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2021 NFL DFS Week 12 DraftKings Picks

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Welcome to the 2021 NFL DFS Week 12 DraftKings Picks!

We have a lot to be thankful for this week. Thanksgiving was on Thursday, Christmas is just around the corner, this time of year is truly magical! If you are anything like me, you love the holidays.

Things to be thankful for this time of year are truly plentiful. I hope that you had a great time with your loved ones, enjoyed some amazing food, had an awesome day of football, and overall just had a nice whole complete day.

It’s a great day to be great and it’s overall just a great time to be alive. Make sure every day, not just on holidays, that you tell loved ones that you truly love them!

Now enough with the sappy intro, let’s dive into what you guys truly came here for. The 2021 NFL DFS Week 12 DraftKings Picks!

2021 NFL DFS Week 12 DraftKings Picks

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Quarterbacks

Jalen Hurts, $7,300

If you watched any of the past few weeks of football, you saw one thing. The Cowboys are now reverting into a bad football team, and all of a sudden, here come the Eagles with likely the best schedule in the NFL the rest of the way. With a fight for the division, even more is on the line this week for Hurts.

Speaking of division, that’s exactly what we have on tap here with the Eagles traveling to take on the Giants in New York. This is an absolute must-win game here for Philly.

On the season, we’ve seen Hurts as one of the most consistent QB’s in the NFL. He’s scored 19.5 DraftKings points or more in 9-of-11 starts. He’s finished as a QB1 more times in Fantasy formats this season than any other QB.

With that said, the matchup makes it even more interesting. The Giants rank 12th in the NFL in points allowed per game to the QB position at 20.2.

I love this matchup for Hurts this weekend. He should see 20+ points again.

Joe Burrow, $6,200

We’ve continued to see the Bengals put up points this year. Burrow and his strong connection with Ja’Marr Chase have propelled the offense into scoring 26.8 points per game on the season. Now, they square up against a defense that has been getting cooked in recent weeks in the Steelers.

In the past three weeks, the Steelers have allowed a total of 84 points to opponents including 41 to the Chargers and 27 to the Bears. Incredible how insufficient they have been on that side of the ball in recent weeks, and even worse considering their offense in matching that.

In what could likely be a shootout, I love Burrow. Before his last two weeks of struggling, the LSU product had slung two or more touchdowns in every game this season along with 250 or more yards passing in every game but two on the season.

The Bengals star has been the definition of consistency and safety as he is averaging 19.1 Draftkings points per game on the season. He now gets a great matchup in the Steelers who allow 19.1 Draftkings points per game on the season.

Running Backs

Christian McCaffrey, $9,000

Wow, first look you see one thing stick out, CMC is not the highest-priced RB on the entire slate. Even on days where he is presumed out, they still price him as the highest RB on the slate just in case. That’s how great this man is.

On the season, he’s averaged 23.6 points per game when he’s played the entire game. That is absurd, nearly a free square type of production. But has he scratched the surface?

No. Since returning from injury, CMC has been seeing his playing time rise from 49% to 59% to last week, 90% of the snaps and is coming off back-t0-back weeks of eight or more targets.

You are getting elite-level production at the RB position through both the air and ground. The matchup doesn’t scare me at all in this matchup as the Dolphins are a paper tiger.

AJ Dillon, $5,900

I’m working under the presumption that lead-back Aaron Jones will not be active in this game. And honestly, why would he? The Packers are firmly in the playoff hunt and it would benefit them more to rest their star offensive weapon for just one more week.

That said, Dillon slots in as the number one back with all the workload in the world. In his first game without Jones, he saw 11 carries and six targets flipping that into 15.7 Fantasy points. The scary part is, he didn’t even score a touchdown in a virtual shootout between the Vikings and Packers.

After playing 75% of snaps and having 17 touches, I’m going to trust the workload in this matchup against the 15th DvP in the Rams.


