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Fantasy Football: Rising and Falling for Week 12

Here's a look at some players who are trending in the right direction and some that you should probably worry about heading into Week 12.



Joe Burrow, Bengals: While he only had three TD passes in games against the Browns and Panthers, Burrow threw for four scores against the Steelers on Sunday.

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: His stats from Sunday night's game weren't necessarily better than the previous week, but that finish has him as the solid MVP leader and to me that has him rising. Not to mention he had three TD passes to go with 329 passing yards.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers: For the first time this season, Garoppolo had more than two touchdown passes in a game. He ended up with four scoring tosses as the 49ers dismantled the Cardinals. Guy's got a lot of weapons.

Running backs

Tony Pollard, Cowboys: His rise is two-fold in that while he had 21 touches, Ezekiel Elliott still had 16, showing Pollard could still produce RB1 numbers while splitting carries with Elliott. Pollard has so much value as he can be successful all over the field and can stay fresh with Elliott back.

Najee Harris, Steelers: Harris has had at least 20 rushes for two games in a row now. In both games he topped 90 rushing yards. He really cashed in Sunday with two scores on the ground.

Isiah Pacheco, Chiefs: OK, it looks like the rookie is starting to take charge in the Chiefs' backfield as he has back-to-back games rushing for over 80 yards while having double-digit carries. He accounted for 107 rushing yards over the Chargers.

Wide receivers

Davante Adams, Raiders: With the Raiders struggling so much this season, it's kind of odd to realize Adams has had six 100-yard receiving games. He's notched three in a row, including his 141-yard, two-score game in the overtime win against Broncos.

Tee Higgins, Bengals: He reminded how well he can play in Sunday's win over the Steelers. His nine receptions for 148 yards could spur him to a run of quality games as he has good matchups over the next two weeks.

Christian Watson, Packers: He's looking like a go-to player for Aaron Rodgers and they have a few extra days to prepare for the Eagles now. Watson has eight catches for 155 yards and five touchdowns over his last two games.



Kirk Cousins, Vikings: Well, he hasn't thrown for more than two touchdowns in a game all year, but he's had quality production for the most part. He got shut out from throwing a TD for the first time in 40 games Sunday, finishing with just 105 yards.

Zach Wilson, Jets: You probably haven't been starting him, but it's noteworthy that Robert Saleh didn't commit to Wilson starting. That could end up helping the other skill players on the offense.

Russell Wilson, Broncos: While he had a good completion percentage, his fantasy production is practically nonexistent. He threw for 247 yards with no TDs and has yet to account for at least two touchdowns in five straight weeks.

Running backs

Dameon Pierce, Texans: The Commanders held Pierce down in a serious way, only giving up eight yards on Pierce's 10 carries. It doesn't get too much easier against the Dolphins in Week 12, but he should bounce back against the Browns a week later.

James Robinson, Jets: Getting dealt from the Jags really hurt his fantasy value, but a decent game against the Bills made you think he might come out strong following the bye. He managed just 10 yards on seven carries against the Patriots.

D'Onta Foreman, Panthers: He'd been doing well, rushing for at least 100 yards in three out of four games, before facing the Ravens. Baltimore held him to just 24 yards on 11 carries.

Wide receivers

Garrett Wilson, Jets: Whether he keeps falling will have to do with if Zach Wilson remains the starter. Garrett Wilson had come off two games of at least six receptions for at least 90 yards. Two catches for 12 yards off a bye week is disappointing.

DJ Moore, Panthers: I keep thinking it couldn't get much worse for him, but he continues to record unimpressive numbers. The game against the Ravens was his third straight with fewer than 30 yards receiving. The switch to Sam Darnold may not be enough to help against the Broncos.

Justin Jefferson, Vikings: You wouldn't expect him to continue to fall after having a three-catch, 33-yard performance against a tough Cowboys defense, but he has matchups against strong Patriots and Jets defenses upcoming.

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