Draftster Plays: Week 12
November 22, 2014 | Jeff
Good afternoon, fake footballers! Adam is out this week, so I will be stepping in to deliver our Draftster plays for Week 12. If you aren’t familiar with Draftster, take a second to hop over and check out their exciting brand of Daily Fantasy Sports. This week, I’ll be constructing my favorite Draftster lineup, and sharing the picks from each position. Let’s get started…
Colin Kaepernick, SF ($6,700): Kaepernick has been on a bit of a cold streak of late, having not thrown multiple touchdown passes in any game over the last month. That will all change this week, however, as the 49ers host Washington at Levi’s Stadium. Washington is coughing up the third most points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks and just got worked by Josh McCown in Week 11. Expect Kaepernick to get back in his groove on Sunday and provide a solid point total for this middling QB price.
Denard Robinson, Jax ($5,400): Shoelace has been on fire in recent weeks and should be as fresh as ever coming off a bye week. Robinson now has four straight games with either 100+ yards or a touchdown, and for just $5,400, it is a worthwhile investment to see if he can make it five in a row. Indianapolis isn’t too imposing against fantasy running backs and Robinson’s workload has been healthy at 19.3 touches per game over the last four Jacksonville contests. Robinson should easily provide value for this price.
Isaiah Crowell, Cle ($4,000): “The Crow” will likely be in every single DFS lineup across every platform but you simply cannot argue with the value he provides here. Cleveland dumped Ben Tate this week, leaving just Crowell and fellow rookie back Terrance West in the Browns backfield. One less mouth to feed is a big positive for Crowell’s stock, and he should be fed the ball plenty on Sunday against a soft Atlanta defense. The Browns run the ball 32.4 times per game (2nd in the NFL), so this matchup against a friendly defense could lead to a big time break out for Crowell and big time points for your lineup.
Demaryius Thomas, Den ($9,000): This one is simple. Peyton Manning is a machine and will likely be without at least one of his top weapons on Sunday, as Julius Thomas looks unlikely to suit up. Demaryius Thomas has topped 100 yards receiving in seven straight ballgames WITH Thomas in the lineup, so he is a virtual lock to keep that streak going this week with extra targets headed his way. Thomas, like Gronk below, should be Week 12 DFS staples.
Cecil Shorts, Jax ($5,600): With stud rookie wide receiver Allen Robinson now out for the season, we have a potential DFS steal on our hands in Cecil Shorts. Shorts has long been a garbage time warrior for fake footballers, and the rest of the 2014 season will be his garbage time playground. The Jaguars will be trailing more often than not this week (and most weeks), and their top receiving option will continue to produce valuable fantasy numbers. Shorts racked up 119 yards in Week 10 prior to the Jacksonville bye week and I expect him to eclipse the 100 yard mark and find the end zone this week. Solid value play here.
Rob Gronkowski, NE ($7,200): This is the easiest decision of the DFS week, as Gronk has been an animal this season and he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. The Patriots tight end is averaging 98 yards per game over the last six weeks and is the clear top choice at the tight end position. While other folks dig for potential value at tight end, simply lock in Gronk and take the insanely high floor that he offers on a weekly basis.
Tre Mason, STL ($4,000): When looking for a cheap flex option, I like to search for players who will be in line for solid workloads and Mason fits that perfectly. The new Rams lead back received a massive 29 carries against Denver last week and is the unquestioned top dog among St. Louis running backs. This week, Mason and the Rams face San Diego, where Mason will likely be handling 15-20ish carries once again. Mason is overdue to find the endzone, as he hasn’t scored since Week 7, so hopefully he makes up for that with a score or two on Sunday. For a mere $4,000, you can’t find a safer play this week.
Billy Cundiff, Cle ($3,600): Cundiff is a cheaper option this week and I think Cleveland should be able to put up some points in the dome at Atlanta with their fancy weapon Josh Gordon back on the field.
Indianapolis ($3,900): This boils down to Jacksonville, who is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing defenses. Blake Bortles has chucked at least one interception in every game he has played this season and that streak should continue on Sunday.