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Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 12

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Quarterbacks

Start

Taysom Hill, Saints (vs. Broncos): Hill was impressive in his first start. He actually finished as the QB3 last week. In that game, Hill rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns. His ability to run the football keeps his ceiling high every week. He is a good starting option against the Broncos, who are not elite defensively.

Derek Carr, Raiders (vs. Falcons): Quarterbacks that face the Falcons are usually good starts. The Falcons are giving up the most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks. Additionally, Carr is coming off a strong game against the Chiefs. He threw for 275 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Sleeper: Teddy Bridgewater, Panthers (vs. Vikings)

Sit

Ryan Tannehill, Titans (vs. Colts): This is simply not a good matchup for Tannehill. The Colts are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Tannehill faced the Colts two weeks ago and recorded a season-low 10.78 fantasy points.

Carson Wentz, Eagles (vs. Seahawks): On paper, the Seahawks are a great matchup for fantasy purposes, but I do not trust Wentz to take advantage of it. A few weeks ago, he only posted 8.62 fantasy points against the Cowboys defense. Last week, he put up only 14.4 fantasy points against the Browns; that was his highest mark since Week 7.

Running backs

Start

Gus Edwards, Ravens (vs. Steelers): There are major questions about the offensive line, but Edwards should receive a big workload with J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram out. Also, he has fared surprisingly well against the Steelers defense in the past. Here are his statistics from his last two games against the Steelers:

2019 Week 17: 21 carries, 130 yards

2020 Week 8: 16 carries, 87 yards, 1 touchdown

With little competition for touches, I do not expect to see a drop-off in production. In the Ravens’ run-first offense, he is in the RB1 conversation this week.

Duke Johnson, Texans (vs. Lions): Johnson has been underwhelming in his previous two games, but this matchup is too good to pass up. The Lions are allowing the most fantasy points to running backs this season, and Johnson’s only competition for carries is C.J. Prosise, who had only three carries for four rushing yards last week.

Sleeper: Adrian Peterson, Lions (vs. Texans)

Sit

Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers (vs. Chiefs): Fournette struggled against the Rams, but he salvaged the performance by scoring a touchdown. Still, he has a total of 36 rushing yards over the past three weeks. I would not rely on him this week.

Darrell Henderson Jr., Rams (vs. 49ers): Since Week 6, Henderson is only the RB42. The Rams are deploying a running back committee, and Henderson’s value has declined as a result. He has not had double-digit carries since Week 7. Last week, he had only nine scrimmage yards. Right now, he is simply not a starting option in most leagues.

Wide receivers

Start

DeVante Parker, Dolphins (vs. Jets): The Jets have given up the third-most passing yards in the NFL. Last week, Justin Herbert threw for 366 yards against them. Parker had a good game last week against the Broncos with six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. He should be started in most leagues.

Sleeper: Jalen Reagor, Eagles (vs. Seahawks)

Sit

Marquise Brown, Ravens (vs. Steelers): Brown did not record a single reception against the Titans. Currently, he is only the WR54 this season, and his play has not been trending in the right direction. He definitely should be benched against the Steelers defense.

Tee Higgins, Bengals (vs. Giants): It remains to be seen how the Bengals offense will fair with Brandon Allen at quarterback, but there will definitely be a drop-off without Joe Burrow. It is safer to bench Higgins, until we see production from Allen.

Tight ends

Start

Hunter Henry, Chargers (vs. Bills): Henry has now scored a touchdown in back-to-back games. This week, he will face the Bills, who are allowing the third-most fantasy points to tight ends.

Sleeper: Robert Tonyan, Packers (vs. Bears)

Sit

Jimmy Graham, Bears (vs. Packers): Graham failed to record a catch in his last game, and Cole Kmet actually received more targets than him. In addition, the Packers are allowing the third-fewest fantasy points per game to tight ends.