Rondale Moore injured at MNF

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The news: Cardinals WR Rondale Moore suffered a groin injury Monday night against the 49ers.

What it means in fantasy: Moore was injured during the Cardinals’ first drive and was replaced by Greg Dortch, who played 91% of offensive snaps and ran the same number of routes as DeAndre Hopkins. Marquise Brown returned to practice this week but was not activated by the IR ahead of the game. Dortch had served as a slot receiver earlier in the season before Moore was healthy enough to take on the role, averaging 66 yards per game. On Monday, he rallied a season-high 103 yards. In the event that Moore misses a lot of time due to the groin injury, Dortch, who is only listed in 0.7% of ESPN leagues, should be picked by fantasy managers in lower formats. He would serve as the Cardinals’ No. 3 receiver behind Hopkins and Brown.

go deeper: Colt McCoy’s 47-yard pass to Dortch was the longest offensive play for the Cardinals this season.

The news: The Broncos did without RB Melvin Gordon III. RB Chase Edmonds is set to miss time with a high ankle sprain.

What it means in fantasy: Gordon’s third losing fumble of the season at the goal line against the Raiders on Sunday was the last straw for the Broncos coaching staff. With Edmonds sidelined and Gordon eliminated, the Broncos are left with Latavius ​​Murray and Marlon Mack as their top two running backs. Murray can be considered an RB2 just by volume, even though Denver’s offense ranks 21st in total yards and 32nd in points per game.

The news: Bears QB Justin Fields is “everyday” with a left shoulder injury.

What it means in fantasy: Fantasy executives will learn more about Fields’ status when the Bears release their first injury report on Wednesday. It wouldn’t be surprising if Fields missed the Bears’ Week 12 matchup against the Jets. David Montgomery would benefit from more quick tries if Fields were ruled out, but trusting Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet with Trevor Siemian in the middle would be difficult.

The news: Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase will return to training this week.

What it means in fantasy: While this is great news, Bengals head coach Zac Taylor hasn’t confirmed Chase’s return for Week 12 against the Titans. Chase missed the last three games with a hip injury but no longer uses crutches. The team will release its first injury report of the week on Wednesday, which will include more information on Chase’s status.

go deeper: In the three games before the injury, Chase averaged 11 goals and 25.7 fantasy points.

The news: Rams QB Matthew Stafford is still being evaluated for a concussion.

What it means in fantasy: Stafford had a solid performance after a one-game absence in the league’s concussion record but left Sunday’s game against the Saints early to be evaluated for another concussion. Head coach Sean McVay said Monday afternoon the Rams are still deciding whether Stafford will return to concussion protocol. With a 3-7 record, Los Angeles has little reason to bring Stafford back after suffering a concussion two weeks ago. Chances are John Wolford or Bryce Perkins will start against the Chiefs in Week 12.

The news: Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered a serious sprained ankle against the Chargers on Sunday.

What it means in fantasy: It is currently unclear whether Edwards-Helaire will be placed on injured reserve. In Edwards-Helaire’s absence, the Chiefs will likely give the most rushing attempts to rookie Isiah Pacheco. He became the first Chiefs running back to surpass 100 rushing yards this season by rushing for 107 yards with 15 carries against the Chargers. Kansas City’s upcoming schedule is very favorable for running backs, starting in Week 12 when Pacheco will be firmly on the RB2 radar.

The news: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Falcons had placed TE Kyle Pitts on injured reserve.

What it means in fantasy: Pitts’ MRI showed a cruciate ligament tear that will likely require surgery. With Pitts on injured reserve, he will miss at least four games and possibly more due to the nature of his injury. He also suffered a hamstring injury earlier this season. During Pitts’ absence, Atlanta could turn to tight ends Parker Hesse, MyCole Pruitt, Anthony Firkser and Feleipe Franks, who has been dealing with a calf injury. Neither of them are on the fantasy radar. With Marcus Mariota at center this season, the Falcons’ offense sits fourth in the league with 32.8 rushing attempts per game, while Pitts has averaged 5.9 goals and 7.6 fantasy points.

The news: Jets head coach Robert Saleh didn’t commit to QB Zach Wilson as a starter against the Bears in Week 12.

What it means in fantasy: Wilson had one of the worst games in the league this season against the Patriots on Sunday. The Jets have shot 10 times, which was the most punts of any team that season. Adding to the frustration, the 10th punt was returned for a touchdown. Wilson is 5-2 as a starter, but he’s been cruel in two of his last three games. On Sunday, Wilson completed nine of 22 passes for 77 yards, a career low. With a 55.6% completion rate, he ranks 23rd in the overall quarterback rating (45.2). In week 12, neither Joe Flacco nor Mike White are attractive fantasy options.

The news: Panthers head coach Steve Wilks has not named a starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

What it means in fantasy: Baker Mayfield started for the Panthers against the Broncos in Week 11 and was suboptimal. He finished with a 20.2 overall quarterback rating, slightly better than his league-low rating of 15.3 in his first five games. It’s also possible that Wilks will return to PJ Walker, who was 2-3 as a starter before suffering a high ankle sprain last week and opening the door to Mayfield for the start. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there have been some talks within the Panthers’ organization that Sam Darnold could get a chance to start this season. Running back D’Onta Foreman is the only Carolina fantasy manager who can feel comfortable starting.

go deeper: The Panthers rank 32nd in the league with 286.1 total yards per game and 25th with 18.8 points per game.

The news: Lions WR Jameson Williams is set to return from injured reserve.

What it means in fantasy: Williams’ long-awaited NFL debut is upon us. The 12th overall Lions trained Monday after recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture he suffered during the College Football Playoff National Championship. Williams has three weeks of training before his return, which could see him return in Week 15 against the Jets. The Panthers, Bears and Packers are fantasy-friendly matchups for the Lions in weeks 16, 17 and 18 to wrap up the season. Williams is in just 17.3% of ESPN leagues. Fantasy managers should put it in deeper formats.

go deeper: In 2021, Williams caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide. As a first-team All-SEC selection, he led the SEC in receiving touchdowns.

Today on and on the ESPN Fantasy App

• Week 12 fantasy football rankings at each position (PPR and NPPR)

Streaming pickups by Matt Bowen: deeper picks for lower leagues and emergencies

Eric Karabell’s Flex and Superflex Leaderboard for Week 12

• NFL Nation’s Fantasy Fallout: Beat Reporters answer our most pressing fantasy questions

• Eric Karabell’s trade index and rankings for the remainder of the season for week 12 and beyond

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)


Field Yates Fantasy Field Pass for week 12

Mike Clay’s Thanksgiving Playbook

Mike Clay’s Shadow Report: Analyzing matchups between wide receivers and defensive backs

Seth Walder’s next-gen stat advantage: Mismatches to exploit

Tristan H. Cockcroft’s positional matchup card

Fantasy film room by Matt Bowen

Al Zeidenfeld’s DFS best buys for week 12

DFS cheat sheet for DraftKings and FanDuel

• Rankings for individual defensive player leagues

• Fantasy Focus Podcast (10:00 AM ET)

In case you missed it:

• Eric Moody’s Waiver Wire Pickups identify the best players to claim for your team

• Fantasy Focus Podcast: Field Yates, Daniel Dopp and Liz Loza recap everything you need to know from Week 11 of the NFL season, including the stars who will help you throughout the season. Also, Liz and Daniel give an audio-exclusive reaction to SNF, including another clutch performance by Patrick Mahomes. Listen | watch


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