Sunday Sidepiece: NFL Week 12

Remember when you were little and they told you that lightning couldn’t strike in the same place twice?

I’m going against what they told you as a child and predicting a little fantasy football lightning to collide with this article once again this week after (hopefully) leading you to victory last week with our sidepieces.

Last week’s trio of Derek Carr (20.8), Austin Ekeler (13.2) and D.J. Chark (22.4) combined to post the most points of any players I’ve identified so far this season in this article, and now we’re looking to do it again as Week 12 is likely another must-win week for many of you on the fantasy-football playoff bubble.

Also, real quick, with this being the last sidepiece article before Thanksgiving, I would like to once again encourage all of you to get out there and make thick in some warm this upcoming pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday night.

There’s a stat (I’m too lazy to look it up for you, so just believe me) that the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is one of the top-five drinking days of the year. So go ahead and get a little loaded, dial up that sidepiece and proceed to blame your tiredness on Thursday on the tryptophan.

#LetsGetLoaded #Stumblies

Jamison Crowder, WR, New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders

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Based on the performance of Jamison Crowder over the last three weeks, he may already be in your starting lineup. But in the event you’re deep at the WR position and teetering on Crowder this week, go ahead and nudge him into that starting lineup. Crowder has averaged 14 points per game over the last three weeks including at least 75 yards and a touchdown in each game. He’s become a bit of a go-to for Sam Darnold, and I expect this trend to continue against the Raiders’ 25th-ranked pass defense.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Detroit Lions

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This pick may take some cajones, but if you’re desperate at the WR position and looking for a player that has some boom potential, dial up Terry McLaurin. It may help to do a little drinking while setting your lineup this week as well if you’re planning on using McLaurin, because I know you’re going to look at this last four games and realize he hasn’t topped seven fantasy points in any of them. But let me remind you, the sidepiece isn’t here to satisfy you every week. You just need to know exactly when to call upon the sidepiece, and that just may be this week. The Lions have given up the 10th-most fantasy points to WR’s this season, and all it will take is one deep pass from Dwayne Haskins against this suspect secondary to make the play of McLaurin worth it. So for a final reminder – drink, drink some more, open your fantasy football app, insert McLaurin if you’re a bit desperate at the WR position.

James White, RB, New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys

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The Patriots are one of the least desirable teams to try to predict in regards to fantasy football production. However, despite Rex Burkhead back in the mix at the RB position, I still prefer James White of all Patriot’s running backs this Sunday. White (32) outsnapped Burkhead (21) and Sony Michel (22) last week, and I expect about the same this week against Dallas with this game being a bit of a shootout between Dak Prescott and Tom Brady. I’m no Patriots’ expert, but it seems to me that Michel is the guy as the team starts a drive and is working down the field, but as soon as they get into scoring range, it’s White they turn to at the RB position. Not only do I see White as the most likely Patriots’ RB to score, but the production he adds as a pass catcher makes him a usable option this week in your fantasy lineup.

Bo Scarbrough, RB, Detroit Lions vs. Washington Redskins

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It’s never fun relying on a player that’s literally played in one career NFL game, but with the majority of fantasy football teams being a bit light at the running back position, here we are. Bo Scarbrough was one of the top waiver-wire adds earlier this week, and he immediately needs to be considered for your starting lineup as he faces the Redskins, who have given up the eighth-most fantasy points to RB’s this season. His yards per carry weren’t impressive last week (3.9), but keep in mind that he did face the Cowboys who are significantly better against fantasy RB’s than the Redskins. Ty Johnson and J.D. McKissic look like complimentary pieces at this point, and if the Lions plan on giving Jeff Driskel relief on the offensive side of the ball this weekend, my money is on Scarbrough as the RB that sees the most touches/finds the end zone.

Have a Sunday Sidepiece that didn’t make the list? Let us know which sleepers you’re rolling with on Twitter or in the comments below!

Be sure to check out this week’s episodes of the Loaded Box Podcast as we help get you set for the week in fantasy with our DFS bargains, stacks, and general advice for Week 12 in our Fantasy Football Preview & give our picks both straight up and against the spread for each game on this week’s slate in our Gambling Preview!

Ben Morgan is a co-host and 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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