Fantasy Football Week 12 Use ‘Em or Lose ‘Em

Use ‘Em

QB

Jay Cutler- Whatever valid criticisms can be had at Jay Cutler for how the Bears season has gone, there aren’t many for how his fantasy season has gone. He looks to have gotten back on track(a bit) against the Vikings and gets a plus match-up against Tampa Bay who has given up the 9th most fantasy points to opposing QB’s, and that’s why I have him as a top 5 play this week.

Josh McCown- He made me proud last week when I put him here and I am putting him here again with a good match-up against his former team, the Bears, who are giving up the 2nd most points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks.

Brian Hoyer- He gets Josh Gordon back and gets Atlanta, who give up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing QB’s and the most passing yards per game in the NFL.

RB

LeSean McCoy- He gets to square up against a Titans team that just gave up 200 yards to Le’Veon Bell and that gives up the 4th most points to opposing running backs.

Jamaal Charles- He has been a beast since returning from injury and has actually lived up to his high draft price. He gets a nice match-up against the Raiders, who are giving up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs, to continue his run of dominance.

Jeremy Hill- If Giovanni Bernard doesn’t play he has a solid match-up against the Texans, and has proven he can be a top 10 play when given the workload.

Isaiah Crowell- Assuming he does have the majority of the work in the Cleveland backfield he has a great match-up this week with the Falcons, who have given up the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing running backs.

WR

T.Y Hilton/Reggie Wayne- Wayne had a good game last week(91 yards receiving on 5 catches) but Hilton was a huge disappointment. What better way for Hilton to bounce back and Wayne to keep it up then the Jaguars?

Sammy Watkins- I love Watkins going up against the Jets again(150 yards and a TD last game against the Jets), you know if they actually play the game

Brandon Marshall/Alshon Jeffery- They’re back!(I think) After rotating quality fantasy performances for much of the season(or both of them sucking) Marshall and Jeffery both had big fantasy games against the Vikings. They have a great match-up in Tampa Bay, who has given up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers

Kenny Stills/Marques Colston- With Brandin Cooks out for the year with his injured thumb Colston and Stills are the only two fantasy relevant receivers left on the Saints(with the up and down Jimmy Graham at tight end). I know one of them is going to have a big game against the Ravens Monday night, who give up the 5th most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

TE

Coby Fleener- If Dwayne Allen misses the game or is limited Fleener could be in line for another huge game like last week against the Jaguars.

D/ST

Chiefs- The Chiefs have been playing great defense(and team football in general) the last two months and get a plus match-up against the Raiders who give up the 8th most fantasy points to opposing defenses.

Arizona/Seattle- I think this is going to be a low scoring game between two strong defenses.

Colts- What better way to bounce back from a game with a negative point total than the team who gives up the most fantasy points to opposing defenses in the Jaguars?

Packers- They crushed them 42-10 last time they played and the way the Packers are rolling and then causing turnovers and sacks when teams are playing from behind they should be in line for another good game this week.

Lose ‘Em

QB

Phillip Rivers- The Rams just shut down Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers may or may not be injured, and he just hasn’t played well in recent weeks(remember the negative points against Miami?) and thus he ends up here in the Lose ‘Em section.

Matt Ryan-Cleveland isn’t a good match-up for a fringe top 12 fantasy QB. The Browns give up the 5th least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.

RB

Frank Gore/Alfred Morris- I don’t think either will have a lot of success facing off against good rush defenses. Washington is ranked 11th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and gives up the 4th least amount of fantasy points to opposing running backs(they totally shut down the Buccaneers running backs last week). The 49ers are 6th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and give up the 3rd least fantasy points to opposing running backs.

Marshawn Lynch- Arizona gives up the second least amount of fantasy points to opposing running backs and the 3rd least amount of rushing yards in the NFL, also for what it’s worth Lynch played worse against the Cardinals at home than away last year and this game is in Seattle.

Jonas Gray- He deserves to be added everywhere, but this week is going to be rough for him. The Lions are ranked #1 in the NFL against the run, giving up just 68.8 yards per game, and they give up the 9th least fantasy points to opposing running backs. They have given up 519 receiving yards to 623 rushing yards to opposing running backs, which makes me think Shane Vereen will be involved in this game more than Gray.

WR

All receivers in the Cardinals/Seahawks game- The Seahawks give up the 3rd fewest passing yards in the NFL and the least amount of fantasy points in the NFL to opposing wide receivers. I don’t think Doug Baldwin plays well in this game despite Arizona giving up a bunch of yards to opposing wide receivers. Good luck with any other Seattle receivers.

Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman- The Lions are giving up the 5th fewest passing yards in the NFL and 5th fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers

Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate- Tate’s value has been dropped back down to a solid 3rd fantasy receiver since Johnson has returned and Johnson has been nicked up and inconsistent since his return to action. It doesn’t help that they go up against the Darelle Revis, Brandon Browner and the Patriots this week, who give up the 3rd fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Julio Jones- He hasn’t scored since week 3 and could have Joe Haden shadowing him all game limiting his yardage? No thanks

TE

Julius Thomas- He’s hurt with the ankle injury and the Dolphins have given up just 30 yards to tight ends IN THE LAST 3 WEEKS COMBINED(seriously, that’s all caps worthy). Thomas is a clear top 3 tight end but if you have another good option I would look else where.

Antonio Gates- Your gambling on the touchdowns here. Gates has one game of 50+ yards in games where he hasn’t scored, and it happened in week 1. The Rams also rank 8th for least amount of fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends.

D/ST

Lions- New England is on a roll and as much as I love the Lions defense this year, I’m staying far away from this one

Dolphins- Peyton Manning doesn’t spell fun for opposing fantasy defenses as the Broncos give up the least amount of points to opposing fantasy defenses. The Rams, who shut down the Broncos last week were held to just 8 points in ESPN standard leagues(and 10 points in NFL.com standard leagues)

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