2019 FANTASY FOOTBALL RANKINGS: WEEK TWELVE
“I’m gonna give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen and all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking… let things happen and be the ball.” – Ty Webb
That solid advice was in reference to golf but applies to many sports as well as great life advice. I am a child of the 80’s, born in 1974. Movies just aren’t made like they were in the 80’s. So many great characters were created that are apart of my daily life to this day. Chevy Chase played the role of three guys that influence my attitude and overall nature. Many friends called my family this Griswolds as my dad resembled Chevy’s look plus we had a Chevrolet Caprice Classic Wagon. Vacation was directed by the great Harold Ramis. He also wrote and directed Caddyshack which came out in theaters in 1980. Today would have been Harold’s 75th Birthday, Happy Birthday to a legend, RIP. Go check out all of his work if you are not already accustomed.
Movies, sports and family consume my life. Find something you love and go after it. When playing fantasy sometimes you just have to wear the blindfold and trust your gut. As I have said from day one, do your homework and be prepared. Many fantasy owners are already eliminated from the playoffs, you are one of the lucky ones. Now is crunch-time, so you cannot let off the gas. Constantly review player news, injury reports and explore match-ups you can exploit. Play to win, play ahead, know your opponents and stack defenses with favorable match-ups. If you are fighting for your life, every day at a time. If you have the luxury of preparing for the playoffs, study schedules and build your bench. By this time next week, you will either be still in the hunt or only concerned about the stuffing and gravy boats.
“Hear nothing, feel nothing” and go claim your ticket to the playoffs. A few ‘sneaks’ for your fancy.
QB – Jeff Driskel (DET)
Ownership: 4% ESPN, 9% Yahoo
Week 11: 15/26 for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Rushed eight times for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Over the past two weeks, Driskel has quietly finished as QB12 (Week 10) and QB5 (Week 11). He has a couple of deep threat weapons in Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. Lions travel to Landover, Maryland to take on the Redskins and their bottom third defense. They allowed Sam Darnold to throw four touchdowns last week. Jeff will tuck it away and take off as he has rushed at least five times in each of the two starts. Low floor with a good potential to shine. DraftKings $5,500
RB – Jaylen Samuels (PIT)
Ownership: 62% ESPN, 75% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 34%
Week 11: Five rushes for 26 yards. Hauled in five of six targets for 19 yards and a touchdown.
James Conner will most likely be held out against the Bengals on Sunday. Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster both suffered concussions against Cleveland (JuJu hurt his knee too and was in a brace). Jaylen, James Washington and Vance McDonald could be the lone options against the porous Cincinnati defense. Bungles give up an average of 29 points per game in PPR format. Samuels will be heavily involved in the passing game too and has averaged 7.6 targets per game over the past five. DraftKings $7,200
WR – Russell Gage (ATL)
Ownership: 1% ESPN, 4% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 48%
Week 11: Caught two or four targets for 32 yards.
The Buccaneers allow the most passing yards and touchdowns in the NFL. They also give up the most points to opposing fantasy receivers. Brian Hill did nothing with his opportunity last week and Hooper is still out. Carolina couldn’t find the end zone against the Dirty Birds, but I expect Tampa Bay to fare better. The Vegas line is 51.5 and the Falcons implied points are 27.5. I love Matty Ice at home in this pancake of a match-up. Julio and Ridley will be the main attention getters from the TB defense, look for Gage to sneak into double digit points on Sunday. DraftKings $3,900
WR – Chris Conley (JAC)
Ownership: 17% ESPN, 13% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 95%
Week 11: Caught six of eight targets for 58 yards.
Conley was limited on Wednesday with a hamstring issue, but I expect him to be a go on Sunday against the Titans. Chris has seen seven plus targets in each game over the past four. If he’s out there Sunday, a definite PPR flex option. Lots of volume from the Foles passing offense and let’s not forget that Nick and Chris have chemistry from days as fellow Chiefs being backups together. DraftKings $4,100
TE – Dallas Goedert (PHI)
Ownership: 28% ESPN, 27% Yahoo
Week 11 Snap Percentage: 81%
Week 11: Hauled in three of six targets for 36 yards and a touchdown.
Dallas has collected five or more targets in four of his last five games. Nelson Agholor didn’t practice on Wednesday and Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Howard are questionable. Eagles brought in old friend Jordan Matthews last week as they are depleted with options for Carson Wentz. Seahawks are bottom third in yards allowed, touchdowns and fantasy points given up to tight ends. Dallas might just be used as a wide receiver too. DraftKings $3,700
Make or break time for most and a plethora of information to absorb before lineups lock Sunday am. If I were you, I would stay away from any of the three running backs that the Colts are offering up tonight against the Texans. Fill your lineup with guys you feel have the highest floor and best potential to boom. Once you set your line-ups and step away from your computer, you have no time to look back and second guess your homework. Get to a point where you feel confident with what you are bringing to battle. Below are Alan Harrison and my Week 12 consensus rankings. Remember the force that Ty Webb references, get it touch with it and meet me back here for Turkey next week. “I like you Betty…it’s Danny sir.”
Todd D Clark – Fantasy Bro
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