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)
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)
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.
Wide Receiver – Taylor Gabriel (Chicago Bears)
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)
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.