Ty Johnson, $4,300

Last weekend, starting RB Michael Carter went down with an injury that will cost him the next two to three weeks of play. Sad, as a Carter truther, the news hurt my heart a bit. Insert Ty Johnson, the team’s new RB1.

In recent weeks, there was debates of Johnson vs Carter. Now, it’s going to be all Johnson. He’s a fluent passing game receiver mixed with a decent rusher as well.

Johnson and Tevin Coleman split the workload after Carter went down. I’m expecting it to be a 50/50 workload yet again.

Johnson should see his usual 5-7 touches on the ground while continuing to see five or more targets. I’m slotting in the RB to see around 13 touches between the passing game and running game.

With that workload, he should feast, especially at $4,300. We saw a stretch of Fantasy relevance from Weeks 5-9 where Johnson scored 11.4 or more Fantasy points in every game. At this price point, he makes too much sense.

Wide Receiver

Keenan Allen, $7,400

We’ve seen a return to order in the past few weeks over in Los Angeles, Keenan Allen has snatched his WR1 role back from Mike Williams. Since playing New England in week eight, Allen has double-digit Fantasy points in every single game.

His target count has been propelling him to unreachable heights. 11, 13, 11, and 13 all over this past four-game stretch. He gets to take his elite usage and target share and pair that up against PFF’s 7th worst graded CB this season in Kyle Fuller.

He’s been absolute BBQ chicken on the field getting torched by every single WR in the NFL. With DraftKings being full PPR scoring, Allen should have a field day against the Broncos secondary.

Chris Godwin, $7,000

It’s hard to decide what guy from the Buccaneers is going to go off which week, but honestly, just play either. This Sunday, Brady and the Bucs get to play one of the worst secondaries in the entire NFL in the Colts.

The Bucs come in with the highest total on the slate with no Antonio Brown and a banged-up Mike Evans. The Colts, are still going to have nightmares against Godwin who comes in steaming hot without Brown on the season.

In his four most recent games, he’s seen 8, 8, 7, and 6 targets. He’s flipped that into 28.1, 31.0, 12.7, and 19.2 Fantasy points. In his five games on the season without Antonio Brown, Godwin has averaged 9.4 targets, 7.4 receptions, 89.4 yards per game, and 22.5 PPR points per game.

With Brady chasing MVP stats and not having a full array of weapons, I’m loving running with Godwin in this matchup.

Michael Pittman, $5,600

The matchup couldn’t get better and the game couldn’t be more important for Pittman and the Colts who are chasing a playoff spot. Pittman comes in trying to bounce back off a few bad game scripts that were run-heavy into likely a more pass-heavy one.

That script and matchup couldn’t line up more nicely for the second-year standout. The Bucs are allowing 22 targets per game to WR’s, the sixth most in the NFL. Pair that with the fact they give up the eighth-most points per game to the WR position, that means tons of points likely for Pittman.

With the secondary being so bad and Pittman being an alpha, I love him at his price point.

Tight End

Noah Fant, $4,600

Coming fresh of a bye week in Week 9, Fant busted out a five-catch 59-yard performance in Week 10. Now, in Week 12, Fant gets to play against the single worst defense against the Chargers.

This season, the Chargers are allowing the most points per game to the tight end position at 17.8 points per game. They have been getting peppered.

With an easy matchup and a great target share this season of  6.55 per game, Fant makes too much sense to play at the TE position.

Pat Freiermuth, $4,300

The workload is trending upward for this young stud TE who now is needed more than ever in a divisional game with the playoffs on the line. It’s even more needed considering that Eric Ebron is now down for the season.

In games without Ebron, Freiermuth has run a route on 65% and 80% of the drop backs and has touted a six or more target share in every game without him as well. He also leads the Steelers in end zone targets during this span as well.

And if things weren’t already sweet enough, the matchup with the Bengals makes it even sweeter. They rank 22nd in yards allowed per target and 20th in touchdowns allowed to tight ends as well.

With Freiermuth going up against one of the worst DVP’s versus TE’s this season, I love the rookie to score 12+ points on DraftKings this week.



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