Week 12 Fantasy Preview

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) at Indianapolis Colts (6-5)

The Buccaneers have lost a few games recently, primarily as a result of their injury-plagued passing defense. Their run defense is still a top unit in the league, but as we have seen in recent weeks, top units have been shredded. I like the matchup for Jonathon Taylor here off his historic game,  as he has taken over as the engine making the offense go.  

New York Jets (2-8) at Houston Texans (2-8)

With Tyrod Taylor as the quarterback, they are at least a viable offense with a somewhat improved defense. They’ll also play the Jets, who will very certainly be forced to start Zach Wilson, who is still healing, owing to Joe Flacco and Mike White being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The release of Philip Lindsey might clear up the RB room a little bit. Otherwise, stay away from this game. 

Philadelphia Eagles (5-6) at New York Giants (3-7)

The Eagles have made strides in recent weeks with a restructured offense based on a dominating rushing assault led by quarterback Jalen Hurts. The return of Miles Sanders has taken the rushing attack to another level. Meanwhile, the Giants have fired Jason Garrett, most of their star players are injured and they are headed towards another lost season. Start Hurts and both PSU running backs. 

Carolina Panthers (5-6) at Miami Dolphins (4-7)

Despite last week’s loss to Washington, Carolina’s offense is unquestionably superior with Cam Newton at the lead. The Dolphins defense has woken up in recent weeks, but the offense needs to follow suit. Cam should be started along with CMC and Jaylen Waddle, otherwise, I wouldn’t trust anyone in this matchup, including newly signed RB Philip Lindsey for Miami.

Tennessee Titans (8-3) at New England Patriots (7-4)

The news that AJ Brown is out for this game puts a damper on an otherwise boring matchup. The Titans have no starting skill players available, and the Patriots are otherwise boring. Hunter Henry is a solid play here, as well as Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and rookie Dez Fitzpatrick.

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)

The AFC North is one of the most competitive divisions in the league, and this matchup might have major ramifications. The Pittsburgh offense is about as exciting as molasses, but it’s still effective. Pat Freiermuth should have a big game with Ebron out. Bengals offensive skill players should all be started, as Cincy has already proven they can beat the Steelers. 

Atlanta Falcons (4-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8)

The injury to Jamal Agnew is yet another blow to the Jaguars, and the Falcons are just a bad team. Start Patterson and Robinson, and move along with your day.

Los Angeles Chargers (6-4) at Denver Broncos (5-5)

Air meets ground as the aerial attack of the Chargers faces the ground attack of the Broncos. Expect a close division contest, and both strengths should have good games. Ekeler should have a ton of catch opportunities. 

Los Angeles Rams (7-3) at Green Bay Packers (8-3)

This is a genuine coin-flip clash between two of the NFC’s top contenders, and it might very well be the game of the week. Aaron Rodgers hurt toe is a slight concern, but he will play. It will be interesting to see how the Rams deploy Odell Beckham this week, as he’s been in the building for more than 5 minutes now. That and Van Jefferson should be enough to keep the Rams air attack on track. 

Minnesota Vikings (5-5) at San Francisco 49ers (5-5)

Hopefully, Jeff Wilson has a bounce-back game, as he was the hot add when the starter went down. I’d like to see him bounce back. Justin Jefferson another break-out game. 

Cleveland Browns (6-5) at Baltimore Ravens (7-3)

This is yet another crucial game for the AFC North, as it might have ramifications for both the division title and the Wild Card race. The Browns should have a solid game with the return of Kareem Hunt to the backfield, in order to counter the Ravens rushing attack. 

Seattle Seahawks (3-7) at Washington Football Team (4-6)

The Seahawks have been the NFL’s biggest letdown this season, and Russell Wilson still doesn’t appear to be healthy. Washington has been up and down all season. All the relative weapons should be started, however, as choices on the wire are limited at best.