NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap: Tennessee Titans vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) celebrates after a touchdown during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Tee Higgins: 7 receptions, 114 yards, 1 touchdown

Samaje Perine: 17 carries, 58 yards, 1 touchdown, 4 receptions, 35 receiving yards

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The Bengals without Joe Mixon: Mixon didn’t play after suffering a concussion last week.

  • Samaje Perine was the clear lead back, as expected. He ran the ball 17 times while finishing third on the team in targets.
  • Trayveon Williams was the primary backup, followed by Chris Evans. The fact that Evans was at the bottom of the depth chart isn’t a great sign for his long-term future.
  • The Bengals' next two matchups are favorable for running backs, so it is definitely worth holding onto Perine until Mixon is cleared to play again. Even then, Perine is a fine handcuff to hold onto over these next few weeks.

Add Treylon Burks: The rookie receiver led the Titans in targets and was second in routes run.

  • Burks set a career high in receiving yards last week (111) and put together his second-best performance this week with 70 yards on four catches.
  • He managed his first NFL touchdown, albeit on a recovery of a Derrick Henry fumble.
  • His playing time increased this week largely because the Titans used 11 personnel more often. He played 100% of snaps in 11 personnel and 24% of snaps in any other grouping.
  • Tennesee has some tough matchups upcoming, including one against the Eagles, but also has a few matchups against some of the worst secondaries in the league. Burks probably won’t be a fantasy starter every week over the rest of the season, but he’s reached a point where he can be a situational starter.

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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