2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Vampire League Starters article!

At this point in the season, I'm an elder vampire who has ruled for thousands of years and has taken out many vampire slayers. I'm 8-3 for the season and on a three-game winning streak. I destroyed my opponent by 30-plus points and now have A.J. Brown on my roster. Currently, my starting roster consists of Lamar Jackson, Jonathan Taylor, Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, Austin Ekeler, Leonard Fournette (who might have been a bad pick), and Gabe Davis.

That's enough of me going about myself; let's focus on you, my loyal children of the night, and get you a victory in Week 12 to snag a player for your team and bring you closer to the playoffs!

2022 Fantasy Football Week 12 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterback

Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks

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It has been many weeks since Geno Smith has been in the article, but I'm glad to have him back to help us fight for a playoff spot.

Smith is averaging 247.5 yards and 1.7 touchdowns for the season and has an incredible 72.8 completion percentage. He has one of the better depth of target rates (8.3 yards per attempt) among quarterbacks in the NFL. Smith is averaging 233.8 yards, 28 rushing yards, and 1.6 touchdowns in his last five games. He has been crushing it in the red zone; he is currently on a four-game streak with two touchdowns.

In Week 12, he has a fantastic matchup against the Raiders, who allow 21.1 fantasy points, 258.4 yards, and 1.7 touchdowns per game to QBs.

Running Backs

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions

I keep wondering when Jamaal Williams will start to relinquish his workload since D'Andre Swift has returned, but he has a tight grip on this Lions' rushing attack. He is averaging 16.4 carries, 67.2 yards, and 1.2 touchdowns in his last five games. Not to mention, he has been a bruiser in the red zone with an incredible 7.5 rushing touchdown percentage which is one of the highest among running backs.

In Week 12, Williams has a tough matchup against the Bills, who have been one of the better run defenses in the league. But the Bills have been struggling against the run over their last two games, allowing 24.9 fantasy points, 92 yards, and one touchdown to running backs. So Williams could continue the punishment the Bills' defense has been taking recently.

Rachaad White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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It had been rumored for a few weeks that Rachaad White was going to take over the backfield work for the Buccaneers, and he did surprisingly well with his first massive workload racking up 105 yards. Now, Leonard Fournette is dealing with a hip pointer injury, which will impair his carries, and honestly, if he rehurts his hip, it will cause him to be off the field for more snaps. So, White is primed to secure the lead running back, especially this week against the Browns in Week 12.

The Browns allow the second-most fantasy points to running backs, allowing 29.9 fantasy points, 117.9 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game to RBs.

Wide Receivers

Jahan Dotson, Washington Commanders

Dotson hasn't been the same player that he was at the beginning of the season. Right now, he is averaging one reception and 13.5 yards in his last two games. But I'm willing to take a risk and bet he returns to breakout status against the Falcons.

The Falcons' defense is trash. I should probably provide stats that prove my previous statement. The Falcons allow 41.7 fantasy points, 188.6 yards, and 1.1 touchdowns per game to wide receivers. 

Van Jefferson, Los Angeles Rams

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I know it seems foolish to start a wide receiver on a team whose starting quarterback is out, and even the team doesn't have the best idea of who will start, and it is foolish. But the wide receiver matchups this week make it difficult for vampires to find upside. As the old saying goes, desperate times call for desperate measures, and Van Jefferson is my desperate measure.

Last week was a tough matchup for Jefferson, and he did okay with five targets, three receptions, and 41 yards in the first game without Cooper Kupp. The Week 12 matchup against the Chiefs will be the real test to see if Jefferson or Allen Robinson will be the Kupp replacement in the Rams' offense.

The Chiefs allow 39.7 fantasy points, 174 yards, and 1.4 touchdowns per game to wide receivers for the season. The Chiefs' secondary has been really struggling this past two weeks against WRs, averaging 52.9 fantasy points.

It may seem risky, but take the chance on a wide receiver with a good matchup that will likely be playing from behind for most of the game as well.

Tight End

Foster Moreau, Las Vegas Raiders

Moreau has yet to make a significant impact since being promoted as the starting tight end with Darren Waller out, but Moreau has put up workable numbers. He is averaging 35.4 yards, 5.2 targets, and three receptions in his last five games. Those are solid numbers (for a tight end) but nothing fantastic, but his matchup against the Seahawks could boost his recent averages.

The Seahawks allow 19 fantasy points, 74 yards, and 0.5 touchdowns per game to tight ends.

Flex

Jeff Wilson, Miami Dolphins 

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The last time Jeff Wilson was in the article, he was on the Niners. But Wilson is now on a new team and has been great for his new home.

Wilson is averaging 13 attempts, 85 rushing yards, 22.5 receiving yards, 2.5 receptions, and one touchdown in his two games as a Dolphin. He has been given most of the offensive snaps over Raheem Mostert, and there isn't any sign that will change in Week 12. Now let's see what Wilson can do against a terrific matchup against the Texans.

The Texans allow the most fantasy points to running backs, allowing 31 fantasy points, 153.6 yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game to running backs. Over the past four weeks, they have been terrible at stopping running backs. The Texans are allowing 29.7 fantasy points, 180.7 yards, and 1.2 touchdowns to running backs over the past four weeks.

The potential is high for Jeff Wilson.

Defense/Special Teams

Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins' defense has been averaging 7.2 fantasy points over their past four games. Now have the absolute best matchup for a defense, the Houston Texans.

The Texans allow 8.7 fantasy points per week to defense due to their offense being a complete disaster. The Texans' offense has allowed 28 sacks, 11 interceptions, and two fumbles this season. 

 

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