Week 11 is in the books! Now it’s time to focus our attention on Week 12 and try to get some nice scores. My goal every week is to find you some solid options that fit in the flex position and provide some nice upside. Below I’ll go over some of those plays.
T.J. Yeldon ($4800) – Yeldon gets to face off against the league’s worst run defense this week. Opposing running backs are averaging 116 rushing yards, 5.1 rushing yards per carry, 5.4 receptions, 57.3 receiving yards per game, and have scored 13 touchdowns against the Chargers defense. Yeldon is averaging 19.3 touches per game and four targets per game. He also receives 52.8 percent of the red zone rushes and 9.4 percent of the red zone targets. His major knock is the lack of touchdowns, but against the Chargers defense those aren’t tough to come by. He offers a steady floor, as well as a high ceiling in this matchup. At this price it’s almost impossible for Yeldon not to hit value.
Javorius Allen ($4600) – With Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro done for the season, Allen is set to be the Ravens’ three down back the rest of the way. Last week he stepped in for Forsett who suffered a broken arm and carried the ball 22 times for 67 yards. He also caught five passes for 48 yards and scored 16.5 fantasy points. That was against a stingy Rams defense. He faces the Browns this week who have yielded the most rushing yards to running backs this season. They’re allowing 122.7 rushing yards per game, 4.6 yards per carry, and have surrendered seven total touchdowns. They’re also allowing 45 receiving yards and nearly four receptions per game to backs. Allen makes a very solid Monday night hammer at a discounted price.
Stevie Johnson ($4500) – Johnson’s price remains somewhat reasonable, despite going up $600. He now has caught seven passes in two consecutive games and has topped 12 fantasy points in each of those games. Johnson averages 6.9 targets per game, but has received 18 targets in the last two. The Chargers defense has been unable to keep opposing offenses from scoring, causing the Chargers offense to pass a lot. Not to mention, they can’t run the ball if their life depended on it. The Jaguars are allowing 156.2 receiving yards per game and have allowed 10 touchdowns. Johnson should once again see 8-10 targets, offering a steady floor.
Vincent Jackson ($4700) – Jackson returned from a three game absence and caught four of his six targets for 56 yards and a touchdown. He faces a Colts defense that has allowed a receiver to score at least one touchdown in all but one game this season. They’re surrendering 186.1 receiving yards and 13.5 receptions per game, and have also yielded 12 touchdowns. This game has an over/under of 46 points and the Bucs are a three point underdog, with an implied point total of 21.5 points. Jackson is only in play for tournaments as he doesn’t offer a steady floor. However, he does offer touchdown upside in a plus matchup.
Jordan Reed ($5100) – Reed has scored five touchdowns in the last four games and has topped 17 fantasy points in two of those games. He averages the fourth-most targets per game amongst tight ends (8.2) and is averaging 5.9 receptions per game. He faces the Giants defense who he has already played well against and have been unable to stop opposing tight ends. They’re allowing 81.5 receiving yards and 6.5 receptions per game to the position, while yielding seven touchdowns. In fact, they’ve surrendered the most receiving yards to opposing tight ends. Tight ends have eclipsed 100 receiving yards in two of the last three games and have scored three touchdowns in that span against the Giants. In Week 3 read caught six passes for 96 yards against them, which was good for 15.6 fantasy points.
Delanie Walker ($5400) – I’ve been targeting tight ends against the Raiders almost every week and it’s only backfired twice. That’s about an 80 percent success rate. I’ll take that. Walker has been very steady all season as he has scored double-digit fantasy points in all but two games. He averages the seventh most targets per game amongst tight ends. He has topped 21 fantasy points in two of his last three games, despite averaging 15.3 fantasy points for the season. He’s averaging 5.9 receptions per game. The Raiders are surrendering 53.1 receiving yards and five receptions per game to opposing tight ends, while allowing the most touchdowns (10).