Starts of the Week: Week 12

Sam Darnold
Another solid week for Sam Darnold and I don’t think it’s a fluke. The jets are somewhat catching stride as of late and they have another solid matchup against the Raiders this week. In the last 5 games, the Oakland Raiders are allowing 26 points per game to the quarterback position ranking them as 6th in that stretch. Darnold has not only been playing good in fantasy, but he has been better than expected in “real football.” Since week 8 Darnolds QBR is only rising and it should this week against the below average Raiders secondary. Darnold is sitting in a solid spot around 65% completion percentage and is utilizing the weapons provided very well. Darnold is in a smash spot this week and will continue to produce for fantasy against a defense that allowed Ryan Finley to keep the game close.

Derrius Guice
This is most definitely a shot in the dark call for Guice this week, but with not many extremely plus matchups it seems fitting to take a chance on Guice this week. There is not a huge sample size to use for Guice, but last week he saw a 29% snap rate, but when the game script switched to super negative for the Redskins, he got an uptick in snaps. He showed off the talent we all know he has. In the last 5 games, the Detroit Lions are allowing 33.2 fantasy points per game to the running back position and 3 receptions per game to those running backs. Even if Guice gets half of those points then 16 points is still a solid week for what you are expecting from Guice. If the Redskins are continuing to ride with Haskins, then they need to be set up for the future at running back and let Guice become the workhorse.

Jarvis Landry
There are a lot of story lines that are in line for this game (revenge game, 4 game touchdown streak possibility, Browns finally gaining momentum) and I can’t wait for Landry to take advantage of his smash spot this week. Via PFF.com’s matchup charts Landry has been given a 25% matchup advantage and his teammate OBJ has been given a 19% disadvantage in this same game. All fantasy options for the Browns should be started with confidence this week because no matter what percent advantage given it is still the Dolphins. Following the rough start to the season (week 1-8), Landry has been nothing great of a true WR2 for this team by demanding a 24% target share and scoring a touchdown in the last 3 games. A home game against the depleted Dolphins and a huge revenge game is the perfect spot for a huge fantasy performance and I am excited for Landry this week.

Ryan Griffin
Well, no one saw this coming. Ryan Griffin is continuing to produce for fantasy owners, and he is becoming the Chris Herndon that no one wanted to happen. Griffin gets the Raiders this week and in the last 5 games the Raiders are allowing 15.2 points per game to the tight end position. As I mentioned, the loss of Chris Herndon has only allowing Griffin to break out and provide fantasy owners with league winning weeks. In the last 3 games that Herndon has been out of the lineup Griffin has scored 24.6, 11, and 21.9 in full point PPR scoring. In those games Griffin has also held a 14%,22%, ad 18% target share. Griffin has the opportunity and matchups to produce at an elite tight end level, and he is going to stay in that top 12 yet again this week.

Published by Lukas Kacer

Fantasy Football Writer/Content Creator

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