Terrible Fantasy Advice | Week 12

Drop-machine Nelson Agholor is actually your friend

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Agholor is ready for some redemption after last week.

After Thursday night’s altercation, Cleveland DE Myles Garrett has been suspended indefinitely. If you didn’t catch what happened, there were seconds left in the game when a fight broke out between Garrett and Pittsburgh QB Mason Rudolph. Garrett removed the helmet of Rudolph and struck him in the head with it. There’s no place for that in the game of football, and the NFL is going to make that known with their ruling.

There’s no place for fighting in fantasy football either. In real football, players are paid millions of dollars. If you remove that from the equation, it’s just a game. Fantasy football is usually played for hundreds of dollars. It exists to support friendly competition and to boost interest in each game played. If you can’t realize that it’s just a game, maybe you shouldn’t play. If you’re just in it for the money, maybe you should play online fantasy football with strangers instead. The fantasy isn’t real, so just have fun.

QB – Jacoby Brissett

After two painful games with Brian Hoyer, Brissett is back under center for the Colts. In his first game back, he only threw for 148 yards and a touchdown. This is mainly because Jacksonville couldn’t stop the run. Marlon Mack ran for 109 on the ground and Jonathan Williams added another 113. This week should be a different story for Indy’s passing game. They play at Houston on Thursday Night Football. Marlon Mack is going to miss the game with a fractured hand, which only bolsters the fact that Brissett will have a great game. The Texan’s defense has holes all over it. They rank 27th against QBs, 21st against RBs and 26th against WRs. TNF has displayed some of the most entertaining games this season, and this game will hopefully continue that trend.

RB – Jaylen Samuels

If you caught the end of last Thursday’s game, you witnessed one of the most violent NFL altercations in recent history. If you watched the entire game, as I did, you had to watch Mason Rudolph throw the ball. Imagine stepping outside of your house and seeing a naked old man playing an acoustic guitar rendition of The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow.” The face you make is identical to “Mason Rudolph Face,” the face made when watching Mason Rudolph throw the ball. Anyway, the point I’m making is that Rudolph is probably going to keep the ball close to the line of scrimmage this Sunday. RB James Conner reaggravated his shoulder injury, and the Steelers are likely to air on the side of caution with him. When Jaylen Samuels starts, he gets peppered with targets. The Steelers have an inviting matchup against the Bengals in Week 12.

WR – Nelson Agholor

Carson Wentz has been disappointing for fantasy owners this season. He’s thrown for 240 yards or less and a single touchdown in each of his last four starts. Three of those matchups were the Patriots, Bills and Bears, so I’m going to forgive him. TE Zach Ertz is an every-week starter, and WR Alshon Jeffery is a weekly flex or WR2. It might surprise you but you can start Nelson Agholor this week too. He’s quietly had 17 targets over the last two games. The Eagles face the Seahawks at home on Sunday. The Seahawks’ pass defense has been subpar all season. I don’t believe that one touchdown is the new normal for Carson Wentz and the Eagles. If you’re in a bad bye situation, Agholor has a high-upside potential.

TE – Ryan Griffin

It’s time to think of this guy as an every-week streaming option. For those that waited for Chris Herndon to pop this season, I have an obvious pivot for you. On the season, Ryan Griffin ranks fourth in snap percentage among tight ends, trailing only Kelce, Olsen and Waller. He made waves last week with five receptions, 109 yards and a touchdown. In Week 12, the Jets play the Raiders at MetLife. Oakland ranks as the fifth-worst in the league against opposing tight ends on the season. In Week 13, the Jets face the Bengals, followed by a matchup against the Dolphins. Griffin is a solid streaming option over the next few weeks, especially if you have injured players or players on bye.

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