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Fantasy Football Week 12: Start/Sit

Get some insider tips on who to start or sit this week from our fantasy expert Jason Feiner!


Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Jameis Winston reclaiming the starting job in Tampa he is slated to have a big fantasy day against the poor San Francisco secondary. It is unlikely Winston gets benched again and should put together a game worthy of QB1 numbers. The Buccaneers have recorded an abundance of yards in each game and now play a 49ers team that has allowed 21 passing touchdowns on the year. Although he may accrue multiple turnovers, the yards and scores will more than make up for it.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson recorded an inefficient 27 rushing attempts for 117 yards, 150 yards passing and 1 interception in his first career start. The ravens clearly don’t trust Jackson to use his arm at this point in his career. Although his legs give him fantasy relevance he is to big of a risk to play him outside of deep 2QB formats. Look for another option, as Jackson’s floor is below sea level.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Watson has had an up and down season throughout his sophomore campaign, and his week 12 matchup against the Titans presents another opportunity to keep him at arm's length. Tennessee is not a friendly D/ST when it comes to opposing quarterbacks; they only allow 16 points per game to the position. With Watson struggling throughout 2018, it would be wise to look for a streamer in week 12 as the playoffs approach. He has been wildly inconsistent.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Running Backs

Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns

If there was ever a time to start Nick Chubb, this is the week. Since taking over the starting job, Chubb is averaging 21 touches per game and now will be playing the third worst defense against the run. The Bengals award 32.3 points per game to the position, and with Chubb in line for a monsterous workload, he is expected to hit RB1 numbers. Ride him in week 12 and don’t look back.

Verdict: START ‘EM

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills

Before the bye, Shady took off for his first rushing touchdowns and 100 yard performance of the year. However, don’t expect that same type of production in week 12, as the Bills will be playing the Jaguars who rank as the number 4 fantasy defense against the run. With little production expected in the passing game, the jaguars will look to stop the only playmaker in their offensive system. Steer clear of Shady in this tough matchup, he will be flex worthy next week against the Dolphins.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears

The Bears will be in an excellent matchup for both of their backs to succeed in week 12, but Howard should get the most opportunity, as Chicago should pull ahead early and attempt to control the clock. The Lions have been one of the worst run defenses throughout 2018, and that should continue through week 12. They give up 26.9 points per game to the position, and should provide plenty of opportunity for Howard to reach RB2 numbers and potentially the endzone.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Wide Receivers

Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons

Expect a shoot out between two of the most explosive offenses in the league on Thanksgiving day. Calvin Ridley has been a stud throughout his rookie year, and I expect this trend to continue, as the Saints only true weakness is in their secondary. With marshon Lattimore focused on stopping Julio, Ridley should have free reign to terrorize New Orleans in this divisional matchup. The Saints currently are ranked 32nd in the league against wide receivers providing an outrageous 47 points per game to the position. Play Ridley with confidence as the entire Falcons offense attempts to rebound from a down week.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Josh Gordon, New England Patriots

New England will be looking to get back on track in week 12 against the Jets after their rough loss two weeks ago to the Tennessee Titans. The Jets have been surprisingly efficient against the pass this season allowing a middling 17 touchdown passes, but they have been one of the worst teams at covering wide-outs. The Jets award the 5th most points to the position allowing 40.8 points per game. The patriots will want Gordon to get going early in order to ensure a swift victory against their division rival. Gordon is a solid flex play with high-end WR2 upside.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Courtland Sutton, Denver Broncos

Sutton has taken over the receiver two spot in Denver’s offense, but that hasn’t had much impact on his usage. Sutton has yet to eclipse three receptions in any game this year and he will be playing a Steelers defense that has been improving their defensive success each week. Their are safer plays than Courtland Sutton who ranks as my 27th receiver heading into week 12.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham, Green Bay Packers

Although Jimmy Graham isn’t looking to miss time, he suffered a broken thumb that is certain to disrupt his ability to catch footballs. This is a problem when standing alone, but now combine that with the tough task of playing against a feared Minnesota defense that hasn’t allowed over 5.9 points to tight ends throughout their last three contests, and it is a recipe for disaster. Stay away from Graham in a tough matchup.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

Rob Gronkowski is likely returning from a two week absence after sustaining two nagging injuries to his back and ankle. If he doesn't experience any setbacks, he should be full go in a favorable matchup against the Jets. When healthy, Gronkowski is one of the most dominant players in the game, and if full-go, he should slot back into your lineup as a top 3 fantasy option at the position.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Defense/Special Teams

Los Angeles Chargers D/ST

The Chargers laid a goose egg in week 11 but will have a chance to rebound against the Cardinals who are the 32nd ranked offense in the league. Although David Johnson has come on strong over the past three weeks, the cardinals still rank 4th in the NFL with 21 turnovers. Play the Chargers with confidence in week 12, as Joey Bosa should finally be free.

Verdict: START ‘EM

Minnesota Vikings D/ST

The Vikings have rebounded from a slow start to rank back in the fantasy elite for D/ST’s; however, they will be playing Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense under the lights of Sunday Night Football. This is not a safe matchup and should be avoided. Stream a defense if you own the Vikings, but make sure to keep them on your roster, as they will surely help you down the stretch.

Verdict: SIT ‘EM



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