Fantasy Football Studs and Stinkers of Week 12

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Every Monday, The Fantasy Footballers release the Studs & Stinkers podcast episode.  Andy, Mike, and Jason discuss the high highs and low lows from the weekend.  In this Studs & Stinkers article series, you can find the full list of Studs & Stinkers from the weekend and my favorite names from Monday Pun-day.  I also provide commentary on a handful of notable studs and stinkers worth highlighting. To get the full breakdown, don’t miss Week 12 Studs + Stinkers

Monday Pun-day Power Ranking
  1. Tyreek Mountain
  2. Happy Thanks-Gibson
  3. End-zone-io Gibson
  4. EEK
  5. Ty-Fleek Hill
  6. Alvin Scam-ara
  7. Will FULL-est
  8. Sigh-ler Murray
  9. Derek Carr-Crash
  10. Derek Carr-cus
  11. Rob-WEEE Anderson
  12. Rodrigo Sunken-ship
  13. Michael Sit-man Jr.

What’s your favorite Monday Pun-day? You can find us on Twitter: The Fantasy Footballers (@TheFFBallers) and me (@TheFantasyEng).

Biggest Studs

Tyreek Hill
Week 12 @ TB: 13 receptions on 15 targets for 269 yards & 3 TD
Upcoming Schedule: DEN — Fantasy Playoffs: @MIA, @NO, ATL
Over the weekend, Tyreek managed to put up 203 receiving yards in one quarter.  ONE QUARTER!  THAT’S INSANE.  Tyreek has been a monster this entire season, averaging 20.6 fantasy points per game (2nd).  That’s 3 points per game more than he produced in 2018, when he finished the season as the WR1 overall.  Tyreek only has one game with fewer than 13 fantasy points on the season.  Hill is locked and loaded as an elite and reliable fantasy option every week.  Only Davante Adams is more valuable in fantasy (although an argument could be made for either).

Antonio Gibson
Week 12 @ DAL: 20 rushes for 115 yards & 3 TD | 5 receptions on 7 targets for 21 yards
Upcoming Schedule: @PIT — Fantasy Playoffs: @SF, SEA, CAR
The hype train for Antonio Gibson was overwhelming this past offseason.  Not even the biggest Gibson truthers would have projected him to blow up the way he has this year, especially in recent games.  Antonio Gibson is ranked #2 in RB points scored over the past five weeks.  His production over that time?  18.8 pts, 11 pts, 20.5 pts, 16.9 pts, and 34.1 pts (Week 12).  Gibson is a fantasy darling, averaging the 9th most fantasy points per game among RB this season.  Gibson is a must-start, which is a terrifying thing to say for a player on the Washington Football Team – but yes, he is in Terry McLaurin territory – plug and play every week.

Deebo Samuel
Week 12 @ LAR: 11 receptions on 13 targets for 133 yards
Upcoming Schedule: BUF — Fantasy Playoffs: WSH, @DAL, @ARI
Deebo went off this week and racked up 133 yards after returning from injury.  When active, Deebo is a beast.  He’s elite in terms of yards after the catch, and he’s a perfect fit for the 49ers offense.  Deebo has the 11th most yards after the catch (YAC) so far this season.  Deebo has only played in five games.  FIVE GAMES!  He averages 70 YAC per game, which ranks first among all players.  By comparison, Adam Thielen averages 65 TOTAL yards per game.  Deebo is a strong WR2 when healthy.

Biggest Stinkers

Derek Carr
Week 12 @ ATL: 22 completions on 34 passes for 215 yards & 1 INT | 3 Fumbles
Upcoming Schedule: @NYJ, CIN — Fantasy Playoffs: KC, NE, @LV
Derek Carr had been quietly putting up respectable fantasy QB numbers before this past week.  Carr was in the streaming discussion for many weeks, and he’s been a very attractive QB2 in superflex leagues.  Fast forward to Week 12, playing against the porous Atlanta Falcons defense.  Atlanta has allowed for a top-7 opposing fantasy QB in seven of 10 weeks.  Atlanta is the matchup that fantasy GM’s dream about, and the stars were aligned for Carr to have a monster game.  However, Carr was terrible this week.  Like, really bad.  Carr has removed himself from the streaming category right now.  You simply can’t trust him after a performance like that against a beatable Falcons defense.

