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DFS Preview for Week 12

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 my followers.

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

Russell Wilson leads all quarterbacks in fantasy and gets a tasty matchup against the 49ers defense.


H2H/Cash - Russell Wilson @ San Francisco ($7,000 on DraftKings)

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.

Other options to consider - Jared Goff vs. New Orleans & Tom Brady vs. Miami

GPP - Andy Dalton vs. Cleveland ($6,000 on DraftKings)

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 the Browns.

Other options to consider - Marcus Mariota @ Indy & Ben Roethlisberger vs. Green Bay

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 scuffle.

Running Backs

H2H/Cash - Mark Ingram @ L.A. Rams ($8,300 on DraftKings)

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.

Other options to consider - Kareem Hunt vs. Buffalo & Alvin Kamara @ L.A. Rams

GPP - Tevin Coleman vs. Tampa Bay ($6,500 on DraftKings)

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.

Other options to consider - Duke Johnson @ Cincinnati & Devontae Booker @ Oakland

Fade - Jordan Howard @ Philly ($6,000 on DraftKings)

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.

Wide Receivers

H2H/Cash - Doug Baldwin @ San Francisco ($7,000 on DraftKings)

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.

Other options to consider - Mike Evans @ Atlanta & Jarvis Landry @ New England

GPP - T.Y. Hilton vs. Tennessee ($6,700 on DraftKings)

Although he was held to one catch for 19 yards against the Titans Week 6, he is a streaky player who has a history of beating suspect defenses at home with big games.

Other options to consider - Martavis Bryant vs. Green Bay & Mohamed Sanu vs. Tampa Bay

Fade - DeVante Parker @ New England ($5,900 on DraftKings)

I am a team-Parker apologist who loves the kidís talent and future, but he and Matt Moore do not seem to have much of a rapport.

Tight End

H2H/Cash - Rob Gronkowski vs. Miami ($6,900 on DraftKings)

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.

Other options to consider - Jared Cook vs. Denver & Jack Doyle vs. Tennessee

GPP - Tyler Kroft vs. Cleveland ($3,900 on DraftKings)

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.

Other options to consider - Austin Hooper vs. Tampa Bay & O.J. Howard vs. Atlanta

Fade - Cameron Brate @ Atlanta ($3,400 on DraftKings)

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.