You think your season-long team has had a bad year, or your FanDuel lineups just cannot come through for you on a weekly basis? Just look at the Baltimore Ravens, fairly recently one of the NFL’s proudest franchises.
Sure, they finally picked up a third victory Sunday to improve to a barely breathing 3-7, but they also lost their starting quarterback Joe Flacco (knee) and feature back Justin Forsett (broken arm) for the season in the process.
“Isn’t this just the way this season has been going?” cornerback Jimmy Smith told The Baltimore Sun‘s Jeff Zrebiec. “You lose five, six of our top players, our leaders. Just … smile at it and keep pushing. That’s all you can do.”
And pick up the pieces, along with Forsett replacement Javorius Allen, who is listed as a $6,300 bargain in Week 12 contests on FanDuel. Allen will not only take over as the Ravens’ bell-cow in a Matt Schaub-quarterbacked, run-heavy offense, but he will be facing the Cleveland Browns and their defense that ranks dead last in the NFL against the run.
“You’ve just got to be ready for it,” Allen told The Sun‘s Jon Meoli. “That’s what they brought me here for, to be a big-time back.”
See, at least there is a silver lining for us fantasy players amid the Ravens’ misfortune. Allen has some juice for the stretch run, even if you can mostly write off the Ravens, evermore.
“Buck Allen, he played like a pro,” coach John Harbaugh told Meoli. “He played like a top-caliber NFL running back. You saw it out there. He made guys miss. He made plays in the passing game, plays in the run game. … We just kept hammering, kept banging. We finally cracked a little bit at the end of the game.”
Here is all of NFL Week 11’s fantasy analysis behind the FanDuel studs and duds.
RB Thomas Rawls, Seattle Seahawks (39.0 FanDuel points)
We have finally found Marshawn Lynch’s successor. It wasn’t the Incredible Seahulk, Robert Turbin, or even Christine Michael—two backs well hyped in fantasy circles only to go bust and be ushered out of town. Ultimately it is Rawls, who rolled off 30 carries for 209 yards, three receptions for 46 yards and two combined touchdowns Sunday in a surprise start against the 49ers.
“Look, youngun’, I’m going to pass you the torch for the day,” Lynch told Rawls before the game, according to The Seattle Times‘ Larry Stone. “You know what to do.”
Rawls is a must-own in season-long leagues, if he wasn’t already as Lynch’s handcuff. Now, he is a potential FanDuel monster at $6,300, too.
#Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch arrives in Philly today to meet with Dr. William Meyers. Belief is he’s dealing with a sports hernia, after all
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 23, 2015
QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (31.44)—Who needs premium receiving targets anyway? Newton has proved to be an MVP candidate without a sure-fire receiver you would slot in a FanDuel lineup on a weekly basis, throwing touchdowns to five different “receivers” (mostly backs and tight ends). He should be fun to watch at the Dallas Cowboys while we consume the Thanksgiving Day feast, even if that $8,900 FanDuel price is difficult to swallow.
QB Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (29.84)—That was an impressive victory on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles and showed Winston is a fantasy game-changer, throwing for a Baby Newton-like five TDs. Winston should get TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder) back in Week 12, too. We are not in love with the matchup at the Indianapolis Colts, but you have to love the sizable, physical targets WR Mike Evans ($8,100), WR Vincent Jackson ($6,400) and TE AS-J ($5,100).
QB Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (26.58)—Consistency has been Palmer’s best FanDuel trait and a matchup at the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday of Week 12 looks tantalizing, especially at $8,100. He looks unstoppable right now.
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans (26.3)—You think embarrassing Darrelle Revis was impressive Sunday? Next up is the New Orleans Saints’ suspect secondary in defensive coordinator Dennis Allen’s debut.
“The test, with the media blowing up ‘Revis Island,’ you know I had to come out and answer,” Hopkins told Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle. “Times like this for a great defensive back and a young receiver, not a lot of people have me in their eyes. I know it was a big chip on my shoulder to go out there and play extra hard.”
QB Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (25.4)—Despite the big performance, we have to question the Seahawks’ trading for Jimmy Graham to throw to him just three times a game like they did Sunday. We would say you cannot argue with a victory, but the Seahawks are disappointing this season. The good news is Wilson is a solid value at $7,600 in a potential shootout with Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12.
RB Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (23.5)—Dust off your Muscle Hampster bobble head all over again. You cannot make this guy go away, as he rushed for a season-high 235 yards Sunday. Martin has a favorable matchup at the Colts in Week 12.
RB Spencer Ware, Kansas City Chiefs (22.6)—Even if Charcandrick West (hamstring) is questionable all week, you cannot love Ware ($6,100) at the Buffalo Bills’ run defense. He will be the most-added player in season-long leagues, but he might be a mere bench squatter.
WR J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (22.2)—Another one in the “that helps no one” fantasy category. Nelson is buried on the Cards depth chart, so you cannot place too much faith in his surprising 4-142-1 performance Sunday night. The UAB rookie is going to disappear behind Michael Floyd (hamstring) when the veteran returns as soon as Week 12.
K Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (22.0)—So much for the Packers’ offensive struggles, eh? That drama during that three-game losing streak was a farce. Crosby should not be a mere $4,700 on FanDuel for Thursday’s slate.
WR James Jones, Green Bay Packers (21.9)—Aaron Rodgers went back to the tried and true, throwing to Jones (6-109-1) over second-year project Davante Adams (3-36). Expect Jones to get all of Rodgers’ important throws down the stretch, especially in the red zone, making his $5,800 price on Thanksgiving a must-buy.
Kansas City Chiefs Defense (20.0)—This unit has scored 12-plus points in each of his past four games and has a delectable matchup at home against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12. That $4,500 price is just a cherry-topper.
RB Matt Jones, Washington Redskins (0.2)—The rookie had the chance to capitalize on a huge Week 11 performance to remove all doubt about the Redskins’ go-to back. This performance did nothing but cast more doubts. Five rushes for zero yards and a lost fumble.
WR Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (0.9)—One catch for four yards on four targets. It should be noted Michael Crabtree received 11 targets and now leads his rookie teammate 96-85 in season targets and is just $6,500 to Cooper’s $6,800.
TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers (1.1)—When we noted the Chiefs were the No. 1 team in fantasy against tight ends, we should have listened to our own advice—no matter if Gates was one reliable target remaining for Rivers.
RB Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens (2.6)—As we wrote above, the only benefit to FanDuel players is a Allen ($6,300) is the starter now at a bargain price and facing a suspect Cleveland Browns run defense.
RB James Starks, Green Bay Packers (4.9)—You hear that? It was a door slamming on Starks’ fantasy value as he was held to 14 yards on eight carries and watched Eddie Lacy rise again with 22-100 rushing. Lacy is a huge bargain at $6,500 now.
QB Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (6.92)—The Chargers couldn’t run the ball, throw the ball or hang with the Chiefs in a 33-3 blowout. The past two weeks without Keenan Allen (kidney, out for the season) have not been kind to Rivers.
QB Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (7.56)—We will consider this season-low performance a mere hiccup in his breakthrough campaign. (He scored less in Week 1, but that’s because he didn’t make it through the game healthy.)