At the season’s inception, most assumed this Sunday’s game in Oakland might decide who will take hold of the AFC West. Instead, it is a game to decide who will not be in the basement of the division.
Fantasy wise, it is tough to get a gauge on each team. The Denver Broncos have a defense that should be good, but isn’t. Same with the Oakland Raiders’ offense.
It could easily be an ugly fantasy day with two new coordinators calling the game, two struggling teams and an inexperienced quarterback. But fantasy won’t pause during this sleep fest, so here are three players to start and three to sit.
Denver has been subpar in covering tight ends surrendering a touchdown to the position in the last four contests and five out of the last six. The defense has also given up 85.5 yards per game over those same six games to tight ends.
Here’s a look at the Detroit Lions’ snap counts from their Week 12 game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Matthew Stafford: 59 snaps (100%)
Theo Riddick: 29 (49%)Ameer Abdullah: 26 (44%) Zach Zenner: 6 (10%) — 17 special teams snaps (53%)
Eric Ebron: 29 (49%)Darren Fells: 27 (46%) — 11 (34%)Michael Roberts: 12 (20%) — 5 (16%)
Marvin Jones Jr.: 59 (100%)Golden Tate: 52 (88%) — 1 (3%)Kenny Golladay: 40 (68%)TJ Jones: 15 (25%) — 11 (34%)
Rick Wagner: 59 (100%) — 5 (16%)Taylor Decker 59 (100%)Brian Mihalik: 0 (0%) — 11 (24%)
With all of the struggles that the offense has faced since the loss of Ezekiel Elliott, it has been hard for the Cowboys to score any points. Dak Prescott has not played particularly well, his receivers haven’t always done a great job of getting open, and the playcalling has been head-scratching at times. There is a lot of blame to go around for this three-game skid.
On Thanksgiving, Dallas had the opportunity to rebound after two disappointing losses against NFC contenders. They welcomed in a 4-6 Los Angeles Chargers team into AT&T Stadium on Turkey Day; things looked optimistic to get turned around at home before two divisional games ahead.
Instead, the offense had an even worse start on Thursday. The Cowboys scored seven first half points against Atlanta and nine versus the Eagles.
The Baltimore Ravens will host the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football in week 12. The Ravens’ offense has come under a lot of scrutiny for their conservative and ‘vanilla’ play-calling. According to NFL Matchup on ESPN, Baltimore has thrown the sixth most passes at or behind the line of scrimmage.
This statistic should not be a total shock as the Ravens are last in the league in both yards per pass attempt (5.4) and yards per reception (8.2).
In addition, Baltimore’s total offense is ranked 31st in the league. Their passing attack is ranked last in the league while their rushing attack is ranked 13th. The Ravens’ offense has been a project all season.
The offensive line has been one of the more inconsistent units all season.