Lamar Jackson, John Brown, Calvin Ridley, and Falcons D/ST were all big hits from last week’s recommendations, and we’ll look to keep it going with the Week 12 daily fantasy recommended lineup.
QB: Matt Ryan vs. TB
DraftKings: $6,700 | FanDuel: $7,900
Deshaun Watson (last night), Lamar Jackson, and Aaron Rodgers all have primetime games this week, and Patrick Mahomes is on a bye, so we’re low on elite quarterback options. However, Matt Ryan might be the top play of Week 12 anyway, as he gets to face a Tampa Bay defense that’s struggled to stop the pass this season. The Falcons should throw the ball around instead of testing a stout run defense.
RB: Nick Chubb vs. MIA
DraftKings: $8,100 | FanDuel: $8,200
Nick Chubb received 27 carries in Week 11, and a heavy workload figures to continue after the mini bye gave him some extra time to rest and recover—but the second-year running back might not need that many carries to do serious damage against the Dolphins. Chubb doesn’t have a rushing score since October 13, so he’s due to find the end zone.
RB: Jordan Howard vs. SEA
DraftKings: $4,800 | FanDuel: $6,100
Jordan Howard has yet to get cleared for contact, but he’d be one of the clear top value plays of Week 12 if he’s able to go against the Seahawks. Howard, who is set to get another solid workload if active, is priced lower than players on the lesser side of worse backfield committees.
WR: Chris Godwin @ ATL
DraftKings: $7,200 | FanDuel: $7,800
Hopefully the Buccaneers-Falcons game breaks out into a shootout, in which case Chris Godwin could be set for a great afternoon. Last season against Atlanta, Godwin had lines of 6/56/1 and 6/114/2, and he should be a consistent target against Dan Quinn’s defense. One concern is that the Falcons have been playing very well the past two weeks, but Godwin still has an excellent floor/ceiling combination.
WR: Calvin Ridley vs. TB
DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $6,700
If you can find a way to get Julio Jones under the salary cap and into your lineup, that’s also a really good idea against the Buccaneers. But this lineup goes with Calvin Ridley, who is coming off a season-high 143 yards and a touchdown last week against the Panthers. Ridley was said to have an outstanding week of practice leading up to the performance, so expect the Alabama product to remain focused again leading up to this Sunday.
WR: Tyrell Williams @ NYJ
DraftKings: $5,900 | FanDuel: $6,400
After a quiet couple of games, Tyrell Williams got back on track with an 82-yard game against the Bengals, making contested catches in Oakland’s Week 11 victory. Expect Derek Carr to give Williams more chances on the outside against a beatable Jets secondary, and the big receiver is due for his first score in nearly a month.
TE: Dallas Goedert vs. SEA
DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,200
Dallas Goedert has at least three receptions in each of the past five games, with a touchdown in three of the last four. The Eagles continue to deal with a depleted receiver corps, and they are going to use a lot of two tight-end sets against a Seahawks team that’s struggled to defend the position. Goedert has multi-score upside at an awesome price.
FLEX: N’Keal Harry vs. DAL (DraftKings) | John Brown vs. DEN (FanDuel)
Harry (DraftKings): $3,300 | Brown (FanDuel): $6,500
Russell Gage is another low-cost option to explore at wide receiver, but N’Keal Harry could be thrust into an increased role against the Cowboys this week if Mohamed Sanu and/or Phillip Dorsett are out. As the Patriots look to get clicking offensively, Tom Brady might want to see what the rookie receiver can do in live jump-ball situations as a big target in the red zone. For FanDuel, there’s enough salary for a reliable option like John Brown in the FLEX.
D/ST: Bears vs. NYG
DraftKings: $3,700 | FanDuel: $5,000
The Bears did not play particularly well defensively against the Giants last season, but this year’s matchup comes in Chicago. If the play of the offense is a drain on the entire team, there’s some risk with the Bears D/ST; but the upside is enormous against a rookie quarterback that’s struggled with turnovers.
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Other recommended Week 12 options
QB: Jeff Driskel @ WAS
DraftKings: $5,500 | FanDuel: $7,300
RB: Derrick Henry vs. JAX
DraftKings: $6,900 | FanDuel: $8,400
RB: Tarik Cohen vs. NYG
DraftKings: $4,800 | FanDuel: $5,700
WR: Allen Robinson vs. NYG
DraftKings: $6,500 | FanDuel: $7,500
WR: D.K. Metccalf @ PHI
DraftKings: $6,300 | FanDuel: $6,700
TE: Mike Gesicki @ CLE
DraftKings: $3,400 | FanDuel: $5,000