The Black Friday tradition in my family is to put away Thanksgiving
decorations and replace them with Christmas decor, including the
Christmas tree in the living room and the lights outside the house.
A few friends in my neighborhood like to give us grief for being
the first house on the block to have up Xmas lights before the calendar
turns to December, but it is something we have always done, as my
wife and I love the holidays.
Another tradition is to spend the remainder of the day together
as a family watching the latest Disney or Pixar movie at the theater,
followed by a meal out at one of the kidís favorite restaurants.
Coco was our movie this year and burgers at Red Robin was the
meal of choice. The burgers were so-so, but the flick was entertaining
and one I thoroughly recommend watching regardless of your age.
I hope all of my readers enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday and
was able to spend some quality time with family and loved ones.
I sincerely thank you all for taking the time each week to spend
a few minutes reading my articles, and I hope that my predictions
over the years have led to more than a few paydays for all of
Now back to the task at hand of identifying a few DFS plays that
I am targeting Week 12 of the NFL season. I am planning on staying
in the fire with Big Ben in GPPís, and a stack with Martavis Bryant at home on Sunday Night could be a difference-making play.
Russell Wilson leads all quarterbacks in
fantasy and gets a tasty matchup against the 49ers defense.
With his knack of waiting until the second half of most of his
games to start scoring fantasy points, owning Russell Wilson can
be a frustrating endeavor. But the results speak for themselves,
with Wilson scoring at least 25 points in three of his last four
games, including a 39.08 monster game at home against Houston.
The Niners present a desirable matchup for all Seahawks skill
position players, and Wilson should provide a solid floor and
high upside cash game players are targeting.
Death, taxes, the sun rising in the East, and Andy Dalton playing
well against the Browns are all things you can seemingly count
on without question. Of course, I joke about Dalton, but he has
been a top 12 performer in each of his last five games against
Fade - Derek
Carr vs. Denver ($5,600 on DraftKings)
Carr and the Raiders offense have been a colossal disappointment
this season with only two games for Carr over 20 fantasy points.
He managed just 9 points against the Broncos Week 4, and I doubt
he will have a big game this week as the offense continues to
H2H/Cash - Mark Ingram @ L.A. Rams ($8,300 on
Ingram has been a model of consistency over the past two games
with at least 130 yards and a score against the Redskins and Bills,
including a three-touchdown game against Buffalo Week 10. Only
the 49ers and Bills have given up more points to opposing RBs
that then Rams, and the Saints will look to control the ball and
the clock to help out their injury-depleted secondary.
Devonta Freeman is out with a concussion and Coleman is in line
for a big day of carries against a Bucs team that allows the 21st-most
points to RBs. Coleman has a TD in each of his last two games
and looks primed for a third on Sunday.
Donít chase points on Howard after his big game against
the Lions. Philly is tough against the run and the Bears will
be playing from behind.
H2H/Cash - Doug Baldwin @ San Francisco ($7,000
My favorite cash game play is A.J. Green against the Browns,
but that seemed too easy and too much of a no-brainer. I also
love Doug Baldwin on the road against the 49ers, a team who he
has torched in the past and continues to struggle in points allowed
to opposing wide receivers.
After failing to score a touchdown in his last two games, Gronk
looks primed for a big game against a Miami defense that trails
only the Giants and Browns in terms of points allowed to the TE.
Gronk is going to be Gronkonian this week and pairing him with
Brady as a cash stack will pay high dividends.
Kroft scored two touchdowns as part of a 24.8 point game vs.
the Browns Week 4, and will likely be another favorite target
for Andy Dalton this week vs. Cleveland. He is my ideal sub-4k
tight end in all formats.
With one catch in each of the last three games with Ryan Fitzpatrick
under center, it is clear that Brate and Fitz do not have the
connection Fiztmagic seems to have with rookie O.J. Howard. A
former fantasy stud seems to have very little value until Jameis
Winston returns to the field.
Eagles vs. Bears
My two DST targets this week are the Jags on the road against
Blaine Gabbert and the Cardinals, and the Eagles at home against
Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears. I plan on taking the $500 on
the Eagles and applying that to other players on my ticket. Look
for Philly to force numerous turnovers, with a defensive touchdown
not out of the realm of possibility.