Fantasy Football: NFL Daily Fantasy Picks Week 12

2 of 6

Nov 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Houston Texans quarterback

Brian Hoyer

(7) calls out prior to the snap in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Brian Hoyer ($7100) Texans vs. Saints – The Houston Texans have had a really strange season opening up losing four out of their first five yet are right in the thick of the playoff race. Their defense has showed massive improvement as the year has gone but their offense has a chance to take center stage this weekend. Not surprisingly the Saints are in the bottom five in points allowed to the quarterback position and continue to give up career performances weekly to opposing QB’s. Hoyer has had a bit of an up and down season but is in prime position to take advantage against a team giving up just under 300 yards per game while allowing an amazing 28 touchdowns through the air this year. His price is a touch higher than I expected but still very reasonable in what could be a 25+ performance.

Josh McCown ($6300) Browns vs. Ravens – The Johnny Football era in Cleveland appears to have finally come to a close meaning McCown will again be under center Sunday. McCown, despite really playing pretty good football, ends up being the default quarterback facing the team that has been absolute dead last against the quarterback. Looking back to week five, McCown torched this same Ravens defense for 457 yards and 2 touchdowns. That effort was good enough for 35 points on Fanduel making him the play of that week. For a bargain price tag of only $6300, McCown should easily be able to reach value. I don’t necessarily expect another 35 point day, but if he can give you 20 for his price, that is a solid effort.

Carson Palmer ($8100) Cardinals @ 49ers – If you are paying up for quarterback this week, it looks like Palmer should be your guy. With Brady and Brees and some of the other top dogs at quarterback in tougher matchups, Palmer seems to be one of the safer picks for this slate. Palmer is in the middle of one of the best seasons of his career as he continues to spread the ball around to their many weapons. The 49ers defense is in shambles and has been terrible against pretty much every position. The only concern here is the blowout factor, but I think Palmer can get 25 points before the Cardinals go conservative.

Others I Like – Derek Carr ($7400), Marcus Mariota ($7000), Kirk Cousins ($6700)

Next: Running Back