Fantasy Football: Man Up/Step Aside Week 12
The time has come! These are the last two weeks before we head into the playoffs for the 2017-18 fantasy season, and Week 12 features some potential high scoring, fantasy friendly matchups. Hopefully you got a head start on the competition by starting Keenan Allen, or Phillip Rivers who went nuts, then again there’s a chance your team performed like a turkey if you started other players who probably screwed you like Evan Engram or Dak Prescott… Thanks! Nonetheless I’m gonna keep it short and sweet this week with the playoffs closing in, so choose your lineups wisely my friends.
Jared Goff put up an absolute dud last week in Minnesota, however this week the Rams look to turn things around as they host the Saints in this NFC showdown. Plug in Goff as a QB1 this week, even against a tough Saints defense who’s without top corners Marshon Latimore and Ken Crawley.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Funchess, but with Benjamin now as a member of the Bills, Funchess is starting to really stand out and look like a WR1. The Jets have played some great defense at home, and have given opposing teams trouble, but the secondary has been vulnerable against WRs, and this is where the Panthers where attack them through.
I know Dan may not approve of promoting a Bills player, but why the hell was he benched to begin with? His numbers weren’t completely horrible, and the Bills haven’t put anything around Tyrod to fully succeed. So after sitting against the Chargers and watching Peterman throw five INTS from the sideline, you can bet on Tyrod to come out fired up.
Kareem!!! The fantasy universe is slowly losing faith in you, and Charcandrick West has been looking better each week that Hunt doesn’t implode. It’s been since Week 3 that Hunt has found the end zone, and this week at home against a Bills team with a bunch of questions surrounding them, is a great spot for Hunt to come back to fantasy greatness.
Murray might not score three touchdowns again, but the Colts rank 30th in defense, and that’s all you need to know.
It’s his REVENGE game against his former team.
Tyler Kroft delivered last week after finding the end zone for those who streamed him, and this week the Bengals face a tough Browns defense, but for Kroft this is a goldmine because the Browns have allowed eight touchdowns to tight ends this season.
The man who was supposed to be the head honcho in the running back department for the Falcons is getting another start with Freeman sitting out again. Coleman racked up a nice game last week against Seattle, and now at home they host a Buccaneers team who’s not as tough as the Seahawks. Coleman probably won’t face eight men in the box like the way he did on Monday Night.
I’m not saying Brees is going to have a horrible game here, but the production might not be there. The Saints are no longer a pass first team, and if the Saints want to grind out another win against a tough team on the road they’re going to have to keep on doing what they’ve been doing to get there. Playing defense and running the ball.
Usually you can plug-in White, Burkhead, Lewis in your lineups especially in PPR formats and not regret it, but White has been fading out of this New England offense. Even when he’s in White hasn’t done much to make you feel good about starting him as of late.
I know, I know, start your studs, but here’s the thing. Blaine Gabbert is now stepping in for Fitz’s QB and well the Jags could win this game without a QB of their own. Also with no more teams on bye there’s plenty of options to avoid this matchup headed towards the fantasy playoffs.
Yawn.. the Broncos are derailing, and currently they’re fighting each other. On Thanksgiving two fights broke out at practice, someone was cut for being late to a team meeting, and John Elway is still calling them S…A…W…F…T SAWFT!
With Winston still sidelined, Brate’s fantasy value is sinking. Not only is it hard to trust him on the road, Brate is no longer a TE1 with Fitzpatrick favoring O.J. Howard over Brate.
On paper this should be a nice matchup for Powell to rebound in the fantasy world, but the Panthers defense is allowing the second-fewest yards to opposing running backs this season. Yes, the same goes for Forte if you plan on starting him.
Ever since Cooper ran wild for 210 yards receiving against the Chiefs a few weeks ago, he has given nothing back but having his owners yank their hair out with his terrible performances. I’m convinced Cooper scored and condensed all his season long stats in that one Thursday night game, so until we see Cooper do something positive he should remain benched.