Team of the Week
QB: Jalen Hurts, PHI
Last night’s performance by Hurts was one of those classic “cheat code” games for him in which he dominated from a fantasy perspective without big passing production—totaling 29.82 fantasy points in large part thanks to 17 carries for 157 yards on the ground. Still, Hurts has multiple passing scores in five of his past six games and continues to win with his arm as well.
RB: Josh Jacobs, LV
A calf injury late in the week caused some uncertainty for Jacobs, but it didn’t seem to impact him a bit in his record-breaking day—totaling 39 touches, 303 total yards, and two touchdowns in the overtime win. Of course, the final play being an 86-yard score turned an outstanding game into a historic game for the Raiders and fantasy owners.
RB: Miles Sanders, PHI
Green Bay had absolutely no answers for the Philadelphia running game, and Sanders recorded what felt like an easy 29.5 fantasy points on Sunday night. Overall, the lead runner handled 21 carries for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
WR: Justin Jefferson, MIN
The Patriots not doing more to eliminate Jefferson was a surprise, as he was able to get loose for nine receptions, 139 yards, and touchdown in the 33-26 victory—not to mention an 11-yard completion on top of it. Based on how Jefferson looked, we’d say his quiet performance a couple of weeks ago had more to do with a matchup versus Trevon Diggs than his toe injury impacting him down the stretch.
WR: Chris Godwin, TB
As hoped, Godwin picked up where he left off before the bye week—hauling in 12-of-13 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown as the engine for the passing attack in Cleveland. The numbers were season-highs across the board, and Godwin should be a WR1 the rest of the way.
TE: Dalton Schultz, DAL
He only had four targets on Thanksgiving, but finding the end zone twice put Schultz atop the leaderboard at tight end heading into Monday night with 17.1 fantasy points. Aside from the blowout victory over the Vikings in Week 11, Schultz has been red hot in every game with Dak Prescott under center.
FLEX: Garrett Wilson, NYJ
Mike White was a huge boost to New York’s offense on Sunday, and Wilson was the biggest beneficiary with a 5/95/2 line on eight targets in the 31-10 win over Chicago. Even including when Zach Wilson was under center, though, Wilson has gone for 92+ yards in three of the past four games—so he should be a rest-of-season WR2.
For the second week in a row, a defense facing the Texans makes it here with a 20-point fantasy performance, as Miami recorded five sacks and three turnovers—including a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Those locked into the fantasy playoffs should already be looking ahead for units to stream.
K: Nick Folk, NE
Justin Tucker (14.0 fantasy points) hitting a 67-yard game-winner would have made him the clear choice here, but Folk (15.0 fantasy points) gets the slight edge after nailing all four of his field goals on Thanksgiving.
Surprise of the Week: Zay Jones
Jones sits as the overall WR5 for this week, and he had a career day by catching 11-of-14 targets for 145 yards—and then capped it off with the game-winning two-point conversion in the final seconds. The former second-round pick has the trust of Trevor Lawrence and a very favorable schedule over the final several weeks.
Disappointment of the Week: Travis Etienne Jr.
Alvin Kamara with two lost fumbles and 4.0 fantasy points could have been listed here, but injuries typically cause the most frustration—and Etienne left Sunday’s win with a foot injury after just two carries for three scoreless yards. On the bright side, Etienne had his helmet on throughout the game, but a short absence might not matter for fantasy owners fighting for a playoff spot.
Rookie of the Week: Garrett Wilson
Wilson has been extremely efficient with his targets this season, and the big-play ability was on display with the 54-yard catch-and-run for his second touchdown from Mike White. The No. 10 overall pick is another wideout that appears to have a favorable schedule in the fantasy playoffs.
Week 12 MVP: Josh Jacobs
Jacobs going off with an injured calf that he reinjured in the fourth quarter makes his monster day all the more impressive for what will undoubtedly go down as a legendary fantasy performance:
“They didn’t want me to finish the game."
Josh Jacobs aggravated the calf injury that nearly caused him to miss the game at the end of the fourth quarter, but pushed on.
— Tashan Reed (@tashanreed) November 28, 2022