Week 12 of the NFL season is upon us and as we inch towards, or into the playoffs for some leagues, every roster spot is crucial. So, who should you play?
Lamar Jackson – BAL vs. LAR
This one is a no-brainer. The Rams have played nowhere near the potential they showed a year ago. Jackson is going to have a field day against a defense that has allowed over 200 passing yards in six of their ten games. Jackson’s ability to run creates a problem for this defensive front too.
Ryan Tannehill – TEN vs. JAX
Surprisingly enough, Tannehill has played well in his time replacing Marcus Mariota. Even though the Jaguars’ defense has been good against opposing quarterbacks, their last two games saw both the Colts and Texans rush for over 200 yards. Look for Tennessee to open up the run game early and unleash Tannehill all over a weakened secondary.
Tom Brady – NE vs. DAL
The Cowboys’ defense struggled early in the season but has not let opposing quarterbacks throw for over 225 yards in the last three weeks. They have a stout run defense, and Bill Belichick loves to attack the opponent’s best weapon by taking it away. I expect this to be an early-scoring game for the Patriots and then shift to very run-heavy.
Jimmy Garoppolo – SF vs. GB
Jimmy G has been great this year, throwing for almost 2,500 yards and 18 touchdowns. That changes on Sunday Night Football against the Packers. Green Bay has a good defense this year and San Francisco will use their impressive run-heavy offense to wear down the Packers.
Jaylen Samuels – PIT vs. CIN
Cincinnati’s defense has been atrocious against the run, as they have only held opposing backs to under 100 yards three times this year. That trend continues this weekend when Samuels opens up a big game with JuJu Smith-Schuster already ruled out.
Saquon Barkley – NYG vs. CHI
A no-brainer? It depends on the situation. If the Bears had something to play for this week, then I would say hell no. However, Akiem Hicks is still out and the Bears are all but mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. With a shaky Daniel Jones at quarterback, I expect Barkley to have a huge game.
Josh Jacobs – OAK vs. NYJ
The Jets have quietly been one of the best defenses against the run this season, only allowing a 100-yard rusher in three out of ten games. Jacobs has a tough task at hand and with Derek Carr playing well, why would Gruden run it?
Todd Gurley – LAR vs. BAL
Plain and simple, Gurley hasn’t been great this year. The Ravens are going to score early and often against the Rams, which will mean LA is playing from behind from the start.
D.K. Metcalf – SEA vs. PHI
If fellow wideout Tyler Lockett is anything less than 100%, I see Metcalf taking the majority of the targets. He has been solid this season, posting three or more catches in all but three games this year.
Marvin Jones – DET vs. WAS
Calvin Ridley – ATL vs. TB
Ridley has had a rollercoaster of a season. His 143-yard, one-touchdown performance last week was a gigantic outlier. He’ll have a tougher time this week, even against this mediocre Buccaneers defense.
Amari Cooper – DAL vs. NE
The Cowboys have a difficult matchup with the Patriots this week. Dallas doesn’t seem to be using Cooper as much as they should, as he’s posted over 100 yards only four times this year. The Patriots are going to get to Dak Prescott before Cooper even gets the chance to make effective catches.
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