2015 Fantasy Football: Week 12 Bold Predictions
Jameis Winston-QB-Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Opponent: Indianapolis Colts
Last week Jameis Winston threw for five touchdowns, and this week he has to face the Indianapolis Colts and their 29th pass ranking defense.They allow 16.9 fantasy points per game to the opposing quarterback. I wouldn’t expect another five touchdown game from the rookie, but this game should have plenty of scoring, and Winston should be good for a couple of touchdowns.
Bold Prediction: 25/35, 275 yards, two touchdowns
Javorius Allen-RB-Baltimore Ravens
Opponent: Cleveland Browns
With both Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro out for the season, Javorius Allen will be the bell-cow back. Allen is a rookie out of USC taken in the fourth round, and last week he did a solid job against one of the NFL’s best defenses in the St. Louis Rams. He had 67-yards on 22 carries but also stacked that with five receptions for 48-yards. He can be a three-down back, but he lacks explosiveness. With Matt Schaub now at quarterback replacing the injured Joe Flacco, Allen should not only get a heavy workload running the ball but an increase in targets as well. Want more good news for Allen? Baltimore plays that sieve of a defense in the Cleveland Browns that allows 18.6 points to oppose running backs per ESPN.com.
Bold Prediction: 27 carries, 105 yards, one touchdown, six receptions, 65 yards.
Thomas Rawls-RB-Seattle Seahawks
Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
Thomas Rawls, the undrafted rookie from Central Michigan, dismantled the San Francisco 49ers with 209 yards on 30 carries, giving him 604 yards on 101 carries for the season. It won’t be easy for Rawls this week as he faces the Steelers defense that ranks sixth in the NFL in stopping the run. They also are first in fantasy allowed points to run backs at just 10.3 per game according ESPN.com. Even though you can’t take away what Pittsburgh does on defense, the Seahawks are at home, and the run is their specialty, as they are first in the league in that category. Another factor facing Rawls is that Fred Jackson will be taking more of the passing downs, as Rawls hasn’t shown an ability to make that his yet.
Bold Prediction: 24 carries, 85 yards, one touchdown
Reuben Randle-WR-New York Giants
Opponent: Washington Redskins
Reuben Randle and the New York Giants will be facing the Washington Redskins defense that allows 234.1 yards per game in the air, 12th in the NFL. Receivers have been able to abuse their secondary. The Redskins rank in the bottom five regarding fantasy points ceded to opposing wideouts per ESPN.com. The last time these two teams met, Randle caught seven passes for 116-yards and a touchdown. Randle is good for at least five receptions and 60-yards, but I will bump that this week and add a touchdown.
Bold Prediction: Seven receptions, 95-yards, one touchdown.
Brandin Cooks-WR-New Orleans Saints
Opponent: Houston Texans
The Saints are coming off a bye-week and ready to roll against the Houston Texans. In his last three games Brandin Cooks has 15 receptions for 257-yards and five touchdowns. The downside is that he has had only one 100+ yard game all season. The Texans are a top 15 unit when it comes to allowing fantasy receivers to score as they allow 19.8 points a game per ESPN.com. With the week off, time to prepare, and the over/under at 48 (the highest of the remaining games), I believe Cooks is going to have a solid day.
Bold Prediction: Six receptions, 95 yards, one touchdown