Alvin Kamara: 11 rushes for 54 yards | 1 reception on 2 targets for -2 yards
Michael Thomas: 4 receptions on 6 targets for 50 yards | 1 rush for 1 yard

Week 12 @ DEN
Upcoming Schedule: @ATL — Fantasy Playoffs: @PHI, KC, MIN

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Kamara has been virtually removed from the passing game since Hill took over in Brees’ absence.  Taysom Hill and Latavius Murray have dominated the red zone work over the past two weeks.  Those who roster Kamara (including myself) have been frustrated over the past couple of weeks.  The Ballers talked about Drew Brees returning Week 15 at the earliest!  I’m with Andy that I don’t want to sell low on Kamara.  It’s possible that he rebounds in the coming weeks, and we should expect elite production again upon Brees’ return.  Meanwhile, Michael Thomas has been THE MOST DISAPPOINTING fantasy player in all of 2020.  If you drafted him in the first round, you’ve been incredibly disappointed.  And he’s taken up space on your bench!  Thomas is in a similar situation to Kamara…Don’t expect elite production, but you certainly don’t want to trade him for pennies on the dollar.

Other Studs

QB          

Deshaun Watson @DET — 17/25 for 318/4/0 — 8/24/0 rushing

  • IND — Fantasy Playoffs: @CHI, @IND, CIN

Patrick Mahomes @TB — 37/49 for 462/3/0 — 4/28/0 rushing

  • DEN — Fantasy Playoffs: @MIA, @NO, ATL

Kirk Cousins vs CAR — 34/45 for 307/3/0 — 3/19/0 rushing

  • JAX — Fantasy Playoffs: @TB, CHI, @NO

Aaron Rodgers vs CHI — 21/29 for 211/4/0 — 2/12/0 rushing

  • PHI — Fantasy Playoffs: @DET, CAR, TEN

Tom Brady vs KC — 27/41 for 345/3/2

  • BYE — Fantasy Playoffs: MIN, @ATL, @DET

RB

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Derrick Henry @IND — 27/178/3 — 4 targets for 2/7/0

  • CLE — Fantasy Playoffs: @JAX, DET, @GB

Antonio Gibson @DAL — 20/115/3 — 7 targets for 5/21/0

  • @PIT — Fantasy Playoffs: @SF, SEA, CAR

Latavius Murray @DEN — 19/124/2 — 1 target for 1/2/0 — 1 fumble

  • @ATL — Fantasy Playoffs: @PHI, KC, MIN

Nick Chubb @JAX — 19/144/1 — 3 targets for 3/32/0

  • @TEN — Fantasy Playoffs: BAL, @NYG, @NYJ

James Robinson vs CLE — 22/128/1 — 6 targets for 5/31/0

  • @MIN — Fantasy Playoffs: TEN, @BAL, CHI

Kenyan Drake @NE — 22/78/2 — 4 targets for 3/15/0

  • LAR — Fantasy Playoffs: @NYG, PHI, SF

David Montgomery @GB — 11/103/0 — 6 targets for 5/40/1

  • DET — Fantasy Playoffs: HOU, @MIN, @JAX

Austin Ekeler @BUF — 14/44/0 — 16 targets for 11/85/0

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  • NE — Fantasy Playoffs: ATL, @LV, DEN

WR           

Tyreek Hill @TB — 15 targets for 13/269/3

  • DEN — Fantasy Playoffs: @MIA, @NO, ATL

Will Fuller V @DET — 7 targets for 6/171/2

  • IND — Fantasy Playoffs: @CHI, @IND, CIN

Jarvis Landry @JAX — 11 targets for 8/143/1

  • @TEN — Fantasy Playoffs: BAL, @NYG, @NYJ

Allen Robinson @GB — 13 targets for 8/74/2

  • DET — Fantasy Playoffs: HOU, @MIN, @JAX

Justin Jefferson vs CAR — 13 targets for 7/70/2

  • JAX — Fantasy Playoffs: @TB, CHI, @NO

Amari Cooper vs WAS — 8 targets for 6/112/1

  • @BAL — Fantasy Playoffs: @CIN, SF, PHI 

Deebo Samuel @LAR — 13 targets for 11/133/0

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  • BUF — Fantasy Playoffs: WSH, @DAL, @ARI

Mike Evans vs KC — 9 targets for 3/50/2

  • BYE — Fantasy Playoffs: MIN, @ATL, @DET

TE           

Robert Tonyan vs CHI — 5 targets for 5/67/1

  • PHI — Fantasy Playoffs: @DET, CAR, TEN

Evan Engram @CIN — 9 targets for 6/129/0

  • @SEA — Fantasy Playoffs: ARI, CLE, @BAL

Rob Gronkowski vs KC — 7 targets for 6/106/0

  • BYE — Fantasy Playoffs: MIN, @ATL, @DET

Travis Kelce @TB — 8 targets for 8/82/0

  • DEN — Fantasy Playoffs: @MIA, @NO, ATL

 

