I hope everyone had a wonderful Turkey day as well as a successful fantasy week! This is most likely the last week before your fantasy playoffs kick off and with that lets dig into what went down this week and see if it can give us some insight into some solid plays to solidify or sneak you into those playoffs!
My top 15 QBs were; Russell Wilson, Tom Brady, Marcus Mariota, Kirk Cousins, Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Carson Wentz, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Jared Goff, Jacoby Brissett, Case Keenum, Tyrod Taylor, Alex Smith, and Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Actual top 15 this week were; Ben Roethlisberger (30.5), Philip Rivers (28.9), Case Keenum (27.3), Josh McCown (25.1), Carson Wentz (24.0), Russell Wilson (23.6), Blake Bortles (22.6), Brett Hundley (22.4), Tom Brady (20.7), DeShone Kizer (20.6), Jared Goff (19.9), Andy Dalton (19.2), Cam Newton (17.5), Blaine Gabbert (17.3), and Matt Ryan (16.8)
Review: 9 of 15. Solid calls this week. Big misses were Josh McCown, Kizer, and Gabbert. Carolina’s defense played well, but McCown found Robby Anderson downfield often in this game. Kizer played well too in another losing effort for Cleveland, but where did Blaine Gabbert come from? Solid play from him against the Jacksonville secondary.
Dak Prescott continues to struggle and I am really worried about this Dallas offense. Philip Rivers is having a reverse season for him, where he normally fades late, he seems to be on the beginning of a surge, and with a great schedule coming up, and a push for the NFL Playoffs, I think Rivers continues to shine in the coming weeks. Going the opposite direction is Marcus Mariota. I really thought he would find success against Indy’s secondary, but he did not. With The Cardinals and 49ers up next, if he still struggles, I am going to become concerned about Mariota’s long term prospect as an NFL passer. I also was let down with Jacoby Brissett this week. He was able to throw for 196 yards and did not have a turnover, which is still positive.
With the Eli benching, Alex Smith struggling, Matt Moore/Jay Cutler playing pedestrian, the quarterback pool is starting to feel a bit thinner and thinner as we get close to the end of the season. Best options out there are probably Josh McCown, Case Keenum, and Jimmy Garoppolo. Brett Hundley looked much better against a tough Pittsburgh team but it felt like more broken plays by the defense than anything else, but he is heading the right direction.
My top 15 Res were; Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley, Alvin Kamara, Melvin Gordon, LeSean McCoy, Samaje Perine, Tevin Coleman, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Lamar Miller, Dion Lewis, Mark Ingram, Christian McCaffrey, Orleans Darkwa, and Carlos Hyde.
The Actual top 15 Res were; Alvin Kamara (36.8), Jamaal Williams (29.5), Le’Veon Bell (28.3), Joe Mixon (25.5), Tevin Coleman (21.7), Marshawn Lynch (20.1), Rex Burkhead (19.3), Todd Gurley (16.8), Samaje Perine (16.0), Frank Gore (15.9), Latavius Murray (14.4), Adrian Peterson (13.9), Carlos Hyde (13.8), Alex Collins (13.7), and DeMarco Murray (13.2).
Review: 5 of 15. Tougher calls here. I don’t feel to bad though as Lamar Miller was one of my to p15 who finished at RB16 with 12.8 points. Running backs who also scored less than 2 total points than RB15 Murray are; McCaffrey, McCoy, Gordon, Drake, Crowell, and Dion Lewis.
Speaking of Lewis, Rex Burkhead was the Pats RB to own although Lewis did have a good day on the ground as well, but it was Rex who found the end zone, twice. This backfield has at least sorted itself out a bit, at the expense of James White owners. I feel good playing either in a good spot for NE and with Miami again and the Bills coming up twice, I am happy to roll with these two.
Some waiver wire adds should be Rod Smith, Danny Woodhead, Corey Clement, Jacquizz Rodgers (Barber had the TDs but Rodgers had the carries, both could be useable if desperate at position), and T.J. Yeldon. Bortles lead the Jaguars in rushing this week and I worry about Fournette’s ankle. Yeldon is actively involved in passing game and will have a role going forward.
