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Week 12 Start_Sit: Thanksgiving Week

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For the Week 12 Start_Sit article, it’ll feature many players who could be great streaming options and have high upside. When it comes to some players on the Sit list, those players are facing tough matchups and have been insufficient lately.

After the thrilling Monday night game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, we shift our attention to Week 12. We are in the Thanksgiving week, so remember to set your lineups accordingly. We have six teams in action on Thursday, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Washington, New Orleans, and Atlanta.

A few takeaways from Week 11 are New Orleans might be the best team in the NFL and Drew Brees is on the verge of being the MVP this season. Philadelphia is suffering and are slowly losing the NFC East. It’s looking like Mike McCarthy is having the door closed on him in Green Bay with each loss. Finally, the playoff picture will continue to be clouded until Week 15 when the Patriots and Steelers face off.

This week there are only two teams out, but it could have serious repercussions due to all of the high scoring players. Kansas City and Los Angeles are the two teams but think about some of the players who will be out. Patrick Mahomes, Todd Gurley, Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, Robert Woods, Jared Goff, Tyreek Hill, etc.

Week 12 Start_Sit



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Jameis Winston, vs San Francisco 49ers

If you’re looking for a viable streaming option then look no further. In a game of musical quarterbacks, Tampa Bay has named Winston the starter again. This season in two of his three starts he has over 350 passing yards. He is a very popular streaming option, but be warned. He is prone to throwing multiple interceptions. I can still see Jameis being a QB1 at the end of day.

Russell Wilson, @ Carolina Panthers

The Seahawks are slowly starting to make a strong case as a top Wild Card team in the NFC. Wilson has been on a tear the last six games, throwing 16 touchdowns. Even with his lack of passing yards, 219.2 per game, he makes up for it with his touchdowns. Seattle’s matchup against Carolina is very favorable for Russell, the Panthers have allowed 10 passing touchdowns the last three games. Wilson will be in the top five QB conversation in Week 12.

Running Backs

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Nick Chubb, @ Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland’s future back has been great since Carlos Hyde’s departure. He has 18 or more carries, over 65 rushing yards, and a touchdown in three out of his last four games. When it comes to Cincinnati, their Achilles heel has been their defense. Since Week 6, they have allowed a rushing touchdown in every game. The only game they didn’t allow a touchdown to an RB was Week 1. Chubb is a sure-fire RB1 this week.

Matt Brieda, @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I’m high on Brieda this week due to his tremendous matchup. Tampa Bay has a horrendous defense. The Buccaneers has given up 138 total yards or more to three RB’s in their last four games. Brieda is a high-end RB2 with high upside which could make him an RB1.

Wide Receivers

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Doug Baldwin, @ Carolina Panthers

After his best game of the season, you can expect similar production from him again this week. The downside to Baldwin’s season other than his injuries are the lack of passing attempts from Seattle. With each passing week, it becomes evident Doug is over his knee injury. Carolina has had a tough time stopping WR’s this season. There have been seven receivers who have over 75 yards since Week 5. He is low-end WR2 against the Panthers.

Julian Edelman, @ New York Jets

He has been a target monster since his return, 56 targets in six games. In the last three games, Edelman has over 70 receiving yards and two games with over 100 receiving yards. Throughout the season New York has allowed seven receivers to go over 100 yards. They have also given up 11 receiving touchdowns to WR’s. Even with his ankle injury, I’m comfortable with Edelman as my WR2 this week.

Tight Ends

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Jack Doyle, vs Miami Dolphins

Since his return just three weeks ago, Doyle has seen plenty of targets in only three games. The one downside to his return has been his production. Jack Doyle has out targeted teammate, Eric Ebron, 14 to six since his return. If Doyle is able to get more targets than Ebron you should start him with confidence.

Vance McDonald, @ Denver Broncos

Touchdowns in back-to-back games gives McDonald a stronger reason to be in your lineup this week. Denver has given up a touchdown to a TE in three straight games. Vance also saw his most snaps of the season in Week 11. The Steelers are bound to throw over 35 passes and you know that McDonald will see plenty of targets and will get a few in the Red Zone.


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Dallas Cowboys, vs Washington Redskins

A broken leg will sideline Alex Smith for the rest of the season. That makes the backup, Colt McCoy, the starter and he hasn’t started a game since Week 7 of 2014. Dallas is holding their opponents to 18.4 points per game and is tied for 10th in sacks. In their last three games, the Cowboys have nine sacks and four turnovers. This defense will be a popular streaming option for Week 12.