Other Stinkers

Derek Carr @ATL — 22/34 for 215/0/1 — THREE fumbles

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  • @NYJ — Fantasy Playoffs: IND, LAC, MIA

 

Kyler Murray @NE — 23/34 for 170/0/1

  • LAR — Fantasy Playoffs: @NYG, PHI, SF

Jared Goff vs SF — 19/31 for 198/0/2 — 5/11/0 rushing

  • @ARI — Fantasy Playoffs: NE, NYJ, @SEA

Cam Newton vs ARI — 9/18 for 84/0/2 — 9/46/0 rushing

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  • @LAC — Fantasy Playoffs: @LAR, @MIA, BUF

Daniel Jones @CIN — 16/27 for 213/0/0 — 6/19/0 rushing

  • @SEA — Fantasy Playoffs: ARI, CLE, @BAL


RB

Alvin Kamara @DEN — 11/54/0 — 2 targets for 1/-2/0

  • @ATL — Fantasy Playoffs: @PHI, KC, MIN

Ezekiel Elliott vs WAS — 10/32/0 — 3 targets for 1/7/0 — 1 fumble

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  • @BAL — Fantasy Playoffs: @CIN, SF, PHI

Josh Jacobs @ATL — 7/27/0 — 3 targets for 3/17/0 — 1 fumble

  • @NYJ — Fantasy Playoffs: IND, LAC, MIA

Dalvin Cook vs CAR — 18/61/0 — 4 targets for 4/21/0

  • JAX — Fantasy Playoffs: @TB, CHI, @NO

Aaron Jones vs CHI — 17/90/0 — 2 targets for 1/0/0 

  • PHI — Fantasy Playoffs: @DET, CAR, TEN

Mike Davis @MIN — 15/55/0 — 6 targets for 3/24/0

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  • BYE — Fantasy Playoffs: DEN, @GB, @WSH

Clyde Edwards-Helaire @TB — 11/37/0 — 1 target for 1/2/0

  • DEN — Fantasy Playoffs: @MIA, @NO, ATL

Kareem Hunt @JAX — 10/62/0 — 2 targets, zero catches

  • @TEN — Fantasy Playoffs: BAL, @NYG, @NYJ

Melvin Gordon vs NO — 12/31/0

  • @KC — Fantasy Playoffs: @CAR, BUF, @LAC

**Honorable Mentions at RB

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Damien Harris vs ARI — 14/47/0

  • @LAC — Fantasy Playoffs: @LAR, @MIA, BUF

J.D. McKissic vs DAL — 1/6/0 — 2 targets for 2/21/0

  • @PIT — Fantasy Playoffs: @SF, SEA, CAR

Giovani Bernard vs NYG — 8/32/0 — 3 targets for 2/17/0

  • @MIA — Fantasy Playoffs: DAL, PIT, @HOU

Brian Hill vs LV — 13/55/0 — 1 target, zero catches

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  • NO — Fantasy Playoffs: @LAC, TB, @KC

WR           

Michael Thomas @DEN — 6 targets for  4/50/0 — 1/1/0 rushing

  • @ATL — Fantasy Playoffs: @PHI, KC, MIN

DeAndre Hopkins @NE — 7 targets for 5/55/0

  • LAR — Fantasy Playoffs: @NYG, PHI, SF

Stefon Diggs vs LAC — 9 targets for 7/39/0

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  • @SF — Fantasy Playoffs: PIT, @DEN, @NE

Cooper Kupp vs SF — 5 targets for 2/41/0

  • @ARI — Fantasy Playoffs: NE, NYJ, @SEA

Antonio Brown vs KC — 3 targets for 2/11/0

  • BYE — Fantasy Playoffs: MIN, @ATL, @DET

TE           

Darren Waller @ATL — 7 targets for 4/23/0

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Jonnu Smith @IND — zero targets, zero catches

  • @NYJ — Fantasy Playoffs: IND, LAC, MIA

Jared Cook @DEN — 2 targets, zero catches

  • @ATL — Fantasy Playoffs: @PHI, KC, MIN

Jordan Reed @LAR —  6 targets for 2/18/0

  • BUF — Fantasy Playoffs: WSH, @DAL, @ARI

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