It’s Week 12 Fantasy Football comrades and it’s the point where it’s either a must win for a playoff berth or a needed win for playoff seeding. The running back position has been a tough one this year, and have no fear – we are here to help you. We are going to tackle a couple of the backs that are outside the Top 30 that could have highly productive weeks for you in fantasy.
This week he faces off against the Detroit Lions, the 23rd ranked rush defense in the NFL, and currently sitting last in their division. Last week Guice went 24/45/1 against the Jets who are ranked the #1 ranked rushing defense entering Week 12. With Haskins under center we can expect to see Guice with a similar workload, and he may reach the 100-yard mark with a touchdown. Chris Thompson and Adrian Peterson are expected to be active, but we can expect 18+ carries for him on Sunday. The Lions are currently giving up 124.2 yards per game, so the potential is there for him. He’s also only 54% owned in Yahoo Fantasy leagues, so there is some availability if you need a spot starter or flex.
The Detroit Lions have been an enigma this year at the RB position. Since the loss of Kerryon Johnson they have not been able to figure out how to use the position. Now with Jeff Driskel under center there may be a more balancing offense. They face off against the Redskins, who are the 28th ranked rushing defense, giving up 133.9 yards per game, and have given up a rushing touchdown in the last 3 games. With Scarborough, last week he went 14/55/1, and this week we can expect 15+ carries for him. Going against the near bottom of rushing defenses – we can expect him to get in the end zone.
If you have to choose between these two guys then lean on the talent for safety, and go with Guice in this matchup. The Lions are giving up the most points to running backs this season, and the Redskins are giving up the 7th most points to the position.