Love 'em or Leave 'em - Which fantasy players will feast this week?

Feast or Fade – Love ‘em or Leave ‘em Week 12

November 27, 2020

It’s that time of year when we give thanks, so I want to thank everyone for reading my columns and for all the support you’ve given me. I truly appreciate it. I love my fantasy football family and hopefully, I’ve helped you with your lineups along the way. Keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, here some players I think will feast this week, and others, you should bench or “fade.”

Week 10/Season Recap    

I didn’t write a column last week, so this is a recap of Week 10. My tally for that week was 4-1. The starts I hit on were Terry McLaurin (18.2 pts) and Kareem Hunt (16.2 pts). My suggested sits were Devin Singletary (2.5 pts) and Marquise Brown (3.4 pts). Nelson Agholor didn’t come through as the player I suggested taking a chance on that week, making my Season Total: 37-21.

Feast

Derek Carr at Atlanta

The problem with Carr is fantasy managers don’t trust him. He’ll string together several games where he destroys expectations, but somewhere along that stretch, he’ll put up an absolute dud. In Week 10 against Denver, he scored an abysmal 7.16 points. Nonetheless, in seven out of his 10 games this season, he has scored 19 fantasy points or more. Things really seem to be clicking for this offense lately, too. Nelson Agholor is finally starting to live up to the expectations of a first round pick, and Darren Waller, well, is just a baller. Carr should easily carve-up Atlanta, the most fantasy-friendly defense to quarterbacks.  

Derek Carr should feast this week against Atlanta
Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against the Kansas City Chiefs at Allegiant Stadium on November 22, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Michael Pittman vs Tennessee

Over the last two weeks, Pittman has averaged more than 17 points a game. He’s led the team in receiving yards in three straight games and is becoming the No. 1 option in the passing game. The last time the Colts played the Titans, Pittman caught seven passes for over 100 yards. The Titans have allowed 42.7 points per game to wide receivers, the second-most in the league just behind the Falcons. Hopefully, he didn’t eat too much on Thanksgiving, as he should feast on Sunday.   

Take a chance on him

Rob Gronkowski vs Kansas City

Just when Gronk was looking like his old self, Antonio Brown came to town and starting gobbling up his targets (and Chris Godwin’s, too). Gronk should return to form once again in a favorable matchup this week. Tom Brady will have to throw a lot to keep up with Patrick Mahomes and will look for Gronk against beatable coverage. Kansas City has allowed two top-seven tight ends in the last four games, including Darren Waller, who had 21.8 fantasy points last week.  

Fade

Melvin Gordon vs New Orleans

Gordon scored his second-most fantasy points of the season last week against Miami while only playing 50 percent of the offensive snaps. That type of production might tempt you to start him this week, but don’t chase the points. Gordon squares off against New Orleans this week, the league’s top defense against the run. Also, Gordon is dealing with a little bit of a knee issue. It might have been just a rest day for “veterans,” but he didn’t practice on Wednesday.

Deebo Samuel @ Los Angeles

Fantasy managers are hoping to get Deebo back this week. I wouldn’t be too quick to stick him in my starting lineup, though. The Rams defense gives up the second-fewest points to wide receivers. And, if he plays, he will face shadow coverage from Jalen Ramsey. Besides, Deebo could see a bit of a snap count, so I would fade him this week.     

As always, start your studs! Unless it’s under extreme circumstances, obvious players will not appear in this column.

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