There’s already been three games played in Week 12, but the beauty of Daily Fantasy Football (DFS) is that you can still get in on the action with the Sunday/Monday games.
Speaking of Thanksgiving, I nailed Philip Rivers as a value play, Jamison Crowder sure came through and Kirk Cousins need enough damage to justify his selection as well. Not all of my core or value plays were hits (particularly Evan Engram and Ryan Grant) but that’s the way it goes. Let’s see how the rest of Week 12 plays out, shall we?
So, now that my synopsis is out of the way let’s get into my Week 12 DFS Picks shall we? If this is one of your first times playing DFS feel free to check out my "10 Tips to Win at DFS."
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Week 12 Core Plays
These will be my top plays of the week. These are players who I will try to have in as many lineups of mine 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: Russell Wilson, Seattle at San Francisco ($8,600 FanDuel/$7,000 DraftKings)
Wilson is an elite fantasy QB1 and for good reason. He has been a monster and even in games where he starts slow he finished strong with rushing yards, and even rushing touchdowns. Wilson is in a dream matchup this weekend, and without a formidable running game remains a safe cash play option, and has ceiling to spare if you use him in GPP.
RB: LeSean McCoy, Buffalo at Kansas City ($8,300 FanDuel/$8,500 DraftKings)
McCoy is coming off of a nice game with two touchdowns and 28.6 DraftKings points in Week 11. Tyrod Taylor will once again get the start, but either way McCoy is the focal point of this offense. He will get his volume.
WR: Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams ($7,600 FanDuel/$7,200 DraftKings)
Thomas is in a great spot here, although the Rams have a solid defense we saw the Vikings do some real damage through the air in Week 10. The Saints’ running game has been carrying the offense, but Thomas is still getting double-digit targets each week.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona vs. Jacksonville ($7,200 FanDuel/$5,600 DraftKings)
Father time hasn’t slowed Fitz down, and this week he looks to continue seeing double-digit targets and his fair share of red-zone targets. Quarterbacks haven’t seemed to impact his usage to date so Fitz is a reliable and safe cash play.
TE: Zach Ertz, Philadelphia vs. Chicago ($7,600 FanDuel /$6,600 DraftKings)
Ertz has been the best tight end in the game this season until last week. He had missed two weeks prior, and played nearly all of the game in Week 11, but put up meager numbers. Let that recency bias scare others away. Ertz is a weapon and legitimate red-zone threat. He should be in a great spot this weekend.
Value Plays of the Week
QB: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville at Arizona ($7,100 FanDuel/$4,900 DraftKings)
Bortles is my dart throw this week. He only attempted 30 passes in Week 11, but we have seen that number at 38 or as high as 51 in weeks prior. This week he is in a matchup that should remain close early so Bortles will be throwing the ball plenty. Especially if Leonard Fournette’s ankle is still an issue.
RB: DeMarco Murray, Tennessee at Indianapolis ($6,500 FanDuel/$5,200 DraftKings)
This is my riskiest pick this week. Murray has been the definition of awful this season, but even with limited touches, he may be able to find the end zone this week. If you don’t trust him, I don’t blame you, but I am certain his ownership will be low in Week 12. A safer pick and cheaper pick may be Duke Johnson ($5,500 FanDuel/$4,600 DraftKings).
WR: Marqise Lee, Jacksonville at Arizona ($6,300 FanDuel/$4,500 DraftKings)
If you go cheap with Blake Bortles you may as well tie in his top target this week. Although Dede Westbrook is back, Lee is the top option in Jacksonville and if Bortles is throwing he will see the lion’s share of targets. He fell just short of a double-digit DraftKings performance in Week 11, but had four in a row prior to that. Lee is both safe and affordable.
— 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.