Baker Mayfield offers the combination of appealing matchup and price this week in DFS
There have already been three games for Week 12 but there are still plenty left to go so let's not forget about the Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) core and value picks for the rest of the slate shall we?
And speaking of the Thanksgiving games, my Turkey Day DFS picks were certainly no feast, as the Saints' stars not named Drew Brees didn't really do that much damage against the Falcons, who were plagued by turnovers. And there was little value whatsoever to be found with Jordan Howard, Matthew Stafford or Taylor Gabriel. Oh well, I have another chance to redeem myself.
I also have some atoning to do for the Week 11 picks as well. Brees delivered but he was really it, as Christian McCaffrey gave way to Cam Newton throwing the ball over the place. Odell Beckham Jr. and DeAndre Hopkins both found the end zone, but once again, there was no value in Dion Lewis or Alshon Jeffery. You win some, you lose some.
So what does the rest of Week 12 have in store for us, other than no Rams or Chiefs? Remember, if this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
As always any questions, arguments, or glowing praise can be sent to me via Twitter @fantsychillpony.
Teams on bye: Kansas City, Los Angeles Rams
Week 12 Core Plays
These will be my top plays for the Sunday-Monday slate of games. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups as possible. If I can, I will use three or all four in one lineup. A reminder that for cash games going with an elite quarterback is typically recommended. If you go value at quarterback he MUST meet value for your loaded lineup to be worth it.
QB: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. Miami ($8,400 FanDuel/$6,400 DraftKings)
Luck has been having a fantastic fantasy season, and has been as consistent as they come. Since Week 3 Luck has scored 22 or more DraftKings points each game. The Dolphins are allowing 250 passing yards per game this season; and Luck has shown he's back to being able to carve up defenses. He has the nice ceiling and as we have seen a solid floor of 22 points. Nice enough price too.
RB: Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Arizona ($8,900 FanDuel/$8,600 DraftKings)
Gordon is like most elite players and doesn’t really need an endorsement. Then again this past week we have seen “safe” studs flop in the fantasy world (such as Todd Gurley, Adam Thielen and Michael Thomas). But Gordon is facing the NFL's 30th-ranked rushing defense in the Dolphins, so as long as he's active spend the capital and make sure he's in there. If he ends up sitting this out, pivot to James Conner or Saquon Barkley, if either fits into your budget.
WR: T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. Miami ($7,500 FanDuel/$6,500 DraftKings)
Hilton is easily one of the most Jekyll and Hyde players in fantasy. He has been much more consistent this season with 10 or more DraftKings points in all but one week, but he also has three games with 20-plus points, including last week's monster 39.5-point performance. If I think Andrew Luck is going to be a good play then you have to figure Hilton will get his share of opportunities.
WR: Julian Edelman, New England at New York Jets ($7,400 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings)
Edelman is easily one of the safest receivers in the game. Since his return from suspension, he has scored 12 or more points every week, and remains one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets. Last time out, Edelman put up 22.64 DraftKings points without a touchdown. Now coming off of the bye facing a Jets defense that's among the most generous in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers should be a good spot to use Edelman.
TE: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia vs. New York Giants ($7,600 FanDuel/$6,400 DraftKings)
Ertz finally had a horrible game last week. The Eagles will certainly be looking to get him back on track with their season somewhat on the line at home against the Giants. He has averaged 20 DraftKings points a game all season, and for one of the first times this season I am looking to pay up at tight end.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Baker Mayfield, Cleveland at Cincinnati ($7,500 FanDuel/$5,500 DraftKings)
It is time to trust Mayfield, especially against the Bengals. They are ranked last in total defense and second to last in both passing and scoring defense. Even though he's a rookie and has had his ups and downs, Mayfield has been playing pretty well, averaging 17.6 DraftKings points. That's not bad considering his price and the matchup alone makes him appealing to me in GPPs and for the very bold when it comes to cash lineups.
RB: Marlon Mack, Indianapolis vs. Miami ($7,000 FanDuel/$5,500 DraftKings)
Mack appears to be healthy and has been getting plenty of touches in the Colts offense. He is as explosive as they come as a running back, and if we can get something close to his Weeks 7 and 8 explosions you will be overjoyed to get him at this price. Even a mediocre game from Mack should net you at least 10 DraftKings points as he can make things happen as a runner or receiver.
WR: DJ Moore, Carolina vs. Seattle ($5,800 FanDuel/$4,600 DraftKings)
Moore has become Newton’s favorite new target and last week he rewarded the Panthers with a whopping 31.7 DraftKings points. This may not happen again but he should put up decent numbers and carries tremendous upside.
— Written by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.