This will be the second week in a row where we do not have to decide to pay for Todd Gurley or not. The high powered offenses of the Chiefs and Saints also avoided the main slate this time around. This slate is quite interesting at the quarterback position with no true clear-cut option. With all that being said, let’s look at some Week 12 value options at each position.
QUARTERBACK – Nick Mullens
T-25th Priced Quarterback on Fanduel ($6,000 out of $60,000)
14th Priced Quarterback on Draftkings ($5,400 out of $50,000)
Nick Mullens has been solid in his two starts for the 49ers. This week he gets one of the best possible draws in football as he will face an abysmal Buccaneers defense. If you are looking to pay down at quarterback this week, Mullens could be your guy on both sites. Mullens’ case is also helped by a couple of above average weapons in the monster tight end George Kittle and a healthy Marquise Goodwin. I would be surprised if Mullens doesn’t hit at least 15 fantasy points with the potential for more.
RUNNING BACK – Gus Edwards
26th Priced Running Back on Fanduel ($5,300 out of $60,000)
18th Priced Running Back on Draftkings ($4,400 out of $50,000)
Gus Edwards broke out last week to the tune of 17 carries for 115 yards and a score. It looks like part of the reason Edwards was more involved was due to Lamar Jackson being the starter. The pair established a wicked Raven’s rushing attack on Sunday, leading their team to a win over the Bengals. As it stands now. Alex Collins is questionable for Sunday after missing practice on Thursday. If Collins were to miss this contest, Edwards would potentially become a lock button play.
WIDE RECEIVER – Tyler Boyd
12th Priced Wide Receiver on Fanduel ($6,800 out of $60,000)
10th Priced Wide Receiver on Draftkings ($6,000 out of $50,000)
It looks like the Bengals will be without A.J. Green this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. That should leave Tyler Boyd with yet another massive target share. He hasn’t exactly been lighting up the box score, but I don’t think it is wise to ignore Boyd’s volume. He is coming off of an 11 target game, but game log watchers may shy away given that he only produced 11.1 PPR points. For this reason, I think Boyd is both a nice value play as well as a solid option for tournaments.
TIGHT END – Cameron Brate
25th Priced Tight End on Fanduel ($4,400 out of $60,000)
12th Priced Tight End on Draftkings ($3,600 out of $50,000)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have quietly had one of the best passing attacks in the league this season despite the back and forth between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston. Part of the reason for their offensive ascent was the second-year tight end, O.J. Howard. Howard was having an awesome sophomore season but is not done for the year after having surgery on his ankle. This leaves Cameron Brate to fill the role left behind by Howard. I would expect Brate to be super popular this Sunday and for good reason. Brate has also shown nice chemistry in the past with this week’s starter for the Bucs in Jameis Winston. Brate is a great way to get exposure to the highest total game on the slate.
DEFENSE – New England Patriots
5th Priced Defense on Fanduel ($4,100 out of $60,000)
4th Priced Defense on Draftkings ($3,100 out of $50,000)
The Patriots come off of their bye week to a pristine matchup to the turnover-prone New York Jets. You may consider paying all the way up for the Jaguars on DK this Sunday or the Ravens on Fanduel. Right now, I don’t think that will be the case for me. I still feel like the Pats can give you a solid game, and also save a little bit of salary in the process.