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Live Blog: Week 12

by Jeff Brubach
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The fantasy football season has reached Week 12 and is speeding toward the playoffs, making each win or loss critical in the chase for fantasy championships. Week 12 promises to deliver heaps of fantasy football action, as all 32 NFL teams hit the field and the seemingly never-ending parade of injuries makes for some intriguing scenarios around the league as backups are pushed into starting roles. The Rotoworld Week 12 Live Blog is your place to find live reaction to all of Week 12's fantasy developments, including target totals, injury updates, stat breakdowns, backfield splits, and plenty more fantasy football talk as the season creeps closer to the playoffs.



* This marks the end of the Rotoworld Week 12 Live Blog. Thank you for reading along, and good luck this week! *



(7:04 PM): Russell Wilson didn't waste much time after losing Graham, hitting Jermain Kearse for a touchdown. Wilson now has 206 yards and three scores on the day. Kearse has two scores now to go with 47 yards.


(6:59 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Jimmy Graham is down on the field with an apparent knee injury. No news yet on severity but the injury did not look good and Graham is being carted off.


(6:54 PM): Carson Palmer just helped salvage some of his fantasy day by running for a touchdown, as Arizona is now leading San Francisco 19-13. Palmer hasn't done much in the throwing department today with zero touchdown passes, but the rushing score helps. 


(6:47 PM): Larry Fitzgerald is up to 10 catches on 14 targets, but has just 66 yards on the day. David Johnson is now handling the carries for Arizona with Ellington, Johnson out and is at 23 yards on secven attempts.


(6:36 PM): Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham made a big catch to get Seattle to the goal line, then Thomas Rawls punched in the score to bring Seattle to within one at 21-20 against Pittsburgh. Graham has 75 yards on four grabs, while Rawls has 61 yards and a score on 14 carries. Exciting game going on in Seattle.


(6:26 PM): Carson Palmer is being topped by Blaine Gabbert today, as Palmer is just 18/31 for 197 yards with no touchdown passes. The San Francisco defense was allowing 277.8 passing yards per game heading into today.


(6:17 PM): Andre Ellington is dealing with a foot injury in addition to Chris Johnson's knee issue. This leaves David Johnson to presumably lead the Arizona backfield as the Cardinals are now tied with the 49ers 13-13.


(6:09 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Chris Johnson is heading into the locker room with an apparent leg injury. Updates to come. Andre Ellington will likely handle the Arizona rushing duties if Johnson misses the remainder of the game.


(6:05 PM): San Francisco just cut the Arizona lead to 13-10, as Vance McDonald caught a toughdown pass from Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert is now 15/22 for 160 yards with one score and one interception on the day.


(5:54 PM): David Johnson just scored for Arizona from the one-yard line, putting the Cardinals up 13-3. Just two touches on the day for David Johnson so far, but he is now up to seven touchdowns on the year.


(5:50 PM): Carson Palmer hooked up with wide receiver John Brown out of halftime, and Brown is now up to 88 yards on four catches. A solid performance from Brown is great to see after multiple weeks of hamstring issues for the speedy receiver. Having Brown back at full strength for the fantasy playoffs would be encouraging.


(5:46 PM): DeAngelo Williams pounded in a short touchdown run just before halftime, and is at 28 yards and a score on six carries. Pittsburgh then converted the two-point conversion to go up 18-14.


(5:35 PM): Russell Wilson just capped off an 85-yard drive with his second touchdown pass of the first half to put Seattle up 14-10 over Pittsburgh. Jermaine Kearse was the recipient of this score and Wilson is up to 132 yards and two scores with two minutes left in the first half.


(5:30 PM): Halftime in San Francisco, with Arizona leading 6-3. Not much fantasy action in this one as both quarterbacks are under 100 yards passing. Both Shaun Draughn and Anquan Boldin have 46 total yards for the 49ers, while Larry Fitzgerald leads Arizona with 34 yards on five catches.


(5:24 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller just went to the locker room with a rib injury. More updates to come. Miller is at 45 yards on five catches so far today for the Steelers.


(5:20 PM): Pittsburgh's Martavis Bryant just took a reverse 11 yards for a score. The score was Bryant's sixth of the season and third-straight game with a touchdown.


