QB – Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns @ Cincinnati Bengals
Just like my esteemed colleague Jamie Zadow, I have myself picking Baker Mayfield. Baker is coming off a bye and faces the second-worst defense in the league against the quarterback position. Baker has ample receiving options and has scored reasonably in his last two outings against the Chiefs (17.88 pts) and Falcons (22.64 pts).
Honorable mentions: Jameis Winston vs 49ers, Lamar Jackson vs Raiders, Nick Mullens @ Bucs
RB – Gus Edwards – Baltimore Ravens vs Oakland Raiders
The north-south running style of Edwards is the perfect compliment to Lamar Jackson. Joe Flacco is officially out for the contest against the porous Raiders defense and Edwards is coming off a week in which he scored 19.5 points (in all scoring formats).
In week 11 versus the Bengals, Gus was a top-10 running back in all scoring formats and had 62% of the snaps at RB. Look for Edwards to provide minimum RB2 value with a significant upside considering the opposition.
Honorable mention: Josh Adams vs Giants, Austin Ekeler vs Cardinals (if Gordon inactive)
WR – Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns
It’s most likely that star wide receiver A.J. Green is going to be out for the game versus the Browns, cementing Tyler Boyd’s position as the number 1 target for QB Andy Dalton. Week 11 saw many people bench Boyd in his matchup versus the Ravens, and he still put up a stat-line of 4 receptions for 71 yards but was targeted a whopping 11 times. The Browns defense gives up the 3rd most number of receiving yards in the league, so the scene is set for Tyler Boyd to tear it up again.
Honorable mention: Doug Baldwin vs Panthers
TE – Cameron Brate – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs San Francisco 49ers
The big TE news during the week was the announcement that Bucs tight-end O.J Howard was placed on IR, paving the way for Brate’s re-ascendance to the top of the depth chart. When you combine this news with the announcement that Winston will be the starter, Brate is an almost sure-fire TE1 this week.
The tight-end position has been a nightmare to predict this season, with only Kelce, Ertz and Kittle being reliable options. Cameron Brate is elevated into that top-5 TE tier and must be started.
Honorable Mention: Jack Doyle vs Dolphins
QB – Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars @ Buffalo Bills
Bortles is an enigmatic figure within fantasy football, there are days when he can set the world on fire and there are days when he can set his team’s chances of a win on fire. Blake is not an option this week, even if you have yourself looking for a Mahomes / Goff bye-week replacement.
In last week’s game versus the Steelers, Bortles just about broke 100 yards passing and this week he is facing the (surprisingly) best defense in terms of passing yards/game.
Bust Alerts: Ryan Tannehill @ Colts, Marcus Mariota @ Texans
RB – LeSean McCoy – Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars
In the past three weeks, Shady McCoy has been hovering around the RB2 limit in full-PPR scoring. However, I’m sitting Shady in this matchup versus the Jags. The over-under for this game is a meager 37 points. McCoy brings that ‘big name’ that will tempt you to keep him in your lineup; however the over-under just leaves me wanting to avoid any players from this matchup.
Bust Alerts: Doug Martin / Jalen Richard @ Ravens
WR – Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers
Lockett has been a WR2 throughout the season, with his innate ability to find the end zone being the catalyst. In this week’s matchup in Charlotte, I would be looking elsewhere for a receiving option. Lockett has been extremely touchdown dependent and his teammate Doug Baldwin has just come off his best game this season.
There aren’t that many targets to go around with Seattle running the ball so much and the latest on Baldwin is that he is likely to play this week following questionable designation throughout the week.
Bust Alert: Corey Davis @ Texans
TE – Evan Engram – New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles
Engram was a big tight-end hope coming into the season, with many thinking he could become one of those monster players who regularly scored. However, this season he has disappointed significantly.
Despite facing a depleted Eagles secondary; I would sit him as I do not see the upside for him. This is partly due to the Giants poor offensive line and the fact that Barkley and OBJ are getting targeted heavily.
Bust Alert: Jimmy Graham @ Vikings
by Adil Khan Deshmukh – @DillyToon