The 11-game Week 12 main slate has a lot of big names off the slate, particularly at the QB position. We’ve got the Chiefs, Chargers, Cardinals and Vikings on bye weeks. The primetime games feature Colts vs. Texans (TNF), Packers vs. 49ers (SNF) and Ravens vs. Rams (MNF).
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Russell Wilson, SEA at PHI ($6,800)
The Seahawks are coming off a bye and have had plenty of time to prepare for an improving Philly secondary. However, Wilson’s averaging significantly fewer DKFP on the road this season (20.9) than at home (29.7). As the most expensive QB on the slate, this could be a time to lay off Russ.
Matt Ryan, ATL vs. TB ($6,700)
Ryan hasn’t done anything special from a fantasy standpoint in the two games since returning from an ankle injury — 15.5 DKFP at NO and 19.4 DKFP at CAR. However, the Falcons dominated both games as underdogs and didn’t need to air it out like they had been earlier in the season. Tampa Bay has allowed the third-most DKFP to QBs this season, and Ryan should be a in a great spot to air it out at home.
Carson Wentz, PHI vs. SEA ($5,600)
Wentz had solid fantasy outings in five of the first six games of the season, going for 19-plus DKFP in each of those five games. He’s scored 15 DKFP or less in four straight but in difficult matchups. The Seahawks rank just 20th in DKFP allowed to QBs, and Wentz should be getting some weapons back in the Eagles’ offense.
Other value options: Baker Mayfield ($5.,900) Ryan Tannehill ($5,300)
Christian McCaffrey, CAR at NO ($10,500)
It looks like CMC is going to max out at $10,500, landing at this price point for the third week in a row. While the Saints rank third in DKFP allowed to RBs, McCaffrey is the exception. Just look at Week 11 — his team was held to three points, and he put up more than 33 DKFP. Just lock him in for cash games and consider pivoting off him in tournaments.
Nick Chubb, CLE vs. MIA ($8,100)
Chubb’s the most expensive he’s been all season but finds himself in a strong spot. The Browns are riding a two-game win streak and sit as double-digit home favorites over the Dolphins. Miami’s given up the third-most DKFP to RBs this season, and Chubb’s role hasn’t been altered at all with Kareem Hunt ($5,600) entering the equation. Hunt’s been used primarily as a pass-catcher, carrying the ball 10 times in two games. Chubb handled a season-high 27 carries last week against Pittsburgh.
Phillip Lindsay, DEN at BUF ($5,200)
I’m hoping some news opens up some better value at RB this week, but for now, Lindsay’s in a good spot for a mid-priced play. After just nine touches the week before the bye, Denver made a point to get Lindsay more involved. He carried 16 times for 67 yards and caught both of his targets against the Vikings last week. In a significantly better matchup, those touches should turn into more production this week.
Other value options: Ronald Jones ($4,800), Sony Michel ($4,600), Bo Scarbrough ($4,200)
Michael Thomas, NO vs. CAR ($9,300)
Thomas is the McCaffrey of the WR position. Just lock him into your cash-game lineup without thinking about it. His salary is down $600 to a more reasonable price, and the matchup isn’t a concern. Thomas has scored 25 or more DKFP in four straight, and Carolina ranks just 22nd against WRs.
Julio Jones, ATL vs. TB ($8,000)
Jones gets his first crack against this Tampa Bay secondary, which is surrendering the most DKFP to WRs this season. Thomas put together two of his best games of last season in this matchup, and I expect Jones to put together a signature game in this spot, especially at home.
DeVante Parker, MIA at CLE ($5,200)
Parker’s been a consistent option downfield for Miami, and his role’s only grown since Preston Williams (knee) went down. Believe it or not, Parker’s scored double-digit DKFP in every game since Week 4 and has been targeted 10 times in consecutive games. The Dolphins are a huge underdog again, which sets up another game script that favors looks towards Parker downfield.
Other value options: Alshon Jeffery ($4,900), Dede Westbrook ($4,600), Demaryius Thomas ($3,800)
Zach Ertz, PHI vs. SEA ($6,000)
Ertz finally is back to being the focal point of Philly’s offense, bringing in 18-of-22 targets over the past two games. He’s averaging more than 23 DKFP in those two outings, and Seattle ranks just 26th versus TEs this season.
Vance McDonald, PIT at CIN ($3,500)
The Steelers are extremely banged up at WR, which should lead to some extra targets at TE. McDonald’s been targeted seven times in each of his past three games, and the Bengals ranks 23rd against the position.
Other value options: Greg Olsen ($4,100), Dallas Goedert ($3,700)
Steelers D/ST at CIN ($4,000)
Throw out last week’s performance in Cleveland, and Steelers D/ST had scored double-digit DKFP in seven straight. A matchup against the Bengals is just what this defense needs to get back on track.
Bengals D/ST vs. PIT ($2,100)
Pittsburgh’s strength is on defense and an already-struggling offense enters Week 12 banged up. Bengals D/ST showed some promise, scoring 8.0 DKFP in Oakland. It has some upside here at home against a bad Steelers offensive unit.
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