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Dan's DFS picks for NFL Week 12

25 November 2015

Well, that was a complete and utter disaster.

My Week 11 lineup produced just 83.56 points in the DraftKings Millionaire Maker, as six of my nine players scored in the single digits.

That's not just bad. That's, like, so bad, I should be fired from writing this column. It's so bad I should retire from daily fantasy sports and take up craps. Maybe I'll perfect the "Golden Touch."

But I'm over Week 11 and onto Week 12. Well, first I'm onto Thanksgiving, but then I'm onto Week 12, where I aim to redeem myself and make one last effort to return my loyal readers' bank accounts to the black. (Sorry about all those overdraft fees, guys and gals. I'll win one of these GPPs eventually, and you won't have to keep making deposits.)

So that's that. Onto Week 12. Enjoy your turkey, your stuffing, your pumpkin pie. Enjoy football, and enjoy it responsibly . . . by following these outstanding daily fantasy picks!

For a full explanation of the differences between DraftKings and FanDuel scoring, read this blog post by Daily Fantasy Sports 101.

Quarterback: Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (DK: $5,900; FD: $7,300)

There might not be a more fun team in the league this year than the Jacksonville Jaguars, and at the forefront of their youthful exuberance is second-year quarterback Blake Bortles.

Bortles, along with sophomore wide receivers Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, have turned the perpetually woeful Jaguars into a force to be reckoned with on the offensive side of the ball. Robinson and Hurns have combined for more receiving yards than any duo in the NFL in 2015, accounting for a whopping 60.5% of Bortles' passing yards on the season.

This week, the Jags, who sit just one game out of a division title spot in the AFC South, play host to the 2-8 San Diego Chargers, who despite their defensive troubles remain one of the top offensive teams in the league. That makes this game ripe for a shootout, presenting plenty of opportunities for Bortles to hook up with his young receivers through the air. This is a great price for what should be one of the top performing quarterbacks in Week 12.

Running Back (DK): Alfred Blue, Houston Texans ($4,500)

Blue rushed for just 58 yards last week in a win over the Jets, but I'm more interested in the fact that he had 21 carries, despite the poor yards-per-rush average. Blue and the Texans get the most favorable matchup in the league this week when they play host to the New Orleans Saints and their bottom-ranked defense.

Any starting running back facing the Saints should always be looked at when making a GPP lineup, and at Blue's price and projected usage, he's an absolute steal this week. Lock him up.

Running Back (FD): Javorius Allen, Baltimore Ravens ($6,300)

Baltimore is pulling offensive players out of the woodwork these days, as quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Justin Forsett and star wideout Steve Smith all have season-ending injuries. But Allen looked impressive getting a heavy workload last week against the stout St. Louis Rams defense, rushing for 67 yards on 22 carries while adding another 48 yards on five catches.

Allen should replicate that workload this week against the Cleveland Browns, proud owners of the worst rushing defense in football. And if he can remain a threat in the passing game (new Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub loves check-downs), Allen could be one of the biggest sleepers to come out of this week.

Wide Receiver (DK): Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars ($7,300)

As previously mentioned, Robinson is part of a Jacksonville trio that is setting the league on fire in 2015. But make no mistake about it; Robinson is the clear number one threat on the Jaguars' offense, having caught 50 balls for 871 yards this season. Look for him to remain the most targeted receiver in Jacksonville's passing game this week in what should be a shootout.

Wide Receiver (FD): DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans ($9,400)

That's right, baby – we're going AFC South stacks all the way this week (that's how you know I've gone off the deep end).

To be fair, Hopkins has been the most productive receiver in football this season outside of Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, and he gets the best matchup he could ask for in the Saints this week. It doesn't matter who starts at quarterback for the Texans; as long as Hopkins is on the field, he's a lock for a half-dozen catches and 100 yards this week.

Tight End: Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (DK: $5,400; FD: $6,100)

More AFC South love! Walker has been a monster in 2015, with 53 catches and 617 yards in nine games. He's often overlooked as one of the top tight ends in the league, but Walker is actually fifth among tight ends in receiving yards and has three touchdowns to boot. Plus, he's been the clear No. 1 target in a Titans offense that has picked up steam over the past few weeks, and has a tasty matchup in Week 12 against the Oakland Raiders. I love this play.

Defense: Cincinnati Bengals (DK: $3,000; FD: $4,800)

The Bengals have lost two heartbreaking primetime games in a row. But they're the Bengals – that's what they do! Now that they're back at home and playing during the daytime, they're a lock to go back to looking like the Super Bowl contenders they all fooled us into thinking they were after Week 9.

Cincinnati plays host to the Rams this week, who don't have a functional quarterback. It's that simple.
Dan's DFS picks for NFL Week 12 is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
Dan Podheiser

Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.
Dan Podheiser
Dan Podheiser has covered the gambling industry since 2013, but he has been an avid poker player for more than a decade, starting when he was just 14 years old. When he turned 18, he played online poker regularly on U.S.-friendly sites until Black Friday in April 2011.

Since graduating from Emerson College with a degree in journalism in 2010, Dan has worked as the sports editor for a chain of newspapers in Northwest Connecticut and served a year as an Americorps*VISTA, writing and researching grant proposals for a Boston-based charity.

Originally from South Jersey, where he still visits occasionally to see his family (and play on the state's regulated online poker sites), Dan lives in Brighton, Mass. with his wife and dog.