Week 12 ranks high with periods that have major play-off implications. Six games set off a pair of feasible post-season supporters against each other. Fantasy managers, however, are more focused on their own title quests.
Marquez's matches mean that the sheet also has matches with little to do with positioning the draft in question. The points are all the same for us. Because of the fantastic football, many fans will follow the Steelers against the Bengals with the same Patriots lemon zest against the Cowboys. Aside from Sunday's quarterfinal quarterfinals, the choice of starting and sitting this week is expected to shine a light on the sub-party players. For those who don't know the drill so far, the accompanying rank-expert consensus (ECR) was taken Tuesday night from the FantasyPros semi-ER rankings.
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Start: Sam Darnold (NY) v. KAA: QB16 ECR
Many people need a new defender with Patrick Mahomes, Killer Murray, Kirk Cousins and Philip Rivers on every side. Despite striking out 86 passing yards and four interceptions in a complete clash against the Patriots, Darnold is QB14 since returning in Week 6. He has scored over 20 fantastic points in consecutive games against the Giants and Washington, earning a bit of tough streaming.
Even after facing Ryan Finley, the Indiana Ones (Thieves) rank 25th or worse in passing yards, opposing yards after a touchdown pass and fantasy skip quarterback. Along with those who need a week's replacement, Darnold offers a tangible Week 12 upside down from the hard-working Gaff and Carson Wenz.
Sit down: myimi Garopolo (SF) vs. MK: QB11 ECR
Garopolo threw four touchdowns in both of his last three games and recorded a combined 741 passes in those outings. Both were against the Cardinals, who rank last in defense and were allowed fantasy points in the quarter-finals. He averages 217.1 yards passing in his other eight periods, five of which resulted in one or zero interceptions. Garopolo did not score 15 fantastic points or a top-15 finish against anyone except Arizona and Cincinnati.
Despite beating the division's feeble foe, he is still playing in games that stumbled elsewhere against Tampa Bay, Washington and Seattle. While the Packers came in at 23rd on defense, they also allowed the sixth-lowest fantasy numbers to reach the quarterfinals with the 12th-best passer (88.2). In the most likely game, he is at best a border substitute for all the big names in the bye.
Start: Karam Hunt (CLE) vs. MIA: RB24 ECR
Hunt immediately found his niche in Cleveland's offense by catching 13 of 17 goals in two games. He played 55% of the snaps each time, and a home game against Miami could be the perfect opportunity to give him more playing time. That is not to say that it requires more rushing in explosion wins; he saw plenty of revenue in the triumph of the start to the final over Pittsburgh. However, Hunt still has to use most of his defense against a defense that allows 4.7 yards per carry. For those (unlike me) who are willing to put ethical dilemmas aside and run away from it, there is ample scope to use Hunt as a flexible option in both PPR and semi-PPR formats.
Sit down: ATL Ronald Owens (TB): RB22 ECR
Darwin, Bruce Arians. You got us again. Back in Week 8, onesons played more than half of Tampa Bay's (55.3%) overs for the first time this season. Arians announced their second year as a new starter after a 20-touch performance. Although Jones posted 106 yards – 77 through the air – and a turnaround next week, his supply rate dropped to 45.8%. His jumps (30.9%) and touchdowns (six) dropped last week.
Well, the Boers didn't bother to test a strong world, rushing to their defense in a 34-17 defeat. Ons nevertheless returned to the triple play with Peyton Barber and Dare Ogunboile. Suddenly a defensive joker, falcons are favored along the way. With Atlanta allowing just 3.9 yards per carry, this could be another Tampa Bay scenario that stifles Jones and the game on the ground.
Start: Marvin onesons junior (DET) at WAS: WR30 ECR
Prior to Kenny Goldaday as WR12 this season, Onions is consistently ranked as a starting starter at the border. Still considered a boom or bust game, the label is outdated. He is shattering previous career norms with a catch rate of 76.1%, putting him on pace for a personal 81 reception. The eight-year-old has only played three games without any pills or less than 60 yards this season. Beyond the elite names, there are no recipients every week. Goldade descended as many times.
Eight touchdowns have certainly supported his success, but Jones is not entirely dependent on end zone production. He averages 48.7 yards per carry in six games without a result. Even without Matthew Stafford, the onesons are too fit to be benched in a strong match against Washington's defense, which was destroyed by Darnold.
Sit down: Tyler Boyd (CIN) vs. VAT: ECR WR34
Boyd appears to be a candidate for substantial regression, usually under positive pretenses. Coupled with the Cooper Cup and D.J. Moore with the NHL's sixth-place goals, 94, seemed to be a matter of time just before the results were noticed. The Bengals then traded Andy Dalton for Finley.
One of Boyd's results looks less like a ghost, given that only two of his lofty goals have entered the red zone. Neither of them was in the top 10. Despite all the volume, he has now finished two of his last five games with exactly 10 yards. In week 11, he got everyone on the run. Stuck with an offense that did not exceed 17 points from Week 5, Boyd cannot command with great confidence against Minka Fitzpatrick and the Steelers' ninth-ranked defense. Since Finley is at the center, there may be no more upside to the six-catch, 60-odd Boyd line on a good day.
Start: Vance McDonald (PIT) at CIN: TE11 ECR
Who else left Pittsburgh? James Conner, Ju Smithut Smith-Schuster and Dionta Allison are all in danger of missing Week 12 against the Bengals. While MacDonald has yet to reach 40 yards in a single game this season, he has collected seven goals in each of his last three outings. He played in 71 rebounds in consecutive weeks and received seven goals in the red zone through nine games. This may be the case of touching a hot stove after you have already burned your hand, but the table is perfectly positioned for MacDonald to finally deliver as a low TE1.
Sit down: Cameron Brother (TB) at ATL: TE14 ECR
Ten roles and 14 goals are many. Prior to Brett's unusually busy Week 11, he had 15 rolls of 20 goals all season. Last time he drew a two-digit look: 25.09.2016. Last time you scored 10 receptions? Never.
Such activity is still promising to ignore in the narrow end, so I included it in this week's cancellation column. But would anyone be surprised if Ariants pulled OJ out? Howard got out of the cabin and once again threw Brate away? Or one could be an option for the Border Top 12, if not compete with the other. With both competing for the likes of Aimee Winston on a weekly basis, it is not a game to be worth adding to Jacob Holister, Noah Hunt or Ryan Griffin.
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