Week 12 of the NFL is, and Awesemo has a ton of great tools and NFL DFS rankings to tackle all the largest contests in DFS. This article will go through and highlight some of the week’s highest-projected Yahoo NFL picks at each position on the Week 12 main slate, all based on Awesemo’s projections and models. It will also provide insight into rostership projections and provide some other matchup information for optimal Yahoo NFL picks for daily fantasy lineups each week.
Week 12 Yahoo NFL Picks, Grades & Values
Top Graded QB: Jalen Hurts | Grades: A, Values: C
Just like last week, the projections on Awesemo are bullish on the potential for Jalen Hurts. Hurts has been an Awesemo darling all year and his recent cold streak in terms of landing the big rushing games was ended last week when he found the end zone three times with his legs. The Giants rank just 22nd in sack rate and teams opposing them have averaged over 38 pass attempts per game. Hurts could rebound in his passing stats and is averaging over 10 attempts per game. He is the highest rated quarterback on the main slate this week for Yahoo and grades out with solid marks across the board.
Top Value QB: Tyrod Taylor | Grades: B, Values: A
Tyrod Taylor was a potential fade candidate due to rostership, but there is no denying that the Texans quarterback is in a great spot against the Jets. New York has allowed 9.7 yards per pass attempt against over their last three games (worst in the league), and Taylor could replicate some of that downfield success he had in Week 1, when he went for 291 yards and two touchdowns. At just $20 he will be popular but ranks out with the fifth-best points projection this week and has the best Yahoo value score for a quarterback in the Awesemo Model by a country mile.
Top Graded RB: Dalvin Cook | Grades: B, Values: C
There’s a couple of players ranked above Dalvin Cook in the overall points projections at running back but he ranks out far better, at just $29 in price, from a value perspective. The 49ers have improved on defense over the last couple of weeks, but they have been just an average unit against the run this year and have allowed the fourth-most touchdowns rushing to opposing running backs this season. Cook has taken 24 red zone touches the last three weeks and is playing on nearly every snap for Minnesota, who cannot afford to rest him given where they are in the standings. He is a great pay-up option that is not garnering a ton of attention in the rostership projections.
Top Value RB: Myles Gaskin | Grades: B, Values: A
Myles Gaskin has taken 18 or more carries in three of his last four games and has played around 70% of the offensive snaps for Miami over his last three games too. Gaskin has not hit for many explosive plays this year but his usage is similar to other fantasy studs like Austin Ekeler and D’Andre Swift. At just $14 he rates out with the best value score at running back in the Awesemo Model. Despite high rostership, the floor he provides is too good to pass up this week.
Top Graded WR: Cooper Kupp | Grades: A, Values: D
The Rams are back in action this week after a bye and take on a Packers team who finally showed some signs of regression after they allowed 16 catches, 251 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen last week. The Rams will likely try to get Odell Beckham more involved, but with Robert Woods no longer available,Cooper Kupp’s league-leading 31% target share could rise over the final eight weeks of the year. Kupp again grades out with the best grade/point projection in the Awesemo Model for wide receivers and takes on a Packers defense still without their best defender in Jaire Alexander. Paying up is recommended if possible.
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Top Value WR: Brandin Cooks | Grades: B, Values: A
Much like his quarterback, Brandin Cooks has gotten no respect from the salary-makers this week. Cooks squares off against a Jest pass defense who bleed big plays. They have allowed the most yards per attempt and most yards against, per game, in the league this year. Cooks saw just three targets in the Texans last game but saw 14 in his prior start. At $13 if he just shows up with an average volume day it might be more than enough to semi-break this slate against the Jets.
Top Graded TE: Kyle Pitts | Grades: A, Values: B
The Falcons offense has been horrible over its last two starts but have a great bounce-back opponent in the Jaguars. Jacksonville has allowed over 8 yards per pass attempt against this year and have allowed a 71.8% completion rate to opposing quarterbacks as well, which is second-last in the league. Kyle Pitts’ lack of touchdowns and red zone looks are concerning but he tops the Awesemo point projections at tight end this week and is very affordable at just $20. Eating the chalk is not a bad idea at all against this weak an opponent.
Top Value TE: Dan Arnold | Grades: C, Values: D
There are slim pickings in the lower ranges of the tight end pool for this week’s 10-game main slate. One move for GPPs is going to the other side of this game and rostering Arnold instead of the sure to be popular Pitts. Dan Arnold was the fantasy value darling for his first few weeks as a Jaguar but is coming off a game against the 49ers where he drew zero targets. Arnold still played on 65% of the snaps last week and likely bounces back big against the weaker defense of the Falcons. He has solid value scores and could draw less than 5% rostership this week.
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