Scheduled Departures – Week 12

By James Fotheringham @NFLHypeTrain


The final bye week but with the Chargers, Chiefs, Vikings and Cardinals all taking the week off there’s going to be a lot of fantasy players scrambling for streamers. A lot of benches are reading like an NSYNC song so you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled for who other players drop as you could grab a steal for the fantasy playoffs if you get ahead of the game.

For this week, here’s a run down of the Sunday games and a small nudge towards some viable options.


Broncos @ Bills

Two decent defences and two hardly potent offences. Josh Allen still has value due to his legs, Singletary should continue to build on his role and John Brown is usually good for points even in a tough matchup.

The Broncos haven’t been much worse under Allen than they were under Flacco, in many ways they are actually better. The lack of potent receivers hurts them and with Phillip Lindsey questionable, Royce Freeman may not be a bad call in a pinch.

Both defences are very good options.


Giants @ Bears

Bad offence vs mediocre defence compared to a mediocre offence against a decent defence. The Bears DST are the best play here and if Saquon is playing he’s obviously a starter.

I can’t decide if the Giants receivers are worth playing since with Shepard back, Tate in the mix and Slayton there’s a lot of uncertainty. Engram and Ellison are out so they have no real TE which means they would all be playable if it wasn’t the Bears.

The Bears themselves are stuck with Trubisky which means only Allen Robinson has receiving value. David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen are startable but not at the top of the pecking order.

The Giants DST is still a legitimate option this week.


Steelers @ Bengals 

I get the sense that last week may light a fire under Mason Rudolph. If only he had some receivers to benefit from it. Juju is out so the load falls on Washington, Johnson and MacDonald. They may well all be relevant, or one could get peppered so it’s a risk, but against the Bengals, I’d be fine with playing any of them and obviously Jaylon Samuels with James Conner out.

The Bengals will struggle against the Steelers defence and I’m even struggling to advise playing Mixon and Boyd unless you really are hamstrung by bye weeks. Steelers DST are a candidate for the #1 DST this week and while many will be advising Cincinnati are a good option, I’m not so sure.


Dolphins @ Browns    

The Browns remembered how to win last week, but with their top defenceman missing, their offence still not fully in sync and competition for touches, I can’t say I have high hopes. There’s talent, but it’s not being realised.

The defence isn’t a sure fire thing against the Dolphins who have resurged a bit under FitzMagic and he should have some relevance once more. There are enough pieces missing for Kalen Ballage to be relevant and Devante Parker should be the main receiving threat.

Those struggling at Tight end might have David Njoku as an option but will definitely have Mike Gesicki as a streaming candidate.


Bucs @ Falcons

If Jameis Winston didn’t turn the ball over so often I’d advise avoiding both defences and playing plenty of offence.

Now that Freeman is doubtful and while Winston is throwing his chance at a future starting spot away, I can’t advise using Brian Hill, but I can give the Atlanta defence some love. They’ve picked it up since beating the Saints and they’re on a little bit of a run. Be aware that Matt Ryan is questionable but if he’s good to go again then Julio and Ridley are musts.

The Bucs may have finally figured out how to use RoJo in the run game and keep Evans and Godwin happy. Outside of those 3 and Jameis, it’s hard to see there being enough production.


Panthers @ Saints

Value to be had on both offences and possible the Saints defence. I like Kyle Allen and his receivers this week as well for the obvious CMC.

The Saints should have Brees, Kamara and Thomas all firing, Jared Cook is starting to get more targets and Ted Ginn is a TD dice throw. This might also be a good game to watch.


Seahawks @ Eagles

Now it gets difficult.

Russell Wilson and Chris Carson are locks for starting places (although the Eagles run defence means if you are stacked at RB, he’s not so critical). After that it depends on how you feel. Metcalf, Hollister, Agholor, Jeffrey and even Ertz aren’t sure fire things. Goedert is eating into Ertz share, Jeffrey still isn’t 100% and Agholor is, well, Agholor. Jordan Howard could be back, but the Seahawks aren’t pushovers and he still has to share with Miles Sanders and potentially Jay Ajayi.

It’s a mess which may have points somewhere but good luck predicting who it will be.


Lions @ Redskins

If Matt Stafford was in at QB I’d be enjoying the idea of Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola. As it stands with Jeff Driskel, I like them, but not as much. The RB situation with McKissic and Scarborough will dominate a lot of bye week ruined teams this week and hopefully Scarborough can pull off a similar feat to what Jonathan Williams did for Indy on Thursday night.

The Redskins now have an offensive piece you can consider in Derrius Guice and he and AP are playable against the Lions. McLaurin has got some overhyped projections on some platforms so be careful.


Raiders @ Jets

Oakland are threating a playoff run now. Derek Carr is looking solid, despite the lack of receivers, Darren Waller is a league winner and Josh Jacobs is odds on for ROTY. It’s a mix that will serve them well in Vegas when the move happens, but they may leave Oakland in some style. All of the above are playable, as is Tyrell Williams.

The Jets are a bit of a mess but seem to be on a slight elevation in terms of altitude. The Oakland pass defence is very porous, so the likes of Anderson, Crowder, Griffin and Lev Bell are in the frame. Darnold and Carr are actually good streams this week for those in a pinch.


