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Chris Ivory (shoulder) had seven carries for 31 yards and three receptions for seven yards in Monday's 38-3 loss to the Bills.

Impact

Chris Johnson recorded seven carries for 40 yards and three receptions for 22 yards. The Jets had a few nice gains on the ground against a stout defense, but their passing game was entirely dysfunctional. The team thus spent nearly the entire contest trailing, which limited Ivory's ability to make an impact. While still a talented runner, Ivory has just 147 rushing yards over his last four games, heading into a difficult Week 13 matchup with the Dolphins.

Kenny Stills caught 8-of-9 targets for 98 yards in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.

Impact

Stills wrestled a ball away from Ravens cornerback Danny Gorrer for an impressive 33-yard catch, and he otherwise caught a slew of short and intermediate passes. The second-year wideout set season-high marks for targets and receptions, though not quite for yardage. Stills' first game since Brandin Cooks (thumb) got hurt was encouraging, but the matchup encouraged Drew Brees to target his wideouts. While not lacking for upside in Cooks' absence, Stills should still be viewed as a fairly unreliable option for Week 13 in Pittsburgh.

Jimmy Graham caught 6-of-10 targets for 47 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.

Impact

Graham was largely contained for a second straight week, only this time he managed to score two touchdowns, bringing his season-long total to nine. He While opponents have done a nice job of limiting him to shorter gains this season, Graham is still on pace for 95 receptions and 13 touchdowns, which is about what was expected before the season. His pace for 974 receiving yards would leave him well short of last season's 1,215, as he has surprisingly recorded just 10.3 yards per catch.

Bryce Brown rushed six times for 20 yards in Monday's win over the Jets. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Impact

Fred Jackson is back from a groin injury and was able to tote the mail 10 times Monday night. Brown will still work his way into the mix, but there's a big difference between sharing a full load with just one competitor (Anthony Dixon) vs. trying to get a few carries behind the No. 1 that Jackson is when he's healthy. As such, Brown is a high-risk play the rest of the way unless one of his teammates suffers an injury.

Marques Colston caught 4-of-4 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.

Impact

Colston caught three passes for 54 yards in the second quarter, highlighted by a 26-yard touchdown in double coverage. He was mostly quiet for the rest of the game, and again showed minimal ability to separate from defensive backs. Colston finished with five or fewer targets for a fourth time in the last five games, even though Drew Brees attempted 45 passes. Jimmy Graham (10 targets), Kenny Stills (nine), Pierre Thomas (eight) and Nick Toon (five) all drew more looks.

Mark Ingram had 11 carries for 27 yards and two receptions for 15 yards in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.

Impact

Pierre Thomas returned from a shoulder injury to gain 19 yards on five carries and 37 yards on six receptions. Ingram unsurprisingly struggled, as the matchup with Baltimore's tough front seven favored Drew Brees and the passing game over Ingram's power running. Further taking away from Ingram's cause, the Saints went down by two scores early in the fourth quarter. Next week's road matchup with the Steelers should be more amenable to the New Orleans rushing attack, for which Ingram is still the centerpiece.

Making his first appearance since Week 7, Pierre Thomas (shoulder) had five carries for 10 yards and six receptions for 37 yards in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.

Impact

Thomas' eight targets were good for third on the team, but neither he nor Mark Ingram had much luck against Baltimore's stout front seven. Ingram finished with 27 yards on 11 carries and 15 yards on two receptions, while Travaris Cadet caught just 2-of-2 targets for 11 yards. As expected, it was Jimmy Graham and the New Orleans wideouts doing most of the damage, against a Ravens defense that's easily weakest in the secondary. Thomas still turned in a decent PPR showing, which is pretty standard when the Saints have to throw a lot of passes. He didn't appear to be affected by the shoulder, and should remain a key part of the offense in a Week 13 road game against the Steelers.

Drew Brees completed 35-of-45 passes for 420 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception in Monday's 34-27 loss to the Ravens.

Impact

Brees completed a variety of throws against the shaky Baltimore secondary, but he was also sacked four times, and crucially threw an ugly pick-six. A two-score deficit allowed him to pile up yardage in the fourth quarter, eventually leading to a Jimmy Graham touchdown with just 40 seconds remaining. Brees will face a lesser defense in Week 13 against the Steelers, but he'll leave the comfort of the Superdome for what could be a cold-weather game.

Owen Daniels caught 2-of-5 targets for seven yards in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints.

Impact

Daniels continues to garner a decent portion of the targets in a balanced offense, but he's not getting many looks beyond 10 yards, and he offers little in terms of big-play ability. While he should bounce back to some extent in Week 13 against San Diego, the veteran tight end still has a rather limited weekly ceiling.

Bernard Pierce had seven carries for 28 yards and one reception for six yards in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints.

Impact

Pierce worked as the No. 2 running back behind Justin Forsett, who rumbled for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. This marked the second consecutive game in which Pierce was clearly the top backup, as rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro didn't get any touches. While he hasn't been particularly impressive this season, Pierce will likely hold onto his role for Week 13 against the Chargers, though there's no guarantee that Taliaferro won't reappear.

Torrey Smith caught 5-of-6 targets for 98 yards in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints.

