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Updated: Mon, Oct 12th 2020 12:03:25 pm

Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Venue: Heinz Field(Pittsburgh)Wed. 12-2 @ 3:40 pm ESTOver/Under: 41


Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
Game Time: Thursday, November 26th, 2020 at 8:20pm ET
Line: Steelers -5

Lamar Jackson – It was another less than stellar game for Jackson as he failed to throw for 200 yards for the sixth time in ten games and had just one pass touchdown for the fifth time. He did have 50 rushing yards for the fourth straight game, but he isn’t even running like he did last season. One of his best games of the season was in Week 8 against the Steelers and these two teams always play each other tough. Despite that game against Pittsburgh, Jackson continues to be incredibly inaccurate which is much of the problem in the offense. If you have another option on your roster you might want to give someone else the start on Thanksgiving. 

Gus Edwards – With J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram both testing positive for Covid, that puts Edwards in the front and center of the run game for the Ravens. He has had some success this season and has three touchdowns in the last five weeks. He was barely used last week against the Titans, but he should get the majority of carries on Thursday with Justice Hill coming in some. The Steelers are a strong run defense, although they gave up a decent game to James Robinson last week. He does run hard and can have some success against the Steelers defense, but don’t expect him to top 100 yards and hopefully he finds the end zone. 

Marquise Brown – Ugh! He had a bad drop and Lamar Jackson missed him in the end zone and Brown ended up with no catches in Week 11 against a fairly weak Titans secondary. He has one touchdown all season and he hasn’t topped 50 yards since Week 6. The last time he played the Steelers he had just one catch for three yards. It was for a touchdown, but he was targeted just twice. For weeks we have been saying “if he doesn’t do it this week he isn’t going to” and he keeps coming up small. You can even drop him at this point as no Ravens receiver has fantasy value right now. 

Mark Andrews – He had his second straight solid game as he had five catches for 96 yards and a score against the Titans. That is now 12 catches in the last two weeks. The connection that Jackson and Andrews had last season is starting to show a little again. It will not be an easy one on Thursday though against the Steelers who are the second toughest defense against the tight end. Andrews had just three catches for 32 yards back in Week 7, and it is hard to have a ton of confidence in him. However, with most all tight ends being terrible this year you have to continue to put Andrews in your lineups and hope this hot streak continues. 

Ben Roethlisberger – This is the second straight week that the Steelers killed their opponent but continued to throw while way ahead. He had 46 attempts for 267 yards and two touchdowns. He now has multiple touchdowns in five straight weeks. He was decent, although not spectacular, the first time these two teams played with just 182 yards but two touchdowns. This will be a slobberknocker for sure, and this won’t be a game that either team reaches 30 points. If you don’t have another quarterback on your roster you can play Big Ben, but if you do, or could stream, this might be a week to look in another direction. 

James Conner – Conner topped 80 yards for the first time since Week 7, but he still had just 13 carries and Benny Snell had a rushing touchdown. While he was the bellcow for the first seven weeks of the year, Conner is starting to lose production with the Steelers either passing a ton or others getting carries. Conner had 15 carries the first time they played the Ravens, but it was good for just 47 yards. He did score in that game though. The yardage last week was nice, but he is getting harder to trust. The Ravens are still a strong run defense, but Conner still belongs in your season long lineups. 

Diontae Johnson – He was once again the most targeted receiver in Week 11 and had a dozen catches on 16 targets for 111 yards against the Jaguars. It continues to be that whenever Johnson finishes a game healthy that he gets double digit targets. He has now been healthy for three straight weeks. He didn’t finish the first game against the Ravens, but now JuJu Smith-Schuster appears to be banged up and might not play. No matter the matchup, Johnson should be in your lineups whenever he is healthy.  

Chase Claypool – He now has a touchdown in three of the last four weeks, and Claypool has been targeted eight or more times in four weeks as well. He has the most upside of all of the receivers, even if he isn’t used the most. Claypool has an amazing rapport with Ben Roethlisberger and is a candidate to score in any week. He had five catches for 42 yards and a touchdown the first time these two teams played, and if Smith-Schuster is forced to miss the game that will only get him more targets. Claypool will be a top-flight start in Week 12 across the board. 

Eric Ebron – He has been targeted five or more times in five straight games and has scored in three of the last four, but Ebron hasn’t had more than 50 receiving yards since Week 3. His catches generally aren’t adding up to much, and games where he doesn’t score, he leaves us without a lot of fantasy points. The Ravens allow ten fantasy points per game to the tight end and had four catches for 48 yards and a score when these teams played in Week 8. Ebron will be a lower end starting tight end for Thursday night. 

Summary: The Baltimore pass game has been out of sync most of the year and now with the loss of two of their top running backs it is hard to envision them mounting a huge offensive attach against a staunch Steelers defense. Big Ben and the Pittsburgh pass game is in overdrive right now, and while they won’t carve up the Ravens, they should be able to do enough to win a close one. It is always close, competitive, and hard fought when these two teams play, and it should be no different on Thursday. 

Prediction: Steelers 27, Ravens 20

Houston Texans vs. Detroit Lions

Venue: Ford Field(Detroit)Thu. 11-26 @ 12:30 pm ESTOver/Under: 51.5


Houston Texans at Detroit Lions
Game Time: Thursday, November 26th, 2020 at 12:30pm ET
Line: Lions +3

Deshaun Watson – It was good to see Watson get back on track after that poor game in Week 10 in horrible weather in Cleveland. He had his fifth 300-yard game and had multiple touchdowns for the seventh time in the last eight games. He also had 36 rush yards and his second rushing touchdown of the season. The Lions are a disaster on pass defense, and it is another plus matchup for the Texans. Watson will again be a top DFS target and will continue to be a must-start every week in season long leagues. 

Duke Johnson – I was ready to give him a chance as he seemed to have the inside track to the majority of work running the ball. However, he has done what he has since he left Cleveland and that is disappoint. Johnson had a great matchup against a Patriots run defense that has been getting crushed all year and he had 15 yards on the ground and three catches for 20 through the air. That is now a grand total of 89 total yards in the last two weeks combined. It just isn’t happening with Duke. If you want to ruin your Thanksgiving by trusting him with a roster spot because of the great matchup against the Lions, be my guest. I will be pivoting to someone else on my roster. 

Will Fuller – It was a second straight scoreless game for Fuller after scoring in six straight, but he still had a very respectable outing of six catches for 80 yards. Fuller continues to be the most targeted receiver on the team, and he gets a mouth-watering matchup against the Lions who are one of the worst defenses in the league. They just allowed a huge game to D.J. Moore with a brand-new quarterback last week and Fuller will be a spectacular play in both season long and DFS contests. 

Brandin Cooks – A bigger game was expected, but you still have to take four catches for 85 yards in any given week as a decent stat line. You would have loved to see him find the end zone against the Patriots, but he will get another chance this week. The Lions have allowed 18 passing touchdowns so far this season but seem to be getting worse as the season goes along. Cook is a must-start in season long games and will be a little cheaper DFS play in both cash and GPP games. 

Jordan Akins – He popped back up with a solid game totaling five catches for 83 yards in Week 11 against the Patriots who are traditionally a pretty strong defense against the tight end. The issue with Akins is that Darren Fells is also healthy, and they split some targets between them. For all of their shortcomings on the defensive side, the Lions aren’t horrible against the tight end and allow 9.7 points a game to the position. I would be looking for a better option at tight end unless you want to be crying into your Thanksgiving gravy on Thursday. 

Matthew Stafford – A week after throwing three touchdowns, Stafford failed to have a score and didn’t even throw for 200 yards against the Panthers. Although, basically everything was working against him as he still has the partial tear in his thumb and the offense was without Kenny Golladay , D’Andre Swift, and Danny Amendola . He gets a pretty easy matchup against the Texans, but the team will still be banged up. Kenny Golladay did practice once last week, so there’s a chance he could play. I still question Stafford’s ability to throw a deep ball consistently right now and I think Stafford is just a mid-range superflex option this week. 

Adrian Peterson – With the short turnaround to playing on Thanksgiving, it would appear that D’Andre Swift is going to miss another game with the concussion. Peterson ran just seven times last week for 18 yards, but the Lions were behind the entire game. The Texans are THE worst run defense in the NFL, but it is also another game that the Lions figure to behind a lot on Thanksgiving again. However, Peterson will still have flex value for Week 12 considering that he should have more than seven carries in this one. 

Kenny Golladay – He was able to practice once last week but that was Wednesday and then he missed the rest of the week. He would be a must start in a matchup against the weak Texans secondary if he was able to return, but the quick turnaround makes it a question. Galladay is always a candidate to pop off if he plays. Even with the injury he would be a DFS target on the three game Thanksgiving slate if he is out there. 

Marvin Jones – His three-game touchdown streak was snapped last week as Jones finished with just four catches for 51 yards. Much like earlier in the season when Kenny Golladay was hurt, Jones hasn’t stepped into more production in most weeks. He remains the most targeted wide receiver, but without another reliable receiver on the team that just means the defense pays more attention to him. Jones is a decent play this week against the terrible Texans secondary, and he might be the top guy out there again. Matthew Stafford ’s thumb is still an issue but considering Marvin doesn’t really run deep routes it won’t hurt him too much. He remains on the flex radar for Thursday afternoon. 

T.J. Hockenson – He had a nice bounce back from his 13-yard game in Week 10 with four catches for 68 yards. The Lions offense never got started last week against the Panthers, and I fear that might be the case again on Thursday even against a less than stellar opponent. Hockenson still remains one of the more targeted tight ends, and one of the better options after the elite options at the position. The Texans allow just 10.6 yards to the tight end per game, but you should still fire up Hockenson in your season long leagues on Thursday. 

Summary: The Lions are being really Lion-y and their team is slowly falling apart with injuries. The loss of D’Andre Swift is devastating, and Kenny Golladay isn’t likely for this one. The Texans are on a serious roll after beating the Patriots last week. The Lions defense won’t be able to keep up with Deshaun Watson on a good day and with Matthew Stafford playing through injury this one could be over before you sit down to your turkey. 

