Fantasy Overview - Week 12

Get yourself caught up on what's going on in the league as we enter Week 12 of the NFL season. Here's my take on the fantasy landscape around the league and how you can benefit.

The playoff push is upon us. Performance-driven breakouts and injuries have opened up some opportunities for players who could shine in Week 12. Here are some under-the-radar options at each position that you might want to take a look at for your starting roster. Some of these may be waiver claims, others may be players on your roster that may finally be worthy of a start this week.

QUARTERBACK

Taysom Hill, New Orleans at Denver - The secret is out. Sean Payton is right. Taysom Hill can throw the ball pretty well in addition to being a tough stop as a runner. It's also good to know he surprised many, myself included, and attempted 23 passes, completing 18 (half of which went to his top target Michael Thomas with 9 catches for 104 yards). This week's opponent, Denver, will have their hands full with trying to figure out what Taysom Hill is going to do. Will he pass, run, pass on the run? Denver has been fairly decent against opposing quarterbacks lately (10th best in fantasy points against quarterbacks in the last four weeks), but previous success goes out the window with the Saints' unknown offense coming to town. Hill could once again top 20 fantasy points and be a decent start for us this week.

Andy Dalton, Dallas vs Washington - It appears as if Dallas has found their preferred quarterback after Andy Dalton led the team to a big road win against the Vikings last week. Dalton tossed three touchdowns in the win, he got Ezekiel Elliott more involved, and it didn't hurt that Zach Martin moved to right tackle to help bolster the weakened offensive line. Dalton and the Cowboys will have a tough battle against the Washington Football Team on Thanksgiving Day. Washington is second in the league in sack percentage and could make things more of a challenge for Dalton. Having said that, if you're in a two-quarterback league and you need a body, anybody this week, Dalton has earned his way to another start. You can safely drop Garrett Gilbert if you were holding out hope for him to take over.

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