Week 12 of the NFL season kicked off on Thanksgiving with three games and plenty of daily fantasy football. But, there is still more action to be played on Sunday. Who should be in your Week 12 FanDuel lineup?
If you were able to select players from Monday night’s shootout, odds are you had a very successful Week 11. The Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs combined for 105 points, over 1,000 yards, 56 first downs and 14 touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were top fantasy performers amongst their position group.
Looking back at Week 11’s lineup, the running back position had the most success. Ezekiel Elliot had 23 carries for 122 and one score. He also caught seven passes for 79 yards. This was the second consecutive game where Elliot rushed for over 100 yards and his 5th 100 yard rushing performance of the season. He finished the afternoon with 29.6 fantasy points, second most amongst running backs.
Meanwhile, Melvin Gordon compiled 100+ total yards for the sixth consecutive time. He finished Week 11 with 69 yards on the ground and he caught six passes for 87 yards. Gordon finished 18.6 fantasy points, but his fantasy total would have increased if he crossed the goal line.
Gordon’s teammate Keenan Allen led the receiver group nine receptions for 89 yards and a score. For the first time this season, Allen scored touchdowns in consecutive games. Both of Larry Fitzgerald’s catches resulted in touchdowns and that’s why he finished with the second most fantasy points this season.
At tight end, Evan Engram earned nearly all of his 7.6 fantasy points on a 54-yard reception. Outside of that big catch, Engram did absolutely nothing. Another player who struggled was Ravens running back Alex Collins. Collins scored a touchdown in the 1st quarter and finished the game with six total touches.
Lastly, Carolina’s defense against the Detroit Lions looked great on paper, but that wasn’t the case. The unit only scored two fantasy points in the 20-19 loss.
My Week 12 lineup will only include players that are playing on Sunday, minus the Sunday night football game. The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams are on their bye week. All fantasy points discussed are based on FanDuel’s scoring system.
Week 11’s top performers at each position:
Quarterback: Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs- 38.92 (Monday Night)
Running back: Saquon Barkley, New York Giants- 34.2 & Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys- 29.6
Wide receiver: Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs- 38.5 (Monday Night); T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts- 32 & Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 27
Tight end: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs- 23.7 (Monday Night)
FLEX: Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints- 26.7 & D.J. Moore, Carolina Panthers- 25.2
Defense: Los Angeles Rams- 21 (Monday Night)
Quarterback: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts- $8,400
Everybody is talking about Patrick Mahomes and Jared Goff. But, one signal caller who isn’t getting nearly enough recognition is Luck. Remember, Luck went months without throwing a football after having shoulder surgery, now he’s airing it out with ease.
Luck has thrown for at least three touchdowns in seven straight games. After Luck’s 297 yards and three scores in Week 11’s victory over the Tennessee Titans, he joined Dan Marino, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady for most consecutive games with three or more touchdowns.
The sixth-year quarterback has finished with at least 22 fantasy points in seven consecutive games. He has only scored less than 20 fantasy points twice this season. This week Luck takes on the Miami Dolphins at home.
Miami has surrendered 2,621 yards through the air and 18 touchdowns. On average, quarterbacks are scoring 17.3 fantasy points against the Dolphins. The last time Miami allowed a quarterback to throw for over 300 yards was Week 6 against the Bears, but they are about to run into a buzzsaw when they enter Lucas Oil Stadium.