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Corner Lockdown - Week 12

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Running Wild

Bobby Rainey exploded onto the fantasy radar in Week 11 and is the top waiver add right now. Due to injuries, his workload has increased tremendously and he took full advantage last Sunday, shredding the Atlanta run defense for 163 yards on 30 carries. Rainey scored two touchdowns on the ground and also contributed two catches and a receiving touchdown as well. He showed very impressive versatility, breaking away for a 43-yard touchdown and pounding it in from three yards out, also. He opened a lot of eyes and seems like a solid RB2 the rest of the way. Rainey is clearly a must-add if available in your league, just don’t expect another performance like his Week 11.

The Colts still say that Trent Richardson is their starting tailback, but Brown is looking like the one to own for fantasy right now. He has way better hands and seems to have way more of a speed burst than Richardson has shown. It doesn’t hurt that Brown is coming off one of the best games of his career in Week 11 when he scored two touchdowns on 80 yards rushing. He received six more carries than Richardson and even though he only had one reception, Brown is usually good for three or four catches. He does have a tough matchup against Arizona this weekend, but I think Brown, at worst, should be plugged into your flex spot in all formats as he looks to make it three straight games finding the end zone.

Shark Sleepers

Shane Vereen , RB New England Patriots

Vereen returned for New England’s Week 11 matchup against Carolina and did everything he was expected to do. He only got one carry, but made up for it with eight receptions for 65 yards. Only getting one carry is somewhat worrisome, but Stevan Ridley lost another fumble in the red zone and LeGarrette Blount didn’t look all that impressive, so look for Vereen to steal more carries as the season goes on. He is the clear third down back for the Patriots and will see almost every single target out of the backfield, so in PPR leagues Vereen is close to a must start. Remember, he got 14 carries Week 1 before injuring his wrist, so if he starts getting double digit carries to go with his pass catching abilities then Vereen could be a stud down the stretch in all formats.

Ryan Fitzpatrick , QB Tennessee Titans

The starting job belongs to Fitzpatrick for the rest of the season and so far he has been serviceable in the fantasy world. Over the last two weeks, he has thrown for close to 500 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Fitzpatrick also holds value because of his running ability, scoring twice in his four games as the starter. Even though the quarterback position is pretty healthy this season, Fitzpatrick is appealing for Week 12 because he gets to go up against the Raiders. They have struggled defensively all season so 20-plus points out of the Amish Rifle could be more of a reality than a possibility.

Lock of the Week

Aaron Dobson , WR New England Patriots

Each week, Dobson has gained more and more of Tom Brady’s trust. He is now the starting X receiver and has been playing no less than 70% of the snaps for New England. He is coming off a down week where he only caught four passes for 38 yards, but Dobson will be very busy Sunday night against Denver. Neither defense is too impressive so expect a shootout in Week 12. And since the Broncos struggle against the pass, I see Dobson having a huge game. There’s no reason to think that 100 yards and a touchdown are out of the question for the young receiver. Though New England has a lot of options in the passing game, Dobson has been drawing a healthy number of targets over the last month and will improve on the seven he received last week. Start Dobson as your WR2 or flex and you won’t be disappointed.