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Game On!

Thanksgiving provided a nice head start for those who owned Stafford, Megatron or the Panthers D/ST. Who will join them atop the leader board?

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Love/Hate: Thanks for the matchups!

In a season of injuries and first-round busts, Matthew Berry says fantasy owners can be thankful for matchups against the Eagles or the Saints. But first, about those pool noodles ...

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4dRenee Miller

NFL daily fantasy flex plays for Week 12

Renee Miller identifies top options to use in the flex spot of your DFS lineup in Week 12, including safe, upside and value plays.

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2dJim McCormick and Jeff Ratcliffe

Fantasy football: IDP rankings for Week 12

Jim McCormick and Jeff Ratcliffe provide their IDP rankings for Week 12, including Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith cracking the top three at the position.

Robert Turbin a clear handcuff in fantasy (1:21)

Fantasy Focus: Worried about Pats injuries?

Matthew Berry, Field Yates and Stephania Bell discuss who the Kimmy Gibbler of the podcast is, the latest on Danny Amendola and the rest of the injuries around the NFL.

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5dJoe Kaiser

Kaiser: Sell-high fantasy NBA candidates

Joe Kaiser, along with Kevin Pelton, looks at players who were off to hot starts and determines whether fantasy owners should trade them now or hold.

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Karabell: Top 10 RB handcuffs

Eric Karabell breaks down running back situations in which the backup has fantasy value, and ranks his top 10 RB handcuffs. The Seahawks' Thomas Rawls comes in No. 1.

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4dKC Joyner

Fantasy: Megatron among top trade targets

KC Joyner identifies four high-upside fantasy players to target based on statistical trends and remaining schedules, including Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

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5dJeff Ratcliffe

Fantasy: Top D/ST, IDP pickups for Week 12

Jeff Ratcliffe offers helpful tiers to rate all of the NFL's D/ST units -- led by the Panthers' and Cardinals' defenses -- for Week 12, and identifies IDPs to pick up.

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11dBradford Doolittle

Trend Watch: DeRozan's career-best start

Bradford Doolittle provides his latest fantasy trend watch of the season, weighing in on DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Mirotic and Ty Lawson.

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6dJoe Kaiser

Kaiser: Ty Lawson no longer a fantasy asset

Joe Kaiser provides his latest installment of a series looking at overvalued and undervalued players. He writes why Ty Lawson is being used far too often.


Fantasy Weekly: Previewing Week 12

Anita Marks and Aaron Schatz break down all the injuries you need to know, discuss waiver wire pick ups and which teams have the most fantasy friendly playoff schedule.

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18dEric Karabell

AFL notes: Profar, Meadows, Frazier climbing

Eric Karabell discusses Arizona Fall League performers such as the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, who is still an intriguing prospect.

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5dTristan H. Cockcroft

Consistency Ratings heading into Week 12

The Consistency Ratings weigh both how consistent as well as how start-worthy players have been in ESPN leagues in 2015.


Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

Chargers QB Philip Rivers reached an impressive milestone, becoming the 17th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 passing yards. Rivers reached the mark on a 23-yard completion on an in route to WR Dontrelle Inman. Rivers finished the first half 16 of 23 for 184 passing yards and three touchdowns passes, including two to Antonio Gates. Rivers has 40,050 career passing yards.

Rookie QB besting the vet in Indy

Jameis Winston, 21, tossed his first TD of the game right before half to put the Bucs up 12-6 over the Colts. Matt Hasselbeck, 40, is 12-for-22 with 140 yards for Indianapolis. Follow live

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

TEXANS 14, SAINTS 6 (HALFTIME): The Saints settled down after a hideous first quarter that had them trailing 14-0 in the blink of an eye. Texans QB Brian Hoyer completed his first 11 passes, including 2 TDs before New Orleans defense finally started playing some ball under new defensive coordinator Dennis Allen. The bigger problem is that Drew Brees and the Saints offense have been silenced. Theyre 1-for-7 on third downs and needed a 57-yard field goal by Kai Forbath to keep them afloat.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona Cardinals inactives: QB Matt Barkley, LB Shaq Riddick, G Jonathan Cooper, T D.J. Humphries, DT Cory Redding, DT Ed Stinson, DT Frostee Rucker.

