With a three-game Thursday slate, no other week on the NFL schedule presents as many challenges as Week 12. In addition to those three games, injuries are piling up, further complicating the final games of November.
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Using those metrics and PFF’s fantasy football rankings, here are the players to target and fade in Week 12.
Rankings are based on PPR scoring.
Target: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
PFF Consensus: QB7
Opponent: at Washington Football Team
Since returning from a three-game absence, Wilson has looked awful, completing just 51.5% of his passes, averaging 184 passing yards and accounting for no touchdowns in two games. It’s understandable why fantasy managers are ready to give up on Wilson, but Week 12 offers up an enticing opportunity for a rebound.
The Seahawks travel east to face a Washington squad that has allowed the most fantasy points this season to opposing quarterbacks. Not only has the Football Team allowed multiple touchdown passes in six of their last seven, they’ve also surrendered the fourth-most (265) rushing yards to the position.
As off as Wilson has looked, he has continued to challenge secondaries deep. Wilson’s 10.2 aDOT ranks third at quarterback, while the Football Team has allowed 11 receptions of 40-plus yards, fourth-most in football. Kendall Fuller is the only Washington cornerback inside PFF’s top 60, so expect D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to see plenty of downfield targets and for Wilson to finally look like a competent fantasy signal-caller in this “get right” spot.
Fade: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans
PFF Consensus: QB24
Opponent: at New England Patriots
On the surface, it might look like Tannehill and the Titans hit rock bottom last week in a game where the veteran QB tossed four interceptions and the Titans lost an embarrassing home contest to the one-win Texans. However, things could actually get worse one week later, as Tennessee travels to New England to take on a red-hot Patriots team that has won five straight.
During their winning streak, the Patriots have absolutely shut down their opponents' offenses. Over the last five weeks, New England has allowed just four touchdown passes, picked off a dozen balls and allowed a league-low 13.2 weekly fantasy points to quarterbacks.
Meanwhile, Tannehill will be missing Derrick Henry and Julio Jones and could be without top target A.J. Brown, who is dealing with a new chest injury on top of lingering knee and hand ailments. Tannehill enters Week 12 as a top-10 overall fantasy signal-caller this season, but this is not a good week to count on another quality performance.
Target: David Montgomery, Chicago Bears