(5:17 PM): In a great matchup, Arizona's Chris Johnson has just 21 yards on 10 carries as the Cardinals lead the 49ers 6-0. Andre Ellington hasn't gotten anything going either, with eight yards on three attempts.


(5:12 PM): From earlier today, the New York Giants backfield continues to be a mess. Rashad Jennings led the way with six carries, but managed only 14 yards on those attempts. Shane Vereen (15 yards), Orleans Darkwa (two yards), and Andre Williams (one yard) all received two carries each on the day as this backfield is a black hole for fantasy value. Vereen led these backs in receiving with four catches for 21 yards on five targets.


(5:06 PM): Seattle capitalizes on a Pittsburgh turnover as Russell Wilson hits Doug Baldwin for a 16-yard score. Wilson is just 3/8 passing but has 38 yards and the score as Seattle leads Pittsburgh 7-3. Baldwin has been on a nice run lately, with a score in two of the last three weeks.


(5:01 PM): Pittsburgh has outgained Seattle 125-48 so far, but lead only 3-0 after throwing an interception on a fake field goal to start the second quarter. Seattle will continue to lean on Thomas Rawls to get on the scoreboard, who is now at 41 yards on five carries.




(4:54 PM): Carson Palmer is 7/12 for 57 yards and has stalled in the red zone so far today. The Cardinals lead the 49ers 6-0.


(4:51 PM): Seattle's Thomas Rawls has looked good to begin the game today, with 41 yards on five carries. Rawls will be a huge part of the Seattle offense down the stretch.


(4:45 PM): Not much action in the San Francisco/Arizona game so far, but Larry Fitzgerald has four catches for 26 yards so far. The 49ers are led by running back Shaun Draughn, who has 36 yards on six carries.


(4:39 PM): Mark Ingram is the most targeted running back of Week 12 so far, as he caught six of eight targets for 45 yards today. Just two field goals managed by the New Orleans offense today, but Ingram did tally 97 total yards.


(4:36 PM): Seven-straight passes to open the game for Pittsburgh. One catch for DeAngelo Williams but no rushing attempts so far.


(4:30 PM): Ryan Tannehill worked his way into a respectable stat line today with 351 yards and three touchdowns. The majority of this damage was done in garbage time, including a touchdown pass to rookie DeVante Parker with just seconds remaining in the game.


(4:26 PM): Carolina leads Week 12 D/ST as they had two sacks, three turnovers, and two defensive scores on Thursday. Cincinnati turned in a nice Sunday performance, holding the Rams to just seven points. The Bengals recorded three interceptions and one sack.


(4:22 PM): Graham Gano had a big game on Thanksgiving, but Adam Vinatieri is leading kickers today with four field goals (long of 49 yards) and an extra point.


(4:15 PM): Odell Beckham Jr. is the leading target hog of Week 12 so far, catching nine of 18 targets for 146 yards and a score. Beckham's 146 yards are shy of just Sammy Watkins (158 yards) and Jeremy Maclin (160 yds) today.


(4:10 PM): The late games are underway, and San Francisco's Shaun Draughn racked up 32 rushing yards on four carries on the 49ers' opening drive. Draughn has played well with Carlos Hyde (foot) on the shelf.


(4:05 PM): Seth Roberts is having a monster day for Oakland. Roberts just hauled in his second score of the day and has 113 yards on six catches. Oakland leads Tennessee 24-21 late in the fourth quarter. Roberts won't be worth waiver wire consideration with Crabtree and Cooper in town, but a nice performance today. 


(4:00 PM): Odell Beckham Jr. just added another insane catch to his resume and is now up to 146 yards and a touchdown on nine catches today as the lone bright spot for the Giants' offense. No Giants running back has more than 15 yards rushing.


(3:57 PM): Atlanta's Tevin Coleman finished the day with 110 yards on 18 carries as he handled the backfield duties with Devonta Freeman (concussion) out. The Atlanta offense was bad as a whole, but Coleman ran well despite losing one fumble. Freeman should resume workhorse status when he returns.


