Week 12 is stacked with big attacks with big playoffs. Six games put a couple of feasible competitors after the season against each other. However, fantasy managers are more focused on their own title missions.
Marquee matches mean that the slate also has contests with little except draft positioning that is at stake. The points are all counted the same for us. Because of fantasy football, many fans will see Steelers vs. Bengals with the same joy as the Patriots vs. Cowboys. Aside from a quarterback in Sunday night's headliner, this week's party with starting and sitting selection provides a brighter light for players from subpar troops. For those who are unfamiliar with the drilling now, the associated Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) were taken on Tuesday night from FantasyPro's half PPR ranking.
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Start: Sam Darnold (NYJ) vs. OAK: QB16 ECR
Many people will need a new quarterback with Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Kirk Cousins and Philip Rivers all at one bye. Although I collected 86 passing yards and four interceptions in an all-time clunker against the Patriots, Darnold is QB14 since coming back in Week 6. He has recorded over 20 fantasy points in subsequent games against the Giants and Washington, so he has earned a little lum streaming rely on the right situations.
Even after meeting Ryan Finley, the Raiders are ranked 25th or worse in passing yards, opposing yards per attempt, passing touchdowns and fantasy points relinquished to quarterbacks. Along with those who need a village week's compensation, Darnold offers more concrete folds 12 upwards than fighters Jared Goff and Carson Wentz.
Sit: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) vs. GB: QB11 ECR
Garoppolo has thrown four touchdowns in two of his last three games and registered a combined 741 yards in those outbursts. They were both against the Cardinals, who ranked last in passing defense and fantasy points allowed for quarterbacks. He averaged 217.1 passing yards in his other eight touchdowns, five of which resulted in one or zero touchdowns. Garoppolo has not scored 15 fantasy points or top-15 goals against anyone except Arizona and Cincinnati.
Despite striking a weak division fighter, he is still a matchup game that has stumbled in other suitable locations against Tampa Bay, Washington and Seattle. While the Packers are ranked 23rd in passing defense, they have also allowed the sixth-lowest fantasy points to quarterbacks with the 12th-best opposing passer (88.2). In a likely run-heavy game, he is at best a cross-border replacement to all the big names of a bye.
Start: Kareem Hunt (CLE) vs. MIA: RB24 ECR
Hunt has immediately found his niche in Cleveland's offense by catching 13 of 17 goals in two games. He played 55% of snaps each time, and a home game against Miami could be the perfect opportunity to give him more playing time. That's not to say that he requires more rushes in a blowout win; He saw plenty of work in a triumph from start to finish across Pittsburgh. However, Hunt should utilize his runs against a defense that allows 4.7 yards per carry. For those (unlike myself) who are willing to put ethical dilemmas aside and wake him up, there is enough flooring to use Hunt as a flex option in PPR and semi-PPR formats.
Sits: Ronald Jones (TB) at ATL: RB22 ECR
Please, Bruce Arians. You got us again. Back in Week 8, Jones played more than half of Tampa Bay's snaps (55.3%) for the first time this season. Arians looked back to its start in the second year after a 20-touch performance. Although Jones scored 106 yards – 77 through the air – and a touchdown the following week, his snap rate dropped to 45.8%. Last Sunday his snaps (30.9%) and touch (six) dropped.
Sure, the Bucs don't bother to test a strong saint who rushed defense in a 34-17 loss. Jones is still shrinking back to a three-player hour game with Peyton Barber and Dare Ogunbowale. Suddenly a defensive juggernaut, the Falcons are favored along the way. Since Atlanta has allowed just 3.9 yards per carry, this could be another scenario of Tampa Bay dotting Jones and the ground.
Start: Marvin Jones Jr. (DET) at WAS: WR30 ECR
In front of Kenny Golladay as WR12 this season, Jones is constantly under-rated as a boundary starter. Still perceived as a boom-or-bust game, the label is growing outdated. He breaks previous career standards with a catch rate of 76.1%, which puts him in pace for the best 81 receptions. The eight-year-old has gone just three games with either no touchdowns or fewer than 60 yards this season. In addition to the elite names, no recipients pan every week. Golladay has slipped up just as many times.
Eight touchdowns have really given him success, but Jones is not entirely dependent on end zone production. He averages a respectable 48.7 receiving yards in six games without points. Even without Matthew Stafford, Jones strikes too much to be benched in a strong matchup against a Washington defense that was just shredded by Darnold.
Sit: Tyler Boyd (CIN) vs. PIT: WR34 ECR
Boyd seems to be the typical positive regression candidate that is usually highlighted under positive claims. Binds with Cooper Kupp and D.J. Moore with the NFL's sixth goal (94), it seemed only a matter of time before the results took off. Then the Bengals played Andy Dalton for Finley.
Boyd's score looks less like a fluke given that only two of his abundant goals have entered the red zone. None of them were in 10. Despite the total volume, he has now completed two of his last five matches with exactly 10 turns. In week 11 he got them all running. Stuck on a nasty offense that hasn't exceeded 17 points since Week 5, Boyd can't communicate much confidence against Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Steelers' ninth ranked defense. With Finley in the center, it couldn't be more upward than the six-yard, 60-yard line that Boyd offers on a good day.
Start: Vance McDonald (PIT) at CIN: TE11 ECR
Who else has Pittsburgh left? James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are all jeopardized to miss the facility from Week 12 against the Bengals. While McDonald has not yet topped 40 yards in a single game this season, he collected seven goals in each of his last three outings. He has played in 71 snaps on each other for weeks and has scored seven goals in the red zone through nine matches. This may be the case when touching a hot stove after you've already burned your hand, but the table is perfect for McDonald to finally deliver as a low-end TE1.
Sits: Cameron Brate (TB) at ATL: TE14 ECR
Ten catches and 14 goals is a lot. Before Brates's unusually busy week 11, he had 15 catches on 20 goals all season. Last time he drew double-digit appearance: September 25, 2016. Last time he reached ten receptions? Never.
Such an activity is still too promising to ignore in tight ends, which is why I introduced him to this week's exceptional jet player. But would it stun anyone if Arians pulled O.J. Howard out of the doghouse and throw Brate aside? Either can be a cross-border top-12 option if not for competing with the other. With both struggling for Jameis Winston's feel each week, it's not a game worth playing for those who can add Jacob Hollister, Noah Fant or Ryan Griffin instead.
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