NFL DFS Playbook: Week 12
Howard Bender pores over the data and the match-ups to bring you his favorite plays for NFL Week 12 DFS main slate contests.
Welcome to the DFS Playbook for NFL Week 12!
Here's hoping everyone had themselves a nice Thanksgiving. Whether you were celebrating with family and friends in person around a big table or celebrated virtually like so many of us have been forced to do through these treacherous times, it's always nice to just take a break and recharge your batteries. But now it's time to get back to business. A lot has gone on over these last few days, so if you've stayed on top of all the latest news, you're going to have a nice edge. If you didn't, well, it's a good thing you have the Playbook, because all of us here at Fantasy Alarm have stayed on top of it all for you and we're ready to get at it this weekend.
One super-important thing to note, especially if you've already started building lineups, is that the Steelers/Ravens game has been pushed to Tuesday and it is no longer on the main slate for either Draft Kings or FanDuel. I saw an announcement from Draft Kings saying it would remain on the slate if you set lineups for the Thursday through Monday Slate, but have not seen anything from FanDuel. If for some reason you did play a Thurs-Mon Slate on FanDuel here in the time of COVID, you'll have to check the contests' individual rules to be sure. For our purposes here, we will not be discussing the game or using its players.
Before we get to the actual players in the Playbook, a few reminders for those who may be joining us late, here is your three-step process to lead you up to going through your favorite Playbook plays:
Step 1: Check out the DFS Position Coaches
Step 2: Check out the rest of the relevant DFS content
In addition to the positional coaching pieces, you also have things like the DFS Watch List, where I provide you with a list of players I am looking at throughout the week. We have the NFL DFS Podcast with Jon Impemba (@jimpemba777), who also does the Contrarian Corner video and special guest Babyface Grande this week, you can check out the DFS Bargains from Jen Piacenti (@jenpiacenti). Our Master of Tools, Matt Selz (@theselzman), supplies you data junkies with the Weekly Match-Up Report and everyone should also be reading the Weekly Game Previews and WR/CB Match-Up Report from Ryan Hallam (@fightingchance).
Step 3: Make your own list of players
It's real easy to just sit and wait for the Playbook, but as you are doing your research throughout the week, it is important to make notes and list the players who interest you the most. Maybe they end up in the Playbook and maybe they don't. If they're there, then great, it should mean we are honing in on the same things that make him a strong play. If not, maybe you're onto something else that someone overlooked. We aren't perfect and if you uncover something different, maybe you're right. I would be careful of routine groupthink and hype from beat writers, but often times someone will tell me something they saw about their local team that I missed and I am always looking to investigate more if its there. If you do, then say something in the chat. Talk it out and see what the rest of the #FAmily thinks.That's why the chat is there, isn't it?
With those three steps complete and discussions are in progress, you are ready to look at the Playbook players, make comparisons and finalize your list for lineups, so let's get to it.