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Topic: NFC Team by Team News and Notes for Week 12
 Russ Bliss_108
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Post Date: 11/24/12 15:07
Dallas: No word yet on how serious Miles Austin's hip injury is, but it probably can't be too bad as the Cowboys waived WR Andre Holmes today. Hopefully we know more about it early next week. Also, it's not a given that DeMarco Murray will be back in week 13. His return from a foot injury keeps getting pushed back and could be again.

New York Giants: WR Hakeem Nicks isn't on the injury report at all for the first time in a long time and he appears to finally be fully over his early season injuries. Domenik Hixon is OUT though with an ankle injury. Ramses Barden or Reuben Randle will step in as the Giants #3 WR. RB Ahmad Bradshaw is Probable and will start but he is still hindered by his foot injury and I think we could see more of an equal split between him and Andre Brown going forward. Eli Manning says the bye week allowed his tired arm to rest up enough to where he feels it's back to what it was before he started struggling the last few games.

Philadelphia: Bryce Brown will start at RB with LeSean McCoy ruled OUT with a concussion. Brown is an intriguing fantasy starter this week as he has showed well in limited playing time this season and as a featured RB he could be very good. With Chris Polk also out, Dion Lewis will backup Brown. Nick Foles gets another chance to start at QB with Michael Vick also OUT with a concussion. Foles didn't look good last week at all but gets a chance to redeem himself. WR Jason Avant is OUT with a hamstring injury.

Washington: Pierre Garcon made it thru Thursday's game without any setbacks in his foot injury. He looked spry despite it and can probably be safely considered for starting lineups going forward.

Chicago: Jay Cutler has been medically cleared from his concussion and will start week 12 at QB, pushing Jason Campbell mercifully back to the bench. Cutler's return bodes well for the fantasy prospects of Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte. WR Alshon Jeffery is OUT the next 2-4 weeks with a knee injury. TE Kellen Davis is Questionable with an ankle injury and will be a game time decision. Davis shouldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups this week.

Detroit: Ryan Broyles breakout performance Thursday could mean that Titus Young will fall down the depth chart. Young has talent, but a 10-cent head and needs to behave to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Kevin Smith continues to see playing time at Joique Bell's expense. Neither is worth rostering though as Mikel Leshoure appears to have locked himself in as the featured RB.

Green Bay: Greg Jennings is listed as Questionable and he could be active week 12. But it's believed he'll sit this week and return week 13. Even if active, I'd expect Jennings to be used sparingly as he is still not fully recovered from his abdominal surgery. The Packers say they are going to mix up the RB duties more between James Starks and Alex Green. Neither has been effective as a feature RB and maybe an even timeshare makes them more effective as NFL RB"s. For fantasy purposes though, it makes neither worth starting.

Minnesota: Percy Harvin has been downgraded to OUT because of his ankle injury. Michael Jenkins and Jarius Wright are likely to split time opposite Jerome Simpson. With a tough matchup against what should be an angry Bears team in Chicago, the only Vikings player worth starting is Adrian Peterson. AP has proven to be matchup proof and shouldn't be on anyone's bench no matter the matchup.

Atlanta: Julio Jones is fully expected to start despite being listed as Questionable with his ankle injury. With a great matchup this week he is a solid fantasy starting consideration. Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, and Kicker Matt Bryant are all Probable with minor injuries and each will be fine for week 12.

Carolina: WR Steve Smith is Probable with a dislocated finger. It isn't expected to hinder him much week 12. It finally looks like the Panthers have decided to give Jonathan Stewart the bulk of the load. He got better than a 2-1 split on DeAngelo Williams week 11 and it's hoped they continue to feed Stewart in more of a featured role. He could be excellent against an Eagles run defense that allows 118 rush yards per game.

New Orleans: Darren Sproles is Probable and is expected to be active this week. The question becomes do the Saints keep 4 RB's active this week? Or do they make inactive? And if so, who is inactive? Best bet is that Chris Ivory goes back to being inactive, but that's just my guess. Considering the tough matchup against the 49ers this week, I'd avoid Saints RB's if at all possible. Despite the tough matchup though, Drew Brees is a stud and should never be sat. Neither should Marques Colston or Jimmy Graham. Lance Moore will be tempting after his 2 TD performance last week, but it needs to be remembered those were his first TD's since week 3.

Tampa Bay: WR Arrelious Benn was placed on injured reserve earlier this week and his season is done. Tiquan Underwood solidifies his place as the Bucs #3 WR. Look for Doug Martin to be excellent again against a Falcons run defense that allows 5 yards per rush attempt and a league leading 6 rushing plays of 40 yards or more.

Arizona: Rookie Ryan Lindley will start at QB now that John Skelton has been benched. Kevin Kolb is generously listed as Questionable but is still a couple of weeks away from returning according to reports. RB Beanie Wells is expected to start but may be limited some in his first game action since week 3. Wells return pushes La'Rod Stephens-Howling (questionable; ribs) back into a supporting role. Wells may be a bit rusty, but he'll also have fresh legs and could be considered as a RB3 or flex option. It's unknown how much Lindley's presence will affect Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz has to be chomping at the bit for a good QB in Arizona.

St. Louis: Danny Amendola is Doubtful and is not expected to play because of a foot injury. Likely that Brandon Gibson will start opposite Chris Givens at WR, but neither are trustworthy. TE Lance Kendricks is Questionable with a knee injury and even if healthy shouldn't be near a starting lineup. Steve Jackson appears to have pushed Daryl Richardson back into a backup and complementary role. Jackson has had some big games against the Cardinals in the past and will be the one Rams player fantasy owners will be able to start with any confidence.

San Francisco: Despite reportedly having been cleared to return from his concussion, Alex Smith is not expected to start week 12. Colin Kaepernick's exceptional play week 11 appears to have made him the 49ers new starting QB, not just in week 12, but for the rest of the season providing he doesn't face-plant. With a great matchup against a Saints defense that ranks 31st in rushing fantasy points allowed and 32nd in passing fantasy points allowed, it's a great week to take a chance on Kaepernick, along with Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Frank Gore.

Seattle: Marshawn Lynch needs to be started despite a tough matchup. Lynch has proven to be worthy of fantasy consideration no matter who he's facing each week. Sidney Rice and Golden Tate have been stepping up of late and are starting to form a nice rapport with QB Russell Wilson, but neither has shown enough yet to be strong considerations regularly. With Wilson only having thrown 4 TD's in 5 road games, I need to see marked improvement from him on the road before the WR's can be trusted.
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