There has never been a question as to how good a fantasy player Todd Zola is, but, the flip is winning every league in which one plays is pretty tough.
Well, Lord Z did indeed lead the Fout Wars pack for Week 11 during a cycle in which the top three slots were owned by Mastersballers, with Zach Steinhorn finishing second and Brian Walton--who leads the motley crew of Touts playing DFS Football--making the weekend a sweep despite my eighth place finish.
Todd really crushed the field, logging 164.08 points to top the field by a hefty 17-point margin, led by LeVeon Bell's 34.7 points accompanied by the nice selection of Rob Kelley, who bagged an additional 34.1. Z also got a nice day from veteran Pierre Garcon (26.6) on his way to the top of the heap.
Zach got his big boost from Kirk Cousins (30.4) but just solid across-the-board performances, with seven of his eight remaining players nailing between 14.7 and 20.7 points, while league leader Walton finished close with 143.8. Brian's roster also had Bell, along with some solid wide receiver choices in Jamison Crowder (22.2) and the indestructable Steve Smith, Sr. (23.9).
As for my underperformers, 106.18 was the damage, good enough for eighth, still three slots above Jeff Boggis, who with three other owners missed the century mark in a week when offense was indeed offensive.
You can follow along with our progress--or lack thereof--right here: Fout Wars Google Docs Standings.
Week 12 DFS Plays
Tom Brady ($7800): The best quarterback against the worst pass defense? As if we have to think about this?
Jason Witten ($3400): The Cowboys always play tough on Thanksgiving, and they always play Washington tough as well, and Witten is as tough as his team gets (which is pretty tough). He is having a great year with 49 catches for 512 yards, and I expect that to continue, so if you are playing a Thanksgiving contest, I would go there (I am).
Bilal Powell ($4600): You can run on the Patriots, is what I wrote last week, and that still holds true. Powell, whose role is increasing week-to-week, can also catch the ball with 36 receptions and just 32 fewer yards receiving (240) than rushing.
Steelers ($2400): Pittsburgh had a solid game against the Browns, and while it is true the Colts are a lot better, the team still has been spotty. The Steelers playing at home coming off a strong defensive game seems like a good play.
Larry Fitzgerald ($7000): For every half-step Larry loses, he gains an edge in moves and savvy. He has 74 catches this season for 749 yards and five scores, and going against one of the poorer pass defenses in the league should make for some opportunities.
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