My top 15 WRs were; Julio Jones, Brandin Cooks, A.J. Green, Stefon Diggs, Doug Baldwin, T.Y. Hilton, Mike Evans, Keenan Allen, Adam Thielen, Devin Funchess, Antonio Brown, Richard Matthews, Jarvis Landry, Tyreek Hill, and Michael Thomas.
Actual top 15 WRs were; Julio Jones (50.8), Antonio Brown (40.9), Keenan Allen (34.2), Robby Anderson (32.6), Marvin Jones (28.9), Jamison Crowder (27.1), Jermaine Kearse (23.5), Brandin Cooks (21.4), Mohamed Sanu (20.4), Cooper Kupp (19.6), DeAndre Hopkins (19.5), Davante Adams (19.2), Nelson Agholor (18.2), Sammy Watkins (18.2), Devin Funchess (17.8), Adam Thielen (16.9),
Review: 6 of 15. Good week here, Julio was my #1 and he came through with a 50 point performance! In that game Thielen continues to be a force. Diggs didn’t do as much as I expected, instead those targets found Kyle Rudolph and Thielen, but Keenum has this passing game firing on almost all cylinders. I faded Hopkins due to my fear of Savage but he proved he may be matchup and QB proof, well at least as long as Brock is not in town. Crowder finally showed up with a big game and I hope this is a sign of things to come, if he is out there on your waiver wire, grab him!
T.Y. Hilton let me down this week. At home against a not great Tennessee secondary I thought he would have another one of his bigger games. He did not, and with Jacksonville, Denver, and Baltimore coming up in next 4 weeks, he may not be useable outside of week 14 at Buffalo. Matthews didn’t play in this game and I had hopes for Davis, who was productive catching all 4 of his targets but he saw a reduction in targets overall as well as snaps played, even with Matthews out. I still love Davis in fantasy, but I think missing so much time has taken its toll, he still has some good matchups lined up and I hope he gets it going! Between Davis, Mike Williams, and John Ross, its safe to say its been a tough season for 1st round rookie WRs in 2017.
Coleman continues to see targets with Kizer and dropped what would have been a great touchdown grab. I am interested to see how Josh Gordon looks this coming week. If you have a roster spot to burn I say grab him, but I am not going all in. Guy hasn’t stepped on a field in a couple seasons and joins a losing squad. I am tempering expectations.
Some waiver names I would be interested in though; Marqusie Goodwin, Dede Westbrook (10 targets in his 2nd NFL action is a good start), Zay Jones, and Seth Roberts.
My top 10 TEs were; Vernon Davis, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Travis Kelce, Delanie Walker, Jared Cook, Evan Engram, Jack Doyle, Charles Clay, and Tyler Kroft.
Actual top TEs for week 12 were; Zach Ertz (26.3), Rob Gronkowski (25.2), Kyle Rudolph (22.3), Hunter Henry (18.6), Ricky Seals-Jones (17.2), Jack Doyle (16.4), Delanie Walker (16.3), Jimmy Graham (12.4), Jason Witten (11.4), Nick Vannett (10.9).
Review: 4 of 10. Another tough week here but in my defense Kroft was my 10 and he ended up as TE 11 with 10.4 points so I wasn’t too far off on being 50% this week. I missed on Ertz big time, as I was unsure of how back from his injury he was. He seems to feel fine. My bad Zach. Rudolph was another miss as I expected more production to go through Diggs. Rudolph remains a starting TE if you don’t have anyone named Ertz, Gronk, or Graham.
Travis Kelce all but disappeared as this KC team continues its offensive struggles losing 5 of their last 6 games. Hunter Henry played great this week and is definitely going to make my top 10 going up against a Browns team that has been the 2nd worst in the league against TEs, behind only the Giants. And speaking of Giants, Evan Engram has had two pretty bad games in a row. With defenses starting to key in on him it feels like he finally has found the rookie wall. He’s not droppable, but with Geno starting now, you can’t feel safe about starting him in games that really matter.
Ricky Seals-Jones seems for real, at least as a weapon for Blaine Gabbert. And with the Titans, Redskins, and Giants coming up I would look to add Ricky if you are in need of a TE and are looking to make a run in the playoffs. Nick Vannett had a good game but I am not looking to add him, Jimmy Graham is still the top redone option for this Seahawks team.