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Fantasy football: It's time to lean on Julian Edelman

Pete Davidson
November 24, 2018 - 3:57 pm

Week 12 is here, and it’s a somewhat stale slate compared to Week 11, along with many of the weeks we’ve seen this season. It makes sense with the Chiefs and Rams, two of the league’s top offenses, sitting out on their byes, and with one of the best Week 12 games, the Falcons at Saints, already having been played. So we’ll need to dig a bit deeper this week for the good plays. This article outlines five of the best options I have found so far. I hope to have a few more ideas by the time The Fantasy Football Hour airs Sunday morning. 

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All player pricing for this article was sourced from DraftKings.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots at Jets, $7,000

The price says "go away" to a certain extent, but Edelman is a play I’ve been on all week because of the way he matches up against the Jets and the way the ball could flow to him in this game. The Jets defend tight ends well due to stud safety Jamal Williams, so right of the bat, I see the interior targets going Edelman’s way more than in a generic matchup. The Jets also limit running backs in the pass game, so the short range game could swing to Edelman even more than it normally does. And then we have the player himself. Edelman has looked very good in recent weeks. He’s been the one passing game element that Brady can truly depend on. His matchup with Jets slot corner Buster Skrine is a good one. Edelman’s sore foot from Week 10 is no longer showing up on the injury report. I see nothing but green arrows here save for price, but on a week with so few elite plays, I’m very willing to pay a few hundred extra to secure his services and solid point floor.

George Kittle, TE, 49ers at Bucs, 6,200

Kittle has suffered from some bumps and bruises this year—knee and chest injuries to be specific. So, the 49ers’ Week 11 bye was well-timed. Kittle is off the injury report as he heads into a sweet road matchup with the Bucs. New 49ers QB, Nick Mullens, has been more successful, by far, when targeting Kittle versus any other 49ers player. Mullens also showed good rapport with Pierre Garcon, but Garcon will miss his second consecutive game with a knee injury. Kittle, at this price, isn’t just viable as a tight end play. He’s a potentially good flex option as well, and if you value having a unique lineup, flexing a tight end has some added appeal. It’s truly hard to see Kittle flopping here unless he gets hurt. I plan on having 50 percent exposure to him this week on DraftKings at a minimum. 

Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens vs. Raiders, $5,700

I think he’s a viable cash play this week, though perhaps not for me. I’m still trying to decide between Jackson, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston as my cash quarterback. I like Jackson more as a tournament option, because, if the touchdowns start to drop, his ceiling goes up considerably and the same goes if he starts hitting some big plays in the passing game, which is likely to happen. Stacking him with Week 11 sensation Gus Edwards (RB, $4,400) makes some sense, though playing with no stack probably has similar merit as we’ve seen how unpredictable the Ravens can be with their running backs. Jackson made his first NFL start last week and I’ve watched the game several times. The thing I keep coming back to is that this offense doesn’t look thrown together. Rather, it looks well rehearsed. Jackson is making various reads and he’s mostly making strong decisions with the football. He’s very deceptive with his ball skills and shows the same body positioning and technique consistently—giving no clear tells to the defense. His Week 11 performance feels repeatable to me. I think I’ll have significant exposure to him in tournaments this week -- probably around 40 percent and perhaps more depending on where my continuing research takes me.

Marlon Mack, RB, Colts vs. Dolphins, $5,500

I’m big on the Colts this week and I see either Marlon Mack or T.Y. Hilton having a big day. I’ll be using Hilton in tournaments with exposure in the 30 percent range, but Mack will be used in cash as well as in tournaments. I like his role relative to my projected game flow for this game—a Colts blowout. Mack’s buzz has died down since his big two-game run back in weeks 7 and 8. The thing is, there’s reason for the slow down. The matchups were less friendly with Jacksonville and Tennessee than they were with Oakland and Buffalo. This week, against Miami, the stage is set for a big week and Mack’s relatively low price is an added plus. He’s a core piece for me. Jim Hackett and I will explore this matchup some more on tomorrow morning’s show.

Josh Adams, RB, Eagles vs. Giants, $3,800

There are a few backs in this price range who make sense in GPP lineups and even in cash lineups as medium floor cap space savers. Keep an eye on Austin Ekeler ($3,700) who would be in for a huge workload if Melvin Gordon sits out with his knee and hamstring situation. Sadly, we may not know Ekeler’s situation until kickoff and it’s a late game. Enter Adams, who has really come on strong in recent weeks, assuming the clear lead back role in Philadelphia. He faces a beatable Giants defense that has struggled since losing “Snacks” Harrison in a trade to Tampa Bay. By my math, Adams is a 5,500 unit option available at a 1,900 unit discount. He’s in strong consideration for my cash lineups this week and can give you the flexibility to create some optimal lineups for tournament play. If you think the Eagles will bounce back in this solid home matchup, then Adams makes tons of sense.

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