Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is on the horizon.
We hope you got all of your Black Friday shopping done and didn't have to deal with any angry mothers along the way.
Man. Christmas shopping may be even more cutthroat than fantasy football.
With that being said, It's a crucial week for fantasy owners who are looking to secure a playoff berth.
As always, we'll try our best to steal you a Week 12 victory:
Buck Allen, RB, BAL (@ CLE) - Allen is the latest running back thrust into the spotlight because of injuries (what a crappy year it's been). Luckily for Allen, his first defense he gets to face is the Browns, who are known for whiffing on tackles. Allen recorded 22 carries along with five catches in last week's game after Justin Forsett left. He's in the prime time spotlight with the Ravens likely trying to take the game out of Matt Schaub's hands. Expect him to get buck wild tonight. (John "The Professor" Paschall)
Travis Benjamin, WR, CLE (vs. BAL) - It seems like no matter the quarterback, Benjamin has been thriving this year as the Browns deep threat. What better secondary to dismantle than the Ravens shaky unit on MNF. The world will know of Benjamin's talents after Monday's game. Get him in your FLEX spot. (Paschall)
Alfred Blue, RB, HOU (vs. NO) - Let's face it. Arian Foster may never play another down in a Texans uniform, and at some point the coaching staff needs to find out what they have in Blue. If Week 11 was any indication (21 carries for Blue vs. Jonathan Grimes' 6), the first-place Texans will lean on Blue down the stretch. Expect a heavy dose of my favorite color (Blue) when Houston takes on the lowly Saints. New Orleans hasn't stopped any opposing running back this season so if you're looking for a week to start Blue, well this is the one. (Scott Krinch)
Eli Manning, QB, NYG (@ WSH) - Eli should be a Top 10 QB in your league, regardless of scoring or format. But people don't classify him as a must-start each week and that needs to change. Manning has a fantastic matchup this week going up against a Redskins defense that has allowed multiple TD passes in five straight games, and seven of the last eight contests. (Tony Andracki)
Thomas Rawls, RB, SEA (vs. PIT) - Move over, Marshawn. There's a new "Beast Mode" in Seattle. Rawls has looked the part in Lynch's absence as the rookie from Central Michigan has exploded in his three starts this season, with the latest being 255 total yards against the 49ers last weekend. Ignore the Steelers' No. 2 ranking against opposing fantasy running backs (they have been so-so after a hot start to the season) and make sure the "Rawls Royce" is in your lineup. (Krinch)
Jameis Winston, QB, TB (@ IND) - Winston's home/road splits are absolutely bizarre - 10 TDs, 1 INT on the road and 5 TDs and 8 INTs at home. Playing on the road in Indy this week is a pretty solid matchup. Look for him to buil doff that 5 TD performance from last week and keep rolling away from TB. (Andracki)
A.J. Green, WR, CIN (vs. STL) - Remember when Green was a surefire No. 1 wide receiver? Green has recorded just one 100-yard game and a single touchdown since Week 3. To make matters worse for Green's owners, Marvin Jones has just one less target than Green in the last three weeks, plus the emergence of Tyler Eifert and Gio Bernard have taken away from Green's fantasy output. It won't get any easier for Green in Week 12 as he'll likely be covered by Rams No. 1 cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who has allowed just one score this season. Stay away from this matchup on Sunday. (Krinch)
Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN (vs. NE) - The secret is out: The Patriots are rock solid at stopping the run. What makes me really worried about Hillman is The Hood. Belichick is really good at taking away what you do best and for the Broncos that's running the ball. I fully expect Brock Osweilier to have to beat the Patriots and that makes me feel very shaky about a guy like Hillman. (Paschall)
Brian Hoyer, QB, HOU (vs. NO) - He's the popular start pick this week but NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND. The Saints defense has made pedestrian QBs look like All-Pros. But this week may be different. With Rob Ryan out, the Saints defense can't be possibly be as bad as it was in weeks past. In addition, they've had two weeks to prepare for Hoyer, which should be enough. I'm going against the flow and saying don't buy into the Hoyer temptation. (Paschall)
[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]
Lamar Miller, RB, MIA (@ NYJ) - After back-to-back 100-yard rushing games under interim head coach Dan Campbell, Miller has rushed for just 146 total yards in his last four games. He's still dangerous in the passing game, however that won't be enough for him to make a fantasy impact against a Jets defense which has given up only one rushing touchdown to an opposing back this season. (Krinch)
Latavius Murray, RB, OAK (@ TEN) - The Titans are actually the No. 2 defense at limiting opposing RBs' fantasy production, allowing an average of just over 15 points per game in PPR formats. Murray has been pretty consistent lately, but that consistent production is just mediocre at best, disappointing his fantasy owner. This isn't a great week to play him, unless you don't have any better options. (Andracki)
Sammy Watkins, WR, BUF (@ KC) - If you just look at the Chiefs' overall ranking against WRs (31st or 32nd depending on your league's scoring), you might think this is a cushy matchup for Watkins. But that would be a mistake. The Chiefs have actually been fantastic on defense over their four-game winning streak and they haven't allowed more than 13 points since Week 6 against Minnesota (16). It took a while for Kansas City's D to get going, but they're on now. Meanwhile, can you trust Watkins? He's a fantastically talented receiver, but has been a major disappointment in fantasy this season. (Andracki)