Updated Week 12 Rankings, Flex Ranks, Sleepers, GIFs and More!
Brief write-up this week. Holiday plans, a birthday this weekend (not too excited about celebrating at this age) and some travel has limited my hours. Going to semi-jump right in this week.
What? No personal story and life lesson for us, Jake?
Don't all celebrate at once; there is still a semi-short intro with advice, so I can still annoy you a bit…
What's the quick-hit advice? Give thanks. Seriously, just do it. It's too easy to focus on the negative these days: bills (money, not the team… although that works too), relationship problems, noisy neighbors, deal-breaking people and Fantasy nightmares. I'm pretty sure someone lost a good chunk of change on that inadvertent whistle. Hey, I was 10-0 in my long-standing home league, averaging 138.8 FPPG but saw injuries to Frank Gore, Charcandrick West and Marshawn Lynch torpedo my week on way to a sub-70-point score! I could let that ruin my week. As yearlong readers know, I could also still be ticked about the elliptical putz, dogs barking at 6:30 AM, etc… but it's Thanksgiving week! It's time to focus on all of the good. Take Thanksgiving to heart. Be thankful you have freedoms. Be thankful you have a family to celebrate the holidays with. Be thankful you have electricity and internet to watch football, play Fantasy sports and read these articles (especially that part). Be thankful we get to gorge ourselves on turkey, sweet potatoes, biscuits and pies... and then try to fight off the food coma so we can watch the Panthers and Cowboys. Just.be.thankful.
The world loves to throw the negative at you, and on top of our own daily struggles, it can become overbearing. Don't let it.
Think about paint. No, I haven't lost it; hear me out. Have you ever seen paint mixed at Lowes, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, etc.? They take a base color, add in a short burst of color and boom, you have your new color. Think about the minimal amount of color that you add to white to get something different. Now, think about how much white you would have to add to a color to get it back… or even close to it, since it's impossible to go the other direction completely. Well, the white is our positive/thankful outlook and the colors are the negative pieces. It's so much easier to have a bad mood, focus on the negative, let things get to us - make our spirits darker - instead of relishing the good things in life.
With Thanksgiving upon us, change your spirit and be thankful. Heck, if you have even two healthy Fantasy running backs at this point, you should be supremely thankful.
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Week 12 Sleepers: QB
Brian Hoyer, HOU – *Sees season numbers against the Saints defense.* *Scrolls to see who is playing the Saints.* *Checks to see if Hoyer is available.* *Picks up Hoyer.* The Saints have given up a passing touchdown in every game. Only Andrew Luck and Sam Bradford have thrown INTs against them. On the year, QBs have 3,081 yards and 28 TDs. Normally, I would add more insight, but I don't think you need it.
Week 12 Sleepers: RB
T.J. Yeldon, JAX – Yeldon was mediocre against the Jaguars, but he wasn't 100 percent and now has 10 days of rest… plus, the hapless Chargers run defense on tap. Did you see what Spencer Ware did to the Chargers after coming in for West? How about the fact that the Chargers have allowed 10 running backs to score 12.5 or more points standard and 15.5 or more in PPR.
Buck Allen, BAL – As has been the case many times this year, your waiver wire running back can step right in and start for you. It helps that the Ravens face the Browns – a team that's allowed 1,325 rushing yards, which is 94 more than any other team. They have also given up the third most red zone touches and second most goal-to-go touches for running backs. Allen has nice upside in his first start.
Week 12 Sleepers: WR
Travis Benjamin, CLE – Johnny Manziel loves him some Benjamin(s). (Update: Well, now it's back to Josh McCown, so I still like Benjamin, just not as much as Gary Barnidge now). See what I did there? Yea, I know… in any case… Benjamin finished with 113 yards on seven catches and 11 targets in the game before the bye. He could have dominated the day, as he dropped an easy touchdown and lost his shoe on another that could have been a big touchdown. The potential is there, plus the Ravens have been one of the worst teams against the pass. Jimmy Smith and Shareece Wright are two of the lower-rated corners on PFF, with the latter being a replacement for Will Davis (lost to injury earlier this year).