Jaguars @ Titans

Nick Foles will step up his return this week which could be good news for Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark. Since they have lost 3 starting tight ends the offence has dipped and teams have zeroed in on Fournette and Chark. They are still playable against the Titans but don’t expect a huge haul.

The Titans are better under Tannehill, but Derrick Henry is the only player I’d have confidence in. He does usually dominate the Jags so he could be a very handy DFS option, but beyond that, I quite like both defences here.


Cowboys @ Patriots

Daks back and this time he faces the Patriots defence which has been stellar, although this is the toughest test, they’ve faced not named the Ravens. Dak, Cooper and Gallup are a force, Zeke is Zeke and Jason Witten can pop in when he needs to. It’s potent and it’s effective, the Patriots may struggle to find an answer, much like when they faced Lamar.

The Patriots themselves need Edelman to recover from his shoulder injury otherwise it could be tough sledding.

The Cowboys aren’t the greatest defence, but they are solid enough and the Patriots are not at full strength. They tend to find a way, but Bill doesn’t usually care about your fantasy team anyway.


Packers @ 49ers

The final game sees the Packers and 49ers square off in a matchup between teams who are doing well, but you’re not quite sure how.

Aaron Rodgers is doing enough to win games, despite the lack of receiving talent outside of Davante Adams. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams have picked up the slack but face a tough test in the 49ers defence. If Adams is covered and Jones is prevented from running, it’s going to be a long day.

The 49ers defence is stout, but the offence is not so stable. If Kittle is fit to play then he also improves the prospects for Deebo Samuel, Jimmy Garoppolo and the running backs. As it stands, Tevin Coleman is a strong starting choice, although the Packers defence isn’t one to write off.


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Proceed

QB – Derek Carr (OAK @ NYJ) – I like both QBs in this matchup but again, the Hype Train is advocating using a Carr… scandalous.

RB – Derrick Henry (TEN vs JAX) – Henry tends to hoover up the Jags, I can’t see him sucking this week.

WR – DJ Moore (CAR @ NO) – It’s a tough week for receivers. I tried not to go obvious so I had to think a bit Moore.

TE – Ryan Griffin (NYJ vs OAK) – Again, I like both TE’s in this game, but with Carr at QB in this list I thought I’d put Griffin to the TE slot.

DST – Steelers (PIT @ CIN) – The Bengals are going to caught up against something as hard as Iron and tough as Steel.


Caution

QB – Tom Brady (NE vs DAL) – He will probably find a way to win the game, but Tom terrific isn’t going to be so good for fantasy.

RB – Brian Hill (ATL vs TB) – Freeman may be missing but I don’t think Brian will take them over the Hill this week.

WR – Terry McLaurin (WAS vs DET) – Haskins still isn’t ready, and McLaurin may be fast but he’s more and F1 choice than an A1 choice.

TE – Zach Ertz (PHI vs SEA) – Goedert is eating into his share and it Ertz for his owners.

DST – Panthers (CAR vs NO) – They’ve been good this season and the Saints have been inconsistent, but this is not a week to be cute.


Danger

QB – Daniel Jones (NYG @ CHI) – The Bears might just smother Jones in this one. Danny Dimes may lack a few cents here.

RB – Jordan Howard (PHI vs SEA) – A crowded backfield, a return from injury and a decent opposition. Howard you like that? Not very much.

WR – Courtland Sutton (DEN @ BUF) – Tough sledding, especially with an inexperienced QB. I’d not fancy having him Sutt-on my starting line-up.

TE – Jimmy Graham (GB @ SF) – The 49ers defence should crunch the packers. Graham won’t be a cracker.

DST – Jets (NYJ vs OAK) – IF I like the offensive pieces then it’s obvious I’ll hate on the defensive ones. The Jets DST will likely remain grounded.


That’s it for another week. Apologies for the pun level at the end, some of those were terrible. More of the same next week!

Start ’em, Sit ’em – Week 12

By Adil Khan Deshmukh (@dillytoon)

The Fantasy playoffs are fast approaching and you need a win to get in there. Here are some players to start and sit to help guide you to that all important W…



Quarterback – Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns vs Miami Dolphins

Baker has been difficult to trust this year with his inconsistent play, even suffering the ignominy of a negative scoring week versus the 49ers. This week, that is most definitely the opposite as he faces one of the league’s whipping boys in the Dolphins.

In the past three weeks, Mayfield has scored over 17 points in standard QB scoring and that will most definitely continue this week. Whilst his yardage has hovered around the 230 mark throughout that stretch, there has been a reasonable TD haul (5 passing, 1 rushing).

Baker is a sure-fire start this week and he’s also available in a lot of leagues too!


Running Back – Joe Mixon – Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Before this season started, you wouldn’t have even considered benching Mixon. He was a player that was being taken in the second and third rounds of many fantasy drafts. Considering the draft capital that many spent on him, he’s been nothing short of a disappointment.

However, with all that doom-and-gloom now seemingly behind Mixon, he has managed to score very well over the last three weeks. In the last three games he has scored over 17 points in full-PPR, and with Finley under centre, the Bengals are committed to running the ball a lot.

This was highlighted in the loss to the Ravens, with Mixon carrying the ball 30 times.


Wide Receiver – Jamison Crowder – New York Jets vs Oakland Raiders

Two weeks ago in week 10, Crowder was marked as a top waiver-wire target and if you picked him up you would have benefited greatly.

