Like several others who inexplicably feel the need to give fantasy advice in a weekly column, last Sunday’s slate of NFL action left me questioning my fantasy football self.
Along with the injuries that sidelined Marshawn Lynch and Michael Floyd, and limited Charcandrick West, lineup-destroying efforts from Miami’s Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller, Buffalo’s Karlos Williams, and even New England’s Rob Gronkowski made my Week 11 start selections essentially useless.
But unlike a certain well-known fantasy guru whose Week 11 column had succumb to a similar fate, I’m not about to conduct a 600 word interview with myself about last week’s disaster in an attempt to entertain the few loyal readers that remain. I’ll keep it short—if you caught last week’s column and have returned to check out the latest edition, I’m sincerely grateful.
Now that the bye weeks are behind us, we’ll finally have a full arsenal of fantasy weapons at our disposal from this point forward. But due to Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day schedule and a long list of significant injuries that appears to be growing by the day, ”full arsenal” is a painfully relative term.
This week, the fantasy world has responded to the loss of Baltimore Ravens’ running back Justin Forsett by making backup Javorius Allen one of Week 12’s most popular pick-ups in traditional fantasy formats. And with the loss of starting quarterback Joe Flacco and a seemingly solid match-up against the Cleveland Browns, Allen will undoubtedly be one of the week’s DFS favorites as well.
But while Cleveland’s defense was dominated by the first eight running backs it faced, it’s worth remembering that the unit has been performing much better versus the run over the past two weeks, and if they limited an experienced lead back like Pittsburgh’s DeAngelo Williams to just 54 yards in Week 11, we should all be cautious about starting Allen on Sunday.
As always, the prices listed below are from Fanduel and Draftkings, and are displayed in that order [FD-DK].
Carson Palmer-at San Francisco-[8,100-7,100] Eli Manning-at Washington-[7,700-6,500] Andy Dalton-vs St. Louis-[7,900-6,100] Reach Of The Week-Jameis Winston-at Indy-[7,300-5,500]
Ben Roethlisberger-at Seattle-[7,800-6,700] Brock Osweiler-vs New England-[6,700-5,300] Ryan Tannehill-at NY Jets-[6,900-5,200]
Chris Ivory-vs Miami-[7,000-5,800] Danny Woodhead-at Jacksonville-[6,100-5,200] Doug Martin-at Indy-[7,500-5,800] Reach Of The Week-Jeremy Hill-vs St. Louis-[6,500-4,700]
DeAngelo Williams-at Seattle-[7,100-5,700] LeSean McCoy-at K.C.-[7,600-5,300] Latavius Murray-at Tennessee-[6,600-5,400]
Allen Robinson-vs San Diego-[7,900-7,300] Travis Benjamin-vs Baltimore-[5,900-5,300] John Brown-at San Francisco-[5,700-5,000] Reach Of The Week-Pierre Garcon-vs NY Giants-[5,700-4,200]
Sammy Watkins-at K.C.-[6,800-5,200] Vincent Jackson-at Indy-[6,400-4,700] Jarvis Landry-at NY Jets-[7,000-6,600]
Delanie Walker-vs Oakland-[6,100-5,400] Gary Barnidge-vs Baltimore-[6,500-4,800] Reach Of The Week-Jimmy Graham-vs Pittsburgh-[5,500-4,800]
Benjamin Watson-at Houston-[5,400-4,000] Kyle Rudolph-at Atlanta-[5,000-3,400]
Arizona-at San Francisco-[5,300-7,900] Cincinnati-vs St. Louis-[4,800-3,000] Reach Of The Week-NY Jets-vs Miami-[4,500-3,200]
Denver-vs New England-[4,700-2,900] Seattle-vs Pittsburgh-[5,200-3,800]