Hello, Fantasy Community. This is the Week 12 – Who’s Hot, Who’s Not article.
The fantasy playoffs are quickly approaching, which means a crazy 2020 season is nearing an end. This will be a season, many owners remember and mostly for bad reasons, such as injury and COVID-19 issues. There have been some positives in this season, including a lot of good rookie performances and surprise breakouts. In this week’s article, we will look at the guys who are getting hot at the right time and some who are not at definitely the wrong time.
3. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Quarterbacks
Philip Rivers – After a dud in Week 9 against Baltimore, Philip Rivers has put together three solid starts against decent defenses. In those games, Rivers has 891 passing yards, 6 TDs and 2 INTs. Rivers seems to be getting hot at just the right time as he will face Houston twice and the Raiders in the next three weeks. Rivers seems like a must start as most leagues will be heading into the playoffs. Most leagues do have their championship week in Week 16 and he will face Pittsburgh then.
Deshaun Watson – It is easy to overlook just how good Deshaun Watson has been this season. His team is bad, but he is putting up a great season. Watson did have his lowest output of the season in Week 10 against the Browns, but in the two games since, Watson has thrown for 662 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs, and has added 60 rushing yards and 1 TD. For the playoff run, Deshaun Watson very well could be the #1 QB for the duration of the fantasy playoffs.
He will get Indianapolis twice, Chicago, and in Week 16, which most likely is your league championship, Watson gets Cincinnati. With that playoff schedule, if you have Deshaun Watson, you have to feel you have a good chance at making a deep push.
Kirk Cousins – After a Week 7 bye, Kirk Cousins had a terrible performance in Week 8. In the four games since, Cousins seems to have caught fire. In the last four games, Cousins has thrown for 1,133 yards, 11 TDs, 1 INT. With the run he is on, he could be a locked-in start for the playoff run. His upcoming schedule has Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, Chicago, and New Orleans, all teams that you can throw on. Look for Cousins’ hot streak to continue.
Sam Darnold – Things are bad with the Jets and Sam Darnold. In his last three games he has played in, Darnold has thrown for 450 yards, 0 TDs, and 4 INTs. Darnold is a must sit for any game he starts moving forward. The Jets are playing for the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes and Darnold is expected to be somewhere else next season.
Kyler Murray – Kyler Murray is still currently the #1 overall QB in fantasy, barring an explosive game by Russell Wilson on Monday night, but we cannot overlook the fact that Murray has had his two worst fantasy performances of the season in the past two weeks, including a terrible showing in Week 12. In the last two games, Murray has 439 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT and 46 rushing yards. The good news is, his upcoming schedule gets much easier and you can expect normal Kyler Murray production moving forward.
Matt Ryan – Coming out of the bye, you had to be excited for Matt Ryan’s schedule moving forward. In the first two games of that schedule, things have not been great. In the two games since his bye, Ryan has thrown for 417 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs. Even with a lighter schedule coming up, Matt Ryan is very inconsistent and you may only want to start him if you have to.
2. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Running Backs
Antonio Gibson – Antonio Gibson continues to impress fantasy owners. In his last five starts, Gibson has 402 rushing yards with 8 TDs. Gibson has also added 13 catches for 86 yards. While Gibson does have Pittsburgh in Week 13, his schedule will lighten up moving forward in the playoff push and could be a big part to a playoff push.
Derrick Henry – I am convinced there is a switch that gets flipped about this time every year. It seems Derrick Henry always just takes things a step above every year around Week 12. Henry had two disappointing games in Weeks 9 and 10. In those games, Henry had 171 rushing yards and 0 TDs. In the two weeks since, Henry has 311 rushing yards and 4 TDs. Henry is a locked-in RB1, and you have to be excited for his playoff schedule seeing teams like Jacksonville, Detroit, and Green Bay.
Nick Chubb – Nick Chubb has really revitalized the Cleveland offense in the three games he has been back from injury. He has three straight 100-yard games since returning. Chubb has a total of 384 yards rushing and 2 TDs since returning from injury. He does get Tennessee and Baltimore the next two weeks but will end with the Giants and Jets.
Kareem Hunt – While Nick Chubb has been hot since returning, one guy who has been struggling is Kareem Hunt. The last two games have been pretty frustrating especially being against two fairly weaker defenses. In those games, Hunt has 23 carries for 73 yards and 1 TD. Hunt also has 4 catches for 38 yards. Hunt is a hard guy to gauge because he is capable of laying a dud, especially with Chubb healthy, but his skillset also makes him a breakout star possibility any given week. Because of that potential, you do need to start him, but be very cautious.
