For those that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a fantastic day filled with food, friends, family, and football on Thursday. And for those that don’t celebrate, hopefully you had a stellar day on Thursday with three exciting games across the NFL.
After having three games take place on Thursday, we’ll have 13 games on Sunday as there aren’t any teams on a bye week in Week 12. There are only three games with a projected total of 47-plus points for Sunday’s contests, so there are plenty of directions we can go in NFL DFS.
Choosing the right players to stack together and the correct bring-back players to correlate your lineups is crucial to having success in NFL DFS. With plenty of teams to select from, here are my five favorite stacks — along with my favorite bring-back options — for the Week 12 main slate on DraftKings.
Tua Tagovailoa ($6,900) + Tyreek Hill ($8,800) or Jaylen Waddle ($7,300)
Tagovailoa leads all QBs in PER (0.63) this season and the Dolphins have the highest projected total on the main slate at 30.5. After scoring only 15.9 points in Week 7 in his first game back from injury, the left-handed signal-caller has now posted 23-plus points on DraftKings in three straight games.
Stacking with Tagovailoa is relatively easy as Hill and Waddle have a combined 51% target share this season. With Raheem Mostert trending toward being doubtful in Sunday’s matchup with the Texans, Jeff Wilson Jr. is a viable option to stack with Tagovailoa as he’s combined for eight targets in his first two games with Miami and Houston’s defense surrenders the most points per game to RBs.
Bring-back options: Dameon Pierce ($6,100), Brandin Cooks ($5,200), Nico Collins ($4,100), Chris Moore ($3,800)
Many people will elect to use Pierce as a bring-back option if stacking the Dolphins, especially with the Texans going with Kyle Allen as the starting quarterback in Week 12. Pierce has been fantastic in his rookie season, but Miami’s defense is limiting RBs to only 3.7 yards per attempt (tied for second-fewest in the NFL). Cooks and Collins will be the more popular choices in Houston’s passing game while Moore is a risky dart throw in GPPs on Sunday.
Justin Herbert ($7,000) + Keenan Allen ($6,100) + Josh Palmer ($5,400) or Gerald Everett ($4,400)
Herbert looked healthier in Week 11 versus the Chiefs after dealing with a rib injury throughout the season as he produced 20.7 points on DraftKings. Even though Mike Williams could be sidelined for the Chargers on Sunday, Herbert is going up against a Cardinals defense that is giving up the fifth-most points per game to QBs thus far.
Allen returned to the field in Week 11 for the first time since Week 7, hauling in five of his 8 targets for 94 yards on limited snaps. If Williams is ruled out, Allen and Palmer become the primary targets for Herbert while Everett has a favorable matchup versus an Arizona defense that is allowing the most points per game to TEs. And yes, Austin Ekeler is viable to stack with Herbert if you can afford it.
Bring-back options: DeAndre Hopkins ($7,700), James Conner ($6,600), Marquise Brown ($5,300), Greg Dortch ($3,100)
It doesn’t matter who the quarterback is for the Cardinals, Hopkins continues to be a consistent contributor as he boasts a 30.7% target share (second-highest among WRs). The Chargers are allowing the third-most points per game to RBs, so Conner is certainly viable in GPPs this week. Brown could make a return in Week 12, though, Kliff Kingsbury said he could see limited snaps in his return. If Dortch can suit up on Sunday, he could have an expanded role with Rondale Moore expected to miss time for the Cardinals and he’s only $3,100 on DraftKings.
Patrick Mahomes ($8,200) + Travis Kelce ($7,700) + JuJu Smith-Schuster ($5,700) or Kadarius Toney ($4,900)
Mahomes has entered his name into the NFL MVP sweepstakes again as he’s contributed 30-plus points in four straight games for the Chiefs. While Kansas City are massive favorites over the Rams in Week 12, Mahomes should have plenty of success against a depleted Los Angeles squad at home.
You aren’t going to find a more consistent tight end than Kelce as he’s notched 17-plus points in all but two games this season. Smith-Schuster returned to practice this week after missing Week 11 with a concussion while Toney could see more usage if he’s active in Week 12. If Toney is ruled out, then Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore become viable options in GPPs.
Bring-back options: Allen Robinson ($5,500), Cam Akers ($4,900), Kyren Williams ($4,900), Van Jefferson ($4,500)
Using the pass-catching weapons on the Rams is risky this week as Matthew Stafford has been ruled out, making Bryce Perkins the expected starter on Sunday. Perkins is more effective with his legs, so that could limit the production of the wide receivers in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Akers and Williams are where I’d target if I’m using a bring-back piece from the Rams as they should both see more work following the release of Darrell Henderson this week.
Geno Smith ($6,000) + D.K. Metcalf ($6,500) + Tyler Lockett ($6,200) or Noah Fant ($3,200)
There aren’t many QBs who have been more efficient than Smith this season as he owns an impressive 0.50 PER (tied for fifth-highest among QBs) this season. Besides his personal emergence this year, Smith has a nice matchup against a Raiders defense that surrenders the third-most points per game to QBs.
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With Kenneth Walker expected to be heavily rostered, using the duo of Metcalf and Lockett is one way to get a bit different in tournaments. The Raiders have allowed the seventh-most points per game to slot WRs, so Lockett may have the edge over Metcalf this week. Fant is a viable salary-relief option with Las Vegas giving up the fifth-most points per game to TEs.
Bring-back options: Davante Adams ($8,600), Josh Jacobs ($7,700), Mack Hollins ($4,400), Foster Moreau ($3,400)
The Raiders have been a mess this season, but Adams and Jacobs have been two major bright spots for them. Adams leads all WRs with a whopping 30.9% target share and Jacobs has five games this season where he’s recorded 22-plus points on DraftKings. With Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow on injured reserve, Hollins and Moreau are both viable. I’ll likely be light on Moreau this week as he’ll be popular due to his increased role in the offense.
Joe Burrow ($6,700) + Ja’Marr Chase ($7,600) + Tee Higgins ($6,900) or Tyler Boyd ($5,900)
I was torn between Garoppolo and Burrow as I like both this week, but I sided with Burrow here. The confident quarterback has scored 30-plus points three times in his last five games and he’ll square off against a pass-funneling defense in the Titans this week that allows the sixth-most points per game to QBs. Joe Mixon could be sidelined, meaning that a ton of people could elect to make Samaje Perine a popular play.
All signs point toward Chase returning in Week 12, so he can be had for only $7,600 despite the fact he’ll likely be on a snap count. Higgins caught 9 passes for 148 yards on 13 targets in Week 11 and he could still be heavily involved if Chase is limited on Sunday. Don’t forget about Boyd either as the Titans are giving up the 11th most points per game to slot WRs thus far.
Bring-back options: Derrick Henry ($8,300), Robert Woods ($4,700), Treylon Burks ($4,200), Austin Hooper ($3,000)
This is the time of year when Henry dominates as he’s now registered 25-plus points in three of his last four games. While the Titans don’t throw the ball much, Woods, Burks, and Hooper produced season-highs in points on DraftKings in Week 11 against the Packers. If I had to rank the receiving weapons on the Titans in order of who I’d use in Week 12 it would be Burks, Hooper, and then Woods.