- Stevan Ridley (13 utilizations), Shane Vereen (12) and LeGarrette Blount (10) will form a frustrating trio for fantasy owners. Bill Belichick went away from Ridley after a fumble, but he went back in and eventually found paydirt. Vereen is the most stable PPR play, despite BB's confidence in Ridley.
- Speaking of putting the ball on the dirt, apparently Reggie Bush's two Week 11 mistakes (one was lost) weren't the only reasons the Detroit Lions went away from him. Jim Schwartz said the muddy conditions in Pittsburgh probably hindered Bush's grip and ability to move. The sloppy conditions were better designed for a Joique Bell contest. Luckily, four of Detroit's final five games in the fantasy season come inside their dome home, so if Bush can protect the pigskin, it'll work out.
- WW: Reports of Chris Ogbonnaya's increased involvement held up. Go get him. The Cleveland Browns like what he offers in the passing game. Willis McGahee is gassed.
- Despite a hot start to Thursday Night Football, Chris Johnson only had four carries for six yards in the second half. The Tennessee Titans would eventually lose. Maybe Shonn Greene isn't the end-all, be-all of clock control. Johnson's remaining schedule commands continued optimism, though.
- Rashard Mendenhall gained 14 yards on 13 carries. One of them happened to be a touchdown. Andre Ellington will continue backing him up and, despite his lackluster game, should be the Arizona Cardinals back fantasy owners trust.
- Darren Sproles (foot, knee) was limited in Week 11 and eventually left the game. The New Orleans Saints, considering their cache of weapons, adjusted. Fantasy owners may have to do the same on this short turnaround for Thursday night.
- As if it weren't clear before the bye, Chris Ivory is the New York Jets' new lead back.
- WW: Donald Brown isn't necessarily that for the Indianapolis Colts, but he's proven more effective than Trent Richardson, who'll continue relying on volume and disappointing his owners.
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