Ok, maybe they were right to push up the Steelers-Ravens game for the tree lighting. The Steelers moved to 11-0 in the exact kind of game you’d expect to be played on a Wednesday afternoon during a pandemic.
Eric Ebron had 11 targets. Diontae Johnson had 13. They turned those into a bunch of drops and 100 combined yards, which is notgreatbob.gif. Trace McSorely did what Lamar Jackson has been unable to do and unlocked Marquise Brown on a suckout TD late in the game.
We have no Thursday Night Football to preview tonight, so let’s take a look at the most interesting stats from Week 12 now that it has mercifully ended. As always, you can access many of the sites linked below via a Rotopass sub, which includes Rotoviz, Sharp Football, ESPN+, RosterWatch, Rotowire, and Footballguys...
- What the hell are we going to do with Alvin Kamara? Rich Hribar breaks it all down in the Week 13 Worksheet on Sharp Football: “Under Drew Brees, the Saints were averaging 37.8 drop backs per game, but have just 30 and 22 dropbacks the past two games with Taysom Hill under center, resulting in Kamara running just 11 and 14 pass routes, garnering just one target over both games.”
- “Arizona is one of the most run-heavy teams when leading in the fourth quarter, but they’re also the most run-heavy team when trailing in the fourth quarter.” Over at Rotoviz, Shawn Siegele dissects what’s going on with the Cardinals running game in his NFC Ultimate Zero RB Watch piece.
- Are you blocked or muted by Matthew on Twitter? He has an offer for you: “You can get me to undo that by making a donation to the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Just go to V.org and donate whatever you can. Then send the receipt and whatever social media handle I've blocked to UnblockMe@espn.com.” That, plus more about Jimmy V Week, Stuart Scott, and Matthew’s favorite Week 13 plays in his latest Love/Hate column.
- D.K. Metcalf had 82.1% of the Seahawks air yards in Week 12, which is just a monstrous number. Pat Kerrane discussed Metcalf’s production and efficiency in the Week 12 edition of Stat Chasing, along with every other relevant stat and how to leverage them in DFS and the fantasy playoffs.
- The NFL leaders in Air Yards for Week 13 were Tyreek Hill, the aforementioned Metcalf, and...Marvin Jones. Jones is never a super sexy start or DFS play, but he’ll have some big games if that kind of usage continues. You can explore the Week 15 targets, routes, and snaps over at Rotowire.
- Denzel Mims is averaging 18.2 yards per catch over the past 3 weeks. Matt Waldman penned an ode to Mims, one of my favorite players in the NFL right now, over at Footballguys.
- “The Lions have allowed the second-most fantasy points to perimeter receivers (third most to both the left and right perimeter), including the most over the past eight weeks.” Mike Clay likes the matchups for the Bears WRs this week, as laid out in his Week 13 WR/CB column on ESPN+.
Loose ends. Like snowbirds retiring somewhere warm in December, San Francisco will play 4 of their final 5 games in Arizona...Pete Carroll says the magic number for winning games is 50+ combined completions and rush attempts. For those of you without a Football Guy Translator, that means Russell Wilson will no longer be cooking while Carroll reverts the Seahawks offense back to the 1950s...Jonathan Taylor and Adam Thielen have been activated off the COVID list...Below is the relevant practice designations from Wednesday:
DNP: Nelson Agholor (ankle), Josh Jacobs (ankle), Daniel Jones (hamstring), Phillip Lindsay (knee), Kenny Golladay (hip)
Limited: Kyle Murray (right shoulder), Chris Carson (foot), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), DJ Chark (ribs), Michael Thomas (ankle), Alvin Kamara (foot), D’Andre Swift (concussion), Zach Ertc (ankle), Dalvin Cook (ankle), Breshad Perriman (shoulder), Calvin Ridley (foot/ankle), Julio Jones (hamstring), Todd Gurley (knee), Salvon Ahmed (shoulder), Tua Tagovailoa (thumb), Sterling Shepard (toe/shoulder)