3 SuperFlex Options in Week 12
While we may have a loaded schedule of games in Week 12, six teams are in action on Thanksgiving, while two other fantasy-laden rosters — the Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals — are on a bye. That limits the player pool enough where we may need to get creative when filling out our lineups.
Thankfully, the task remains the same: when looking at SuperFlex options, we want to try to take advantage of a dual-quarterback setup.
As always, I like to stretch both ends of the salary scale when looking at viable targets just in case we either want to fill the SuperFlex immediately or wait until the end. Regardless of approach, we know there is value to be found somewhere, and Week 12 — despite the smaller pool — is no exception.
QB Tom Brady – TB $7,300 at IND – Tom Brady continues to deliver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but his trip to Indianapolis no longer appears to be as straightforward as most people thought.
Good. If nothing else, that will help in suppressing his popularity.
Make no mistake about it, the Indianapolis Colts are a good team. Period. Their win against the Bills was not a fluke, but instead a culmination of being overlooked for so long. Now, however, no one is looking past Indianapolis. It won’t have the luxury of surprising Tampa Bay, and there is one glaring hole that works perfectly in Brady’s favor: the Colts have allowed the second-most passing touchdowns in the league.
Some of these numbers are skewed by late-game “garbage time” points by other teams, but the reality is that, as good as the Colts are overall, they are beatable through the air. The Buccaneers will either be pushing ahead with a lead — almost certainly spearheaded by Brady — or attempting a comeback late — if Indianapolis really can deliver again.
Either way, the gameplay flows through Brady.
QB Matt Ryan – ATL $6,000 at JAX – It can’t be easy to stomach Matt Ryan in a fantasy lineup but, as I have written countless times for OwnersBox, winning a tournament isn’t easy, and it requires making bold moves.
In fairness, playing Ryan in a lineup isn’t overly “bold.” He’s been one of the better fantasy producers in the past, so the history is on his side. Still, his offense has ben utterly putrid for weeks, as the Atlanta Falcons have scored a total of three points over their last two games. I can’t even throw a fitting metaphor in here that would highlight how pathetic that is, so I’ll give another number: 165. That’s the total yards Atlanta accumulated in last week’s loss to the Patriots.
With all this negativity surrounding Atlanta, it’s clear to see why Ryan’s name would bring about nausea, but the matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars should prove to be the elixir. Jacksonville ranks fourth-worst in net-yards-per-pass-attempt.
The other play is in the positive correction for Atlanta. I mentioned how pathetic the offense has been because, statistically, it’s not likely for a team to follow up a shutout performance with another dud. Maybe the Falcons can’t reach 30 points on Sunday, but they should clear 20. That almost can’t happen without Ryan performing and, at his modest price tag, we aren’t asking for a record-breaking outing.
QB Zach Wilson – NYJ $5,000 at HOU – I know, I know. First, I wrote about Matt Ryan. Now, it’s Zach Wilson. It almost feels like I’m joking. I’m not. Wilson is starting for the New York Jets on Sunday, and he deserves a serious look when considering options for a SuperFlex spot in your lineup.
For starters, he’s ridiculously cheap. 23 running backs are more expensive than Wilson — many of which are injured, like Derrick Henry — and he’s obviously well below average for quarterbacks. As I wrote in the introduction, you might end up waiting to fill your SuperFlex slot. If that’s the case, it’s hard to imagine you will be too far away from Wilson’s salary.
The real reason to target Wilson is the combination between the matchup and his value to the Jets. New York is somewhat forced to turning back to the rookie quarterback with the news that both Joe Flacco and Mike White are unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the organization wants — and needs — Wilson back on the field sooner rather than later. There aren’t many games ahead that can produce wins and a positive learning experience, but a matchup with the Houston Texans is probably the best opportunity for such an outcome. Houston ranks third-worst in total-yards-allowed-per-game and sixth-worst in net-yards-per-pass-attempt.