Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable - Week 12
Welcome to the Week 12 Fighting Chance Fantasy Roundtable! Let's get to our panel and this week's burning questions. Follow Ryan (@fightingchance), Brian Drake (@drakefantasy), Gary Haddow (@garyhaddow1), and Kevin Tompkins (@ktompkinsii)
Ryan says - Anthony Miller. I loved this guy coming into the season and thought he could build on his seven touchdown rookie season. However, he has been mostly invisible all season long, and this isn’t all Mitch Trubisky’s fault. However, he had 11 targets last week which he converted to six catches for 54 yards, and hopefully this is the turn towards a better end of the season. Miller hasn’t scored at all this year, but the Giants defense is really bad and all attention should be on Allen Robinson. This is a definite opportunity for Miller to have his best game of the season.
Kevin says - Patrick Laird, RB Dolphins. Sooner or later, Kalen Ballage is going to lose the starting job in Miami, but I can see Patrick Laird being a very PPR friendly option this week for those daring enough to not only roster him, but play him. I'm not advocating starting him over more established options, but I think he has a solid points floor as the Dolphins get him on the field more. I think he surprises this week with 5-7 catches and a 45-60 yard output against the Browns.
Gary says - Vance McDonald, TE Steelers. The Steelers don’t have Juju or Conner, with Diontae playing despite bleeding from his ears last week. The Bengals are the second worst against tight ends and Rudolph will be relying on Samuels, Washington, and McDonald. With bye weeks and injuries crushing the tight end landscape, I see Vance doing the Vance Dance all game long.
Drake says - Chris Conley, WR Jaguars. The Jags wide receiver is playing nearly all the snaps and gets a plus matchup. His chemistry with Nick Foles has Conley as a juicy sleeper for Week 12.
Ryan says - Amari Cooper, WR Cowboys. Cooper is dealing with a number of lower body injuries and played only sporadically after being tackled awkwardly on his first catch last week. It is really hard to trust him against the best pass defense in the league, especially one that is physical like the Patriots. I actually like Gallup better in this one as Stephon Gilmore has played as one of the top corners in the league this season, and if you have any reasonably close options to Cooper you should not play him.
Kevin says - Amari Cooper, WR Cowboys. Still hurt, seeing Stephon Gilmore, and Dak didn't need much of Coop to throw for 444 yards last week. I'm not expecting much and not starting him unless I have to.
Gary says - Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, WRs Cowboys. In Bill Belichick I trust. I think he will put Gilmore on Gallup, bracket Cooper, and let Randall Cobb and Jason Witten beat the Patriots. The Pats have the skills to contain whomever they play and force Dak to rely on his less trusted weapons. This is as much a fade Coop and Gallup as Cobb as a WR2/3 play.
Drake says - Amari Cooper, WR Dallas. I can't wrap my head around a gimpy Amari Cooper vs Stephon Gilmore as anything other than a 4-24 performance and disappointment all around. Sigh. Welcome to my lineup nightmares.
With Kelce, Hunter Henry, and even Kyle Rudolph on a bye, if you need a tight end streamer, do you want Cameron Brate, Mike Gesicki, TJ Hockenson, or Ryan Griffin?
Ryan says - Ryan Griffin. I am not a huge fan of the Jets or their offense, but this is an easy one. Sure, Brate had the big game last week, but he almost had as many targets in that one game that he had all season long, and that isn’t repeatable. Gesicki is so up and down, and Hockenson is hurt. Griffin just got a contract extension from the Jets and is coming off a 100 yard game. He might not be awesome, but he is a great bet if you need to stream.
Kevin says - Ryan Griffin. He's shown a substantial rapport with Sam Darnold and received a nice extension from the Jets, so he's going to be around for a bit. He of the "3 double-digit PPR games in his last 4" ilk has a leg up on opportunity over the other 3 choices.
Gary says - Ryan Griffin. Ryan Griffin, and it isn’t even close. Brate was a fluke, Gesicki is 3-40, and Hock is boom or bust. Griffin has proven to be a viable starter the last 5 weeks, and against the Oakland Raiders I see no reason why that should change. The Raiders will be able to score, and Darnold loves Griffin.
Drake says - Ryan Griffin. The long lost Family Guy character just got a contract extension from the Jets. He's playing the valuable role in this Gase offense we thought Chris Herndon would have. A tight end with a legit chance for 60+ yards and a score? Sign me up.
What second fiddle running back will have the best game...Jamaal Williams, James White or Derrius Guice?
Ryan says - James White. Jamaal Williams will have to deal with a great 49ers defense, and Guice is in a committee, even if he should be seeing the better end of it. The Patriots will be without receivers Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Lindsay, and that will lead to more check downs for Tom Brady which means a good game for James White. The Cowboys secondary should clamp down on N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers and after Julian Edelman, White should be the next best receiver on the team.
Kevin says - Jamaal Williams. With the receivers either coming back from injury (Adams) or struggling to separate from themselves (MVS, Allison, Lazard, Kumerow), it turns out the two running backs Aaron Jones and Williams have done a lot of the heavy lifting, so count Jamaal Williams in as being an integral part of the passing game and one I would choose for Sunday's tilts.
Gary says - Derrius Guice. Derrius Guice is the best ceiling play given the terrible Lions defense, but White is the safest play, especially in PPR. I think in any format Williams is the worst of these three.
Drake says - James White. I was a week early on White when I thought he would crush last week vs the Eagles. Now vs Dallas, without Vander Esch, he should have an easier time finding room underneath to catch passes. The other Pats backs are a waste of time. White, without a slew of other wide receivers, makes him even more appetizing. Go get him!
What team's number one receiver with a tough matchup do you have the most faith in...Courtland Sutton, Golden Tate, or John Brown?
Ryan says - Golden Tate. The Bears do have a stout defense, but Tate has the best chance for success. Sutton will deal with Tre’Davious White and Brown will have Chris Harris on him. I actually think all three will top 70 receiving yards in this one. Tate should be welcoming back Sterling Shepard in this one, and with him coming out of the slot, he will likely see a lesser corner. He will be the most targeted receiver on the Giants by far and should have seven catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.
Kevin says - John Brown. All it takes is one play for "Smoke" to burn the opposing corner for a touchdown, and while Chris Harris has been awesome this season, Stefon Diggs ate his lunch last week to the tune of 5-121 and a score. Brown has been seriously consistent as the lone fantasy-relevant pass catcher for the Bills this season and that run continues against Harris.
Gary says - John Brown. It is hard to doubt Smokey’s floor. He is averaging 5 for 80, and I’m pretty sure even Chris Harris will have difficulty containing his speed. Sutton gets Tre'Davius White with Brandon Allen throwing the ball, and Tate is up against the Bears, who shouldn’t give any room for Daniel Jones to throw the ball. But, that being said, Brown is the upside play, and Tate is the floor play.
Drake says - Courtland Sutton. Why not? The kid just gets it done every single week. There's Sutton, a rookie tight end, and Tim Patrick. Really, that's it. Who the else is going to catch a pass?