Baltimore Ravens, vs Oakland Raiders

This may be the one of the last time you can start Baltimore’s defense this season. They have games against the Falcons, Chiefs, Buccaneers, and Chargers coming up. Baltimore has been struggling lately, I’m not going to lie, but they’ll get back on track this week. Oakland has only scored more than 10 points twice since Week 5. The Raiders have allowed Derek Carr to be sacked 16 times the last three games. Take advantage of this defense before you can no longer use them.




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Matthew Stafford, vs Chicago Bears

Here is a serious question for you all. Can you start Stafford with confidence this week? This will be the second game between these NFC North rivals. The first game, Stafford finished as QB17. On Thursday, the Lions are already at a huge disadvantage. They’ll be without both Marvin Jones Jr. and Kerryon Johnson. I would feel more comfortable starting Jameis Winston this week.

Andy Dalton, vs Cleveland Browns

Inconsistent is the only word to describe Dalton’s performances since Week 7. In that span, he has three games under 212 yards, three interceptions, and two games with only one touchdown. He is all over the place and could be without his best receiver, A.J. Green, on Sunday. Dalton is a very risky situation this week and he could backfire as your starter.

Running Backs

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LeGarrette Blount, vs Chicago Bears

In Week 11, Kerryon Johnson suffered a sprained knee ligament and that will force him to miss the game on Thursday. His absence makes Blount the starter. To put it modestly, he has little Fantasy value. He only has two games in which he scores a touchdown and hasn’t scored one in the last five games. On Thursday, he is better off on your bench due to the Bears only giving up 77.8 rushing yards per game.

LeSean McCoy, vs Jacksonville Jaguars

After having a transcendent game against the New York Jets, he is about to come down to Earth this week. Jacksonville showed they can still be a top defense last week. The Jaguars held Pittsburgh’s James Conner to only 25 yards rushing on nine carries. Other than his breakout game in Week 10, McCoy has been a complete bust this season.

Wide Receivers

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Golden Tate, vs New York Giants

The trade to Philadelphia has done nothing but held Tate back. In Half-PPR formats, Tate is the 54th ranked receiver over the last two weeks. Golden Tate has been on a touchdown drought this season. Over the last five games that he has played in, he has zero touchdowns. The former Detroit Lions receiver should be left on your bench until he shows that he’s more incorporated with this team.

John Brown, vs Oakland Raiders

You will have to sit this deep threat receiver in Week 12. He had potential with Joe Flacco under center but is very limited with Lamar Jackson in there now. Last week, Jackson had eight more rushes than pass attempts and only had 13 completions. Brown only had one of those completions and saw one target. He is also on a three game streak of under 30 receiving yards.

Tight Ends

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Chris Herndon, vs New England Patriots

When it comes to TE’s most are touchdown dependent. A perfect example is Herndon who has only been Fantasy relevant when he got into the end zone. He only has one game with more than five targets. Over the last couple of games he hasn’t scored a touchdown and this week he could be without rookie, Sam Darnold. New England has held seven TEs to under 46 receiving yards. I have more confidence in Cameron Brate as my starter this week.

Benjamin Watson, vs Atlanta Falcons

New Orleans is starting to incorporate fellow TE’s, Josh Hill and Dan Arnold, into their offense. This does not bode well for Ben Watson. In Week 11 against the Eagles, Watson didn’t see a single target. Look back at the Saints game against the Bengals, he only had two targets in that game. As long as the Saints keep Hill and Arnold involved in the offense it will continue to hinder Watson’s Fantasy value.


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Minnesota Vikings, vs Green Bay Packers

We get to these two teams face off again this season. The first time we saw these two teams play it ended in a tie, but it ended in controversial fashion with a “roughing the passer” call on Clay Matthews. Minnesota was able to sack Aaron Rodgers four times, but Green Bay scored 29 points. The biggest difference from their Week 2 game to now is the emergence of Green Bay’s rushing attack. You can play Minnesota this week, but don’t expect them to finish as a top-five defense.

Tennessee Titans, @ Houston Texans

Tennessee could be at a disadvantage if Mariota is out. The Titans were on a hot streak after beating both Dallas and New England, but against Indianapolis, they looked below average. Andrew Luck was picking them apart and that defense failed to force a turnover or sack Luck. Houston will be looking for some revenge as they look to avenge their Week 2 loss from the Titans.


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