World-Herald fantasy football writer Cameron Carlow and staff writer Jake Anderson provide insight following Week 12′s NFL action.
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Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: Newton threw for 306 yards and totaled four touchdowns against the Eagles, but take it with a grain of salt: Since the Eagles fired defensive coordinator Juan Castillo, they’ve allowed 13 passing touchdowns while not recording an interceptions.
Bryce Brown, RB, Eagles: With LeSean McCoy out, Brown did more than just fill in. He ran for 178 yards and two touchdowns on only 19 carries — giving him the best fantasy week among running backs. Brown will likely get the start this week, too, as McCoy (concussion) is doubtful to play against the Cowboys.
Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers: Rodgers should recover from last week’s debacle against the Giants by facing a banged up Vikings secondary. In 2011, Rodgers threw for 585 yards and seven touchdowns in two games against the Vikings. Expect another big game.
Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots: Vereen had 10 carries for 42 yards, but he made his biggest impact catching the ball, grabbing two passes for 91 yards and a score. It’s still unlikely he’ll be much of a fantasy option, however, with Stevan Ridley getting the bulk of the carries.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins: Garcon looks to be fully recovered from his foot injury after going for 93 yards and a touchdown against the Cowboys.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Falcons: Rodgers’ carries have crept up the last few weeks, maxing out with 10 carries for 49 yards and a touchdown last week. With Michael Turner struggling, Rodgers should continue to see more action. He’s at least worth picking up this week.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Bengals: Sanu has caught four touchdowns in the past three weeks and looks to be gaining Andy Dalton’s trust.
Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals: Wells scored two touchdowns in his first week back from injured reserve, showing he is worth a start next week.
Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers: After one catch for 9 yards against the Browns, Wallace belongs on your bench until Ben Roethlisberger is healthy.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: Jackson was placed on injured reserved with fractured ribs, adding to the Eagles’ frustrations.
>> Also: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers; Matt Forte, RB, Bears; Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns; Miles Austin, WR, Cowboys; Kyle Rudolph, TE, Vikings
Ryan Broyles, WR, Lions: Broyles looks to be the main benefactor of Titus Young’s deactivation. He was targeted 12 times and caught six passes for 126 yards against the Texans.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Broncos: Moreno made a surprise start over Ronnie Hillman and ran for 85 yards on 20 carries. If there is a guy on the waiver wire getting 20 carries a game, snatch him up.
>> Also: Michael Bush, RB, Bears; Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins; Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars; T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts; Davone Bess, WR, Dolphins; Chad Henne, QB, Jaguars