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DFS Targets for Week 12

Note: Salary amounts are DraftKings pricing

Alvin Kamara


H2H/Cash - Matt Ryan vs. Tampa Bay - $6,700

Although Ryan has not topped 20 fantasy points in a game in nearly a month, it is hard to pass up his salary in a home matchup against Tampa Bay, a team that gives up the second-most points to opposing quarterbacks. This game has the highest over/under on the week, and I want to try and get more than a few shares of Atlanta. Pair Ryan with Julio or Ridley in a cash stack and reap the benefits.

Other options to consider - Derek Carr @ NY Jets & Russell Wilson @ Philadelphia

GPP - Baker Mayfield vs. Miami - $5,900

Mayfield has been quietly hot for fantasy owners over the past three weeks with the ninth-most points at the position, and the Dolphins give up the sixth-most points to fantasy quarterbacks. It will not surprise me if Mayfield puts up top-5 numbers this week with a chance to be the No.1 fantasy QB. I like pairing him in GPP with Landry, the former Dolphin, who will be looking to stick it to his former team and continue his recent scoring streak of three games with a receiving touchdown.

Other options to consider - Sam Darnold vs. Oakland & Mitchell Trubisky vs. NY Giants

Fade - Dak Prescott @ New England - $6,000

Dak has been great for both real life and fantasy football. With the Dallas run game stalling, Dak has put the team on his shoulders with over 800 passing yards and six touchdowns in his last three games. While I plan on using him again in future matchups, it makes too much sense to fade him this week against the league’s No.1 ranked defense. I’d rather play Mayfield against Miami or pay up and play Ryan vs. Tampa Bay.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Alvin Kamara vs. Carolina - $8,200

Kamara has not been the player fantasy owners expected when he was a consensus top-4 pick this summer in redraft leagues. Injuries have limited him and he is not scoring touchdowns at nearly the same rate as his first two seasons. That changes this week against Carolina, a team that gives up the third-most points to opposing running backs. I like Kamara to score at least one touchdown this week with the chance of being the top back in fantasy.

Other options to consider - Le’Veon Bell vs. Oakland & Derrick Henry vs. Jacksonville

GPP - Kareem Hunt vs. Miami- $5,600

Hunt’s volume in the passing game is enough to justify paying his 5.6k salary, with anything he provides in the running game acting as gravy. I like Cleveland big in this game, with both Hunt and Chubb coming through with impressive fantasy performances. If you are looking for a player with an excellent floor and a possible monster ceiling in GPP, Hunt against Miami is your guy.

Other options to consider - Phillip Lindsay @ Buffalo & Bo Scarbrough @ Washington

Fade - Chris Carson @ Philadelphia - $6,700

Although Carson continues to be steady, with 15 or more fantasy points in each of his last three games, the Eagles are a stout run defense, and teams have found far more success passing against Philly than running the ball.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Julio Jones vs. Tampa Bay- $8,000

We have all come accustomed to Julio going bananas at least one week of the fantasy season. A week where he goes hog-wild with over 200 receiving yards and a ton of catches. I predict this is the week for Jones to finally go nuts against a Tampa Bay secondary that simply cannot stop the pass.

Other options to consider - Julian Edelman vs. Dallas & Jamison Crowder vs. Oakland

GPP - Jarvis Landry vs. Miami - $6,300

There are a ton of reasons to like Landry in this game. First, he has been the best performing wide receiver for the Browns this season and should continue to see at least a 20% target share. Second, the Dolphins give up the 8th-most points to opposing wide receivers, and Baker Mayfield has been red hot as of late. And finally, if you buy into the revenge narrative, you have to like Landry playing against his old team.

Other options to consider - Calvin Ridley vs. Tampa Bay & Taylor Gabriel vs. NY Giants

Fade - Tyler Lockett @ Philadelphia - $7,600

I am one of the biggest Lockett apologists, and I personally believe he is one of the most underrated players in the league. With that said, I don’t trust him in this matchup despite it being a great one against the Eagles. Lockett has yet to put in a full practice, and I fear he will be limited on a snap count like T.Y. Hilton was on Thursday against the Texans.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Ryan Griffin vs. Oakland - $4,200

With three games of over ten fantasy points in his last four, including two No.1 overall performances, Griffin is clearly a favorite option for Darnold and should be considered one of the better DFS plays this week. This game could be one of the sneakier high-scoring games on the afternoon, and Griffin is a fairly inexpensive way to get a piece of the action.

Other options to consider - Jacob Hollister @ Philadelphia

GPP - Vance McDonald @ Cincinnati - $3,500

Seven targets in each of his last three games are impressive. Unfortunately, he has done diddly-squat with them, with ten combined points in his last two games. With injuries to the wide receiving corps and a Bengals defense that gives up the ninth-most points to tight ends, this is the week for McDonald to smash.

Other options to consider - Cameron Brate @ Atlanta

Fade - Noah Fant @ Buffalo - $3,900

Fant has been one of the focal points of the offense since Brandon Allen took over. He is an impressive young tight end with a bright future, but I’d rather play Griffin against Oakland or McDonald @ the Bengals than Fant against a Bills defense that gives up the fewest points to opposing tight ends.

Defense & Special Teams

High Priced Option Worthy of the Cost: Browns ($3,800) vs. Miami

Well Priced with Upside: Bills ($3,400) vs. Denver