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Week 12 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Chargers vs Broncos

Isaiah De Los Santos
Fantasy football picks for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos Week 12 matchup, including Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and Jared Cook.
Fantasy football picks for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos Week 12 matchup, including Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and Jared Cook. / Justin Edmonds/GettyImages
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AFC West rivals meet in Week 12 as the Los Angeles Chargers face the Denver Broncos. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Chargers slated as 2.5-point favorites in what could be a close game.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 12 showdown.

Keenan Allen Fantasy

Start Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Keenan Allen is a no-doubt play even against a tough Broncos secondary. Allen has seen at least 11 targets in each of his last four games, which he's turned into 8.8 receptions and 97.8 yards per contest over that span. He's the clear No. 1 target on a Chargers offense that averages the fourth-most passing attempts per game at 39.5, so set Allen as a starter and forget it.

Melvin Gordon Fantasy

Start Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos: Melvin Gordon isn't letting go of RB1 duties despite the presence of Javonte Williams. Gordon has out-touched Williams on the ground 40 attempts to 34, respectively, over the last three games. Gordon's scored three rushing TDs in that span to Williams' zero, and he's seen more targets (9) than Williams (7) as well. Now he gets an appetizing matchup against the Chargers. LA allows the most rushing yards per game (145.1) and eighth-most PPR points to RB, which gives Gordon plenty of upside in this one.

Jared Cook Fantasy

Sit Jared Cook, TE, Los Angeles Chargers: Jared Cook's potential in this offense has taken a serious hit given their committee approach at tight end. Cook hasn't seen more than 5 targets since Week 6 with Donald Parham's emergence. Cook and Parham both saw 5 targets in Week 11, and it was the latter (4 receptions for 38 yards) who was more productive than the former (3/28). This split makes it hard to justify Cook as a starting option right now.

Teddy Bridgewater Fantasy

Sit Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos: Teddy Bridgewater's unpredictability week to week makes him hard to trust. He's coming off of posting just 9.04 fantasy points in Week 11 after going for 21.86 in Week 10. Don't expect a big game out of him on Sunday. The Chargers' secondary has held opponents to the fifth-fewest passing yards per game (209.9) and opposing QBs average the sixth-fewest fantasy points (16.06) against them. This isn't the week to stream Bridgewater.


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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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