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Week 12 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide

Welcome to the Week 12 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide. At this point in the season, you are either locked into a top spot for the playoffs, battling for the last spot in the playoffs or occupying space in the doldrums of your league which likely means you wouldn’t be reading this article anymore. Anyway, I’m still doing the work for those of you who haven’t switched to DFS for the rest of the season. You will find obvious player opinions in this piece such as Jonathan Taylor has become the new number one fantasy player, but I will also give you useful, less-heralded takes like Miles Sanders will be the RB1 in Philly going forward. If you need Waiver Wire adds only, check out my Fantrax pal Colin McTamany’s Waiver Wire Rankings here

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Week 12 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide

$1,000 is a common budget size for season-long leagues and that is the template for my FAAB bid percentages. The Week 12 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide attempts to cover all styles of fantasy scoring, but I write this article from a redraft and PPR point of view. All roster percentages for this week come from Fantrax and ESPN fantasy football leagues. 



Taylor Heinicke42%13%3-5%SEA
Andy Dalton14%0%3-5%@DET
Jimmy Garoppolo59%14%2-4%MIN
Joe Flacco15%2%2-4%@HOU
Zach Wilson51%3%2-4%@HOU
Tyrod Taylor34%5%1-3%NYJ
Cam Newton68%41%1-3%@MIA
Ben Roethlisberger62%17%1-3%@CIN
Teddy Bridgewater59%21%1-3%LAC
Mac Jones76%22%1-3%TEN
Tyler Huntley9%3%1-3%CLE

Reference Points

  • UPDATE…Zach Wilson has been named the starter for the Jets at Houston while Flacco and White are now on the Covid list.
  • Two legitimate QBs are on a bye this week, so many of you are likely looking for a streamer. I have touted Taylor Heinicke several times for this article throughout the year. He bummed us all out with his poor play from Week 5 through Week 8 which included six picks. Yet, only once this season has he failed to throw a TD. With Seattle coming to town Sunday after losing at home with Colt McCoy throwing for 328 yards, this looks like the ideal streamer play for Week 12.
  • It doesn’t look like Justin Fields will play Thanksgiving day in Detroit. Andy Dalton becomes a worthy streamer for Week 12. In my home league, I picked up Fields last week in preparation for his delectable opportunity against my bozo Lions. Dalton played well in relief of Fields in the latest Bears loss to Baltimore. It wasn’t Dalton’s fault that Chicago lost. For a one-off, the Red Rifle is a great play in Week 12.

  • It’s early in the week as I write this so I don’t know if Zach Wilson or Joe Flacco will play in Houston Sunday. What I do know is whoever starts the game will be useful against a weak Houston defense. Keep up on the news this week and pick one of them up if you want to spend the least amount of FAAB bucks possible for a positive return.
  • FYI: Tyler Huntley is on this list just in case Lamar’s illness drags on. It’s more of a courtesy to add him to my list than anything concrete.


Rhamondre Stevenson81%51%5-8%TEN
Devonta Freeman66%34%4-7%CLE
D'Onta Foreman61%57%3-5%@NE
Tevin Coleman36%3%2-4%@HOU
Boston Scott57%22%2-4%@NYG
Rex Burkhead8%1%2-4%NYJ
Ty Johnson60%19%2-4%@HOU
Ronald Jones II64%21%1-3%@IND
Dontrell Hilliard1%0%1-3%@NE
Matt Breida14%1%1-3%@NO
Trey Sermon62%15%1-3%MIN
Latavius Murray83%28%1-3%CLE
Sony Michel70%24%1-3%@GB
David Johnson71%27%1-3%NYJ
Giovani Bernard48%6%1-3%@IND

Reference Points

  • UPDATE…Adrian Peterson has been released by the Titans. That means it’s time to bump up the value on Hilliard and Foreman while increasing the possibility that Jeremy McNichols will play this weekend in New England.
  • The Ravens are consistently relying on Devonta Freeman to be their main RB. Even with the return of Latavius Murray from injury, Freeman was still the man out-snapping Murray 47 to 30. Freeman also scored the winning TD on 16 rushes which he also paired with 6 catches. If Huntley starts again Sunday against Cleveland, Freeman will rack up more check-down grabs. He’s worth a healthy FAAB bid.

