Three Things You Didn't Know for Week 12: Ezekiel Elliott has the Toughest Battle, Match-Ups Don't Always Matter, Ertz Closes in on Reception Record

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Every week Jim Cramer and Bill Enright educate the fans with three things you didn't know in the NFL in an effort to make you a smarter and better fantasy football player.

Three Things you Didn't Know for Week 12 in the NFL

1. Ezekiel Elliott vs. the Patriots No. 1 run defense

2. Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins have Top 5 match-ups 

3. Zach Ertz is eight catches away from 500 career receptions

Zeke vs. the Pats

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has the 7th most fantasy points through the first eleven weeks of the season but in Week 12 he has a tough match-up against the Patriots. New England's defense is No. 1 in several categories including least points allowed to opposing running backs. Through ten games, RBs are averaging just 13 points per game against the Pats. For some perspective, the Chiefs allow 30 points to opposing rushers, which is the most in the NFL. Elliott hasn't had over 50 rushing yards the last two games but did manage to find the end-zone twice in Week 11 against the Lions. 

Jim Cramer has Zeke on his team and despite the bad match-up, I told Jim he always has to start his stud players. In fact, it's one of our rules in the 10 Commandments for Winning Fantasy Football.

When it comes to BAD Player, Match-ups Aren't Everything

In order to become a successful fantasy football player, it's important to recognize good opportunity vs. a mirage. For example, Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Redskins rookie passer Dwayne Haskins both have Top 5 match-ups in Week 12. Rudolph is throwing against the Bengals who allow the 2nd most amount of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and Haskins is up against the Lions who allow the 4th most. But neither Haskins or Rudolph can be trusted in fantasy football lineups even despite the cupcake match-up. Rudolph's 16 fantasy points per game is the lowest average for any quarterback who started eight games this season. Haskins' nine points per week average is among the lowest in the league for any quarterback with at least two starts. Recognizing bad players and ignoring the appealing match-up is a crucial tactic to prevent fantasy football players from getting "too cute" with their lineup decisions.

Zach Ertz Can Become the 2nd Fastest Tight End to 500 Catches

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz caught eight passes in each of his last two games. If he catches another eight grabs in Week 12 during Philly's bout against the Seahawks, he'll become the second fastest tight end to reach 500 career catches. Kellen Winslow Sr. is the fastest tight end in NFL history to reach the 500 catch milestone in just 101 games. With eight catches this weekend, Ertz would reach that mark in 102 games. 

Jim Cramer and Bill Enright reveal three things you didn't know on each episode of Bull Market Fantasy, streaming live at 10:45 am (est) every Tuesday and Thursday.