Fantasy Football Week 12: Buying or Selling Last Week's Breakout Stars

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 20, 2013

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 17: Running back Bobby Rainey #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs from the field after a touchdown run against the Atlanta Falcons November 17, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Rainey scored three times and the Bucs won 41 - 28. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Week 11 featured some breakout fantasy players who came out of nowhere, but which players will have big games again in Week 12 and which are just one-week wonders?

Players like Nick Foles and Alshon Jeffery have become consistent fantasy contributors week in and week out. Meanwhile, players like Eddie Royal and James Starks had a couple of nice games but have failed to be consistent factors.

Below is a look at some of last week's breakout stars, followed by a breakdown of whether or not they will carry that success into Week 12 and possibly beyond.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off ESPN's standard scoring leagues.


Matthew McGloin, QB, Oakland Raiders

Nov 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) throws a pass against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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It's hard to have a better game in a first career start than Matthew McGloin had against the Houston Texans.

He finished with 197 passing yards and three touchdowns, earning 19 fantasy points, which was surprisingly one of the best games by a quarterback in Week 11. For an undrafted rookie, that's quite impressive.

The real question will be if he can continue that success if he becomes the starter. According to the NFL: Around the League Twitter account, head coach Dennis Allen said that McGloin has earned the right to be in the discussion for the starting job over Terrelle Pryor.

If the Raiders decide to start McGloin, which they should seriously consider, he could have a good game against the Tennessee Titans. Teams don't have a lot of film on him to prepare for him, and that should allow him to put up some nice numbers for the rest of the season.  

If he starts in Week 12, McGloin is an intriguing start in deeper leagues for owners who desperately need a QB.

Verdict: Buy (if he starts)


Michael Floyd, WR, Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 27:  Wide receiver Michael Floyd #15 of the Arizona Cardinals leads John Abraham #55 and Rashad Johnson #26 onto the field before the NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 27, 2013 in G
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Michael Floyd came to play in Week 11 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, recording six receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown. That was good enough for 25 fantasy points, which ranked third among receivers behind just Calvin Johnson and Antonio Brown.

However, Floyd hasn't been an incredibly consistent receiver in previous weeks. He's only had one other double-digit performance, scoring 10 points against the San Francisco 49ers. In the previous three games before this last one, he had just 17 combined points.

Keep in mind that this past performance came against the Jaguars. This week, the Cardinals will be going against the Indianapolis Colts. Talented defensive backs like Vontae Davis and Darius Butler will be looking to frustrate him.

Since we haven't seen many big performances from Floyd in previous games, I'm putting him down as a one-week wonder.

Verdict: Sell


Bobby Rainey, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Leading all scorers in Week 11, Bobby Rainey came out of nowhere to score 34 fantasy points, thanks to 163 rushing yards and three total touchdowns.

With Doug Martin and Mike James done for the year, someone had to step up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

With those two players out, Rainey has totaled 208 yards and four touchdowns, scoring 45 total fantasy points. Before joining the Buccaneers, he was a member of the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns, but few people had heard of him.

It's safe to say he's making himself known now.

The Bucs have no choice but to feed Rainey the ball at this point. Even if he doesn't explode for 34 points this week, he should be productive by the sheer volume of carries he'll get.

On the other hand, he also has the chance to keep putting up huge games for the rest of the year. I think he'll be this season's breakout player.

Verdict: Buy