Prediction: Texans 31, Lions 21


Washington Football Team vs. Dallas Cowboys

Venue: AT&T Stadium(Arlington)Thu. 11-26 @ 4:30 pm ESTOver/Under: 46


Washington Football Team at Dallas Cowboys
Game Time: Thursday, November 26th, 2020 at 4:30pm ET
Line: Cowboys -3

Alex Smith – A week after throwing 55 times for 390 yards, Smith had more of the kind of game we are accustomed to with him with just 25 attempts and 166 yards. Washington was ahead most of the game, and just took the air out of the ball in the second half. It should be a closer game against Dallas on Thanksgiving, and Smith is going to have to throw a little more than he did last week. He still is not a great fantasy option as he has just two touchdown passes in his three starts. Smith gets a nice easy matchup against the awful Cowboys secondary and you might want to use him in Turkey Day DFS GPPs though. 

Antonio Gibson – Even though J.D. McKissic does take a lot of the running back targets, Gibson has still scored on the ground in four straight games. He had his second-best game of the season with 94 yards on 16 carries and one catch for 10 yards. His best game of the season was in Week 7 against the Cowboys where he had 128 yards on the ground with a touchdown and he should be able to carve up the sorry excuse for a defense that Dallas puts on the field. Gibson is going to me a great option in every fantasy format. 

J.D. McKissic – With the Football Team in control of this game basically from the start, they didn’t throw nearly as much as they have in recent weeks and that took away McKissic’s production. He did run six times for 43 yards which was a great yards per carry average but was targeted just four times that turned into three catches for 26 yards. McKissic had just 51 total yards with two catches in week 7 against the Cowboys. Dallas seems to have their offense back on track after last week, so the game script might not be as much in Washington’s favor as the first game. McKissic is still on the flex landscape in this one. 

Terry McLaurin – His streak of having seven receptions was snapped at four games, but McLaurin was still solid with five catches for 84 yards. He hasn’t scored in two weeks, but McLaurin remains one of the most productive receivers in football despite subpar quarterback play. Dallas is one of the worst defenses in the league and McLaurin had seven catches for 90 yards and a score against them back in Week 7. He is a dynamite option in other season long and DFS games on Thursday. 

Andy Dalton – He finally resembled the guy that we saw who led the Bengals for a decade as Dalton led the Cowboys to an impressive win over the Vikings and had 203 yards and three touchdowns. Nothing that he did was extraordinary, but Dalton was a solid game manager and made plays when they needed to be made. He brought stability to the offense and finally gave us some confidence to use their weapons. Dalton was downright awful the last time they played Washington, but we are going to throw that game out and figure he is at least a solid superflex option this week. 

Ezekiel Elliott – He ran more than 20 times for the first time since Week 2 and Elliott went over 100 yards on the ground for the first time this season. As stated earlier, Dallas finally looked like an NFL team this week for the first time since Dak Prescott went down. Tony Pollard did get a long touchdown run and five carries, but he is still no threat to Elliott’s workload. He had just 45 yards the first time they played Washington, but the Cowboys offense looks different right now. Elliott remains a top-flight fantasy starter on Turkey Day. 

Amari Cooper – He hasn’t scored since Week 6, but Cooper remains one of the more consistent performers on the offense. He had six catches for 81 yards last week against the Vikings and has 11 catches in the last two weeks combined. With Andy Dalton appearing to have righted the ship, we can go back to having confidence in Cooper again. He had seven catches for 80 yards the first time these two teams played, and you will have an extra helping of dessert on Thanksgiving celebrating the good game that Cooper gave you. 

CeeDee Lamb – He had just 34 receiving yards last week, but Lamb did have a touchdown and a couple of rushing attempts for another 12 yards. The team clearly is trying to find a way to keep their exciting rookie involved in the offense. He certainly has the highest upside of any of the three receivers and he definitely has Michael Gallup in his rear view mirror when it comes to targets. Lamb has topped 40 receiving yards just once in the last four weeks and had no catches against Washington the first time, but it is a brand new day for the Dallas offense and Lamb should get you six catches for 65 yards in Week 12. 

Dalton Schultz – He did have a touchdown last week, but Schultz has topped 50 receiving yards just one since Week 4. He has four catches or less in seven of the last eight weeks, including just two catches for 22 yards the first time they played the Football Team. Washington is in the bottom fourth of the league against the tight end, surrendering just under 12 fantasy points a game. Schultz is a long shot to be in your fantasy lineups for this week considering his usage since Dak Prescott was injured. 

Summary: Dallas came out and looked like a real football team for the first time since Dak Prescott went down early in the season. Andy Dalton looked like an actual quarterback, and Ezekiel Elliott went over 100 yards for the first time. The Washington offense just isn’t that good, and as much as it is a feel good story, Alex Smith is past his prime. The Cowboys defense will have to improve some, but it won’t have to be that great to keep Washington mostly in check. 

Prediction: Cowboys 24, Football Team 20

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Buffalo Bills

Venue: Bills Stadium(Orchard Park)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 52.5


Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Bills -5.5

Justin Herbert – A week after being “off” with just 187 yards and two touchdowns, Herbert went right back to destroying defenses as he maimed the Jets with 366 yards and three touchdowns. It honestly could have been much worse if the team didn’t let their foot off of the gas. The kid is just amazing and now has multiple touchdowns in seven straight games and has topped 300 yards five times. He is an absolute stud and must start almost every week. The Bills are coming off their bye, but their pass defense continues to disappoint. This is the week that I have the most faith in Herbert, but there is no way that you should consider sitting him either. 

Kalen Ballage – It wasn’t quite the “revenge game” that people hoped for against the Jets, but Ballage still did run for 44 yards and had seven catches for 27 more. As much as we all know that he isn’t the most talented back in the league, this is his backfield until Austin Ekeler returns. He touched the ball 23 times this past week and there aren’t many backs in the league who get that kind of volume. The Bills are the fifth worst defense against the run and Ballage will continue to be an underappreciated RB2 heading into Week 12. 

Keenan Allen – What else is there to say with this guy? Obviously, he is Justin Herbert’s favorite receiver, and Allen is PPR GOLD. He had a ridiculous 16 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown against the Jets and Allen has now scored in four straight. He is one of the most targeted receivers in football on one of the more prolific pass offenses in the league. Never sit him. Never take him out of DFS consideration in cash or GPPs. Allen has become one of the safest bets in fantasy football in 2020 and that trend should continue this week against the Bills. 

Mike Williams – While he is still far from the most consistent receiver in football, Williams has been very solid of late. With his 72-yard effort on Sunday he has now met or topped that mark in three of the last four games and has scored twice over that span. He is nearly a must start against bad defenses because of Justin Herbert’s propensity to take shots down the field. The Bills secondary was supposed to be a strength, but we have watched that fade away with each passing week. Williams could see Tre’Davious White on him which would certainly cap his fantasy value, but we know it only takes a big play or two to make this guy’s fantasy day. The Chargers should be playing from behind in this one which means lots of throwing in the fourth quarter. Williams profiles as a low-end WR3 or a solid flex play against the Bills. 

Hunter Henry – He has scored in two straight games, but Henry still isn’t getting a ton of production in an offense that really revolves around the pass game. He has exactly four catches for four straight weeks and five of the last six. His 48 yards last Sunday were the most he has since September 27th, which seems like ages ago in 2020. He does have six or more targets in five of the last six weeks, so he is getting attention it just isn’t far down the field. Buffalo is the third worst defense against the tight end this season, so if you have Henry available this could be another good week to plug him in.

Josh Allen – After a handful of rough games, Allen bounced back in a big way the two games before the bye with a combined 699 yards and six total touchdowns. I think it is safe to say that Allen is back on track to be a guy that we trust and love for fantasy on a weekly basis. The Chargers have good named corners, but the stats tell a different story as they have an average of two passing touchdowns a game. With Allen’s running ability he is a no doubt stud for Week 12. 

Zack Moss – While he wasn’t overly impressive in the yardage category in either of the two games before the bye, the good news is that Moss has officially taken over lead back duties for the Bills. Devin Singletary will still mix in, so it isn’t like Moss totally is the bellcow, but he is getting two-thirds of the work. The Chargers are a decent run defense, allowing just under 120 rushing yards per game on the ground. The Bills should expect to be ahead in this one, which hopefully means we see more of Moss in the fourth quarter. He is either a low-end RB2 or a real solid flex for this Sunday’s game. 

Stefon Diggs – The most targeted receiver in the league through ten weeks, Diggs was a monster in the two games before the bye with 19 catches and 211 yards with a touchdown. That touchdown would have been a game winner against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals until THE Hail Mary happened. Diggs is having a fantastic year and the Chargers secondary leaves a lot to be desired. Coming off a bye he will be a highly used player in DFS games, and a must play in season long games. 

John Brown – He tweaked his ankle at the end of their last game, but hopefully the week off was enough to get Brown right in time for this one. When healthy, he has been a great contributor to this offense. The problem is that he has only really been healthy about four weeks all year. He is clearly the second receiver on this team, as Cole Beasley is great when either Brown is out, or sporadic weeks that are hard to guess. The Chargers did trade their slot receiver so it could make both Brown and Beasley as pieces you could use in Week 12. 

Summary: So, the Chargers can beat the Jets. Other than that, they seem to find a way to blow games at the most inopportune time. The San Diego defense did allow the Jets to score 28 points so what do you think Josh Allen and the Bills will do against them? While Justin Herbert will do everything he can to try to keep the Chargers in the game, but in the end the Bills defense will step up and Josh Allen will put the game away. 

Prediction: Bills 34, Chargers 27

Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Venue: TIAA Bank Field(Jacksonville)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 48.5


Cleveland Browns at Jacksonville Jaguars
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Jaguars +6.5 

Baker Mayfield – This might finally be a game where Mayfield doesn’t play in wind/rain/cold or whatever else Mother Nature has to throw at them. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown in three weeks, but it is hard to blame him too much given the conditions. Mayfield gets another plus matchup and hopefully this week he will be able to take advantage of it. Jacksonville is the third worst pass defense and Mayfield will be a strong superflex option for Week 12. 

