It’s that time again. Here are your fantasy start and sits for Week 12.
NOTE: This is a list of players who are on the bubble when it comes to deserving a starting spot for the week. Obvious choices won’t be mentioned, and likewise - some under-the-radar guys, will. Advising you to start Tom Brady offers no value to you as a fantasy owner.
Must Start Players
Carson Wentz, PHI vs. Packers
If you saw what Kirk Cousins did to that non-existent secondary of Green Bay's, you would start Wentz too. The Eagles have struggled as of late and Wentz doesn't exactly move the ball down the field but that's by design. Even Doug Pederson will be licking his chops to throw on this team.
Kirk Cousins, WAS vs. Cowboys
Cousins has been white-hot as of late and though he's had consistency issues, he's ready for this rematch. The Cowboys are banged up in the secondary and Cousins could be in for a huge day against this defense. It hurts to say this but Kirk Cousins is the start of the week.
Tevin Coleman, ATL vs. Cardinals
On paper, it may look like a tough matchup for Coleman versus this Cards defense but it's not. The Cardinals are having struggles on the road and Coleman is full-go. He's not just a running back for Atlanta as they tend to go his way a lot in the passing game. With Julio doubled or even tripled, Coleman is a good play.
Theo Riddick, DET vs. Vikings
Here is another case of looking past the paper matchups. Sure, Minnesota is a great defense but look at Riddick like Coleman, he's a huge part of the offense. He's got at least 12 touches in all his games this season and has had an average of 15 the last few weeks. He's deadly as a receiver out of the backfield.
Jamison Crowder, WAS vs. Cowboys
Crowder has become a menace and he has an opportunity for a big game in the slot this week against the Cowboys. Dallas has been tested with the absences of Morris Claiborne and Barry Church, Crowder could be a tough matchup for Orlando Scandrick this week, who hasn't been the same player he once was.
Rishard Matthews, TEN v.s. Bears
He's one of the hottest receiving options out there and he showed up last week with another 100+ yard performance. The Bears are simply a bad team with weaknesses everywhere and Matthews is as good as any exploiting those bad matchups. He's averaging 11+ points over the past eight weeks and has six touchdowns and over 500 receiving yards to boot.
Zach Ertz, PHI vs. Packers
Ertz went from dead-to-rights to putting together some solid performances. We talk every week about how outside of New England, tight ends are hard to keep productive in fantasy lineups. Ertz scored a touchdown last week and has a favorable matchup against a bad secondary this week.
Kyle Rudolph, MIN v.s. Lions
The Lions have struggled with tight ends all season long including already giving up a big game to Rudolph earlier in the year. This has a dogfight written all over it and Rudolph is as strong as any candidate this week to outperform his projections.
The Dolphins are a strong play two weeks in a row here with a favorable matchup with the 49ers. San Francisco is giving up the fourth-most points to defenses this season. They have been one of the worst offenses in the league and that trend looks to continue.
Take A Seat, Sucka
Matthew Stafford, DET vs. Vikings
The Vikings defense has been the only consistent thing that team has to lean on all season. Minnesota has routinely spit out low numbers for quarterbacks this season and I don't see Stafford bucking that trend. There are plenty of favorable quarterback matchups, look elsewhere.
Carson Palmer, ARI vs. Falcons
I think you have to keep sitting him at this point. The Cardinals have stayed afloat with their tremendous defense but Palmer just isn't the guy anymore. Atlanta doesn't have a great secondary or anything and Palmer can attack them but will he? He's been playing very pedestrian football right now.
Jerick McKinnon, MIN v.s. Lions
McKinnon has seen a dramatic decline in production and practically useless at this point. They still try to give him the ball but he does nothing for you. He's averaging fewer than three yards per carry and isn't a threat in the passing game at all.
Isiah Crowell, CLE vs. Giants
This is less about the Giants than it is about the Browns. They can't do anything right and players are questioning the will to block or even perform as we saw last week against the Steelers. Crowell is droppable in many leagues and you shouldn't expect production out of him.
Emmanuel Sanders, DEN vs. Chiefs
Sanders just isn't the receiving threat he once was for the Broncos because the guy playing quarterback hasn't found him much. He hasn't had a touchdown since week five and though he can put up yards, he doesn't score points, so what's the point?
Marvin Jones, DET vs. Vikings
How the mighty have fallen? He was lighting up the fantasy world in the first few weeks of the season. Now, he's as quiet as any receiver in the league. He's averaging under six points per game after averaging almost 19 points per game in the first three weeks.
Cameron Brate, TB v.s. Seahawks
Go ahead and keep Brate firmly seated on your bench this week as well. He's been up and down all season long and now has to face a defense that routinely keeps receiving threats in check. Brate is too risky a start this week when there are other street options that could do better.
Coby Fleener, NO v.s. Rams
This by all tense and purposes looks like a good matchup for the Saints at home as Brees will sling the rock all over the field. Still, as good as Brees has been, Fleener is averaging under six points per contest right now and the Rams are not a bad defense. Brees has better playmakers to worry about feeding.
It's going to be hard to sit the highest-scoring defense over the past four weeks but you should. Stream Miami or Tennessee this week as the Raiders are going to get their points this week at home. Defenses have averaged only two points against the Silver & Black this season.
Must-Start Dallas Cowboy of the Week:
Dak Prescott - He's another good option this week as the Redskins' defense is beatable and Zeke is just plain obvious to start at this point. Prescott has been improving with each game and had three touchdown passes last week. For the Cowboys to win, Prescott is going to have continue to play well and find his targets.
Must-Sit Dallas Cowboy of the Week:
Rod's Orphans- This is a scary matchup for the Cowboys as the Redskins have one of the most prolific offenses as of late. In fact, this offense has every bit of the potential to be as good as the Steelers were against Dallas. Team defenses have averaged less than two points versus Cousins and the 'Skins this season. This could be a nightmare matchup for the Orphans.
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