FanDuel Picks Week 12: NFL DFS lineup advice for daily fantasy football cash games

Thanksgiving’s games means that the Sunday slate on FanDuel is a bit smaller than normal, but there are still plenty of high-cost players and fantasy-friendly matchups to take advantage of in NFL DFS. Our Week 12 cash-game picks start off with a Bills stack featuring Josh Allen and Cole Beasley before we spend a lot of money on RB and TE.

Dalvin Cook is in the mold of 2019 Christian McCaffrey on this slate. He’ll be highly owned, but he’s expensive enough to where it’s tempting to fade him. We’ve chosen to roll with Cook along with James Robinson at our RB spots. We also paid up at tight end for Darren Waller in a great matchup. 

WEEK 12 STANDARD RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

This lineup is for the Sunday main slate in FanDuel cash games. 

WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS:
Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Allen is always one of the best cash game plays around, especially when facing a Chargers defense that just made Joe Flacco look good while being a bottom-10 defense against the pass all year long. Give us Allen’s floor provided by rushing combined with ceiling from his big arm.

It’s fair to want to avoid this price, but it also makes sense for Cook to be this high. Carolina’s run defense has been terrible since all year, allowing the fifth-most FD points per game to RBs in 2020. Cook could be looking at a slate-leading point total once again.

The Browns bring more of a middling run defense, but after their pass rush showed it didn’t even need Myles Garrett to go off, Robinson is the Jags’ best plan of attack in this game. He’s been great all season and should be once again in Week 12.

Beasley finds his way into my cash lineups more often than not. His red-zone connection with Allen is always undersold, and he’s a solid possession receiver. He really fits most cash constructions perfectly, including this week to stack with Allen against a bad pass defense.

We’re at that portion of the season where Julio Jones can’t quite make it through entire games without picking up a little knock here or there. That helps Gage, who’s coming off a 12-target game and should see five-plus looks again against a Raiders defense that was just torched by Patrick Mahomes.

Hamler has seen a combined 26 targets across Denver’s past three games, and despite Drew Lock’s inconsistencies, that means Hamler is a definite value at this price. He hasn’t quite shown off his big-play chops in the NFL yet, but it’s coming.

We’re spending up to get the Raiders’ top pass-catcher against a Falcons team that’s allowed more fantasy points to tight ends than any other team. Waller is really like playing a receiver at tight end, and his price is totally fair for such a mouth-watering matchup.

It’s not great pickings among the cheaper flex plays, but Hooper feels OK to round out our skill-position guys. The Jags have allowed the second-most points this season to tight ends, so we’re going to try to win a favorable matchup at this spot.

The highest price on the slate for the Dolphins defense? Yup, it’s fair. The Jets are still bad despite what the Chargers allowed them to show in Week 11, and Miami’s defense has been its best unit. This should be easy to hit a good cash floor with some upside.

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