Brad Menendez | Dec 15, 2018 | 0
Week 12 Duds: Lamar Miller, Tevin Coleman
Lamar Miller vs. TEN
Lamar Miller is the epitome of a low-end RB2 in fantasy football. He currently ranks as the RB25 in PPR, sandwiched between Jalen Richard and Latavius Murray. Fitting company for the seven-year veteran out of Miami. He’s never played behind a great offensive line or anything, but he’s still about as unremarkable as they come. Tennessee got smoked last week in Indy, but their run defense still managed to show up. In fact, they’ve been showing up all season. The Titans have yet to allow a 100-yard rusher in 2018. Even in a blowout last week, the Colts only ran for 102 yards against them. They held Lamar Miller down once this season back in Week 2, and they’ll do it again in Week 12.
Tevin Coleman at NO
Coleman is auditioning for a starting job and a potentially very lucrative contract this offseason. I’d say he’s performed admirably thus far but he won’t be drawing Le’Veon Bell interest by any means. The Falcons have a nightmare matchup against the Saints on Thanksgiving night. A gift I’m certain they’re not thankful for. New Orleans has been great against opposing running backs this season, allowing just 3.7 yards per carry. It doesn’t hurt that their offense is scoring 37.8 points per game either, consistently putting their opponent in a position that necessitates abandoning the run. The Superdome is going to be going nuts for this division rivalry and I could easily see it going similarly to the Eagles game this past Sunday. I’m terrified of rolling Coleman out there in this one.
Corey Davis at HOU
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had Corey Davis in my duds column so I figured it was high time to get him back in the mix. I’ve made this clear in the past but I will reiterate that it isn’t a Corey Davis issue, it’s a Tennessee Titans issue. He’s shown us glimpses of what he can do with competent quarterback play. The problem is, his quarterback can’t stay on the field. Marcus Mariota left their game Sunday against the Colts and his status appears to be in question once again. It’s getting to a point where you have to question whether or not he can be the future of the franchise or not. If Gabbert starts the game Davis is a surefire sit but I’m not going there even if Mariota elects to tough it out. He played poorly earlier in the year when playing through a “stinger” and Davis suffered from it. The Texans secondary has also held up well this season, allowing the 5th fewest points per game to wide receivers. Steer clear of the second year wideout in Week 12.
Tre-Quan Smith vs. ATL
Everyone needs to take a deep breath and pump the brakes on Tre’Quan Smith this week. Sure, he broke out in Week 11 against Philadelphia, but he hasn’t seen consistent looks all season. Prior to this 13 target performance, his highest total was 6. He also hadn’t caught more than three passes in a game either. The talent is obvious but you shouldn’t bank on him doing it again this week, even in a plus matchup. This offense is all about Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and Mark Ingram. They are going to get the majority of the work more often than not and I expect the Saints to get back to that formula in a division matchup against the Falcons. Smith is a solid bench stash but that’s exactly where you should leave him this week.