University of Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen has declared for the 2024 NFL draft. He had almost 3,500 rushing yards in three seasons for the Badgers and is still only 19 years old. In 11 games this season, Allen has 984 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. He stands at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds and is as tough as they come between the tackles. Despite his size, he has some wiggle to him. Allen is a strong early down back but has had some issues taking care of the football, so that will surely be a concern among NFL teams as they scout him for next year. Allen finishes his career at Wisconsin ranked fifth in program history for career rushing yards with 3,494, which is even more impressive given the fact he didn't become a regular contributor at RB until midway through his freshman season.
Nov 28, 2023 7:18 PM EST
The Denver Broncos defense during their now five-game winning streak has almost been a night and day difference from the version they were earlier in the year when they allowed a record-breaking 70 points to the Dolphins in Week 3. They held the Cleveland Browns offense to just 12 points in Week 12's 29-12 win on Sunday and forced another three turnovers (three fumble recoveries) in the process. The Browns were rather careless with the football in this one, putting the ball on the ground five times. Along with the three takeaways, Denver's D picked up four sacks and knocked rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson out of the game late due to injury. The Broncos defense has put themselves on the fantasy map due to a whopping 15 takeaways in the last four games, but they'll have a tough challenge on their hands against impressive rookie QB C.J. Stroud and the Houston Texans in Week 13.
Nov 27, 2023 11:01 AM EST
The Carolina Panthers have let go of coach Frank Reich following the team's loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. The Panthers recorded 10 losses and one win in Reich's short tenure with the team. The defense ranked third-worst in points allowed. On the offensive side of the ball, Carolina is only one spot better. Reich ultimately didn't even make it through one season as the leader of the team. Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor will take over as interim coach. Jim Caldwell is now a special advisor working with the offense. This will be the second straight off-season that Carolina will participate in the coaching carousel.
Nov 27, 2023 10:04 AM EST
The Carolina Panthers brought in offensive-minded head coach Frank Reich this year to help develop rookie quarterback Bryce Young after they took him with the first overall pick in this year's draft. However, it's been a very slow start for Young, leading to a lot of speculation that Reich will be fired after his first year in Carolina. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo isn't getting the sense that the Panthers are ready to move on from Reich, but they will surely want to see some progress in the second half of the season and owner David Tepper will evaluate Reich in the offseason. Reich could still be fired by Carolina, but it's unlikely to happen before the end of the 2023 season.
Nov 26, 2023 1:33 PM EST
The Los Angeles Rams' defense continues to not force many turnovers or get to the quarterback often. Considering this, the defense offers an extremely low floor and ceiling each week. They now face Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, who are averaging over 300 total yards and 20 points a game since Murray's return. While the Rams are tied for the second-fewest fantasy points among all defenses this season, they have forced three turnovers and accounted for six total sacks over the last two games. This is still a unit that offers one of the lowest floors and should only be started if you cannot get a top-10 defense this week.
Nov 26, 2023 4:26 AM EST
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Aidan O'Connell lost his winning streak against the Miami Dolphins last week. O'Connell completed 24 of 41 passes for 271 yards and three interceptions. Despite his flurry of turnovers, the game was close until the end. With numerous defensive players on the injury report, including star edge-rusher Maxx Crosby, the Chiefs could pull away quickly. O'Connell may be forced to throw more than the Raiders would like to in this contest. The Chiefs defense is one of the league's more underrated units, and O'Connell may be in for a tough afternoon. Despite the odds being stacked against them, there is a different energy around the Raiders with the organizational changes, so anything could happen. O'Connell could be thrust into a robust workload this week, but he should not be considered a starter for fantasy teams yet.
Nov 26, 2023 1:04 AM EST
Despite boasting a Patrick Mahomes-commanded offense, the Kansas City Chiefs defense has been the story of the season for the team thus far. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's unit ranks third in points per game allowed (16.4). They have registered multiple sacks in each outing except the regular-season opener, piled up at least three in six consecutive games, and haven't permitted more than 24 points in any single contest this year. K.C.'s D witnesses an appetizing matchup in Week 12 on Sunday against the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders and fourth-round rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell, who enters play with a pitiful 9.3 fantasy points per game, 70.6 passer rating, and 6.5 yards per attempt. Averaging 10.6 fantasy points over their last five games, the Chiefs D/ST is a sure-fire fantasy start in this one.
