It was a great Thanksgiving weekend of football, as the food comas we were all in after Thursday likely lasted until kickoff on Sunday. The fantasy playoffs are incredibly close now, and having the best possible roster couldn’t be more important. At this time of the season there aren’t going to be too many guys who see their stock rise in a significant fashion unless there are injuries. In Week 12, however, there were a number of guys who could have played their way into bigger roles.
The matchups this week are going to have fantasy players on the edge of their seats for sure, and make the best moves that you can to improve your team down the stretch. As always you can follow me on Twitter @fightingchance.
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Cousins just had one touchdown, but he looked very good on Sunday against the Giants as he had his second 300-yard game in his last three. He has also completed nearly 74 percent of his passes over that span. Of course you have to remember that two of those games were against New York and New Orleans, by far the worst two pass defenses in the league. As much as his stock has definitely risen, I still wouldn’t want him to be my every-week starting quarterback.
David Johnson, Arizona Cardinals
I believe that David Johnson is the most talented back on the Arizona roster. However, due to some fumble/pass protection issues, coupled with some veterans on the roster, he has been relegated to back-up duty. Both Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington both sustained injuries on Sunday, and that could thrust Johnson into a starting role. He is a must-add as the Cardinals look to secure a bye in the playoffs and if Ellington is out (as we already know Chris Johnson will be out), David Johnson should get plenty of opportunity to showcase his talent.
Alfred Blue, Houston Texans
The Texans are certainly using a running back by committee approach, but Blue is definitely at the top of that. His 16 carries on Sunday were more than double anyone else’s and he had a receiving touchdown. If he could earn the trust of the coaching staff, Blue could possibly be an RB2 from week to week as the Texans all of a sudden have things together. Blue needs a break to get to that point, but the chance is there.
DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins
We have been waiting all season for there to be any sort of impact from the first round draft pick. Parker got a bit of a break with Rishard Matthews leaving the game with a rib injury. Parker had a lot of time to be on the field since the Dolphins were so far behind, and there was a lot of garbage time. If Matthews is going to miss some time there’s an outside chance that Parker could have a little bit of value going down the stretch.
Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers
It was an amazing game for Wheaton on Sunday against the Seahawks as he was a major beneficiary of Richard Sherman locking down Antonio Brown. Wheaton had nine catches for 201 yards and a score. I think he will take some targets away from Martavis Bryant heading to the end of the fantasy season. Wheaton was doing just fine while Bryant was suspended and there’s no denying his talent.
Seth Roberts, Oakland Raiders
Roberts’ production has been spotty this season, but the Raiders’ passing game has been fairly prolific this season. He is clearly third on the target list after Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but Roberts big-play ability can’t be ignored. If one of those top two guys would go down, Roberts would be a must-have, but now if you have to play him you are just hoping for a big play or two.
Will Tye, New York Giants
Tye struggled to get chemistry with Eli Manning in his first two games, but the last two he has shown that he can be a reliable target. After a five-catch, 56-yard effort in Week 10, Tye did even better on Sunday with six catches for 74 yards. Larry Donnell doesn’t appear to be back at any time this season, so it looks like if you need a tight end late in the season, Tye could really help you.