Team of the Week
QB: Ryan Tannehill
An upside-down week at quarterback saw Tannehill finish atop the position with 32.4 fantasy points, and a large chunk of the production came on 40 rushing yards and two scores on the ground. As a passer, Tannehill was again efficient despite just 14 completions, so he is trending towards QB1 status on a confident offense. After next week’s matchup in Indianapolis, the Titans will face Oakland, Houston, New Orleans, and Houston again to close out the year.
RB: Leonard Fournette
He was surely in everyone’s lineup, but it figures that Fournette finally breaks through with a multi-score game when the Jaguars get blown out, 42-20. Aside from 24 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns, Fournette also added nine receptions (on 12 targets) for 62 yards. He should remain around 25 or so touches for Week 13.
RB: Derrick Henry
For the second year in a row, Henry completely dominated the rematch against Jacksonville—this time rumbling for two touchdowns in a span of 21 seconds, including a 74-yard sprint that displayed his speed, balance, and power down the left sideline as he kept Jags away from him. Henry also had a receiving score called back early in the game, but fantasy owners certainly won’t be complaining about 28.0 fantasy points.
WR: Chris Godwin
It felt like a monster game was coming soon for Godwin, and he definitely had one yesterday with seven receptions, 184 yards, and two touchdowns. Both scores proved Godwin deserves to be mentioned among the best receivers in the league, as he first made a great focus catch in traffic while breaking a tackle for a 71-yard catch-and-run, then he followed it up with a one-handed snag at the goal-line.
WR: Jarvis Landry
Miami had absolutely no answer for Landry this week, and he was able to record his first double-digit-catch performance of the year while finding the end zone twice for the pass-happy Browns. After going the first two months of the season without a touchdown, Landry has now scored five times in November. He will look to stay hot next week in Pittsburgh.
TE: George Kittle
People may have been hesitant to put Kittle back atop the tight end rankings in his return from a two-game absence and playing on a broken ankle, but he didn’t waste any time in a battle for first place in the NFC by catching six-of-six targets for 129 yards and a touchdown. The score—a 61-yard corner-post route on cornerback Kevin King—was more evidence that Kittle is the best tight end in the league.
FLEX: D.J. Moore
Teammate Christian McCaffrey was an option for another Team of the Week nod, but Moore takes the FLEX spot for Week 12 because of how impressive he looked in a shootout loss to the Saints. Things got started in the first quarter with a 51-yard touchdown, and the second-year receiver was a difficult cover all afternoon through the one-handed, game-tying score in the fourth quarter. Moore has now recorded 95+ receiving yards in each of the past four games.
Other D/ST options scored more points, but Buffalo was the best unit that was widely used, and they were able to hold Denver to just 134 yards in a 20-3 victory. A big reason for the stout performance was Tre’Davious White’s work against Courtland Sutton, who caught just one pass.
K: Chase McLaughlin
Rolling with a backup kicker can be a little risky, but McLaughlin has been really good for San Francisco. Including a three-for-three performance on field goals last night, McLaughlin has hit seven-of-eight attempts and all eight of his PAT tries for the 10-1 Niners.
Surprise of the Week: Rashaad Penny
Philadelphia’s run defense is one of the stingiest in the league, but that didn’t stop Penny from having the best game of his young career (14 attempts for 129 yards and a touchdown) to lift the running game with Chris Carson struggling. Penny seemed to be nothing more than a decent handcuff before Seattle’s Week 11 bye, but he should be worth rostering in all formats after Sunday.
Disappointment of the Week: Aaron Jones
There are other candidates (most notably Amari Cooper after a zero-catch performance), but Jones getting just 3.8 fantasy points on Sunday night likely ended the season for people all around the world, and being a late game made it more difficult to swallow. The most concerning part of the performance was that Jones didn’t catch a pass for the second game in a row, and since Davante Adams’ return, he’s totaled just one reception for negative-one yard.
Rookie of the Week: A.J. Brown
He probably won’t see double-digit targets in a game this season for the run-heavy Titans, but Brown once again showed he’s arguably the best rookie receiver with a 4/135/1 line in the team’s win over Jacksonville. The highlight in Week 12 was a 65-yard score that showed Brown’s impressive speed at 226 pounds. Dynasty owners in particular should be thrilled by what they’ve seen out of the Ole Miss product.
Week 12 MVP: Chris Godwin
He should see at least ten targets every week, but Godwin only needed eight of them on Sunday to lead all fantasy scorers in 0.5 PPR leagues heading into Monday night. Through 11 games in his first year as a full-time player, Godwin—who is already over 1,000 yards—has a season-long pace of 102/1,558/13; don’t be surprised if he finishes as the overall WR1 in 2019.