Impact

While largely used as a deep threat this season, Smith provided a nice reminder that he's also dangerous with the ball in his hands. He failed to reach the end zone for just the second time in his last six games, despite putting forth arguably his best showing of the season, at least from a non-fantasy perspective. Following a zero-target dud in Week 8, Smith has 14 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 21 targets over the last three games. He's reestablished himself as a key part of the Baltimore offense, but next week's matchup with the Chargers isn't a great one.

Steve Smith caught 4-of-6 targets for 89 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints.

Impact

Smith got off to a fast start, catching two passes for 29 yards and a spectacular touchdown on Baltimore's opening drive, and then adding a 40-yard reception toward the end of the first quarter. He didn't do much over the next three quarters, as Joe Flacco finished the game with just 24 pass attempts. Smith Sr. and Torrey Smith are essentially co-No. 1 receivers, and while they account for a healthy portion of the targets, Baltimore's balanced offense often limits both players' opportunities. After recording double-digit targets in three of his first four games with the Ravens, Smith Sr. has garnered between five and nine looks in each of the past seven games.

Anthony Dixon rushed 12 times for 54 yards and a score in Monday's win over the Jets. He also caught his only target for eight yards.

Impact

Not a bad outing considering Fred Jackson (groin) was active for this one. Jackson ended up with 10 carries for 32 yards and a score, while Bryce Brown carried six times for 20 yards. We'll say that much of Dixon's action seemed to come when the game was out of hand in the Bills' favor. He's earned a role going forward, though we'd expect Jackson to take on more carries in future weeks. It's going to be tough to count on much from Dixon on a week-to-week basis given the Bills' tough remaining schedule coupled with the two other guys he needs to share the load with. And remember: a healthy Jackson is the No. 1 guy.

Joe Flacco completed 18-of-24 passes for 243 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions, in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints.

Impact

Flacco was lucky to have a possible pick-six dropped during the first half, but he was otherwise sharp in a contest dominated by the Baltimore running game. The Ravens converted 9-of-13 third-down attempts and only punted twice all night, thanks in large part to Justin Forsett's 182 rushing yards. While arguably having the most efficient season of his career, Flacco still lacks for volume pretty much any time the Ravens win. He hasn't attempted more than 31 passes in any of the team's seven victories this season, and he was a leading culprit in three of the four losses. Week 13 brings an interesting home matchup with the Chargers' defense, a unit that's been strong the last two weeks but inconsistent on the whole.

Justin Forsett had 22 carries for 182 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 34-27 win over the Saints, with another eight yards on two receptions.

Impact

Forsett ripped off a 38-yard gain on the Ravens' first offensive snap, and he scored touchdowns from 13 and 20 yards out. The Baltimore offensive line did a number on the New Orleans front seven, though he also got more than what was blocked on numerous occasions, displaying the elusiveness and surprising power he's shown all season. Meanwhile, Bernard Pierce had seven carries for 28 yards, and Lorenzo Taliaferro didn't register a single touch or target. Both still loom as threats to handle goal-line work, but there hasn't been much of that to go around this season, with Forsett often finding the end zone from 10-plus yards away. While a Week 13 matchup with the Chargers appears somewhat more difficult, he's recorded at least four yards per carry in every game this season.

Chris Johnson had seven carries for 40 yards and three receptions for 22 yards in Monday's 38-3 loss to the Bills.

Impact

Chris Ivory had seven carries for 31 yards and three receptions for seven yards, while the New York passing game was completely incompetent. Johnson hasn't reached the end zone since Week 4, and he only has one game with 100 scrimmage yards this season.

Fred Jackson (groin) had 10 carries for 32 yards and a touchdown, while adding three receptions for 13 yards on four targets, in Monday's 38-3 win over the Jets.

Impact

The workload was split between three running backs, but Jackson got a somewhat better share than the final stats indicate, as he was the only one rested in the fourth quarter. Anthony Dixon had 12 carries for 54 yards and a touchdown, but with a bunch of those totes – including a 30-yard touchdown – coming after the outcome was determined. Bryce Brown added six carries for 20 yards, with only two of those carries occurring in the fourth quarter. Dixon caught his only target for an eight-yard gain, while Brown surprisingly wasn't targeted. Assuming no setbacks with his groin, Jackson should be the strongest choice among Buffalo's three running backs for a favorable Week 13 matchup with the Browns. However, the three-back committee puts somewhat of a cap on his ceiling.

Andre Smith will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a tear in his triceps and biceps area, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Impact

With Smith out for the rest of the season, Marshall Newhouse will assume the starting spot at right tackle moving forward.

Robert Woods caught 9-of-11 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 38-3 win over the Jets.

Impact

No other Bills player had more than five targets, and Chris Hogan caught just 2-of-3 targets for five yards. Woods easily had his best game of the season, with his night highlighted by a seven-yard touchdown in traffic, along with a highlight-reel reception that saw him trap the ball against his helmet with one hand. The huge game could perhaps lead to Woods seeing a few more targets, but the Bills are still a subpar passing team, and Sammy Watkins is the No. 1 guy. Also, Woods won't get to face the generous Jets secondary every week.

Kyle Orton completed 24-of-32 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 38-3 win over the Jets.

Impact

Orton has torched the weak Jets secondary for six touchdowns in two games, but he only has six touchdowns in his other five appearances combined. Still, Monday's game was clearly a positive development for the veteran, as his job security was in question following back-to-back shaky outings. Orton gets a tougher matchup in Week 13, with the Cleveland defense having surrendered a 16:15 TD:INT ratio this season.