Who should you feel good about in week twelve? Don't sweat it, Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24) is here to help you out.
With the fantasy football playoffs just a couple of weeks away and week
twelve upon us, fantasy owners will be faced with some
tough choices. Certain players who were projected to
produce major fantasy points just aren't living up to that potential
after eleven weeks and players most fantasy owners never heard of are
putting up the points that the top picks in your fantasy draft should be
putting up. It's difficult to sit the studs but at this point in the
fantasy season, owners need production and consistency. It's crunch time
and the duds just aren't cutting it anymore. Which players should be
"fine" heading into week twelve and which should ride the "pine"? The
Fantasy Sports Brain has your answers.
Fine- Colin Kaepernick- Not that Kapernick is coming off of a good game
in week eleven but he does have a good matchup in week twelve versus a
poor Washington pass defense. Fantasy owners have to believe that if
Kaep cannot get the job done against a defense as vulnerable through the
air as Washington, maybe he's not the fantasy stud owners thought he'd
be. He sure hasn't been up until this point. Even though Kaep is only
averaging 134 yards passing in his last four games, he may be able to do
some damage with his legs.
Pine- Ryan Tannehill- Tannehill wasn't very sharp in week eleven when he
faced the Chargers and the Dolphins offense as a whole has been streaky
at best. Week twelve has Miami facing a dominant Carolina front and top
five defense all together. With not much of a run game to help out and
an O-line that doesn't protect particularly well, Tannehill is in for a
rough week twelve.
Fine- Zac Stacy- The Rams face the Bears this week and no team has been
burned by the running backs more than Chicago. Since week six, Stacy has
averaged well over 100 yards per game and has three touchdowns. Last
week, Chicago gave up 131 yards rushing to a struggling Ray Rice. Stacy
has been running well and the Bears haven't defended the run well. Zac
Stacy has a huge game in store this week.
Pine- Ray Rice- Even though Ray Rice is coming off of a huge game in
week eleven, it was more of a product of the opponent than the player.
The Ravens offense as a whole hasn't looked great this season and Ray
Rice hadn't had a 100 yard rushing performance until week eleven. This
week, Rice faces a tough Jets defense who happens to be extremely good
at stopping the run.
Fine- Harry Douglas- The Falcons are going to be forced to throw most of
the game and Harry Douglas should see a ton of targets because of it.
Week eleven saw Douglas finish with six catches for 134 yards and a
touchdown. At this point, Matt Ryan simply doesn't have many healthy
options to throw to and because the Saints figure to get ahead early,
the Falcons will need to pass more than usual and Harry Douglas is the
only capable receiver right now.
Pine- Brian Hartline- Coming off of a poor performance in week eleven
versus San Diego, Hartline shouldn't fare much better when Carolina
comes to town in week twelve. Tannehill is going to have all kinds of
problems and probably won't even have enough time to get the ball
downfield to Hartline. Add to all of that, Hartline hasn't had 70 yards
or a touchdown since week seven. Figuring out when his big games will be
are too difficult as he hasn't produced a double digit points game
since week seven.
Fine- Rob Gronkowski- The Denver defense hasn't stopped opposing
offenses from scoring yet and week twelve won't be any better for them.
The Patriots offense isn't the juggernaut they used to be but they can
still score points. Gronk should be heavily targeted this week and will
have no problem shredding the Broncos defense. He's had double digit
fantasy points in three of his four games this season since returning
from multiple surgeries.
Pine- Jordan Cameron- Cameron hasn't been the same productive fantasy
player since Jason Campbell took over as starting quarterback. Cameron
had a measly six catches for 29 yards in week eleven and since the
quarterback change has only seven catches for 33 yards and no
touchdowns. His last impactful fantasy game came back in week seven.
Fine- Carolina- How can fantasy owners not love the Panthers D these
days? Week eleven versus the Patriots was the first week the Panthers
defense didn't score double digit fantasy points since week two. Week
twelve has them playing Miami and a poor O-line with no run game. Expect
another double digit fantasy points week from Carolina. The sacks
should be plentiful.
Pine- St. Louis- The last time fantasy owners saw the Rams defense, they
put up almost 30 fantasy points in a beat down of the Colts. With five
games of double digit fantasy points this season, St. Louis gets a
Chicago offense that hasn't missed a beat since Jay Cutler went down
with an injury. With two monster receivers in Brandon Marshall and
Alshon Jeffery and a running back in Matt Forte running like he's never
run before, the Rams defense should have a difficult time handling all
the weapons Da Bears will throw at them.