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NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap: New York Jets vs. Chicago Bears

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Garrett Wilson (17) catches a touchdown pass against the Chicago Bears during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Garrett Wilson: 5 receptions, 95 yards, 2 touchdowns

Ty Johnson: 5 carries, 62 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 reception, 16 receiving yards

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Monitor Michael Carter’s health: Carter left the game early in the third quarter. Head coach Robert Saleh said after the game Carter sprained his ankle, but the severity of the sprain is unclear.

  • James Robinson was a surprise healthy inactive, as he apparently fell to fourth on the depth chart.
  • Robinson’s absence didn’t lead to any increased playing time for Carter or receiving back Ty Johnson. Instead, undrafted rookie Zonovan Knight took the snaps that typically had gone to Robinson.
  • Knight took over for Carter after he left with injury. He played 18 of a possible 22 snaps on first or second down once Carter exited.
  • Knight put together a solid performance, with 14 carries for 69 yards.
  • Johnson might seem like a good waiver target after he scored a touchdown, but his role remained unchanged throughout the past few weeks. He played only on third downs and a very occasional early down.
  • Knight should be the popular waiver wire target, regardless of Carter’s health. 
  • Keep Robinson on rosters just in case the Carter injury is serious.
  • Three of the Jets’ next five opponents are among the 10 best teams when it comes to allowing fantasy points to running backs.

Corey Davis’ return: Davis regained his role in the Jets' starting lineup after getting injured in Week 7.

  • He returned to playing over 50% of offensive snaps but didn’t play quite as often as normal.
  • Davis played 24 of a possible 28 snaps in 11 personnel but shared time with both Denzel Mims and Braxton Berrios in two-tight end sets.
  • The Jets' offense primarily focused on Garrett Wilson. Davis was tied with three other players for the second-most targets (three).
  • New York has the sixth-easiest schedule for wide receivers over the next five weeks, so there is a chance Davis could put up some good numbers moving forward.
  • Davis was a top-30 fantasy wide receiver in three of his first six games this season.

Monitor the health of the Bears’ wide receivers: Darnell Mooney, Chase Claypool and Equanimeous St. Brown all suffered injuries and didn’t finish out the game.

  • Mooney and Claypool both played all 11 snaps from 11 personnel in the first half, while St. Brown played eight such snaps.
  • Claypool played 5-of-13 snaps in other personnel groups, while Mooney played in 4-of-13.
  • Mooney already saw his playing time decrease slightly in those situations last week, but this marks a more dramatic change in playing time prior to his injury.
  • Mooney suffered an ankle injury early in the third quarter and was quickly ruled doubtful to return.
  • Dante Pettis took over as the primary slot receiver for the rest of the game.
  • St. Brown was getting his ankle or foot checked out between quarters. He tried to play early in the fourth quarter but didn’t last long.
  • Claypool went to the medical tent for an undisclosed reason early in the fourth quarter and didn’t return.
  • Byron Pringle was the primary backup on the outside, followed by Velus Jones Jr.
  • This is all a situation to avoid, as the Bears finished with just 179 passing yards and have the seventh-worst schedule for wide receivers over the next five weeks, which includes a bye week.

The Bears’ new backup running back: Darrynton Evans surpassed rookie Trestan Ebner on the depth chart and served as the primary backup against the Jets.

  • Evans ran the ball nine times for 34 yards and caught a 33-yard pass.
  • Ebner’s only offensive snap happened in a two-back set on a pass play.
  • Evans doesn’t have any standalone value, as David Montgomery is still playing the clear majority of snaps in every situation. But Evans is the new handcuff in the short term.
  • Khalil Herbert is the usual backup. Herbert will miss at least two more games while on injured reserve.

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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