Five players disappear in week 12

We enter week 12, with three matchups on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Fortunately, there are no teams to see bye, but managers are dealing with another round of injuries sustained in Week 11. As we get closer to the playoffs, here are five players who will disappear in Week 12.

Remember, these are players fadesnot players u must sit. If you find yourself in a position where one or more of these players are in your lineup, structure your selection with high-upside and safe-floor options.

D. J. Moore – WR Carolina Panthers

After a slow start, DJ Moore regained favor with fantasy managers after performances of 16.1 and 24.5 points in Weeks 7 and 8. After that, he was almost absent again. Over the past three weeks, Moore has eclipsed five more fantasy points in the half PPR thanks to hopeless quarterback play.

Combine that with the Denver Broncos’ defense and Moore has one big uphill battle ahead of him. The Broncos have averaged 112.6 yards per game on 18.7 goals this season and have conceded the league’s fewest points for the position. With terrible quarterback play and one of the stingiest defenses against wide receivers, Moore is a big fade for Week 12.

Diontae Johnson – WR Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s been a rough year for Diontae Johnson, who came under the relative safety blanket of target volume in the Steelers offense in 2022. As Pat Feiermuth dominates in the tight finishing position and George Pickens emerges as Kenny Pickett’s go-to receiver, Johnson is left out in the cold. He has yet to score a touchdown with Pickett under center and his greatest play was just 63 yards off four receptions. Those numbers have resulted in single-digit fantasy trips since week 5.

The Steelers take on the Colts in Week 12, who are second best against wide receivers behind the Denver Broncos. They have averaged 113.5 yards per game to position and six touchdowns allowed on the season. Unless Johnson sees ten or more targets, his fantasy is irrelevant. With back-to-back showings of just five goals, it looks like Johnson will continue to drop for fantasy even without Chase Claypool.

Kareem Hunt – RB Cleveland Browns

Kareem Hunt is one of those serviceable players that managers may have had to plug in in times of desperation. Luckily, Hunt doesn’t have to live week 12 in the flex as there are no teams. He has posted six or fewer rushing tries in four of the last five matches and has seen a total of ten goals in that time. His last double-digit fantasy performance was in Week 5 against the Chargers.

The Browns are coming off a loss on the road (the Browns-Bills game has been moved to Detroit due to inclement weather), but their Week 12 opponent is nothing to sneeze at. The Buccaneers have had a week off since their victory in Germany and are going into this week in full force at the top of their division. It’s hard to believe that a 5-5 record puts a team on top, but here we are.

Tampa Bay’s defense is in third place on the season, despite five losses. They have only allowed two touchdowns on the ground and three through the air to the position. While the Buccs can be exploited by a player like Nick Chubb between the 1920s, pass-catching backs like Hunt have struggled. Their 162 receiving yards allowed to run is the fewest in the league at 70 yards.

The game script will also be a problem for Hunt. Tom Brady has finally started connecting with his receivers and a week off just helps them prepare for the upcoming game. If the Buccaneers can raise the score, Jacoby Brissett will find himself throwing more often than not to keep up.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire/Jerick McKinnon – RBs Kansas City Chiefs

It’s safe to say that Clyde Edwards-Helaire must have faded, not just because he’s hurt, but because he’s fallen behind both Jerick McKinnon and rookie Isiah Pacheco. Obviously, but in case he is cleared before Week 12, he still needs to be planted firmly on the managers benches or dropped.

With that out of the way, McKinnon is also a fade against the Los Angeles Rams. If you must start McKinnon, only do so with extreme caution. As mentioned earlier, Pacheco is considered the starter for the Kansas City Chiefs, but even that name only goes so far. This attack is directed through the air with Patrick Mahomes’ arm and the many receivers at his disposal. Even against a porous Chargers defense, McKinnon posted 0.9 fantasy points on six rushing attempts and 24 yards.

There’s a very slim chance that McKinnon could see any action if (let’s face it…when) the Chiefs step up the score on Los Angeles and Andy Reid decides to throw the porters on his back. Even then, McKinnon’s ceiling is severely capped.

Adam Thielen-WR Minnesota Vikings

Adam Thielen showed some signs of life early in the season with double-digit fantasy points in Weeks 3, 4 and 6, but was mediocre to poor outside of those games. Last week’s performance against the Dallas Cowboys was so embarrassing that CBS abandoned the game in favor of the Bengals-Steelers. Hopefully that terrible showing was an outlier for the Vikings and they can forget it all and look forward to the Patriots.

Unfortunately, New England isn’t exactly the defense a team wants to face when looking for a win. Their defense is solid against wide receivers and running backs and Minnesota will have their hands full with football passing and running. Fortunately, they have stars like Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson who can save the day. While Thielen has seen quite a target on the offense since week 2 (except week 11) with seven or more, he still has a lot to do with the opportunity. He hasn’t surpassed 67 receiving yards this season and is touchdown dependent for your fantasy score against a staunch defense in the Patriots.

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