Alvin Kamara – Alvin Kamara has been the #1 RB all season, but has put his two worst performances together in the last two weeks. In those games, Kamara has 99 rushing yards and 1 TD with only 1 catch for -2 yards. Kamara is one of the most talented running backs in the NFL and is without a doubt a must start, but the problem is, these games have come with Taysom Hill becoming the starter and he will remain the starter for the foreseeable future. Hopefully the Saints work to get Kamara more involved, or this could cause major issues at the wrong time of the season.
Melvin Gordon – I understand Melvin Gordon had 84 rushing yards and 2 TDs in Week 11, but the issue is beyond that one game. Any star player is capable of a blow-up game, but in the 5 games since his bye week outside of that game, Gordon only has 189 yards and 1 TD. Name recognition alone could be the reason to start him moving forward, but if you have another alternative, you may want to look into it.
Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers
Tyreek Hill – Tyreek Hill has been explosive the last 5 games. This is a perfect storm, Hill is catching fire and the Chiefs are trying to secure the #1 seed. In the last five games, Hill has 43 catches for 637 yards, and 9 TDs. Hill is a locked-in start moving forward and with a soft schedule upcoming, he could single-handedly change a playoff outcome.
Will Fuller – Will Fuller has very quietly put together a monster season. The type of season everyone always said he could have, if he stayed healthy, and now we get to see the legitimacy of that claim. In his four games since his bye week, Fuller has 22 catches for 389 yards and 3 TDs. With a schedule in his favor upcoming and a red-hot Deshaun Watson, there is no need to wonder if Fuller will be a top end WR1 during the playoff season.
Justin Jefferson – Coming out of his Week 7 bye, things were looking good for Justin Jefferson. And in the two games following, he had a total of 6 catches for 90 yards and 0 TDs. In the three games since, it has been a completely different story. Jefferson has a total of 18 catches for 291 yards and 3 TDs. With Cousins catching fire and a favorable schedule, Jefferson could be a surprise in helping a team push for a league title.
Deandre Hopkins – Viewed by many as the best receiver in the NFL, Deandre Hopkins started the season on a crazy pace. Since his bye week, things have been a little different. He has played in four games since, and one, in Week 10, was a monster performance with 7 catches for 127 yards and 1 TD. In the other three games in that stretch combined, Hopkins has 13 catches for 136 yards and 0 TDs. Hopkins actually is not even outscoring Christian Kirk in that span. He is too good to stay down for long and will be back to helping win league titles within the next couple weeks.
Tyler Boyd – Tyler Boyd was on fire. He was Joe Burrow’s top target and everything looked great. Up on Washington, Boyd had 8 catches, and then the injury to Burrow occurred. In the six quarters since the injury to Burrow, Boyd has 4 catches for 23 yards and 0 TDs. While that will scare off some, Boyd’s natural ability to get open, combined with a fairly easy schedule moving forward, could still result in solid performances for Boyd. But he is not as much of a guarantee as he was just one week ago.
Henry Ruggs – One of the most hyped guys in the 2020 rookie draft, Henry Ruggs has disappointed to a great length. Many owners who drafted him, called him the next Tyreek Hill, while that is possible, the hope for this season has been a bust. Ruggs has 17 catches for 312 yards and 1 TD. With the Oakland passing offense struggling and a tougher schedule in the fantasy playoffs, Henry Ruggs is leaning towards a must-sit for the remainder of the season.
1. Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football: Tight Ends
T.J. Hockenson – T.J. Hockenson has been one of the hottest tight ends in the last 7 weeks. He has had two bad games in that span, but even with those, his overall numbers look really good. In that span, Hockenson has 30 catches for 350 yards and 3 TDs. Hockenson will continue to get an opportunity moving forward and could really pay off for fantasy owners.
Hunter Henry – Hunter Henry is keeping his momentum moving forward. Henry has now put three good games together with 15 catches for 145 yards and 2 TDs. He has a nice playoff schedule with the Falcons, Raiders, and Broncos in that time frame. You should feel very confident moving forward with Hunter Henry.
Drew Sample – A lot of people picked Drew Sample up after a Week 7 contest where Sample saw 6 targets and caught 5 of them for 52 yards. In the 4 games since, Sample has 7 catches for 78 yards and 0 TDs. Sample should not even be considered as a starting option moving forward this season.
Noah Fant – Noah Fant has all of the talent in the world for his position, but he also has to be the most frustrating. Fant is a guy you drafted to start every week, but in the last four games, Fant has 11 catches, 131 yards, and 0 TDs. He does have a decent schedule moving forward, but the Broncos quarterback situation needs to be monitored before making a decision.
Thank you for reading my Week 12 – Who’s Hot Who’s Not Fantasy Football 2020 article. And best of luck to those in the playoffs.