Phil Dawson hit from both 33 and 53 yards in Sunday's 19-13 loss to Arizona.
In a year of inconsistency from the kicker position, Dawson continues to deliver on a weekly basis. He hasn't been a high-volume scorer (16-of-17 on field goals this year), but he has definitely been a safe option. Soldier Field is never an easy place to kick in, but Dawson has delivered all season, so it is hard to expect anything different in next week's matchup.
Blake Bell had his best game as a pro, nabbing all three of his targets for 67 yards in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals.
Bell has been buried on the depth chart all season, but with an injury to Garrett Celek (ankle), he was able to flash the talent that forced that San Francisco 49ers to draft him in the fourth round of this year's NFL Draft. 48 of his 67 yards came on a cross-field pass in which he was left uncovered by the Cardinals' secondary, but he was able to display his athleticism when he got up to full speed. Vance McDonald is still ahead of him on the depth chart, so Bell won't see more than a handful of targets going forward.
Vance McDonald topped last week's career-best performance (4-65-1) with 71 yards on six catches and another visit to the endzone in Sunday's loss to Arizona.
McDonald is building quite the rapport with Blaine Gabbert, becoming the quarterback's top tight end target and go-to man in the redzone. With Garrett Celek (ankle) out indefinitely, McDonald should continue to lead all San Francisco tight ends in targets going forward. The Bears provide a tough matchup next week (5.3 fantasy points per game allowed to opposing tight ends), but McDonald definitely deserves consideration in a game where Blaine Gabbert will likely be forced to throw the ball 25-plus times.
Cecil Shorts caught three passes on four targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Saints. He also carried three times for 20 yards.
Despite the meager yardage output, Shorts managed to come through with a score for fantasy owners for the second straight week, after his touchdown pass a week ago. He also received multiple carries for the second straight week and is averaging over 6.5 yards per tote this season. There are targets to go around in the pass-heavy Houston offense, but Shorts has yet to establish himself as a consistent option this season. He will remain a risky fantasy play in Week 13 when the Houston Texans travel to take on the Bills.
Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) caught six passes for 113 yards on nine targets in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Patriots.
Sanders appeared to be back at full health, overcoming a tough matchup against Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who he burned for a 39-yard gain to set up the go-ahead touchdown inside of the two-minute warning. Demariyus Thomas, meanwhile, managed just one catch for 36 yards on a team-high 13 targets, once again struggling with drops. Even with the Denver Broncos now running the ball effectively, Thomas and Sanders should get plenty of targets.