Week 11 is already in the books and it’s time to take a quick look ahead at the coming week, especially with three Thanksgiving Thursday games. Fantasy Stars NFL Week 12 Fantasy Preview below!
What we learned from Week 11 . . .
The Panthers are might be still technically ‘alive’ but are certainly not firing on all cylinders from a literal or fantasy point of view. Cam Newton included who looks rattled from the ongoing QB hits saga.
Carson Palmer has no fantasy value at all against even an average NFL defense. If you must start him, then pick your spots!
With the cold weather setting in Le’Veon Bell is arguably the biggest stud in the NFL fantasy world right now.
The Green Bay Packers are awful defensively, particularly in the secondary and are worth targeting with QB’s and receivers going forward.
The Eagles continue to be a considerably better home team than they are road team. Fade their starters on the road.
If it wasn’t already official, Brock Osweiler is dead to fantasy players and so is DeAndre Hopkins.
Jared Goff showed nothing in his first NFL start to warrant getting his first NFL start in your fantasy lineups.
Mike Wallace is the only Ravens receiver (TE’s and Steve Smith included) with the upside to consider in DFS right now.
As long as Andrew Luck is healthy Moncrief and Hilton will be stacks worth considering
Rashad Jennings is back clearly in the number one RB spot for the Giants while Sterling Sheppard is clear number two receiver.
Week 12 overview
Let’s start by looking at the betting game lines and game totals for Week 12.
The Pittsburgh v Indianapolis game is currently offline due to the uncertainty around Andrew Luck’s starting due to the concussion.
Three games on Thursday (Friday AEDT) for Thanksgiving is the first thing to note.
Washington travel to Dallas after playing the late game on Sunday night and must be downgraded on your regular projections. In saying that, Kirk Cousins and the Redskins offense are looking awfully good of late.
Philadelphia return home against a struggling Green Bay secondary which should help Carson Wentz put in an improved fantasy performance while the Giants face a bottom five team for the second week in a row.
Arizona should benefit from playing a below average defense and have the talent to win although the team is so shot on confidence. David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are still the only two Cardinals offensive players worth considering.
Kansas City at Denver is the lowest projected points total of the week and should be a game to be cautious of when selecting offensive players.
The two current totals over 50 are Washington at Dallas, Arizona at Atlanta while the Pittsburgh at Indianapolis game is expected to also be a very high total.
Yes Captain Kirk, we do like that!
NFL Week 12 Fantasy Plays of the week
Wide Receiver – Sterling Shepard – New York Giants ($5,500 Moneyball)
For all the reasons you’ll see below for Eli Manning in season long fantasy, Sterling Shepard is a fantastic value option in DFS this week against the Cleveland Browns. Shephard had a career high eleven targets last week at home to Chicago and is clearly Eli Manning’s number two option right now especially while Victor Cruz recovers from his latest injury. Five touchdowns in ten games and six double-digit fantasy games make Shep a nice cheap option at receiver this week.
Wide Receiver – Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders ($8,300)
A premium wide receiver we love this week is Amari Cooper who faces off against a Carolina defense that is a shadow of its former self. They’ll also be without Luke Keuchly this week to add further insult to injury. Derek Carr’s confidence is sky-high and Cooper is ready to explode with a multiple TD game.
Regular Fantasy (season long)
Running Back – LeVeon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers
He’s fresh after missing the first four games of the season and has also had a bye since getting back into the fold for the Steelers. He has somehow improved in his time away and has become a legit weapon as a receiver to compliment his ability to catch passes coming out of the backfield as a running back. All of this makes him basically match-up proof. This week the Steelers play one of the worst defenses in the entire league and Bell is the premium of premium options. If you’re playing Lev Bell this week, BE-WARE!
Quarterback – Eli Manning – New York Giants
Eli Manning is always right on the edge of the top tier list of quarterbacks. In 8 man leagues he will not often get the start but in 10 and 12 man leagues he is a probably a vital cog. This week the Giants face off against the winless Browns who have conceded at least 24 points in every single game this season. Manning looks a great chance for a 300 yard, 3TD performance and might be a sneaky waiver wire pick-up in some smaller leagues.