Ride Tyrell Williams To A Fantasy Championship | Week 12 Start Or Sit Wide Receivers

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Trade For Tyrell Williams NOW | Week 12 Start Or Sit Wide Receivers

With most fantasy leagues having their trade deadline this week, I figured I’d start this week by giving you a few names to target in your deals. These are players I believe can not only lead you to a playoff berth, but will give you a great chance to take home the hardware.


Philip Rivers:

After a tough matchup with the Texans in week 12, it’s a quarterback’s dream schedule the rest of the way. Rivers already has five 300 yard passing games and has attempted 30 or more passes in eight of ten games so far.

Remaining schedule (Opp rank vs QBs):

12. @HOU (5th)

13. vs TB (27th)

14. @CAR (24th)

15. vs OAK (26th)

16. @CLE (29th)

17. vs KC (18th)

Drew Brees:

Drew Brees is second behind just Aaron Rodgers in fantasy points among quarterbacks in 2016. Other than a week 15 matchup with the Cardinals, Brees has a very favorable schedule including two games vs the Buccaneers. The Saints throw the ball a ton and have plenty of weapons. Brees will be on a lot of fantasy championship teams at the end of the year.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs QBs):

12. vs LA (7th)

13. vs DET (30th)

14. @TB (27th)

15. @ARI (3rd)

16. vs TB (27th)

17. @ATL (32nd)

Jameis Winston:

Jameis Winston has thrown for 300 yards or more three times this season, including in each of the last two weeks. He has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season and has six multi-score performances. After week 12’s tough matchup against Seattle, Winston has a very favorable schedule which includes two games vs the Saints in the fantasy playoffs.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs QBs):

12. vs SEA (6th)

13. @SD (19th)

14. vs NO (20th)

15. @DAL (17th)

16. @NO (20th)

17. vs CAR (24th)


Running Backs:

Melvin Gordon:

This one is obvious and probably the most difficult to acquire but Melvin Gordon will be leading a ton of fantasy teams to championships this year. After struggling in his rookie season, Gordon is fourth in rushing yards and has 11 total touchdowns. He also has been getting it done as a receiver, ranking fifth in receiving yards among running backs.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs RBs):

12. @HOU (21st)

13. vs TB (23rd)

14. @CAR (3rd)

15. vs OAK (24th)

16. @CLE (31st)

17. vs KC (12th)

Spencer Ware:

You may be able to buy low on Spencer Ware given that he hasn’t notched double-digits in fantasy points since week seven. You could also use the fact that Ware still has two matchups with the Broncos ahead as a bargaining point to get him away from his current owner when, in fact, Denver has actually struggled to contain running backs this season. Ware faces little competition for touches out of the Kansas City backfield meaning he should continue to receive workhorse volume, making him a very attractive fantasy option for a championship run.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs RBs):

12. @DEN (20th)

13. @ATL (28th)

14. vs OAK (24th)

15. vs TEN (9th)

16. vs DEN (20th)

17. @SD (27th)

Doug Martin:

Doug Martin hasn’t been overly impressive in his two games since returning from his hamstring injury. He’s getting a high volume of touches, though, making him a very intriguing option going forward. Over the last two weeks, Martin has combined for 40 rushes and four catches on six targets. Martin has a favorable schedule down the stretch including a date with the porous Saints defense in the fantasy championship round.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs RBs):

12. vs SEA (6th)

13. @SD (27th)

14. vs NO (29th)

15. @DAL (5th)

16. @NO (29th)

17. vs CAR (3rd)


Wide Receivers

Tyrell Williams:

This is my top target in trades right now. Tyrell Williams will absolutely help you win your fantasy championship. He’s undoubtedly the number one target in a pass heavy offense on a team that consistently plays from behind. He has four touchdowns and is averaging a hefty 17 yards per reception. Williams has double-digit fantasy points in four of his last six games. The two in which he failed to reach double-digits over that stretch came against the stingy Broncos defense. After a tough week 12 matchup with the Texans, it’s nothing but bottom tier defenses the rest of the way for Tyrell Williams and the Chargers. Get Tyrell Williams on your team.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs WRs)

12. @HOU (3rd)

13. vs TB (28th)

14. @CAR (25th)

15. vs OAK (27th)

16. @CLE (24th)

17. vs KC (26th)

Mike Evans:

Like Melvin Gordon, this one is obvious and near impossible to obtain. However, if you’re able to get your hands on Mike Evans, I would highly recommend making the deal. Evans leads the NFL in targets and it’s really not even close. He has reached double-digit fantasy points in all but three of his outings this season. With a favorable schedule and a quarterback with tunnel vision for him, Evans is a top trade target approaching the deadline.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs WRs):

12. vs SEA (6th)

13. @SD (20th)

14. vs NO (18th)

15. @DAL (11th)

16. @NO (18th)

17. vs CAR (25th)

Doug Baldwin:

What is it with Doug Baldwin and late season hot streaks? It was about this time last year when Baldwin began a stretch where he went off and shook up the fantasy world. There’s no doubt he was a part of many fantasy championship teams. Once again, Baldwin seems to have turned it on as of late. His recent success coincides with quarterback Russell Wilson’s return to full health. Snatch up Baldwin now and watch him lead your squad into the postseason.

Remaining schedule (Opp vs WRs):

12. @TB (28th)

13. vs CAR (25th)

14. @GB (32nd)

15. vs LA (14th)

16. vs ARI (5th)

17. @SF (31st)


Target some of these players in your deadline deals as you try to prepare your team for a championship run. Don’t be afraid to be aggressive, take some chances, and even over pay in the right circumstances. Remember, the depth on your bench isn’t going to win you a fantasy championship, having a great starting lineup will. Good luck, now let’s get down to business.


