We are one week closer to most fantasy playoffs starting and the way Week 12 played out, it could of been a make or break week for you. Congratulations to those who are already playoff eligible, and for those of you who need Week 13 help, I am here for you!

We were spoiled with three games on Thanksgiving day. The Bears dominated the Detroit Lions thanks in large part to a pick-six that put the dagger into them. Ezekiel Elliott dominated the run game for Dallas, while Amari Cooper put up the No. 1 wide receiver stats finishing with 180 yards and two touchdowns. And talk about the season of giving, Drew Brees gave all four of his touchdowns to undrafted players, leaving our main guys from the Saints with nothing to brag about.

Sunday’s games were insane as Alex Collins was a late scratch giving Gus Edwards the keys to the bus and he did fantastic. I am almost positive that he isn’t going away and will be leading many teams to fantasy titles.

Christian McCaffrey put up video game numbers with 237 total yards and two touchdowns. He was a winner himself in many fantasy lineups, especially those who also play DFS.

Melvin Gordon begged his way into playing causing some fantasy owners to bench him, but if you were like me and kept him in, he rewarded you with two touchdowns to go along with 61 rushing yards and a grade-2 MCL sprain……damn.

What has happened to the Green Bay Packers? Sorry @premod76, but this offense just isn’t clicking. Aaron Rodgers looks like himself again on some plays, but just cant get that offense moving. Mike McCarthy needs to go now and not at the end of the season. Maybe they could learn something from the Cleveland Browns.

How about that Monday night game! The Tennessee Titans started out with a 10-0 lead, but Houston just started clicking with two touchdown receptions for Demaryius Thomas as the Houston Texans steam rolled to a 34-17 win at home.




Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns

He has thrown 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions over the last five games and finished as a top-five fantasy QB for Week 12. However, his schedule isn’t very favorable until Week 16 when he gets the Cincinnati Bengals again.

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Are you nervous putting him in your lineup? Don’t be! If the Ravens keep starting Jackson at QB, the sky is the limit for this dual threat quarterback as he has the Falcons, Chiefs and Buccaneers coming up here for weeks 13-15. Might not be a bad idea to pair Jackson with Mayfield for your playoff push.

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Running Backs

Gus “Bus” Edwards, Baltimore Ravens

Edwards was a major sleeper/risk for Week 12 and he did awesome with Alex Collins being a “healthy” scratch rushing a team-high 23 times for 118 yards. If he is still out there on your waiver wire, and you are in a make or break week, use your No. 1 waiver priority and/or all your FAAB to get this guy. He will be winning teams fantasy championships, just look at his schedule.

Josh Adams, Philadelphia Eagles

Finally! A running back on this team reaches double-digit carries. Adams had one of the better performances for an Eagles’ running back this season with 22 carries for 84 yards and a touchdown against the Giants. If he is still available, and I don’t know why he would be (if he is I want in your league next year!), he is worth the top waiver option and all FAAB if Edwards is already gone.

Austin Ekeler/ Justin Jackson, Los Angeles Chargers

As of now, Melvin Gordon could “miss a few weeks”. Let’s just hope i’ts just this week and we luck out for the fantasy playoffs. He is for sure out against Pittsburgh, but if you’re like me, and are a Gordon owner, you for sure want him for weeks 14 and 15 as the Chargers take on Cincinnati and Kansas City. Until then, Ekeler needs to be owned in 100% of leagues and serves as a low-end RB2 as long as Gordon is out. Some of you may be in deeper leagues where Ekeler is gone, grab Jackson. He will at least be splitting some time in the backfield with Ekeler.

Carlos Hyde, Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Fournette got into a fight with Shaq Lawson and both were thrown out of the game. He is suspended for the upcoming game, but is also appealing it. If the appeal gets denied, Hyde could be a nice plug-n-play RB2.

Frank Gore, Miami Dolphins

Kenyan Drake left last week’s game with a shoulder injury and Adam Gase likes to use Gore as his primary running back. If Drake is out, Gore has a decent matchup coming up against the Bills.

Malcolm Brown, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams are sitting pretty at the top of the NFC West and more than likely could sit, or at least significantly reduce the touches, for their star Todd Gurley as the actual playoffs get closer. Drop the dead weight off your roster if you own Gurley, go claim Brown.

Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs

Kareem Hunt’s cuff, and they hold a two-game lead. Get Ware.


Wide Receiver

Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams

If you listened to me last week, he’s already on your team, but you may still be able to get lucky and grab him. He had six catches for 80 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 and should continue to contribute the rest of the season. He gets the Lions lethargic defense this week.

Chris Conley, Kansas City Chiefs

He had a Week 11 breakout against the Rams finishing with seven catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns. If Sammy Watkins is still limited with a foot injury, Conley could be a desperation FLEX play.


Tight Ends

Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay buccaneers

Why is he still available? Okay so he only had three receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown last week. But touchdowns are what we like to see out of tight ends, and if you didn’t know, O.J. Howard was placed on injured reserve before the Week 12 slate. He needs to be owned in all leagues.


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