Optimal FLEX games for week 12

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Darnell Mooney, Isiah Pacheco and Donovan Peoples Jones caught it in week 11, as did some of the players I wrote about in this column last week. Gus Edwards, well not so much as he didn’t even play in the end. Regardless, we’ll keep going. The best thing about this week? There are no byes! This is awesome and crucial for those of you looking to make it to the fantasy playoffs. At this point you’re probably starting out with some players you don’t like, but those are the challenges of fantasy football. At the end of the track, you separate the champions from the fools and the postseason heroes from the consolation class warriors. I won’t sugarcoat it, it’s going to be tough, but victory is a lot sweeter when you launch the right players in your FLEX spot. Let us begin.

Sure, the Lions have shut down completely Saquon Barkley at week 11, but they focused solely on that and there were no other serious threats. That won’t be the case in Week 12 as Singletary tries to keep the good times rolling. Singletary has a chance to go three straight games on a touchdown against a Lions defense, which is the league’s eighth-worst unit against running backs in Fantasy this season. The threat of Josh Allen on the goal line along with Stefan Diggs and Gabe Davis on the outside will give Singletary a chance to keep his touchdown streak going. The Bills-Lions game has by far the highest over/under at 54.5, so expect plenty of points on the board in this matchup. Singletary should shine and Davis also makes sense to be in your lineup.

Slayton is WR21 and has averaged 14.6 fantasy points per game since week 7. This is even more impressive considering the Giants had their reunion during this period. He was once the forgotten man behind it Kadarius Toney, Kenny Golladay, Sterling Shepherd and Wan’Dale Robinsonbut he was a reliable target for Daniel Jones since reappearance. Slayton saw his highest goal number of the season in Week 11, hitting 10. It becomes even more important now that Robinson is lost for the season after a breakout game. The Cowboys are tough on receivers as they are the 6th best fantasy players against them this season. But while Slayton is a good player, a defense won’t use additional resources to try and slow him down. If the Cowboys’ game plan is similar to the Lions’, all attention should be focused on that Saquon Barkley.

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Antonio Gibson – RB, Commanders vs Falcons

Don’t look now, but Gibson has averaged 17 touches per game in his last three games. He was RB18 in those games and is up against a Falcons defense that has allowed RBs to finish in the top 10 four weeks in a row (D’Onta Foreman twice, Austin Ekeler and David Montgomery). It’s a good matchup for Gibson (as well Brian Robinson Jr.) and the Commanders looking to win their third game in a row. Additionally, the Falcons are giving up 4.3 receptions and 32.3 yards per game to running backs in 2022, which is Gibson’s specialty. Gibson no longer has to worry about Robinson completely dominating the early down touches and should be safe no matter how the game script goes. Cheer him on with confidence this week.

Put commanders running back Antonio Gibson in your fantasy lineups with confidence in week 12.

Add commanders running back Antonio Gibson into your fantasy lineups with confidence in week 12. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Treylon Burks – WR, Titans vs Bengals

Let’s trace it back! Why not? If you feel like you haven’t seen enough of Burks to include him in your starting XI, ask yourself: who else are the Titans? Yes, really will depend in the passing game? Secure, Robert Wood is no slouch and we’ve seen what he can do throughout his career but for the most part we know what we’re getting. In Week 11 we saw for the first time what Burks can bring on offense. After a performance of seven catches and 111 yards, the rookie showed why he was drafted in the first round. The beauty of that performance was that he did it on eight goals, including chunk plays (43 and 51 yards) and the Titans’ willingness to manufacture goals for him. Another rookie wideout, George Pickens, comes from a game against the Bengals where he went 4/83/1. The Bengals’ high school is also battered enough for Burks to take advantage of. Can we get an encore?

I would assume that most will already be starting Jeff Wilson Jr. after playing 17/119/1 against the Browns in week 10, we’re going to talk about Mostert here. In the same game, Mostert went 8/65/1 while catching four targets for 22 yards, so he doesn’t have chopped liver. This game could get ugly for the Texans, who rank last in giving up fantasy points for running backs this season. While it’s clear the Dolphins have shifted to Wilson as lead back, Mostert will still play an important role. He has nine and eight carries in Wilson’s two games with the Dolphins, respectively. If he can back that up with a few targets/catches, he’ll be a good FLEX against a weak opponent. Though double-digit point spreads for strong favorites have been shaky this season, if this game goes as expected, you could see more of both running backs. Mostert isn’t a weekly start, but you can start it against the Texans.

Joshua Palmer – WR, Chargers @ Cardinals

Palmer still proved to be a big part of the Chargers offense despite the return of Keenan Allen and mike williams as evidenced by his 50-yard touchdown catch on the first drive in Sunday night’s Week 11 matchup. It becomes even more important as Williams has again aggravated the injury to his ankle. Fear not, Palmer faces a Cardinals defense that gave up just two touchdowns to 49ers receivers in Week 11. It was a poor defensive performance by the Cardinals as they just couldn’t figure out how to deal with all of the 49ers’ playmakers. They won’t get a break in Week 12 either as the Chargers come to Arizona desperate for a win. Palmer is a basic FLEX game and should be considered startable as the WR2 of the team behind Allen.

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