DraftKings Week 12 DFS Bargain Plays

It’s hard to believe that the fantasy playoffs start in just two weeks. Which sucks because it just means football is that much closer to being over.

But, the bonus is, I will be doing this through Week 17.

Playoffs?? Maybe, I just might surprise you!

As we look back on Week 11’s bargains, Devin Singletary did okay, but didn’t put up the stats that most of us would of hoped for against the Miami Dolphins. D.J. Chark Jr. smashed it for 33.4 DK points in a bad loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Greg Olsen had five receptions for 57 yards, which was good for 10.7 points, but it wasn’t wasn’t we expected against the Atlanta Falcons. What has gotten into that defense? Speaking of defenses, the Saints DST put up a solid 17 points. Thank you Jameis Winston for throwing 4 INT’s, one being a pick-6. Did you know he’s on pace for 29 interceptions? Incredible.

As for the rest of my bargains last week, they didn’t live up to my expectations, and I apologize if you used them.

What’s nice, though, is that we get to setup a whole new lineup this week. So sit back, crack a beer with me, and let’s get those Week 12 bargains in your lineups!

Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns ($5,900)

Why is it that every time you want to use anyone playing the Dolphins, their price tends to go up higher than the standard? Well the answer is pretty easy. DraftKings knows what they are doing and they know most will try to get Baker Mayfield in their lineups against a lesser opponent. Quarterbacks are all kind of stacked together this week, but between Mayfield and Sam Darnold, I had to go with the team that has OBJ and Juice going against a team that is bottom five in pass defense.

Jaylen Samuels, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers ($7,200)

Whoa, whoa, whoa. How is this available as a bargain play? First off, I am playing this assuming James Conner is out. JuJu Smith-Schuster has already been ruled out and Dionte Johnson is still in the concussion protocol. That leave James Washington and Vance McDonald as the primary skill players to go along with Jaylen Samuels. Remember, Samuels is a pass-catcher. He had 13 receptions Week 9 against the Indianapolis Colts. He can run….slow, but he is good at getting those receptions out of the backfield, which is why you need to get him in lineups because who from Cincinnati will be able to stop him? Exactly.

Miles Sanders, Running Back, Philadelphia Eagles ($5,000)

As long as Jordan Howard is out, I will be smashing Miles Sanders into all of my lineups this week. Last week he was bottled up against the New England Patriots because that’s what the Patriots do, they take away your best playmakers. Seattle, on the other hand, not so much as they struggle against stopping the run; and with Alshon Jeffery relegated to just individual drills, makes me think that he will be out once again this week. No Howard, no Jeffery, no problem with Sanders this week.

Kenny Golladay, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions ($6,600)

With Jeff Driskel at the helm for the Lions over the last two weeks, it’s been more so Marvin Jones putting up the solid fantasy stats while Kenny Golladay has taken a backseat, playing more as the second option. This week has a low point total over/under, but the Lions will be coming out throwing as the Redskins are the new Miami Dolphins – easy to throw on and easy to score on. Welcome back Golladay into your lineups this week.

Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons ($6,500)

Last week we finally saw Calvin Ridley have a breakout game this year. Sure he may be a bit more pricey this week, being $1,000 more than he was last week, but when you get a matchup against Tampa Bay, there is really one thing to do. Pass, pass and pass some more. The Bucs are top three against the run so there is no way this running game gets anything going (sorry for recommending Brian Hill last week), but are bottom of the bottom against the pass. Julio Jones should eat this week too, but this could be similar to a few weeks back against the Bucs when Mike Evans and Chris Godwin both put up top-notch fantasy numbers.

James Washington, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers ($5,000)

Say hello to the WR1 in Pittsburgh right now. Like I said before about Jaylen Samuels, the same goes for James Washington. Also, if you didn’t know, both Washington and Mason Rudolph played their college ball together at Oklahoma State and were both drafted together last season. The chemistry is there and this could be a great week for Washington.

Ryan Griffin, Tight End, New York Jets ($4,200)

It seems like when you see Ryan Griffin he’s just scoring touchdowns. He has four on the season, which may be hard to believe, but he’s been coming on as of late especially with Chris Herndon going to IR. This offense as a whole has been struggling, but Sam Darnold has an eye for Griffin, and with Oakland coming to town, so should you.

Detroit Lions DST


Go ahead and say there is something in my drink, but I promise you, it’s just regular alcohol. The Lions will be heading to Washington D.C. this weekend to take on Dwayne Haskins and the Redskins, and so far, Haskins looks pretty good at taking sacks and throwing interceptions. This could be easy points for the Lions this week, let’s hope it pans out!

Be sure to check out the latest episode of the Loaded Box Podcast as we discuss our top daily fantasy sports bargains, stacks, must use/avoid players, and answer listener start/sit questions.

Any questions or comments? Stuck on a couple players to fill in your lineups? Let us help you by reaching out on Twitter or leaving a comment in the section below!

Ryan Miner is a featured blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast. Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

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