It looks like Tom Brady’s magical run has come to an end.
Well, his magical Fantasy Football run has come to an end. Rob Gronkowski will be hobbled for some time and so will Martellus Bennett, so this Patriots offense will suffer. Yes, Brady will continue to rack up wins, but with a porous offensive line coming up against some great defenses, his outlook does not look good.
At the very least Brady can lay down some devastating lead blocks, so he will be watchable for anyone. Look for Andy Dalton to suffer a similar fate now that the team is sans A.J. Green. The offense looked putrid against the Baltimore Ravens.
Speaking of the Ravens, I am not sure what level of irony it was when John Harbaugh bent the rules on the final play of the game. It is almost something Bill Belichick would do, but the Harbaugh Bros were never ones to complain.
Now let’s get into the rest of the Week 12 Fantasy Football headlines.
Week 12 Fantasy Football Headlines
The Usual Suspects
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints destroyed the St. Louis Rams. Brees passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns. Two touchdowns and 108 yards went to Michael Thomas, and Mark Ingram solidified his spot as the starter rushing for 146 yards and one touchdown while catching one pass for 21 yards and a touchdown. Brees is an obvious start, but now Ingram and Thomas are must starts.
Somehow the New York Giants struggled in Cleveland, but Odell Beckham Jr. was the lone bright spot. He had 96 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt for a touchdown that was called back on a penalty. Beckham, after a slow start, is back to being the stud we all know and love to hate.
Matt Ryan had only 269 yards and two touchdowns and Julio Jones had only four catches for 35 yards. Taylor Gabriel, however, had two touchdowns and 75 yards. It may be a tough pill to swallow but Jones may be a WR2 as the Fantasy season begins to wind down.
Wild Wild West
The Oakland Raiders continue to roll on offense, Emmanuel Sanders finally had a great game, and the Kansas City Chiefs are well, the Chiefs.
Owners may be a bit worried about Derek Carr’s pinkie, but it should not be an issue if his late fourth quarter comeback is any indication of his health. I think the Broncos’ wide receivers will start to see a slight uptick in production with Trevor Siemian throwing deep a bit more.
The Chiefs have been awful on offense all year and Spencer Ware has cooled down dramatically as of late. He should be the only player you start from KC.
Then there is San Diego, who continues to hang around. Dontrelle Inman has been up and down all year but could be a sneaky pickup for some owners. He is owned in .6% of NFL.com leagues.
Rapid Fire Reactions
Sorry Davante Adams, Monday Night was not a breakout. He has had his moments and then disappears for games at a time. Do not expect anything to change.
Aaron Rodgers put the Packers on his back and ran the hurry up offense to perfection. He is not doing anywhere as bad as some people think. It does look like Green Bay has given up on all their running backs.
Jordan Reed giveth, Jordan Reed taketh. He had over 20 Fantasy points on Thanksgiving and then got hurt. Some things just never change, he is too fragile but is a must start whenever he plays.
My friend traded Ezekiel Elliott. I know 99% of people reading this would never do that, but never ever trade a stud this late in the season. The trade was Julio Jones and Jay Ajayi for Elliott. Nothing horrible but as I said before, Jones’ value is dropping. Even if you get “better value,” do not trade your studs. In the long run it will be better for your team.
Kirk Cousins is a stud (Do not trade him).
Sorry, I do not believe in Ryan Tannehill. What he has done in the past few weeks is a mirage. He has been so up and down his whole career and I would bet this is more of a streak than a breakout.
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