FanDuel NFL Lineup Advice: Week 12 (Full Slate)
Just my luck! But I’ll keep plugging away. Here’s my FanDuel Week 12 lineup for Thanksgiving weekend. Let’s hope each of our player’s feast this week!
Philip Rivers (IND): $6,800
We’re shopping for bargains at quarterback this week. Carson Wentz crossed my mind as a low-priced option Monday night against Seattle. But can we really trust Wentz given how he’s playing?
So instead, I opted for Rivers. The veteran quarterback threw for 308 yards in the first matchup between these teams two weeks ago, but only threw one touchdown. If he can add another score or two against a Titans secondary that’s given up 21 passing touchdowns, then we’ll be in store for a productive day at a great value.
Nick Chubb (CLE): $8,400
Chubb hasn’t missed a beat since returning from injury and has rushed for 240 yards in his first two games back. Now, he goes up against a Jaguars defense that ranks 24th against the run and has yielded 13 rushing touchdowns. Another hundred yards and a touchdown feels completely doable.
Kareem Hunt (CLE): $6,600
You might think I’m crazy for building a lineup with two players from the same backfield. But I’m convinced there will be plenty to go around for both Chubb and Hunt this weekend in Jacksonville. While Chubb has the better rushing stats, this still remains a pretty split backfield. Chubb has only out-touched Hunt by a 39-36 margin since coming back from injury.
What’s more intriguing is that Jacksonville has given up the seventh-most receptions and ninth-most receiving yards to opposing tailbacks this year. That obviously favors Hunt, who could make up for fewer rushing attempts with more opportunities in Cleveland’s passing game. I’m taking a chance and going with both guys this week.
D.J. Moore (CAR): $7,300
Moore is clearly Carolina’s most talented receiver and the Panthers seem to finally be treating him as such. Moore’s garnered 18 targets in his last two games and has delivered with 11 receptions, 223 yards, and a touchdown. Whether it’s P.J. Walker or Teddy Bridgewater under center, Moore should perform well against a mediocre Vikings secondary.
DeVante Parker (MIA): $6,500
Parker has developed a nice rapport with Tua Tagovailoa, who is expected to be back under center this week after getting benched midway through Miami’s loss to Denver. Parker’s scored twice in four games with Tua and has 23 targets in his last three contests. The Jets have major issues at cornerback. And I’d expect a sharper performance from Tua, which could only spell good things for his favorite target.
Michael Pittman Jr. (IND): $5,700
Pittman was one of my favorite receivers in the 2020 draft class. He’s finally healthy and is flaunting his potential. In the first game against Tennessee, Pittman broke out with seven receptions and 101 yards. He offers a ton of upside at a great price.
Darren Waller (LV): $7,100
Last week, Hayden Hurst got blanked. And I’ve had tough luck striking gold on lower-tiered tight ends. I don’t love paying for a top tight end, but this is a great week to go with Waller. Atlanta’s given up the third-most receptions, second-most yards, and most touchdowns to opposing tight ends this year. Waller’s worth the price.
D’Andre Swift (RB – DET): $7,200
Buying any part of Detroit’s offense makes me squeamish. But I’ll take a stab on Swift’s upside. The rookie tailback returned to practice Tuesday and should be good to go on Thanksgiving after missing last week with a concussion. Before Swift got hurt, he was about to seize control of Detroit’s backfield. Let’s hope that’s still the plan, as Swift will get a golden matchup against the league’s weakest run defense.
Defense / Special Teams
New York Giants: $4,300
This was a no-brainer. The Giants actually have a pretty solid defense and will face a Bengals offense that will be without Joe Burrow and Joe Mixon. Bengals backup quarterback Ryan Finley is 0-3 in three starts, completing just 47% of his passes for 474 yards, two touchdowns, and two picks. At the very least, New York has a safe floor against this decimated offense.
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