Fantasy Football Week 12 DFS Optimal Lineup

The Desai Guys have all your Daily Fantasy Football Picks for Week 12 of the NFL season. Tua Tagovailoa. Terry McLaurin, Keenan Allen, and more!

Keenan Allen Looks To Have A Big Fantasy Football Week Photo Credit: Ty Nowell | Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen Looks To Have A Big Fantasy Football Week Photo Credit: Ty Nowell | Los Angeles Chargers

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Daily Fantasy Football QB Pick: Tua Tagovailoa vs. Houston Texans – $6,900

The Dolphins are coming off of a BYE week and are in a fight for the AFC East division title. Tagovailoa has been hot the last few weeks and he looks to continue that hot streak against the Texans this coming week. Prior to the BYE week, Tagovailoa scored at least 20 fantasy football points in three straight games. He’s looking more comfortable in the offense with every passing week. A soft Texans defense should allow him to build even more confidence.

While the Texans defense is actually one of the top passing defenses in the NFL, they haven’t played a high-octane passing offense like the one boasted by Miami this season. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle should have a field day this week and Tagovailoa will be the one to get them the ball and have himself an excellent week as well.

Other QB Options: Justin Herbert vs. Arizona Cardinals ($7,000), Jimmy Garoppolo vs. New Orleans Saints ($5,600)

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Daily Fantasy Football RB Pick: Jeff Wilson Jr. vs. Houston Texans – $5,900

Since being acquired by the Dolphins, Jeff Wilson Jr. has been leveraged just as much as Raheem Mostert in the Miami offense. He’s totaled 215 scrimmage yards in two games with the Dolphins and also two total touchdowns. Mostert is coming into this game in Week 12 dealing with a knee injury. His status is in doubt and this means Miami might rely heavily on Wilson Jr. to lead the charge on the ground for their offense.

Houston has a pretty good pass defense, but their run defense is one of the league’s worst. In fact, they are allowing the most rushing yards in the NFL, along with the fifth most rushing touchdowns, and the fourth-highest yards per rush. The Dolphins can leverage Wilson Jr. to bludgeon this defense on the ground. Head coach Mike McDaniel can then leverage play-action with Tagovailoa and really have this offense firing on all cylinders for a thorough beatdown of the Texans.

Other RB Options: Samaje Perine vs. Tennessee Titans ($5,600), Kenneth Walker III vs. Las Vegas Raiders ($6,900)

Daily Fantasy Football WR Pick: Keenan Allen vs. Arizona Cardinals – $6,100

This Chargers offense hasn’t had playmakers pretty much all season long, but they will finally get Keenan Allen back. This will allow their offense to operate the way they did last season. While the status of Mike Williams is up in the air for Week 12, Allen is going to play against the Cardinals.

After missing seven of his last eight games with a hamstring injury, he finally came back against the Chiefs last week and had his best game this season. He totaled 94 receiving yards off of five receptions and had eight total targets. Allen should have a great match-up this week as the Arizona defense is giving up the fifth most passing yards in the NFL.

The Chargers are still fighting to stay in the playoff picture and getting Allen back for the final stretch of the season will help them on offense. Also, Allen is an absolute steal at this price this week in DFS.

Other WR Options: Brandon Aiyuk vs. New Orleans Saints ($6,400), JuJu Smith-Schuster vs. Los Angeles Rams ($5,700)

Daily Fantasy Football TE Pick: Pat Freiermuth vs. Indianapolis Colts – $4,000

In nine games this season, Pat Freiermuth has had over seven targets in seven of those games. He leads the team in receiving yards and is second on the team in both targets and receptions. He’s a primary option in this offense and with the rookie, Kenny Pickett entrenched as the starter for the rest of the season, that won’t change at all. He tied a career-high eight receptions last week against the Cincinnati Bengals and also had a career-high 12 targets as well.

With the Steelers offensive line not giving Pickett enough time to throw (14 sacks in the last three games), Freiermuth should be a safe option on every pass play and will be used heavily as Pickett will need to get the ball out quickly to the open option. This game against the Colts on Monday Night Football should allow Freiermuth to get a large number of targets and possibly a receiving touchdown as well. Great price as well is just another reason to roll with Freiermuth in your Week 12 DFS lineup.

Other TE Options: Foster Moreau vs. Seattle Seahawks ($3,400), Gerald Everett vs. Arizona Cardinals ($4,400)

Daily Fantasy Football FLEX Pick: Terry McLaurin vs. Atlanta Falcons – $5,800

While Carson Wentz was the big move during the offseason, he’s now a healthy backup option. The team is now rolling with Taylor Heinicke. One person who is glad that Heinicke is still the starting quarterback is Terry McLaurin. In the last five games with Heinicke as the starter, McLaurin has better numbers compared to the first six games of the season, where he played with Wentz. He’s had more receiving yards, receptions, and targets with Heinicke compared to the games with Wentz.

Expect the Commanders to prioritize getting the ball to McLaurin against Atlanta. The Falcons are surrendering the second most DFS points per game in the NFL right now. Couple this with the fact that McLaurin is under $6,000 in DFS this week and McLaurin becomes an excellent start this week with the added bonus that he’s at a bargain price. Don’t overthink this one as a bad defense plus a receiver being fed the ball is a recipe for a good fantasy football week in Week 12.

Other FLEX options: Isiah Pacheco vs. Los Angeles Rams ($5,500), George Pickens vs. Indianapolis Colts ($5,000)

Daily Fantasy Football D/ST Pick: Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams – $2,800

The Rams offense is going to be without Cooper Kupp and Matthew Stafford in this upcoming game against the Chiefs. This is good news for Kansas City as they are coming off a great performance last week against the other LA team. This isn’t something to overthink as the Chiefs defense is going to face an underperforming Rams offense that’s now missing key pieces. The cherry on top is that the Chiefs defense this week is under $3,000, which is fantastic for defenses in DFS. Let’s not overthink this; start the Chiefs defense this week and you won’t regret it.

Other D/ST options: 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints ($4,000), Eagles vs. Green Bay Packers ($3,400)

Keenan Allen Looks To Have A Big Fantasy Football Week Photo Credit: Ty Nowell | Los Angeles Chargers
Keenan Allen Looks To Have A Big Fantasy Football Week Photo Credit: Ty Nowell | Los Angeles Chargers