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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 12

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Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas

Prescott began the 2019 season red hot, then cooled off ever so slightly during the middle weeks. However, in the past two weeks, Prescott’s numbers are on the rise again. The fourth-year pro from Mississippi State continued that hot streak on Sunday, torching Detroit for 444 yards and three touchdowns, totaling nearly 41 fantasy points. That game followed up a 32-point fantasy score last week against Minnesota. If Prescott’s hot streak is to continue, he’s going to have to earn it, as his upcoming schedule includes a road game against that powerful New England defense next Sunday before following that up with a home game against another tough defense in Buffalo.

Josh Allen, QB, Buffalo

Speaking of Buffalo, its quarterback has been on a roll of his own lately. Allen has had the luxury of facing two of the league’s worst teams the past two weeks, and he has taken full advantage of it. In a Week 10 game at Cleveland, Allen ran for two scores on his way to 27 fantasy points. This past week at Miami he was even better, throwing for more than 250 yards and three scores, and also rushing for 56 yards and another score. Allen will get one more beatable defense (Denver) this week, then the schedule gets decidedly more difficult, as Allen looks forward to games at Dallas, against Baltimore, and then finishing the fantasy playoffs with road games at Pittsburgh and New England.

Atlanta D/ST

The relative ineptitude of the Atlanta D/ST during the 2019 season is no secret. In five of 11 games this season, the Atlanta D/ST has finished with negative points. In two other games it has only scored in single digits. But in the past two weeks, the Atlanta defensive unit has been up to the task, scoring 16 and 31 points, respectively, and upsetting fellow NFC South foes New Orleans and Carolina. The five-week tour of the rest of the South Division continues as Atlanta looks forward to three straight home games against Tampa Bay, New Orleans and Carolina. Time will tell if the Atlanta D/ST can continue its record of improvement.

Sam Darnold, QB, New York Jets

After missing a month of the season recovering from mononucleosis, Darnold returned to action by lighting up Dallas for 25 fantasy points in Week 6. He followed that up with three games where he didn’t score more than 16 fantasy points. But in the past two weeks against the lowly New York Giants and Washington, Darnold has been on a bit of a roll, throwing for five touchdowns and running in another. The second-year quarterback out of USC can look forward to a rather easy schedule for the next few weeks as the Jets host Oakland, then hit the road for a game at Cincinnati before returning home to face Miami.

Randall Cobb, WR, Dallas

When Cobb came over to Dallas as a free agent from Green Bay, it was hoped that he would provide a veteran presence in the slot for Dallas. For whatever reason, those hopes have gone largely unfulfilled. But in the last two weeks, Cobb has become a favorite target of quarterback Dak Prescott. After scoring in just the single digits for most of this season, the past two games have seen Cobb go off, to the tune of 10 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas will face some rather tough defensive units in the coming weeks with games at New England and then home against Buffalo. Only time will tell if Cobb is able to continue his late season resurgence.

About David Verbanac

Hi guys, I've been a member of Fantasy Sharks since September of '08. If you've been a member here for the past few years, you have no doubt seen a few of my posts. Like most, I can usually be found trolling about in the Main Tank, commenting on all the hot topics involving fantasy football and the NFL. I am honored to be one of the "newbs" among the writing staff, and I hope that you find my columns to be both entertaining and informative. I have been a member of a private, 12 team PPR re-draft league for over 20 years. It is a league made up mostly of guys that I used to work with. I'm proud to say that I made the playoffs last year, finishing in the money in 3rd place. I, of course, am aiming for a shot at the title this season!!