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CORNER LOCKDOWN: Week 12

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Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets

Crowder is on a three game heater for the Jets and his fantasy owners. He has scored a touchdown in all three games and has seen 23 total targets. He’s turned those targets into 18 receptions for 240 yards. It’s no secret that Crowder and quarterback Sam Darnold have a ton of chemistry and that should once again carry over into this weekend. The Jets, who are on a two game winning streak, have a home game against the Raiders. This is another appetizing matchup for Crowder and I fully expect another 6-80-1 type stat-line for the slot receiver in Week 12.

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James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh

It has been a frustrating season for those who invested an early round draft pick on Conner. He simply can’t stay healthy. He’s had a few productive games, but overall it’s been a lost season. It’s looking like Conner is going to miss yet another game this week, but if for some reason he does play, I wouldn’t recommend starting him. He’s best left on your bench for what seems like an every week occurrence. If you need running back help, see below.

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Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets

Like Crowder, Griffin has also been very productive over the last month. Filling in for the injured Chris Herndon, he has scored three touchdowns over the last four games and is coming off a career-high 109 receiving yards last week. Fantasy owners are always looking for a decent tight end so take a look at Griffin. As I mentioned earlier, the Jets have a favorable matchup at home against the Raiders this weekend so Griffin certainly should be on fantasy radars.

Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit

Scarbrough came out of nowhere last week to lead the Lions’ backfield in snaps and carries. He ended up with 14 totes for 55 yards and a trip to pay dirt. All solid numbers for a player who just got promoted from the practice team the day before. He has a dream matchup against the lowly Redskins on deck for Week 12 and should be rostered wherever he’s available. I know it was only one game, but Detroit is a run-first team and Scarbrough is their top guy right now. He should be in the conversation for RB2 status this weekend due to the great matchup.

Lock of the Week

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina

Moore has been a model of consistency this season and is clearly the top wide receiver for the Panthers. If he didn’t have to contend with Christian McCaffrey getting so many targets out of the backfield then he’d probably be a Pro Bowler. Over the last three games, Moore has 24 receptions for 316 yards on a crazy 36 targets. He hasn’t scored at all which is a negative, but the fact that he gets so many balls thrown his way bodes well moving forward. Carolina travels to New Orleans for a big divisional matchup in Week 12 so Moore should be busy early and often in what projects to be a high-scoring game.

About Steve Rudy

Shark Staff Writer since 2008 hailing from Syracuse, NY. Die hard New York Jets fan.