(3:55 PM): Waiver wire pickup Spencer Ware is now up to 91 yards and a score on 13 carries. If Charcandrick West returns next week, it will be interesting to see how the carries are divided after two strong performances from Ware.


(3:52 PM): The Tampa Bay defense has held the Indianapolis Colts to 26 rushing yards today, but have allowed Matt Hasselbeck to throw for 315 yards and two touchdowns. T.Y. Hilton has been on the receiving end of both scores.


(3:50 PM): Philip Rivers just hit Stevie Johnson for a score and it up to 300 yards and four touchdowns on the day. San Diego leads Jacksonville 31-19 in the fourth quarter. Nice bounce back for Rivers after two down weeks.


(3:41 PM): Brandon Marshall and Adrian Peterson just scored their second touchdowns of the day. Peterson is at 158 yards to go with the two touchdowns, while Marshall now has 131 yards and two scores on nine catches. Marshall's score was QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's fourth touchdown pass of the day.




(3:33 PM): Jacksonville tight end Julius Thomas is having a big day with eight grabs for 99 yards and a score. This is Thomas' best game of the season for the Jaguars and the tight end should get more opportunities today with Jacksonville trailing San Diego in the fourth quarter.


(3:29 PM): Jarvis Landry has been the lone bright spot for the Miami Dolphins today. Jarvis just scored and is at 92 yards on seven catches today. Still just eight rushing yards for the Miami team as they trail the Jets 21-7.


(3:22 PM): Still only nine carries on the day for Kansas City's Spencer Ware. 49 yards and a touchdown today for Ware as he fills in for Charcandrick West who was filling in for Jamaal Charles.


(3:13 PM): Slow day for Todd Gurley with just 16 yards on eight carries. The disaster that is the St. Louis offense is hurting Gurley's ability to stay involved right now as the Rams trail Cincinnati 31-7. Gurley will have days like this while the St. Louis offense is without a respectable quarterback.


(3:10 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Tyler Eifert reportedly has a stinger and is doubtful to return.


(3:07 PM): Eric Decker just caught his eighth touchdown of the season and has just two games without a score in 2015. Decker has four grabs on seven targets for 38 yards along with the touchdown today as New York leads Miami 21-0.


(3:04 PM): Another slow day for Lamar Miller as he has just two yards on five carries. Eight rushing yards on seven carries for Miami today as they are getting blanked by the Jets. Miller had just seven carries in Week 11 and his recent usage decline is certainly alarming, especially with rookie Jay Ajayi now in the mix.


(3:01 PM): Travis Kelce just scored in Kansas City, his fourth touchdown of the season and first since Week 8. Kelce has 31 yards on three catches with the score as the Chiefs are battling back against Buffalo.


(2:57 PM): Matt Hasselbeck is locked on to T.Y. Hilton today. Hilton has four grabs for 73 yards on a team-high eight targets. Frank Gore was banged up last week and hasn't done much today with just 21 yards on 10 carries.


(2:51 PM): A.J. Green just caught his second touchdown of the game to go with 61 receiving yards. Bengals RB Jeremy Hill has 62 yards on 12 rushes, and is just one yard shy of his season-high in rushing yards.


(2:44 PM): Alfred Blue has split carries with Jonathan Grimes in Houston today, but Blue just found the end zone to go with 41 yards on eight carries. Grimes has 21 yards on six attempts and both backs have one reception today.


(2:36 PM): Sunday Target Leaders:


Running Back


Ahmad Bradshaw (4): 3 rec, 20 yds

Bilal Powell (4): 2 rec, 7 yds

Adrian Peterson (3): 1 rec, 18 yds

Danny Woodhead (3): 3 rec, 16 yds


Wide Receiver


Sammy Watkins (9): 6 rec, 158 yds, 2 TD

Odell Beckham Jr. (9): 4 rec, 47 yds

Robert Woods (8): 3 rec, 25 yds

Brandon Marshall (7): 5 rec, 67 yds, TD

A.J. Green (7): 5 rec, 43 yds, TD


Tight End


Kyle Rudolph (8): 5 rec, 41 yds

Ben Watson (5): 2 rec, 12 yds

Delanie Walker (5): 4 rec, 56 yds

Charles Clay (5): 2 rec, 11 yds


(2:29 PM): After a quick Jacksonville turnover, Antonio Gates just scored again as San Diego suddenly has a nice lead over the Jaguars. Rivers has three scoring tosses in the first half to go with 184 yards.


