Week 12 DFS Locks and Fades

Mike Tagliere identifies a guy at each position you want in your DFS lineup this week, and a guy at each position you definitely don't.

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Russell Wilson

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Week 12 DFS Locks and Fades


After what was one of the ugliest weeks in the NFL, there may be some of you who may have had your season-long championship dreams crushed in Week 11. Whether it be the injury to A.J. Green, C.J. Prosise, Giovani Bernard, or someone else, it was rough. But take heart — DFS will always be here for you. If you were here last week, every single fade worked out as expected, while all but two of the locks came through, with Martellus Bennett and Tyrod Taylor the exceptions. But Week 11 is gone and we need to continue that streak going into Week 12.

It’s not your typical week in the NFL, so here at PFF, we aren’t doing the typical fades and locks of the week in separate articles. Seeing as there are three games being played on Thursday, we figured a lot of you would want to play Thursday DFS, so we decided to put them into one article. If this is your first time here, these players should serve as a guideline when setting your lineups. In this one-of-a-kind week, you’ll get one lock and one fade at each position (quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end).

Quarterbacks

LOCK: Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at Tampa Bay)

You might as well enjoy Wilson at a discount while you can, because he’ll be among the three most-expensive options before long. After a rough start to the year where he was dealing with injuries to not just one, but both of his legs, Wilson is hitting his groove, similar to the way he did in 2015. Most don’t realize that Wilson had just 10 touchdowns through the first nine weeks of 2015, only to end the season with 25 touchdowns in his final seven games. So when you see that he totaled just six touchdowns through the first seven weeks of this season, you had to wonder when his numbers would start to inflate. Fortunately, that process has already begun, now that he’s totaled eight touchdowns over the last three weeks. His price has not caught up yet, which makes him an ideal candidate for the lock at the quarterback position, especially when you factor in his Week 12 opponent, the Bucs. Tampa Bay “featured” a defense that has allowed 20 passing touchdowns through 10 games, despite playing against quarterbacks that included Alex Smith, Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick, Derek Anderson, Paxton Lynch, Case Keenum and Carson Palmer. Wilson is already one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the league, and the Bucs have allowed six of the 10 quarterbacks to play them at least 8.4 yards per pass attempt.

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Mike Tagliere is a Lead Writer for PFF Fantasy. He's ranked as a top-six fantasy football expert twice over the last four years by FantasyPros.com.

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