2018 Fantasy Football Week 12 Reactions

by Noah Spurlock
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As predicted, Week 12 will not go down in the books as one of the best weeks ever. Two of the NFL’s best were on a bye, and the New Orleans Saints played Thanksgiving night.

No matchup featured two teams above .500, and the Vikings 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers left a lot to be desired. But, it was another week of football so it left me (and others nationwide) entertained and happy.

Let’s discuss some key aspects of Week 12.

2018 Fantasy Football Week 12 Reactions

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1. Is Josh Adams here to stay?

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Early Sunday morning, it was announced that the Philadelphia Eagles wanted to make Josh Adams their workhorse, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame. They did just that, giving Adams 22 rushes which he converted into 84 yards and a score.

Adams is a much-needed set of fresh legs in what has been a lackluster Philadelphia offense this year. Sunday wasn’t his best game, but he’s been averaging over 5 YPC this year and has shown the ability to catch the ball in previous games.

He’s got some tough games upcoming, but he did just score 16 PPR points against a New Orleans defense that is one of the best run defenses in the league. PPR or standard, Adams is a solid RB2 next week.

2. How good are the Los Angeles Chargers?

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The Los Angeles Chargers currently sit at 8-3, with their losses coming to the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, and a Denver Broncos team that just defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. Other than that, they’ve won the games they should have and look good doing it. This week, they defeated the Arizona Cardinals 45-10.

Phillip Rivers’s play is certainly going under the radar. He started out the game 25 for 25 today! He’s been consistent all year, throwing for at least two touchdown passes every week. He hasn’t necessarily blown up at all, but he’s certainly been a guy you can lean on in fantasy football if you need. Melvin Gordon also looks like an elite back. He had yet another two touchdown performance against the Arizona defense. Unfortunately, he was injured in Sunday’s tilt with the Arizona Cardinals and might be looking at missing extended time.

The Chargers will definitely have their work cut out for them as the season winds down, with three of their five remaining opponents boasting winning records, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs. Plus, they still have to play the Broncos.

Is Los Angeles for real, or are they a benefactor of weak competition? Only time will tell.

3. What is Christian McCaffrey‘s ceiling?

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CMC had a wild game on Sunday, touching the rock 28 times and turning those touches into 237 total yards and two scores. This continued his string of impressive games as Carolina’s workhorse.

I was a McCaffrey fan since he came out of Stanford, so it comes as no surprise that he is dominating now that Norv Turner is giving him the ball. McCaffrey was always very talented, but critics questioned if he could handle a full workload in the NFL. With only five games left and no signs of wear and tear, Christian McCaffrey has certainly quieted those who doubted him.

In PPR, McCaffrey now has seven games with at least 20 fantasy points, totaling at least 13 every time. Without any receivers to write home about, McCaffrey has solidified his role as the offense’s focal point. In the right matchup, he’ll be a top-5 play.

4. Where has James White gone?

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The glamorous waiver wire pickup of James White is not looking so glamorous anymore. After Sunday’s victory over the Jets, White has now been held to just 104 total yards of offense the past two games.

White does not appear on the field too much anymore, losing serious time to rookie counterpart Sony Michel. With the playoffs upcoming, Bill Bellichick and New England might be looking to move away from James White and focusing more on Sony Michel.

Life doesn’t get any better for James White next week as he faces Minnesota’s stout run defense. However, stout run defenses will often sacrifice some short yardage receptions to the back, which is what made White so valuable.

White is certainly not trending upwards as we head into the fantasy playoffs, but he’s been too good all year to bench right now. Use him as a risky RB2.

5. Is it finally time to accept Eric Ebron?

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Some guys in the NFL are labeled “touchdown machines.” Eric Ebron laughs at those people. Ebron added more touchdowns to his collection against Miami, catching just five balls but two touchdowns. He’s got twelve touchdowns now!

Eric Ebron is hovering around four catches per touchdown. That’s ridiculous. Nothing like this has ever been sustained for such a long period of time. Andrew Luck obviously trusts Ebron very much in the red zone and is always looking to throw it up to the big tight end. He’s certainly not struggling with drops this year like he did in Detroit.

I kept trying to write Ebron off, but he kept on showing his fantasy value. Points are points, and we all need ’em. He’s as boom-or-bust as they come, given that he did not even see a target in Week 11. But, he came storming back for two scores this week. Ebron does not have an intimidating schedule for the rest of the year. Comfortably employ Ebron at the TE1 spot and forget about it, because he’s going to keep finding his way into the end zone.

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