MACK'S SUNDAY SAUCE: NFL FANTASY FOOTBALL (WEEK 12)
This is Mack’s Sunday Sauce comin’ at ya! Always fresh, never stirred, where I’m here to give you your weekly dose of anything goes, no filter FANTASY FOOTBALL advice.
We are suddenly into Week 12 of the NFL season and the fantasy football season. With most leagues wrapping up their regular seasons over the next 2-3 weeks, some are sitting pretty already with a playoff birth, others are making playoff pushes, and some are even playing the spoiler card and/or for weekly prizes/incentives. Regardless, we can always use a little help from our friends. That’s where Mack’s Sunday Sauce comes in. After a hefty Thanksgiving Thursday with three NFL games and six teams worth of players already off the board, it’s time to take a look at who is left that will help you get that W this week. Deep into the NFL season, we’re staggered with injuries and inconsistency, so that ‘who can you trust this week’ question should be popular among fantasy heads from now until Sunday! But, as usual, while the sauce is always delicious, sometimes ya’ just gotta’ go with that full American Thanksgiving dinner of a gut! Enjoy them leftovers!
1. Jay Cutler, QB – Miami Dolphins @ NE Patriots @ 1:00pm
The controversial Jay Cutler is not a fan favorite, and he no longer sits in an elite QB class in the NFL like he once has. Regardless, if you need a week 12 fantasy QB flier, Jay Cutler (or even Matt Moore if Cutler sits) can be start worthy this week against an awful Patriots secondary that has pretty much lived and died by their offense this year. Without Tom Brady, the Patriots would be in the bottom half of the NFL in 2017. In every single game this season, the Patriots have given up at least one passing TD and 200 yards passing to opposing QB’s. They are giving up the third most fantasy points to opposing QB’s through 11 weeks, and their defense have let many games turn into a shootouts this season. With that, expect the veteran Cutler (or his backup Moore) to come out gunning the ball and try to spoil the Patriots and their fan’s Thanksgiving weekend. BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 326 Yards, 2 TD’s, 1 INT
2. Danny Woodhead, RB – Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans -- MNF 8:30pm
BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 4 CARRIES, 13 YARDS / 7 CATCHES, 46 YARDS, 1 TDThe 5’8” veteran RB returned to action last week after suffering a brutal hamstring injury in the first week of football. This will make the 5-5 ‘in the hunt’ Baltimore Ravens very happy. Why? Well, we have seen Javorius Allen, Alex Collins and Terrance West all contribute to Baltimore’s backfield and have sparks at times. What does getting Woodhead back mean? The Ravens finally have their off-setting, pass catching, do-it-all RB back! And why does he make the Sauce this week against the Houston Texans’ run D who are giving up the very least fantasy points to opposing backs through 11 weeks? Easy; Woodhead is not a traditional RB, and he doesn’t make his noise in fantasy football being handed the ball off in the backfield. Rather, Woodhead is a PPR monster and is fantasy relevant because of his receiving usage. In his first week back last week, he played in only 13 of the team’s 59 offensive snaps, and on those 13 snaps, he caught 5 balls for 21 yards and added a 2 yard carry. This week he should be used a bit more, and the Texans, who are giving up the fourth most points in the league to opposing receivers should have their hands full this week with Mr. Woodhead
3. Paul Richardson, WR – Seattle Seahawks @ SF 49ers – 4:05pm
The speedy Richardson is technically listed third or fourth on the depth chart, but he has a serious nose for the end zone and is actually quite the talent. In my opinion, the only other receiver worth looking at on the Seahawks weekly not named Doug Baldwin is Paul Richardson. When he faced the Niners in week 2, he found the end zone. Since then, he has consistently been involved and continues to improve his game. Separately, the lowly Niners are giving up the tenth most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers and the second most fantasy point to opposing QB’s, and the Seahawks are actually fighting for a playoff spot. Look for Russell Wilson to expect help from Richardson; and look his way when he is on the field, maybe even for a deep ball! BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 4 CATCHES, 67 YARDS, 1 TD
4. Martellus Bennett, TE – NE Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins - 1:00pm
The 6’6”, 275 lb. Martellus Bennett was acquired by his former team, the New England Patriots just three weeks ago. Did you even know he was traded or where he was playing before?! We ask because the veteran Martellus Bennett was a huge disappointment after joining the Packers’ and expecting to be a top ten fantasy tight end in his 10th NFL season. Instead, he had a very quiet start to the season, and then made a mid-season announcement that he would retire after the 2017 season. Shortly after that announcement, he got traded to the New England Patriots. Since then, he has caught three balls in each of his first two games back with the Patriot’s and slowly but surely is getting back involved in a high octane pass heavy Patriot offense as second tight end behind Gronkowski. This week, Gronkowski has a questionable tag, and the New England Patriots host their division rival the Miami Dolphins, giving up the fourth most fantasy points to tight ends. If Bennett has ever had a shot to sneak into the end zone in one of his last career regular season games, this is the week it’s possible BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 3 RECEPTIONS, 28 YARDS, 1 TD
5. Kenny Stills, RB – Miami Dolphins @ NE Patriots – 1:00pm
Well, I’m sure you could have seen this one coming. Want to double up those points with Cutler or Moore? Stills is your guy this week, especially if Matt Moore ends up starting. The long time deep threat Kenny Stills has a developed rapport with Matt Moore, and even if Cutler plays, the Patriots are giving up the third most fantasy points to wire receivers as well. Aside from Jarvis Landry, Kenny Stills is pretty much the only other Dolphin out there hustling and making noise on offense. With 588 receiving yards and five touchdowns through 10 games, Stills is quietly on pace for just under 1,000 yards and approximately 8 TD’s. Imagine if he was on a well-oiled machine of an offense? BOLD STATLINE PREDICTION: 4 RECEPTIONS, 87 YARDS