FanDuel NFL picks, Week 12: Best FanDuel DFS Lineup

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FanDuel DFS NFL Week 12 picks and lineup advice: Running Back

The running back position is stacked this week, and Christian McCaffrey ($9700) is my favorite play of the week. He looks to be the focal point of the Carolina offense despite Cam Newton looking solid and should be at full health in his third week back from injury. He gets a dream matchup against a terrible Miami rush defense and has a fantastic chance at being the RB1 on the slate.

While I am not fully convinced by the talent and the efficiency metrics certainly are not there, Najee Harris ($8800) has been incredibly consistent and now gets a fantastic matchup against an awful Cincinnati rush defense. He should be able to find the end zone and be heavily involved in the rush and pass game and can pay off this salary even without being incredibly efficient.

As for some expensive tournament plays that I think will come in with an extremely low roster percentage, Cordarrelle Patterson ($7800) looks likely to return and gets a great matchup against the Jaguars. The Falcons have only scored three points total in the two games Patterson was hurt, so it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out Patterson needs to be a focal point of this offense.

Similarly, Saquon Barkley ($7500) is also healthy for the first time in months and gets a nice matchup against Philadelphia. With how Daniel Jones has been playing as of late, Barkley should receive plenty of touches and can easily pay off this relatively cheap salary. Both of these players will likely go untouched due to their questionable tags, giving them some upside in a large field tournament.

As for some cheaper plays, Jeff Wilson Jr. ($5800) is a strong play again this week if Eli Mitchell ($6800) is to miss, as he is the clear backup and will receive a majority of the backfield touches if Mitchell is to sit.

Javonte Williams ($5700) is coming off a bad week but will get way too many touches against an awful Chargers run defense to not pay off this salary. While his upside is obviously capped by Melvin Gordon III ($6300) he is about as safe as they come for a cheap flex play.