The FFX: NFL Fanduel DFS Week 12

NFL Free Agency, Allen Robinson

Danny Porrelli


My strategy in Fanduel DFS during any given week is usually to pay up for the high-volume workhorse backs who are involved in the passing game. In order to do that, I try to find low-price value plays at the other positions.

Below you’ll see some players I might spend up for based on opportunity. On the contrary, you’ll find some low priced; value plays that should get an opportunity on the field as well as give you some leverage in terms of ownership. What I look for when selecting my plays of the week are Volume, Consistency, Matchup, Value, and Opportunity.


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Photo by: Alex Brandon – AP Images

Play of the Slate:

Sam Darnold vs. OAK – $7,400

In the last two games, Sam Darnold was the fantasy QB7 and QB5. Coming off his best game of the season, throwing four touchdowns against the Washington secondary, he could put up similar numbers against a beatable Oakland defense. Darnold is one of the cheaper quarterbacks and could be a popular but safe play in a problematic slate where value is needed.

Other Top Plays at the Position:

Mitch Trubisky vs. NYG – $7,000

Jeff Driskel @ WAS – $7,300

Matt Ryan vs. TB – $7,900

Russell Wilson @ PHI – $8,200

Drew Brees vs. CAR – $8,500


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Photo by: Bob Levey – Getty Images

Play of the Slate:

Leonard Fournette @ TEN – $7,000

Coming off his lowest rush attempt total of the season, look for Fournette to have a bounce-back game against the Titans who are at the bottom of defending pass-catching backs. Doug Marrone came out and said it was his fault they didn’t run the ball enough, so more touches this week should be a given. After two back-to-back quiet games for Fournette, he could see lower ownership, making him an excellent DFS play for tournaments as well as cash contests.

Other Top Plays at the Position:

Derrius Guice vs. DET – $5,400

Kareem Hunt vs. MIA – $5,600

Le’Veon Bell vs. OAK – $7,300

Saquon Barkley @ CHI – $7,900

Alvin Kamara vs. CAR – $8,300

Wide Receivers

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Photo by: Sports Illustrated

Play of the Slate:

Allen Robinson vs. NYG – $7,500

Robinson is a great candidate for a bounce-back game against the Giants defense who has been getting torched by wide receivers this season. He has had a massive target share on the Nagy run offense, and with his recent poor play could lead to a less chalky play this week in DFS.

Other Top Plays at the Position: 

Robby Anderson vs. OAK – $5,400

Hunter Renfrow @ NYJ – $5,900

James Washington @ CIN – $6,100

Jarvis Landry – $6,900

Calvin Ridley vs. TB – $6,700

Julio Jones vs. TB – $8,400

Tight Ends

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Play of the Slate:

Vance McDonald – $5,300

With guys priced up at other positions, value is going to be needed at the tight end position. McDonald is a great play this week at Cincinnati for his price. With an offense that might be without James Conner, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and Diontae Johnson, he could see a lot of targets from Mason Rudolph.

Other Top Plays at the Position:

Noah Fant @ BUF – $5,100

Ben Watson vs. DAL – $5,300

Ryan Griffin – vs. OAK – $5,600

Darren Waller @ NYJ – $6,200

Defense/Special Teams 

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Play of the Slate: 

Atlanta Falcons vs. TB – $4,300

The Falcons have more sacks in the last two games (11) then they had all season prior (7). So, targeting defenses that pressure is a great way to get a solid floor from your defense. A matchup against the turnover-prone Jameis Winston could be the perfect matchup to get Atlanta in your lineups.

Other Top Plays at the Position: 

New York Jets – $3,600

New Orleans Saints vs. CAR – $4,900

Buffalo Bills vs. DEN – $4,700

Good luck and be sure to come back next week for the Fanduel DFS Week 13 edition!

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