I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving with your friends and family. You are now likely stuffed from dinner and exhausted from Black Friday shopping all night for that perfect deal!
With three games on Thanksgiving and a full slate on Sunday with no more byes, you may have more options at positions this week. Take a dive with me into Week 12 to review players and a defense that you can count on this Thanksgiving weekend.
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Joe Flacco and the entire Baltimore Ravens’ offense has been inconsistent most of this season. However, if your quarterback faces a tough matchup or has been cold lately, consider Flacco for Week 12. The Baltimore Ravens’ welcome the Houston Texan’ who have allowed the most points and most touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. In fact, they have allowed 16 touchdowns over the last six games. With Mike Wallace, Jeremy Maclin, and Danny Woodhead all finally healthy at the same time, Flacco should have a solid set of weapons to choose from during his Monday Night Football matchup. Historically, Flacco has performed moderately against the Houston Texans, but should post a decent line this week.
Week 12 projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD
RB Devontae Booker, Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos’ backfield situation has been a mystery this season. Initially, C.J. Anderson appeared as the lead back, while Jamaal Charles gradually gained more touches and snaps as the season progressed. After Week 11, it appears that Devontae Booker may now be the primary back with Charles and Anderson earning less carries. This may be likely the ever-changing quarterback situation as Paxton Lynch is expected to start Week 12, and is their third starter this season. Booker totaled 98 years in Week 12, and should be considered a RB3 or Flex for Week 12 when the Denver Broncos visit the Oakland Raiders who have given up the 4th most fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Week 12 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD
WR Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins’ veteran wide receiver has quietly posted a very impressive season with his new team. Except for a dude in Week 8 against Oakland Raiders, Stills has posted at least eight targets, five catches, and 65 receiving yards over the last month. He was likely left on the waiver wire most of the season, but now earned WR3 and Flex status for remainder of season. With an attractive matchup against the New England Patriots who have given up the 3rd most points to opposing wide receivers. Over his career, Still has played well against the Patriots with three touchdowns in five games.
Week 12 projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers
Generally, tight ends like Greg Olsen are not featured in the Dive as they are “must starts”. However, Olsen appeared to be sidelined for the rest of the season after breaking his foot in Week 2. With the Carolina Panthers fighting for a playoff spot and Cam Newton’s targets limited over the last few weeks after the Kelvin Benjamin trade and Curtis Samuel suffering a season-ending ankle injury, Olsen should resume his role as TE1 immediately. If he is on the waiver wire, pick up him now. If he is on an opponent’s roster, consider trading for him if your deadline has not passed. With a matchup against the New York Jets who have surrendered the 8th most points to opposing tight ends, find a way to add Olsen to your starting lineup!
Week 12 projection: 75 receiving yards; 1 TD
D/ST Oakland Raiders
After being heralded a top candidate to win the AFC West, the Oakland Raiders are barely hanging onto to hope for the playoffs with a 4-6 record. However, Oakland’s defense has been one of the team’s key weaknesses, but should rebound against a stagnant Denver Broncos’ offense. After Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler struggled to move the offense, Paxton Lynch will be throwing his first pass of the season. Although Oakland has struggled against quarterbacks this season, they should be able to rebound against their division rivals who have allowed double digit points to opposing defenses for six weeks in a row.
Week 12 projection: 11 points