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Week 12 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Zac StacyHere we are in Week 12 and at the very doorstep of the fantasy playoffs for most leagues. Here’s a look at players to with favorable matchups this week that should be played and others with the not so favorable matchups that might be best to keep seated. Good luck in Week 12!


START ‘EM:  Joe Flacco (Ravens vs. Jets)

Flacco hasn’t exactly been the “elite” quarterback that we saw during the team’s 2012 Super Bowl season, but he shows flashes. Going into Week 12 he has a good matchup versus a Jets defense that is giving up the third most fantasy points to opposing QBs when their on the road. While New York’s defense has been legitimately good at times this season, the secondary has struggled. That’s good news for Flacco.

START ‘EM: Case Keenum (Texans vs. Jaguars)

Many folks jumped on the Keenum bandwagon with reckless abandoned and got burned. There’s nothing worse than seeing a QB that you’ve started in a late season matchup get yanked from a game due to poor play. That said, he’ll be starting in Week 12 and has a favorable matchup against Jacksonville.  The Jags are giving up the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season.

SIT ‘EM: Philip Rivers (Chargers at Chiefs)

For as hot as Rivers started the season, he has certainly been cooling down of late. He’s thrown 1 or more interception in each of the last four games and has only topped 15 fantasy points twice in the last five weeks. Kansas City is giving up a meager average of 13.5 points per week to opposing QBs, so this might not be an up week for Laserface.

Running Backs

START ‘EM: Zac Stacy (Rams vs. Bears)

Stacy has been a monster of late, and all trends are suggesting it’s going to be another big week in Week 12. The Rams will be facing a Bears defense that has been horrible versus the run in recent weeks. They have given up the second most fantasy points to RBs in the last four weeks. Stacy is as good start, and do so with confidence.

START ‘EM: Ben Tate (Texans vs. Jaguars)

With Foster out Tate is the man in Houston. Unfortunately, he hasn’t exactly been lighting things on fire recently as he’s been playing with broken ribs. That said, you can’t ask for a much better matchup in Week 12 as he faces a bad Jacksonville team. The Jags have given up an average of 24.3 fantasy points to RBs over the last four weeks.

SIT ‘EM: Trent Richardson (Colts at Cardinals)

Richardson may be the high profile back, and he may even be listed as the starter. But, he’s not the fantasy relevant player in Indy. At this point Donald Brown is getting the work done, and the verdict is out on Richardson. There’s no sense in risking the mess at this point. Week 12’s matchup isn’t a good one for Colts’ running backs anyway, so it’s time to stop forcing the TRich start.

Wide Receivers

START ‘EM: Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals vs. Colts)

Fitzgerald is coming off a good week, and he faces a great matchup in Week 12 versus the Colts. Indy’s defense has fallen completely flat in recent weeks.  The Colts defense is giving up the most fantasy points to WRs in the NFL over the last four weeks. Larry is a good play this week.

START ‘EM: Kendall Wright (Titans at Raiders)

Wright hasn’t exactly burst onto the fantasy scene as he’s become the preferred target in Tennessee, but he’s certainly seeing the targets. He’ll be facing a Raiders defense that is giving up an average of 30.0 fantasy points per game to visiting wide receivers. Wright is a decent start, and doubly so in PPR leagues.

SIT ‘EM: Antonio Brown (Steelers at Cleveland)

Brown has been solid this season, but I’ll let you in on a little news. Cleveland’s Joe Haden has been an absolutely menace to wide receivers this season. Haden has held the likes of A.J. Green to 7 yards and Calvin Johnson to 25 yards. While Antonio is more or less a must start every week, you should definitely beware and think about other options in Week 12.

Tight Ends

START ‘EM: Coby Fleener (Colts at Cardinals)

Fleener has been slowly coming into his own in the Colts offense, and his role should be ever increasing in the absence of Reggie Wayne. He’ll be facing an Arizona defense that is giving up the most points in the NFL to opposing tight ends. Look for Fleener to have a big game.

SIT ‘EM: Antonio Gates (Chargers at Chiefs)

Gates has had a respectable season so far in 2013, but Week 12 might not be a good week for him. The Chargers face a Chiefs defense that is giving up the fewest points in the league to opposing tight ends. That Kansas City defense is tough, and it stands to be a rough day for Gates and company.

Defense/Special Teams

START ‘EM: Ravens D/ST vs. Jets

Geno Smith has been a turnover machine this season which means it’s always smart to play defenses that are facing him. The Jets are giving up the third most fantasy points to opposing defenses, so all indications are that the Baltimore D could have a nice day.

SIT ‘EM: Cardinals D/ST vs. Colts

Arizona’s defense has been pretty good this season, and their run defense has been particularly good. That said, opposing defenses have struggled against the Colts and that’s particularly the case for defenses at home. Home defenses have averaged a paltry 3.0 fantasy points per game against Andrew Luck and company. The Cards D may not be a good play in Week 12.


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