Jan 3, 2016; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs with the ball as New York Jets linebacker Erin Henderson (58) pursues during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 22-17. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
Week 12 starts with our favorite holiday tradition, the Thanksgiving Day games. Get your holiday started with fantasy football.
Thanksgiving Day football is one of the best times of the year. It’s nice to be able to watch football, eat Turkey, and spend time with family.
If you are one of those lucky fans that gets to attend one of the Thanksgiving Day games, I say enjoy! The Fantasy Football season is getting down to the wire. Did you survive when your best players were on bye?
The most consistent player on your fantasy football team is the most important. For me, it’s been Melvin Gordon. It hurt my team that he was off last week, and I missed his points, but there is nothing you can do when a player’s bye week comes up on the schedule.
Here are my five players that are ready for a Big Week 12.
With injuries to Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles, expect to see Smallwood get a full load on Sunday. He averaged 3.7 yards per carry against a tough Seahawks defense. That’s a pretty good average against one of the best defenses in the league.
The Packers defense isn’t as good as the Seahawks so I expect Smallwood to have a great game. If Robert Kelley can run all over the Packers D, then Smallwood will do the same.
With at least 20-25 carries this week against the Packers, Smallwood will easily have 150 yards. On top of the carries, he will have two touchdowns. One will be a receiving touchdown since he is also a duel threat type of player like Darren Sproles.
I’ve put Matt Forte in almost all of my Top 5 Fantasy Players of the week because he’s been that good. His consistency is off the charts.
The Jets had their bye in Week 11, so that Forte should be well rested for the Patriots defense. Carlos Hyde was able to run for 86 yards on the Patriots run defense. If Hyde can do that to the Patriots defense, then I see Forte doing even better, especially after the bye week.
Matt Forte will carry the ball 20 times for 125 yards. He will also have 7 receptions for 75 yards. In total, he will have two total touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air.
Beckham Jr. is one of the best Wide Receivers in the game today. We might see Beckham Jr go off against a Browns team that might not be playing hard anymore. When your team hasn’t won a game yet this season, some players might already be checked out.
On any given play, Beckham Jr. could take it to the house and that’s scary. The Browns have been known to give up the long ball this season and I feel like Eli Manning will take advantage of the poor secondary.
He’s been known to have long receptions this season, with his season high of 75 yards. Beckham Jr. might break his 75 yarder on Sunday which would be a fun thing to see.
Due to the poor secondary of the Browns, Beckham Jr will have 10 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Taylor is a special talent. The Bills were smart to sign him because he has Michael Vick like ability. It also doesn’t hurt that he went to the same college as Vick.
Being a duel threat quarterback gives defensive coordinators nightmares. You don’t know if they’ll pass the ball or end up running for big gains. In order for you to stop mobile quarterbacks, you need to have a spy on defense, preferably a linebacker.
Jacksonville has been struggling all season even though the talent on that team is off the charts. Taylor won’t have an issue on Sunday against the Jacksonville defense.
For week 12, Taylor will pass for 250 yards with two touchdowns. He will also run for 50 on four carries in a Buffalo win.
Ebron is quietly having a production season for the Lions. The Lions are having plenty of success this season even after the retirement of Calvin Johnson.
It doesn’t hurt that Golden Tate and Marvin Jones are putting up good numbers this season and that Matthew Stafford is protecting the ball better. Eric Ebron is one of the dark horses on offense averaging 12.9 yards per reception.
The Vikings have a great defense all around, but I think Ebron will have success against them. The past two weeks, Ebron has caught 7 balls, and I don’t think that will change in week 12.
Ebron will have seven receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.
The good thing about fantasy sports is that is gives us a distraction from everything else going on. It also gives you the opportunity to pay attention to other teams that you might not normally pay attention to.
Fantasy Thought Of The Week:
I’ve known people who refuse to draft players due to the fact that they play on their most hated rival, no matter how good the player is. I find that a little ridiculous when it comes to fantasy. You need to let that go and draft the best players available to might help you eventually win your league.
I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and gets to spend it with family. Thanksgiving is the best time to be thankful for food, football, and family. Once you are done eating all that food, enjoy the third and final football game of the day until you pass out!