DFS NFL FanDuel Top Weekly Plays: (Week 12)

Welcome to the NFL FanDuel Week 12 Top Plays. I will highlight the best cash game, value plays, and GPP options with FanDuel’s scoring/salary in mind. These can typically be used on all sites, but use some common sense if another site scores differently or has a different salary. Remember, this is only a guide, and several factors may influence who you should select each day. Please keep in mind that unless noted, weather is not taken into account and with NFL action, it can be a factor.

Quarterback

Russell Wilson (SEA): $8,600 @ SF
In my opinion, Russell Wilson has the highest floor of all quarterbacks for the rest of this NFL season since the Seahawks have zero running game. The lack of an effective running back has led to Wilson attempting at least 40 passes in three out of his last four games and also at least five rushing attempts in each of his past three games. This week he has an outstanding matchup against the 49ers, who have allowed the fourth-most FanDuel points to opposing quarterbacks this season.  

Other players to consider: Jared Goff (LAR), Alex Smith (KC), Matt Ryan (ATL)

Running Back

Le’Veon Bell (PIT: $9,400 vs. GB
An overturned touchdown caused Le’Veon Bell to only have an okay game opposed to having a very good game in Week 11 against the Titans. With that being said, it was extremely encouraging to see that his receptions jumped back up to nine after many thought he may be losing some action in the passing game to the emerging rookie, JuJu Schuster-Smith. This week I’m willing to jump right back on the Bell train in a great matchup against the Packers, who have struggled against the run this season.

Kareem Hunt (KC): $7,700 vs. BUF
Kareem Hunt owners in season-long leagues were spoiled by his hot start to his rookie campaign with several huge games early this season. Since Week 3, Hunt has really come back down to earth and has not scored a touchdown during that span. This has resulted in a much more manageable salary as the eighth priced running back on the board. I really like this spot for him this week against the Bills who have been absolutely gashed by the run in each of their past two games.

Other players to consider: Todd Gurley (LAR), Mark Ingram(NO)/Alvin Kamara(NO), Tevin Coleman (ATL)

Wide Receiver

Julio Jones (ATL): $7,800 vs. TB
I cannot ever recall seeing Julio Jones under $8,000 so I am definitely going to take advantage of this discount this week. It appears Matt Ryan is starting to play a little better and Jones has an outstanding matchup against the Buccaneers, who have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season.

Martavis Bryant $5,200 (PIT) vs.GB
It has been announced that JuJu Smith-Schuster will be out for Week 12 against the Packers. This means that Martavis Bryant should go back to being the number two receiving option behind Brown for at least one week. This week he and the Steelers have an outstanding matchup against the Packers, who have really struggled in their secondary this year.

Cooper Kupp (LAR): $5,400/Sammy Watkins (LAR) $5,900 vs. NO
It was announced Monday that Robert Woods will be missing a few weeks for the Rams. This means that another Ram’s wide receiver will have to step up if they expect to keep this high scoring offense from deflating and I believe that person will be Cooper Kupp. The rookie  has produced a few solid games already this season, but with the likelihood of seeing an increase in targets, I really think he can shine even more. If you’re solely looking at the Saints overall versus wide receivers, you may think this will be a difficult matchup for Kupp. However, Kupp will likely continue to lineup in the slot for the Rams, so he should mostly avoid Marcus Lattimore and Ken Crawley, who are both inside of Pro Football Focus’s top 20  graded cornerbacks. Sammy Watkins is also an excellent option since the Saints will be missing the previously mentioned defensive backs.

Other players to consider: Antonio Brown (PIT), Doug Baldwin (SEA), Devin Funchess (CAR), T.Y. Hilton (IND)

Tight End

Travis Kelce (KC): $7,500  vs. BUF
Travis Kelce’s salary is just too low when you consider his role in this Chief’s offense. Kelce is currently averaging 8.2 targets per game and has scored a touchdown in three out of his last four games. Even when he doesn’t find the endzone, he provides a pretty safe floor for your lineup.  

Other players to consider: Zach Ertz (PHI), Delanie Walker (TEN), Tyler Kroft (CIN), Greg Olsen (CAR)


Kicker

Possible options

  • Stephen Gostkowski (NE): $5,200
  • Chris Boswell (PIT): $4,800
  • Ryan Succop (TEN): $4,800
  • Blair Walsh (SEA): $4,800

Defense

Steelers PIT vs. GB $4,800
In my opinion, it's pretty simple this week for defense. You should either go with the Steelers or the Bengals. I give the slight edge to the Steelers this week. They have been one of the best defensive units in the NFL this season and the Packers have really struggled on offense under Brett Hundley after Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone.

Bengals CIN vs. CLE $4,900
The other option that I just mentioned is the Bengals. Pretty much whoever is playing the Browns is in play every week. The Browns have given up the most FanDuel points to opposing defenses this season.

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