For the past three weeks, Crowder has found the endzone and is being targeted at just under 8 targets per game. Jamison will get you that little bit closer to the fantasy playoffs this week with a home bout versus the Raiders.

The Raiders pass rush leaves a lot to be desired, this will allow Darnold to look for his favourite target in the slot. You could well see another performance around the 20 point mark (which he’s been around for the past 3 weeks).

He’s becoming a must-start, particularly with Darnold under centre. 


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Tight End – Jacob Hollister – Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

To say there aren’t a plethora of options at the Tight End position would be an understatement. Add into that melting pot the teams who have TE superstar Travis Kelce and the serviceable Hunter Henry on bye week, you could well be looking for your streaming option.

This week, that guy will be Jacob Hollister. Hollister has become a serious receiving option for the Seahawks over the past two weeks, accumulating on average 20 points in full-PPR in that time period. The 49ers was supposed to be a relatively tough matchup for him and he busted out an 8 reception for 62 yards and a TD performance.

We saw earlier on in the season Wilson’s usage of Will Dissly and now it’s Hollister time to shine.



Quarterback – Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots

This season Dak has been catapulted into the fantasy stratosphere with consistent performances week on week, failing to hit 20 points in only two weeks.

However, Dak is about to hit an extremely difficult stretch with a trip to Gillette Stadium this week followed by a home bout versus the Bills and then a trip to Soldier Field. The Patriots are the most difficult team to face for a quarterback. To date they concede on average just 8 points to the QB position.

This week may be a fallow one (just like vs the Saints), so leave Dak on your bench.


Running Back – Brian Hill – Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The fantasy hype train that was Brian Hill came crashing down last week as he put up putrid numbers in fantasy.

The thought that he would be a plug and play starter following Devonta Freeman’s injury was a misgiven thought. It’s clear he doesn’t have the pass game capabilities that allowed Freeman to flourish more recently. His opposition this weekend whilst porous against the pass, are extremely stingy against the run.

Leave out Hill from your lineups this week as he’s likely to stink the bed again.


Wide Receiver – Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers

As long as Finley is under centre, Tyler Boyd will not be a viable fantasy starter.

In the two games with Finley as QB, Boyd has averaged just over 7 points per game in PPR format. This combined with the Bengals commitment to running the ball a lot, Boyd cannot be trusted.

Additionally, Boyd was held to just 6.3 points when he faced the Steelers last time around, and that was with the Red Rifle as QB.


Tight End – Noah Fant – Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills

It will be tempting to start Fant this week for many as he’s performed reasonably when compared to other Tight Ends over his past three games; highlighted by his 20 point week over the Browns.

However, this week is one to fade on expectations of him. Fant is facing the no.1 defense versus the TE position and the game is in Buffalo too.

Avoid him this week and look towards other options for your start.

Trade Targets – Week 12/Dynasty

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

We’re at crunch time in Fantasyland.

Did Kyle Allen torch your playoff hopes? Did that San Francisco defensive TD steal a win for you to keep your dreams alive for another week?


This week we’re leaning towards those of you in Dynasty Leagues as you look to build for next season, particularly any of you unlucky enough to have gone all-in on a Goff/Barkley QB/RB tandem this year.


Bring on Board


Courtland Sutton – WR – Denver Broncos

After watching Sutton manhandle Xavier Rhodes and Denzel Ward in his previous two games I think it’s safe to say that Sutton is rapidly approaching a WR1 berth. The matchup against the Bills might be off-putting but if the ball is going anywhere wide, it’s going to Sutton.

However, if Allen doesn’t stay functional and Drew Lock disappears off to the Land of 2016-2019 Broncos QBs then John Elway will likely dip into the open QB market this off-season. Cam Newton? Phillip Rivers? Heck, even Kaep under center would probably be an improvement and with a good QB I can see Sutton having a big year in 2020. He’s crept up to 13th overall for WRs in non-PPR leagues, his upside for the home stretch is decent, his upside for the rest of the year is big.

Finally, the Broncos slate next year features the NFC South, which is arguably about as appetising as it gets for wide-outs.


Austin Ekeler – RB – Los Angeles Chargers

With and without Melvin Gordon, Austin Ekeler is proving himself a worthy RB1 for Fantasy, currently in the top five of Fantasy RBs he is proving a dual-threat in the same way Alvin Kamara was so effective for the previous two seasons as a pass-catching back.

His price will be high but if Gordon moves on in the off-season then this gives Ekeler a clear run as the main back in Los Angeles.

If you’re really desperate for the end of this season, Ekeler is due to face just one top-five rushing D in the form of the Vikings in Week 15.


D/ST – Los Angeles Rams

This is a play for next year and I’ll keep this short and sweet as we all know how good the Rams D can be.

Their schedule next year includes: Trips to Washington, Miami and possibly Tampa. Home games against both New York teams and possibly a Brady-less Patriots (but that’s another rumour for another day) as well as a visit from The Mitchell Trubisky/Chase Daniels Experience.

You can probably get them quite cheap as their remaining 2019 schedule isn’t too pretty with the Ravens, Seahawks, Cowboys and San Francisco on the card as well as two games against those pesky Cardinals.


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Put on the Block


David Johnson – RB – Arizona Cardinals

Things just haven’t worked out for DJ this year and I think his time in Arizona is up come the offseason.

