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Replacing Lynch and Wilson in Fantasy Football in Week 12
Bye weeks are very challenging for any Fantasy owner to deal with. They force you to plan ahead and come up with insurance strategies for when your very best players will not be available to you. Those who rely on the top players for the Seahawks must now be forced to use alternative options in their lineups at a critical point of the Fantasy schedule.
While the Seahawks prepare for their critical NFC showdown with the Saints, Fantasy owners of standout players such as Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson must enter into pivotal Week 12 clashes without their anchor performers. Neither one of those players is ideally replaced in a week when so many Fantasy competitors need a win in a big way to ensure or improve their playoff outlooks.
Lynch is leading all running backs in Fantasy scoring on NFL.com after 11 weeks with 178.70 points. No other reserve running back option you may have or are targeting to acquire can fully and effectively give you the peace of mind or confidence that Lynch consistently provides. But for one week, you can fill the void with some respectable alternatives.
Rashad Jennings has looked good as a fill-in starter for Darren McFadden, and the Titans allow the sixth-most points to opposing RBs (21.84). The Raiders will likely rely on the run and avoid a tough Tennessee secondary as much as they can. Ben Tate has also seized the starting job in Houston and should be a lineup lock if you have him. The Jaguars allow the eighth-most Fantasy points to opposing RBs (20.97).
If you must dig deeper in PPR formats, Cleveland’s Chris Ogbonnoya can give you an adequate amount of production as he is sure to catch some passes out of the backfield against the Steelers. Montee Ball is getting goal-line chances for the Broncos and may get to convert more opportunities in what could be a higher-scoring showdown with the Patriots.
Wilson’s 195.38 Fantasy points make him fourth-best at QB on NFL.com, behind only the superstar trio of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. He has proved his rookie year was no fluke and in the process, has boosted many Fantasy teams to lofty spots in their standings.
If you are without Wilson this week, give Texans rookie Case Keenum a shot. Gary Kubiak is giving him another chance against a weak Jacksonville pass defense that allows the second-most Fantasy points per game to opposing QBs (21.00). Green Bay’s Scott Tolzien faces the same Vikings pass defense that Wilson shredded last week. Both players are inexperienced and went undrafted, but can put up some Fantasy stats. Keenum can be accurate with good zip on his throws and Tolzien appears to be fearless about throwing downfield.
Another pair of QBs to consider are Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, although Keenum and Tolzien may offer a bit more upside. McCown does face a physical and tough Rams defense, but he is experienced and has outstanding weaponry. Glennon has been steady and should throw more than one TD pass against the Lions.
If you need to fill in for Golden Tate at WR this week, there are some sneaky sleeper options to consider. Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson appears to be on the verge of a breakout, as his size and speed combination can challenge any defensive back. Ted Ginn Jr. of the Panthers faces his former team at Miami, and lining up against the old franchise is often a motivational factor that leads to extra Fantasy production. If Glennon can indeed fare well against Detroit, look for Tiquan Underwood to be utilized significantly.
Jarrett Boykin of Green Bay is among some of the stronger WR options for Week 12. Tolzien seems to favor him when he unleashes deeper balls. Aaron Dobson is a good bet to burn the Broncos for quality yardage totals. Tavon Austin’s emergence should continue against Chicago.
At tight end, you can start Delanie Walker with a lot of confidence against Oakland, as he will build on his impressive Week 11 outing. Coby Fleener will continue to rise as a top target for Andrew Luck against Arizona. If you need to replace the Seahawks on defense this week, Pittsburgh should keep the score down against Cleveland, and Houston won’t be threatened too much by Jacksonville.
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