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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 12

Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 12
Baker Mayfield couldn't ask for a better matchup. Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Week 12 is already here and I’m back to give out more sleeper plays. Remember to set your lineups early with 3 games being played on Thursday. My standard for a good fantasy game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD, and this is for PPR scoring. A game with a lot of catches helps too, obviously. Of course, the bar is a little lower for TEs. 

I went 6-6 last week, and you can check out that article here. I counted both QBs as a loss, even though they were middle of the pack-ish. Sorry, Week 11 was my worst week of the year. I will continue to look for players that can help you with playoff implications on the line heading forward. These players are in no particular order.


Baker Mayfield (CLE): The Bengals are allowing over 32 FPTS/G to QBs over their last 4 games. Is that good?

Andy Dalton (CIN): I’m a little concerned that A.J. Green may not be back, but the matchup is tasty. Plus, our rule on QBs says that if we expect Mayfield to have a big game, we should expect the opposing QB to do the same. Here's hoping that rule comes through again this week!


Nick Chubb (CLE): The Bengals defense is getting torched, so make sure you fire up Chubb this week. Cincinnati is allowing almost 39 FPTS/G to RBs over their last 4, and over 5 yards/carry.

Mark Ingram (NO): I put Ingram in this article 2 weeks in a row and he’s been money. Why mess with a good thing? The Falcons are a Top 2 matchup for RBs allowing over 33 FPTS/G to the position.

Marlon Mack (IND): Mack should come through again as long as he’s healthy. The Colts offense is really heating up.

Phillip Lindsay (DEN): The Steelers are an average matchup for RBs over their last 4 games allowing over 25 FPTS/G to the position.

Matt Breida (SF): I get it. He's brittle, but the matchup is too good to pass up. The Bucs are allowing just under 30 FPTS/G to RBs in their last 5.


Allen Robinson (CHI): *Proceed with caution. His QB situation is concerning now.

He’s in a great spot to put up some points on Turkey Day against the Lions. Detroit is giving up over 43 FPTS/G to WRs over their last 5 games, and he smashed the Lions for over 100-yards and 2 TDs only 2 weeks ago.

Calvin Ridley (ATL): He had his best game of the year against the Saints earlier this season, so he’s worth taking a flyer on. His involvement in the offense lately has been concerning, so he’s no lock to blow up. This matchup is good however, and when you’re dealing with sleepers, beggars can’t be choosers.

Amari Cooper (DAL): I put Cooper in this article last week and he killed me, but I’m going to give him another shot. Washington is giving up over 41 FPTS/G to WRs in their last 5 games.

Doug Baldwin (SEA): He’s not perfect but he seems to be a lot healthier and starting to come on. He’s in a good spot against a Carolina D that is allowing almost 37 FPTS/G to WRs in their last 5. They really struggle with TEs as well, so Baldwin could come up BIG in the slot this week.


Jordan Reed (WAS): He had a nice game against Houston in Week 11, and now he gets a Dallas defense that allowed 25 catches in their last 4 games to TEs, and over 17 FPTS/G.

C. J. Uzomah (CIN): He hasn’t been very good, but this is purely about the matchup. The Browns have given up an insane 37 catches to TEs over their last 4 games, and are allowing almost 23 FPTS/G to the position.


That’s all I have for this week. For more fantasy info, make sure you check out my show Moneyline on ESPN 97.5 every Sunday from 10-noon. Jerry Bo and I will get you ready for kickoff and answer any questions you may have. Also, follow us on Twitter.

Good luck in Week 12 and Happy Thanksgiving!




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Houston Astros (22-28, third in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (21-31, fourth in the AL West)

Oakland, California; Friday, 9:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (2-2, 3.97 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 26 strikeouts); Athletics: Ross Stripling (1-8, 5.19 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 32 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Astros -170, Athletics +142; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series at home against the Houston Astros on Friday.

Oakland has a 21-31 record overall and a 12-14 record in home games. The Athletics have hit 65 total home runs to rank third in the AL.

Houston is 22-28 overall and 8-13 in road games. The Astros have a 13-4 record in games when they did not allow a home run.

The teams match up Friday for the fifth time this season. The Astros lead the season series 4-0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brent Rooker has 11 home runs, 17 walks and 32 RBI while hitting .286 for the Athletics. Max Schuemann is 12-for-35 with a double and two RBI over the past 10 games.

Kyle Tucker leads Houston with 17 home runs while slugging .638. Alex Bregman is 9-for-38 with three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 2-8, .225 batting average, 5.25 ERA, outscored by 27 runs

Astros: 7-3, .272 batting average, 3.13 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs

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