Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Faith in Matt Ryan, Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham set to pay off – CBS Sports

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It’s hard to be patient during a Fantasy Football season. We always want immediate results, especially with a 13-week schedule in most leagues. But this week, your patience could pay off with two players who have been busts in the majority of leagues thus far — Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham. Both are ready for big games against the Dolphins.

Mayfield has been building toward a big game already. He’s scored at least 21 Fantasy points in consecutive games prior to Week 12 in tough matchups against Buffalo and Pittsburgh, but this should be his best game to date.

The Dolphins have allowed at least 20 Fantasy points to seven of 10 quarterbacks this year. For the season, quarterbacks are averaging 25.6 Fantasy points per game against Miami, and I could see Mayfield finishing as a top-five quarterback in all leagues.

For Beckham, he’s been frustrating all season. He hasn’t scored a touchdown since Week 2 and has topped 75 receiving yards just three times all year. The Browns have tried to get him going of late with 22 targets in his past two games against the Bills and Steelers, and hopefully that continues against Miami. The Dolphins are No. 2 in the NFL with 16 touchdowns allowed to receivers, and I expect Beckham to go nuts this week.

You should also get strong performances from Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry and Kareem Hunt this week, but they have been trustworthy Fantasy options. Mayfield and Beckham have been disappointments for most of the year, but they should reward your patience with a big game against Miami.

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Matt Ryan has not been a great Fantasy quarterback the past two games, but he should go off this week against Tampa Bay. He has the chance to be the No. 1 quarterback in Week 12. In his past two games against New Orleans and Carolina, both on the road, Ryan has scored 18 Fantasy points in both outings. But that should change in a big way against the Buccaneers, who allow the second-most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

Only Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 1 and Cam Newton in Week 2 failed to score at least 21 Fantasy points against Tampa Bay. And the past four quarterbacks against the Buccaneers have each scored at least 25 Fantasy points.

Ryan averaged 32.5 Fantasy points in his past two games against Tampa Bay last season. And in his past five games overall against the Buccaneers he’s averaging 328.8 passing yards per game with 11 total touchdowns and three interceptions.

It would be great if Ryan had a healthy Austin Hooper (knee) and Devonta Freeman (foot) for this game, but he should get by with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. I love the setup for Ryan in Week 12, and he’s poised to go off against the Buccaneers at home.

I’m starting Ryan over: Drew Brees (vs. CAR), Aaron Rodgers (at SF), Dak Prescott (at NE), Tom Brady (vs. DAL) and Deshaun Watson (vs. IND)

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Ravens (at LAR) — 6.8 projected points

  • Browns (vs. MIA) — 12.9 projected points
  • Falcons (vs. TB) — 8.7 projected points
  • Lions (at WAS) — 11.9 projected points

Rams (vs. BAL) — 7.0 projected points

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