Utter-Fantasy’s Week 12 Start Em and Sit Em recommendations for your fantasy football league, based on match ups and who’s healthy. Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016 players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy football owners should start DAL RB Zeke Elliott at home vs Washington ) 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 opinions on them, as well as reading yours. Good Luck this week!
Week 12 Byes: None
Start Em Sit Em Week 12 2016
Quarterbacks NFL Start Em Week 12 2016
DAL QB Dak Prescott ( vs WASH )– I expect a high scoring game for both of these teams.
NO QB Drew Brees ( at LAR )– Another tough match up for the Saints, but Brees will still produce.
TENN QB Marcus Mariota ( at CHI )- The Bears will likely be without QB Jay Cutler.
WASH QB Kirk Cousins ( at DAL)- Capt. Kirk is full of confidence.
SD QB P Rivers ( at HOU)- Fresh off a “Bye” week, Rivers should throw a lot in this one. Houston 11th vs the pass, 18th vs the run.
No Brainers…. PITT QB Big Ben ( at IND )-
Running Backs NFL Start Em Week 12 2016
WASH RB Rob Kelley ( at DAL )- Don’t worry about his game just Thursday. He had virtually no work the first 7 games of the season. He has fresh legs, and hungry for more success.
NYG Rashad Jennings ( at CLEV )- RB Jennings did this last year. Everyone is tired and beat up except for him. 129 total yards and 1 TD in week 11.
HOU Lamar Miller ( vs SD )- He’s running well, just not into the endzone much. One time in Week 11, and he should again in Week 12.
BUFF RB LeSean McCoy ( vs JACK )- Hand surgery, but he’s actually looking like he’s going to play. If so, a great match up.
RB Sleepers Week 12…PHIL RB Wendell Smallwood ( vs GB )- RBs Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles are dinged up, so Smallwood could take over Week 12 vs a BAD Packer’s defense.
RB Sleepers Week 12…MINN RB J McKINNON ( at DET)- Last place NFL defense will try stop McKinnon, but I betcha he pops a long one.
No Brainer…. TENN RB D Murray ( at CHI )-
Wide Receivers NFL Start Em Week 12 2016
SEA WR Doug Baldwin ( at TB)- The #12 WR in the NFL has a great match up.
WASH WR Jamison Crowder ( vs DAL)- Quickly becoming QB Cousins favorite target after TE J Reed, and he gets down the field deep….fast.
BALT WR Steve Smith ( vs CINN )- The old man is coming strong this late in the season. I love it.
SD WR Tyrell Williams ( at HOU )- Chargers #1 wide out and it isn’t close.
NE WR Julian Edleman ( at NYJ )- QB Brady’s favorite target with Gronk out, and the Jets can’t cover anyone.
TENN WR Rishard Matthews/ Tajae Sharpe ( at CHI )- I like both of these guys this week, but Rishard the most.
MINN WR Adam Thielen ( at DET )- Should piggy back off his success last week. DET #32 worst defense.
CLEV WR T Pryor ( vs NYG )- Expect plenty of yards, but hasn’t scored a TD in a long time. Probably won’t in Week 12.
Tight Ends NFL Start Em Week 12 2016
NE TE Martellus Bennett ( at NYJ )- With TE Gronk likely out again, Bennett should rebound from Week 11.
SD TE Antonio Gates ( at HOU )- In their past 3 games prior to their “Bye” in Week 11 SD TE Antonio Gates 27 targets…171 yards & 1 TD in EACH game.
MINN TE Kyle Rudolph ( at DET)– The Lion’s defense is the worst vs opposing tight ends.
SF TE Vance McDonald ( at MIA )- I have recommended TE McDonald for weeks now. Currently the #17 TE in the NFL and only 10 tight ends have more TDs than McDonald has (4).
Sleeper….DET TE Eric Ebron ( vs MINN)- It took long enough for this 1st rounder to start paying dividends.
Sleeper….CLEV TE Gary Barnidge ( vs NYG)- QB Josh McCown knows to get TE Barnidge involved in the offense. A touchdown reception in Week 11.
Defenses NFL Start Em Week 12 2016
PITT ( at IND )- A massacre is coming.
NYG ( vs CLEV )- Any team vs CLEV.
NE ( at NYJ )- QB R Fitz stinks and so does the Jet’s secondary .
TENN (vs CHI )– CHI QB Jay Cutler is OUT.
Quarterbacks NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016
KC QB Alex Smith ( at DEN )- Really a no-brainer.
JACK QB Blake Bortles ( at BUFF )- No one on the Jag’s team is a “start” this week, except for WR Allen Robinson who will will likely score in junk time.
MIA QB Ryan Tannehill ( vs SF )- Tannehill barely squeaked out a decent game last week. I doubt he does it again.
KC QB Trevor Siemian ( vs KC )- Broncos won’t need to throw a lot to win this game.
Very risky… ATL QB Matt Ryan ( vs ARI )- I prefer a better match up.
Running Backs NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016
KC RB Spencer Ware ( at DEN )- In good match ups this guy has done NOTHING for weeks. This is a tough one.
IND RB Frank Gore ( vs PITT )- With QB A Luck likely out, all Pittsburgh has to do is shut down Gore , and they will.
CLEV RB I Crowell ( vs NYG )- Crowell is getting worn out and has very little help.
JACK RB Chris Ivory ( at BUFF)- Even with a chance of RB Yeldon sitting in Week 12, this match up is brutal for Ivory.
GB RB James Starks ( at PHIL )- Tough seeing Starks in the endzone Week 12.
Sit Em if you can…….TB RB Doug Martin ( vs SEA )- NO RB Mark Ingram ( vs LAR)
Wide Receivers NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016
ALL CHI WRs ( vs TENN )- CHI QB Matt “Who?” Barkley will be under center for the Bears.
ALL IND WRs ( vs PITT )- IND QB Scott “Who?” Tolzien will be under center for the Bears.
KC WR Tyreek Hill ( at DEN)- Broncos only have to shut down 3 players. WR Hill, TE Kelce and RB Ware.
SF WRs ( at MIA)- Trust no SFs wide outs. Only TE Vance McDonald.
Tight Ends NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016
IND TEs D Allen/ Jack Doyle ( vs PITT )- QB A Luck OUT.
TB TE Cameron Brate ( vs SEA )- Playing well, but won’t against Seattle.
Sit Em if you can……DAL TE J Witten ( vs WASH)-
Defenses NFL Sit Em Week 12 2016
IND ( vs PITT ) – A blow out likely coming.
CINN ( at BALT )- Without WR AJ Green and RB Gio, the Bengals will struggle mightily.
NYJ ( vs NE )- The Jets won’t slow down the Pats, at all.
No Brainer DEF sits: JACK ( at BUFF)…DEN ( vs KC)