the break. 

 

(2:25PM) Jets WR Robby Anderson just hauled onto a ridiculous 33-yard touchdown grab, his fifth consecutive game with a score. Anderson has 4/64/1 on the day and the Jets trail 12-9. 

 

(2:20PM) The Colts have extended their lead over the Titans thanks to a 14-yard touchdown run from veteran RB Frank Gore, who has 33 rushing yards in the first-half. WR TY Hilton has only two receptions for 15 yards so far. 

 

(2:17PM) The Eagles lead the Bears 17-0 as the first-half nears the two-minute warning. QB Carson Wentz has touchdown passes to TE Zach Ertz and WR Nelson Agholor accounting for the Eagles scores, alog with a field goal from K Jake Elliott. The Bears have not been able to get anything going on offense, with RB Jordan Howard rushing for six yards on five carries and WR Dontelle Inman leading the team with a 1/18 line. 

 

(2:09PM) Bengals rookie RB Joe Mixon is on his way to a new career-best game against the Browns. Mixon already has 105 total yards, leading the team in both rushing (54) and recieving (51) in the first-half. 

 

(2:06PM) The Panthers have already had three big plays in the game, each gaining 20+ yards. The latest was a simple play, a run up the middle for rookie RB Christian McCaffrey, gaining 40 yards. McCaffrey has 63 total yards in the game and the Panthers are in the red zone again. 

 

(1:58PM) Many projected this positive regression was coming and here we are. After just one touchdown through eleven weeks, Falcons WR Julio Jones has his second score of the day, this time coming in a more conventional play from QB Matt Ryan, spanning 25 yards. Julio has 4/105/2 on the day. 

 

(1:56PM) Patriots RB Rex Burkhead has his second touchdown of the game, this time through the air from QB Tom Brady as the Pats are cruising, up 21-7 over Miami. 

 

(1:54PM) The Patriots future Hall-of-Famer QB Tom Brady quickly shook off the earlier turnover and has his team in the red zone. Brady hit WR Brandin Cooks for a 37-yard gain, staying hot with WR Chris Hogan out of the lineup. 

 

(1:50PM) The Dolphins are on the board, but it took the rare defensive score against the Patriots. QB Tom Brady was sacked and fumbled, which Miami recovered and returned. The Patriots lead 14-7 and are marching again. 

 

(1:46PM) Panthers QB Cam Newton continues to run the ball more than he did early in the year and he just scored on a one-yard touchdown run, putting Carolina in the lead 9-3, following a missed extra point. 

 

(1:43PM) If you chose to play both Falcons WRs in their juicy matchup against the Bucs, you hit the jackpot as WR Mohamed Sanu just dropped a bomb of a 51-yard touchdown pass to WR Julio Jones, just his second touchdown catch of the year, to give the Falcons a 10-3 lead. Jones now has a 2/60/1 line. 

 

(1:40PM) The Bills have taken the lead over a fading Chiefs team after QB Tyrod Taylor found rookie WR Zay Jones for an 11-yard touchdown. Buffalo leads in Kansas City 7-0. 

 

(1:34PM) Today was also viewed as a "get right" spot for Chiefs rookie RB Kareem Hunt, but he's off to a slow start, as is the entire KC offense. Hunt has three carries for six yards and the Chiefs don't even have a first down yet, with time winding down in the first quarter. 

 

(1:29PM) Fantasy players are counting on a huge offensive day from the Falcons, facing the Bucs defense. With the first quarter nearly in the books, things are not looking very good. WR Julio Jones has one reception for nine yards on three targets, while RB Tevin Coleman, playing in place of the injured Devonta Freeman, has four carries for 34 yards. 

 

(1:28PM) The Titans are marching all over the Colts early and TE Delanie Walker is showing no effects of the earlier ankle issue that sent him to the sidelines. Walker just hauled in a 37-yard pass from QB Marcus Mariota in very tight coverage. He already has three grabs for 61 yards in the game. 

 

(1:25PM) It is going to be a field day for the Pats! They've just scored again on the first touchdown pass of the day from QB Tom Brady to his TE Rob Gronkowski, totaling five yards. Gronk already has a 3/46/1 line in the first quarter. 

 

(1:23PM) The Eagles are on the board thanks to a touchdown strike from QB Carson Wentz to TE Zach Ertz, breaking out of his brief cold streak. Ertz already has four receptions for 36 yards, along with the touchdown. 

 

(1:21PM) The Bengals responded to the Browns opening scoring drive with a long drive of their own, resulting in an eight-yard touchdown pass from QB Andy Dalton to WR Tyler Boyd. The drive was keyed by a 19-yard run from rookie RB Joe Mixon

 

(1:20PM) Facing the Panthers, all points will be very valuable for the Jets today and starting TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins just dropped what looked like an easy touchdown pass. The Jets had to opt for a field goal instead, taking a 3-0 lead. 

 

(1:18PM) Good news if you're a Titans fan or a Delanie Walker fantasy owner. After missing one play, Walker was back in the game and recorded a second catch, giving him 24 total yards in the early going. 

 

(1:14PM) The Titans, facing off against division rival Colts in Indianapolis, is in the red zone early. They may be without starting TE Delanie Walker, who was forced from the field after making a 14-yard reception. 

 

(1:12PM) After solid opening drives, the Buccaneers and Panthers each settled for field goals, taking early leads in their respective games. 

 

(1:08PM) And just like that, New England is in! RB Rex Burkhead scored from two yards out, giving the Pats the lead. 

 

(1:07PM) A 39-yard hook up between Patriots QB Tom Brady and little-used WR Phillip Dorsett has New England in the red zone, threatening to score early against a fading Dolphins defense. 

 

(1:05PM) Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is wasting little time, connecting with RB LeSean McCoy for a 24-yard pass play to get Buffalo around mid-field on the first possession of the game. 

 

(1:03PM) Here are the games we'll be tracking in this early afternoon...

BUF @ KC

CAR @ NYJ

TEN @ IND

CHI @ PHI

MIA @ NE

TB @ ATL

CLE @ CIN

 

(12:59PM) After the disaster that was rookie QB Nathan Peterman a week ago, the Bills turn back to veteran QB Tyrod Taylor as they face the Chiefs. Taylor could have a big day against the struggling KC defense.