Fantasy Insider Scott Engel offers guidance as you prep for Week 12 of the fantasy season. Scott Engel
Scott Engel is in his 10th season as the official Fantasy writer and analyst for Seahawks.com. Scott is an inaugural member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association's Hall of Fame. He is a four-time FSWA award winner and 10-time nominee, including being named a finalist for the 2020 Fantasy Football Writer of the Year award. You can also find more of his Fantasy analysis on RotoBaller.com, SportsLine.com, the Athletic and SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. Scott won two Fantasy Football dynasty league titles in 2020, including one in the prestigious Fantasy Football Players Championship (FFPC) and he previously pulled off a three-peat in a highly competitive New York City league.
It may feel like the Fantasy Football pressure is increasing right now as we head into Week 12. In most leagues, there are only three regular season games remaining before the playoffs start. Yet if your team is in playoff contention, the outlook should be a positive one. The goal should be to advance to the postseason, and once the playoffs begin, your team can have nearly as good a chance as any other to win it all.
We are getting past the point of trade deadlines in most leagues, so the core of a Fantasy team is now set. There has been a lot of building to get to this point, from drafting, working the waiver wire and trading, so it is apparent that one has successfully navigated to this point if their team is in playoff position. Give yourself credit for a solid job so far and prepare to finish the drive to the postseason. You have built a quality foundation and now the goal is to make it to the playoffs. Knowing that a Fantasy team in a spot to get to the postseason should bolster confidence that the objective will be met.
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At this point, there is still much to be done in terms of coping with injuries, bye weeks, and work on the waiver wire. We will continue to help the readers of Seahawks Fantasy Insider to get into the best possible positions to win their remaining regular season games. If you can craft the most optimal lineup every week, that is the best that can be done to maximize chances for victory. Don't be concerned with who the other team starts, what their record is, or what pregame site projections may indicate. Setting a lineup that will produce maximum possible output can override all those factors that you can't control.
Week 12 Fantasy Football Waiver Targets
Players listed in order of preferred pickup at each position
Ty Johnson, New York Jets: Jets rookie Michael Carter has emerged as a quality Fantasy starter this season, but now he will miss two-plus weeks with an ankle injury. Johnson was working as a good complement to Carter and he has been involved in the New York offense as a pass-catcher. Prior to Week 11, Johnson had five-plus receptions in three of four games and had also scored in consecutive games during that span. He also rushed for 104 yards and a TD on 22 attempts in the first week of December last season. The versatile Johnson should produce respectably for PPR purposes in the next two weeks or more. Tevin Coleman is also worth adding in deeper leagues.
Dontrell Hilliard, Titans: Hilliard was activated off the practice squad in Week 11 and totaled 82 yards from scrimmage. Most notably for Fantasy purposes, Hilliard caught eight passes on 10 targets while also carrying the ball seven times. A running back who gets 17 touches is instantly on the Fantasy radar, and there may continue to be opportunities for Hilliard to get involved in the flow of the Tennessee offense.
DeeJay Dallas, Seahawks: Dallas scored his first TD of the season in Week 11, and rushed for 25 yards on just four carries. Dallas has been a top special teams player for the Seahawks this year, yet he can make significant contributions when he gets chances to be part of the offensive mix. Dallas also caught all five of his targets for 33 yards against Pittsburgh on Oct. 17. Dallas had a strong preseason and he can be a versatile performer. He can be worthy of Fantasy consideration whenever he sees increased touches. For this week, we should note that Washington has allowed an NFL-high eight receiving TDs to RBs.
Matt Breida, Bills: In the past two weeks, Breida has 117 yards from scrimmage, and he scored twice in Week 10. It is possible his presence in the Buffalo offense could increase based on the recent output, so Breida is certainly worthy of an add. Working in one of the league's most potent offenses is a favorable factor for Breida if his role grows. See how he fares against the Saints this week, as a quality outing would be impressive against the NFC's best team in Fantasy Points Allowed to RBs.
