There are once again a number of solid fantasy value buys for week 12, giving fantasy gamers many cheap options to pair with their usual fantasy studs in Daily Joust’s weekly fantasy football games.
Thursday’s Thanksgiving games took away a number of fantasy options we all rely on from week-to-week with our lineups, but that just means we have to find a few cheaper options that will pay off. Here’s this week’s list of solid options at a fair price:
Mark Sanchez, QB, New York Jets ($142k)
Sanchez is impossible to trust most weeks, but something has to give in his game against the Bills. Buffalo is terrible on defense and their woeful offense only makes it harder for the opposition not to score. I have a strong feeling Sanchez delivers a sound performance in this one.
Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins ($106k)
Grossman seems like a mess at times, but he actually can be a productive fantasy quarterback in any given week. He scored three times last week, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he did it again against a suspect Seattle Seahawks secondary this week.
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans ($125k)
I know it’s tough to trust CJ2k, but if you trusted in two weeks ago, you can muster the courage to do it again. The Buccaneers are very weak against the run, so I think he gets going again with such a tasty matchup.
DeAngelo Williams, RB, Carolina Panthers ($64k)
D-Will has been inconsistent this year, but when he has dream matchups, he rarely disappoints. He gets the Colts this week, who are just dreadful in just about every area. I expect a big game this weekend, and for very little cost.
Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints ($106k)
Colston is coming off of a big game and has been pretty productive and reliable when healthy this year. I think he has a major chance to go off this week, as he faces a beatable and reeling Giants defense on Monday Night Football.
Harry Douglas, WR, Atlanta Falcons ($79k)
Douglas was quiet in week 11, but with Julio Jones out again this week and a terrific matchup against a weak and injury-ridden Vikings pass defense, I don’t see how Douglas disappoints this week.
Kellen Winslow, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers ($93)
Winslow erupted for nine catches and 100+ yards against the Packers last week, and I think his high amount of targets keep coming. Tampa Bay is finally starting to get some offense going, so why stop going to Winslow now?
Dustin Keller, TE, New York Jets ($61k)
I’m not necessarily a huge Keller fan, but I think Sanchez gets hot against a bad Bills defense, and it could mean a lot of targets for Keller. There are injuries to New York’s normal slot receivers, too, so this could be a good week for Keller.
Shaun Suisham, K, Pittsburgh Steelers ($99k)
I don’t like spending cash on kickers, so it’s under $100 every week as long as the options are even remotely decent. Suisham is a very solid play, and his matchup this week is killer.
Olindo Mare, K, Carolina Panthers ($61k)
Carolina only has one truly bad offensive game on the season, making Mare an unlikely reliable play each week. Facing a terrible Colts teams after putting up 35 points on Detroit only helps Mare’s cause. He’s cheap and should be very productive this week.
Pittsburgh Steelers Team Defense ($71k)
The Steelers are a shutdown defensive unti in any given week, and they’re going to battle against Tyler Palko and the Chiefs on prime-time television. Tyler Palko, people. Check-mate.
Cincinnati Bengals Team Defense ($55k)
Cincy doesn’t sound like a great defensive unit, but take a look at their stats, and you’ll see pretty quickly that they are. The only reason they’re so cheap this week is because they had rough battles with the Steelers and Ravens the past two weeks. In week 12 they get the Browns, which is just one reason to plug them in as your team defense. Their cheap price and potential are two others.
We’ve got two more day of fantasy advice before you’re rosters are final, so come back Saturday for our RBBC dissection, and Sunday for our injury report. Good luck to all who play this week!