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2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trends

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trends!

This week we were hit by the COVID-19 pandemic at its fullest. The Denver Broncos were without all three of their QB’s on their roster this week because of COVID-19. Because of that, the Broncos only recorded 13 total passing yards against the New Orleans Saints. Then the Ravens and Steelers game got rescheduled twice due to the COVID-19.

The Baltimore Ravens have had seven projected starters test positive for COVID-19, including 2019’s NFL MVP Lamar Jackson. The game is scheduled for Tuesday night and isn’t going to be pretty for the Ravens.

One positive thing from this week was the excellence of Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill. Mahomes found Hill 13 times for 269 yards and three touchdowns.

Let’s jump into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trends to see what I found!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trends

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1. Alvin Kamara continues to struggle without Drew Brees

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Since Drew Brees went to the IR after Week 8, Alvin Kamara has been struggling to continue his fantasy dominance. Last week Taysom Hill made his first start at QB and Kamara was held without a reception in 55 straight games. This week he only had one reception for negative two yards on two targets. Then you have Hill and Latavius Murray taking away his touchdowns at the goal line.

This week is the second straight week Kamara has been on the field for less than 55% of the team’s snaps. The Saints may be looking forward to a playoff run and resting Kamara down the stretch. If that’s the case and Drew Brees is out until Week 15 it’s looking like he might be trending down going into the fantasy playoffs.

2. Austin Ekeler is back!

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The word was that Anthony Lynn wasn’t going to give Austin Ekeler a full workload coming off IR this week against the Bills. Well to no one’s surprise he lied to us as Ekeler was on the field for 73% of the snaps. Joshua Kelley vultured one of his touchdowns this week otherwise Ekeler would have also scored this week.

The most surprising thing about this game was that Ekeler saw 16 targets for a 30% target share on the day. He finished with 11 receptions for 85 receiving yards. He also carried the ball 14 times for 44 rushing yards. It wasn’t an efficient performance on the ground at all, but he was efficient in the passing game. Ekeler and Keenan Allen will be the first and second options in this offense moving forward.

3. Curtis Samuel will benefit even more with D.J. Moore‘s injury

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Since Christian McCaffrey‘s injury, Matt Rhule has been creatively involving Curtis Samuel in the offense. Samuel has seen 27 rushing attempts for 112 rushing yards and has two rushing touchdowns. It’s clear that with Teddy Bridgewater at QB, Robby Anderson is the number one receiver for the Panthers. But with this new injury to D.J. Moore, Samuel could see even more involvement in the passing game.

Samuel is on pace to have his best year as a wide receiver for the Panthers and his best of his career. If McCaffrey and Moore are out for extended amounts of time with injuries, look for Samuel to see an increase in his volume of targets.

4. Breshad Perriman is taking over for Jamison Crowder

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The last three games for Breshad Perriman have been a bright spot on an abysmal Jets‘ offense. In his last three games, he has hauled in 11 receptions for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those three games were with Joe Flacco starting at QB for the Jets and looked to be growing chemistry.

But then Sam Darnold came back this week from injury and it looked like Jamison Crowder would be the number one guy again for the Jets. Well, Perriman came out and was the number one option even with Darnold throwing it to him. He finished with a team-high four receptions for 79 yards. It’s nothing flashy, but he can be used as a solid flex going into the fantasy playoffs.

Come back next week at the same time and we will build off of the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Trends!


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About Mike LaPlant

Once upon a time, there was this kid who hated to write since high school. Then his friends talked him into writing about Fantasy Football. Now he has the time of his life writing the Weekly Trends article. He's new to the scene, but he always has an opinion for you. He'll give it to you straight even if you don't wanna hear it.

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