(2:27 PM): Jeremy Maclin just hauled in a touchdown pass from Alex Smith. Maclin has 99 yards and a score on four catches. The touchdown was Maclin's first since Week 8 and the four catches breaks a string of five-straight games with three receptions for Maclin.




(2:23 PM): Antonio Gates just found the end zone for the first time since Week 5, and has two grabs for 36 yards on the day. No cathes for fellow SD tight end Ladarius Green.


(2:17 PM): Sammy Watkins is on fire and is now up to 158 yards and two touchdowns on six catches. Buffalo is up 17-7 over Kansas City. The 17 points are the most KC has allowed in a single game since Week 5 and we still have two full quarters to play at Arrowhead Stadium.


(2:14 PM): San Diego wide receiver Dontrelle Inman is having a nice day, with four catches on six targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. No other Chargers player has more than three targets.


(2:11 PM): Tyler Eifert now with 12 touchdowns on the season, after scoring to give the Bengals a 17-7 lead against St. Louis. Eifert has 40 yards and the score on three catches so far today as he continues his red zone dominance.


(2:07 PM): Kansas City's Spencer Ware now up to 44 yards and a score on eight carries and has seemingly picked up where he left off in Week 11. Kansas City running backs have been great fantasy options all season no matter who is in the game.


(1:57 PM): DeSean Jackson just hauled in a 63-yard bomb from Kirk Cousins for a touchdown. Jackson is coming off a five catch, 87-yard, one score game in Week 11 and is off to a nice start today.


(1:54 PM): One big fumble for Tevin Coleman, but otherwise he has 67 yards on eight attempts today. The Atlanta offense hasn't done much on the afternoon but the rushing work has belonged to Coleman so far, as expected.


(1:49 PM): Spencer Ware with nine yards on four carries for Kansas City. No touches for Knile Davis yet today.


(1:41 PM): Sammy Watkins is up to three catches for 90 yards and a score on the day after hauling in a touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor. Great start for Watkins against the Kansas City defense that had been on quite a roll in recent weeks.


(1:38 PM): Michael Crabtree and Brandon Marshall both just hauled in touchdown passes as the scoring is beginning to pick up today in the early games.


(1:33 PM): The New Orleans defense countinues to be kind to opposing passers, as Brian Hoyer is now at 9/9 for 71 yards and two touchdowns after a short shovel pass to Cecil Shorts for a score.


(1:30 PM): Four pass attempts for Kansas City so far and no chances for Spencer Ware today as he fills-in for Charcandrick West.


(1:28 PM): Great start if you rolled out Jason Myers as your fantasy kicker today. Myers is 2/2 with a long of 51 yards.


(1:24 PM): Adrian Peterson just punched in a short touchdown for his fourth score in the last five weeks. Seven carries for 20 yards so far today for Peterson.


(1:23 PM): Tevin Coleman leading the Atlanta backfield with Devonta Freeman out today. Three carries for nine yards so far for Coleman through one Falcons drive.


(1:20 PM): Tough start for Eli Manning, as two of his passes have been in the hands of his receiver and then bobbled to the defense. Two early picks for Manning.


(1:18 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Derek Carr is back on the field for Oakland.


(1:15 PM): Brian Hoyer is off to a fine start against the terrible New Orleans defense. Hoyer went 7/7 for 55 yards and a score on the opening drive.


(1:13 PM): A.J. Green just found the end zone for Cincinnati. The score was Green's first since Week 8.


(1:09 PM): * INJURY UPDATE * Oakland QB Derek Carr is out wand Matt McGloin is in at QB for the Raiders. More news coming.


(1:07 PM): Dan Carpenter gets the Week 12 scoring started with a field goal for Buffalo. Sammy Watkins with a big gain on the Bills' opening drive.


(1:00 PM): No more bye weeks, but plenty of interesting fantasy situations today as we have tons of new running backs getting playing time today. Stay tuned, as we will break down these backfields and plenty more today.