NFL Sunday Preview: Week 12

Dion Lewis #33 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball against the Oakland Raiders during the second half at Estadio Azteca on November 19, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.

Check out our Week 12 Sunday NFL picks before setting your line ups for Sunday’s games.




Russell Wilson (Seahawks v 49ers)


After a string of injuries to key defensive players, the Seahawks Super Bowl hopes now rest firmly on the right shoulder of Russell Wilson. Boy has he responded.

As has been tradition, Wilson struggled through the early part of the season, but he’s caught fire in November once again. He’s by far the No.1 QB in fantasy over the last four weeks – averaging over 250 points per game in that time.

This week, he gets a prime match-up against the San Francisco 49ers – the 4th worst defence against QBs in fantasy. Wilson has traditionally shredded them over the last couple of years. Look for that to continue in Week 12.


Matt Ryan (Falcons v Buccaneers)

The Falcons and Ryan feel like they are beginning to find their groove after a Super Bowl hangover that lasted half a season.

Last year’s MVP has thrown eight touchdowns with just two picks, over the last four weeks. He’s yet to break out for a huge game, but a home match against uber disappoinment, Tampa Bay could be the week he does it.




Alvin Kamara (Saints @ Chargers)

The number one running back in fantasy over the past four weeks, Kamara gets a great match up in Week 12 against the Rams. LA has really struggled against running backs all season, and Kamara has performed no matter who he goes against.

There are few running backs as dynamic in the passing game as Kamara, who has averaged just under 60 receiving yards per game in the last four weeks.


Dion Lewis (Patriots v Dolphins)

After starting the season 4th on the depth chart, Lewis slowly rose before snatching the starting job away from the ineffective Mike Gillislee.

In the last two weeks Lewis has averaged fifteen touches and a touchdown per game – great value at such a low price.

Miami has been mediocre against the run this week, and with the Patriots offense firing, Lewis is a serious threat to find the endzone.




Jarvis Landry (Dolphins @ Patriots)

Landry has excelled against the Patriots for much of his career, averaging around 8 catches for 90 yards over the last two years against them.

Despite a massive improvement over the past six weeks, the Patriots still give up the most yards per game in the league, a stat meaningless in real life but very relevant in fantasy.

The Dolphins will likely be behind for much of this contest. Last year Landry piled up yards in the second half at Foxboro, after the Patriots had roared out to a 31-3 lead. The same sort of game seems plausible this time.

Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos v Raiders)

After a big game against the Patriots, Sanders was shut down to the tune of just 15 yards last week against the Bengals. He still had plenty of targets, however, and the match up this week is as good as it gets.

The Raiders defence has no interceptions all year, and allows opponents to complete 70% of their passes, resulting in the firing of defensive co-ordinator Ken Norton – a move rumoured to have angered the team.

If ever there was a week the Broncos offense can overcome their own ineptitude it is this one.



Jared Cook (Raiders @ Broncos)

Cook was only targeted a few times against the Patriots, as noted tight end killer Pat Chung held him in check. The Broncos don’t have someone like Chung, who excels at making life difficult for opposing tight ends (though it sometimes seems they all drop the ball even when they beat him).

With Denver’s star cornerbacks Aqib Talib, and Chris Harris likely to make things tough for the Oakland receivers, Cook should be in for plenty of targets this week.

Jimmy Graham
 (Seahawks v 49ers)

After being rumoured to be traded a few weeks ago, Graham has responded with five touchdowns in four games, becoming a huge part of the Seahawks offensive turn around.

With the Seahawks defence suddenly vulnerable, they need to air it out more each week, and Graham is one of the primary benefits, especially in the red zone.