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THE DIVE: Week 12 “Monday Night Mayhem”

Where were you last Monday Night? Hopefully, you were on the edge of your seat in front of a television with the rest of us witnessing one of the greatest Monday Night Football games of all times featuring 105 total points, more than 1,000 total yards, 3 defensive touchdowns, and so much more.  Patrick Mahomes torched the Los Angeles Rams for 478 passing yards and 6 touchdowns, while Jared Goff totaled 5 touchdowns as his Rams pulled out a 54-51 victory! Many players on the Rams and Chiefs generously helped their fantasy owners secure a victory in Week 11.

With three games set for Thanksgiving Day, and the Rams and Chiefs on a much deserved bye, let’s take a dive into Week 12 as we approach the end of the regular season in fantasy football soon. The weather for Week 12 does not appear to be a major factory so let’s look at a few players that may help you appreciate your Thanksgiving even more!

QB Nick Mullens

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens was third on the depth chart to begin the season and invisible from fantasy radar.  Now, he is a potential starter to consider with the fantasy football playoffs looming!  Although Mullens’ second start in Week 10 was far from the gem of his Week 9 debut, he has still generated 250 passing yards, at least one touchdown, and 70 percent completion percentage in both games. After a week 11 bye, he heads into a road matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who have allowed the most fantasy points to quarterbacks.  If your quarterback is on bye (Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes) or doubtful this week (Mitchell Trubisky), consider Mullens given the great matchup!

Week 12 forecast: 250 passing yards; 2 TD

RB Mark Ingram

It can be difficult trusting a talented running back who is clearly splitting his workload, even on the prolific offense of the New Orleans Saints. Although Alvin Kamara may produce more points in your fantasy football league especially in PPR format, veteran back Mark Ingram has been extremely effective since his return and received the most carries over the last two weeks.  With New Orleans scoring at least 30 points in all but two games this season, there is certainly “enough” to go around.  Ingram and the New Orleans’ Saints welcome their division rival Atlanta Falcons on Thanksgiving night.  Atlanta has given up the most fantasy points to running backs including almost five yards per carry.  Look for a potential shootout with the Saints posting another 35-50 points on the scoreboard, and consider Ingram a RB2 and excellent FLEX with a high ceiling!

Week 12 forecast: 100 total yards; 1 TD

WR Kenny Golladay

With Golden Tate traded a few weeks ago and Marvin Jones out for Thursday’s game, Matthew Stafford will have to rely heavily on wide receiver Kenny Golladay. The young receiver has been fairly consistent and heated up recently with 27 targets, 14 catches, 191 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns in just the last two games and looks forward to a rematch against division rival Chicago Bears.  Chicago’s defense has been superb this season, however their secondary has been vulnerable as they have surrendered the 8th most fantasy points to wide receivers including three touchdowns over the last two contests. Golladay also scored during his last game against Chicago.   Start Golladay as a high-end WR2 with a high ceiling in his Thanksgiving game.

Week 12 forecast: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD

TE Jonnu Smith

Although the Tennessee Titans’ offense has been a rollercoaster lately, tight end Jonnu Smith has been a bright spot. With at least 33 receiving yards and two touchdowns over this last three games, Smith may be a streamer if your tight end is injured or on bye.  Tennessee will visit division rival Houston Texans who have given up the 11th most fantasy points to tight ends including 198 yards, 18 receptions, and two touchdowns over the last two games.  Whether Marcus Mariota returns from injury or backup Blaine Gabbert starts, consider Jones a low-end TE2, but decent fill-in for this weekend.

Week 12 forecast: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

D/ST Buffalo Bills

Are you shaking your head wondering how a 3-7 Buffalo Bills’ team may make a great defensive play this weekend?  Although Buffalo’s season has disappointed, their defense has not. In fact, only the Baltimore Ravens have allowed less net total yards than Buffalo. They are in the middle of the pack in terms of total points allowed and average points allowed per game. With a home matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars who have allow the 9th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends including six sacks in Week 11.

Week 12 forecast: 11 points

Week 11 Results:  I hope for better luck this week!

QB Dak Prescott

Week 11 projection: 225 passing yards; 25 rushing yards; 2 TD

Week 11 results: 208 passing yards; 5 rushing yards; 1 TD

RB Doug Martin

Week 11 projection: 75 total yards; 1 TD

Week 11 results: 58 rushing yards (ok call)

WR Alshon Jeffery

Week 11 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 11 results: 33 receiving yards (bad call)

TE Ricky Seals-Jones

Week 11 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 11 results: 5 receiving yards (bad call)

D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 11 projection: 12 points

Week 11 results: 9 points (ok call)

Good luck this week and have a great Thanksgiving!

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.