Fantasy Football: Week 12 Start/Sit
Who Should Or Shouldn't Be In Your Lineup This Week?
The fun has begun for many fantasy owners of trying to keep their teams afloat as the regular season winds down in many leagues. We have reached the final two weeks of the season and this is the time to decide if your team is going to be a pretender or a contender for a fantasy championship this season. This now becomes a big week and with three games on Thursday, decisions on who you are going to start in those games have to come earlier than normal.
I am giving you six players to either start or sit this week including three in the same game that are very interesting to me. These lineup decisions now get harder and harder to make because every decision you make the rest of the regular season could turn your team one way or another. There are also the thoughts of just trying to make the playoffs or trying to clinch a top seed in the fantasy playoffs, which can be a blessing or a curse depending on how it has turned out for you in the past.
Here are my six players for this week to go with or stay away from. If you have any other start/sit questions that you want answered, feel free to send me a tweet @ASchmidtSports and I will get back to you as soon as I possibly can so you have the right players in your lineup so you can get another victory this week and are not spending next week sweating a do or die game.
Andy Schmidt is a prep football columnist who dabbles in NFL, MLB and fantasy sports coverage. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports
Start: Andy Dalton
Dalton has a very favorable matchup with the Oakland Raiders coming to town. The Raiders have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season and Dalton along with the Bengals should be able to find holes in the defense to score a lot of points. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Dalton finishes with over 280 yards passing with 2-3 touchdowns. There aren’t many better options out there that aren’t already picked up and hopefully Dalton is already on your bench or maybe even in your starting lineup already but do it now and save yourself more trouble.
Sit: Carson Palmer
In that same matchup in Cincinnati, Palmer is playing his first game back in Cincy since the breakup last season that led Palmer to end up in Oakland. Palmer is likely going to be very pumped up to play his former team that may come back to haunt him greatly. Cincinnati is very talented against the pass, which will make it hard for Palmer to get anything meaningful going all day long. I think Palmer finishes with around 200 yards passing with 2-3 interceptions. I would go with Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jake Locker or even Chad Henne instead this week to get better numbers.
Start: BenJarvus Green-Ellis
This is a perfect matchup for Green-Ellis about the Raiders and their defense that is top-five in allowing fantasy points to running backs. We all saw what Doug Martin did to this Oakland defense a few weeks back and it is possible Green-Ellis could light up the Oakland defense again this week. I’m thinking Green-Ellis is good for 135-150 rushing yards and a touchdown. These are the kind of matchups that you have to take advantage of before the regular season gets away and you wish this would have come a couple weeks from now when the playoffs were underway to get big production.
Sit: Alfred Morris
This is an interesting decision on my part to have Morris sit this week. Dallas is in the top 10 for stopping opposing fantasy running backs but I see this game being more about Robert Griffin III running around on the Cowboys’ defense over what Morris will do. I could be wrong but I see the Redskins having to depend on Griffin’s ability to run away from the strong Dallas pass rush. I see Morris only rushing for 50-60 yards and not reaching the end zone. There are some better options out there you could play including Beanie Wells, Ronnie Hillman and Vick Ballard.
Start: Ryan Broyles
Broyles has a matchup that could become huge for fantasy owners on Thanksgiving Day. The Texans are likely to focus a lot of Calvin Johnson and with Broyles being the No. 2 receiver this week with Titus Young being benched for his on and off field actions, Broyles is in line for a huge day after what we saw from the Houston defense last week. I think Broyles could finish with 6-7 catches for over 100 yards and a touchdown for the Lions. He is likely still on the waiver wire so be sneaky and go pick him up as soon as you can and stick him in the lineup.
Sit: Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald has had a horrible season with the awful quarterbacks that the Cardinals have been running out on the field this year. Fitzgerald now faces a St. Louis defense that is in the top 10 for stopping fantasy wide receivers and who knows who will be the quarterback this week being either Ryan Lindley or John Skelton. I know this is a difficult decision to make because you never know when Fitzgerald is going to break out of this slump but it’s time to sit him. There are options out there like Stevie Johnson or Randall Cobb that are much better starts this week.