Roundtable Week 12

The Footballguys Roundtable panel discusses and debates the latest installment of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry, playoff sizzlers and fizzlers, and traditions they have that link Thanksgiving and football. 

Welcome to Week 11 of the 2020 Footballguys' Roundtable. Our intrepid and oddball panel of fantasy pundits discuss and debate the Steelers-Ravens game, fantasy playoff sizzlers and fizzlers, and traditions they observe that link Thanksgiving and Football.

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Free Agent Sizzlers for the Playoff Run

Matt Waldman: Give us a free agent who is not on a majority of league rosters that you believe can be a valuable addition to a fantasy squad down the stretch. Use the link as your resource.

Sean Settle: If you are looking for Flex or WR help, Tim Patrick is owned in just 20 percent of Yahoo! leagues and has become a go-to target for Drew Lock. Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler may be the names everyone knows right now, but with Noah Fant struggling to stay healthy Patrick has seen his fair share of targets.

He has 3 games with 100 yards receiving this season and 3 touchdowns. At 6.2 targets per game, he could be a valuable flex down the stretch in PPR leagues. He has plus matchups against Carolina, Buffalo, and Vegas down the stretch as they have all struggled to cover receivers in the slot. Look for Patrick to continue to fly under the radar and be a good matchup play during the fantasy playoffs.

Waldman: As a GM who added Patrick six-eight weeks ago, I couldn't agree more. He's not a great wide receiver, but he's a capable contributor who is difficult to stop when it comes to the things he does really well, which is winning on the perimeter and using his size to earn position against man-to-man coverage.

B.J. VanderWoude: Michael Pittman Jr Jr. has seen his stock rise rapidly over the last three weeks, where he’s totaled 14 receptions on 18 targets for 223 yards and a touchdown. Pittman Jr. has gone over 50 yards receiving in each of those games, but his breakout performance came in a Week 10 win over the Titans where he caught seven of eight targets for 101 yards.

He followed that up by catching all three of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Colts' win over the Packers this past weekend. Pittman’s 45-yard touchdown catch showed off his speed and fluidity after the catch, which along with his 6’4", 223 lb frame, makes him a matchup nightmare and the type of player the Colts desperately need at wide receiver.

Pittman lined up on the left side of the formation and ran a drag route underneath the Packers zone coverage. With long strides and the ability to get up to top speed quickly, Pittman had already created quite a bit of separation by the time he caught the ball, and that enabled him to turn the corner and get up the field before the Packers secondary could get an angle to tackle him. He got a solid block, weaved his way to the inside of the field, and was gone for the score without a Packers defender getting a hand on him.

With Philip Rivers's best years as a downfield passer clearly behind him, Pittman fits an integral role for the Colts as a player who can create explosive plays after the catch. Despite being in his rookie season, the Colts will need to lean on Pittman down the stretch this season, making him a solid #3 receiver with the upside to help the team deep into the fantasy playoffs.

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