Ryan Tannehill vs. San Francisco 49ers
A quarterback who constantly seems to be surrounded by hype, Tannehill always falls short, leaving Fantasy owners with a bad taste in their mouth. He began the 2016 campaign with a hot start, throwing for over 300 yards twice and tossing five TDs in the first three games. But as Tannehill tends to do, he came crashing back down to Earth with only three TD passes over the next five games. While he hasn’t torn up the stat sheets over the last three games, thanks in large part to the emergence of Jay Ajayi (called by yours truly in the preseason), Tannehill has been very consistent. Now that the Dolphins’ offense has found some balance, in comes the San Francisco 49ers with the worst defense in football. The Niners have surrendered the second-most touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. With the focus on stopping Ajayi, look for Tannehill to use his weapons on the outside to win this game. Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker are in store for big games, as Tannehill should throw for 300 yards and at least two scores. If you own Andrew Luck (who could possibly miss Week 12 with a concussion), Tannehill is a perfect streaming option and a very sneaky DFS play for Week 12.
Rashad Jennings @ Cleveland Browns
We’ve all been there at some point this season. Either you own Jennings, or you see him on the waiver wire, and it causes you to roll your eyes. As injuries continue to be the story of 2016, quality running backs are growing scarcer by the day. That brings us to Jennings.
When you think Giants backfield, you are often thinking running back committee and having no clue about who is getting the ball. But over the last two weeks, Jennings has been among the most trustworthy RBs in Fantasy. He’s had 36 carries over that span to go along with eight receptions. He has all the makings to be this year’s Tim Hightower as we make our way to the Fantasy playoffs. In Week 12 he draws the Cleveland Browns, a team that is tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns allowed and second in points allowed to the running back position. With his growing role in the offense and the advantageous matchup, Jennings is a no-brainer plug and play this week. He’s also a very good Flex play and a name that may fly under the radar in DFS for Week 12.
Nelson Agholor vs. Green Bay Packers
Agholor hasn’t scored a TD since Week 1, and he’s largely been an afterthought in the offense. So why am I going to the well on this one? Call it a gut feeling here, but it’s also due in large part to the Swiss cheese Packers defense coming to Philly. This defense can’t stop any passing attack, as they currently allow the most points to opposing WRs. Do I think this will be a high volume catch day for Agholor? No, not at all. But I do expect him to break loose over the top for a long TD. It would take huge guts to plug him into your season-long lineup, but with all the injuries that have taken place, he could be worth the gamble. Agholor will certainly be a name that no one will be on in DFS if you are looking for the home run play.
Will Tye @ Cleveland Browns
Will Tye just scored his first TD of the 2016 season in Week 11, and he’s had just one game with more than four catches. So why am I suggesting him for your lineups in Week 12? Two words. Cleveland Browns. The Browns’ defense currently ranks as the worst in points allowed to tight ends. What’s the best way to attack this defense? Down the middle of the field, which is something that Tye actually does well. Eli Manning has been his way more often in recent weeks, so I would expect them to take advantage here. Tye should finish this game with five catches for around 50 yards and a score. You cannot ask for more if you are streaming TEs each week, and he will largely be a non-factor in DFS lineups, making him a very sneaky play in Week 12.
Chris Boswell @ Indianapolis Colts
The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a somewhat embarrassing offensive performance against the Cleveland Browns. Now, on a short week against yet another porous defense in the Colts, look for the Steelers to get back to business on Thanksgiving night. As the Steelers offense performs well, so will Boswell. He should get a few looks at getting into the scoring column in this one. Definitely a worthy, cheap option in DFS this week.
Tennessee Titans @ Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have been decimated on offense. They’ve lost Jay Cutler, Alshon Jeffrey, Kevin White, and now Zach Miller. Aside from Jordan Howard, I’m not sure who will be able to move the ball for the Bears in Week 12. Light up the Titans defense, folks! We may have a shutout alert ready to go in this one. With sacks and turnovers factored in, I expect that the Titans’ defense could finish the week as the top scoring unit. Plug them into your seasonal lineups, but be cautious in DFS, as I expect them to be the highest owned defense in Week 12.