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Monday, November 27, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 12 WRAPUP: 4:00 GAMES AND LATER

-The Pittsburgh Steelers offense is virtually unstoppable right now and anyone who owns share from this group should feel very lucky heading into the fantasy football playoffs.  Running back Le'Veon Bell showed why he is the number 1 player in fantasy football by a mile as he rushed for 95 yards on 20 carries, while adding an extreme 12 catches for another 88.  While the touchdowns have been a bit scarce, Bell has been insanely productive since working off the rust in September.  He is the premier weapon to be holding in your holster as the playoffs weeks arrive.

-Not to be outdone, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger tossed four touchdown passes for the second week in a row as part of his 33-of-45 day for 351 yards.  While he did toss two interceptions, the Steelers passing attack and offense as a whole looks like the old Kurt Warner St. Louis Rams.  While Big Ben was pretty mediocre in Sept. and Oct., he is now back to being a top every week starter.

-Every week Steelers wideout Antonio Brown leaves our jaw on the floor given how insanely great a wideout he is.  Sunday night was no different as Brown caught 10 balls for 169 yards and two more touchdowns.  Over the last two weeks Brown has gone extra nuclear with 20 catches and 5 touchdowns and so while Julio Jones and Odell Beckham may challenge, there is no no doubt who the top wideout in the game is. 

-Dede Westbrook took advantage of Marqise Lee catching just one ball to see 10 targets and 6 catches from QB Blake Bortles on Sunday for the Jacksonville Jaguars.  With a leaky Indianapolis Colts defense on tap for Week 13, Westbrook could be worth a WR 3 look.

-It was a rare off week for Arizona Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald who snagged just 3 passes for 12 yards in the team's win over the Jaguars.  Nothing to see here in terms of Fitzgerald's status changing in terms of fantasy football however as it was simply just an off day. 

-Speaking of Marqise Lee, catching one pass for just 13 yards was a direct result of being covered by Cards CB Patrick Peterson.  Guys like Peterson and Josh Norman can completely eliminate an opposing wideout no matter how talented and so that always needs to be looked at in terms of fantasy football.  As far as Lee is concerned, he remains a solid WR 3 in PPR formats only. 

-Ricky Seals-Jones is becoming a person of interest in fantasy football tight end circles as he snagged four balls for 72 yards and one score Sunday.  Seals-Jones has now caught three touchdown passes the last two games and his production has coincided with the ascension of tight end0loving QB Blaine Gabbert.  Check this one out if you are in TE production. 

-Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette seems to have hit the same rookie wall that the Kansas City Chiefs' Kareem Hunt plowed into as he rushed for 25 yards on 12 carries, while adding 3 catches for another 17 yards Sunday.  November has been an ugly month for Fournette who seems to be on fumes and is now a somewhat shaky fantasy football option when the stakes are the highest.  You almost have to roll with Fournette at this point unless you have a good third back but the trends of rookie backs hitting the wall in November is looking like something to be aware of moving into the following season.

-Los Angeles Rams wideout Sammy Watkins could be a major player the rest of the way now that Robert Woods is out injured for the team.  Watkins stepped into the role of number 1 wideout Sunday by hauling in 4 balls for 82 yards and a score from QB Jared Goff.  Nothign earth-shattering but it is a step forward for Watkins who has been pretty brutal in 2017 to this point.  He is back on the WR 3 radar. 

-Blake Bortles was terrible again on Sunday as he completed 19-of-33 throws for 160 yards with 0 passing scores and one pick.  Bortles did rush for two touchdowns and 62 yards total on 6 carries but it is a reminder of just how miserable a passer he is. 

-Cooper Kupp reached 100-yards receiving in a game for the first time in his career Sunday by catching 8 balls for 116 yards.  While the Rams wideout has not exactly lived up to the summer hype, he generally has yielded consistent enough numbers to hold WR 3/4 value.

-Russell Wilson kept up his fantasy football MVP performance Sunda as he completed 20-of-34 throws for 228 yards with 2 TD's and one INT.  He added a rushing score as well on 7 carries for 25 yards as he toyed with the brutal San Francsico 49ers defense.  Wilson simply can't be held back in any given week in fantasy football and he is as hot as anyone in the game right now. 

-Putting an ugly first half of the season fully behind him, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was very good again Sunday in completing 18-of-24 throws for 253 yards and 2 touchdowns.  The one thing that needs to be watched closely here though is that Amari Cooper exited with a concussion and Michael Crabtree could be facing a suspension for fighting which would hurt the outlook on Carr in Week 13. 

-Jared Goff added another layer to his excellent sophomore season as he completed 28-of-43 throws for 354 yards with 2 TD's and 1 INT.  Goff gets another good matchup next week versus the leaky Arizona Cardinals defense and so he should remain on the QB 1 radar. 

-Nothing can stop New Orleans Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara as he hung another ridiculous performance on the board Sunday by rushing for 87 yards and a score on just 5 carries., while adding 6 catches for another 101 yards and a score.  Incredibly stuff here but we have been saying this on a weekly basis since October. 


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