He was healthy and dressed for Sunday and how many snaps did he take the field for? Nine. How many touches? A big fat zero. That’s five straight weeks where’s he had no impact whatsoever and after the Cardinals traded for Kenyan Drake the writing appears to be on the wall for Johnson.

The question is, where does he go? I’m not sure I see any team where he walks in as the undisputed starter. Maybe, maybe he ends up in Los Angeles backing up Austin Ekeler and gets some plays when Ekeler is out wide?

Get what draft picks you can for him and get him out of there.


Le’Veon Bell – RB – New York Jets

Listen, as long as the Jets have such a porous O-Line I am going to be against having any players from them on my team. Bell has been beaten up all year with the word coming out that Adam Gase will be staying on next season that just leaves me to believe that it’ll be further issues for Bell and his overall health.

He’s hit double figures in the last three weeks, yes. Those teams, however, were the Dolphins, the Giants and the Redskins so all come with huge asterisks.

Of course, this could all change next year if a team makes a trade for him but I’d be surprised if that happened unless Bell really forced the issue.


 Julian Edelman – WR – New England Patriots

As I alluded to earlier, I have a feeling that Brady may not take the field next year which throws up a ton of questions. Does Belichick stay? Do the Patriots look to strip it all down and rebuild? It’s a total crapshoot what might happen but one thing is sure shooting, whether Brady stays or not he isn’t offering up enough opportunities to his WRs this season.

Edelman has been the mainstay, as always, but has only broken into double figures on a handful of occasions with the Jets/Giants/Redskins asterisks being in play here too.

He’s ranked 15th in non-PPR leagues for WRs and I’m not too sure if he can be seen as a WR1 anymore.

The Patriots face the Rams, Seahawks, Broncos, 49ers and almost certainly the Ravens next year as well as two traditionally Buffalo games which doesn’t seem appealing for anyone looking at a Patriots WR so now is probably the time to sell.

Hype Train Station – Week 12

By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)

The Last Good Bye… week of the season. The Cardinals, Chiefs, Chargers and Vikings will be watching on from the Platform as everyone else catches up. After this it’s the crucial games leading up to the fantasy and real life playoffs. The waiver wires get thinner, trade deadlines kick in and



If you didn’t grab him last week, Guice is a must pick-up this week. He’s 50% owned but after this set of waiver wires it will be closer to 80%. Tarik Cohen (60%), Jaylen Samuels (60%) may be out there and are also worth looking for. However, if they are all gone in your league then here’s some other options to look for:


jonathan williams 0%

nyheim hines 30%

With Marlon Mack looking questionable with a hand fracture there are carries to be had in Indianapolis. Williams and Hines will probably see most of the work but maybe in a close split, so don’t be expecting miracles. With their main start out, can these Colts fill those shoes?


raheem mostert 10%

jeff wilson 0%

Mostert was dropped from many teams as the Coleman/Breida combo returned. This week Jeff Wilson got a crucial TD and Breida was out. Mostert had a disappointing day but with time to recover from injury he might be the better bet for next week, but Wilson is a very good, deep option. Who must start? Will soon know.


Kalen Ballage (MIA) – 30%


He may be a mediocre player on a terrible team, but he is getting the touches and is often a TD option. The Miami guy is good if you’re in a vice.


Lookout for injury returners as well as replacements. Will Fuller (60%) and John Ross (10%) may well return this week.


Josh Reynolds (LAR) – 10%


We don’t know what the issue is with Robert Woods and while he and Cooks are out it leaves Kupp and Gurley to receive. Clearly Goff is going to need more options, even if he uses them sparingly. He’s a great option but the risk is that too many Cooks May spoil his outlook.


James Washington (PIT) – 20%


The Steelers will be angry after the defeat to the Browns and with the whipping boy Bengals in town, anyone is an option. If there’s no Juju or Dionte then Washington will be capital to the Steelers success.


Deebo Samuel (SF) – 30%


If you didn’t pick him up last week you really have to now. Options for Garoppolo are thin on the ground and Samuel is starting to establish himself. Will they team up and form the Garoppodeebo?



MASON RUDOLPH (PIT @ CIN) – 10%


He has enough chips on his shoulder currently to supply a small fast food chain, so the Bengals may get toasted. He will need help from Vance McDonald and Washington but as one Rudolph goes on bye, it’s time for another to take the reigns.


SAM DARNOLD (NYJ VS OAK) – 10%


This seems an icky play but the Raiders do give up points to the QB and with the receiving corps starting to show signs of life, it’s not a bad time to plug him in. Let’s see if he wins the battle against Derek Carr; Mono y Mono.


RYAN GRIFFIN (NYJ VS OAK) – 0%


The Jets play the Raiders and with a pretty weak pass defence, Griffin becomes a useful asset. I can’t use the same punchline as last week so let’s see if Griffin can raid Oakland for points.


JACOB HOLLISTER (SEA @PHI) – 10%


I mentioned it last week, Hollister seems to be cool in Seattle and provides Russell Wilson with an outlet to keep his MVP level season going. We’ve had body spray and cool dude puns, so this week let’s see if he can fashion a good fantasy day.


TITANS (TEN VSJAX) – 40%


Remember the Titans, they were in bye last week. The Jags have pretty much knocked themselves out of the running so it will be a bit of a learning curve coming up. In this situation the Titans tend to smash the Jags so there are worse options.


GIANTS (NYG @CHI) – 0%


The Giants DST is terrible, but Trubisky feels worse.