Kendall Wright, TEN – Golden Tate turned 11 targets into eight catches and 73 yards with D.J. Hayden covering him most of the game. Wright has similarities to Tate in that he's the type of receiver that can do damage against the Raiders, especially if he draws D.J. Hayden in coverage. Hayden has been one of the worst defensive backs in the league, and the Raiders will likely let T.J. Carrie and/or David Amerson focus on Dorial Green-Beckham.
Dwayne Harris, NYG – The Redskins secondary is better than most might think; they just can't keep teams out of the end zone. That's especially true for the quick receivers. Tedd Ginn, Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, etc. all found the end zone against the Skins, and Dwayne Harris has come on of late. It's a touchdown-reliant play, but Harris has potential to score this week.
Week 12 Sleepers: TE
Delanie Walker, TEN – He's been a tad quieter than expected after last year, but Walker is still inside the Top 10 for tight ends and looked great against the Bucs, Dolphins, Saints and Jaguars. All of those teams are mid-pack or worse against tight ends, and the Raiders are the third worst with most touchdowns allowed. Walker is a terrific DFS play in Week 12.
Week 12 Rankings | Week 12 Flex Rankings
Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups: QBs
Jay Cutler, CHI – I talked about Mark Sanchez last week, and I still believe in his upside, but I don't pretend to know what the Eagles are thinking if Sam Bradford is healthy. Cutler's 12.5-point game (Yahoo!) against the Broncos was only his second under-15.0 performance, and it was the Broncos defense after all. Cutler gets the Packers, 49ers and Redskins the next three games with the Bucs during championship week. In his other seven games (the other rough game was versus the Cardinals), Cutler is averaging 19.4 FPPG.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups: RBs
Thomas Rawls, SEA – I'm going to pick him up of the top two options if Lynch has surgery. Rawls has flashed more upside and is on the better team. You could have a RB1 on your hands.
Javorius (Buck) Allen, BAL – If Lynch isn't going to miss time (or just a game), Allen slides to the top since we know he'll be the lead option the rest of the way. That's based on opportunity though, as talent and offensive potential are second to Rawls, especially with Joe Flacco done.
Shaun Draughn, SF – Hey, I said he was a volume option, but I never said that meant he wasn't valuable. I don't expect Carlos Hyde to return, making Draughn (or "Fraught" as my phone would autocorrect) a solid Flex running back… maybe even RB2 in good matchups. But no, not very exciting at all.
Spencer Ware, KC – This all hinges on Charcandrick West's health. If West misses time, Ware is a higher-end RB2. If West returns this week, Ware is no more than insurance.
Tevin Coleman, ATL – Coleman didn't look too impressive with Devonta Freeman out. Terron Ward flashed a bit in the passing game, which points back to the preseason when everyone thought Coleman would be the lead and Freeman the pass-catching change of pace option. Don't expect Coleman to get a Freeman-like workload if Freeman is out.
Jay Ajayi, MIA; Karlos Williams, BUF; Ahmad Bradshaw, IND; Charles Sims, TB; Robert Turbin, DAL; Andre Ellington, ARI; Jonathan Grimes, HOU; Denard Robinson, JAX; David Cobb, TEN; Cameron Artis-Payne, CAR – If last week wasn't enough of a warning with Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Charcandrick West all going down, then there's not much more I can tell you. Just handcuff yourself! Please.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups: WRs
Kamar Aiken, BAL – Not much to talk about this week, unlike at running back. Hey folks, Aiken is still out there in nearly 50 percent of leagues. I'm not sure what you're waiting for… even with Matt Schaub at quarterback.
Terrance Williams, DAL – Kept reminding folks to grab him with Tony Romo coming back. Well, your time might be up. Williams is touchdown reliant, but look at how that worked for him last year with Romo. Pretty good, huh?
Marquess Wilson, CHI – Who knows when Eddie Royal will return, and as mentioned, Cutler and the Bears have some nice matchups.
Dwayne Harris, NYG – Harris is just continuing the tradition of the Giants' third wide receiver popping up and having value in the second half of each year.
Leonard Hankerson, ATL – Hankerson returned and found the end zone again. Roddy White saw nine targets but finished just 4-24. Hank is clearly the better option. Roddy? He hasn't been useful in some time.
Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups: TEs
Coby Fleener, IND – Matt Hasselbeck likes Fleener. He led the Colts in receiving in two of Hasselbeck's three starts with 7-43, 4-22 and 3-45 with one TD so far. No great shakes, but it's serviceable in PPR.
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