Just like last week, injury news was popping off again this weekend.
Charcandrick West is likely not going to play, which would boost Spencer Ware quite a bit. Devonta Freeman is out, which means Tevin Coleman will get the lion’s share of carries in a committee. Minnesota safety Harrison Smith is out, one of the best in the game, meaning there could be more room for Julio Jones to roam. Danny Amendola is out, leaving the Patriots with Brandon LaFell and Chris Harper. Michael Floyd is supposed to play.
I could go on, but when we already have fine news sites like Rotoworld.com it seems like a waste of time. As always you’ll want to check late NFL news at a site like Rotoworld to make sure games are being played and players are in lineups.
Our rankings are posted early Sunday and don’t always reflect final starting lineups.
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FINAL Week 12 rankings
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We’ve got a lot of rankings here that might be head scratchers. Tom Brady 10th and Brian Hoyer 2nd? No, this isn’t opposite day or something. Look, you’re going to start a player like Tom Brady regardless of what I put on my rankings because he’s Brady. However, if you don’t have Brady and you’re rocking Brock Osweiler or Alex Smith, you may not be sure if you should start Hoyer.
The rankings say yes.
Marcus Mariota and Josh McCown are probably quite a bit higher than you expected as well. Mariota has torched poor defenses who are uncommon opponents this season. The Raiders check both of those boxes. McCown torched the Ravens for 472 yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown earlier this season in Baltimore.
The really big one that stands out here is Todd Gurley all the way down at 9th. It’s not a great matchup and the Bengals are supposed to win by a lot. Gurley is not an every-down back. In passing situations the Rams use Benny Cunningham. If the game gets out of the Rams’ hands, there’ll be more Cunningham than Gurley on the field. You shouldn’t bench him in your season-long league, but you may want to consider other options in daily fantasy.
Eric Decker and Steve Johnson are the only players who really stand out here. I like the matchups for both players, Decker’s production, and Johnson’s potential considering he’ll get 8-10 targets as the No. 1 wide receiver in a passing attack that never stops throwing.
In daily fantasy, we almost all have to pay for both Julio Jones and DeAndre Hopkins this week if we want to win our cash games. If you look at our flex rankings and compare their x-value to the rest of the field, it’s not even close.
The extra value at running back should allow us to roster both with relative ease.
This is a real yawner, by-the-book set of rankings.
I’ve said it first in our projected scores post that I think this might be the week Rob Gronkowski goes ballistic. I’ll have him in at least one DFS tournament lineup.
The real question for DFS cash game players this week is Delanie Walker or Jordan Reed. Our rankings give a slight edge to Walker, but Reed has the best tight end matchup in the game. I’ll probably split my cash lineups into half Walker, half Reed.