The Five Most Relevant NFL Games in Week 12
By Brian Hagan @hagancommabrian
The holiday season officially kicks off this Thursday with the traditional NFL triple-header on Thanksgiving Day. So fill up with the family and rev up for Week 12 action.
This column is to help you hone in on the big time gridiron battles that contain your best plays to help you make the most of your Daily Fantasy lineup at Maximum Fantasy Sports. Maximum Fantasy Sports still has plenty of openings for something unique to them, the 4-Week Frenzy Leagues. These are monthly leagues that come in both draft and non-draft varieties. They’re also featuring 10-team daily leagues at $25 and $10 entry levels, so accept the challenge and jump on in to participate in one of their open leagues right now at Maximum Fantasy Sports!
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New Orleans Saints at Houston Texans
No, don’t start T.J. Yates. However, he did look pretty good in last week’s 24-17 victory over the New York Jets, throwing for 229 yards and two touchdowns. Even more impressive is the zero interceptions to a very talented Jets defense. This Sunday, the Texans welcome the NFL’s second-worst passing defense in the league as New Orleans allows 293.1 yards through the air each game. The Saints are also the worst by far when it comes to passing touchdowns allowed as they’ve given up 28, that’s six more than the next worst team. So, ya know what? Start T.J. Yates if he plays! If not, start Brian Hoyer. Hoyer was putting up consistent QB1 numbers before he fell to injury. If he’s the man behind center, as it sounds like it may be, he could be the bargain bin pick of the week. Obviously these unflattering facts about the Saints defense makes Houston receiving phenom DeAndre Hopkins a must start from the wideout position in what could turn into a shootout in Houston.
Must Plays: Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Brandin Cooks, Houston QB, DeAndre Hopkins
Fliers: Willie Snead, Cecil Shorts III, Alfred Blue
Contrarian Plays: Nate Washington
Fade: Benjamin Watson, Marques Colston, New Orleans Defense
Minnesota Vikings at Atlanta Falcons
Welcome to the “Over-Achiever Bowl” of 2015. Here’s two team that aren’t quite sure of their own identity yet, so it should be interesting to see who grabs the brass ring on Sunday. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been on a rollercoaster ride this year as far as fantasy production is concerned, as this weekend’s matchup should see the coaster hit another snag as the Falcons have posted a league-best 87.4 rushing yards allowed per game. Minnesota quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has also been a fantasy disappointment this season. He’ll look to add to a 296 yard, one touchdown performance in last week’s 30-13 loss at home against the Packers as Atlanta is middle of the pack in passing yards given up each affair. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and main man Julio Jones may hit a speed bump as well, however, as Minnesota has allowed just 13 passing touchdowns this season and are sixth in the NFL in passing yards amassed by opponents.
Must Plays: Adrian Peterson, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Tevin Coleman
Fliers: Teddy Bridgewater, Stefon Diggs, Kyle Rudolph
Contrarian Plays: Leonard Hankerson, Jacob Tamme
Fade: Mike Wallace, Roddy White
New York Giants at Washington Redskins
The Giants are just like the New Orleans Saints in the fact that they’ll always have a home in this column. Foaming of the mouth ensues when seeing that some of your daily fantasy selections are going up against them. Unfortunately, it happens to be the lowly Redskins who are facing off against their NFC East nemesis in the Giants. Just like a couple of weeks ago when Washington faced off against the aforementioned Saints, Kirk Cousins is a must play. In that game against New Orleans he put 324 yards and four touchdowns. He might not hit that mark on Sunday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he comes close. That makes Redskins Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson a must start as well after snagging 87 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 44-16 throttling in Carolina. On New York’s side, Eli Manning and O’Dell Beckham Jr. continue to be must plays with very little other option out there.
Must Plays: Eli Manning, O’Dell Beckham Jr., Kirk Cousins, DeSean Jackson
Fliers: Dwayne Harris, Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed
Contrarian Plays: Matt Jones
Fade: Giants Running Backs, Alfred Morris
Pittsburgh Steelers at Seattle Seahawks
Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger showed his true grit and competitiveness after being forced action two weeks ago when it was a planned day off as he healed from injury. After putting up tremendous numbers and coming off of a bye week, a healthier Big Ben and the Steelers travel to Seattle to battle the team giving up the second least passing yards to opposing signal-callers, just 207.2 yards per game. Roethlisberger and main man Antonio Brown, who just happens to be second in the NFL in receiving with 1141 yards, will be hard to sit in your yearly leagues, but will be tough choices for your daily rosters. Running back DeAngelo Williams is a better choice as the Seahawks are in the middle ground when it comes to rushing yards allowed and running touchdowns given up. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson could be a cheap option as the Steelers defense is one of the worst in the league against the pass.
Must Plays: Antonio Brown, DeAngelo Williams, Russell Wilson, Thomas Rawls
Fliers: Ben Roethlisberger, Martavis Bryant, Doug Baldwin
Contrarian Plays: Markus Wheaton, Tyler Lockett
Fade: Pittsburgh Defense, Marshawn Lynch (injury)
New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos hold an 8-2 record and one of the best defenses in recent memory, yet they’re far from the level the undefeated Patriots find themselves. Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler took over at the wheel for injured future hall-of-famer Peyton Manning last week in Chicago and put up some respectable numbers, 250 yards and two touchdowns. If you’re stuck at quarterback or looking for a very affordable options, Osweiler may be your guy as the Patriots defense against the pass is quite suspect. That makes number one receiver Demaryius Thomas a must play, and if Emmanuel Sanders can get back to action, he should be a solid play as well. The Patriots come off of a Monday night 20-13 victory over the division-rival Buffalo Bills in which the New England offense collectively came back down to earth. Tom Brady threw just one touchdown to go along with 277 yards and an interception, while wide receiver Danny Amendola was the only standout with 117 yards in his debut for the injured Julian Edelman. It could be another down day for the Patriots offense attack this weekend.
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Fliers: New England Wide Receivers, Brock Osweiler, Emmanuel Sanders
Contrarian Plays: James White, Cody Latimer
Fade: LeGarrette Blount, New England Defense, Denver Running Backs
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