Coach on a Couch Fantasy Football Blog: Week 12

Alec Grimes

Start Em’

Tony Romo QB, DAL, is coming off of a bye and will be on the road against the New York Giants. Romo threw for 279 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception in his previous matchup against New York. Romo has averaged the 11th-most fantasy points per game among quarterbacks, while the Giants defense has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. The Giants defense has also surrendered at least 19 fantasy points to quarterbacks in each of the past 5 games. Prediction: 24 pts; 240 yds and 3 TDs

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Justin Forsett RB, BAL, is leading the league in yards per carry. Forsett has had at least 13 touches and 85 total yards, in 6 consecutive games. The Baltimore running back will continue to be involved in both the rushing and passing game. Forsett will have a favorable matchup this week against a Saints defense that has allowed the 3rd-most rushing yards over the past 3 games. Prediction: 15 pts; 90 yds and 1 TD

Josh Gordon WR, CLE, is coming off of a 10 game suspension and will play the Atlanta Falcons. In his first game off of suspension last year, Gordon caught 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. With the Cleveland running attack setting up the play action pass and Brian Hoyer playing his best football, Gordon should be primed for success this week. Prediction: 15 pts; 90 yds and 1 TD

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Robert Griffin III QB, WAS, has been sacked more times per game than every quarterback in the league, with the exception of Jacksonville’s Chad Henne. Griffin will only continue to be abused, as his offensive line has experienced multiple injuries and is failing to protect him. Griffin and the Redskins are on the road against the San Francisco 49ers this week. The 49ers have allowed the 3rd-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Prediction: 11 pts; 220 yds, 1 TD, and 2 INTs

Jonas Gray RB, NE, had a breakout performance last week with 201 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. It is hard to say to sit this guy after what he did last week, but you must remember that he still plays in a New England offense that prefers to trust Tom Brady throwing the ball. The New England running game will struggle this week against a Detroit Lions defense, which is the best rush defense in the NFL. Detroit has allowed the fewest rush yards per game (68.8) and the fewest yards per carry (3.0). Expect Gray to have less carries and be bottled up when he does have the ball. Prediction: 11 pts; 50 yds and 1 TD

Percy Harvin and Eric Decker WR, NYJ, combined for just 47 receiving yards last week. The duo has had limited opportunities as of late, due to the fact that their quarterback has been pressured heavily. With a quarterback running for his life, Harvin and Decker will see less targets making them less valuable on your fantasy team. Prediction: 4 pts each; 80 yards between the two

Top Players by Position

QB

Andrew Luck, IND: Faces a Jaguars defense that he dominated in week 3 with 370 yards and 4 touchdowns. Prediction: 30 pts; 360 yds and 3 TDs

Aaron Rodgers, GB: Rodgers has thrown for 656 yards, 9 touchdowns and no interceptions in the past 2 games. Prediction: 27 pts; 300 yds and 3 TDs

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Drew Brees, NO: Faces a Ravens defense that has allowed the 8th-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, since week 6. Prediction: 23 pts; 300 yds and 2 TDs

RB

DeMarco Murray, DAL: Has had at least 100 rushing yards in all but one game this season. Prediction: 18 pts; 120 yds and 1 TD

Matt Forte, CHI: Faces a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed the 10th-most fantasy points per game to running backs, and the 11th-most rushing yards. Prediction: 17 pts; 110 yds and 1 TD

Eddie Lacy, GB: Ranks 6th in fantasy points per game since week 6. Lacy has a favorable matchup against a Vikings defense that he gashed for his lone 100 yard game this season, back in week 5. Prediction: 16 pts; 100 yds and 1 TD

WR

Demaryius Thomas, DEN: Is one of the few healthy receivers left for the Broncos, meaning he will see a lot of passes coming his way. Prediction: 16 pts; 100 yds and 1 TD

Jordy Nelson, GB: Has had over 100 receiving yards in each of the past 2 games, with a total of 3 touchdowns. Prediction: 16 pts; 100 yds and 1 TD

Dez Bryant, DAL: Has had a touchdown or 15 fantasy points in all but 2 games this season. Prediction: 15 pts; 90 yds and 1 TD

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Week 12 Byes: Carolina Panthers and Pittsburgh Steelers

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Collegian Sports Reporter Alec Grimes can be reached at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @GrimesAlec.