2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Drop List

by Tyler Mulligan
2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Drop List

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Drop List!

We're back to the chopping block as Thanksgiving and fantasy playoffs grow near.

With another week in the books, we have more injuries. Sadly, this year's No.1 pick, Joe Burrow, sustained a season-ending knee injury, and given the severity, could be out until 2022. It's no surprise that injuries happen in football, but it's still a shock to the system when a prominent player is essentially erased from further competition.

With Burrow out, fantasy owners need to react.

The injury bug can hit any fantasy squad, and there's not much you can do but react. With the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Drop List, we're looking to be proactive rather than reactive.

Look alive, pilgrim. Sharpen your carving knife and set the oven to broil.

It's time to trim the turkey fat and make some fantasy gravy!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Drop List

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Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (41% Rostered)

With the Miami Dolphins currently sitting at 6-4, every game is a must-win.

Last Sunday against the Denver Broncos, Tua Tagovailoa looked like a rookie. He was benched by Brian Flores down the stretch because he simply wasn’t making the plays to win the game.

In a very winnable game, Tagovailoa was only able to muster 83 passing yards on 20 attempts.

Flores indicated Tagovailoa will continue to lead the team going forward, but the offense has been painfully sputtering since the Hawaii native has taken over. In the first three games Tua started and won, Miami won despite his play.

Tagovailoa is averaging 148.25 passing yards per start in the NFL, which isn’t going to cut it from a fantasy perspective.

Although Tagovailoa is facing a couple of friendly matchups in the Jets and Bengals over the next two weeks, he hasn’t shown that he’s able to put up fantasy numbers, even against good matchups.

The Broncos were 3-6 heading into Sunday’s game. This should have been a chance for Tua to shine. Although he should bounce back against the Jets defense that is leakier than Niagara Falls, fantasy owners should temper their expectations on Tagovailoa who is ranked 32nd in the NFL in average fantasy points by a QB since taking the starting role.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (62% Rostered)

Last Sunday was the first time in the Matthew Stafford era that the Detroit Lions didn’t manage to put a single point on the board.

With an injured Kenny Golladay and D’Andre Swift sidelined, the expectations weren’t necessarily high, but to be shutout by the Carolina Panthers is baffling.

The Panthers were without their starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, (replaced by P.J. Walker) and stud running back, Christian McCaffery. They also lost their previous five games.

Stafford threw 28 completions for 178 yards, averaging only 5.4 yards per completion. This lack of explosiveness from Detroit’s offense can be attributed to their myriad of injuries at skilled positions.

Unless Swift, Golladay, and Danny Amendola can get back in the lineup for their Thanksgiving slate versus the Texans, fantasy owners will be thankful they decided to pass on Stafford, who looked like a turkey this past Sunday.

Running Back

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Phillip Lindsay, Denver Broncos (54% Rostered)

Last Sunday, Phillip Lindsay had a quality game rushing for 82 yards while out-touching his teammate Melvin Gordon 16-15.

Unfortunately for Lindsay and fantasy owners, Gordon played the role of vulture against Miami, punching in two touchdowns on the day. Lindsay broke off a big gain early in the game, only to have Gordon take the reins at the one-yard line.

Lindsay’s 82-yard game comes on the heels of a dismal performance against the Las Vegas Raiders, where he only touched the ball four times for two yards.

Gordon is the running back to own in Denver. His size and skill set should net a higher return than Lindsay who has only seen four redzone touches this season.

Wide Receiver

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Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots (59% Rostered)

The entire Patriots receiving corps have only netted two touchdowns this season.

Without Julian Edelman, it’s easy to see why Tom Brady was unhappy with the talent around him. Now Brady has more talent than he knows what to do within Tampa Bay and the idea of the Belichick system has been going South.

Cam Newton can only do so much with the talent he has around him and the Patriots are on track to miss the playoffs for only the second time since 2002.

One bright spot in the Boston gloom has been Jakobi Meyers.

Meyers entered Sunday with 31 targets in the previous three games. Against Houston, the undrafted wideout came back to Earth, seeing only three targets. Despite catching all of them, it’s hard to get excited about any part of New England’s offense.

Meyers gained traction as a streaming option after a 12-catch performance against the New York Jets. To be fair, it was against the Jets.

Meyers is the best WR option in New England, but that’s not really saying much. Unless Meyers sees double-digit targets, he can’t be trusted in most leagues.

Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers (42% Rostered)

Allen Lazard was welcomed back in the fold last Sunday after sitting for over two months with a core injury. Lazard was beyond quiet in his return, only reeling in two catches for 18 yards.

While it’s normal to take some time to get back into rhythm, fantasy owners shouldn’t expect Lazard to bounce back quickly. Not only is he just getting over a serious injury, Lazard has to contend with the top fantasy receiver taking a majority of the targets.

When DeVante Adams is on the field, he’s bound to soak up the lion’s share of passes. Marquez Valdez-Scantling, despite losing the game for Green Bay with an egregious lost fumble, was the clear number two option for Aaron Rodgers to throw to.

It’s also worth noting that Lazard’s success early in the season mostly came in Week 3 when Adams was injured. Unless fantasy owners are banking on Adams getting injured, there’s no reason to hold onto Lazard who only played 35% of snaps in Week 11.

Tight End

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Jared Cook, New Orleans Saints (84% Rostered)

With Drew Brees seemingly finding more broken ribs by the minute, all eyes were on Taysom Hill. Many questioned Sean Payton’s decision to roll with the Tebow-esque quarterback as opposed to Jameis Winston, who ate a W in relief of a battered Brees one week prior.

Hill showed that he’s more than a tight end or a gadget player in his first NFL start, where he led the Saints to an emphatic victory over the Falcons.

He also showed his ability to push the ball downfield. Hill was accurate, connecting on 18 of 23 passes. Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders accounted for 17 of those targets. When 73.8% of your throws go to only two players, there isn’t much room for the other players to eat.

Jared Cook became a casualty to Hill’s propensity to stick to his top receivers on Sunday, reeling in his lone target for six yards.

Cook has been trending downwards over the past three weeks now, making only three catches for 36 yards during that span.

Now that Hill is in the lineup, it’s unclear as to how much Cook will be relied upon in the passing game, especially considering Alvin Kamara who is one of the top pass-catching running backs didn’t register a catch for the first time in his career.

Fantasy owners should expect Hill to use Kamara more in the passing game, but Cook’s outlook is bleak.

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