Fantasy Watch: Spotting trends for Week 12
November, 25, 2012
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
Our weekly look at playing-time trends in the NFC West, with an eye toward the fantasy leagues you routinely dominate:
- Arizona Cardinals: Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Roberts and Rob Housler have played more offensive snaps than any non-linemen on the team. Housler's snaps could be affected if Todd Heap returns from a knee injury Sunday. ... Rookie receiver Michael Floyd was on the upswing until suffering assignment errors at Atlanta. He played only 15 snaps against the Falcons after playing 84 snaps over the previous two games, his highest two-game total. ... Beanie Wells has played only 52 snaps this season and none since Week 3. His expected return could reduce by as much as half the playing time for LaRod Stephens-Howling. It's not clear how much Wells will play right away, however. Stephens-Howling missed the Week 5 game against St. Louis.
- St. Louis Rams: Rookie receiver Brian Quick played 53 of his 105 offensive snaps this season in the three games Danny Amendola missed to injury. Amendola is not expected to play against Arizona in Week 12. Steve Smith was active for those three games. He played 75 of his 175 snaps in those games. ... Steven Jackson played a season-high 70 snaps against San Francisco in Week 10. He played between 30 and 38 snaps in his three other most recent games. Jackson played 36 of 56 snaps in the Rams' previous game against the Cardinals.
- San Francisco 49ers: Tight end Vernon Davis has played more offensive snaps than any non-offensive lineman on the team. Frank Gore is next, followed by Michael Crabtree, Delanie Walker and Mario Manningham, who missed one game to injury. ... Randy Moss played a season-low 13 snaps in the 49ers' most recent game, a 32-7 victory over Chicago. He suffered a finger injury during the game. San Francisco also had fewer snaps than usual. ... Kendall Hunter has played 11 snaps in each of the past two games after playing at least 18 in each of the five previous games.
- Seattle Seahawks: Receiver Sidney Rice has already played more snaps this season than he played all last season. He has more receptions this season (34) than he had all last season (32). He has more touchdowns this season (six) than he had in the previous two seasons combined (four). That includes four touchdowns in his last three games. ... Quarterback Russell Wilson is the only non-offensive lineman in the division to play every offensive snap for his team. ... Leon Washington played more snaps in the Seahawks' fifth and sixth games last season (43) than he has played through 11 weeks this season (38).