I can’t say I know where to begin. I’m glad Week 11 is over? I’m glad there are three NFC games on Thanksgiving this week? I don’t think I have ever seen a week quite like Week 11 in a long time. I knew my turkey was cooked when Devonta Freeman went down. However, I could have never anticipated losing Charcandrick West while Eric Ebron did not catch a single pass and Jameis Winston threw for five TDs.
The epitome of how bad this week is apparent in this head-2-head match-up that I was losing.
It was just that kind of week. Luckily, Danny Amendola bailed me out in a lot of contests and man if there wasn’t that inadvertent whistle I would’ve cashed a heck of a lot more than I did.
This week, with it being Thanksgiving, I will be sprinkling in some Thursday picks as well.
Well, let’s get into the Week 12 Daily Fantasy Football DraftKings Picks.
Week 12 Daily Fantasy Football: DraftKings Picks
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers vs. Dallas Cowboys ($7,100) (Thursday)
I really admire Cam Newton as a QB. He doesn’t really have any superstar weapons, but week in and week out he is taking care of business. He is coming off of a five-touchdown performance so expect some regression this week but really, what is regression for Cam? Would you be happy with two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown? I would!
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers ($7,100)
Carson is coming off of a great game against his former team and this week he gets a lifeless 49ers team. The 49ers allowed 260 yards and three touchdowns to Russell Wilson. Now, I know the Cardinals are a different animal on the road and the game is a divisional one, but Palmer is going to be my top option this week. Palmer has averaged 29.82 fantasy points in his last three starts.
Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints ($5,300)
I feel like I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t mention a quarterback against the Saints, especially one as cheap as Hoyer. I’m not excited about Hoyer for cash games, but in tournaments I’m more than happy taking Hoyer and pairing him with Hopkins. He’s a cheap play with tons of upside! He is $300 cheaper than Yates, because when the salaries were posted, DraftKings assumed Yates was the starter.
Demarco Murray Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions ($6,100) (Thursday)
My hope is that there is some recency bias with Murray for the Thursday slate. Perhaps people will still be upset that he didn’t do much versus Tampa Bay last week and he will go under-owned. Murray gets a huge bump if Ryan Mathews is still confused by what day it is. On the Thursday slate I feel he is the top back.
Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns ($4,600)
This game is on Monday and God only knows why. With Forsett gone for the foreseeable future, this clears the way for ol’ Buck. In relief for Justin Forsett, Allen had 22 carries and five catches resulting in 16.5 Fantasy points. You throw Matt Schaub in as your quarterback and you can expect the Ravens to lean on Buck when they’re not strong, they’ll need a running game to help them carry on.
Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers ($4,500)
It feels like I’m writing a pre-season DFS article. Rawls went absolutely nuts against the 49ers last week. He amassed a 43.5 Fantasy point day. While we don’t expect that again, the Seahawks do like to run the ball and they may have to play clock control against a Steelers team who can put points up quickly. I don’t think that Seattle has the offensive firepower to hang with Pittsburgh, so expect lots of Rawls touches.
Golden Tate, Detroit Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles ($4,700) (Thursday)
Tate is coming off an eight-catch performance against the Raiders. He only has one touchdown on the season, but that shouldn’t scare you off as the volume is certainly there. Tate has scored double-digit Fantasy points in his last three games and he comes as some salary cap relief on Thursday. I expect the Eagles to focus their attention on Calvin, thus opening things up Tate.
DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints ($9,100)
Hopkins is matchup-proof. Now, he faces a Saints defense who takes more time off than Santa Claus. I’m going cheap at quarterback and running back again so I can stack stud receivers. If you aren’t building around Hopkins this week, you are doing it wrong.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants at Washington Redskins ($8,700)
I love players who are coming off a bye. They typically go unnoticed by a larger amount of the players. Beckham Jr. is another player who has been on fire lately averaging 29.3 Fantasy points per game over the last three. Beckham is my second favorite receiver on this weekend’s slate.
Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys ($6,200) (Thursday)
Hello, Chalky McChalkerson here. If you play anyone else at tight end it better be a in a tournament. Even then I still don’t know if I fade Olsen. You are already playing Cam Newton, so why not hit the stack? Play Greg Olsen or die!
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans vs. Oakland Raiders ($5,300)
Well, we certainly whiffed on the tight end versus the Raiders last week. I don’t think I make that mistake again this week. Walker is the leading receiver on Tennessee by a large margin. The next closest receiver for catches on the Titans is 25 away. It should be a lock for Walker this week as he is way more consistent than Eric Ebron.
James Jones, Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears ($4,600) (Thursday)
Look if you are playing Thursday games you really won’t need to worry about salary. However, you will need to worry about finding a low-owned guy that many won’t be on. I present you: James Jones! Who? James Jones. We don’t know who will get the ball week to week with Green Bay, but I’ll roll with Jones as he touched up the Bears on Week 1. Davante Adams has been a bit dinged up since Sunday and Randall Cobb can’t catch a beach ball.
T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers ($4,600)
I swore I was never taking anyone from Jacksonville, but Yeldon is tough to ignore at $4,600. This guy gets more volume than when a Rick Astley song comes on. The Chargers also rank 32nd against the run and are flying cross country in the eastern time zone, if you buy into that stuff. Yeldon is a great value at $4,600.
Cleveland Browns ($2,000)
One of the cheapest defenses of the week. They are at home and are welcoming career pick sixer, Matt Schaub.
Other things of Note
- There is lots of Thanksgiving goodness this week. As I mentioned before, salary won’t be an issue, but if you want to win a tournament you will need to roster a Cole Beasley, Lance Moore or Marquess Wilson type. Low owned and low priced that should be your tournament target.
- The games with the highest over/under are Tampa Bay at Indianapolis, New Orleans at Houston and Minnesota at Atlanta. So, Ahmad Bradshaw, Nate Washington and Leonard Hankerson could all be sneaky plays.
- In your weekly dart throws I like Alfred Blue, Michael Floyd (if he plays) and Antonio Andrews. Remember to use weather and injury statuses as your friend in tournaments. I’ll be all over Michael Floyd if he goes this week.
Good luck and hopefully, my Week 12 Daily Fantasy Football DraftKings Picks will help propel you to victory! After all nothing can be worse than week 11.
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