LIONS (DET @WAS) – 0%


Near enough the same scenario as the above. Terrible defence, worse offence.



These are the last advanced tickets of the season, from next week the article gets shorter as we get towards the business end and the playoffs.

I can’t see people dropping Kyler Murray or Pat Mahomes, Rivers has been awful, but Kirk Cousins has the Seahawks, Lions and Chargers in his next 3 games. Not a terrible draw.


Damien Williams has a shot at a resurgence if he stays healthy but could be a drop candidate for some teams.


Mike Williams may be a heavy drop and he has disappointed many this season. So much so, he will probably turn up for the fantasy playoffs and win leagues. Keep an eye out. Diggs, Thielen, Hill and Kirk won’t fall off benches and not a lot else is worth a pickup so no help here.


Kyle Rudolph is getting an enlarged role with Thielen out and even when he returns, the chemistry is back up and running and it’s simply been working. Henry and Kelce won’t drop and the Cardinals TE’s are nearly all still on the wire.

Waiver Wire – Week 12

By Andy Moore (@ajmoore21)

With your fantasy play off games fast approaching we’ve got you covered for week 12, which kicks off in Houston with the Colts visiting the Texans on Thursday.


Quarterback – Jeff Driskel (Detroit Lions)

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With Matthew Stafford potentially out for six weeks, Driskell could be the stream play that pushes you into the postseason in your league. The former Florida Gator was solid on Sunday against the Cowboys, passing for 209 yards and 2 TDs, whilst adding another 51 yards and a TD on the ground.

Driskel spread the ball around against Dallas, with Marvin Jones Jr, Danny Amendola and Kenny Golladay all being targeted 5 times in the loss, Jones was by far the most productive of those receivers with his 2 TD afternoon building on a string of impressive performances.

The Lions face the woeful Washington Redskins in week 12, a great chance for Driskel to punish a defence that is ranked the worst against the pass in the NFL. If Stafford’s injury does side-line him for six weeks, Driskel will also play against a dubious Tampa secondary in the middle of the fantasy play offs.


Running Back – Jonathan Williams (Indianapolis Colts)

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The Colts steamrolled over the Jags in week 11 with two running backs breaking the 100 yards line on the ground. The second of those backs was 4th year Arkansas product, Jonathan Williams. Taking over from the injured Marlon Mack (who has a fractured hand), Williams turned his 13 carries into a career best 116 yards and caught a pass to add a further 31 yards through the air.

Mack has already been ruled out for Thursday’s matchup against the Texans and based on Sunday’s performance it’d be a fairly safe bet to say Williams takes over as the bell cow in Houston. Should Mack be held out longer, Williams would face a mixed bag of run defenses, including the Titans, Buccs and Saints in coming weeks.


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Wide Receiver – Taylor Gabriel (Chicago Bears)

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I know, I know, the Bears Quarterback situation isn’t in good shape whatsoever, with Mitch Trubisky pulled from the game in the 4th quarter against the Rams. Matt Nagy has since said that Trubisky was struggling with an injury of some sorts and he wasn’t benched, laying the ground for him to return at QB next week.

That’s good news for Taylor Gabriel who took advantage of Allan Robinson’s quiet night (think Jalen Ramsey) on Sunday, turning 14 targets and 7 catches into 91 yards. The former Atlanta Falcon has seen two fairly productive weeks despite dubious QB play and looks set to continue that against a leaky New York Giants secondary.

Pick him up now as a solid Flex option and he could contribute against the G-men and the Lions the following week.


Tight End – Ryan Griffin (New York Jets)

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The Jets routed the Redskins on Sunday, in what must have been a relief for under fire Coach, Adam Gase, and 2nd overall pick, Sam Darnold, who looked every inch the Franchise Quarterback in an impressive performance. A large part of the supporting cast that helped him on his way was Ryan Griffin, who caught 5 passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.

The former Houston Texan has put in three solid fantasy performances this season, against the Dolphins, Jacksonville and on Sunday against the ‘skins. However, it’s Griffin’s next three matchups which offer potential points for fantasy players, the Jets host a Raiders defense which gives up an average of 60 yards and a touchdown each game to Tight Ends, before facing off against the dumpster fire Bengals and Dolphins.

With Chris Herndon now on IR, Griffin is a good option and certainly worth adding.

Week 11 – Best bets

By Tim Monk and Adam Walford (@touchdowntips)

Below our the best bets as described on the podcast. For more reasoning and a good 45 minutes worth of chat, go and check out the podcast!

All lines were correct as of Saturday evening.

Go and check Adam’s work out over at TDTIPS.COM and join his Draft Kings league!


