The Chargers, Chiefs, Vikings and Cardinals are all on bye in Week 12. That removes a considerable amount of offensive talent from the pool of players. On the bright side, there are plenty of great values to be found. Here are a few alternatives for quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends at DraftKings.
The most popular quarterback play might be Russell Wilson ($6,800) playing the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson is one of the better quarterbacks in the league going up against one of the most forgiving secondaries in the league though I’d understand if the price tag is a dealbreaker. Jeff Driskel ($5,500) played well in Matthew Stafford’s absence and faces Washington in Week 12. Washington isn’t much better at stopping the pass than Philadelphia and “Crazy Legs” Driskel dropped 50+ rushing yards on Dallas last week. He also has Kenny Galloday and Marvin Jones catching passes he has some very good wide receivers at his disposal making him a fantastic low dollar play.
Budget Friendly Wide Receivers
Michael Thomas ($9,300) is the second most expensive player on the 11-game featured Sunday DraftKings contest. Building a lineup around Thomas isn’t a bad idea. He plays the Carolina Panthers this week who have been tortured by wide receivers this season. His services will cost you over 18% of your budget and that is a large chunk of change for any player. Tyrell Williams ($5,900) doesn’t have as many receptions as Thomas, but he has the same number of touchdowns (5). Williams gets the New York Jets this week, perhaps the best matchup any for wide receivers this season. “Ty Willy” has cooled off after coming back from injury, but he still plays an important role in Oakland’s passing attack. An even cheaper option would be Randall Cobb ($4,800). Yes, this is playing the hot hand as Cobb isn’t the most consistent option available, but I think he is in a good spot this week. With Amari Cooper ailing and the New England defense being vulnerable to slot receivers I could see Cobb easily returning value. Topping 100-yards again will be a challenge, but hopefully Dak Prescott will be generous with the targets.
Aren’t They All Bad Tight End Weeks?
Travis Kelce is on bye and George Kittle has the Sunday night game making it a particularly shallow week for tight ends. Zach Ertz ($6,000) is heating up while the second most expensive tight end, Darren Waller ($5,700), has been cooling down. One of the reasons I won’t likely draft Ertz is that his teammate, Dallas Goedert ($3,700), has been very much involved. He’s an even better play if Alshon Jeffery misses the game. Another tight end who might find themselves with a more prominent role due to injury is Vance McDonald ($3,500). It sounds like Juju Smith-Schuster will sit this one out and so might fellow wide receiver Diontae Johnson. This could mean more action for McDonald who saw a team high 7 targets in Week 11.