Week 12 WR Starts And Sits


Every week I provide you with my recommended start or sit wide receivers. I do not discuss obvious must-starts like Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Julio Jones, etc. Instead I will assist with the tough lineup decisions such as Tyrell Williams or Doug Baldwin? Or Jordan Matthews or Michael Thomas? You get the idea. It is important to note that these are just recommendations and I always believe following your gut is the way to go when making a final start or sit call.

My Suggestions are based on numerous factors such as matchups, opportunities within the offense, and past performances, to name a few. All statistics provided are based on standard scoring (non PPR).

For more start or sit advice and any other fantasy football questions you may have, visit our forums where myself and all of our wonderful writers will be more than happy to help you out. You can also follow FTA on Twitter @FanTeamAdvice or myself @ajohnsonFTA. Finally, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this week’s matchups so be sure to leave a comment at the bottom of the page.




Tyrell WilliamsStart of the Week: Doug Baldwin (at TB)

Doug Baldwin seems to have begun his annual late season hot streak. He has scored double-digit fantasy points in each of the the last two games. Baldwin has a combined 10 receptions and four total touchdowns in his last two outings. Russell Wilson is now back to full health and Baldwin is reaping the benefits. The Seahawks will be on the road in week 12 against the 5-5 Buccaneers. The Bucs have given up the fifth most fantasy points to wide receivers and rank 25th against the pass.

Bottom Line: Baldwin should be started as a high-end WR2 this week vs Tampa Bay.

Tyrell WilliamsStefon Diggs (at DET)

Stefon Diggs was listed here last week as the sit of the week in a brutal matchup with Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals. If you kept him and his 3.70 fantasy points on the bench, well, you’re welcome. This week I’m advising that you move Diggs back into your lineup for the Vikings’ Thanksgiving day trip to Detroit. The Lions are allowing over 23 fantasy points per game to wide receivers and have given up 22 passing touchdowns in ten games. Over the last four weeks, Diggs has caught 41 passes and scored nine or more fantasy points three times. He has seen at least 13 targets in three of those games.

Bottom Line: Diggs will be a solid WR2 this week vs the Lions. Note: This game will be played on Thursday so set your lineups accordingly.

Tyrell WilliamsJordan Matthews (vs GB)

Last week, Jordan Matthews was here as a sit and he did not disappoint. That’s assuming you kept him on your bench, of course, otherwise you were left less than satisfied. Matthews was bottled up for just 59 yards on five receptions and just 5.9 fantasy points. Like Diggs, I’m suggesting that you move JMatt back into your starting lineup for a tilt with the Packers. The Packers are struggling, and that’s putting it nicely. During their current four game losing streak, the Packers have allowed all four quarterbacks to top 270 yards passing, three 100 yard receivers, and a whopping 12 passing touchdowns. Eight receivers reached double-digits in fantasy points over that stretch.  Unsurprisingly, the Pack have allowed the most fantasy points (28.5) to opposing wideouts. Matthews should have little trouble exploiting this very bad Green Bay secondary. Matthews has seen 45 targets over his last four games so the opportunity for a big game is there for the Eagles’ number one receiver.

Bottom Line: Start Matthews as a low-end WR 2 against an awful Packers secondary.

Others with favorable matchups: DeVante Parker (vs SF), Michael Crabtree (vs CAR), Larry Fitzgerald (at ATL)




Tyrell WilliamsSit of the Week: Marvin Jones (vs MIN)

In week nine, Marvin Jones was listed here as the sit of the week for a matchup with the Vikings. In that game Jones accounted for just one catch for five yards. Once again, the opponent is the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings rank fourth against the pass and have allowed just 15.3 fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Only seven receivers have found the end zone vs the Vikings in 10 games. Marvin Jones has disappeared from the Lions offense in recent weeks and I’m not optimistic that week 12 will be any better.

Bottom Line: Jones should only leave your bench if it’s for a trip to the waiver wire at this point. Note: This game will be played on Thursday so make lineup adjustments accordingly.

Tyrell WilliamsTyreek Hill (at DEN)

Chiefs rookie Tyreek Hill has recently emerged as a solid option for fantasy owners. Hill has scored double-digit fantasy points three times since week seven. He has four touchdowns on the year. Hill won’t be an appealing option this week as the Chiefs head to Denver to take on the league’s second ranked pass defense. The Broncos have allowed the fewest fantasy points per game (15.1) and second fewest touchdowns (6) to wide receivers. Denver has not allowed a wide receiver to reach 100 yards in 2016.

Bottom Line: Keep Hill on the bench as a WR4/5 for this one.

Tyrell WilliamsBrandon Lafell (at BAL)

The Bengals lost star wide receiver A.J. Green to a hamstring strain early in Sunday’s game against the Bills. Green is expected to miss an extended period of time, making veteran Brandon Lafell the new number one wideout in Cincinnati. He is not a recommended fantasy option, though, despite the new role. After Green went down, Lafell only managed four receptions for 32 yards vs Buffalo. The struggling Bengals will take on the AFC North leading Ravens in week 12. The Ravens rank seventh against the pass and have given up the ninth fewest yards to wide receivers. There are better options than Lafell this week.

Bottom Line: Lafell can’t be trusted as anything more than a WR4 vs Baltimore.

Others with difficult matchups: Randall Cobb/Jordy Nelson/Davante Adams (at PHI), Cameron Meredith (vs TEN), Brandon Marshall (vs NE)

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