Dallas -7 @ Detroit – o/u 47

TIM: Cowboys -6.5/ -7 on Handicap (NAP) 10/11 General

ADAM: Blake Jarwin Anytime 6/1


New ORleans -5.5 @ Tampa bay – o/u 49.5

TIM: Chris Godwin (7/5), Mike Evans (23/20), Michael Thomas (10/11) anytime TD Scorer

ADAM: Michael Thomas over 8.5 receptions (NAP) 10/11 Skybet


Atlanta +4.5 @ Carolina – o/u 49

TIM: Carolina -4.5 on handicap 10/11 General

ADAM: Brian Hill over 61.5 Rush yards 10/11 Skybet


Jacksonville +2.5 @ Indianapolis – o/u 43

TIM: Try and find Jacksonville +3 (at a slightly shorter price) 8/11 Unibet

ADAM: Dede Westbrook over 4.5 receptions 10/11 Skybet


denver +10 @ minnesota – o/u 40

TIM: No bet but lean Minnesota -10 on Handicap / Unders

ADAM: Dalvin Cook over 42.5 rec yards 10/11 Skybet


NY Jets +2 @ Washington – o/u 38.5

TIM: NY Jets +2 on Handicap 10/11 General

ADAM: Jamison Crowder over 4.5 receptions 10/11 Skybet (NB)


Buffalo -6.5 @ Miami – o/u 40.5

TIM: No Bet but lean under and Miami +6.5 (try and get 7) on Handicap

ADAM: Devin Singletary over 2.5 receptions 10/11 Skybet


Houston +4.5 @ baltimore – o/u 51.5

TIM: Over 51.5 Total Points 10/11 General (NB)

ADAM: Duke Johnson over 24.5 rec yards 10/11 Skybet


ARIZONA +10 @ San Francisco – o/u 45

TIM: Arizona +10 on handicap 10/11 General

ADAM: Andy Isabella 9/1 Anytime TD


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New ENgland -4 @ philadelphia – o/u 44.5

TIM: Miles Sanders Anytime TD Scorer 6/4

ADAM: No bet suggested


Cincinatti +12 @ oakland – o/u 48.5

TIM: No bet but lean Overs and Oakland on HCP. Josh Jacobs to score 21/10 Paddy Power

ADAM; Auden Tate over 44.5 rec yards 10/11 Skybet


Chicago +6.5 @ LA RAms – o/u 40

TIM: No bet but lean Under 40 total points

ADAM: Under 40 total points 10/11 General


Kansas City -4 @ LA Chargers – o/u 52

TIM: LA Chargers +4 10/11 General, Over 52 total points 10/11 General , Melvin Gordon anytime TD 5/6 Redzone

ADAM: Tyreek Hill anytime TD scorer Evens Betfair


best bets


– Tim –

NAP: Dallas on the Handicap (-6.5/-7) 10/11 General

NB: Houston @ Baltimore over 51.5 points 10/11 General

– ADAM –

NAP: Michael Thomas over 8.5 receptions 10/11 Unibet

NB: Jamison Crowder over 4.5 receptions 10/11 Unibet

Scheduled Departures – Week 11

By James Fotheringham (@nflhypetrain)

ALL ABOARD! Trains for week 11 are about to depart.

WARNING: Lineups may close up to 30 seconds prior to kickoff.



There are no trains for Tennessee, Green Bay, New York (Giants) and Seattle this week so you may have a few different routes to take on your way to points, but don’t worry. The departure board is here to guide you where to go. Let’s take a look.


Falcons @ Panthers


Despite their victory against the Saints last week, I still feel the Falcons are a team to stream against.

The Saints are bitter rivals and the team played out of their skin defensively to beat them. The offence is still shaky and losing Austin Hooper hurts them, but it may be a spark for Julio and Calvin Ridley.

The Panthers as usually have CMC but Kyle Allen has been quietly improving and now DJ Moore and Curtis Samuel might also be playable in addition to Greg Olsen, who frankly has always been an option when you look at how sparse the TE position is now.       


Cowboys @ Lions


Matt Stafford will miss another game, so Jeff Driskel takes on the mane role for the Lions. It limits how good Golladay and Marvin Jones are but from last week’s evidence they should be serviceable.

The Cowboys are strong against the run and with options limited JD McKissic is playable but not with a lot of confidence. The Cowboys DST looks a good play while the opposite is true for the Lions.

Dak, Cooper, Gallup and Zeke should all feature and Zeke is going to be heavily owned in DFS. He is a guy to pay up for so it’s time to send Zeke to the buffet car so he can eat.


Jaguars @ Colts


This game is huge in the AFC South. If the Jags lose that’s the end of their hopes, if the Colts lose, they look shaky.

Brissett may well be back but not 100%, which against the Jags defence, is not what you want to hear. Hilton isn’t back and Pascal hasn’t been as good now people have put expectations on him. The Tight Ends for Indy may be the most fantasy relevant assets, along with Marlon Mack.

The Jags will again rely heavily on Fournette who has been good value this season when you consider how many busts there have been. Nick Foles returns and may well be a decent streaming option. Foles’ return also improves the prospects for Dede Westbrook and DJ Chark.

I was hoping to use Seth DeValve as a safety valve but now he’s ruled out I’ve had to reduce the pressure on that one.


Bills @ Dolphins


The Dolphins are on a resurgence and the Bills are maybe not the locking for the playoffs people thought they might be.

This game will probably return both teams to their usual scripts as the Buffalo defence is still strong.

It’s not a week to fish for points in Miami but it may be a big week for the Bills offence, especially Josh Allen who may be a decent options for DFS line ups looking to save money on QB.                  


Texans @ Ravens


This is a juicy matchup where quite simply, I want the offensive pieces on both teams and I’m not sure I’d want to risk either defence. Keep an eye on Will Fuller who is unlikely to play, which usually means goods things for DeAndre Hopkins.

Short and sweet.


Broncos @ Vikings


The Vikings again appear to be Thielin-less so it may be time to find Diggs again. Dalvin Cook will once again feature heavily on the menu and Kyle Rudolph might be a redzone reindeer once more.