Gates gets open again

Just 1:05 after catching his first touchdown of the game, Antonio Gates got free in the end zone for another one. Gates has four touchdowns this year -- two in his first game of the season and two today. The Chargers lead the Jaguars 21-9. Follow live

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

VIKINGS 7, FALCONS 3 (HALFTIME): The Vikings posted 212 yards of offense in the first half. They used a quick passing game to get Teddy Bridgewater going, and they turned a long Tevin Coleman run into a turnover when Anthony Barr swatted the ball out of Colemans hands. But theyre only up 7-3 because of their inability to finish a couple drives. Teddy Bridgewater threw an interception in the end zone on a pass he probably could have thrown further for Kyle Rudolph, and Blair Walsh missed a 51-yard field goal before halftime. The Vikings have contained Julio Jones with bracket coverage, and havent needed to blitz Matt Ryan. But with 16 first downs, two takeaways and 17:05 of possession time, the Vikings probably feel like they should have a larger lead.

Brees' pursuit of Marino off to slow start

Saints QB Drew Brees needs four TD passes today to tie Dan Marino for 3rd on the all-time touchdown pass list. He doesn't have any in the first half as the Saints trail the Texans by 8. Follow live


Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

BENGALS 17, RAMS 7 (HALFTIME): The Rams offense showed some signs of life in the second quarter with Tavon Austin doing most of the damage but the defense promptly allowed a touchdown drive to wipe out any momentum that gave St. Louis. The Rams must find a way to continue to piece together drives in the second half -- something theyve done infrequently all year -- but they need the defense to do its usual yeomans work as well if the Rams are going to have a chance to win this one.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

A gutsy call by the Saints to attempt 57-yard field goal and a clutch kick by Kai Forbath to nail it. His previous career high was 50. Texans still lead 14-6, though.

Dan Graziano @DanGrazianoESPN

Third and goal from the three, Cousins hits Crowder for apparent TD, but it's being reviewed. May have been down short of the line.

Antonio Gates returns to end zone

The Chargers TE hadn't scored since Oct. 12 vs. the Steelers, but his third TD of the season gives the Chargers a 14-9 lead over the Jaguars late in the first half. Follow live

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is not doing his WRs any favors today. Several times he's led them into big hits. MIA now 0 of 6 on third downs.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills CB Ronald Darby is back in the game about 2 minutes after press box announcement that he was in concussion protocol.

Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR

Given how well KC D has played & how poor BUF's passing O has been recently (plus Tyrod hurt - didn't practice much)..this is shocking

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins has six catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns through almost one half here in Kansas City. QB Tyrod Taylor throwing into double coverage without issue.

Hopkins sets record with 80th catch

DeAndre Hopkins reached the 80-catch mark today vs. the Saints, which is the most by any player 23 or younger through their first 11 team games of a season (via Elias). The Texans lead 14-3. Follow live

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Dolphins DT Earl Mitchell has a calf injury. His return is doubtful.

Chiefs can't stop Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins currently has 137 receiving yards, which sets a career-high in first-half yards for the Bills receiver. The Bills are in the red zone and lead 10-7 late in the second quarter. Follow live


Eifert catches another TD pass

Tyler Eifert scored to give the Bengals a 17-7 lead over the Rams. Eifert has six TD catches in his past four games, and an NFL-leading 12 this season. Follow live

Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

One underrated aspect of Thomas Rawls' season has been his big-play ability for the Seahawks' offense. Rawls is averaging one run of 20+ yards every 16.8 attempts. Marshawn Lynch averaged just one every 48.9 attempts since the start of the 2014 season. Rawls will look to break one against a Steelers defense that has allowed just five explosive runs all season.

Giants lineman Schwartz fractures leg

The Giants' offensive line, already in shambles, will be without Geoff Schwartz as the team announced he fractured his leg in today's game vs. the Redskins. New York, down 10-0, is already playing without two of its top linemen.

Peterson moves up rushing list

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has 48 yards rushing today, giving him 11,244 for his career. He passed both Corey Dillon and O.J. Simpson on the NFL's all-time rushing yards list today, moving into 19th place. He needs 109 yards to pass John Riggins. Follow live