  • Jets rookie stud Michael Carter sprained his ankle Sunday. He will be out for a couple of weeks. That means Ty Johnson and Tevin Coleman are in line for the most touches. Johnson only has one game with double-digit carries this year, but Coleman hasn’t had one. Johnson’s been a solid producer in PPR. Coming into Week 11 outside of Week 9, Johnson had been targeted at least 6 times. Houston gives up the sixth-most points to RBs. One of these dudes will help you score points in Week 12. I’ll leave it to you to decide which one it will be.
  • Rex Burkhead carried the ball 18 times in Houston’s road win over the Titans. His YPC was horrid, but the Texans have relied on Rex to run the ball over anybody else in this wretched backfield. For what it’s worth, David Johnson out-snapped Burkhead 35 t0 27.
  • The Bills’ RB snap share in Sunday’s loss to Indy went like this: Devin Singletary 21, Zack Moss 16, and Matt Breida 18. Breida has seen an increase in playing time in the past two weeks. The problem is both games were blowouts (Week 10 over the Jets and Week 11 to the Colts).  Breida had the most carries in the shellacking to Indy. He looks good when he gets to touch the ball. He’s worth a cheap stash add this week.


Elijah Moore85%41%10-12%@HOU
Marquez Valdes-Scantling35%9%5-8%LAR
Laviska Shenault Jr.77%46%5-8%ATL
Van Jefferson66%44%4-7%@GB
Jamison Crowder76%23%4-7%@HOU
Rashod Bateman82%50%3-5%CLE
Marquez Callaway68%39%3-5%BUF
Cedrick Wilson21%2%2-4%LV
Russell Gage63%20%2-4%@JAX
Rashard Higgins17%1%2-4%@BAL
Tre'Quan Smith49%3%2-4%BUF
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine7%0%2-4%@NE
Chester Rogers5%0%2-4%@NE
Kendrick Bourne54%16%1-3%TEN
Marquise Goodwin7%0%1-3%@DET
Nelson Agholor64%13%1-3%TEN
Mack Hollins3%0%1-3%CAR
Dez Fitzpatrick13%0%1-3%@NE

Reference Points

  • It’s time for me to acknowledge my failure for not accepting Elijah Moore as a top-flight WR. Who cares if he plays for the Jets! Moore is a major threat to cause serious damage each week. With the Jets heading to Houston Sunday, expect Moore to rack up the fantasy points. It doesn’t matter who is throwing him the ball. He gets open for all of his QBs. In ESPN leagues he is rostered in 41% of leagues. Go get him!
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling is healthy now, and in Minnesota he showed me why I had such high expectations for him coming into 2021. He was targeted 10 times, which was his highest total since Week 1 when he had eight. The Packers have a bye in Week 13 after this Sunday’s game at Lambeau versus the Rams. After the bye, they face CHI, BAL, and CLE. Those are solid match-ups for the fantasy playoffs.

  • Jamal Agnew is out for the year. That is good news for Laviska Shenault Jr. going forward. Shenault has been on the field regularly anyways, but this injury reduces the chances of the ball going to someone else each play. I think a hefty FAAB bid is in order.
  • The Cowboys will be without Amari Cooper and possibly CeeDee Lamb Thursday against Vegas. If Lamb is out too, the opportunities for Cedrick Wilson skyrocket. The Raiders are in a tailspin and the Cowboys should roll up the fantasy points on Thanksgiving. Closely monitor this situation and pounce on Wilson if Lamb isn’t a go for launch Thursday.
  • The Titans have been savaged by injuries recently. A.J. Brown hurt his chest and is a question mark for Sunday’s fascinating game in New England. Someone has to catch the ball for the Titans, but it’s anybody’s guess who that WR will be. That’s why I included three different Titan wideouts on this list. In the Houston loss last Sunday Nick Westbrook-Ikhine grabbed 7 balls on 107 yards, Chester Rogers was targeted 6 times and Dez Fitzpatrick hauled in 3 passes on 6 targets with a TD. Week 10 hero Marcus Johnson tweaked his hammy again in that game and he is likely to miss several weeks after he missed four games earlier this year for the same injury. All three of the WRs are viable adds, but I would prioritize Westbrook-Ikhine or Rogers if you dare apply your FAAB bucks to this situation.


