Fantasy football Week 12 recap and waiver wire suggestions

There was high drama in Week 12 of the NFL season as 10 games ended with a margin of victory of eight points or fewer. Sunday’s action culminated with a last-second, game-winning field goal in overtime by the Chiefs’ Cairo Santos that ricocheted off the left upright and through the goalposts. Bounces like that could end up helping fantasy owners advance in the playoffs or relegate their teams to consolation tournaments.

Santos may have given the Chiefs a victory, but the star of the game was rookie Tyreek Hill. Despite having just 55 yards from scrimmage, Hill became the first rookie since Gale Sayers, to score a rushing touchdown, catch a touchdown pass and return a kick for a TD in a single game. That’s pretty good company.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with De'Anthony Thomas #13 after returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates with De’Anthony Thomas #13 after returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 27, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Hill was a waiver-wire suggestion after Week 8, and he hadn’t scored since then, though he did have decent performances. If he’s still available, make sure you put in a claim for him, if nothing more than to keep him on your bench and off of competing rosters.

A lot of wideouts had big weeks as 10 totaled at least 100 yards receiving. Antonio Brown and Mike Evans remained as consistent as ever. Brown had 91 yards receiving to go along with his three touchdowns. Evans gained 104 yards and caught two scores, both in the first quarter.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a 23-yard touchdown reception in front of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and free safety Steven Terrell (23) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a 23-yard touchdown reception in front of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) and free safety Steven Terrell (23) during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Michael Thomas also had a top-five week, scoring two touchdowns to go along with his 108 yards. He and Drew Brees dominated the Rams defense.

Brees topped all quarterback performances this week as he threw for four touchdowns for the third time this season. He even scored on a running play. Outside of a Week 15 matchup against the Cardinals, his fantasy playoff schedule looks good.

Right behind Brees this week was Colin Kaepernick, who had an unbelievable game against the Dolphins. He threw three touchdown passes and rushed for 113 yards.

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the 4th quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the 4th quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on November 27, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

Kirk Cousins’ three-touchdown performance against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving gave him eight touchdowns against no interceptions in his past three games.

Rob Kelley didn’t fare as well against the Cowboys on Thursday, gaining just 42 yards from scrimmage.

Frank Gore and Thomas Rawls didn’t live up to expections in Week 12 either. Gore rushed for a pathetic 1.9 yards per carry against the Steelers on Thanksgiving. Rawls was especially disappointing after facing a Bucs defense that allows 4.4 yards per rush. He managed just 38 yards.

Matt Forte and Lamar Miller each had at least 16 touches but did little with them.

On the bright side, 14 running backs scored touchdowns in Week 12. David Johnson, Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott achieved top-five status yet again while LeSean McCoy rushed for more than 100 yards for the first time since Week 6.

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) rushes for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) rushes for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Mark Ingram bounced back from getting knocked out of a Week 11 game by rushing for 146 yards and a touchdown. He even had a 21-yard touchdown reception from Brees.

Despite Brees’ big day, Brandin Cooks was shut out, making him the biggest disappointment of the week. He wasn’t even targeted on the day the Saints scored seven touchdowns.

Allen Robinson, Steve Smith, Amari Cooper and Julio Jones faltered this week, and Doug Baldwin and Russell Wilson teamed up for a poor performance against a Bucs defense that should have provided little resistance. Maybe last year’s late fantasy points outburst won’t be repeated by the duo after all.

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is sacked by defensive end Ryan Russell #96 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL game on November 27, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is sacked by defensive end Ryan Russell #96 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter of an NFL game on November 27, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

At the tight end position, Jordan Reed was spectacular against the Cowboys, scoring twice while suffering from a separated shoulder. Travis Kelce, Tyler Eifert and Delanie Walker all performed well while Rob Gronkowski and Antonio Gates each turned in goose eggs.

Little should be said of kickers in fantasy, but when Justin Tucker goes 4 for 4 with three field goals from beyond 50 yards, he gets a mention.

Waiver wire suggestions:

Quarterbacks

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers (296 passing yards, still available in leagues)

Running backs

Denard Robinson, Jaguars (13 touches-39 yards, check the health of Chris Ivory)

Wide receivers

Taylor Gabriel, Falcons (5-102, 2 TDs)

Malcolm Mitchell, Patriots (5-42, 2 TDs)

Marquess Wilson, Bears (8-125, TD)

Marqise Lee, Jaguars (4-37, TD)

Tight ends

Dion Sims, Dolphins (4-53, TD)

Jermaine Gresham, Cardinals (5-35, TD)

Vance McDonald, 49ers (4-60)