It’s Thanksgiving time, folks! This week is all about giving thanks, spending time with family and close friends, and…umm…I’m forgetting something, right? Oh yeah, we have football on Thanksgiving day! Also, this is a skinny bye week, as we only have 2 teams on bye. Those 2 teams are Kansas City and Los Angeles Rams, which is a lot of firepower. Go ahead and get any players on those 2 teams out of your lineups for this week. Let’s go ahead and jump into some quarterbacks and tight ends that have good and bad matchups for week 12.
Baker Mayfield, CLE (at Cincinnati)
Mayfield impressed before his bye week, when he tossed 3 touchdowns and only had 3 incompletions against Atlanta in week 10 (Atlanta is the 4th best matchup for opposing quarterbacks). Now Mayfield gets the pleasure of facing the hapless Cincinnati defense, who are the easiest matchup for a quarterback to face. You either have Mayfield on your bench or he was dropped during his bye week, but you should feel very comfortable playing him in week 12.
Nick Mullens, SF (at Tampa Bay)
Mullens came back to Earth in week 10, tossing only 1 touchdown to go along with 2 interceptions. I say forget about that, though, as Mullens get the gift that keeps on giving in the Tampa Bay defense. Don’t feel comfortable with this start late in the fantasy season? I get it, but did you watch the shootout in week 11 when the Giants and Tampa Bay squared off? Well, Eli Manning tossed 2 touchdowns and only had 1 (that’s right, just one…) incompletion against the porous Tampa Bay pass defense. So yeah, if you’re in a bind this week, stream Mullens with confidence.
Deshaun Watson, HOU (vs. Tennessee)
This is another TOUGH week to pick out quarterbacks with hard matchups. Watson didn’t do much of anything in a good matchup against Washington in week 11 (Redskins are the 5th easiest matchup for opposing quarterbacks), as he only threw for 208 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions. Now Watson gets the Titans in week 12, who are the 6th hardest matchup for quarterbacks. It’s tough to bench Watson, but you may have a better option as you fight for a playoff spot in your league.
Chris Herndon, NYJ (vs. New England)
The tight end position is a crapshoot this year, to put it kindly. That being said, I think you can stream Herndon confidently in week 12. He gets the Patriots at home, who give up the most points to opposing tight ends. Herndon led all of the Jets’ receivers in yardage in week 10, so it doesn’t matter who is tossing the pigskin to him in week 12. I’m thinking he has a good shot at 5 or 6 receptions for 60-ish yards in a touchdown in this contest.
Nick Boyle, BAL (vs. Oakland)
Here is your weekly deep-dive for streaming a tight end, as I’m sure Boyle is on no one’s radar. That being said, Boyle did receive the 2nd most targets for Baltimore’s receivers in week 11, so maybe Lamar Jackson has a connection with him. Oakland is the 4th best matchup for opposing tight ends, leaving me to believe that Boyle has a shot at being a TE1 for week 12. If you’re truly desperate this week, give Boyle a look.
Kyle Rudolph, MIN (vs. Green Bay)
As I state every week, it’s hard to sit any tight end with any value. That being said, the Packers are the 2nd toughest matchup for opposing tight ends on the year. Not many people talk about it, but Rudolph has been a bust this year. In a must-win game against Chicago in week 11, Rudolph hauled in 2 passes for a measly 13 yards. In fact, Rudolph hasn’t topped 40 receiving yards since he faced Philadelphia in week 5. He also hasn’t scored a touchdown since week 3 when he faced Buffalo. I don’t need to keep going, do I? Bench or drop Rudolph, as he will only hurt your team.
A Look Ahead to Week 13…
For Week 13, Case Keenum gets the golden goose of matchups that is the Bengals, and they are the best matchup for opposing quarterbacks. Lamar Jackson or Joe Flacco gets the stamp of approval for week 13, as they will get to face the 4th easiest matchup for quarterbacks in the Atlanta Falcons. We don’t know how serious O.J. Howard’s injury is, but Cameron Brate needs to be on your radar now and especially for week 13. Brate gets the 3rd easiest matchup for tight ends when he faces Carolina. Baltimore is surprisingly the 5th easiest matchup for opposing tight ends, so have Austin Hooper locked and loaded for week 13.
Best of luck to you all in week 12. I hope that you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving Holiday. You can utilize the Fantasy Sharks Strength of Schedule tool yourself to find good and bad matchups for any part of the upcoming season (and any other position). As always, don’t hesitate to ask me any and everything regarding fantasy football on Twitter (my Twitter handle can be found below). Until next time, Sharks!