Nick Chubb – It was a second straight 100-yard game for Chubb since he returned from injury even though Kareem Hunt got the touchdown. Chubb has 240 yards on the ground in the last two games. Kareem Hunt wasn’t overly effective in the red zone on Sunday, so Chubb could get more opportunities in the coming weeks. Jacksonville has allowed 13 rushing touchdowns in ten games this season along with nearly 132 yards per game on the ground. Chubb should have a field day against this defense and is an absolute must start in all fantasy formats for Week 12. 

Kareem Hunt – It was what you would call an inefficient game as Hunt had just 11 yards on 13 carries and also had just one catch in the game. He did have a touchdown, but Hunt was also stuffed near the goal line repeatedly in this contest. He gets a much better matchup this week, but Hunt is certainly going to lose snaps to Nick Chubb considering how they have both played since Chubb has returned from injury. I don’t want to put too much stock into one bad game and the Jaguars are a pretty bad defense so while Hunt is likely a DFS fade, he is a great flex play option for Sunday’s game. 

Jarvis Landry – Despite the loss of Odell Beckham , Landry’s production just keeps going down. He had five catches in Week 7 and he has progressively lost a catch in each successive game until his two catches last Sunday. Weather certainly plays a part as the Browns have played in three straight games in less than ideal conditions. It should be sunny in Florida this week and with Landry being the most reliable receiver on the team, I do expect his targets and catches to increase. We have to hope that the team actually lets Baker Mayfield throw it more than he has and with that Landry would be a decent flex play in the game. 

Austin Hooper – He was starting to get it going before the stupid appendix issue and now Hooper has basically been useless since his return. However, I am going to chalk this one up to bad weather and hope that he can get it together going forward. The Jags are the fourth worst defense against the tight end, and Baker Mayfield will likely throw it more than he has recently. I understand if you are gun shy starting him based on his production in the past couple of weeks but I am willing to give him one last shot to prove that he didn’t leave all of his talents in Atlanta. 

Mike Glennon – Apparently the four interceptions from Jake Luton last week was the final straw and the Jaguars are really serious about winning now as they bring in Glennon to start. I hope you got the sarcasm in that last sentence. The year was 2013. I was still in my 30s, the sun was shining, and that was the last time that someone really thought about giving Glennon a shot in the NFL. He had 19 touchdowns in 13 games for Tampa Bay, and wasn’t completely awful. Well, it has all gone downhill from there and this guy is not a viable option. He might be able to complete a bunch of short passes, but this is not going to help Jacksonville or you to win fantasy matchups.

James Robinson – Even when getting crushed, the Jaguars are still committed to Robinson. The Steelers crushed them, and Robinson still had 17 carries in the game. He also had two catches for 21 yards, giving him 94 total on the day. Cleveland is a pretty strong run defense and allows just under 105 yards per game on the ground. If Glennon is going to be bad like we think it will keep Robinson from being all he can, but even in blowouts he is a decent RB2 in a given week.

D.J. Chark – It has been a maddening season for Chark as he has been wildly inconsistent. He has just two games of more than 60 receiving yards and has scored once since Week 4. Right now he is dealing with a quarterback who can’t move the ball, and he is the only receiver that you can even consider for fantasy purposes. Chark has just four catches in each of the last two weeks and has totaled 97 yards in those two games. He will likely see a lot of Denzel Ward on Sunday, which is a smaller problem than his new starting quarterback. It is really hard to have much faith in Chark right now and there is a chance with no byes that he does find his way to your bench for this one. However, for most fantasy teams he is still worthy of being in that flex spot.

Summary: Jacksonville is seemingly falling apart at the seams and especially with lots of trouble at quarterback. Jake Luton has been terrible and fell flat on his face with four interceptions in Week 11 and now they are really tanking with bringing Mike Glennon in as their quarterback. The Jags defense is also pretty bad, and I am anticipating them make the Browns offense look pretty good. Cleveland is far from a powerhouse, but the Jags are one of the worst teams in football and actively involved in the quest for Trevor Lawrence. Look for Jacksonville to keep it close for a half, but the Browns to pull away in the end.

Prediction: Browns 26, Jaguars 13

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts

Venue: Lucas Oil Stadium(Indianapolis)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 51.5


Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Colts -3.5

Ryan Tannehill – Even against a pretty solid defense Tannehill had a good game as he completed 71 percent of his passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns. It was a much needed good performance in a crucial AFC battle against the Ravens. Tannehill will get his second crack at the Colts this week after laying an egg against them back in Week 10. That game was a Thursday night so there wasn’t much turnaround time or practice time so I am going to give the Titans the benefit of the doubt that this game will be better. The Colts were also just beat up pretty good by Aaron Rodgers so they can be thrown on. Tannehill still isn’t a great DFS option by any stretch but is not someone you have to avoid starting in single quarterback leagues. 

Derrick Henry – He really is next to unstoppable. Henry had a great game against the Ravens last week with 133 yards on the ground including the game-winning touchdown. Henry has gone over 100 yards in six of the ten games this year, including two weeks ago against the Colts when he ran for 103. He hasn’t had fewer than 18 rushing attempts in a game and is the workhorse and heart and soul of the Titans offense. There is no reason to think that this week will be any different and he already proved that he can have success against the Colts as he rumbled for 5.4 yards per carry against them. Henry could go underowned in DFS with Indianapolis being a defense everyone knows is good, but don’t shy away from using him in any format. 

A.J. Brown – Brown had a less than stellar game last week against the Ravens, but he had a tough as nails touchdown in the fourth quarter. Brown has had four or more catches in every game but one and he has scored in all game but two. The game that encompassed both him not having four catches or scoring was two weeks ago against the Colts as he had just one catch for 21 yards. He has only topped 80 yards just three times all season long, but the touchdown upside can’t be ignored. He is guaranteed to have a better game this time around against the Colts and while he won’t be a DFS target but is still a WR2 for Week 12. 

Corey Davis – While defenses have been paying total attention to A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries has been sidelined with injury, Davis has been taking full advantage. He had five catches for the second straight game and topped 100 yards for the second time in four games. I have long not been a fan of Davis, but I can’t argue with his production this season. Not that he is a league winner or a great DFS target, but he has been a week in, week out WR3 for most of the season. He had decent success two weeks ago with the Colts as he had five catches for 67 yards and that is a reasonable expectation again for this coming game. 

Jonnu Smith – He has scored in three straight games and that is the only thing keeping Smith from being enthusiastically kicked to the fantasy curb by his managers. He has just ten catches in the last four weeks and that has been good for just 95 yards. That’s total folks in the last month. He had just two catches for 14 yards against the Colts two weeks ago but had a cheap one-yard rushing touchdown in that one. I have stopped using him a while back, but if you want to find a silver lining to this story he has been targeted six times in each of the last two games so perhaps we will see an uptick in production. 

Philip Rivers – All of a sudden in the past few weeks, Rivers isn’t looking as bad as he did before their bye. He had his second straight 300-yard game, and he threw three touchdowns for the third time in five games. The emergence of Michael Pittman has certainly helped. He threw for 308 yards and just one touchdown two weeks ago against the Titans, and the Tennessee secondary continues to be subpar. Rivers continues to spread the ball around to eight to ten receivers a game. He should continue his hot streak and perhaps 275 passing yards and two touchdowns is a very realistic expectation. 

Jonathan Taylor – After failing to top 12 carries or 30 rushing yards in three straight games, Taylor was given the lion’s share of the carries and had a strong game against the Packers. Does this mean that he is going to be the man going forward? There was a report shortly before game time on Sunday that Nyheim Hines could get the majority of the carries, but he ended up having just six totes for two yards. Jordan Wilkins had just four carries for 21 yards. Taylor also had four catches for 24 yards. Clearly the Colts drafted this guy with the thought that he would lead the backfield. He had just seven carries for 12 yards against the Colts two weeks ago, and he will be hard to trust again as he goes against one of the top run defenses in the NFL. If Taylor were to get 20+ carries again he would certainly fall in the RB2 landscape. Your roster and injury situation dictates whether you should have Taylor in your lineup or not. 

Nyheim Hines – He was reported that he could have gotten the carries, but Taylor got off to a good start and finished with six carries for two yards and had three carries for 31 yards. Much like the other backs on this team, his production is impossible to predict. He was the man with the hot hand against the Titans two weeks ago and finished with 115 total yards and two touchdowns in the game. You’d think that Taylor would get the first shot again this week and is the guy that you could trust the easiest. However, Hines usage in the pass game also makes him somewhat viable as a flex option in PPR leagues. 

Michael Pittman – A week after his big breakout game against the Titans, Pittman again had a solid game against the Packers with three catches for 66 yards and a touchdown. The three targets are a bit of a concern, but the third straight game with more than 50 yards and the touchdown last week were all good signs. Even though the Colts spread the ball around a lot, Pittman is the one receiver that you can count on going forward. He had seven catches for 101 yards two weeks ago against Tennessee and we should see Pittman have a great fantasy game again. 

Summary: This could be the game of the week as the Colts took care of the Titans a couple weeks ago. Philip Rivers is on a hot streak lately and the Colts defense is far superior to the Titans unit. Indianapolis was beaten more than usual against the Packers as they allowed over 30 points. The Titans likely won’t do that well, and they will need A.J. Brown to step up in this one. I think this one will be ultra close, but in the end the Colts make a big play to come out on top. 

Prediction: Colts 27, Titans 24

New York Giants vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Venue: Paul Brown Stadium(Cincinnati)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 44


New York Giants at Cincinnati Bengals
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Bengals +6

Daniel Jones – After a brutal schedule to start the season and then a few other less than ideal games, the tide seems to be turning for Jones. He hasn’t turned the ball over in two games and he has been over 240 passing yards in two of the last three weeks after hitting that mark just twice in the first seven. His receiving group is mostly healthy, and he is going against one of the worst secondaries in football. Jones has also topped 50 rushing yards in three of the last five weeks. After an atrocious start, Jones becomes a strong superflex option and if you have enough stones, maybe a DFS GPP option. 

