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Week 12 fantasy football cheat sheet

(Each week, the PFF Fantasy cheat sheet will have all the relevant fantasy football content for the week in one place for you to keep track and review as needed as you prepare for that week in fantasy.)

Knowing any weird wrinkles in your league can definitely come in handy. Sunday night, I had a reasonable lead in my matchup, but my opponent still had Travis Kelce and Damien Williams to go Monday night, so I needed points to lock it down. I had Robert Woods in my lineup.

You know what happened next. Last minute, Woods was inactive. He was the only player on my roster who hadn’t played yet that week. So I had a decision: Drop a theoretical stud (“theoretical” is key there) for a replacement like Josh Reynolds or a lesser option on the Bears, Chiefs, or Chargers, or hold on to my big-name receiver, take a 0, and risk a loss.

Except! This league is on Yahoo, and for some silly reason, Yahoo’s settings allow you to drop a bench player in any given week, even after his team has already played, and put the replacement right into your lineup. It’s absolutely ludicrous that the site allows this, but thinking it shouldn’t be allowed definitely didn’t stop me from dropping Auden Tate, adding Reynolds, and winning the week.

That’s a specific example, so here’s a more general one: Maybe you have a spare roster spot. Pick up a handcuff or upside play from the Thursday game. If he goes off, good stash! If he doesn’t, drop him Friday and pick up a similar option from early Sunday. Repeat for Sunday night, Monday night. Give yourself as many chances as possible to catch lightning in a bottle.

Just know the intricacies of your host site. It can come in handy in the weirdest ways.

On to the Week 12 advice.

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