For many personal fantasy leagues, the regular-season finale is on the horizon. If you’re a daily fantasy sports player, you still have some time to make up the money you’ve lost. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and that your fantasy team is off to a good start. Antonio Gibson, Will Fuller and Deshaun Watson got things going with 30+ point performances, looking like they will be top performers in their respective position groups. So let’s jump right in and see who else has potential for a big week.
Week 12 Fantasy Predictions: Best Players At Each Position
Top 3 QBs
Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs
Mahomes and the Chiefs will get to duel it out with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay this week. The Bucs defense has only been able to slow down one high powered offense this year and that was the Packers. This game looks to be a shootout and Mahomes will look to even his career record vs. Brady.
Justin Hebert – Los Angeles Chargers
Herbert has been showing out since he got the start in Week 2. Only once has he had less than 20 fantasy points. The Chargers are on the road against a tough Bills team. Herbert has risen to the challenge before against quality opponents helmed by good quarterbacks. He’ll have to put the team on his back to get the win this week.
Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
Wilson and the Seahawks will take on the Eagles in Philly for MNF this week. He looked like he returned to his calmer self last week by protecting the football. Wilson will have another opportunity to light up a defense that is playing subpar this year. He’s showed up this year in primetime games and I expect that trend to continue.
Top 3 RBs
Nick Chubb – Cleveland Browns
Chubb has rushed for 100+ yards in his first two games back from injury. Though Kareem Hunt splits time with the second-year back, Chubb is still the lead back for rushing touches. His production relies on his ability to get into the endzone this week though. The Browns have a favorable matchup on the road in Jacksonville.
Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders
Jacobs has scored in three straight games, though in two of those games he was held in check with yards. He has a favorable matchup with the Falcons this week and the Raiders offense will look to establish the ground game early. Two scores would help fantasy owners out a lot this week.
Dalvin Cook – Minnesota Vikings
Since coming out of the Vikings’ bye in Week 7, Cook has been arguably the best fantasy running back. He’s gone over 25+ points in three of four weeks, twice being 35+ points. The Vikings will look to try and claw back into the playoff hunt on the back of Cook.
Top 6 WRs
Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers
Allen went off last week for the Chargers at home. He’ll look to provide more stability this week with a tough road matchup. Look for Hebert and the play-calling to target Allen often on Sunday.
Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills
Diggs has solidified himself as one of the best receivers in the league over the past three seasons. He’ll look to keep that momentum going this week as the Bills are looking to keep their pace as one of the top teams in the AFC.
Davante Adams – Green Bay Packers
Arguably the best route runner and playmaking receiver in the NFL. Adams will look to try and put the nail in the coffin for a Bears team that has lost four straight. He’s scored eight times in the past five weeks and so that production looks to keep its pace.
Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks
Lockett is one of the quickest receivers in the NFL. He’s always a step away from taking the top off opposing defenses. Look for Russell Wilson to try and dial-up some big throws to Lockett on Sunday.
A.J. Brown – Tennessee Titans
Brown has scored seven touchdowns across seven games since the Titans’ Week 4 bye. His size and run after the catch ability always make him a player poised for a “Boom” week. Look for him to make some big plays in a pivotal divisional game with the Colts.
Darius Slayton – New York Giants
It’s safe to say that Slayton has underperformed since his 28 point, Week 1 showing. I see him getting a much needed “Boom” for himself and his fantasy owners. The Bengals will be without Joe Burrow and that means there’s potential for a lot of snaps for the Giants’ offense.
Top 3 TEs
Mark Andrews – Baltimore Ravens
Andrews, right now, looks like the only feasible passing target week in, week out for the Ravens. Add in the fact that Lamar Jackson may not play, the TE will become the security blanket for whoever starts the game.
Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gronk is in search of his first 20+ point performance this year. I think he gets it this week as the Bucs will need to have solid performances from many players to keep it close vs. the reigning Super Bowl champs.
Travis Kelce – Kansas City Chiefs
Kelce had another solid performance last week. He added to his great campaign with his fourth #1 finish for fantasy tight ends. I expect that production to keep going this week as Mahomes will rely on his best target to move the chains often.
Top 3 Kickers
Zane Gonzalez – Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals will be able to move the ball against the Patriots this week. They are still a Belichick coached team, so I expect some stops and Gonzalez kicks.
Jason Sanders – Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins got humbled last week after a five-game winning streak. I think the offense is still getting their bearings with Tua Tagovailoa under center, who is doubtful for this game anyway, which will bring opportunities for Sanders on Sunday.
Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos
McManus and the Broncos host the Saints this week. The Saints have a solid defense so I expect them to shore up if the ball crosses into their territory. Cue up Brandon McManus’s right leg.
Top 3 DEF/STs
New York Giants
The Giants have played everyone tough this year, especially the playoff contenders. With Joe Burrow done for the year, I see the Giants causing some havoc this week.
The Browns defense is one of the big surprises of the year. They’ve played feasible all year and have shown at times they can snag a defensive touchdown here and there. Look for that on Sunday in Jacksonville.
The Dolphins will be on the road in New York to take on the (0-10) Jets. They already shut out the Jets once this year and will look to give them another goose egg performance.
As always, I feel pretty confident in these plays this week. Last week I had my best outing for picks as half my picks were top performers when you take out the players that got injured. I’m heating up in my picks while my own fantasy team is looking to avoid last place. Until next week, enjoy your holiday weekend of football and food.