Josh Gordon (Cleveland) makes his 2014 debut this week. I think he goes straight back to being an elite fantasy player. Get Gordon in the lineup and enjoy the boost to your fantasy totals.
It’s hard to believe, but Matthew Stafford (Detroit) cracked 20,000 passing yards last week. In 71 games, Stafford is the fastest quarterback ever to do so (Dan Marino had the record at 74 games). However, with Stafford at New England, I would rather start Mark Sanchez (Philadelphia) or Ryan Tannehill (Miami) this week.
DeMarco Murray (Dallas) is on pace for 1,973 rushing yards. Look for a big game this week as he gets back to a 2,000-yard pace.
C.J. Anderson (Denver) should be very busy with Montee Ball and Ronnie Hill both likely out. Anderson is my sixth-rated running back for the week.
With the season-ending injury to Ahmad Bradshaw, Trent Richardson (Indianapolis) has a chance for a much more significant workload. This is a great matchup at home and Jacksonville allows the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. If ever there was a time for Richardson to deliver, this is it.
Don’t chase last week’s Jonas Gray points. His four touchdowns set a Patriots’ team record but then they signed LeGarrette Blount, Gray was late for a team meeting Friday – and Detroit sports the league’s top run defense.
My FanDuel lineups the last three weeks have been at or near the top. My Week 12 lineup is: QB Zach Mettenberger ($6,500), RB Murray ($9,000), RB Isaiah Crowell ($5,500), WR Demaryius Thomas ($9,000), WR Gordon ($7,800), WR Odell Beckham Jr. ($7,500), TE Larry Donnell ($5,500), K Nick Novak ($4,700), Tennessee defense ($4,500).
Week 12 sleepers
Josh McCown (Tampa) returns to Chicago with the “revenge factor” likely as added motivation, plus the Bears allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Zach Mettenberger (Tennessee) is a deep sleeper if you need a quarterback with Cam Newton or Ben Roethlisberger on a bye as this should be a high-scoring game and Philadelphia allows the most points to opposing quarterbacks. Mettenberger has two passing touchdowns in two of his last three games.
Cleveland has released Ben Tate, leaving Crowell to finally get a chance for a heavy workload down the stretch. Crowell returns to his home state of Georgia to play Atlanta this week.
Brandin Cooks (New Orleans) is out for the rest of the season, a huge boost to Kenny Stills, who led the NFL last year with a 12.8 yards per target average.
Chicago gives up the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends – I like Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay) to likely collect a score this week.