Anthony Firkser29%3%5-8%@NE
Josiah Deguara5%0%5-8%LAR
Dan Arnold79%41%5-8%ATL
Juwan Johnson14%1%4-7%BUF
Cole Kmet55%13%4-7%@DET
Ty Conklin55%42%3-5%@SF
Ryan Griffin4%0%2-4%@HOU
C.J. Uzomah49%16%2-4%PIT
Gerald Everett44%4%1-3%@WAS
Austin Hooper49%21%1-3%@BAL
Evan Engram76%27%1-3%PHI
Tommy Tremble17%0%1-3%@MIA
Jack Doyle12%1%1-3%TB
John Bates4%0%1-3%SEA

Reference Points

  • For the same reason I said you should pick up Tennessee wideouts, the same goes for Anthony FirkserGeoff Swaim missed Week 11 due to a concussion, but even if he returns in Week 12 Firkser is going to be more involved in the offense with all the injuries the Titans have.
  • It appears that Josiah Deguara is the main man at TE for the Packers. When Aaron Rodgers is your QB, that boosts your value quite a bit. It’s time to pump up the FAAB bids on Deguara especially because the TE position has been such a wasteland of hopelessness this year.

  • Adam Trautman had begun to establish a consistent presence at TE for the Saints until he hurt his knee Sunday. He will be out for at least four weeks, if not longer. Juwan Johnson appears to be the likely replacement, but he didn’t play in Week 11. The guy who benefited the most from this injury is Nick Vannett. He caught one pass for 20 yards and may be the pickup over Johnson. I put 4-7% as the FAAB range for Johnson because that is what it might take, but I wouldn’t spend that much dough. Let it play out for a week first before you invest.

The Leftovers

  • Week 11 still leaves us with more questions to ponder. Are the Bills ever going to thrive offensively on a consistent basis? Why isn’t Deebo Samuel getting more run for an MVP campaign? Is this the final go-around for Russell Wilson in Seattle?
  • The following players with uncertain roles are all worth mentioning, just in smaller doses. Qadree Ollison received the most carries and tied for the most snaps at RB in the loss to New England last Thursday. Washington’s DeAndre Carter scored another TD last Sunday and he is continuing to make plays for his team since coming off the bye a couple of weeks ago. The Lions are so putrid offensively outside of D’Andre Swift but someone will catch a few passes Thursday on Thanksgiving. Why can’t it be Amon-Ra St. Brown? Well, it could be due to the fact that Josh Reynolds unceremoniously signed with my bozo Lions recently and played 90% of the snaps in the loss to the Browns over the weekend. Tampa Bay included newly elevated practice squad player Breshad Perriman in their game plan on Monday night by trying to utilize his speed to exploit defensive match-ups.
Trevor Siemian26%6%2% or lessBUF
DeeJay Dallas15%1%2% or less@WAS
DeAndre Carter13%1%2% or lessSEA
Nick Vannett2%0%2% or lessBUF
Qadree Ollison4%0%2% or less@JAX
Case Keenum10%0%1% or less@BAL
Baker Mayfield70%31%1% or less@BAL
Giovani Bernard48%6%1% or less@IND
Amon-Ra St. Brown57%7%1% or lessCHI
Jaret Patterson23%1%1% or lessSEA
Josh Reynolds15%0%1% or lessCHI
Foster Moreau9%1%1% or less@DAL
Olamide Zaccheaus16%1%1% or less@JAX
David Njoku33%5%1% or less@BAL
Deonte Harris33%5%1% or lessBUF
Kyle Rudolph10%0%1% or less@PHI
Chris Conley10%0%1% or lessNYJ
Brandon Bolden36%12%1% or lessTEN
Nico Collins41%1%1% or lessNYJ
Mecole Hardman76%37%1% or lessBYE
Brevin Jordan13%0%1% or lessNYJ
Breshad Perriman16%1%1% or less@IND
Donald Parham Jr.14%0%1% or less@DEN
Phillip Lindsay47%11%1% or lessNYJ
Taysom Hill39%2%1% or lessBUF
Randall Cobb51%16%1% or lessLAR
Cameron Brate11%2%1% or less@IND
Patrick Taylor3%0%1% or lessLAR
Pharoah Brown3%0%1% or lessNYJ

Post Script

The Week 12 Fantasy Football FAAB Guide is here to serve you. If you have any questions related to your fantasy football FAAB selections, please DM me on Twitter @mjgovier any time. You can also read my ROS Rankings and listen to my Fantrax podcast The Fantasy Football POV which absolutely has the most information for your buck (it’s free). New episodes come out every Wednesday morning. However you absorb your preferred fantasy football content, FantraxHQ has you covered. Thanks for stopping by. Now go splurge with those FAAB bucks!

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