NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap: Immediate takeaways from Thanksgiving's games

NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap: Immediate takeaways from Thanksgiving's games

Updated: 3 days, 12 hours, 18 minutes, 33 seconds ago

• Amon-Ra St. Brown leads the Lions: The Lions were the healthiest they’ve been at wide receiver in months, but that didn’t stop St. Brown from his third 100-yard game of the season.

• Isaiah McKenzie’s best game of the season: He scored his fourth touchdown of the season while gaining over 100 offensive yards for the first time this season.

• Devin Singletary remains the Bills’ lead back: James Cook and Nyheim Hines rarely touched the football despite some thoughts that both players could see more playing time.

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Amon-Ra St. Brown


9 receptions, 122 yards

, 1 touchdown

, 1 carry, 7 rushing yards Isaiah McKenzie

: 6 receptions, 96 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 carries, 7 rushing yards

The Lions are getting healthier at wide receiver: The Lions had their top-three veteran wide receivers active for the first time since September.

D.J. Chark

returned to the Lions lineup last week after suffering an ankle injury in Week 3. He played 2-3 snaps per quarter a week ago.

He was still limited in practice to begin the week.

Chark was on the field much more regularly against the Bills, consistently playing in three-receiver sets, and sometimes in two-receiver sets.

Josh Reynolds

suffered a back injury in Week 8. He was limited in practice all week and was questionable coming into the game.

The Lions largely restricted Reynolds to single wide receiver sets, which left him run-blocking more often than not.

Kalif Raymond

remained the number two receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown.

Raymond finished second on the team in receiving yards, but will likely see a reduction in snaps next week if Reynolds is healthier.

Jameson Williams

was added to the injured reserve/designated to return list earlier in the week. He could be ready to play as soon as next week and might make it so none of the receivers outside of

Amon-Ra St. Brown

are seeing a full workload.

Williams can be picked up off the waiver wire as a lottery ticket, but Chark and Reynolds should be avoided due to their health, and the potential emergence of Williams.

D’Andre Swift slowly trending up: Swift still isn’t seeing the playing time most expected, but his playing time is trending in the right direction even if his touches aren’t.

Justin Jackson

had seen more offensive snaps than Swift from Week 9-10, including more carries and more pass plays.

Swift’s playing time was up in this game because he was more consistently on the field on third downs. Last week all three running backs saw multiple snaps on third and long.

He was close to scoring on a number of plays, including carries that almost scored and targets right around the goal line.

His increased snaps mostly came at the expense of Jackson.

Jamaal Williams

’ role in the offense remained the same.

Swift has been a touchdown-dependent player since Week 1.

The Lions'

schedule over the next five games are relatively-favorable

for their running backs, so it’s probably still too early to give up on Swift.

Drop Nyheim Hines: Hines has reached his fourth game with the Bills, but has barely made an impact on offense.

He played four snaps in the first quarter but then didn’t see another snap on offense.

Coach McDermott has been

happy with Hines on special teams

 but didn’t seem particularly optimistic about getting him more involved on offense.

There is still a chance Hines gets more involved in the offense, but that might be seeing 15-25 snaps a game. It seems unlikely he reached enough offensive snaps to be a fantasy starter.

Even if

Devin Singletary

were to get injured, it seems

James Cook

would be the primary running back.

It’s also worth noting Cook’s playing time remained similar to recent weeks, and his touches went down rather than up despite his 86 rushing yards on Sunday.

Isaiah McKenzie’s big game: McKenzie was the most dominant receiver for the Bills against the Lions, and there is a wide range of outcomes for McKenzie over the next five games.

He was consistently rotating in and out of three-receiver sets, with

Khalil Shakir

also seeing significant work from the slot.

Shakir is seeing more playing time in general, as he’s also the primary backup on the outside with

Jake Kumerow

on injured reserve.

McKenzie averaged 0.37 PPR points per route against man defense heading into the game compared to 0.17 against zone.

The Lions had the fifth-highest rate of using man defense heading into this game.

Typically the low snaps and good matchup would mean McKenzie will decline, but the Patriots face the Patriots and Dolphins in two of their next three games. They rank third and second respectively in how often they use man defense.

His only other game this season with 50 or more receiving yards came against Miami in Week 3.

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Table Notes

• Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

• Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

• Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.