Start Em Sit Em Week 12

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2015 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy football prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL Fantasy Football players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start ATL WR Julio Jones at home vs the Vikings ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours-  Good Luck this week and…..a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Quarterbacks Start Em Week 12

DET Matt Stafford (vs PHIL)–  In Week 11, rookie QB Jameis Winston threw for 5 TDs against an exposed Philly defense (that looked more like a NO Saint’s defense)- The Bucs set franchise records with 283 rushing yards and their 521 yards of total offense were second in franchise history. QB Stafford should have very nice day Week 12 for fantasy football owners

HOU Brian Hoyer (vs NO) –Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Monday that Brian Hoyer (concussion) will start in Week 12 against the Saints. New Orleans makes every quarterback look like he belongs in the HOF

SEA Russell Wilson ( vs PITT )- Pittsburgh is 5th best at defending the run, but 5th worst at defending the pass. Recommended Week 11-LINK- Wilson had his best game with 260 passing yards and 3 TDs

 JACK B Bortles (vs SD )– After playing a Thursday Night Game in Week 11, the Jags are well rested with 10 days off and face a bad Charger team

Sleeper Start Em Sit Em Week 12- TENN Markus Mariota- The Titans face the Oakland Raiders who are the 3rd worst NFL team defending the pass. Also, QB Mariota expects to get WR Kendall Wright back

Sleeper Start Em Sit Em Week 12- WASH Kirk Cousins- Capt. Kirk faces the NY Giants, who give up more passing yards than any other NFL team

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- C Palmer at SF…..A Rodgers vs CHI


Running Backs Start Em Week 12

GB Eddie Lacy ( vs CHI)- Fantasy football owners of Lacy will be very happy to see the GB running back finally hitting Start Em Sit Em lists for Week 12. IIn Week 11, Lacy got back on track with 22 carries for 100 yards. Detroit is not a top NFL team defending the run, and Lacy will try to shine in Thanksgiving Prime Time

HOU Alfred Blue ( vs N.O. )– Blue proved in Week 11 ( 92 total yards and 1 TD) that when given enough opportunities, he can be viable fantasy Start Em Sit Em Week 12 NFL option for fantasy football owners. Blue faces the hideously bad Saints defense Week 12

BALT “Buck” Allen (at CLEV)- Allen shouldn’t even be considered a “sleeper” Week 12 facing THE WORST NFL Team defending the run….the Cleveland Browns. Despite having new QB Matt Schaub as the BALT starter, Allen should do well on the number of touches he gets, which should be on the 20+ side

Sleeper- PHIL Darren Sproles (at DET)- A “Sleeper Recommendation Week 11-LINK- and produced with 59 total yards and 1 TD.  RB Ryan Matthews (concussion) will likely sit out Week 12, so Sproles role should increase significantly again

Sleeper- IND Ahmad Bradshaw (vs TB)- An Utter-Fantasy NFL Waiver Wire Week 12 recommendation- LINK- new QB M Hasselbeck is very comfortable playing with both IND running backs Gore and Bradshaw. In Week 11, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed 9/32 yards and 4 receptions for 20 yards and two TDs

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- Chris Ivory vs MIA…..T Rawls vs PITT…….AP vs ATL


Wide Receivers Start Em Week 12

WASH DeSean Jackson ( vs NYG )- Finally healthy and getting plenty of targets from QB Capt. Kirk- Jackson had his best week of the 2015 season in Week 11, with 87 yards and 1 TD. He faces the the Giants who give up more receiving yards to opposing players than any other NFL team

ARI John Brown ( at SF )- Brown had a bit of a health scare in Week 10, and although he started, he had zero receptions. He came back stronger in Week 11 and had 52 total yards and 1 TD. With WR Michael Floyd having a multiple-week injury, Brown should see plenty of targets in a very winnable game

All GB WRs- R Cobb/ J Jones/D Adams (vs CHI)- Anyone of these wide receivers could have a huge day against a Chicago, in a game the Packers desperately want to win to keep on top of the NFC North division

CLEV Travis Benjamin ( vs BALT)– QB McCown will start Week 12 and has a pretty nice match up a Baltimore pass defense that has been the “proverbial sieve” for wide receivers

Sleeper- HOU Nate Washington (vs NO)- Washington has a nice matchup this week against a hapless Saints secondary, but must battle WR Cecil Shorts (back from injury) for targets

Sleeper- TB Vincent Jackson (at IND)– In Jackson’s 1st game back since Week 7, he looked very strong and rested and finished Week 11 with 56 yards and 1 TD


Tight Ends Start Em Week 12

PITT Heath Miller (at SEA)- The Seahawks are surprisingly the 4th worst NFL team defending the TE position – heres a nice helpful LINK