Wayne Gallman – If you have been watching this guy in the last month you have to be super impressed with what you’ve seen. He was just a depth piece for the first three years of his career, but with Devonta Freeman being out for a few weeks, Gallman has really stepped up his game. He has run hard, he has been hard to take down, and he has five touchdowns in the last four weeks. He does cede some carries to Alfred Morris , but Gallman is making his presence known and should be a fantasy factor down the stretch. The Bengals allow nearly 135 rushing yards per game on the ground and Gallman will be a solid RB2 for this week’s game. 

Sterling Shepard – He has been the only consistent force on the Giants offense all season long as Shepard has had six catches or more in every game but one this season. Of course, he missed time with injury, but five out of six games with six catches is impressive. He hasn’t topped 75 receiving yards in a week yet, so it isn’t like he is filling up the box score, but in PPR leagues he still has been solid. He makes the best DFS stack if you are going to use Daniel Jones, and I like Shepard as a WR3 in season long games against a very generous Cincinnati pass defense. 

Darius Slay ton – It has been a wildly inconsistent year for the Giants top receiver, and it can be summed up just in the last two weeks before their bye. In Week 9 he had one catch on one target for six yards and then in Week 10 he had seven targets, five catches, and 93 yards. How is this the same player? He has mostly done well against the lesser defenses that they have played, and William Jackson is not a great number one corner for the Bengals. Slayton comes with a lot of risk for DFS purposes but has to find his way at least into your flex spot. The quarterback is improving slightly, they are coming off a bye, and have a dream matchup. 

Evan Engram – He had been on a nice three-week stint before a two catch, 15 yard dud against the Eagles before the bye. This has been a maddening season for those using Engram on their fantasy team as he has just one touchdown all season long and has as many games (five) under 50 yards as he has with 50 yards or more. That also includes three games with less than 20 receiving yards. The Bengals are the second worst defense against the tight end as they allow nearly 14 fantasy points per game to the position and Engram would appear to be a solid choice for your Week 12 lineups. 

Brandon Allen – Covid. Murder Hornets. Kobe died.  And now we have to deal with a Brandon Allen sighting. 2020 just stop! The last time we saw him he was wildly mediocre for the Broncos last year before they activated Drew Lock . Allen had three touchdowns in those three games and was certainly nothing to write home about. The funny part is that he is still better than Ryan Finley and at least has a small chance to move the ball. He gets a decent first matchup against the Giants, but Allen would only be used in superflex leagues when there is nothing else left on the waiver wire. RIP Bengals offense.

Giovani Bernard Joe Mixon was placed on IR before Sunday’s game, and there is concern that he won’t come back this year. Joe Burrow’s injury could have cemented that in fact. The Bengals were losing the entire game, which didn’t bode well for Bernard running a lot, but it also hurts that Samaje Perine has dipped into his production in each of the last two weeks. Bernard is still very involved in the passing game and had four catches for 37 yards. That floor will continue to make him somewhat viable, but the fact that Cincinnati will often be playing from behind now caps his value some. The Giants are coming off their bye and have allowed just 100 yards per game on the ground. They have surrendered ten rushing touchdowns in ten games so you can score on them, but the Bengals are going to be hard pressed to score much with Allen at quarterback. Bernard still at least deserves consideration for your flex spot.

Tee Higgins – The rookie was really starting to come into his own and nearly had a couple of big catches on Sunday but in the end had just three catches for 26 yards. However, his outlook now takes a massive turn down with the change at quarterback. Brandon Allen doesn’t have a big arm and to be frank just isn’t that talented. Hopefully he will realize that this big 21-year old is the key to his success, but right now we have to really temper our expectations for Higgins going forward. I would still put him in my season long lineups this week and hope, as the Giants secondary isn’t very good after James Bradberry .

Tyler Boyd – In his final game with Joe Burrow this year, Boyd played very well with nine catches for 85 yards. I have the most hope for Boyd of the receivers on the team with Allen quarterbacking. He is the slot receiver, so he doesn’t tend to run deep routes that Allen won’t hit. Since the Bengals don’t have a big tight end, hitting the slot receiver repeatedly could be in the cards and Boyd has proven to be a reliable weapon. So, if there is one person that I am not feeling completely tragic about coming into Week 12 it is Boyd. I would love to call him a WR2 but likely fits better in that WR3 group.

Summary: The Giants get a total gift here as they play a bad defense in Cincinnati and then it is the first game after the injury to Joe Burrow. Brandon Allen is not a great NFL quarterback, and the Bengals offense will now be without their starting quarterback and starting running back. New York is not a great team by any stretch, but Daniel Jones is improving and they should be able to do enough to score on the Bengals and hold Allen in check.

Prediction: Giants 27, Bengals 13

Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets

Venue: MetLife Stadium(East Rutherford)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5


Miami Dolphins at New York Jets
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Jets +7

Tua Tagovailoa – We saw the first dent in the Tua armor as he threw for just 83 yards through three quarters and was benched in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Broncos. That was the second game in his four starts where he failed to throw for even 100 yards and had just a single touchdown. The good thing about Tua is that he doesn’t make many poor decisions while throwing the ball. However, he is still holding the ball too long and taking too many sacks. He gets a total gift for a bounce back as he plays the Jets who are just allowing oodles of yards and points to everyone this year. If he doesn’t look sharp in this one you can expect it to be Fitzmagic time down the stretch. Tagovailoa is a solid superflex option for Week 12. 

Myles Gaskin – He is eligible to come off of injured reserve this week, and there have been no indications that he will not. While Salvon Ahmed filled in admirably in his absence, this should still be Gaskin’s team. There might be a little more split of carries considering how well Ahmed played, but Gaskin should still get a good 75 percent of the touches. He had 18 carries for 91 yards and four catches for 35 yards in Week 6 against the Jets, and I expect an equally solid game in his return from being hurt. Don’t have any hesitation to put this guy right back into your lineups for this Sunday’s game.  

DeVante Parker – He has scored twice in the four games since the quarterback change was made, but Parker also hasn’t topped 64 receiving yards in a game. He has a decent rapport with Tua, but it certainly isn’t the same as it was with Ryan Fitzpatrick . The entire Miami offense just isn’t as good, but Parker is still the top dog on the team after injuries and trades have happened. He disappointed greatly with three catches for 35 yards in the first game against the Jets, but I don’t expect a repeat of that in Week 12. With no other reliable option to throw to outside of the tight end, Parker needs to continue to get the volume. He could be so much more if they would change quarterbacks again, but Parker remains a WR3 going forward. 

Jakeem Grant – Eh, this offense is so vanilla, but the Jets defense is so bad could he be fantasy relevant? Grant had just two catches last week, but he did have four in the previous two weeks before that including a touchdown. It will depend on if the Tua shows up that actually makes plays or not. The Dolphins have one solid wide receiver so you would think on volume along their second guy would be decent. However, Tagovailoa just doesn’t throw the ball much. The only reason that Grant is included here is because of the matchup and he is a very risky emergency flex play against the Jets. Did you get how confident I am in him for this one? 

Mike Gesicki – I guess it just isn’t going to happen for Gesicki this year. He has had two games all season where he topped 50 yards and the last time, he did it was in Week 5. The quarterback change has stunted the growth of the offense, although he had 40 yards in three straight games so he could be the one benefitting from it the most. Even his modest production keeps him on the fringe of a starting fantasy tight ends. However, he had no catches on two targets the first time these two teams played and guessing whether he will be good or not in a given week is a thankless game. The Jets gave up a touchdown to Hunter Henry last week, so because of a weak matchup he likely falls within the top 12 fantasy tight ends for Week 12. 

Joe Flacco – I know the bar isn’t that high, but the Jets offense certainly runs better with Flacco under center. He is far from great but in his last two starts he has five touchdowns against two interceptions. The Jets still haven’t won a game, but they are at least competitive with Flacco. The Dolphins secondary has been great in the past month, and that leaves Flacco as just a lower end superflex option for Week 12. 

Frank Gore – Perine suffered a high ankle sprain and this will keep him out a few weeks. The problem with putting too much faith in Gore is that the Jets are 0-10 and always playing from behind so the game script is rarely in his favor. The Dolphins are a pretty strong run defense and Gore had 11 carries for 46 yards against them in Week 6. The Jets offense is really just a mess, and while Gore is still having a little success but counting on him this week or most of the rest of the season seems like a fool’s play. 

Jamison Crowder – This is the only guy who seemingly would want Sam Darnold back as Flacco rarely looks his way. After having double digit targets in the four games he played up through Week 6, Crowder has just five targets combined in the last two games with Flacco under center. Those five targets have yielded just three catches for 42 yards and one score in the last two weeks. The Dolphins have a weakness at slot corner in Nik Needham, but their secondary as a whole is very good, and Crowder is going to have a tough time making things happen. He has fallen to flex play consideration for the coming week. 

Denzel Mims – Unlike Perine, the Jets do seem to use their rookie wide receiver as Mims has eight targets in each of the last two games. He is still yet to find the end zone in his rookie year, but the kid is getting some looks and is making things happen from time to time. He is going to have to deal with Byron Jones as Xavien Howard is likely to lock up Breshad Perriman , and neither Jets receiver has a solid matchup. There are no bye weeks for Sunday, but you might still end up flexing Mims if you have had any injury concerns on your roster.  

Summary: While the Dolphins certainly sent some mixed signals to their quarterback of the future by benching him, Tua is still doing more good than bad. And while the Jets have been more competitive of late, they are still by far the worst team in football. This should be a nice soft landing for Tagovailoa after being sat in the fourth quarter last week and we should be looking at a solid offensive effort from the Dolphins and their defense should smother the Jets for most of the game. 

