SportsTradex: Top NFL Targets For Week 12: Over $15,000 Guaranteed

What’s up Grinders!

Welcome to the Week 12 edition of the SportsTradex Column. SportsTradex is continuing their large GPP action for Week 10 with two large field Draft Contest tournaments dubbed “The Pooch Kick”. The 1st is a $200 buy-in and features a $10,000 prizepool, and the 2nd is a $25 buy in with a $2,000 prizepool. For those not into the GPP scene, there are plenty of Double Ups, and H2H action as well. If you haven’t tried the site yet, I highly recommend that you give it a try. They offer a very unique game type with both Draft Contests and Pick ‘Em style contests. There has been some overlay in these games lately, so if you are looking for some value this Sunday for NFL, make sure to check out SportsTradex.

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Description of Draft Contests:

Draft a team of 7, 8 or 9 players in this tiered fantasy draft game. The number of players you will draft from each tier varies depending on the strategy option you select in the dropdown box. You have three options:
Option 1: 7 Players: 3A, 1B, 1C, 2D
Option 2: 8 Players: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D
Option 3: 9 Players: 1A, 3B, 3C, 2D

Here is the breakdown of the tiers:

Tier A – Contains Top QB/HB/WR options (Think Rodgers/Murray)
Tier B – Contains 2nd Tier QB/HB/WR options (Think Dalton//Marshall)
Tier C – Contains mid-tier HB/WR’s
Tier D – Contains Longshots for the week

I really like the 8 man tier this week. I am having trouble finding multiple players I like in Tier D, which has me moving to the 8 man team to get a few more stars into my lineup.

TIER A

Matt Forte – Forte is usually one of my main targets in Tier A, and this week is no different. He gets a great matchup vs the Bucs who are giving up the 10th most Fpts to RBs this season. They have also given up 60 receptions to RBs this season, which is only two receptions away from the most in the league. Forte is always a threat to be the leading point getter in PPR on a given week, and makes a great play in all formats.

DeMarco Murray – Murray has a prime matchup against the Giants, who have given up 363 yards and 4 TDs (All TDs to the Seahawks who employ a very similar power run game), in the past two weeks, and should pose no problem for the Cowboys coming off a bye week. He is rested off a bye week, and makes a great altenrative to Forte in the Pooch Kicks if you are looking for a lesser owned player.

Aaron Rodgers – If you want to fade the top RBs this week, why not you Rodgers who is simply on another level right now. I don’t care that he is facing Minnesota on the road who has been very good at limiting fantasy points to QBs this season. The Viking just got shredded by Jay Cutler, and Rodgers should have no issue putting up a huge game. Rodgers is my #1 QB play of the week

Andrew Luck – In the Thursday games, I didn’t see much outside the top three guys used in Tier A, so Luck makes a good contrarian play this week. Luck obliterated the Jags earlier this season with 370 yards and 4 TDs in a total blowout win for the Colts. With Bradshaw now out for the season, the Colts will likely pass even more, which means even more fantasy goodness for Luck. The Jags D should pose no threat for Luck this weekend, so I love Luck as a contrarian play to the top RBs and Rodgers.

TIER B

Colin Kaepernick – Kaepernick has burned me a few times this season, but I’m going back to the well this week as he has an extremely good matchup against the Redskins. The Skins give up the second most Fpts to QBs this season, which should provide Kaepernick a very safe floor this week, with upside to win you a GPP.

A.J. Green – The Texans are giving up the most fantasy points this season to WRs, and have given up a TD to a WR in every game this season except the first of the season. Green looks to be recovered from his foot aliment earlier in the season, and should feast upon the Texans defense.

Brandon Marshall – If we like Green against the easiest team to score points against as a WR, you have to like Marshall against the second easiest team! The Bucs give up fantasy points to WRs like candy on Halloween, just make sure to look at the weather on Sunday, there is some expected high winds and rain, which would move me off Marshall in this Tier.

Josh Gordon – Gordon might be a little too risky for me in a 50/50 this week, but should make for an interesting and fun to watch GPP play in the Pooch Kicks. Gordon should immediately become the top threat for the Browns passing game, but with a 12 week layoff, no practices, and taking no contact for 3 months, has be slightly worried he could be a bust. He showed last season he has the potential to be the top WR every week, so look to him in your GPP lineups.

TIER C

Isaiah Crowell – The Browns released Ben Tate, and have given the lead role in Cleveland to Crowell. The Falcons have given up the second most fantasy points to RBs this season, and I am putting no stock in their recent performances that have been good against the run vs. the Bucs and Panthers, both poor rushing teams. Get Crowell in your lineup, everyone will have him in cash games. In a GPP, fade at your own risk.

Trent Richardson – I don’t think I have used Trent once this year, but I will be taking a long look at him this weekend, as I expect him to rack up 20+ touches this week against a very week Jags Defense. Local beat writers expect Trent to be a full-fledged three down back this week, and Trent knows this is one of his last chances he will get to show the world he can be a starting RB in the league.

Andre Johnson/Deandre Hopkins – With Foster looking iffy again, both Texans receivers look to be in prime spots. Ryan Mallet looked good in his first start last game, and should be targeting his top two WRs heavily as there is nothing else explosive in the Texans offense. It’s hard for me to decide between the two, so pick one and be happy, there is room for both if Foster is out.

TIER D

Niles Paul – Jordan Reed has been ruled out for Sunday, which has pushed Paul to the starting lineup. Paul had some big games earlier this season, however I am slightly concerned that RG3 hasn’t used the TE much since his return. Nevertheless, Paul looks like one of the better options in a weak Tier D this week.

Wes Welker – With Julius Thomas looking iffy to play Sunday, and Sanders possibly being limited by his concussion, Welker may be able to pick up a few targets this week. Welker has somewhat been forgotten this season, but I like him in Tier D this week, especially if word gets out that J. Thomas is out.

Good luck Grinders – you will find me in the mid-lowstakes 50/50s and the $25 Pooch Kick this weekend! I will also be checking back around kickoff on Sunday to get into the $200 Pooch Kick if there is any overlay (I suggest you do the same). Take me on if you dare!

About the Author

  • Brit Devine (britdevine)

  • Brit Devine is a former low/midstakes Online Poker Pro/Coach who quickly transitioned to DFS in 2011 after Black Friday. He was the Operations Manager at DFS site Fan Throwdown before parting ways in 2014 where he then turned to playing DFS full-time. Mainly a cash game player, Brit provides expert analysis frequently via written columns and GrindersLive appearances.

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