In case you slept through the weekend and didn’t see any football, here are the cliff notes to Week 12. A weekly player analysis to help you figure out what to do with some of your players this week.
Matthew Stafford (DET): We could say that this guy is inconsistent at first sight and it is true, however we need to read between lines so we can appreciate that Stafford is a spot start when the matchup is good. He has four really bad games with less than 10 points but he was playing against top defenses: Denver (best defense) 8.58, Seattle (8th best) 8.12, Arizona (10th best) 5.72 and Kansas City (9th best) 9.18. So if he has a good matchup don’t hesitate on starting him.
Tyrod Taylor (BUF): Sticking with players just because of their name is the kind of thing that will keep you out of the playoffs. Taylor is owned in 28% of nfl.com while players like Matt Ryan (96%) or Ryan Tannehill (80%) are owned in a lot more leagues and both haven’t been more consistent nor productive (per game) than Taylor. The Bills’s QB, when healthy and in decent matchups, has scored a lot of points and is a double threat passing and running.
CJ Anderson/Ronnie Hillman (DEN): In the last two weeks both Broncos’s RBs are in the top 13 for RBs. Hillman is the more explosive guy who knows how to run outside, but CJ is the workhorse and bruiser who runs inside. With Brock n’ Roll behind center and Kubiak on the sidelines, these two RBs have the potential to be productive as flex options.
Javorius “Buck” Allen (BAL): He is the leading RB in the Ravens backfield and I’m sure the coaching staff would like to see what he is capable of, now that they’re practically out of the playoff race.
Eddie Lacy (GB): He is finally paying off for those fantasy owners who had the patience to keep him. Second game with at least 100 yards rushing and this week he scored a receiving touchdown. With 17 carries against Chicago and probably the best weapon in that offense, Lacy could produce elite numbers once again.
Theo Riddick/Ameer Abdullah (DET): Riddick has been producing good numbers in PPR formats and that shouldn’t change much. On the other hand, looks like the Lions will give Abdullah another shot to take care of the ball, and if he succeeds, then he’ll be the work horse. So keep an eye on Ameer.
David Johnson (ARI): CJ2K won’t return for the fantasy football season and Andre Ellington could lose multiple weeks. With that said, Johnson is up for a big role and a big impact in fantasy. He has a nice skillset, upside and he is clearly a big play-maker. Make sure to add him to your roster if he is available on your league.
Shaun Draughn (SF): No other RB carried the ball for the 49ers last week. Plus he is an important part in the offense, no matter if it is running or passing, he will be involved. Until Carlos Hyde is back, Draughn is a RB4 with a bit more value in PPR leagues.
Jarvis Landry (MIA): He is now among the top 10 WR and is playing like a true WR2. In his last 7 games he had at least 6.6 fantasy points and has 4 touchdowns. Plus the coaching staff has moving him outside the slot which allows him to make bigger plays. Now with Rishard Mathews out for a couple of weeks, Landry could have an even bigger impact.
DeVante Parker (MIA): This kid is known for his big arms that increase his catching ratio and is capable of make difficult catches. Just as his teammate Landry, he could have a bigger role with Mathews out of the picture. With the Dolphins almost out of the playoff race, they might want to see what their rookies can do on the pro level.
Doug Baldwin (SEA): In his last three games he had at least 60 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns and two games with 130+ receiving yards. Looks like Wilson really trusts him and with Jimmy graham out for good this season, Baldwin could get more red-zone targets and be a nice flex option.
Sammy Watkins (BUF): His productivity depends almost entirely in Taylor’s health. If his QB is healthy and playing almost 100%, Watkins is a legit WR2 with WR1 ceiling. Be careful when he faces a tough secondary though.
Brandon Marshall (NYJ): He is fifth among WR in standard formats and has only two games with less than 10 fantasy points. Marshall is playing like a 27 year old WR and is having a huge year. Now is a must start every week.
Steve Johnson/Dontrelle Inman (SD): Stevie Johnson is the first option for Philip Rivers and is a huge PPR weapon and a solid WR3 in standard. Inman on the other hand, has a nice floor in standard with a decent ceiling in one of the most powered passing offense of the league.
DeSean Jackson (WSH): Boom or bust, that’s what you’d find if DeSean was on the dictionary. With a couple of receptions he is capable of produce double digit points, but if his QB overthrows him or can’t find him in the long passes then he could cost you a win. Great flex option for the gutsy player or those who need to gamble to stay on the playoff hunt.
Julius Thomas (JAX): He has now back-to-back games with a touchdown and finally he is getting Bortles attention. We know the great skillset that Thomas has and with Allen Hurns injured and the Jags throwing the ball a lot, Julius is up for a big season ending performance.
Rob Gronkowski (NE): Antother player down, now is the best TE in fantasy football. If you are a Gronk owner or you like to stream TE, make sure to add Scott Chandler to your roster, he has a lot of upside and he is practically the only weapon (alongside with LaFell) for the Pats’s passing offense.
Jordan Reed (WSH): This guy is a stud while healthy, even with DeSean back he still gets a lot of looks in and outside the red-zone. Must start week-in and week-out.