Prediction: Dolphins 24, Jets 13

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium(Atlanta)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 55.5


Las Vegas Raiders at Atlanta Falcons
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Falcons +3

Derek Carr – He had three straight weeks of pretty ordinary play, but Carr broke that slump and had a big game against the Chiefs who had 275 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday night. I have to admit that I have been wrong about Carr as he has had multiple touchdowns in seven of ten games this season. It is crazy since he really doesn’t have one reliable receiver, but he continues to get the job done. He gets a cupcake matchup against the Falcons who we know are one of the worst defenses in football. Carr will be a solid DFS option and in single quarterback leagues. 

Josh Jacobs – We will have to see what comes of his hand/wrist injury that he suffered towards the end of the game on Sunday night, as the loss of Jacobs would be a massive blow to the Raiders offense. Jacobs has scored in three straight games and has had over 50 rushing yards in four straight weeks. The biggest concern with him is that he hasn’t been as involved in the passing game as he has only topped 25 receiving yards once all season long and that was in Week 1. Regardless, the Falcons are far from a strong run defense and Jacobs would be a strong option in seasonal and DFS games. 

Nelson Agholor – While he still is very inconsistent, Agholor is still the only reliable wide receiver that the Raiders have. He has scored in five of the last seven weeks, but he also has had fewer than ten receiving yards in two of the last four games. There are still times where he will let you down, but it seems like more often than not Agholor will be a solid fantasy option for you. He gets a plus plus plus matchup against the weak Falcons secondary and is a solid WR3 and a money saving option for DFS games. 

Darren Waller – He had fallen under 40 receiving yards in three straight games before Sunday night’s production. Waller’s seven catches were his most since Week 4, which also when he matched his 88 yards from Week 11. He has five touchdowns this season and continues to be a top five tight end. The Falcons are the worst defense against the tight end by allowing 15 fantasy points per game to the position. Waller is a smash play in all fantasy formats for Week 12. 

Matt Ryan – The inconsistent season of Matt Ryan continued last Sunday against a less than stellar Saints defense. Ryan had just 232 yards, barely completed 50 percent of his passes and failed to throw a touchdown pass for the fourth time this season. With Julio Jones availability a concern, that puts further questions into Ryan’s fantasy value. He has certainly struggled when one of his big two receivers has been out. The Raiders allow nearly 275 passing yards a game, but Ryan is more of a question mark this week than in the past. He is always a superflex option though. 

Todd Gurley – I have continued to call Gurley meh throughout the season and he proved exactly that with his eight catches for 26 yards and one catch. He continues to score touchdowns, as he has nine on the year, but he also only has five catches in the last four weeks combined. When Gurley scores, it generally is a short one that he just happens to fall into, and not anything of his own making. The Raiders only allow about 112 rush yards per game, but they have allowed 16 touchdowns on the ground including three last weeks to the Chiefs. However, the Falcons are far from the Chiefs offense and Gurley is a low-end RB2 or a decent enough flex play. 

Julio Jones – The hamstring flared up again and Julio was forced from the game in the first quarter and only barely returned in the fourth quarter. He ended up with just two catches for 39 yards in Week 11. He has already been declared a game-time decision for this Sunday’s game, and that doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies. Julio has already missed some time and already has left other games early due to injury. The Raiders have a very questionable pass defense which means that Julio could be successful if he is able to play. This will come down to your risk tolerance with injury if you decide to start Jones. Watch the practice reports carefully and hopefully he might be able to get in a limited session or two before the week ends. On a side, I am done with Russell Gage

Calvin Ridley – Despite his participation being a question during the week, Ridley had a great game in his first since returning from a mild injury. Ridley had five catches on nine targets for 90 yards which was his best output since Week 5. He has just two touchdowns since Week 3, although the loss of Julio Jones could help him out. Ridley went over 100 yards in each of the two games Jones missed this week, and if Ridley is the number one guy against a fairly soft Raiders secondary, he could pop off in a big way. Ridley is a solid play in season long and DFS contests either way, but he is a better option if Jones is forced to miss the game.  

Hayden Hurst – After topping 50 receiving yards for four straight weeks, Hurst went catchless on two targets against the Saints last week. The entire Falcons offense outside of Calvin Ridley was a complete and utter disaster, and this is one that we kind of have to just throw out and act like it didn’t happen. Hurst failed to top ten receiving yards in either of the two games Julio Jones missed earlier in the year, so this injury might not necessarily help him. However, Hurst has six or more targets in five of the last six games and he remains a strong part of the offense. Despite the doughnut last week, Hurst is a solid play against a Raiders defense that allowed a huge game to Travis Kelce last week. Not saying Hurst is Kelce by any stretch, but he should be able to do well against the Raiders D. 

Summary: I have underestimated the Raiders all season long, but after watching them play the Chiefs close for the second time this season I have finally come around. The Falcons offense was stuck in quicksand last week, and with Julio Jones either hobbled or out completely, I don’t expect them to light up the scoreboard on Sunday. Derek Carr will be able to carve up the Falcons secondary and Josh Jacobs should be able to salt the game away in the fourth quarter. This one will likely never really come into question. 

Prediction: Raiders 31, Falcons 23

Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium(Minneapolis)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 51.5


Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Vikings -4

PJ Walker – Walker played quite well in replacing the starter, so there is a chance that the Panthers would hold Bridgewater out again before the bye. If Bridgewater does play, he will be a fine option this week even on a bum knee. He has multiple touchdowns in three of the last four weeks, and for the most part has played well. Walker had a bit of a gunslinger mentality in his start and made a couple of mistakes in the red zone. However, he showed unlike most backup quarterbacks that he came into the game to play and to throw. The Vikings secondary just made Andy Dalton look like a pretty good quarterback, so if Walker is forced into action again, he is still a solid superflex option. He also will throw enough to keep all of the Panthers weapons in fantasy consideration. 

Mike Davis – He is certainly losing steam as this extended run as the lead back has taken his toll on him, but Davis continues to get a ton of work and makes the most out of it. There is almost no chance that Christian McCaffrey comes back this week, so you should plan on putting Davis into your lineups. The Vikings allow over 115 yards per game on the ground and were gashed for over 140 by the Cowboys last week. Davis and his continued use in the passing game always sets him up for a nice floor and he should again be a big part of the offensive game plan. He will again fall in as an RB2 for the Week 12 game against the Vikings. 

D.J. Moore – He has no issue with the backup quarterback as Moore led the team in targets and yards with seven grabs for 127 yards. This is now back to back games over 90 yards, and Moore has hit that number in five of the last seven. He is so hard to gauge this season, and it has been so tough to have him on your team this year. The Vikings have been getting beat by the other team’s best receiver fairly consistently, and this week will likely be no different with Moore no matter who is at quarterback. He might not reach 100 yards, but he certainly will be no worse than a strong WR2 against a defense that has allowed 21 pass touchdowns in ten games this season. 

Robby Anderson – His seven catches were nice, but he failed to top 50 receiving yards for the third time in four weeks. And I know I say this every week, but Anderson STILL hasn’t scored since Week 1. If Anderson didn’t start out the season so hot, we might not be as disappointed as we are now. The Panthers are sure to throw plenty again this week against the Vikings, but will it be enough to keep three guys fantasy relevant? Will Anderson be the odd guy out when it comes to a big fantasy day? Based on what we saw last week that might be the consensus no matter who the quarterback is. 

Curtis Samuel – Outside of the one disaster game against the Bucs, Samuel has been great in the last four weeks and it continued with P.J. Walker at quarterback. He had a season high ten targets which translated to eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. It is his fourth touchdown in the last four weeks. It is hard to envision the Panthers passing game being consistently good enough for all three receivers to stay productive every week, but right now Samuel continues to be very involved. And with a plus matchup against the Vikings he certainly can find his way into your seasonal lineups. 

Kirk Cousins – What a three game stretch it has been for Cousins! He has trashed the Lions, Bears, and Cowboys for eight touchdowns in the last three weeks. Cousins looks calm, he looks confident, and he is getting the job done. He is going to face a pretty tough secondary against the Panthers though. Hopefully for them, Donte Jackson won’t be able to play in this one and the task will get a little easier. I urge you not to buy into this hot streak for Cousins as the Vikings offense still runs through Dalvin Cook . He has become a top notch superflex option though for Week 12. 

Dalvin Cook – He went over 1,000 rushing yards in Week 11 as he continued his dominance of the league with 160 total yards against the Cowboys. Cook ran 27 times and had five targets and scored in the game. He has been a man among boys most weeks this season. It won’t get much tougher this week as the Panthers are just not good against the run and have allowed 14 rushing touchdowns in ten games. There is never a bad week to start cook in season long or DFS games, but Week 12 looks especially enticing. 

Adam Thielen – Four touchdowns in six days, not too bad for the Vikings top receiver. After catching two scores on Monday night in Week 10, Thielen followed it up with another double dip in Week 11 as he totaled eight catches and 123 yards. It wasn’t a big surprise considering how awful the Cowboys secondary is. It won’t be quite so easy against the Panthers and Rasul Douglas . Carolina blanked the toothless Lions last week and have been strong against the pass all season long. That being said, right now the Vikings are on a serious roll and there is no way to keep Thielen out of your lineups on Sunday. That is, of course, assuming he is cleared from the Covid list.

Justin Jefferson – The rookie seems to look better almost every week, and he had himself another great game on Sunday. The targets were down as he had just five, but he caught three of them for 86 yards and a touchdown. Jefferson is really hard to stay with, and his touchdown catch was a thing of beauty. Kirk Cousins is on a ridiculous hot streak right now, and Jefferson is reaping the benefits. His fantasy prospects will go up greatly if Donte Jackson is forced to miss the game as he is a pretty solid corner. Regardless at this time the kid is a no brainer to start on a week in, week out basis. 

Summary: Dalvin Cook is wrecking NFL defenses and Kirk Cousins is playing his best football of the year. The Panthers are in the last game before their bye and again unlikely to be without their starting quarterback and running back. While Walker proved to be an admirable fill in for Teddy Bridgewater , he still has a lot of growing to do in the NFL. The Panthers pass defense should do a solid job trying to keep Cousins in check, but their leaky run defense is going to struggle to keep Cook away from having 150+ total yards and cementing the win for the Vikings. 

