WEEK 12 SMART STARTS & PINE RIDERS

Better late than never, am I right? Hello Fantasy enthusiasts. I hope everyone’s season is going well as we are in the closing weeks of the fantasy regular season. In this article i’ll be letting you know who I think should easily have a spot in your lineup and who should take a seat this week. Hopefully I can be of some assistance in a very crucial part of the season and help everyone catch that W this week. Also, Happy Turkey Day to everyone! Eat up and watch some football! Hope y’all enjoy 🙂

 

SMART STARTS

QB

JAMEIS WINSTON, TB

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The magic is gone down in Tampa and Jameis has a very easy matchup against a San Fran Defense who has allowed 2+ passing touchdowns in all but two games this year. Also, 7 out of 10 opposing QBs have scored at least 19 fantasy points against the Niners. Jameis should help you steal that win like the crab legs he stole back in 2014.

 

MITCH TRUBISKY, CHI

Just two weeks ago, Trubisky balled out against the Lions for 355 yards and 3 touchdowns and also scrambling for 18 yards and a score. And, it has been back to back weeks where the Lions have allowed 350+ yards and 3 touchdowns through the air as SuperCam did it last week as well. I expect Mitch to carve up the Lions D, just like a turkey on Thanksgiving.

 

RB

NICK CHUBB, CLE

Since week 6, the Bengals have allowed 8 rushing touchdowns. So Chubb has a very high chance of finding the End Zone at least once this week, especially because he has back to back weeks with a rushing touchdown. Not only this, but Cincinnati has allowed at least 86 rushing yards to opposing RBs since week 3, including 360 yards combined in the past to weeks. With Chubb’s high volume in a run heavy offense, I expect a great week.  

 

MARLON MACK, IND

Mack has a very favorable matchup this week against the Dolphins. 7 out of 10 games this year Miami has allowed 100 yards rushing to opponents. In the 5 games Mack has played since returning from an ankle injury, he has 5 total touchdowns and three games with at least 80 rushing yards, including two games with over 120 yards. Mack should continue his success this week.

 

WR

JULIAN EDELMAN, NE

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Since returning from a four game suspension, Edelman has scored under 16 fantasy points only twice in PPR leagues and has 24 catches in the past three games. As Brady’s number one target he should be started most weeks, but especially this week against a weak Jets secondary who just allowed 41 points to the Bills before there bye week.

 

DOUG BALDWIN, SEA

Baldwin told the media last Thursday that he woke up for the first time all season without pain in his right knee, and it showed. He caught 7 of a team high 10 targets for 1 touchdown, but could have had another if Wilson didn’t overthrow him while wide open in the endzone. And this week he is going against a Carolina defense who has allowed 5 TDs and 563 yards receiving in the past three weeks. Baldwin is flirting with becoming a WR2 once again.

 

TE

VANCE Mcdonald, PIt

With the tight end position being so slim this year, McDonald has turned into a possible viable starter, accumulating 10 targets and two touchdowns in the past two weeks. And going against the Broncos who have allowed a touchdown to tight ends in three straight games makes him a great start this week.

 

PINE RIDERS

QB

PHILIP RIVERS, LAC

Rivers now has 3 weeks in a row with less than 20 fantasy points and 3 interceptions in those three games. And going up against the Cardinals who have not gave up more than two passing touchdowns all year long, Rivers could easily struggle. Especially because of all the pressure he will face as Arizona has at least 4 sacks in three straight games.

 

DESHAUN WATSON, HOU

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It is now five consecutive weeks where Watson has failed to break 240 passing yards and he has 5 games this year with only one passing touchdown. Even if you put aside his struggles, he has a tough matchup against the Titans who have allowed only 4 Qbs to score more than 20 fantasy points against them this year. Watson should be placed on the bench easily this week.

 

RB

LeSEAN McCoy, BUF

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Despite McCoy going off two weeks ago against the Jets rushing for 113 yards and two scores, it has been an underwhelming season for the veteran back. And his troubles should continue this week against the Jags who have allowed only 4 rushing touchdowns all year and only 110 rushing yards in the past two weeks. Plus, it’s hard to trust any Bills player this year.

 

TEVIN COLEMAN, ATL

Coleman has struggled the past two weeks gathering just 19 carries for 102 yards rushing. And his slump very much could continue against the Saints this week. The most rushing yards the Saints have allowed a team to get in a game this year is 76 and that was week one against the Bucs. They have only allowed 6 scores on the ground as well. Tevin should have a quiet game this week.

 

WR

DEVIN FUNCHESS, CAR

In the past four weeks, Funchess only has caught 12 passes for 142 yards and no touchdowns. Yikes. This offense is truly McCaffrey’s with a sprinkle of Greg Olsen now that he is healthy. And if that isn’t bad enough, Seattle hasn’t allowed a receiving touchdown in two straight weeks and that was against Green Bay and the Rams. Funchess’ quietness should continue this week.

 

COREY DAVIS, TEN

Davis has been very up and down this year. For example, two weeks ago he goes 7 for 125 and a score, but comes back last week with only 2 catches for 30 yards. Very annoying. But I am predicting another down game for the second year wideout. Houston has not allowed a receiving score in four straight weeks and only six all year. Davis should easily be placed on the bench this week.

 

TE

ROB GRONKOWSKI, NE

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The elite tight end has struggled to stay on the field yet again this year. But even when he was healthy he wasn’t the Gronk everyone was used to seeing, scoring only once back in week one. Plus, the Jets have allowed only 5 catches to tight ends in the past four games they have played. Look for another quiet one from Gronk.

 

– Tate Kennedy, WTF Sports Fantasy Writer

 

Edited by Scott Edwards

 

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