By: Cooper Weiss @CATCHINGTAPICK6
It’s week 12 and fantasy playoffs are right around the corner. You’re going to need to be on the money, there isn’t a lot of room for error on your lineup. So listen to Risers and Fallers and Start em or sit Ems and other rankings to help you out!
Redraft Risers and Fallers – Week 12
Adam has been on a tear the whole season and especially lately. He has a touchdown in each of the past three games, also has 19 catches for 387 yards pretty good within for these past weeks. In week 11 where the Vikings played the Rams at home, Thielen had caught 6 catches for 123 yards (including a touchdown). His touchdown was nice, Adam caught a pass where it should’ve been only a couple yards but he made the cornerback miss and turned on the jets for a 65 yard Touchdown. It looks like he is the WR1 on the depth chart in Minnesota. Adam has been great catching the ball this season, which has led to him being a consistent WR1 for fantasy.
Next man up for the Washington backfield. After both Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson going on injured reserve(IR), Samaje is the now the lead back for the redskins. He finally broke out in week 11, Perine had 23 rushes for 117 rushing yards and 1 touchdown also caught 1 pass for 9 yards. He was bullying the Saints the whole game, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. For week 12 the Redskins has got a home matchup against a sleeping New York Football Giants defense on Thanksgiving. Since he finally broke out and no one is above him on the depth chart anymore, Samaje is entering this week as a RB2.
Leading up to the Patriots matchup against the Raiders in week 11, everyone was expecting Rex Burkhead to take control and become the lead back of this backfield but an early fumble in the game led to him taking a backseat to Dion Lewis. Rex just had 6 touches after that. In total Dion had 10 rushing attempts for 60 yards, 4 catches for 28 yards and 1 touchdown. This was his first receiving touchdown of the season and season high 4 catches. If Dion Lewis takes the lead role and the receiving back he will become a really good fantasy option. Right now Dion Lewis is a borderline RB2 or a high end RB3.
Even with Brett Hundley and the packers getting shutout to Baltimore 23-0 Davante Adams still had a great week. He had 8 catches for 126 receiving yards. He was the only good thing last week about the Green Bay Offense where Hundley had 4 turnovers. This is the second week in a row where he had 90 or more receiving yards. Davante is now the WR1 for the Packers with him being Brett Hundley’s number 1 target. For week 12 he gets a matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers where the Steelers in the past 3 games have given up a 100+ receiver.
Under the Radar Risers
Jamison Crowder (7 catches for 72 yards)
Josh Doctson(4 catches for 81 yards)
Kenny Stills(7 catches for 180 yards and 1 Touchdown)
Adam Shaheen(4 catches for 41 yards and 1 touchdown)
J.D. McKissic (7 rushing attempts for 30 yards and 5 catches for 23 yards)
Orleans Darkwa(20 rushing attempts for 74 yards and 1 Touchdown)
Corey Clement(6 rushing attempts for 50 yards and 1 Touchdown)
Without Ezekiel Elliott and Left Tackle Tyron Smith Dak and the Cowboy Offense has been terrible. Dak is struggling to complete passes and is facing constant pressure from the defensive line. In the past two games without Tyron Smith and Zeke, Dak has been sacked 12 times, fumbled 3 times, hasn’t thrown for over 200 yards and 3 interceptions. Also he hasn’t thrown a touchdown since week 9. Wow this just shows how important Tyron and Zeke is to this offense. For week 12 Dak and the Cowboys gets a chance to redeem themselves against the Chargers on Thanksgiving. After the Chargers defense absolutely destroyed the Bills Offense, I wouldn’t trust Dak this week.
After coming off his best game of the season, in week 11 Emmanuel did absolutely nothing. He had 8 targets but only had 2 catches for 15 yards. Those 2 catches out of 3 targets came in the first half, he didn’t catch any of the 5 targets in the second half. Now with Brock Osweiler being benched for Paxton Lynch in week 12, Emmanuel Sanders is still a risky play even against Oakland, he is a potential WR2 but he’s a WR3 this week.
After coming of 2 good weeks without Jay Ajayi, Kenyan has finally come back down to Earth. Congratulations if you put him into line ups for those two weeks but if you put Kenyan into the lineup in week 11 you were highly disappointed, he had 7 rushing attempts for 4 yards and 1 catch for 10 yards. Kenyan was out touched by Damien Williams 11 to 8 and Damien did better with his touches. He had 10 rushing attempts for 78 yards and 1 catch for 24 yards. I don’t trust either of them, but if I had to choose one I would choose Damien Williams.
The young tight end is struggling to be a part of this offense. The two games before week 11 he had just 3 catches for 18 yards. Hunters struggles continued last Sunday. Hunter Henry was only able to catch 2 of the 5 targets for 25 yards. Also, the Chargers lit up the scoreboard with 54 points and Hunter was only able to do that, he has been struggling and he shouldn’t be in your fantasy lineups until Hunter gets back on track.
Under the Radar Fallers
Doug Baldwin (2 catches for 40 yards and a touchdown)
DeVante Parker (4 catches for 26 yards)
Tyrell Williams (1 catch for 11 yards)
Doug Martin (19 rushing attempts for 38 yards)
James White (5 rushing attempts for 13 yards)
Joe Mixon (20 rushing attempts for 49 yards)