Nov 26, 2023 12:38 AM EST
The Baltimore Ravens defense/special teams will have their hands full against one of the top offenses in the league in Week 12. In Week 11, the defense was allowing Joe Burrow to drive down the field and score before he had to leave the game. From then on, they were in full control. Against Justin Herbert and company, however, the story can be different very quickly. Defenses haven't scored double-digit fantasy points against this offense all season, and they've even put up negative performances three different times. The Ravens have had a knack for turning teams over though, so they could be a lower-end option if managers don't have other options.
Nov 25, 2023 2:04 PM EST
The Denver Broncos defense/special teams unit is definitely a viable streaming option in Week 12 against a Cleveland Browns offense that will be starting rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson at quarterback. Denver's D has allowed the third-most points per game (26.8) in 2023, but that is largely skewed by their 70-point fiasco against the Dolphins in Week 3. They're also extremely vulnerable on the ground -- a league-high 160 rushing yards allowed per game -- but the Broncos defense has tightened things up during their four-game winning streak. They haven't allowed more than 22 points in a single game since Week 5 and have most importantly forced 12 turnovers in their last three games. Against a Browns offense that could have issues sustaining drives with an inexperienced signal-caller at the helm, there is some upside to be had at home for Denver's D.
Nov 25, 2023 1:51 PM EST
The Cleveland Browns defense played well in a Week 11 win, limiting the Pittsburgh Steelers to just 10 points while racking up three sacks. They will now head on the road to take on the Denver Broncos in Week 12. Denver's offense has been a middling matchup for fantasy defenses in 2023 as they are allowing the 13th-most fantasy points per game to the position thus far. That being said, Cleveland's defense has been excellent this season and that is a trend that should continue in Week 12's contest, a game with a low 36.5-point over/under. Treat the Cleveland defense as a top-six option heading into Week 12.
Nov 25, 2023 1:15 PM EST
The New York Giants defense is a worthy streaming candidate in Week 12 against a New England offense that may or may not be starting Mac Jones at quarterback. Coach Bill Belichick has kept his cards close to his vest. Jones, Bailey Zappe, or even Malik Cunningham could play. Regardless, none of those quarterbacks are good options for the floundering Patriots' offense. In turn, that means the Giants are right on the fringe of being a starting DST for Week 12. The unit will likely be without Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (hamstring). It's a risky start, given the defense's history of underperforming, but they are matched up with a team averaging just over 14 points per game this season.
Nov 25, 2023 11:11 AM EST
New York Giants wide receiver Wan'Dale Robinson still is not getting enough targets to be reliable for fantasy football managers, despite appearing to be one of the better wideouts on the roster. In his last three games, Robinson has earned 12 targets, catching nine of them for 76 yards and one touchdown. Undrafted rookie quarterback Tommy Devito has been under center for all of those games and will start once again against the New England Patriots. In DeVito's career-best game last week, Robinson was only able to muster 35 yards. There's very little upside to plugging the sophomore wideout into fantasy football lineups in any format.
Nov 25, 2023 11:06 AM EST
The Carolina Panthers defense struggled in a 33-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11. Carolina finished without any sacks or forced turnovers in the blowout loss to Dallas while their record dropped to 1-9. They will look to get back on track on the road against the Tennessee Titans in Week 12. Tennessee has been a plus matchup for fantasy defenses as they are allowing the 12th-most fantasy points per game to the position in 2023. Titans rookie quarterback Will Levis has been inconsistent in his four games, throwing for six touchdowns in two of those games and zero in the other two. The Panthers should be able to take advantage of this in a game with a low 36.5-point over/under. Managers in season-long leagues can probably find a better streaming option at the D/ST position but the Panthers are a decent cheap option in DFS contests this weekend.
