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Redskins hold 49ers' Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde in check
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(9:38 pm ET) The 49ers struggled to get any of their running game going during a Week 12 win against Washington.

Running back Frank Gore struggled to produce rushing for 36 yards on 13 attempts which also included a lost fumble.

Running back Carlos Hyde scored the lone rushing touchdown for the 49ers on a 4-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Sans the touchdown, Hyde was also unproductive with 16 rushing yards on seven carries to go along with the first lost fumble of his career.

The 49ers next play Thursday against Seattle.


Seahawks receivers stay quiet in Week 12 win vs. Cardinals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:36 pm ET) Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette led his team in receiving yards Sunday, catching his only target for 48 yards in his team's 19-3 win over the Cardinals in Week 12.

No one receiver was able to deliver a breakout performance on a day where the Seahawks led for most the game and attempted just 22 passes. Quarterback Russell Wilson hit nine different receivers with completions in the game, with tight end Tony Moeaki hauling in a team-high four catches for 34 yards.

Tight end Cooper Helfet caught both of his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown, doing most of the work on the 20-yard score after catching the ball behind the line of scrimmage. Tight end Luke Willson (21 yards) and wide receivers Jermaine Kearse (19 yards) and Kevin Norwood (10 yards) each managed just one catch. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin caught two passes but for only six yards.

The Seahawks face a quick turnaround, with a Thursday night matchup with the 49ers on the schedule for Week 13.


Delanie Walker gets back in the game
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:29 pm ET) Tight end Delanie Walker, who had offered only modest yardage since averaging 79.3 in the Titans' first four games, exploded for a career-high 155 on five catches Week 12 at Philadelphia, finishing second on the team with nine targets.

His connection with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger seemed to get better as the game went on. He first earned his trust with a 68-yard connection early in the second quarter. Then, with the Titans in desperation mode in the fourth quarter, the two hooked up on passes of 26, 13 and 27 yards. Walker also had a 21-yard grab in the second quarter.

It was the second time in four starts that Mettenberger targeted Walker nine times in a game. Considering Walker was active for only three of those starts, the two look like they have a good thing going. And because Walker is one of those tight ends who can actually turn in a big play, as evidenced by his four of 20 yards or more in Week 12, the uptick in targets is an especially encouraging development in Fantasy.

He's back to being a must-own tight end, I'd say.


Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch totals 82 yards vs. Cardinals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:24 pm ET) Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch managed just 39 rushing yards on 15 carries but added 43 yards on three receptions in his team's 19-3 win over the Cardinals in Week 12.

Lynch dealt with a back issue during the game that limited him in the first half, but he was able to return in the middle of the second quarter and play a significant role in the second half as the Seahawks kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard. Lynch delivered his two best performances of the season coming into the tough Week 12 matchup, and he'll look to return to that level of play Thursday in San Francisco.


C.J. Anderson gashes tough Dolphins defense
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:21 pm ET) Broncos running back C.J. Anderson ran through a tough Dolphins defense in Week 12, and put any concerns about his potential away.

Anderson, who had just 29 rushing yards against the Rams in Week 11, bounced back with the best rushing performance of his career Sunday. Against a Dolphins defense that entered the game allowing just 3.8 yards per carry to running backs, Anderson rushed for 167 yards on 27 carries. He added a touchdown, as well as four receptions for 28 yards in the come-from-behind win.

Anderson had done much of his damage in the previous two games through the air, with 159 yards on 12 receptions to just 119 rushing yards. However, the way he sliced through Miami's defense has to bode well for his chances to remain productive moving forward. Fantasy owners should consider him a must-star Fantasy option in all formats as long as he remains the Broncos' starter. 


Seahawks QB Russell Wilson piles up 73 rushing yards in Week 12
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:21 pm ET) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed 17 of his 22 pass attempts for 211 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions while racking up a team-high 73 rushing yards on 10 carries in Seattle's 19-3 win over Arizona in Week 12.

Wilson has been a little uneven in the passing game lately, completing less than 50 percent of his attempts in Week 9 and less than 60 percent in Week 10, but played exceedingly well against a very good Arizona defense Sunday, posting a season-high 77.3 completion percentage while rushing for at least 70 yards for his third straight game. His touchdown came after the Seahawks put four field goals on the board, connecting with Cooper Helfet on a 20-yard score in the third quarter. He'll look to keep rolling when the Seahawks head to San Francisco Thursday.


Demaryius Thomas dominates in the red zone
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9:13 pm ET) Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas entered Week 12 against the Dolphins riding a four-game scoreless streak, his longest since 2011, but he ended it emphatically Sunday.

Thomas seemed to benefit from the absence of Julius Thomas, as Peyton Manning looked his way constantly in the red zone, to good results. Thomas scored on three of the team's eight trips to the red zone, and hauled in three of Peyton Manning's four touchdown passes. He finished the game with 10 catches for 87 yards, his second 10-catch game in the last three.

Thomas had his streak of seven straight games with at least 100 yards end, but his Fantasy owners certainly aren't complaining. He has at least 10 Fantasy points in each of the last eight games, and nine of 11 overall, heading into Week 13 against the Chiefs.  


Cardinals' Chandler Catanzaro misses FG in quiet Week 12
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:04 pm ET) Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro made just one of his two field-goal attempts and didn't receive an extra-point attempt in his team's 19-3 loss to the Seahawks in Week 12.

Catanzaro watched his 49-yard attempt in the first quarter sail wide right. The Cardinals were only able to get in position to score one other time in the game, with the kicker coming back to nail a 23-yard chip shot just before halftime. He'll get to kick inside in Week 13 when the Cardinals head to Atlanta.


Report: Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) set for MRI Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9:00 pm ET) Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett played with a right pectoral injury in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mallett will undergo an MRI Monday and could end up missing several weeks while recovering from the injury. If he winds up missing Week 13, Ryan Fitzpatrick would likely take over under center.


Zach Mettenberger making most of opportunity
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8:57 pm ET) With a 43-24 loss to the Eagles Week 12 at Philadelphia, Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger is now 0-4 as an NFL starter. But judging by his numbers, playing from behind seems to suit him just fine.

He has thrown for multiple scores and at least 250 yards in three of those four starts, finishing with a career-high 345 yards in this one. He completed just 20 of 39 passes, but thanks to some big plays by tight end Delanie Walker and wide receiver Justin Hunter, he was still plenty productive.

And it's not like he's been depending on them all this time. Walker was inactive for Week 11 because of a concussion, and Hunter averaged just 32.0 yards in Mettenberger's first three starts. For a rookie, he does a fine job of spreading the ball around.

Of course, he doesn't have much of a supporting cast and still has to answer for that one ugly performance Week 10 at Baltimore. At a deep position, three solid games out of four probably doesn't move the needle in Fantasy. But in two-quarterback leagues, Mettenberger is looking like a sneaky pickup right now.


 
 
 
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