Fantasy Football Talk Week 12


DHS Press Staff

Get Ian’s weekly pics on who to start, sit, and who to pick up on waivers.

After a week 11 where Tom Brady is continuing to struggle, Lamar Jackson is now the MVP favorite, and where the Panthers may be wishing for Cam Newton back, we have a lot to talk about before week 12 is underway. We will talk about who to start, sit, and pickup off the waiver wire ahead of setting lineups this week. All point totals are done in the basic ESPN PPR point format.

Must Start:

Tevin Coleman- Running Back- San Francisco 49ers: Coleman has gone cold since his 4 touchdown down outburst in week 8 against the Panthers, but I’m feeling this is this is the week his number is called constantly. The Packers are terrible against opposing RBs. They have given up the third most FPPG to opposing RBs. Matt Breida, who is typically Colemans hand-cuff, is most likely not playing this week as well. ALl signs point to a massive week for Coleman who could see lots of carries in a game they could be up most of the time.

Calvin Ridley- Wide Receiver- Atlanta Falcons: All the stars are aligned for the second year wide out. The Falcons play a Buccaneer team that has been the most friendly against opposing WRs and have allowed the most reception TDs to all WRs all year. Ridley will have a super favorable matchup working underneath Julio as well. 

Sam Darnold- Quarterback- New York Jets: Darnold has a little bit of a hot hand going on as he put up 21.7 and 25.4 in his last two games. This week he faces a Raider team who has allowed the 6th most FPPG to opposing QBs. Darnold really seems to have established himself with Crowder and other Jets passing options and has great potential this week in such a favorable matchup. 

Do Not Starts:

Dak Prescott- Quarterback- Dallas Cowboys: As good as Dak has been, you cannot trust him against such a great Patriot defense. They are only allowing 10.2 FPPG to opposing QBs and only 4 passing TDs all year. Even as the fourth ranked fantasy QB there are so many better options to start this week.

Mohamed Sanu- Wide Receiver- New England Patriots: Looks like we are going to have a low scoring game in Foxborough. Sanu is already dealing with an injury that he picked up the week after his 10 catch and 24.1 point performance in week 9. On top of the lingering injury, the Patriots face the Cowboys who have been nothing but stout all year to opposing WRs. They are allowing the second least FPPG to opposing WRs and the third lowest number of receptions.

Josh Allen- Quarterback- Buffalo Bills: One of the hottest fantasy players at the moment is going to have a major heat check this week against the Broncos. The Broncos are only allowing 13.2 FPPG to QBs and are tied for the second lowest in QB rushing yards allowed. They also have not even allowed a single rushing TD to and opposing QB yet either. Allen, who has most of his fantasy production come from his legs, will have a super rough time rushing against such a defense who is super rough  against QBs.

Waiver Wire Pickups:

Deebo Samuel- Wide Receiver- San Francisco 49ers: This kid needs to be rostered in all leagues. The South Carolina product has really taken of advantage of Emmanuel Sanders injury and has put together back-to-back triple digit yard games. The speedster seems to be a massive part of this offense and is only owned in 41% of ESPN leagues.

Randall Cobb- Wide Receiver- Dallas Cowboys: Cobb has finally stepped into his role in Dallas. Cobb has now recorded three straight games of over 4 catches and two straight games of over 100 yards. The Cowboy pass offense has looked really good and Cobb will look to remain a feature role working underneath Amari Cooper. Cobb is only owned in 39.3% of ESPN leagues.

Noah Fant- Tight End- Denver Broncos: I almost always put a tight end in the waiver wire pickups and this week we have a true star in the making. Fant has finally broken into a role in this offense. The first round pick had 11 targets in week 11 and has amazing red zone potential. Fant is only owned in 32.9% of ESPN leagues.