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B-Team - Week 12


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Man, it sure is tough to do well when your quarterback scores less than 10 fantasy points. That’s exactly what happened during last week’s B-Team when Kyle Allen put up a stinker, going for just 9.4 points. It wasn’t an awful week, as I didn’t have any breakout performances outside of Ross Dwelley. Again, let’s hope we can get closer to our goal this week with the picks we have lined up. The B-Team series is one where I create a hypothetical fantasy football lineup consisting of players owned in less than 40% of Yahoo and/or ESPN leagues. The goal of the series is to score over 100 fantasy points with the made-up team in an effort to show that there is regularly available value on the waiver wire at all times.


Like I previously mentioned, we once again didn’t achieve our 100 point goal as we went for just 65.5 fantasy points, which was better than we did in Week 10. Kyle Allen really let us down with his 9.4 fantasy point performance. Ross Dwelley was our lone bright spot as he put up 17.4 fantasy points, which by far led our Week 11 squad. We didn’t have another player top 10 fantasy points this week. Let’s hope this week we can get back on track. You can see how we did overall last week below and how we’ve done in previous weeks below.


Week 11 Results

QB: Kyle Allen (Carolina Panthers) - 9.4 points

RB: Raheem Mostert (San Francisco 49ers) - 4.7 points

RB: J.D. McKissic (Detroit Lions) - 8.3 points

WR: Zach Pascal (Indianapolis Colts) - 3.7 points

WR: Russell Gage (Atlanta Falcons) - 5.2 points

TE: Ross Dwelley (San Francisco 49ers) - 17.4 points

Flex: Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 7.8 points

Def: New York Jets - 9 points

Total: 65.5 points


Week 12 Picks

Quarterback

Sam Darnold (New York Jets) - Owned in 37% of Yahoo and 18% of ESPN leagues

Sam Darnold is coming off of back-to-back 21+ fantasy point performances, where he went for 21.7 and 26.42 fantasy points respectively against the New York Giants and Washington. His schedule doesn’t get any harder as he and the Jets will play hosts to the Oakland Raiders, who have allowed the 8th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Darnold has been on a tear recently and just went for four touchdowns last week. I expect him to keep his great form going against the Raiders this week.


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Running Backs

Raheem Mostert (San Francisco 49ers) - Owned in 10% of Yahoo and 8.4% of ESPN leagues

I picked Mostert last week against the Arizona Cardinals where the 49ers could not get the running game going and Jimmy Garappolo eventually went for 424 passing yards. This week should be a bit different as the 49ers host the Green Bay Packers, who can’t stop the run to save their lives. The Packers have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing running backs. The 49ers also will be without Matt Breida, who usually plays second fiddle to Tevin Coleman. Expect Mostert to see a fair number of touches as he relieves Coleman who will have his work cut out for him on Sunday.


Kalen Ballage (Miami Dolphins) - Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 32.4% of ESPN leagues

Although statistically speaking, in terms of fantasy football points, Ballage has been somewhat good, his play on the field has not. In Week 10 he saw 20 carries, but only managed 43 yards. Last week he posted 12.7 fantasy points last week, but only managed nine carries where a rushing touchdown saved his week. I’m desperate this week for running back value so I guess I have no other choice. He gets the Cleveland Browns who are middle-of-the-pack in points allowed to opposing running backs. Let’s hope he get poach another touchdown this week and help our cause here.


Wide Receivers

Taylor Gabriel (Chicago Bears) - Owned in 9% of Yahoo and 9.5% of ESPN leagues

It feels so odd putting any trust into Mitchell Trubisky and taking one of his wide receivers. However, last week Gabriel saw 14 targets. That type of volume can’t be ignored. He’s now posted at least 12.7 fantasy points in each of his last two games. The Bears also get the New York Giants this week who have given up the third most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.


Russell Gage (Atlanta Falcons) - Owned in 6% of Yahoo and 3.1% of ESPN leagues

Russell Gage is the second repeat from a week ago. I love him this week as the some-what revamped Atlanta Falcons who once again look like an NFL team, take on the league’s worst pass defense in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Austin Hooper is still out, leaving many targets on the board. Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley will get their looks, but all of the Falcons’ should feast this week, which would include Gage.


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Tight End

Ryan Griffin (New York Jets) - Owned in 39% of Yahoo and 22.1% of ESPN leagues

Griffin has been flying under the radar. That does have to do with the weeks he has posted 0.8 or 1.1 fantasy points, but he’s also recently had weeks where he’s posted 24.6 and 21.9 fantasy points. He gets a great match-up this week in the Oakland Raiders who have given up the fifth most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. With Sam Darnold playing very well as of late, I’m going to stack him with Griffin this week.


Flex

Hunter Renfrow (Oakland Raiders) - Owned in 16% of Yahoo and 10.3% of ESPN leagues

Renfrow has seen at least five targets in each of his last three games and squares off this week against the New York Jets, who are second only to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in points allowed to opposing wide receivers. The Raiders, believe it or not, are in a position to make a run at a playoff spot, or even an AFC West title. They’re playing well as of late and Renfrow has something to do with that.