The Broncos are still not looking great on offence and I wouldn’t want to play the defence against Minnesota.      


Jets @ Redskins

No first class available here.

Two dire teams. Derrius Guice returns for Washington but the Jets did completely stuff Saquon last week. Haskins and McLaurin still haven’t really clicked while the defence isn’t quite what we expected it to be.

The Jets have some decent receivers, Sam Darnold seems to be the issue. Le’Veon Bell isn’t performing either, but this is maybe is his week.                            


Saints @ Bucs

The Saints need a bounce back game and the Bucs are not a bad opponent to have for this. Brees, Thomas, Kamara and even Jared Cook may be a sneaky play at TE.

Jameis Winston and the passing attack are also looking tempting this week. Ronald Jones has become playable so apart from the defences and the Bucs TE’s, it’s a game to play what you have.                     


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Cardinals @ 49ers


The 49ers finally had their unbeaten record ended last week but this team is still “for real” (and I’m not just saying that to wind up Tim, honest…).

Losing Kittle is a huge blow to the offence and with Sanders looking limited if he plays at all, you want the running back who are fit and Deebo Samuel. The 49ers DST may be vital for them to succeed in this game but with the state of the Arizona running game and the passing attack still learning the system, it’s not a bad call.

Kyler should be solid this week, although the 49ers DST does make me scared to play Kirk and co. I’d avoid the backfield as the split between DJ and Drake feels very volatile.                           


Bengals @ Raiders


The Bengals are the only remaining team left who are able to put up a 100% record… of losing. Finley at QB and AJ Green still injured make them an offence to avoid apart from Mixon, Boyd may be a bit of a reach.

The Raiders are threatening to be a playoff team and Josh Jacobs is set to be a league winner for fantasy. He will be a heavily owned DST play again but be warned as it could be a Tyrell Williams game. The Raiders DST are an easy stream option too.


Patriots @ Eagles


After the Ravens derailed the Patriots shot at a perfect season, it’s time to see if the Eagles can continue to send them down the wrong track. This week they signed Jay Ajayi which suggests that Jordan Howard is questionable. Miles Sanders will get a lot of action but how much he will be able to do with it is uncertain. The receiver situation looks awkward as well with Jeffrey out and Agholor unable to catch a cold.

The Patriots will be back to trusting Brady, Edelman and co. You may want the Pats DST back in your line up if you have them.                                              


Bears @ Rams


The final game of the day is the Bears and the Rams. Two strong defences with questionable offences. The Steelers shut down the Rams and the Bears do a good job of shutting themselves down. David Montgomery is questionable so Tarik Cohen may be more worth playing than usual, Allen Robinson is usually relevant but after that you’re only playing the defence.

The Rams seem to only perform when Cooper Kupp is open. The Steelers had his number and Goff didn’t know where else to turn. Expect Kupp and Gurley to be the main men, albeit without particularly high expectations.


Time to take a look in the Signal Box and pick out a few player who are on the right lines and who may be taking a wrong route.


PROCEED


QB – Josh Allen (BUF) – A rushing QB against the Dolphins… do I need to say more?

RB – Josh Jacobs (OAK) – One of the hottest RBs in the league against the worst team in the league…

WR – Michael Thomas (NO) – The Saints disappeared last week, but they are coming back this week.

TE – Mark Andrews (BAL) – The Texans may not have an answer to Andrews.

DST – Cowboys(DAL)  – A somewhat tamed Lions team are going to get rounded up.


Caution


QB – Kirk Cousins (MIN) – He had no Thielin and Cook may leave him stewing.

RB – Phillip Lindsey (DEN) – The Vikings and Royce Freeman may halt Lindseys usefulness.

WR – Robert Woods (LAR) – Unless you’re called Kupp, it’s hard to score for the Rams.

TE – Zach Ertz (PHI) – Goedert’s production and the Patriots defence Ertz his value.

DST – Dolphins (MIA) – The Bills are usually a team to stream against but I think the Dolphin resurgence ends here.


Danger


QB – Carson Wentz (PHI) – The Patriots find Nick Foles harder to crack.

RB – David Johnson (ARI) – A fall from grace to the point where you can’t trust what he may do.

WR – Devante Parker (MIA) – The Bills may not even allow garbage time yards for him.

TE – OJ Howard (TB) – Godwin and Evans prevent TE from being a thing in TB.

DST – Lions (DET) – A weak run D against Zeke… Eeek.


That’s it for this week. Come back next week to see what is standing at the station and which Hype Trains will lead you to points.

DFS – Week 11

By Dave Moore (@Davieremixed)

It’s a good thing the AFC North matchup was taken off the plate for this Sunday’s Draft Kings contests…Yeesh, what an ugly game in just about every sense of the word.

Anyway, with just the four teams on byes this week (Seahawks, Packers, Giants & Titans) we’ve got a bit of a deeper pool to pick from this week. As with Week 7’s article I’ll be picking these to enter into a contest and put my money where my mouth is so you won’t be seeing CMac, Zeke and Kamara as selections here.

Let’s get into it…


Quarterback – Dak Prescott – $6,700 (Dallas Cowboys @ Detroit Lions)


With no Russell Wilson available the obvious choice would normally be Drew Brees and the Saints against a 32nd ranked Bucs D that have no cornerbacks of any repute available.

