Week 12 of the NFL season brings us 11 games on the Classic Sunday slate for DraftKings plays. The Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs, and Vikings are on their byes, while the Rams host the Ravens on MNF.
This leaves both the former and future MVP, Lamar Jackson off the board, along with both Dalvin Cook’s and Austin Ekeler’s PPR presence.
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Here are some under-the-radar players that can help you win in Week 12.
Jeff Driskel – QB, DET
Opponent – Washington Redskins
Price – $5,500
The Detroit Lions have found themselves a competent backup QB in Jeff Driskel with Matthew Stafford dealing with his back injury. Driskel has played well enough in the previous two weeks to keep the Lions within striking distance against both the Bears and Cowboys – two stingy defenses.
It’s not always pretty, but Driskel can get the job done with his arm and his legs, tossing 3 TDs and running 1 in in his two starts.
The Lions travel to D.C. to take on the Washington Redskins where tickets are being sold at $5 a pop. The Redskins can’t seem to get out of their own way and are reeling on both sides of the ball. Last week, the Washington defense allowed 34 points to the New York Jets on the back of 4 TD passes from Sam Darnold.
While I’m not positive Driskel and company can match that, I’m confident that he can put together a 20-point fantasy day along with a road victory. Save yourself some money and slide Jeff Driskel into your lineup.
Phillip Lindsay – RB, DEN
Opponent – Buffalo Bills
Price – $5,200
Lindsay has not been receiving the same love he got in his rookie season, but he should be. Despite being stuck in a timeshare with fellow RB Royce Freeman, Lindsay has worked his way to become a top-15 fantasy RB on the year.
Because of his weekly production, Lindsay out-snapped his counterpart 51-23 in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. His Broncos travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills this week. Sure, the Bills have a stout defense. However, their Achilles Heel is giving it up on the ground – ranking 20th against opposing RBs and 17th in rushing yards allowed per game.
Don’t be surprised if the Broncos go into Buffalo and pound the rock on the ground with Phillip Lindsay at the forefront.
Vance McDonald – TE, PIT
Opponent – Cincinnati Bengals
Price – $3,500
Vance McDonald has seen 21 targets in his last 3 games. The Steelers’ offense hasn’t exactly been clicking on all cylinders recently, but they will most likely be without both Juju Smith-Schuster and James Conner on Sunday.
In a matchup against the Bengals, who rank 23rd against opposing TEs and 24th in passing yards allowed per game, McDonald has the opportunity to put together a solid fantasy performance. With Conner and Juju out, look for the veteran TE to surpass his value at his bargain price.
DK Metcalf – WR, SEA
Opponent – Philadelphia Eagles
Price – $6,300
Metcalf has been as steady as they come in his rookie season. In his last 3 games, he is averaging 19.4 fantasy points per game. The Ole Miss product has found the endzone 5 times and has made big-time plays in big-time situations for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Seattle is coming off their bye and traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles. The Eagles’ defense ranks 25th against opposing WRs and is 17th in passing yards allowed per game.
With fellow WR Tyler Lockett coming off an injury and Josh Gordon still getting acclimated to the offense, Metcalf will see a bunch of targets from MVP candidate Russell Wilson.
Listen & Learn
For a full rundown of our under-the-radar Week 12 DFS picks, listen to this week’s Sneaky Plays Podcast – Vance Refrigeration – on your favorite podcast platform!
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