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NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap: Cleveland Browns vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) celebrates after catching a touchdown during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Nick Chubb: 26 carries, 116 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 16 receiving yards

Chris Godwin: 12 receptions, 110 yards, 1 touchdown


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The Buccaneers without Leonard Fournette: Rachaad White dominated snaps for the Buccaneers, but it might not be enough fro him to hold onto a significant role.

  • White was the clear RB1 in every situation, only losing a few snaps to Ke’Shawn Vaughn when he needed a rest.
  • He put together a great first quarter running the ball. He gained 48 yards on four carries, which was the most yards by a Buccaneers runner in the first quarter this season.
  • White gained only 11 yards on eight carries over the next three quarters, and he averaged just 0.25 yards before contact per carry.
  • He caught nine passes for 45 yards throughout the game. It was the second-most receptions by a Buccaneers running back this season.
  • There hasn’t been a noticeable difference between White and Fournette this season. There is a chance White continues to see a high number of snaps and becomes a fantasy starter from volume alone, but we could also go back to more of a split.
  • Giovani Bernard returned from injured reserve for the Buccaneers, but he didn’t see a snap in this game. There is a chance he could contribute in the future.

David Njoku closer to normal: The Browns tight end returned from injury last week — but only in a part-time role. His playing time was much closer to normal this week.

  • Njoku played just 11 of a possible 52 snaps out of 11 personnel on first or second down last week. That increased to 37-of-48 this week. That percentage of snaps was consistent with his workload early in the season.
  • His playing time was down by only a snap or two compared to his average. That was because Harrison Bryant took two snaps out of 11 personnel on third downs, while Pharaoh Brown took two snaps from two-tight end sets. Those were both situations where Njoku typically plays 92%-plus of the time.
  • Njoku remained a clear part of the passing game, catching five passes for 29 yards and a touchdown.
  • He has a favorable matchup against the Texans next week, but the schedule progressively gets worse, and he plays the Commanders and Saints in Weeks 16 and 17. Those are the clear two best teams at preventing fantasy points to tight ends.


Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.

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