Prediction: Vikings 27, Panthers 23

Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots

Venue: Gillette Stadium(Foxborough)Sun. 11-29 @ 1:00 pm ESTOver/Under: 49.5


Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 1:00pm ET
Line: Patriots +2.5

Kyler Murray – You know you are having a great season when you have 269 yards passing and two touchdowns and it feels like a disappointment. That’s where we sat last Thursday with the Cardinals as we expected more from Murray against the Seahawks. He did appear to have a shoulder injury early on but played through it anyway. 

Kenyan Drake /Chase Edmonds – Last Thursday’s game is about what we should expect from this pass game when both are healthy. Drake is going to get the majority of the runs, while Edmonds will continue to be effective in the pass game. The good news for those rostering Drake is that he targeted five times last week and had four catches for 31 yards. This helped make up for the fact that he only had 29 yards on the ground. Both won’t score every week, but both will remain involved. Drake remains the better fantasy play because he touches the ball more, but Edmonds still has flex consideration this week because he generally does more with the touches he gets. 

DeAndre Hopkins – The whole Cardinals offense didn’t do what we thought they would against the lowly Seahawks secondary, and Hopkins was no different as he finished with five catches for 51 yards and no touchdown. He has had a couple of rough games in the last month, although they were interspersed with big performances. The Pats gave up solid games to both Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks last week, so they aren’t containing top receivers even with Stephon Gilmore back. Hopkins might not be the most sought after DFS play, but he is certainly a WR1 in your season long leagues.  

Christian Kirk – He had more yards than the first time the Cardinals played the Seahawks, but he was unable to find the end zone and finished with just four catches for 50 yards. Kirk has now had 50 yards or less in three of the last four, however, he does have 18 catches in those four weeks, which provides a decent floor in PPR leagues. The Patriots secondary has improved a bit of late but are still far from a scary unit. Kirk remains on the flex radar but will need to have a better game soon and find the end zone again if he wants to stay in fantasy players good graces. 

Cam Newton – It was one of the few games where Newton was actually asked to pass, and he had a solid game as he completed 65 percent of his passes for 365 yards and a touchdown. A bunch did come on a last second Hail Mary attempt, but either way it was a solid passing game. For the first time all year he failed to run for ten yards. Newton remains a potential starting quarterback against a Cardinals defense that is decent but unspectacular, and with his ability to run or pass he usually makes fantasy points happen one way or the other. 

Damien Harris – He should be seeing Sony Michel this week finally, but the Patriots did lose Rex Burkhead to even out the competition that Harris has. He continued his good play as he had 43 yards and a touchdown. Harris is a bit of a fantasy risk as he is not involved in the passing game, but he is still the most used guy in the run game. He has a touchdown or 100 yards in three of the last four games and remains a solid fantasy play. The Cardinals aren’t a great run defense and just gave up a nice game to Carlos Hyde . Continue to use Harris with some confidence. 

Jakobi Meyers – It kind of felt like a dud game was coming for Meyers as he has been playing above his head for about a month. It is surprising that it came against the Texans and in a game where the team threw so much. Despite this three-catch, 38-yard performance on just four targets, Meyers still remains on the fantasy radar as he should continue to be the most targeted receiver on the team. Don’t fall into the trap of the decent games by Damiere Byrd and N’Keal Harry as they haven’t been involved in most games when Newton only throws 25-30 which is most games. Meyers is still the guy you want, while the others should remain on waiver wires. Meyers will be a flex play in Week 12. 

Summary: Cam Newton has been improving some lately and Damien Harris is bringing some stability to the running game. The problem is the Patriots don’t have enough weapons on offense to mount a consistent attack that can score enough points to keep up with some of the league’s best teams. And assuming that Kyler Murray is healthy, the Cardinals should be able to hang 30 on this Patriots defense which is more than New England can hope to score against anyone but the Jets. Cam and the Pats stay close for a while, but this is Murray Time baby!

Prediction: Cardinals 31, Patriots 20


San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

Venue: SoFi Stadium(Inglewood)Sun. 11-29 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5


San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 4:05pm ET
Line: Rams -7 

Nick Mullens – This latest incarnation of Nick Mullens at starting quarterback continues to be as average as most other times he comes into games. He makes some decent fantasy stats because of garbage time. In this latest three game stretch of starting he has four touchdowns and has only been over 250 yards once. He is what he is, and that is a good backup, but a very ordinary fantasy quarterback. He will get some help as the offense should be getting healthier with the return of their starting running back and top wide receiver, but the Rams are a great defense. Mullens will be just a low-end superflex option. 

Raheem Mostert /Tevin Coleman – The 49ers are hopeful to get both guys back this week, and honestly either would be a great boost as the backfield is down to just Jerick McKinnon healthy. Mostert has shown electric big play ability, but who knows how he will respond to being out for six weeks with an ankle injury. Coleman looked slow when he did play, but if he returns and Mostert doesn’t he will be carrying most of the load. Mostert is the guy we want to return here, and he goes right into your starting seasonal lineups even against a pretty stout Rams defense. If Mostert is out and Coleman returns he still belongs in your lineups in the flex, but my expectations are truly not as high. 

Deebo Samuel – He has played just four games this season, but Samuel is a big part of the pass game when he is in there. He is also one of the best in the league at yards after the catch. However, he hasn’t played since Week 7 and you would think that if he was in there that he would get the Jalen Ramsey treatment. He was healthy the first time the Niners played the Rams and he did have six catches for 66 yards and a touchdown although most of his production were on screen passes, “jet sweeps”, and other plays designed to get him the ball early in the play and run. If Samuel is healthy, you’d think that Kyle Shanahan would work to get him involved, but this is a fairly risky play in his first game back with one of the best corners in football blanketing him. 

Brandon Aiyuk – He has been forced into a much bigger role than was probably expected for his rookie season, and for fantasy purposes this turns out to be a great thing. He has 31 targets in the last three games he has played in and has 21 catches for 281 yards and two scores. Aiyuk has risen to the occasion for sure when called upon and has shown that explosive ability with the ball in his hands in space. He had just two catches for 12 yards the first time they played the Rams but did have a touchdown. The Niners pass game has been reliant on garbage time for fantasy production as the team has struggled with all of their injuries. This should continue and Aiyuk isn’t a terrible WR3 or flex play even with San Francisco likely getting a couple guys back from injury this week. 

Jordan Reed – When healthy he has shown that he still has the ability, he has just had a hard time staying on the field. He did have five catches for 62 yards in Week 10 against the Saints, but the Niners were also down several other offensive weapons. He is far superior in talent to Ross Dwelley , so he should continue to see the majority of targets to the tight end. The Rams allow just over ten fantasy points a game to the tight end, and Reed should be able to surpass that, but not by a whole lot. 

Jared Goff – He has three straight 300 yard games and Goff has been playing above his head for the last month. He is still an inconsistent quarterback, but he has been dealing with more than a lot of mid-range quarterbacks for fantasy purposes. He threw for just 198 yards but two touchdowns in the first meeting between these two teams, but the Rams offense has improved since then. Given the state of the 49ers defense, Goff is on the fringe of a QB1 in single quarterback leagues.

Darrell Henderson/Cam Akers/Malcolm Brown – The Rams aren’t getting any production out of their running game as they have fallen flat in recent weeks. None are great options btu Henderson tends to get the most usage, Malcolm Brown finds the end zone some and Cam Akers has the most upside. It is hard to start any of the three against the Niners but Henderson would be the guy if I had to choose.

Robert Woods – He broke 100 yards for the first time since Week 1, and Woods had the breakout game fantasy players had been hoping for most of the season with 12 catches for 130 yards and a score. There can’t be too much into question at how dangerous Woods can be despite being under 35 yards in three of the last five weeks. He has put a lot on his plate but will be successful against a lowly Niners. Woods is a dynamic WR3 option for Week 12. 

Cooper Kupp – he is the most targeted receiver on the team and Kupp tends to make the most out of his chances. As the slot receiver he tends to receive the most targets and the most catches even if they don’t go for the most yards. Kupp has some of the most reliable hands in the league and had just three catches for 11 yards the first time these two teams played and Kupp would be a hold if possible in season long leagues. 

Summary: The Rams are coming off back to back huge games against the Bucs and the Seahawks and now head home for a game against the injury riddled 49ers. Oh yes, they will get some of their players back this week, but they still will be without several key players who won’t be back in 2020. The Rams are playing their best offense of the year in the last few weeks and their defense will smother Nick Mullens and the Rams win this one fairly easily.

Prediction: Rams 28 49ers 17

New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos

Venue: Empower Field at Mile High(Denver)Sun. 11-29 @ 4:05 pm ESTOver/Under: 37


New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 4:05pm ET
Line: Broncos +6

Taysom Hill – For all of the commotion and the questions we had coming into Week 11 with Hill you have to say that he wasn’t bad in his first start in the NFL. He completed nearly 80 percent of his passes for 233 yards and he tacked on 51 rushing yards and two rushing scores. He wasn’t asked to do too much, and he continually fed Michael Thomas . He got a serious break that his first start was also against one of the worst defenses in football in Atlanta. The situation doesn’t get a lot tougher this week against the Broncos and now that we have seen him in action it is a little easier to stomach playing him. I still think he is more of a superflex option or a no brainer for those of you who could start him in other positions, but Hill is trying to work his way into being a regular fantasy starter at quarterback. 

Alvin Kamara – Clearly having a backup quarterback didn’t sit too well with those rostering Kamara. Instead of the thought that Hill would be checking down to Kamara a ton, he had just one target in the game and failed to catch a pass for the first time in his career. This was an outlier game for sure and Kamara should be back as a heavily targeted option in Week 12 against the Broncos. If for some reason that doesn’t happen it will be a major red flag for his value for the rest of the season. 

