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Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is looking to be a difference-maker in Week 7 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The towering TE caught 5-of-5 targets for 59 yards in last week's victory over the Denver Broncos, continuing his trend of being one of Vegas' most important offensive weapons. Darius Slay and the Eagles defense are going to pay close attention to Waller on Sunday and make his day difficult, although that defense has also given up 39 receptions on 320 yards to opposing tight ends so far this season. Waller is a solid TE3 against Philadelphia this weekend.
The Seattle Seahawks defense has been quietly a solid group as of late, and they could have fantasy value again in Week 12 against the Washington Football Team. Washington has been an inconsistent offensive unit all season long, and that's not going to magically change overnight. Seattle has generated at least one turnover in all but two games this season, and Washington has turned the ball over in nine of their 10 games this season, including multiple turnovers in five of those nine games. Seattle isn't the best option at the position this week, but they have a bit of upside on Monday night in Week 12.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Gerald Everett has been up and down all season, and he could be in for another down week in Week 12 against the Washington Football Team. Everett had double-digit fantasy points in quarterback Russell Wilson's Week 10 return, but it was just his third game all season where he put up double digits, and he hasn't scored a touchdown since the team's Week 1 win. Everett has seen at least three targets in five of his last six games, but he's rarely doing much with them. Washington is in the middle of the pack against tight ends this season, and Everett doesn't seem primed to be the exception to the rule. He falls into the TE2 category this week.
New York Giants wide receiver John Ross (quad) is active for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. With Sterling Shepard (quad) and Kadarius Toney (quad) both out, Ross should see snaps as the team's No. 3 receiver. Considering he only has eight catches on the season, fantasy managers looking for a dart throw in a deep league or in DFS should go ahead and look elsewhere for that play.
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones (shoulder) was a late addition to the injury report this week and won't play Sunday against the Jaguars. The team's leader in tackles for loss, Jones is a huge loss for this Falcons defense. If you were thinking of streaming them because of how bad the Trevor Lawrence-led Jaguars have been, Jones being out is probably a good reason to pivot elsewhere.
Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. is a healthy scratch for Sunday's meeting with the Miami Dolphins. The promising rookie hasn't had a catch since Week 6 and should have already been off of your fantasy radar in single-year formats, so this move shouldn't have much of an impact on fantasy lineups. Receiver Shi Smith will be active instead but is unlikely to see much work in Carolina's run-first attack with quarterback Cam Newton under center.
Houston Texans tight end Jordan Akins is a healthy scratch in Week 12 against the New York Jets for the second straight week. It appears the 29-year-old has been passed on the depth chart by rookie Brevin Jordan with Pharaoh Brown back to full health. The Texans also have Antony Auclair at the position. Akins was already an afterthought in fantasy, as are the rest of Houston's tight ends for that matter, and has caught just 21 passes for 184 yards and no touchdowns on 28 targets in his nine games played (three starts) this season. The Texans offense could actually make some noise against the Jets this weekend, but it's hard to recommend any Houston tight end in fantasy given their lack of explosive plays on offense in 2021.
Houston Texans rookie wide receiver Nico Collins (hip) is active for Week 12 against the New York Jets after being questionable on the team's final injury report. Collins popped up on the injury report late in the week, but his hip injury wasn't serious enough to keep him from playing on Sunday. The Jets defense allows the second-most receiving yards per game (296.7) in 2021, so the Texans offense could actually find some explosive plays down the field this week. The 22-year-old has been a fixture in three-receiver sets, but he has only 16 receptions for 200 yards and no touchdowns on 24 targets in his seven games played this season. In a Houston offense that just isn't very explosive, it's hard to recommend any receiver not named Brandin Cooks in fantasy.
New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis (groin), who was downgraded to doubtful on Saturday, is officially inactive for Week 12 against the Houston Texans. It's a blow to the Jets offense with rookie quarterback Zach Wilson (knee) finally returning from his PCL sprain. Davis and Wilson had developed some nice chemistry earlier in the season. Rookie Elijah Moore, Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole should operate in three-wide sets for Gang Green in Week 12 against a Texans defense that has surrendered 269.7 receiving yards per game this year. With Davis beat up of late, Moore has really stepped up and taken advantage, catching 18 of 25 targets for 269 yards and four touchdowns in the last three games. The rookie will have WR2 upside with Davis out.
New England Patriots tight ends Hunter Henry (neck) and Jonnu Smith (shoulder) are both active for the Week 12 battle against the Tennessee Titans, as expected. Both players were listed as questionable on the final injury report but were expected to play after practicing all week. Henry and Smith will continue to split playing time at the position on Sunday. Henry has been much more productive than Smith this year, catching 33 passes for 378 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith has just 22 receptions for 210 yards and one score in 10 games. There hasn't been much volume for New England's tight ends, but Henry is the preferred red-zone target and will remain a low-end, touchdown-dependent TE1.
New England Patriots running back J.J. Taylor is a healthy scratch for the Week 12 contest against the Tennessee Titans. Running backs Damien Harris (neck) and Rhamondre Stevenson (knee), who were questionable for Sunday, are both active and should share most of New England's backfield touches against the Titans. It will be Taylor's second straight week being a healthy scratch with New England's backfield fully healthy. The 23-year-old will only be worth a pickup in deeper PPR leagues again if one of Harris or Stevenson miss time with an injury. Brandon Bolden will be the No. 3 change-of-pace, pass-catching back on Sunday, but he'll be a desperation play in PPR formats.
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