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Start ’em/Sit ’em Week 12

We would like to start off by saying we hope that our SportingEdge fans and followers had a Happy Thanksgiving holiday! Football is a big part of the Thanksgiving tradition as six teams where in action. The Vikings beat the Lions, the Chargers defeated the struggling Cowboys and the Redskins were victorious against the Giants while everyone took their post-meal nap!…Without further ado, here is Nick and Brett’s list of players to start and players to sit for week 12. Best of luck in your playoff push!

Starters This Week

Quarterback: Jacoby Brissett (Indianapolis Colts) – Brissett has a favorable matchup against a Titans defense that has struggled in recent games. Brissett has played average this season but has three straight games with two touchdown passes. He is a good option this week if your starting QB has a tough matchup and you are looking for alternative options. (Nick)

Running Back: Joe Mixon (Cincinnati Bengals) – While Mixon’s production has been somewhat disappointing this season, he has continued to receive enough touches to stay fantasy relevant. Although he has yet to rush for over 51 yards this season, touchdowns have salvaged some of Mixon’s output. This week the Bengals play the Browns who have been quietly solid against the run, yet, The Bengals should take a lead and pound the rock. Last time they faced Cleveland, Mixon had 19 total touches. Expect him to eclipse that number this week coming off of a season-high 22 touches last week against the Broncos. Trust Mixon as a flex option at the least. (Brett)

Wide Receiver: Kenny Stills (Miami Dolphins) – Kenny Stills has received plenty of attention after a huge performance last week against the Buccaneers. It is well-known at this point that the chemistry Stills has with quarterback Matt Moore is real and it was definitely seen this past Sunday. Moore will once again be under center for the Dolphins as Jay Cutler was recently ruled out with a concussion. The Dolphins wide receivers also draw a plus matchup against a New England secondary that have been somewhat pedestrian against the pass this season. Playing in New England also typically results in somewhat of a struggle for the visiting defense. The results may not swing in favor of the Dolphins, but the potential for early garbage time definitely gives Miami receivers a chance to make some noise in this game. If Stills and Moore continue to be on the same page, Stills should put up big numbers once again. (Brett)

Tight End: Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans) – Delanie Walker continues to be one of the league’s most reliable tight ends. Walker is coming off of a strong road game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in which he had 6 receptions for 92 yards. Walker’s one issue this season has been his inability to score a touchdown. A road matchup against the Colts will make him a good bet once again at the position. (Nick)

Defense/Special Teams: Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons have been an underrated defense/special teams this season.  They are far from being elite, but are more than a viable option. They are coming off of two straight double-digit scoring games, and I think that there is a good chance their D/ST makes it three straight double-digit scoring games in a favorable matchup with the Buccaneers who have failed to meet expectations once again. (Nick)

Sits For The Week

Quarterback: Derek Carr (Oakland Raiders) – Carr has yet to take the next step in his development as a top QB. He has shown signs but hasn’t fully lived up to his potential. Although he has a matchup against a struggling Denver Broncos defense, he is still a risk due to his inconsistency. I would strongly consider adding a QB such as Brissett or Andy Dalton to stream as a starter for this week. As previously mentioned, Brissett has a favorable tilt against the Titans. Dalton does as well against the winless Browns. (Nick)

Running Back: Jordan Howard (Chicago Bears) – While it seems as though a running back facing the Eagles defense makes this list on almost a weekly basis, there has been no evidence thus far to end the trend. It is hard to have any knocks on Jordan Howard who sees enough touches every week to be a solid RB1 in fantasy, but this has more to do with the effectiveness of the Philadelphia run defense. The Eagles allow the least amount of yards per game in the League, and allow the second least rushing touchdowns. They have not allowed a rushing touchdown to a running back since week 4 against the Chargers. Keep Howard out of lineups this week. (Brett)

Wide Receiver: Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans) – Matthews is a receiver who has had some really good games, but has been slightly above average to average, for the most part, this season. The struggles of Marcus Mariota haven’t helped his cause, and he has to compete with viable options such as Delanie Walker and Corey Davis. Even though Matthews is questionable, I would consider not starting him at all this week. With that said, the matchup is a good one, so he is one of those players that could be a toss-up for many people. (Nick)

Tight End: Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) –  After being very productive early in the season, Brate has totally fallen off the map. It seems as though he has absolutely no chemistry with Fitzpatrick and has not seen a solid share of targets. Although his numbers show that he is a top fantasy tight end for the season, he only has 2 receptions in the last three weeks. The fact that O.J. Howard also has potential to catch passes as well, further complicates the situation. With names like Charles Clay and Greg Olsen coming back from injuries, there seems to be an abundance of tight ends now available who are much better than Brate. Brate has made himself dropable in most formats outside of deep leagues. (Brett)

Defense/Special Teams: Los Angeles Rams – After an outstanding defensive stretch the previous 5 games, the Rams came out Sunday and seemed to have no answer for the Minnesota offense. They gave up 24 points and failed to record a turnover. While the Vikings do have a solid offense and that game is a bit of an outlier, it does not get any easier for the Rams this week. The New Orleans Saints now come to town and are arguably the hottest team in football. The Saints have been dominant in the air as well as on the ground this season and it seems as if no one will be able to stop them. While the LA defense is a very solid unit, I don’t believe there is a defense in football right now that can stop the Saints. Find another streaming this week. (Brett)

Authors: Nick Eberhardt and Brett Santos



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