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2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trends


Week 12 of the NFL season brought a lot of discussion points. There were some very-good performances, and some not-so-very-good performances by individual players. The same can be said for teams, too. In our 2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 trends, we will get into a few of those.

The Oakland Raiders were embarrassed in a 34-3 loss to the New York Jets that saw Derek Carr benched, and the Tennessee Titans had an impressive 42-20 rout over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Let’s get into those player performances I mentioned earlier.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trends

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1. Ryan Tannehill isn’t Done Yet

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After finishing up his tenure with the Miami Dolphins last year, I didn’t know what Ryan Tannehill was going to do. He had some talent, but I wasn’t sure if any team would take him as a starter. Then, he was signed by the Tennessee Titans. Finally, in Week 7, he had the opportunity to start a game for Tennessee. The rest is history.

Tannehill has quietly been very successful as the Titans’ quarterback, scoring 19 fantasy points in every single game as the QB1. He’s led the Titans to a 4-1 record since he got the job and has them in the heart of a playoff race.

Tannehill isn’t doing anything incredible, but he’s not making mistakes. He has only three interceptions in his last five games and thirteen touchdowns. He’s getting everybody involved and making the right throw.

Looking ahead, Tannehill has very favorable games. Outside of a date with the 12th ranked Colts defense, Tannehill faces below-average defenses for the rest of the season. Every game matters for both Tannehill and your fantasy team. I’d be alright using the former Texas A&M stud as my quarterback.

2. Hello, Jonathan Williams

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After Marlon Mack went down with a fractured hand in Week 11, head coach Frank Reich gave most of the carries to former Arkansas Razorback Jonathan Williams. He did really good, averaging 8.92 yards per carry. But, nobody knew if it was a one-game thing. He was a shaky start for Thursday’s game against the Houston Texans.

Williams certainly impressed on TNF, rushing the ball a whopping 26 times. This was good for 67% of the carries. He totaled 104 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Now, with Marlon Mack most likely out once again, Williams faces an alright Tennessee run defense. His legs are fresh and he’s looking to make the most out of what might be a short-lived opportunity. He’s an RB2.

3. Saquon’s Struggling Season

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What a disappointing year it has been for the consensus first overall pick, Saquon Barkley. Appearing in only eight games this year, Barkley is averaging 3.9 yards per carry and has only two rushing touchdowns on the year.

Eli Manning‘s incompetence may have actually helped Barkley. He was a reception machine with Manning under center. With Danny Dimes, Barkley caught just two passes today.

The good news for Barkley owners is that he has some incredible matchups ahead of him. Three of his final five games are against some of the worst run defenses in the NFL. Add onto this that Barkley is due for some positive touchdown regression, and I wouldn’t panic too much if Saquon was on my team.

4. Where’s Amari Cooper?

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If you’re wondering why the picture of Cooper above is against Minnesota and not New England, it’s because I couldn’t find one from Week 12. Cooper was basically not even on the field for Sunday’s disappointing loss against the Patriots, recording zero catches.

There are a number of factors that we can attribute to today’s off-day. First, Cooper seems to be injured. He’s been dealing with some nagging injuries that are affecting him. Second, he was up against the best cornerback in the league, Stephon Gilmore (yeah, I said it). Regardless, the output is still very frustrating for Cooper owners.

Not all hope is lost, however. Cooper returns to Jerry World on Thanksgiving day next week where he has been exponentially better. The bad news, though, is that he faces Tre’Davious White and the Buffalo Bills. White most recently held breakout WR Courtland Sutton to one catch on eight targets. Cooper is a must-start, but temper your expectations.

5. DJ Moore Continues his Success

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Quietly, DJ Moore is having a really good year. The second-year receiver is up to 68/905/3.

Kyle Allen might not be the best quarterback, but he knows how to get the ball to Moore. Moore has scored 15+ PPR points in six of his last seven appearances, which is a very impressive floor. Even though he only has three touchdowns, DJ has been racking up the points.

Heading down the stretch, Moore has some weak defenses to play against. None of them rank in the top-12 in terms of most difficult for receivers. Week 17, he gets the New Orleans defense he just torched for 6/126/2.

Hopefully some positive regression will hit soon and Moore will find the end zone more frequently. He found it twice Sunday against New Orleans. We’ll see if this was an anomaly or a sign of things to come.

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About Noah Spurlock

Noah’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and isn’t afraid to show love for his hometown teams. If there’s a Steelers or Penguins game on, he’ll be watching. He’s been playing fantasy football since he can remember and isn’t afraid to give out some hot takes. Follow him on Twitter @NoahSpurlockNFL!

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