Fantasy Football NFL 2022 Week 12: Garrett Wilson shines

In week 12 of the 2022 fantasy football season, the New York Jets’ Garrett Wilson and Mike White took on the Chicago Bears. What other developments of the week are worth reading? Matt Bowen and Tristan H. Cockcroft offer their analysis.

With 26.4 PPR points in a 31-10 win over the Bears, Wilson has now had 17.5 or more PPR points in three of his last four games. And the arrow really could be pointing to the rookie receiver if he can continue to see consistent quarterback play with Mike White in New York. Wilson saw eight goals on Sunday, catching five passes for 95 yards and adding two touchdowns. We know he has dynamic abilities after the catch. He is a sudden mover in space. And the Jets can open it too. Flood concepts, level throws in the middle of the field, more. Wilson gets the Vikings defense in week 13. He will be a positive WR3 in my ranking for this one. — bowen

White, listed in just 2.5% of ESPN leagues, could be one of the top waiving/streaming pickups this week after dropping 24.8 fantasy points in the Bears’ defense. Sure, this Chicago unit lacked players in the high school. Some JV talent was out there today. And we know this is not a high-level defense. But given the Jets’ lack of a working passing game with Zach Wilson at quarterback, White is an upgrade for a New York offense that has talent and explosive route tree ability. White was also efficient in this case and completed 22 of 28 passes for 315 yards – with three touchdown throws. He hit the planned windows, delivered the ball down the ranks with anticipation and really worked on defending these bears on all three levels of the field. And with those numbers, White should remain No. 1 in New York. Next for the quarterback? Road games in Minnesota and Buffalo in the next two weeks. — bowen

Let’s not forget that White had that impressive 26.10 fantasy point performance in his first career start in Week 8 of last season and then dealt with a forearm problem that knocked him out in the first quarter of the next game meaning that he didn’t Yes, really got plenty of a chance to prove himself at this level. He’s now got two 24-plus appearances in his four career starts, with a mostly fantasy-friendly schedule ahead of him (@MIN, @BUF, DET, JAX, @SEA, @MIA), so I’m with you, Matt — he is worth adding for streaming/superflex purposes. — cuckold

For the second straight game, Lawrence surpassed the 20-point mark and scored 24.94 points in the Week 12 win over the Ravens. Lawrence was extremely crucial with the ball late in the game, leading a two-minute practice for a goal and then quickly knocking out on the 2-point try to win it. Some big hits here. A positive Week 13 matchup against the Lions lets you roll in the lineup with Lawrence as QB1. — bowen

Other observations:

Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Washington Commanders: Think of his Week 12 as a sneaky big step forward after the rookie played 50% of the Commanders’ offensive snaps (vs. Antonio Gibson’s 40%), hit 20 total touches (vs. Gibson’s 12) and carried three 10-yard rushes had the latter two shy of his total total in his first seven career NFL starts (five). Robinson also added 14- and 8-yard receptions when he finally made big plays that would continue to earn him more looks on offense. He’s a strong defender who, while relying on touchdowns for fantasy purposes, brings enough power to last most weeks and potentially be a weekly RB2 from that point forward. — cuckold

Zay Jones, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Jones, who played a key role in the Jaguars’ win over the Ravens, posted a career-best 27.5 PPR Fantasy points, including the crucial 2-point conversion. He’s increasingly gotten looks from Trevor Lawrence, to the point that Jones now has back-to-back games in double figures, not to mention four games in double figures this season alone, after having just three of those in 79 career games entering that Year 2022. He’s been thrown frequently when Lawrence plays from behind, but it’s also a blessing that the Jaguars have a mostly fantasy-friendly remaining wide receiver schedule (@DET, @TEN, DAL, @NYJ, @HOU, TEN). Jones should be all over the list and started as WR3 for most of them. – Cockcroft

Samaje Perine, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Substituting for the injured Joe Mixon (concussion), Perine delivered 19.3 PPR Fantasy points, a number that looks better considering the opposing Titans entered the week with the eighth-toughest scheduled-adjusted defense against running backs. Perine again made his strongest contribution in the reception game, catching 4 of 7 passes for 35 yards. If he returns to Mixon in week 13 he should remain a mid-range RB2. — cuckold



Eric Karabell explains how Samaje Perine’s week 12 performance could prove useful to fantasy managers if Joe Mixon misses the next game.

Rachaad White, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: With Leonard Fournette injured, White posted a season-high 19.9 PPR points in the Week 12 loss to the Browns. And we’ve seen the rookie’s dual-threat traits here. White recorded nine receptions — for 45 yards — and he added another 64 rushing yards on 14 carries. If Fournette is unable to start against the Saints in Week 13, White will remain in the RB2 discussion. — bowen

Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans: Having rushed just eight yards (on five carries) in the Week 12 loss in Miami, Pierce is now down to just 16 rushing yards on 15 carries in his last two games. Look, this Houston offense is really bad regardless of who’s playing the quarterback position. And the negative flow continues to affect Pierce’s volume. Pierce has a positive matchup against the Browns’ underperforming rush defense in Week 13, but he will remain in my RB2 ranks as the Texans are unable to establish offensive rhythm and pace. — bowen

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