Mailbag week 12
Who are your top options at QB for Thanksgiving Day games? (@davis1142) (@solarzn) (@krishnakumara209) (@jayglizzy) (@thegeneralbear)
- Aaron Rodgers – This one is pretty much a no-brainer, top QB in the league vs a suspect Bears defense. Automatic #1
- Matthew Stafford – This one might be a little bit more surprising considering the year the lions are having. But we all know the Lions are pass heavy, and they face a disgraceful Eagles secondary who allowed the rookie Jameis Winston to throw for 5 TDs this past Sunday.
- Cam Newton – Newton has been unstoppable as of late, throwing 5 TDs last week. He will face a Cowboys defense that can’t find a consistent rhythm. They break down in crunch time. That’s where Cam could be most effective this Thanksgiving.
Should I pick up/Start Hoyer for week 12? (@krishnakumara209) (@slomein)
Hoyer has the best possible matchup for QBs (in terms of fantasy points). He and Hopkins could be in for a huge day. Major Potential here. If you’re having a QB controversy on your roster, this could be just what you need.
Now, mind you, this is still Brian Hoyer. He has been undeniably inconsistent over the years. He also missed last week with a concussion. That isn’t going to be a serious factor, but you have to consider everything when deciding who to play. So I would not go out there and grab him if you already have a solidified starting QB. It’s just not worth the risk. But if you’re starting QB is a guy like Teddy Bridgewater or Ryan Tannehill. You might want to consider grabbing Hoyer for week 12. I like him a lot this week.
Thomas Rawls or Javarious Allen? (@butafli953) (@gainestyree)
It’s getting old. Every single week starting RB’s are going down. This week, Justin Forsett broke his arm. He is now out for the season. Also, it was announced that Marshawn Lynch will need surgery for his sports hernia. He could miss 4-8 weeks. Many have dropped Lynch already. So, which backup is the more viable option for week 12 and going forward?
Thomas Rawls played out of his mind last week filling in for Lynch. Going over 200 yards rushing with 2 TDs. That is outstanding. But, that’s just one component to consider. Rawls will face the 2nd TOUGHEST defense for fantasy RBs (PIT). Last week he faced the 4th EASIEST. So there could be somewhat of a drop off in his points this week. His matchups don’t become favorable until weeks 15 and 16. None the less, still a solid waiver pick up.
Javarious Allen got huge volume in relief of Justin Forsett on Sunday against a tough Rams run defense. He totaled 22 carries and 5 catches. He managed 115 total yards. Considering the touches, that’s pretty average. But it gets better for Allen in week 12. He will go up against Cleveland, the 6th easiest defense for fantasy RBs to face off with. Allen actually ran for 58 yards on just 8 carries earlier this season against the Browns. Mind you, he wasn’t even the starter then. The next two weeks are extremely favorable for Allen, after then he drops off for the final 3 weeks.
So, these two are very different adds with very different situations. If you grab both. You’re in great shape, but if I could only choose one, my choice would depend on my team. If I’m am barely in the playoff hunt, I might choose Allen because of his matchups the next two weeks. If my team is marching forward in 1st or 2nd place I would choose Rawls in preparation for my championship hopes. Both have good situations, but Allen is more favorable for week 12.
Top week 12 defenses for streaming? (@steve2duhO)
Baltimore Ravens- owned in 56% on NFL.com, they put up 17 fantasy points against the Rams last week and have a favorable matchups vs Cleveland this week.
Bengals – Owned in 51% on NFL.com, they face the Rams, their offense has been a disaster lately. As I mentioned, the Ravens managed 17 points fantasy points against them.
Buccaneers- Owned in 7.8% of leagues, the Buccaneers have been fairly stout the past few weeks. They have another favorable matchup against the short-handed Colts.
Is Brady still a must start? (@d_rizzle2012) (@southtxdethride)
Tom Brady has lost a lot of WRs to injury this year. Although Amendola should be able to play this week. Brady’s numbers have dropped the past 3 weeks and it has been concerning. Brady continues to produce with what he has and is leading a 10-0 team. It’s not like he is having a bad season, just hasn’t blown people away lately like he did earlier in the season.
I think Brady is fine and should only sit if you have a backup that is starting material and has the better matchup. Otherwise why risk it? Brady could go off any game.
fantasyreaList Writer: Ben Goold