Michael Thomas – After two straight games where he came up seriously small, Thomas burst back on the fantasy scene with Taysom Hill under center. He had more than half of Hill’s targets and he had nine catches for 104 yards. Thomas was everything we remembered he was before the high ankle sprain in the beginning of the year. This certainly was an encouraging sign, even if it was against one of the worst secondaries in recent memories. The Broncos don’t have a shutdown corner, so it is hard to see Thomas not getting back on track with great fantasy numbers. He returns to the WR1 landscape where he belongs in Week 12. 

Emmanuel Sanders – He was targeted five times which was good for anyone not named Michael Thomas and Sanders had a couple of big plays in the game. One was a long touchdown that was called back, and another was a 45-yard bomb that Hill underthrew by about ten yards. He was the only other receiver besides Thomas that even came close to the fantasy radar through one game. I am still not 100 percent solid that Hill will be as successful in each game, so Sanders production could be pretty sporadic. They are playing a decent Broncos defense, but they aren’t so good that you should look to avoid them. Sanders is a low-end WR3 or a flex play for Week 12.  

Drew Lock – The box score shows 270 yards for Lock, but 61 of them did come on the final play when the game was over. He did complete 60 percent of his passes, but Lock was far from impressive and the Broncos just ran the ball all day. He is still dealing with a rib injury for sure, but Lock has fallen from grace with fantasy players. The Saints allow two pass touchdowns a game on average, although their defense played well last week against the Falcons. Lock is a less than ideal superflex option going forward. 

Melvin Gordon /Phillip Lindsay – Gordon did have the two touchdowns, but this wasn’t the most impressive game you’ll ever see. Denver led most of the way, and it allowed both guys to perform well although neither had a catch. Lindsay did have one more carry, but Gordon had both scores and two more rushing yards. The Broncos aren’t going to play in too many more games this season that they lead for most of the contest, and that will cap their production. When they are both healthy, they cannibalize each other’s production that it makes it hard to start either, since they aren’t involved enough in the pass game. If you had to start one it should be Gordon, but the Saints are the top defense against the run, and both are best to be avoided for this game. 

Jerry Jeudy – He had his three-week streak of over 65 receiving yards snapped, but the Dolphins secondary is pretty stout and between Xavien Howard and Byron Jones it is hard to get too much over on them. Jeudy has been targeted eight or more times in four straight games, although the inefficiency of Drew Lock is certainly hurting his value. He will get the attention of Marshon Lattimore this week, but that isn’t as dire of a situation as it has been in previous seasons. The quarterback play takes him out of DFS consideration, but he still belongs in your weekly lineups as a flex play at worst. 

Tim Patrick – It looks like a pretty solid game with five catches for 119 yards, but if you watched the game you would know that more than half of those yards (61) came on the last play of the game with the game out of reach. That leaves us with four catches and 58 yards in the rest of the game which is in line with his recent production. The Broncos offense has been sputtering in neutral in recent weeks, although Patrick has been getting around ten fantasy points a game, and he should be around that total again in Week 12. 

Noah Fant – He is far from spectacular, but Fant is still one of the more targeted tight ends in fantasy football and although he hasn’t scored since Week 2, he remains someone that we look to on a weekly basis. However, that is only because the tight end position is so bad. His 55 yards in Week 11 were his most since Week 2 which is also the last time he scored. Fant has had five catches or more in four of the nine games, but three of those came in the first four weeks of the year. You gotta keep throwing Fant out there and hoping he finds the end zone, but fantasy players patience with he and Drew Lock have to be wearing thin. The Saints are the seventh worst defense against the tight end as they allow 12.2 points a game to the position although they just held Hayden Hurst to a shutout. Fant is on the very fringe of starting fantasy tight end usage. 

Summary: Taysom Hill showed that he could be a competent backup through one game against a bad defense. He showed that he isn’t going to take a lot of chances but being conservative isn’t a bad thing. Dnever’s defense is better than Atlanta’s was last week, but they are still not world beaters. On the other side, Drew Lock is dealing with injured ribs, and it seems like doubt is starting to creep in if he is indeed the future for the team at quarterback. This won’t be a pretty or huge high scoring game, but the Saints will come away with the victory. 

Prediction: Saints 27, Broncos 17

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Venue: Raymond James Stadium(Tampa)Sun. 11-29 @ 4:25 pm ESTOver/Under: 56.5


Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 4:25pm ET
Line: Buccaneers +3

Patrick Mahomes – It was nearly an identical game to the first time that Mahomes played the Raiders as he finished with 348 yards and two touchdowns. The MVP-type season continues as he has just one game all season long where he failed to throw multiple touchdowns. That is now three straight game of over 300 yards and now 11 touchdowns in those three weeks. This will be one of the toughest matchups to date against one of the best secondaries in football. I’ve learned long ago not to bet against Mahomes in fantasy football and even though he might be the best DFS target, he is always a start in season long leagues. 

Clyde Edwards-Helaire/Le’Veon Bell –In a game where the Chiefs finally ran the ball more than a handful of times, it was Clyde Edwards-Helaire who ran 14 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns while Bell had just seven carries for 25 yards and a touchdown of his own. While I thought that Bell would be the majority ball carrier, it is now obvious that CEH will hold on to his job with Bell sprinkling in. Edwards-Helaire had a touchdown run in inside the five so you can’t even say that Bell gets the goal line work. Bell becomes a flex play when your roster is in trouble while Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a weekly RB2. 

Tyreek Hill – It is a pretty good season when you have ten touchdowns in the first ten games of the year and Hill also has 98 or more yards in three straight weeks. The Chiefs offense remains the beset in football and he is one of the two major pieces of it. He has 32 targets in the last two weeks and 48 in the last four. The Tampa secondary is very good, and it will remain to see if they keep Sean Murphy-Bunting on him in the slot or if they put one of their top corners on him. Either way, it is nearly impossible to hold Hill down for an entire game. He will make a solid contrarian pick in DFS games as someone who might have lower ownership because of the matchup and a must start in all seasonal leagues. 

Demarcus Robinson – With Sammy Watkins coming down with an injury in practice that should keep Robinson as the second wide receiver that Mahomes looks to. It often doesn’t amount to much although he has scored twice in the last three weeks. He did have six catches for 44 yards last week against the Raiders, but this will be a much tougher matchup against the Bucs. Robinson has largely been silenced against the better defenses in football and should only be put in your flex spot if you really are dealing with serious injury problems and are looking for a Hail Mary. 

Travis Kelce – The guy is just a beast as he has eight or more catches and 100 yards in three straight weeks with two touchdowns in that span. He is simply unguardable and is the guy that Patrick Mahomes always looks to the most. He is matchup proof and only has one game all season long where he failed to rack up ten fantasy points and that was Week 7 against Denver. It doesn’t matter that Tampa Bay is a pretty solid defense or that they allow just 10.7 points per game to the tight end. Kelce isn’t like any other tight end and shouldn’t be treated as such. He is a no brainer in daily and weekly leagues and he almost never lets you down. 

Tom Brady – Tompa Bay certainly looked out of sync on Monday night as Brady was pressured, hurried, and rushed for just 216 yards but he did have two touchdowns. It was an ugly game for Brady and the only reason he had decent stats was because he threw the ball 48 times. The Rams are a strong secondary though, and they are hot at the moment. The Chiefs just gave up another big game to Derek Carr and the Raiders and you can definitely score on them. Brady is on the fringe of QB1 status against a middle of the road KC defense in a game that is sure to have a lot of points scored. He isn’t the highest-ranking quarterback this week, but he should get the job done. 

Ronald Jones /Leonard Fournette – A week after Jones ran for nearly 200 yards, the backfield was split pretty close to evenly with Jones having ten carries and Fournette having seven. Neither did much with their chances, but at least Fournette had the touchdown and had one catch to Jones zero. This backfield remains a total crap shoot as just when you think one guy grabs the reigns, it is an even split the next week. Right now, a slight edge goes to Jones, but this isn’t a week where I expect the Bucs to run a whole lot against the high-powered Chiefs offense. If you need to start one go with Jones but it isn’t with a ton of confidence. 

Chris Godwin – He appears to be over the finger injury as Godwin continues to produce with 13 catches in the last two weeks. Godwin scored a hard-earned touchdown on Monday night and has had at least 50 receiving yards in three of the last four games. It is hard to know which receiver is going to have a big game, but as the slot guy, Godwin is the choice as the sure-handed, shorter yardage guy. The Chiefs have a solid defense, but this game is sure to have a lot of scoring in it and with Godwin getting double digit targets he is absolutely on the fantasy radar in this one. 

Mike Evans – He has become the guy to get the least volume but finds a way to get in the end zone on a shorter pass. Evans has nine touchdowns on the season, but just two 100-yards games and that hasn’t happened since Week 4. It has been a really strange season for Evans, but the touchdowns have kept him very fantasy relevant even if he isn’t lighting up the box score. The Chiefs have allowed just 14 pass touchdowns in ten games, so the job for Evans might be a little harder this week to find paydirt. 

Antonio Brown – His targets have gone from five to eight to thirteen in the three weeks since he joined Tampa Bay and it is obvious that he is going to be a big part of the offense moving forward. Brady clearly wanted Brown on this team for a reason and we can expect for him to get a healthy dose of targets moving forward. The Chiefs haven’t given up a ton of good games, but Tom Brady and this team will be looking to bounce back after the craptastic game they played on Monday night. Look for Brown to continue to be a factor and it is just a matter of time before he breaks that first 100 yard game and that first touchdown of the year. 

Rob Gronkowski – He was the most targeted guy after the big three receivers, but production has been hard to come by for Gronk since Antonio Brown came aboard. He has just five catches in the last three weeks, and he has topped out at two catches over that time. The Chiefs allow just 9.8 fantasy points to the tight end each week, so it will take a bit of an anomaly game for Gronk to have success. Tight end is still a pretty big disaster, but he is getting a little harder to trust by the week. 

Summary: This could be the highlight of the entire Week 12 slate as we have two teams with Super Bowl aspirations. Both have had very good years to this point and while the Bucs have had a game or two where the team just didn’t show up, Kansas City has been the more consistent team on a weekly basis. Patrick Mahomes is outplaying Tom Brady at this point in their careers and although Tampa’s defense is very good, it won’t be solid enough to keep the Chiefs aerial attack under wraps. This is a fairly close game for a while, but Kansas City pulls away at the end.

