Week 12 is here and the regular season ends in five weeks. If your fantasy team is hovering around that .500 mark, getting all of your fantasy matchups correct is vital. Thursday Night Football provides fantasy owners with several matchups that could make or break your Week 12 showdown.
Pierre Thomas- Even with the legendary Drew Brees, the Saints prepare for Thursday night’s game knowing that the team is facing the league’s third worst rush defense. So far this season, the Falcons defense has allowed an average of 132.7 rushing yards per game. Fantasy owners should give Pierre Thomas the start in that flex role against the porous Atlanta Falcons rush defense.
Harry Douglas- One of the few bright spots for the Atlanta Falcons since Julio Jones suffered a season ending injury has been wide receiver Harry Douglas. Through the last five games Douglas has recorded three 100 plus yard receiving games and two touchdowns. With fellow receiver Roddy White still struggling to produce, Douglas is a must start in all fantasy formats.
Matt Ryan- The Falcons struggles this season have surprised everyone. Matt Ryan has thrown 18 touchdowns and an appalling 12 interceptions so far this season with 9 picks in just his last four games. To make things worse for fantasy owners, the New Orleans Saints have the league’s third best pass defense, allowing just 191.4 yards per game. Make sure to sit Ryan against the Saints.
Steven Jackson- Ever since Steven Jackson returned from injury in Week 9, fantasy owners have been less than pleased with his output. The offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons has been a headache for both Jackson and Ryan and will continue to make it difficult for either player to produce many fantasy points.
Unfortunately for Jackson the New Orleans Saints are coming off a game where they held 49ers Frank Gore to just 48 yards. Fantasy owners can expect similar numbers from Steven Jackson on Thursday Night Football.