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NFL Draft Diamonds Fantasy Football Studs and Duds: Week 12

Dak Prescott is a must start this week

Dak Prescott is a must start this week

Fantasy Football Studs and Duds: Week 12

Written by Mike Johnson

       Here are a few Week 12 studs and duds to consider as your fantasy season progresses on.


  • Dak Prescott, QB vs.Washington:

Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are still on fire and nothing indicates anything will change this Thursday against Washington. Any defense that has recently allowed 300 yards passing to the conservative Sam Bradford is a porous one at best. There is a high possibility that this will be a high scoring game, so expect Prescott to rack up the yardage.

  • Frank Gore, RB vs. Pittsburgh:

NFL running-backs are averaging a healthy 21.2 points per game against Pittsburgh in standard leagues and Frank Gore has been very effective in the Colts’ running and passing game as of late. If Andrew Luck is unable to suit up, that will only create more touches for Gore. Plan on Gore feasting this Thanksgiving Day.

  • Jamison Crowder, WR vs. Dallas:

As the weeks progress, Crowder seems to have become Kirk Cousins’ favorite target, especially on deep plays. As stated previously, this will probably be a high scoring game, increasing Crowder’s chances of making some big plays. Consider Jamison against this injury-weakened secondary.

Jameis Winston is becoming a leader in Tampa Bay

Jameis Winston could have a down week


  • Jameis Winston, QB vs. Seattle:

Although Winston has thrown for back to back 300 yard games, it is hard to expect any quarterback to excel against Seattle’s Legion of Boom. The Seahawks have exposed nearly every quarterback they’ve played this season and will likely do so again this week.

  • Jeremy Hill, RB vs. Baltimore:

With Gio Bernard’s season-ending injury, one may quickly throw Jeremy Hill in their lineups, but tread carefully. The Ravens have exploited many solid run games this season and Jeremy Hill has been ineffective in games where he hasn’t scored. Expect Rex Burkhead, Cincy’s third tailback, to steal some carries from Hill.

  • Donte Moncrief, WR vs. Pittsburgh:

Fantasy owners of Moncrief have been ecstatic to have him back healthy, especially with him scoring for three straight weeks. Unfortunately, this week seems to be the week where he comes back to earth with backup Scott Tolzien potentially starting at quarterback for Indy. Bench this touchdown dependent receiver this week.

Deep sleepers for your bye week woes

  • Wendell Smallwood, RB: Both Darren Sproles and Ryan Mathews were injured last week, opening the opportunity for the scrappy Smallwood to receive some work. Plan on an uptick in production.
  • Tyler Boyd, WR: With A.J. Green sidelined with a hamstring ailment, this deep threat will see a huge increase in targets against a weak Ravens secondary.
  • Ryan Tannehill, QB: The extremely average Tannehill is playing San Francisco’s terrible defense, increasing his likelihood of posting respectable numbers. Need I say more?

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