Prediction: Chiefs 34, Buccaneers 24

Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers

Venue: Lambeau Field(Green Bay)Sun. 11-29 @ 8:20 pm ESTOver/Under: 44.5


Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
Game Time: Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at 8:20pm ET
Line: Packers -8.5

Tyler Bray Nick Foles has a busted hip, Mitch Trubisky has an injured shoulder, and that could lead Bray to be their starter on Sunday night. He has shown very little that he could be an effective starter in the league, and will be exacerbated by a healthy Packers defense. If Foles or Trubisky were able to start I would feel slightly more confident in them but no matter who is under center there most likely be not many points scored for the Bears in this game.  

David Montgomery – I’m going to figure with the bye week that Montgomery is going to clear concussion protocol and be ready to play in this one. How much that matters, remains to be seen. Monty has been a disaster for most of the year and has just two touchdowns in nine games. He has never had even 90 rushing yards and only topped 65 twice. He has averaged over 4.0 yards per carry just three times, and two of those were the first two weeks of the year. The only reason he gets any consideration as a possible flex play is because the Packers have allowed 11 rushing touchdowns and Montgomery is still fairly involved in the passing game. I expect nothing spectacular from him and he likely splits some carries with Corrdarrelle Patterson who is not on the fantasy radar himself.

Allen Robinson – I never thought I’d say I hoped that Mitch Trubisky played, but man do I hope Trubisky does. While that might seem like a bit of a longshot, do we really want Tyler Bray at quarterback this week? Robinson is the only fantasy relevant player on this roster right now given the state of the offense, and he will even have a hard time against the Packers defense given the awful quarterback play. Robinson just keeps getting it done, but this is the first week I have had any concern with him this season. 

Jimmy Graham – He has a good game here or there, but he didn’t even catch a pass two weeks ago against the Vikings and considering the Bears are going to have a tire fire at quarterback and the Packers are the fourth best defense against the tight end, you are probably best served to find someone else to be your fantasy tight end on Sunday night. 

Aaron Rodgers – It really hasn’t mattered who he has faced this year or how good their defense is (except Tampa) Rodgers has been ruining opposing defenses all season long. He tore up one of the best units in football with his 311 yards and three touchdowns last week against the Colts. He will get another tough test this week against the Bears, although Chicago’s pass unit has not been as daunting as it has been in the past. They are coming off their bye with a chance to make some adjustments, but the last time we saw them Kirk Cousins was making them look silly. Chicago’s defense might be good enough to find a better option for your DFS lineups, but there is no way that I sit him in traditional leagues. 

Aaron Jones – He had a rushing touchdown and four catches, but his 41 yards on ten carries left a lot to be desired last week. We will give him a pass to an extent considering they were playing one of the tougher defenses in the Colts, but we also saw Jamaal Williams get five carries and a rushing touchdown. It has been a tough last month for Jones as his best outage in rushing yards in the last four weeks is 58 yards. Thankfully he remains a big part of the passing game and gets all of the carries inside the five. The Bears are much better against the pass than they are the run as they allow 115 yards per game on the ground. Jones remains at worst a high-end RB2 and should be good for near 100 total yards and likely a touchdown in this one. 

Davante Adams – He missed some practice last week, but he sure looked fine on Sunday as he tallied seven catches for 106 yards and a score. You just can’t stop this guy. He has scored in five straight weeks and now has ten touchdowns in just eight games. He is one of the most targeted receivers in football, and defenses still can’t stop him. The Bears do have a strong secondary, but there is just never a reason to not put your hopes in Adams on a weekly basis. He makes a dynamite start in any fantasy format. 

Allen Lazard – He was outplayed by Marquez Valdes-Scantling , but if you really delve into MVS stats you would see that 47 or his 55 yards came in one catch and that was at the end of the fourth quarter. So, while his stat line looked good, it was all inflated on one play. Lazard only had a couple of catches, but it was his first game in a long time, so it isn’t a surprise that he didn’t produce. The team was also playing one of the best secondaries in the league. With a game under his belt, I feel a little better about Lazard, although a matchup with the Bears makes me worried. While I agree that he should be on fantasy rosters, I am going to wait for a better matchup to actually put him in my lineups. 

Summary: This one might be ugly. The Bears weren’t doing well offensively with Nick Foles at quarterback, and now things are going to get much worse for them under center this week. On top of that, the Bears defense looked very beatable before their bye, and that is supposed to be their strength. The Packers are going to be pissed off after blowing that game against the Colts, and I can see Aaron Rodgers coming out firing. The Packers defense might not have to do much heavy lifting against a highly compromised Bears offense. 

Prediction: Packers 27, Bears 13

Seattle Seahawks vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Venue: Lincoln Financial Field(Philadelphia)Mon. 11-30 @ 8:15 pm ESTOver/Under: 48.5


Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles
Game Time: Monday, November 30th, 2020 at 8:15pm ET
Line: Eagles +5.5

Russell Wilson – The magic of Wilson’s amazing beginning has faded a little, but he still had two passing touchdowns last Thursday and now has a ridiculous 30 on the year through ten games. It has been a rough couple of weeks against fellow NFC West opponents, but things open up nicely for Wilson this week against a pretty weak Eagles secondary. Getting Chris Carson back should bring some legitimacy to the run game, which really should help out Wilson since the defense will have to respect the run more. Look for him to get back to his early season magic and torch the Eagles for at least 275 passing yards and a floor of two touchdowns. 

Chris Carson – As he was seemingly close to playing last Thursday and Pete Carroll saying immediately afterwards, Carson is set to return this week. He hasn’t been the usual, impressive Carson that we were used to in the first seven weeks of the year, but he still did have six touchdowns and was super involved in the pass game. That safe floor makes him a solid fantasy play each and every week in your RB2 spot. The Eagles allow over 130 yards per game on the ground and those with Carson on their rosters are salivating at getting him back in their lineups. 

D.K. Metcalf – For the first time all season, Metcalf has failed to combine for 100 yards in any two game stretch. He has just 74 yards on five catches over the last two weeks, but Russell Wilson and the whole Seattle offense was out of sync. He did have a couple of balls that he should have caught last Thursday, including one in the end zone that he tweeted at Russell Wilson that he wanted an apology for the fast ball. However, D.K. ya should have caught it still. He will likely see a lot of Darius Slay this week, but Metcalf has burned better corners than him and has had 11 days between games. He is a great start in all fantasy formats for Week 12. 

Tyler Lockett – While he didn’t top his 15 catch, 200-yard game in the second contest against the Cardinals, Lockett was great again with nine catches for 67 yards and a score. He now has two straight games over 65 receiving yards after having two straight with 40 yards or less. These last two games are more of the kind of consistency we need to see from this guy. The Eagles are in a bad way at slot corner, and this is a game that I might like Lockett more than Metcalf. 

Carson Wentz – While the fantasy stats don’t bear it out too much, Wentz was completely average once again on Sunday. The weather wasn’t ideal, but he had just 235 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. That was his sixth multi-interception game of the year. While he also has six games with two touchdowns, Wentz is making way too many mistakes and not running like he has in the past. He gets a fairly soft matchup against the Seahawks this week, but Seattle’s secondary has made slow improvements and actually played decently against the Cardinals last Thursday. Wentz remains just a superflex option for Week 12 and getting to not be a super strong one at that. 

Miles Sanders – The game script didn’t favor running the ball very much, but Sanders still had 66 yards on the ground and three catches for 15 yards through the air. The Eagles are just a bad team, and that doesn’t help the prospects of running the ball a lot. Seattle is a pretty strong team against the run, and they are sure to score at a pretty high rate forcing the Eagles to throw. The team is not helping his cause right now, but Sanders is a top-notch talent and is someone that you put in your starting lineup as an RB2 each and every week regardless of opponent. His ability to make the big play always keeps him on the fantasy radar. 

Travis Fulgham – He was still the most targeted receiver on the team but for the second straight week Fulgham had just one catch for eight yards. The bottom has dropped out on a guy we thought would have WR2 potential for the rest of the season. He is not being helped by poor quarterback play, but Fulgham just isn’t getting it done. Right now, he is nothing but a complete emergency play and not someone who you should pin your hopes on. He is just a bad flex play at this point, and if you even dropped him, I couldn’t fault you for it.  

Jalen Reagor – This appears to be the only wide receiver we can trust, and even he hasn’t been that great. Reagor had four catches for the second straight week and they added up to just 52 yards. The entire team is generally only good for 200 pass yards a game, and the tight ends are getting a good deal of that production. However, Fulgham has fallen off the map, Jeffery is a zero, and Greg Ward only sneaks in a few short catches here and there. If you have to play any Eagle against this less than stellar secondary of the Seahawks it would be Reagor. 

Dallas Goedert – It took until late in the game, but we finally saw that Goedert that we know is in there. He had five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in his best game since Week 1. Goedert has a world of talent, but it just hadn’t come through yet. This little breakout coincides with Zach Ertz working his way back from injury and we will have to see if he returns this week or next. Either way, the Eagles are barely using their wide receivers so I am not sure that Ertz return would hurt Goedert all that much. Seattle is the sixth best defense against the tight end allowing just 7.6 points a game to the position, but I definitely see the Eagles trying to get the ball to both of their guys if Ertz plays. They might cannibalize each other enough that you would leave them both out of DFS consideration, but both could be TE1 producers in Week 12. 

Summary: Seattle hasn’t played very well of late, but they are still the vastly more talented team in this game. Carson Wentz has been a mess of an actual NFL quarterback and his decision making has really come into question. The Seahawks secondary has played slightly better of late, and they won’t have too tough a job against the makeshift receiving group that Philadelphia trots out there on a weekly basis. Seattle should cruise in this one as they drop a hefty load of points on the Philly defense. 

Prediction: Seahawks 34, Eagles 20

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