NFL Week 12 Fantasy Football Recap: Washington Commanders vs. Atlanta Falcons

Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. (8) reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Robinson Jr.: 18 carries, 105 yards, 2 receptions, 20 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown

Olamide Zaccheaus: 5 receptions, 91 yards

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Drop Curtis Samuel: The Commanders wide receiver has slowly but surely been phased out of the passing game.

  • He was held without a target against the Falcons, although he did have four carries for 13 yards.
  • Samuel averaged 9.3 targets per game in September, 6.0 per game in October and 2.2 per game in November.
  • Washington was largely staying in 11 personnel early in the season with multiple tight ends injured, but they’ve been more comfortable using 12 personnel in recent weeks. Samuel typically isn’t on the field in this personnel group.
  • The Commanders face the Giants in two of the next three games. New York has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season.
  • Washington also has its bye week in Week 14.

A committee replaces Kyle Pitts: The Falcons had three tight ends see significant playing time in their first game without Pitts.

  • Parker Hesse continued to see his usual playing time in two-tight end sets, which was enough time for him to run a number of routes but not see a target.
  • MyCole Pruitt was the primary player to take over for Pitts last week. He was on the end of a touchdown pass in the red zone but ran the fewest routes of the three. He largely just played in two-tight end sets with Hesse.
  • Anthony Firkser hadn’t played since Week 5, but he became the primary receiving tight end. He barely played in two-tight end sets but was typically the player on the field in 11 personnel. This led to only a 16-yard catch.
  • Pitts was a hard player to trust despite his talent and a large role in the offense. Since his role was split between two players who aren’t as talented, this is clearly a situation to avoid.

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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