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THE DIVE: Week 12 “Thanksgiving Feast”

Quarterbacks and wide receivers led the bulk of the high scorers for Week 11. Deshaun Watson, Justin Herbert, Keenan Allen, and Adam Thielen feasted on their opponents and stuffed the stat sheet with generous performances for their fantasy managers. We also saw Taysom Hill’s first start, which was solid despite a few early game flaws and showed tons of room for potential. Lastly, we wish a speedy recovery to rookie quarterback Joe Burrow whose impressive rookie season ended prematurely after a season-ending knee surgery.

Thanksgiving is here! Although our gatherings may be smaller given the pandemic, we can still show gratitude for our blessings, feast on delicious turkey and stuffing, and enjoy a full slate of Thanksgiving football! Take a dive with me as we discuss several players and a defense that will leave your fantasy team filled with points this week. No teams are on bye, but keep an eye on COVID-19 related news especially in Baltimore currently.

Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia

Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles certainly still not appear in sync. Whether its Wentz’ struggles, injuries to their playmakers, poor play calling, or a combination of these, their offense has only managed 17 points in each of the last two games. Wentz will rebound in a home matchup on Monday Night Football against the Seattle Seahawks who have allowed the 2nd most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Wentz’ performance may continue to be a rollercoaster this season, but Week 12 should be a solid performance. Consider him a low-end QB2 with upside and a solid fill-in If your quarterback is injured or faces a difficult matchup this week.

Week 12 projection: 250 passing yards; 15 rushing yards; 2 passing TDs

D’Andre Swift, RB, Detroit

Just as D’Andre Swift was given more work and separated himself from the pack (or pride since he’s a Lion), he was sidelined with a concussion for Week 11. Swift has been limited in practice but should see the field in Week 12 for a juicy home matchup on Thanksgiving against the Houston Texans who have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Prior to Week 11, Swift was averaging 123 total yards with over 5 yards per carry as well as over 10 yards per reception. Start Swift on Thursday as an RB2 or Flex with high upside!

Week 12 projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee

Somehow Corey Davis has become an underappreciated fantasy asset. Although he posted a dud in Week 9, the rest of his season has been relatively solid with over 100 receiving yards in three games. His matchup is not favorable in Week 12 against the Indianapolis Colts who are relatively strong against wide receivers, but Davis should see his momentum continue to build in this battle for the AFC South. Davis is a WR3 or Flex with a high floor and decent upside.

Week 12 projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD

Jordan Reed, TE, San Francisco

The argument against Jordan Reed has never been talent, but rather his struggles with injury. Reed appears back to full health and is an option in a very thin tight end pool this season. San Francisco should also have Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel back as receiving options, which will finally give backup quarterback Nick Mullens a few weapons. Although the matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is relatively neutral, expect Reed to play a major role in San Francisco’s offensive scheme who are still in the playoff hunt.

Week 12 projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

Green Bay Packers, D/ST

Green Bay’s defense has been decent, but not a top option most of the season. This will change in Week 12 when the Packers welcome the Chicago Bears’ lackluster offense. Chicago has given up the 8th most fantasy points to opposing defenses and are uncertain whether Nick Foles, Mitchell Trubisky, or Tyler Bray will be starting. Green Bay has earned 5 sacks and forced five turnovers over their last three games. This may not be a blowout since Chicago’s defense is very good, but Green Bay should handle this divisional matchup with strong play from their defense and win this one.

Week 12 projection: 12 points

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.