Week 12 is here, and as we enter this strange COVID holiday season, we are in the home stretch of the fantasy season. Playoffs are around the corner, and hopefully you’re in the hunt and can sneak in if you’re not already. This Sunday there’s a ton of action with no teams on bye, so let’s find some good matchups to exploit.
Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas (at Atlanta)
After a few rough games, Carr posted good numbers last week against Kansas City, throwing for 275 yards and three scores. More of the same may be in store for him this week as Las Vegas takes on Atlanta. Atlanta has given up 22 touchdowns on the year and allows 314 passing yards per game. Carr makes for an acceptable streaming option this week if you need a quarterback.
Mike Davis, RB, Carolina (at Minnesota)
With Christian McCaffrey out again this week, Mike Davis will start against Minnesota. Davis has done a more than adequate job filling in this year and should be fine in this one as well. Minnesota allows 103 rushing yards per game and have given up six touchdowns on the year. Davis still hasn’t broken the century mark, but he did get back in the end zone last week. There’s a chance Teddy Bridgewater is also back this week, which will help alleviate the pressure on the running game.
Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati (vs. New York Giants)
Admittedly Bernard has not been any special since taking over for Joe Mixon, but with Joe Burrow going down, that will change. Cincinnati is now starting Brandon Allen at quarterback, which means Bernard may be in for a busy day both on the ground and through the air. The Giants are decent against the run, allowing only 87 rushing yards per game but have been vulnerable to pass-catching backs. Through 10 games, the Giants are allowing six receptions and 53 receiving yards to running backs per game.
Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (vs. San Francisco)
Woods saw a season-high 15 targets last week, hauling in 12 balls for 130 yards and a score. This week the matchup is tough against San Francisco, but the Rams passing game is rolling right now. San Francisco allows 146 yards per game to receivers and have surrendered 12 touchdowns on the year. The Rams offense has gone missing on a few occasions this year, but it should keep the foot on the gas in a divisional game. You should feel confident starting any Rams receiver in this matchup.
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami (at New York Jets)
Tua Tagovailoa struggled last week and got benched, but he will be back this week, and Miami has a plus matchup against their former coach and the New York Jets. Parker has been hit-or-miss this year, but for the most part has stayed healthy. He’s coming off a six-catch performance in which he went for 61 yards and a score. The Jets allow 202 yards per game to receivers and have given up 11 touchdowns on the year. This is a nice bounce-back spot for Parker and Tagovailoa as they should take advantage of a weak Jets team.
Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (at Buffalo)
With touchdowns now in back-to-back games, Henry is starting to provide the consistency owners have been looking for. This week he gets a matchup with Buffalo, who is very tight end friendly. Buffalo allows a whopping 64 yards per game to the tight end and have given up six scores on the year. This Chargers passing attack led by rookie Justin Herbert is firing on all cylinders right now. Henry is a safe start this week in a plus matchup.