Week 12 was a troubling week for many of the league’s biggest fantasy stars. Players such as Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray were all held to minimal points.
We also saw the disappointing season of Jimmy Graham come to an official close with an injury. Even worse for owners is it was his biggest game of the season. Rob Gronkowski also left his game late with an apparent knee injury. Thankfully it doesn’t appear to be too serious, but he will likely miss Week 13, which could be a critical week for his owners’ fantasy playoff intentions.
I will be here to guide you each and every week with some players who are owned less than 40 percent in ESPN.com leagues and could have an impact on your squad for this particular week or the rest of the season.
1. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (22.7 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
Johnson is surely the cream of the crop this week on the wire. He figures to get the lion’s share of the touches with Chris Johnson (broken tibia, out indefinitely) and Andre Ellington (turf toe, day-to-day) now injured.
David Johnson is a rookie, but he’s been capable and has done damage without much work. If you still have remaining FAAB he may be a smart add, and solid flex play/RB2 this week.
2. Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (9.9 percent owned)
Celek is the current default starting tight end in Philadelphia, and he found the end zone last week. He may not be a dominant TE, but he could be a serviceable fill-in for Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski owners in Week 13, and beyond if need be.
3. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers (23.8 percent owned)
Funchess has been up and down over his past four starts with 13.1 and 12.4 points in Week's 9 and 11, while putting up 4.1 and 1.9 points in Weeks 10 and 12. Not very consistent but he has quickly become one of Cam Newton's favorite targets along with reliable TE Greg Olsen. If Funchess is still on the wire you could do worse for some bench depth, or a desperation flex/WR3 play.
4. Crockett Gilmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens (22.7 percent owned)
Gillmore has quickly become a legitimate tight end option over the past few weeks, and he could emerge as the most coveted one to replace Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski. If you need a tight end, Gillmore is a very nice and affordable option. He won't be available after this week in most leagues.
5. Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (33.9 percent owned)
Riddick has been a solid PPR weapon this season, usually getting five or more catches each week. Over the past two weeks alone he has averaged 67 yards receiving on five receptions. His rushing yardage is nothing to write home about, but if you need a shot in the dark flex play and are in a PPR format Riddick is solid enough.
DST Streamer(s) of the Week
I am a part of the streaming DST movement. I don’t typically waste a draft pick, unless I need to, in my drafts and instead cut someone and add a DST. Clearly the top defenses will be owned and not available, but streaming is always an option when it comes to DSTs. So each week I will be providing a DST that is owned in less than 40 percent of ESPN.com leagues and can be useful.
Miami Dolphins vs. Baltimore Ravens (28.3 percent owned in ESPN.com leagues)
Matt Schaub made his first start in nearly two years on Monday night and once again interceptions (two of them, one returned for a TD) reared their ugly head. In fact, Schaub needed a blocked field goal attempt with no time remaining (following his second INT) to escape Cleveland with a win. I love the Dolphins in this matchup if you are in need of a DST to stream. Or even for DFS Miami could be a great play.
— 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.