Digging In The Crates Daily 2018 week 12 DraftKings

By Justin Lonero
Justin Lonero
Digging In The Crates (DraftKings)

Week 12 Main Slate (10 Games)


Andy Dalton vs. Browns ($5,300)

Interestingly enough Andy Dalton has been better on the road than he has been at home in 2018. Losing A.J. Green temporarily no doubt hinders the offense, however youngsters like Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Joe Mixon are now forced to fill the void. Dalton will get a bottom of the barrel Browns pass defense that is allowing 287.6 passing yards per game. Joe Mixon has a juicy matchup himself and that should open up things for Dalton and the Bengals passing game. His numbers are spotty but he’s at home with a close, high point spread against a team that has been gashed on defense. I believe he’s safe enough to use in cash games at his price point.

Russell Wilson @ Panthers ($5,600)

Throughout his career Russell Wilson is 5-2 against Cam Newton and he’s averaged 270 yards per game and thrown 11 touchdown passes. The same can’t be said for Cam Newton who has struggled. I love Wilson this week in tournaments on the road against a mediocre at best Panthers pass defense. The Panthers haven’t been applying a ton of pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season which, should makes things a bit easier on RW3. He’s played much better on the road this season and the Seahawks are hunting for a playoff spot. I think a Russell Wilson-Doug Baldwin stack will be a super low owned tournament play.

Running backs

LeSean McCoy vs. Jaguars ($4,200)

Lesean McCoy is priced as low as I can remember and he’s coming off a 26 carry, 113 yards, two touchdown beatdown of the Jets on the road. Josh Allen will be back under center and outside of Shady, the Bills are anemic on offense. We’ve been waiting for McCoy to rush for over 100 yards and with a little mix up of the offensive line he looked like his old self. It may be a game where point do not come at a premium. It would be nice to view LeSean McCoy as a safe cash game play but that is just not the case any more. We are paying for volume and upside here in a home game with a low point spread. I’ll have exposure to him in tournaments for certain.

Josh Adams vs. Giants ($3,800)

The Eagles backfield has been a sad story in 2018 and it began with the season ending injury to Jay Ajayi who was supposed to be their bell cow. Josh Adams has become the only semblance of a run game the Eagles have had so far this season and he’s becoming a more popular story by the week. Week 11 he on had seven carries but was targeted six times in the passing game. He’s averaging 6.1 yards per carry which is second among rookies behind Nick Chubb. Adams will get a Giants run defense week 12 that is allowing over 125 yards per game on the ground. At his price he can be used in cash games and tournaments. It would be nice to see Adams get more work going forward.

Bonus: Gus Edwards vs. Raiders ($4,400)

Wide receivers

D.J. Moore vs. Seahawks ($4,600)

D.J. Moore is arguably the most talented rookie wide receiver in the 2018 class. He’s caught 11-of-13 targets for 177 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks. His rapport with Cam Newton is coming into fruition and it’s been a roller coaster as it is for many rookies. His homerun play making ability gives Cam Newton a modern version of Steve Smith. Moore’s snap count is increasing and it should be. The Seahawks are a middle of the road pass defense and this feels like we are chasing points, I like what i’m seeing. Moore makes a fantastic tournament play at home week 12. It should be noted that Devin Funchess is doubtful to play.

Willie Snead vs. Raiders ($4,400)

The Lamar Jackson era is upon us and it feels like it’s about time. Willie Snead has been targeted at least five times in every game this season. He’s had 27 targets over the last three weeks and this week against an atrocious Raiders secondary he should find pay dirt. He hasn’t scored since week one and who Lamar Jackson falls in love with first is up for debate but the numbers suggest that Snead has been the most consistent receiver for the Ravens since the start of the season. Michael Crabtree gets his former team making him a revenge narrative tournament pivot off of Snead.

Vance McDonald @ Broncos ($4,300)

Digging in the crates for a tight end down in the depths of mediocrity seems fitting at a position that lacks clear water. It’s nerve wracking to py way up and it’s an enormous gamble to pay way down. Vance McDonald has been targeted ten times over the last two weeks and has found the end zone twice. The Broncos have allowed a tight end to score in three straight games. Dollar for dollar he feels like the safest cash game tight end of the week.

Cameron Brate vs. 49ers ($3,600)

O.J. Howard is now on injured reserve and Cameron Brate is the lone ranger as the Buccaneers leas tight end. He’s thrived with Jameis Winston over his first two seasons and has been very touchdown dependent in fantasy circles. The Bucs/49ers game has the highest point total on the day (54). Winston is going to sling it and the chances are good that Brate finds the end zone and pays off his crate price tag.

Chargers vs. Cardinals ($3,400)

Joey Bosa is back and he’ll get to face green Josh Rosen at home. The Chargers have ten sacks and two interceptions in the last three games. The Chargers are huge favorites against Josh Rosen who has been intercepted ten times.