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Monday Night Takeaway – Week 12

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Carolina 30, Philadelphia 22

Panthers

Cam Newton went out on Monday night and set fantasy score boards on fire toping 40 fantasy points, a season best. Much credit should be given to the Eagles secondary which has been absolutely atrocious over the past two weeks. On back-back possessions the Panthers quarterback hooked up for two touchdowns with a wiiiiiiiide open Gary Barnidge and again with Brandon LaFell both streaking right down the middle of the field. Newton was even seen throwing into double coverage finding Lewis Murphy for a 55-yard bomb. Newton then proceeded to make short work of the Eagles defensive line picking up 52 yards on the ground while punching in two rushing touchdowns. Moral of the story, start your players facing the Eagles.

Remember three weeks ago when the Panthers coaching staff made a public commitment that Jonathan Stewart would become the primary running back. As we know, coaches lie. This game was proof as Cam Newton led the team in carries with 14 followed by DeAngelo Williams at 11 then J-Stew at eight. It almost goes without saying, but both Carolina running backs are not startable, and barely rosterable.

Wide receiver Steve Smith has been on a decline of late after scoring 2, 6 and 6 fantasy points over the past three weeks. With so much defensive attention going his direction, Smitty has fallen to become a lower WR3. I would feel more comfortable starting the likes of Danario Alexander, Ryan Broyles and Chris Givens.

Eagles

I would say all the Bryce Brown questions were answered as the seventh round draft pick busted out for an astounding 178 yards and two touchdowns. Brown was a man possessed displaying all the characteristics we covet in a running back; excellent vision, no wasted movement, downhill power, breakaway speed and just enough wiggle to make defenders miss. Should LeSean McCoy remain absent next week, Brown would certainly become a high end RB2, a near must-start.

DeSean Jackson was forced out of this game in the late first quarter after suffering what the team is calling a rib cartilage injury. Exiting early and unable to return suggests Jackson’s Week 13 availability could be in doubt. Already nose diving in value this could be a blessing for fantasy owners who will no longer have to ponder D-Jax in their starting lineup as Jackson has fallen to become mid WR4.

Nick Foles isn’t doing this team any favors as the young rookie struggles to see the field while force feeding the ball into tight coveage. So long as Foles starts all Eagles wide receivers will have hindered value, making them barely startable as we make the playoff push.

Tuesday Morning Quick Hits

Andre Brown has been placed on Injured Reserve after suffering a broken fibula. Ahmad Bradshaw’s fantasy value will jump amidst the ranks of the high RB2. Bradshaw owners should be running to the waiver wire and handcuffing David Wilson.

•Seattle’s top two cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are headed for a four game suspension. If upheld, start your wide receivers facing the Hawks.

Pierre Garcon exited his prolific Turkey day performance with zero setbacks. He has reemerged as a solid WR2.

Kyle Rudolph will undergo concussion tests this week leaving his availability in question.

•Jaquizz Rodgers played more snaps than Michael Turner for the second straight week. Turner’s waning fantasy value will be devastating for fantasy owners who start him when he fails to score a touchdown.

•Arizona’s head coach Ken Whisenhunt has told the media that quarterback Ryan Lindley will retain the starting role. With increased defensive attention, Larry Fitzgerald is a risky fantasy play.

Darren McFadden is expected to return this week, DeMarco Murray and Maurice Jones-Drew are not.

•The Packers anticipate the return of Greg Jennings. He may have been dropped in your league and could be a viable option during the playoff stretch.