However, there’s enough about the Saints offense to concern me that it may not be the blowout we’re all anticipating. One hamstring strain to Michael Thomas and it all crumbles.

Enough about who I’m not picking, let’s focus on Dak.

I don’t consider the Cowboys #4 ‘elite’ at all, that said, he’s got reliable receivers in Cooper, Cobb and Gallup, the screen option to Zeke and in front of him is a Lions D who haven’t had an INT since Week 6. When you see that the Cowboys rank 1st in total offense YPG whilst the Lions D are 30th in total defense YPG it makes it a no-brainer for me.


Running Back – Dalvin Cook – $8,900 (Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings)


I love this guy. He’s a Fantasy hero week-in, week-out and with Adam (More Than A) Thielen looking doubtful to dress for this game I think we’ll see even more of Cook against a Broncos D that is solid against the pass but a bit more susceptible up front.

Through the first ten games, Cook has managed ten scores and only two games where he hasn’t found the endzone (on those occasions he managed 218 yards and 116 yards against the Giants and Chiefs respectively).

Simply put, this is a no-brainer. Whilst most contests will see Cook as a starter he’s the guy that you probably can’t win with but you definitely cannot win without.


Running Back – Brian Hill – $4,800 (Atlanta Falcons @ Carolina Panthers)


With Devonta Freeman leaving the game last week, Brian Hill stepped in admirably and nabbed himself a score to boot.

Freeman won’t play this Sunday so expect Hill to continue and I expect him to flourish as a pass-catching back against a Carolina D that ranks 29th against the run.

I suspect that the only thing left for the Falcons this year is to act as spoiler (see last Sunday) and a game against a divisional rival with playoff aspirations will be enough spark for Dan Quinn and his troops to build on last week’s surprise win.


Wide Receiver – Mike Evans – $7,400 (New Orleans Saints @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers)


Mike Evans in the Superdome 2019: Three targets. Zero Receptions. Zip. Nil. Nada. You can thank Marshon Lattimore for that. However, with Lattimore looking doubtful for Sunday there are going to be opportunities for Evans to break free and continue his fantastic season.

He’s hit 180 yards or more three times already this year! Three! If you take away his shutout against the Saints he’s going off at an average of 115.5 yards a game.

You can look at this matchup in two different ways. You can see the Bucs carving open a Saints D that’s still in shock after Atlanta came in and blew them out in the Superdome. Or, the Saints get ahead early and force Jameis Winston to do what he does best, well, okay often and sling the ball downfield. Either way, Evans is looking a very good pickup if Lattimore can’t go.


Wide Receiver – Courtland Sutton – $6,000 (Denver Broncos @ Minnesota Vikings)


It’s a struggle to pick anyone else out (other than Michael Thomas but let’s play value here), who looks a lock to have a big week as a WR. The Cowboys can move it around three/four players, Texans & Ravens could just be the two QBs rushing forever and ever, Pats & Eagles? A hard pass from yours truly.

So what about Courtland Sutton? Last seen doing his best Randy Moss impression at Mile High against the Browns as he reeled in Brandon Allen’s first career TD pass.

I feel the Vikings could have far too much for the Broncos and Allen has had one game for us to judge him on but the Vikings give it up against wide-outs and I smell Sutton getting some garbage time yards and maybe even a score.


Wide Receiver – Auden Tate – $4,200 (Cincinnati Bengals @ Oakland Raiders)


Another WR with a rookie throwing the ball to him? Am I crazy? Probably.

However, last Sunday was the first time he was held to under 60 receiving yards and that was with Marcus Peters having a terrific day. That won’t happen against the Raiders who are coming off a bye week, which means they’ll be well rested…Or perhaps rusty. I am sensing the latter.

The Oakland D is not setting the world alight despite Phillip Rivers’ best efforts in Week 9 and I am a big fan of Tate, I gave him the nod in my Week 7 Draft Kings article and I am sticking with my underdog. All in for Auden!


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Tight End – Eric Ebron – $3,600 (Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts)


The stat line rarely lies but Ebron should have had a TD against the Dolphins last week and with Jacoby Brissett (or is it Jake Brisket? My mind’s been warped) returning this week I think we’ll see plenty more of Double E and with the Colts lacking in receivers I expect Brisket to target Ebron plenty.


Flex – Miles Sanders – $4,100 (New England Patriots @ Philadelphia Eagles)


When you’re trying to run to budget, things can get difficult. This is a difficult pick.

Hope is not lost, however, we saw the Ravens run right off the Patriots a fortnight ago and the Philly rookie could have a game similar to the one he did against a just-as-impressive Bills D in Week 8.

He’s a low cost option if you’re looking to squeeze in under budget to allow for bigger names (much like I am here).


D/ST – New York Jets – $3,100 (New York Jets @ Washington Redskins)


This was a toss-up between the Bills and the J-Men and for the extra value I had to take the Jets against a Redskins time that has the currently-out-of-his-depth Dwayne Haskins at QB.

I think I’m taking them based purely on watching that Jamal Adams snatch-6 of Daniel Jones a hundred times. It was a thing of absolute beauty if you’re on the green side of New York (and if you had Adams as an IDP in Fantasy).

The Jets blow hot and cold when it comes to Fantasy D, hitting double digits only three times (once against the Pats!) but when they hit it, they hit it well. I am backing them to take advantage of a weak Redskins side.