WASH Jordan Reed (vs NYG)- Although TE J Reed suffered a sprained MCL late in the Redskins’ Week 11 loss to the Panthers, he played through it and is expected to play Week 12. The Giants are one of the worst NFL team defending the TE position. IF Reed cannot go this week, WASH TE Derek Carrier is a nice fantasy football “Sleeper”

DAL J Witten ( at MIA)- Before QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2, Witten had 17 targets/ 116 yards and 2 TDs. After QB Tony Romo was injured in Week 2……..329 yards and 0 TDs


Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainer- G Olsen (at DAL)


Defense Start Em Week 12

CLEV (vs BALT)- BALT QB Joe Flacco (ACL) is OUT for the season so back up QB Matt Schaub takes over under center. Schaub has not thrown a pass in the NFL this season and will likely throw more than one costly INT

DET (vs PHIL)– The Lion’s are on a bit of a roll right now winning 2 games in a row. If QB Mark Sanchez starts as expected, he’s always good for at lat INTS a game

Sleeper MIA (at NYJ) The Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been throwing so many interceptions in the past 2 games, that there was talking of benching him

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- ARI Defense at SF



Quarterbacks Sit Em Week 12

BUFF Tyrod Taylor (at KC)- Early in the season, everyone was throwing on the Chiefs. Lately however, they are shutting down everyone. Additionally, QB T Taylor is injured but expected to play

OAK Derek Carr ( at TENN)- The Titans are the 3rd best NFL team defending the pass. In Week 11, they held JACK QB B Bortles to 246 yards and only 1 TD and not many teams have done that

CHI Jay Cutler (at GB)– The Packers always seem to have “Cutler’s number.” In Week 1 they held Cutler to 225 passing yards/ 1 TD/ 1 INT. Hopefully you have better options at quarterback in Week 12

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- Sit Case Keenum ( vs CINN)…….SF B Gabbert vs ARI……KC A Smith vs BUFF


Running Backs Sit Em Week 12

DEN R Hillman/ CJ Anderson (vs NE)– One of the best kept secrets in the so far this season is that the Pats have moved up to the 2nd best run defense in the NFL. HC Belichick will stop the run again and force new QB B Osweiler to beat the Pats

MIA Lamar Miller (at NYJ)-  First, I think RB Miller is very worn down. He’s carried the ball a lot over the past 3 years, often carrying the Miami offense. Miller hasn’t topped 44 rushing yards since Week 7, he has to share now with RB Jay Ajayi AND….The Jets are 3rd best NFL team defending the run

SD Melvin Gordon (at JACK)– A “preseason favorite” of mine is turning out to be a bust of the “Trent Richardson” variety.A little over 3 yards a carry and ZERO TDs in 2015. The Jaguars are 9th in the NFL vs the run

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainer- Sit Shaun Draughn ( vs ARI).

Wide Receivers Sit Em Week 2


BUFF Sammy Watkins (at KC)- A “Sit Em” recommendation last week -LINK– and a good one- Watkins had only 39 receiving yards- A Sit Em again this week vs a very much improved KC pass defense. Like the Pats in Week 11, the Chiefs will take Buffalo’s #1 play maker out of this game

CINN A J Green (vs STL)–  You may not like seeing Green here, and you may have to start him, but not only is this a bad match up for him ( STL is 8th best vs the pass) but other teams have shown how to shut down Green, who only has topped 100 receiving yards in a game once since Week 3 and hasn’t had a TD pass since Week 8

OAK Amari Cooper ( at TENN)- Although Cooper will always get lots of targets, good defenses this season ( CINN/ Week 1…..DEN/ Week 5….NY JETS/ Week 8…. MINN/ Week 10 and DET/ Week 11 have shut Cooper down!)   The Titans are 4th best vs the pass

Start Em Sit Em Week 12 No Brainers- All SF 49er receivers


Tight Ends Sit Em Week 12

KC T Kelce ( vs BUFF )- Kelce has only one TD reception since Week 1 and Buffalo will make sure that streak continues

SD Ladarius Green ( at JACK )- Green has been a huge disappointment for fantasy football owners, going back to the preseason hype and one decent game in Week 1. QB P Rivers doesn’t even look in his direction anymore


Defense Sit Em Week 12

STL Defense ( at CINN)- CINN QB Andy Dalton isn’t making many mistakes.  He only has 5 INTs this entire season. The Bengals run the ball and are playing smart

BUFF Defense ( at KC )– 2 tough defenses equates to low scoring and few opportunities for both sides. KC QB Alex Smith hasn’t thrown an INT since Week 3

PITT Defense ( at SEA )– The Seahawks at home aren’t going to give away anything to the Steelers in a game they must win to keep up with Arizona