Defense

Seattle Seahawks - Owned in 36% of Yahoo and 34.1% of ESPN leagues

The Seahawks are fresh off of a bye week and get the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia. The Eagles are not playing good football as of late and have scored 10, 31, 22 and 10 points in their last four games. The last time we saw the Seattle defense on the field, they posted five sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries, including a defensive touchdown. Now, I highly doubt it will be like that again but this defense is clicking at the right time and get a team that is struggling to do much with the football.


Week 10 Results

QB: Ryan Tannehill (Tennessee Titans) - 18.94 points

RB: Trey Edmunds (Pittsburgh Steelers) - 3.5 points

RB: J.D. McKissic (Detroit Lions) - 11.5 points

WR: A.J. Brown (Tennessee Titans) - 2.7 points

WR: Josh Reynolds (Los Angeles Rams) - 7.9 points

TE: Mike Gesicki (Miami Dolphins) - 3.8 points

Flex: Chester Rogers (Indianapolis Colts) - 5.1 points

Def: New York Giants - 1 point

Total: 54.44 points


Week 9 Results

QB: Sam Darnold (New York Jets) - 13.5 points

RB: Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings) - 0.6 points

RB: J.D. McKissic (Detroit Lions) - 16.2 points

WR: DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) - 15.7 points

WR: Zach Pascal (Indianapolis Colts) - 18.6 points

TE: Jonnu Smith (Tennessee Titans) - 4.8 points

Flex: Chris Conley (Jacksonville Jaguars) - 5.2 points

DEF: Miami Dolphins - 8 points

Total: 82.6 points


Week 8 Results

QB: Mason Rudolph (Pittsburgh Steelers) - 17.04 points

RB: J.D. McKissic (Detroit Lions) - 3.1 points

RB: Mark Walton (Miami Dolphins) - 6.4 points

WR: DeVante Parker (Miami Dolphins) - 11.9 points

WR: Keke Coutee (Houston Texans) - 0 points

TE: Jonnu Smith (Tennessee Titans) - 19.8

FLEX: Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 13.1 points

DEF: Detroit Lions - 11 points

Total: 82.34


Week 7 Results

QB: Daniel Jones (New York Giants) - 11.42 points

RB: Darrell Henderson Jr. (Los Angeles Rams) - 4.9 points

RB: Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings) - 1.8 points

WR: Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 10.6 points

WR: Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - 9.5 points

TE: Darren Fells (Houston Texans) - 4.7 points

Flex: Dante Pettis (San Francisco 49ers) - 0 points

DEF: Detroit Lions - -4 points

Total: 38.92 points


Week 6 Results

QB: Case Keenum (Washington) - 15.64 points

RB: Ito Smith (Atlanta Falcons) - 0.6 points

RB: Chase Edmonds (Arizona Cardinals) - 14.7 points

WR: Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers) - 4.8 points

WR: Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins) - 5.1 points

TE: Darren Fells (Houston Texans) - 12.9 points

FLEX: Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - 14.1 points

DEF: Miami Dolphins - 1 point

Total: 68.86 points


Week 5 Results

QB: Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals) - 18.98 points

RB: Nyheim Hines (Indianapolis Colts) - 8.5 points

RB: Brandon Bolden (New England Patriots) - 11.2 points

WR: Geronimo Allison (Green Bay Packers) - 4.8 points

WR: Auden Tate (Cincinnati Bengals) - 11.6 points

TE: Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals) - 3.4 points

FLEX: Cole Beasley (Buffalo Bills) - 5.1 points

DEF: Oakland Raiders - 8

Total: 71.58 points


Week 4 Results

QB: Case Keenum (Washington) - 0.48 points

RB: Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys) - 0 points

RB: Alexander Mattison (Minnesota Vikings) - 2.3 points

WR: Dontrelle Inman (Los Angeles Chargers) - 12.6 points

WR: Preston Williams (Miami Dolphins) - 8.6 points

TE: Vernon Davis (Washington) - 1.5 points

FLEX: Kenny Stills (Houston Texans) - 4. Points

DEF: Cincinnati Bengals - 2 points

Total: 31.88 Points


Week 3 Results

QB: Kyle Allen (Carolina Panthers) - 24.34 points

RB: Darwin Thompson (Kansas City Chiefs) - 0.8 points

RB: Rex Burkhead (New England Patriots) - 18.9 points

WR: Randall Cobb (Dallas Cowboys) - 4.3 points

WR: Deebo Samuel (San Francisco 49ers) - 7.4 points

TE: Will Dissly (Seattle Seahawks) - 18.2 points

Flex: Phillip Dorsett (New England Patriots) - 18.5 points

DEF: Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 8 points

Total: 100.44 points


Week 2 Results

QB: Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) - 22.22 points

RB: Raheem Mostert (San Francisco 49ers) - 24.1 points

RB: C.J. Anderson (Detroit Lions) - 0.8 points

WR: Mecole Hardman (Kansas City Chiefs) - 16.1 points

WR: Danny Amendola (Detroit Lions) - 0 points

TE: Vernon Davis (Washington) - 5.9 points

DEF: Indianapolis Colts - 7

Total: 76.12 points

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