Two weeks remain in the fantasy regular season, making week 12 an all-or-nothing proposition for owners scratching their way to the playoffs.
The good news is that there are no bye weeks, giving owners an unlimited landscape to work with. At the other end of the spectrum is the reality that some will face if a failure during the Thanksgiving Day games doesn’t provide a springboard.
START: Derek Carr, QB, Raiders: Easily the best streaming option on the position, Carr is in line for a big Sunday at the expense of a Falcons defense that remains the most fantasy-friendly unit against enemy quarterbacks. Only the Seahawks have allowed more passing yards than Atlanta, which also ranks 30th with 22 touchdown passes allowed.
SIT: Kirk Cousins, QB, Vikings: Cousins might be without WR Adam Thielen – the front runner with 11 touchdown receptions – expect the Minnesota attack to be heavily targeted for the Panthers, who rank 27th in fantasy points per game allowed against running backs. That means a hefty dose of RB Dalvin Cook, so don’t look to Cousins to continue a hot streak he’s seen throwing eight touchdowns in the past three games.
START: David Montgomery, RB, Bears: Week 12 may be an opportunity for Montgomery to reward its frustrated owners. Scheduled to return the concussion protocol, Montgomery will get a favorable match-up on Sunday night when he runs into a Packers defense that is third worst in fantasy points per match allowed for opponents of RB’s and allowed an opponent To rush for at least 90 yards in four of their past six games.
SIT: Ronald Jones, RB, Buccaneers: Beyond his massive performance in week 10 against the Panthers, Jones was a fantasy disappointment, having rushed 34 yards or less in four of his past five games. Don’t count on the good times to suddenly return as Jones and the slumped Buccaneers headlong into a Chiefs run defense that has been less fantasy-friendly with opponents for the past month than earlier in the season.
START: Jalen Reagor, WR, Eagles: There’s a risk here, especially with QB Carson Wentz’s inconsistency, but Reagor is the one Philadelphia in general most capable of exploiting the match-up against a Seattle defense that continues to allow the most fantasy points per game To opponents. Fantasy owners willing to take a gamble can find striking gold Monday night.
SIT: Jakobi Meyers, WR, Patriots: Meyers’ reign atop the New England WR pecking order was brief as N’Keal Harry and a solid week 11 outing from Damiere Byrd resulted in him being an afterthought. His chances of a Week 12 rebound are slim despite playing against a Cardinals defense that has allowed the seventh most fantasy points per game for wideouts. Adding to Meyers’ woes: He will likely be eclipsed by All-Pro CB Patrick Peterson.
START: Dawson Knox, TE, accounts: Why take a gamble on a TE that’s been injured all season and has only 16 goals? Simple: Knox has a very favorable matchup as the Bills meet a Chargers defense that has allowed at least one touchdown pass in four consecutive games at opposite tight ends. With much of the focus on slowing WR Stefon Diggs down, Knox should emerge as a stealth option, especially if Buffalo gets into the red zone.
SIT: Robert Tonyan, TE, Packers: Tonyan scored for the first time since his performance with three TDs in Week 4, but remains an afterthought in the attack on Green Bay, where he was only targeted 10 times in the past three games. The Bears are the ninth worst fantasy defense against hostile TEs, but have not even eclipsed 65 yards in a match this season, a feat Tonyan achieved only twice in 2020.
START: Michael Pittman, Jr., WR, Colts: The rookie has brought in 14 of his 18 goals for 223 yards and a touchdown in the past three games, slowly emerging as the go-to option for QB Philip Rivers. Pittman has an excellent chance of progressing further into a fantasy threat when he takes on a Titans defense ranked 28th in fantasy points allowed per game against WRs, along with a 28th position with 21 touchdown passes allowed.
SIT: Tom Brady, QB, Buccaneers: This isn’t the week to gamble with Brady taking on a Chiefs defense that allows the 10th least fantasy points per game for opposing quarterbacks. The fact that Brady hasn’t completed a pass attempt of more than 20 yards (0 for 19) in the past month is also troubling to fantasy owners who rely on Tampa Bay widespread Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
BEGINS: Nick Chubb, RB, Browns: Back-to-back 100-yard games since his four-game absence is a clear sign that Chubb has re-established himself as a must-start runner. A third consecutive 100-yard game is on the horizon as Chubb and Cleveland’s powerful attack feeds into a Jaguars-run defense that gives up the ninth most thrilling yards per game. Even better for Chubb’s fantasy owners is the fact that Jacksonville is fifth worst in fantasy points allowed per game versus opposing RBs.
SIT: Anthony Miller, WR, Bears: The goals are there (26 in the past three games), but production has fallen short for Miller owners, who haven’t seen him score a touchdown since week 3. Miller hasn’t had a 100-yard game this season and it’s he is unlikely to do so on Sunday night against a Packers defense that will give up the ninth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts.
START: Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams: Kupp, who has been targeting a whopping 40 times in the past three games, will remain the hot hand in Los Angeles’ passing game as the Rams face off against a 49ers team that held Kupp at just 11 yards and three receptions in Week 6. a repeat performance now that the Rams seem to have opened their passing game.
SIT: Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons: Ryan has either thrown just one touchdown pass this season or missed five times, including three of his last four. Since WR Julio Jones (hamstring) may miss the game, fantasy owners should look elsewhere for better production on the position.
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