Nov 25, 2023 8:12 AM EST
The Arizona Cardinals will face off against the L.A. Rams in Week 12, and their defense currently is not a unit worth starting. Arizona not only has one of the worst overall defenses in the NFL (30th) but also allows opponents to convert third down 47% of the time, which is the second-worst rate in the league behind the Chicago Bears. Pair this with a Rams team that boasts a solid passing offense and the odds are not good for the Cardinal's defense in this matchup. Additionally, Arizona ranks 29th against the rush, further cementing themselves as a defense to avoid. This unit should be off the fantasy radar completely in Week 12.
Nov 25, 2023 3:35 AM EST
The Houston Texans defense is coming off a solid showing last week and will look to carry that momentum in Week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans D/ST totaled seven fantasy points in Week 11, totaling three sacks, one interception, and giving up just 16 points. Despite the Texans D/ST scoring 14 fantasy points earlier in the year against this Jaguars team, there are likely better options than Houston in fantasy this week. But they are a defense to keep an eye on. They have secured at least three sacks in three of the past four games and have a great upcoming schedule.
Nov 25, 2023 12:11 AM EST
The Philadelphia Eagles defense will face off against the Buffalo Bills in Week 12. While the Eagles were able to hold the Kansas City Chiefs offense too just 17 points last week, they recorded just one sack for the second time in their past three games. The Buffalo offense has scored the fifth-most points in the league this year and looked revitalized last week after they fired offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey. Philadelphia has the chance to have massive fantasy production any given week due to the star power they have, but this week against Buffalo, they are a boom-or-bust option for fantasy managers in Week 12.
Nov 24, 2023 9:17 PM EST
The Pittsburgh Steelers recorded one sack and an interception while surrendering 13 points in a loss to the Cleveland Browns last week. Pittsburgh's defense could be in line for a much better showing in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. With the Bengals losing star quarterback Joe Burrow (wrist) for the remainder of the season in Week 11, 27-year-old Jake Browning will take the field on Sunday for his first career start. Additionally, wide receiver Tee Higgins (hamstring) will miss a third consecutive contest. The Steelers D/ST offers plenty of upside for fantasy purposes and should be started in what projects to be a low-scoring divisional showdown.
Nov 24, 2023 8:11 PM EST
The Washington Commanders fired defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer on Friday after their 45-10 blowout loss on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys. Washington has now lost three games in a row and eight of their last 10. They came into the 2023 campaign hoping their defense would be a consistent force, but instead it has been their glaring weakness. Head coach Ron Rivera is expected to take over the defensive play-calling for the rest of the year. Washington's defense ranks worst in the NFL in points allowed and 29th in yards allowed, one year after ranking seventh and third, respectively, in those categories. They've allowed a league-high 49 pass plays of 20 or more yards and haven't intercepted a pass in the last six games. It didn't help that the Commanders traded pass-rushers Montez Sweat and Chase Young at this year's deadline.
Nov 24, 2023 12:01 PM EST
The New Orleans Saints defense has been an up-and-down unit this season but is a safe start in a Week 12 matchup with an Atlanta Falcons team that has struggled to find an offensive identity and a trustworthy quarterback. Desmond Ridder, who has turned the ball over 12 times in 2023, will be under center for Atlanta in Week 12. The Saints' defense has feasted on poor quarterback play, scoring their highest fantasy outputs against Mac Jones and Tyson Bagent this season. Do not hesitate to start them in Week 12.
Nov 24, 2023 10:59 AM EST
The Dallas Cowboys defense played well again on Thanksgiving, leading to a 45-10 Week 12 win over the Washington Commanders. The Cowboys allowed just the 10 points while also recording an interception, four sacks, and a touchdown. The touchdown came near the end of the fourth quarter on another DaRon Bland 63-yard interception return, setting a new NFL record with five pick-sixes on the year with six games still to go. It was a 14-point fantasy performance in standard scoring leagues, which is almost sure to be another top-10 finish for one of the best fantasy defenses this season. They'll face the Seahawks in Week 13 for another Thursday game.
Nov 23, 2023 11:19 PM EST