Welcome back football fans. Once again in Week 12 we have just 10 games on the main slate with three games on Thanksgiving plus SNF, MNF, and two teams on byes. Let’s jump in and take a look at some core plays for cash games at each position.
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Andrew Luck(DK - $6,400 FD - $8,400)
Once again we have 10 games on the main slate and the quarterback position takes the biggest hit for depth. Thankfully, we have Andrew Luck at the top who has been incredible lately with seven straight games where he has thrown three or more touchdowns and in that time is averaging 301 yards passing and for fantasy 25.5 FanDuel/26.9 DraftKings points per game. While the Dolphins rank 10th in fantasy points per game given up to quarterbacks, they have given up just over 250 yards per game and rank 22nd in DVOA against the pass. At this price, Luck should be able to once again hit cash value(3x on DK/2x on FD) on both sites with GPP upside to boot. Lock him in as your top quarterback in all formats.
Baker Mayfield(DK - $5,500 FD - $7,500)
I am personally sold on Luck in 100% of my cash game lineups but if you are looking to go value and load up at RB and WR, consider Baker Mayfield. He only attempted 20 passes last week against the Falcons but was incredible completing 17 of them for 216 yards and three touchdowns. It was his fourth straight multi touchdown game and at his current price, he has hit cash value on both sites in four straight and six of his seven starts. He now gets another elite matchup against the Bengals who have given up the second-most passing yards per game(295.8) and the most fantasy points to the position. His discounted price tag definitely helps you load up on elite players throughout the rest of your lineup.
Also Consider: Eli Manning(NYG) on FanDuel where he is $800 cheaper than Mayfield and faces an Eagles tema that ranks 26th in passing yards per game allowed and 25th in fantasy points allowed to the position
Running Back Targets
Melvin Gordon(DK - $8,600 FD - $8,900)
After another productive week where Gordon put up 21.6 DraftKings/18.6 FanDuel points, his salary has dropped which is surprising considering the smaller 10-game slate. He is my top running back in cash games this week as he checks every box. He is fifth overall in rushing yards(741), sixth overall in receiving yards(448) among running backs and tied for fourth with 11 total touchdowns. He has given up some touches to Austin Ekeler throughout the season but has got 79% of the touch share over the last four weeks(71% for the season). He now gets an elite matchup against the Cardinals who have given up the fourth most rushing yards per game(141.5) and seventh-most fantasy points to the position. The Chargers have the third-highest implied points on the main slate and are huge 12 point favorites meaning game script is perfect for Gordon who is an elite play in all formats.
Marlon Mack(DK - $5,500 FD - $7,000)
It is usually hard to find value plays for cash games without there being a mid-week injury opening up opportunity. The Colts backfield is a somewhat crowded situation but since Mack returned from injury, he has been the man as he has received just over 62% of the touches while Wilkins and Hines have splits the other 38%. Mack has also had rushed for 89 or more yards three times and scored four touchdowns in those six games. The Colts now get a terrific matchup as 12 point favorites and have the highest implied points on the slate. They face a Dolphins team that has allowed the third-most rushing yards per game(142) and fourth-most passing yards per game. Given his mid-tier price, Mack is a great play in all formats and can even be paired with Luck to almost cover all the Colts scoring.
Also consider: Nick Chubb(CLE) who has received 75% of the touch share in the Browns backfield over the last four weeks while averaging 101.5 rushing yards per game
Wide Receiver Targets
Julian Edelman(DK - $7,000 FD - $7,400)
The Week 12 main slate lacks some depth at the top of the wide receiver salary. With Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, Tyreke Hill, Adam Thielen, Davante Adams, and DeAndre Hopkins and others playing primetime or on bye’s I was surprised to see Edelman’s price in the low to mid $7K range this week. He has tallied 10+ targets in three straight weeks catching 24 of them for 279 yards. Since returning to the Pats lineup in Week 5, he is second to only James White(59) with 56 targets and has been part of the “Tom Brady Circle of Trust” for years now. Gronk has missed two straight weeks and is questionable once again and the Pats get a terrific matchup against the Jets who may only rank 16th in passing yards per game but have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to wideouts. Edelman’s floor is sky high and at these second tier prices, is an elite cash game play this week.
Golden Tate(DK - $4,800 FD - $6,400)
After an uneventful first game with the Eagles, Tate proceeded to get more involved last week as he was targeted eight times, catching five of them for 48 yards in a blowout loss to the Saints. In my opinion, those eight targets are his floor in this offense and while the matchup doesn’t jump off the page this week(Giants rank 9th in fantasy points to WR), Tate stands out with his mid-tier price tag, especially on DraftKings where it dropped $700 this week. If you are looking to stack two top tier running backs in cash games, Tate is one of the safest plays in that mid tier range and an excellent choice in Week 12.
Also Consider: Tyler Boyd(CIN) if A.J. Green is back this week as his targets, receptions, yards have all been better with Green in the lineup and Boyd’s price has come down on both sites
Tight End Target
Cameron Brate(DK - $3,600 FD - $4,400)
Like I mention below, if you have the salary to pay up Ertz and Kittle are in great spots this week. For me, I am looking to load up at the running back position and will be targeting value at the position. Cameron Brate stands out this week as he will take over as the #1 tight end for the Bucs after O.J. Howard was placed on season-ending IR. The upside is somewhat capped but the good news is Jameis Winston is starting and he has targeted Brate in the redzone a ton over the last three seasons. The price is right for Brate to be considered a PTS/$ cash play on both sites.
Also Consider: Zach Ertz(PHI) or George Kittle(SF) if you have the salary to pay up at the TE position