Fantasy football insights with Watson for Week 12

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For those who are looking for a tool to concentrate various web opinions into one location in order to help make roster moves, IBM offers Watson's Insights as an unsupervised, quantitative supplement to the more in-depth, personalized analysis that you would normally expect from an ESPN analyst

IBM Insights uses Watson AI to analyze thousands of fantasy articles, blogs, websites and podcasts and provide supportive data to assist with fantasy football decisions. Watson outputs an estimated scoring range for each player, as well as projecting the chances that a player will exceed the upside estimate (e.g., "boom") or fall short of the low-end estimate (e.g., "bust") on any given week.

The following article points out a few notable insights from Watson for Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season, as of early Friday afternoon.

Wide receiver decisions

While wide receivers can provide some of the best fantasy value in a given week, it can be difficult to decide beforehand which receivers to start. Because most of the 32 teams in the NFL regularly run three-wide-receiver sets, there are a plethora of options available each week with the potential to score even during bye weeks. With that said, injuries and bye weeks take a toll on the position as well. IBM Insights provides information that can help make these decisions easier. Let's take a closer look at a few of the wide receivers who Watson projects to have the best value for this week.

Projections higher than rank

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns vs Miami Dolphins

  • Weekly rank 82, 29th among eligible WRs

  • High projection: 29.1 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 3.8 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.23

  • Bust chance: 0.07

Landry faces his old team this week in what shapes up as a potentially excellent matchup. Landry has been on a roll of late, with a touchdown in three straight games. Meanwhile, the Dolphins have struggled against the pass this season, allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and the 12th-most to opposing wide receivers.

Watson's Insight: Watson tabs Landry as a potential WR1 this week in a great matchup against his former team.

Mohamed Sanu, New England Patriots vs Dallas Cowboys

  • Weekly rank 118, 43rd among eligible WRs

  • High projection: 30.1 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 3.9 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.08

  • Bust chance: 0.20

Sanu is dealing with an ankle issue that has limited him in practice this week, but if he does play, Watson has him tabbed as a true boom-or-bust prospect with a very high "high projection" but a relatively low "low projection." Sanu had his best game as a Patriot two weeks ago against a solid Ravens defense, grabbing 10 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. However, he also has two games with fewer than 5 yards receiving as a Patriot as well.

Watson's Insight: Sanu will face a tough Cowboys defense this weekend, health permitting, but Insights identifies him with the ceiling of a very productive WR1 for teams looking for a risky upside play this week.

Most likely to go boom/Least likely to bust

Hunter Renfrow, Oakland Raiders at New York Jets

  • Weekly rank 254, 76th among WRs

  • High projection: 19.1 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 6.2 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.25

  • Bust chance: 0.07

Renfrow has averaged 4.8 receptions for 62.5 yards in his past four games, and he has two touchdowns during that stretch as well. The Jets have struggled mightily against the pass this season, allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

Watson's Insight: Renfrow has been playing well of late, and Insights identifies him as having almost four times the likelihood to boom into WR1 upside than to bust this weekend against a poor Jets pass defense.

James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals

  • Weekly rank 207, 62nd among WRs

  • High projection: 18.9 fantasy points

  • Low projection: 5.9 fantasy points

  • Boom chance: 0.27

  • Bust chance: 0.09

Washington has picked up his pace of late, totaling 13 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown during his past three games, far exceeding his previous production. The Steelers will be missing JuJu Smith-Schuster this week due to concussions, which gives Washington more opportunity to produce against the Bengals on Sunday.

Watson's Insight: Insights identifies Washington as a solid WR2 prospect this weekend in a larger role against a below-average Bengals defense.

Insights provided by IBM Watson in partnership with ESPN