Sneaky Starts Week 12: Kenny Stills will Pay your Bills
By: Adam Cook (@fantasy_schnerd)
It is really crazy when you think about how popular fantasy football has really come. I work in property management and my residents and contractors know that I am a huge fantasy football junkie. Guys come in to replace windows at our property and ask me if they should start Ryan Mathews or Jonas Gray. Depending on how good they are as contractors, I often decide when to give them proper advice or not. Most of them don’t know where to get proper fantasy advice, so they most likely won’t be reading my articles and knowing I am lying to them. Let’s get started with my sneaky starts for Week 12. My start percentages are based off the Yahoo Fantasy Football game and were accounted for on Wednesday evening.
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Kenny Stills- WR- New Orleans Saints (12% Started)
Mr. Kenny Stills is the biggest beneficiary of the most recent injury to Brandin Cooks. Stills gets a juicy home matchup on Monday Night Football versus a banged up Ravens secondary who allow the 5th most points to wide receivers this year. The Saints have lost 2 straight at home, so I expect them not to lose a 3rd. He has gone from role player to every down receiver and his target totals over the last three weeks are 8, 6, and 4. In relief of Cooks last week he had 4 receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown. Stills is a top 30 WR in standard scoring leagues in Week 12.
Bold Prediction: 5 receptions- 78 yards- 1 touchdown
Josh McCown– QB- Tampa Bay Bucs (15% Started)
McCown is the perfect bye week filler for owners of Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton. He gets a revenge game versus the Bears who showed no faith in him after he performed very well for them last year. He was reinserted into the starting lineup two weeks ago and has thrown 2 passes in each game back. Mike Evans is becoming a stud before our eyes and Vincent Jackson is still Vincent Jackson. Did I mention the Bears give up the 2nd most points to QB’s this year? He is a great daily streamer and a strong DFS play this week.
Bold Prediction: 302 yards- 2 touchdowns- 1 interception
Jacob Tamme– TE- Denver Broncos (3% Started)
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He is strictly a strong tight end play this week only if Julius Thomas sits out and he is looking doubtful to play. Tamme was out of sync with old pal Peyton Manning in relief last week, but it didn’t stop him from seeing 10 targets! They did narrowly miss on a few fade routes though. I’m expecting 6 catches this week in a pass heavy game plan versus the Dolphins this week.
Bold Prediction: 6 receptions- 52 yards- 1 touchdown
Charles Sims– RB- Tampa Bay Bucs (11% Started)
He showed up on the injury report Thursday, but he is questionable so make sure he is suiting up before penciling him in. Bobby Rainey is a change of pace back and Doug Martin’s time is over in Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay wants Sims to be the guy. Lovie Smith loves his skill set and the head coach is the guy you want in your corner. In only his 2nd game he already received 16 total touches. Sims’s offensive line is horrible, but his pass catching ability gives him a nice floor in PPR settings. Against a vanilla Bears defense he could top 100 total yards.
Bold Prediction: 14 carries- 63 yards- 4 receptions- 33 yards- 1 touchdown
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Dan Herron– RB- Indianapolis Colts (2% Started)
I’m looking for “Boom” Herron to receive a 10 role in relief of the injured Ahmad Bradshaw. The Colts have a juicy home matchup versus the Jaguars who allow the 2nd most fantasy points to RB’s. Trent Richardson will be used early, but eventually Dan Herron will be mixed in. The Colts should dominate this game with a positive game flow for Herron to get some clock killing touches. He had a great preseason and had 8 carries last week. He is a solid desperation flex play in 12 team leagues.
Bold Prediction: 11 carries- 46 yards- 1 touchdown- 1 reception- 8 yards