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Titans: Injuries have forced the second-year man into a larger role this past week, and he came through with a career game, catching seven passes for 107 yards. Ryan Tannehill has shown confidence in Westbrook-Ikhine later in games, as 12 of his 23 receptions have been in the fourth quarter. Westbrook-Ikhine appears ready to take advantage of a larger opportunity in the Tennessee offense.
Rondale Moore, Cardinals: The exciting rookie caught a career-high 11 passes in Week 11. He was limited to just 51 receiving yards, though, as the Seahawks defense did not let him break loose for any major gains. Moore does have upside for the Fantasy stretch run, though, especially when Kyler Murray likely returns after Arizona's Week 12 bye.
DeAndre Carter, Washington: He has emerged as a frequent scoring threat for Washington. Carter has scored in three consecutive games, and he had six targets in each of his two games prior to Week 11. Carter is averaging 15.6 yards per catch and is becoming a more recognized playmaker in the Washington offense.
Tre'Quan Smith, Saints: Smith has 108 receiving yards and 15 targets with a TD in his past two games. He has scored twice in his last four games played. There is a definite opportunity for production at WR with the Saints, and Smith is starting to show signs that he may emerge as New Orleans' top pass-catcher.
Logan Thomas, Washington: He is a must-add if you do not roster one of the top TEs in Fantasy Football. Thomas may finally be able to return from injured reserve in Week 12. Thomas finished as Fantasy TE4 last season, and he scored 31.7 Fantasy Points on NFL.com in the first three weeks of the 2021 campaign.
Pat Freiermuth, Steelers: He does remain available in some leagues, and the rookie has made an instant Fantasy impact at a position where it is often challenging for newcomers to become worthy of consideration. Freiermuth has four TD receptions in his past four games. He should continue to be a consistent target for Ben Roethlisberger in scoring situations and on key passing downs.
Taysom Hill, Saints: The dual threat QB could potentially become a starter for the Saints at any point soon. QBs with impressive rushing skills can become immediate Fantasy options. Hill showed his promise last year, as he ran for two scores in consecutive starts.
Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers: Both Kyler Murray and Patrick Mahomes are on byes in Week 12. Garoppolo is proving to be a respectable late-season streamer for those dealing with bye week or injury concerns. He has two TD passes in each of his last three games and recently had two consecutive 300-yard outings (Weeks 8 and 9). This week, Garoppolo faces the Vikings, who are 26th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to QBs.
Week 12 Lineup Considerations
It is possible Tony Jones could start for the Saints this week due to injuries at RB for New Orleans, so he could be considered a one-week option if you are digging deeper for RB help. He would be a priority over our other listed RBs for the short term in such a scenario. ... Miles Sanders can be a flex play against the Giants, 28th in Fantasy Points Per Game allowed to RBs. ... The Chargers have allowed 13 rushing TDs to RBs. Melvin Gordon is a good flex play. ... The Texans allow the second-most rushing yards to RBs, so you can possibly use Ty Johnson right away if he is acquired via waivers. ... The Lions are 30th in FFPG allowed to RBs. David Mongomery should be chosen in any tight lineup decisions involving him. ... The Titans have allowed the most FFPG to WRs. Kendrick Bourne is a viable streamer this week. ... Brandon Aiyuk should be started as a WR3, as Minnesota is 30th vs. WRs. ... Washington is 29th in receiving yards allowed to WRs, so expect another strong outing from Tyler Lockett. ... The Texans are 27th in yards allowed to WRs. Lock in Elijah Moore as a WR3. ... Washington allows the most FFPG to QBs, so Russell Wilson can be good for two-plus TD passes. ... Mac Jones is a viable streamer vs. the Titans, 30th vs. QBs. ... The Chargers allow the second-most FFPG to TEs. Start Noah Fant. ... Expect another good week from Dalton Schultz vs. Las Vegas. ... The Eagles and Panthers are two good Week 12 defensive streaming options.
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