DraftKings NY Giants Fantasy Update - Week 12
Ethan Haskell - DK Playbook Manager
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As the later stages of the season develop, injuries start to become a bigger piece of the fantasy football puzzle. This week a number of important injuries at the receiver position have led to some tasty value options for DraftKings Week 12 tournaments. Instead of focusing on a QB/WR combo for this week, let's dive into some potential value wideouts you can be targeting for Week 12 contests.
First up is Charles Johnson, the Vikings WR who took advantage of injuries to both Greg Jennings and Jarius Wright last weekend. The duo are both very questionable to play in Week 12 against the Packers and you should be expecting a lot of throwing the ball in garbage time from Minnesota this weekend. Last week, without Jennings and Wright, Johnson was targeted 7 times and hauled in 6 of those for 87 yards and 14.7 DraftKings fantasy points. His price point in Week 12 is just $3500 or 7% of the entire salary cap, so using Johnson opens the door for big spending at other positions.
Another key receiver lost this week was Brandin Cooks, who will miss the remainder of the season for the Saints. Cooks was heavily involved in the Saints offensive game plan, so there are multiple people who will have to step up to fill the void. One of those people is Kenny Stills, a deep threat receiver who typically tallies his fantasy points on one or two big plays per game. Stills has been averaging under 5 targets per game, but with the team target leader on IR, he could easily jump to around 8 per game with Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham picking up a couple extra as well. The Ravens secondary has been decent this season, but injuries in their defensive backfield have left them reeling a bit. Overall, they're allowing the 3rd most FPPG to opposing receivers on the season including allowing 9 different receivers to tally 80+ receiving yards in a game. The matchup is solid and the injury to Cooks could leave Stills, priced at $4500 on DraftKings, in a good position.
The last injury of note actually took place a week ago, but the Jaguars were in their bye week so it flew relatively under the radar. Jacksonville lost WR Allen Robinson for the season to a foot injury. Robinson led the Jags in total targets and had been thrown at 28 times over the previous three games. Those targets aren't going to disappear, especially as heavy underdogs against a Colts secondary that has been gashed in recent weeks. Look for Cecil Shorts and Allen Hurns to step up in his absence. Shorts had already been pretty consistent in targets, averaging just over 7 per game during the last three weeks before the bye, but he should see a nice boost to double digit targets with the Robinson injury and the expected game flow vs. Indy. Hurns' targets have fluctuated mightily but you should see him return to around 7+ targets per game consistently with Robinson sidelined. As referenced above, this Colts secondary has been pretty soft in recent weeks and they're allowing the 4th most FPPG to opposing receivers in their last 5 games. In that time they've allowed 7 TDs to opposing wideouts and 5 80+ yard receivers against. It's a good bet that the Jags are forced to throw the ball a ton here and either Cecil Shorts ($5400 on DraftKings) or Allen Hurns ($3200 on DraftKings) should be the beneficiary of that.
Plugging a cheap WR in with upside is always a good strategy in tournaments on DraftKings, so taking advantage of some of these late season injuries could lead to a huge payday in the Week 12 Millionaire Maker tournament.