Week 12: 5 Flex Options

By: Ryan Bigelow (@DynastyBigz)

Michael Pittman 

Week 11 stats: 3 targets/3 receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown. Played 80% of the offensive snaps.

Week 12 matchup vs Titans: 24th in fantasy PPG allowed to opposing WR’s, 26.8ppg.

Over the past three weeks, we have begun to see Michael Pittman’s breakout in becoming the WR1 of the Colts, receiving at least 80% of the snaps in the past three games.

With a tough matchup against the Titans this Sunday for the division lead, I expect him to be extremely involved. In the Colts Week 10 matchup against the Titans, we saw the best NFL game of Pittman’s young NFL career when he had 7 catches for 101 yards on 8 targets. In the following week, he was able to find the endzone for the first time in his career.

Pittman is just getting started, he should be able to continue to build off those performances and put up big numbers in this week’s matchup. If he’s somehow still available in one of your leagues he’s a must add to your roster before the fantasy playoffs come around in just a few short weeks. 

Latavius Murray 

Week 11 stats: 12 carries for 49 yards, 2 targets/2 receptions for 36 yards. Played 49% of the offensive snaps.

Week 12 matchup vs Broncos: 16th in fantasy PPG allowed to opposing RB’s,18.3ppg.

This option is likely for people in deeper leagues or for fantasy players who have had an unfortunate season full of injuries.

Since Week 3 Latavius Murray has seen at least 9 touches per game and has been the RB32 in PPR leagues. With Taysom Hill as the starter this past week we saw Latavius split the backfield with Alvin Kamara. This led to Latavius seeing his highest snap % of the year by playing 49% of all offensive snaps(compared to Kamara’s 50%).

Taysom Hill had a couple of nice passes this week but he also had some awful throws, this leads me to believe the Saints are going to be playing this game mostly on the ground.

The Saints should be able to win this game fairly easily and have no issue running the ball upwards of 25-30 times this week. Also, over the past three weeks, Denver has allowed five rushing touchdowns.

I don’t expect Latavius to be splitting evenly with Kamara like he did this past week, but Latavius still has some serious value this week if he can find the endzone. 

Jalen Reagor 

Week 11 stats: 5 targets/4 receptions for 52 yards. Played 93% of the offensive snaps. 

Week 12 matchup vs Seahawks: 32nd in fantasy PPG allowed to opposing WR’s, 35.4ppg.

The 21st overall pick from this year’s draft has been slowly putting together a few quality starts over the past three weeks. Seeing his weekly offensive snap count going up each week(73%, 87%, 93%) has seen Reagor get more involved.

Unfortunately for us, he plays for the Philadelphia Eagles and his QB is Carson Wentz. I’m not worried about Reagor’s usage at all going forward on the year as the Eagles don’t have any better options at receiver and they throw the ball nearly 38 times a game.

Wentz’s extreme inconsistencies definitely worry me but this upcoming matchup against the Seahawks is just too good to avoid. The Seahawks have been by far the worst team in the league against the pass/opposing team’s wide receivers.

Reagor should benefit from this matchup more than any other Eagle as he’s been the team’s WR1 the past two weeks and this is going to be the best matchup he’s had so far in his young NFL career.

Jonathan Taylor 

Week 11 stats: 22 carries for 90 yards, 4 targets/4 receptions for 24 yards. Played 55% of the offensive snaps. 

Week 12 matchup vs Titans: 27th in fantasy PPG allowed to opposing RB’s, 21.4ppg.

Are we finally getting the Jonathan Taylor we’ve all been waiting for? I think so. This past week against the Packers, Taylor finally got enough touches and he looked really good. If you just look at the box score or his fantasy points you may not think so but he was running the ball spectacularly.

Taylor also, unfortunately, had a touchdown get called back in the red zone due to a holding penalty. But the main issue this year with Taylor has been his usage, he’s had to deal with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins stealing touches on a weekly basis.

Head Coach of the Colts, Frank Reich has always been a fan of having a committee backfield which has given us fantasy players a few headaches this season.

This week the Colts have a massive matchup against the Titans for the division lead, two weeks ago these two teams played and while the Colts won the game Taylor only saw 9 touches.

Things should be much different this week, while I expect Hines to still be heavily involved in the passing game Taylor should be receiving the bulk of the carries and still getting a few targets his way.

In such an important matchup, the Colts need to lean on their workhorse RB. I would not be surprised to see Taylor finish as a top 12 RB again this week.

Curtis Samuel 

Week 11 stats: 10 targets/8 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Played 68% of the offensive snaps.

Week 12 matchup vs Vikings: 30th in fantasy PPG allowed to opposing WR’s, 30 ppg.

In his 4th NFL season Curtis Samuel is currently the WR25 on the season in PPR fantasy leagues. But since returning from injury in Week 7 he has been WR6 while still serving as the Panthers 3rd WR!

By far having the best season of his career, he has been super efficient with all of the opportunities he’s been given. Samuel looks to continue his hot streak against a bad Vikings secondary who rank 30th in fantasy PPG allowed to opposing WR’s.

I’d say Curtis Samuel is a must-start this week but he still has to deal with D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson. Teddy Bridgewater is returning from his one-game absence due to injury this week and it’s at the perfect time.

It’s a Teddy Bridgewater revenge game against his former team! I’m feeling a big game out of Teddy against this weak secondary, as long as Samuel get’s the targets he has a very high ceiling this week.

His weekly floor is somewhat low due to the other WR’s he has to deal with but this matchup should help bring that up for this week. 

BONUS- Raheem Mostert(IF HE PLAYS)

2020 season stats(4 games played): 51 carries for 303 yards and a rushing touchdown. 12 targets/11 receptions for 150 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Week 12 matchup vs Rams: 5th in fantasy PPG allowed to opposing RB’s, 15.4ppg.

It looks Raheem Mostert is going to play this week for the first time in six weeks after returning to practice on Wednesday.

If they say he’s 100% ready to go you should be seriously considering him in your lineups. On the season in his four games played he’s averaging 17.1 fantasy ppg, which would put him 8th in the league in that category.

His worst game of the year did come against the LAR in Week 6 but he was not fully healthy all game and the 49ers were even more banged up than they were now. I’m not saying he’s a must-start if he’s healthy but doesn’t forget about him on your benches!

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