By: Fan Sports Lists Team
Week 12 has no teams on byes since the NFL has a full day of games on Turkey Day. That means there are lots of options available so knowing which guys to sit and which to start is crucial. If you have a playoff spot locked up or have some room on your roster, start looking to pick up players with favorable matchups in weeks 14 – 16.
7 Players to start this week:
1. Eric Ebron – TE – Det vs. Min: Ebron has now had 3 respectable outings in a row now, which is something he has not done often in his career. I think Ebron’s impact as of late is a sign that he is finally health. He could be a TE worth owning heading into the fantasy playoffs. Ebron scored a TD last week on a TE sweep play from the 1 yard line. The previous play he caught a 61-yard pass to set up the score. If you have Ebron on your team, now is the time to play him.
2. Rashad Jennings – RB – NYG @ Cle: Jennings has had lead back work the past few weeks and there is no reason that will not continue this week when the Giants face a Cleveland D that is giving up 143 yards per game rushing. Look for Jennings on the waiver wire as he might be hanging out there. He is good bet to get solid line play and, if you have a need to fill, Jennings might be your guy.
3. Jay Ajayi – RB – Mia vs. SF: The San Francisco D is giving up 179 yards per game. Ajayi already has two games in which he has gone over 200 yards and this could be his 3rd. In the last 3 games, Ajayi has rushed the ball a total of 59 times as well as seeing 9 targets in the pass game. Ajayi’s matchup won’t be any sweeter than it is this week. After this the competition ramps up.
4. Frank Gore – RB – Ind @ Cle: With the QB still in concussion protocol, the backup gets the start on turkey day. The team should rely on their veteran RB to carry the load in the run game as well as the short passing game.
5. Rob Kelley – RB –Was @ Dal: He has lead the league in rushing the past two weeks and has looked very good finishing runs.
6. Wendell Smallwood – TE – Phi vs. GB: Last week Mathews and Sproles left the game with injuries and both probably won’t play this week. Smallwood showed he was up for the task against a tough D in the Seahawks and he plays a team that gave up 3 rushing TDs last week.
7. DeVante Parker – WR – Mia vs. SF: 1 week only! SF has given up the 2nd most passing TDs in the league. That happens to be what DeV does best.
Honorable mention: Brandon LaFell – WR – Cin, Thomas Rawls – RB – Sea @ TB, Eli Manning – QB – NYG @ Cle, Atl D – good matchup this week and great matchups weeks 13, 14 ,15
6 Players to bench or cut now:
1. Jeremy Hill – RB – Cin @ Bal: Hill has been a bust for the better part of the year, again. Hill’s only 100+ yard performance this year came against Browns. This week he faces the Ravens D which is allowing only 76 rushing yards per game. Until Hill has a matchup against the Browns again, explore other options if possible.
2. Brandon Marshall – WR – NYJ vs. NE: Marshall and the Jets will face a tough test in the New England D allowing just 252 passing yards per game. To go along with that, Marshall is likely to see a lot of CB Malcolm Butler. It appears the Jets will be putting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center which probably won’t help since he has been awful this year. Marshall may be a factor yet this season but it likely won’t be this week.
3. Jordan Howard – RB – Chi vs. Ten: The Titans D is giving up only 92 yards per game to opposing RBs. Howard is the best bet for any offensive production from the Bears on Sunday. With Jay Cutler’s season, likely over, the Bears will look to lean on the run more and I think that plays into Tennessee’s hand. If you can work around Howard’s matchup this week he will be a prime start candidate in his next outing against San Francisco, just in time to help you grab that playoff spot.
4. T.Y. Hilton – WR – Ind vs. Pit: Without Luck all of the Colts receivers take a major hit in fantasy value.
5. Jameis Winston – QB – TB vs. Sea: He has a tough matchup this week against a D that punishes young QBs. Look to the waiver wire for a good matchup. However, he does have favorable matchups the rest of the way.
6. Marvin Jones –WR – Det vs. Min: Xavier Rhodes. Enough said.
(Dis)honorable mention: C.J. Prosise – RB – Sea (out indefinitely), Alshon Jeffery – WR – Chi (drop if in tight playoff race), Tyrell Williams – WR – SD @ Hou
7 Players to plug-in or pick-up if possible:
1. Tajae Sharpe – WR – Ten @ Chi: Sharpe had a nice game last week against the Colts. That was the 2nd week in a row in which Sharpe found the end zone. Sharpe will work against a Bears D that is giving up 241 yards per game passing. That may not seem like a lot, but the Bears will have to do something to slow down the run game of the Titans. That should open things up down field for Marcus Mariota to throw it around.
2. J.J. Nelson – WR – Ari @ Atl: Nelson has been lost in the O as of late since the bye week, though the 2 games since the bye have not been great matchups. Nelson will have a good chance to get back on track this week against the Falcons. The Falcons D is allowing 283 passing yards per game this season which is second most league wide. Larry Fitzgerald is the only consistent WR the Cardinals but he can’t have all the yards on Sunday.
3. Adam Thielen – WR – Min @ Det: Thielen could have a similar role against the Lions this week as he had last week. The Lions are giving up 253 passing yards per game this year but, more importantly, Darius Slay should be lined up on Diggs the majority of the time and that will help Thielen. Thielen has TDs in consecutive weeks for the Purple. The only concern here is the Viking O seems to score very little, something to consider.
4. Tyler Boyd – WR – Cin @ Bal: Although Boyd will face a tough matchup this week against Baltimore, he should see more looks with the absence of A.J. Green (hamstring), out at least this week. Boyd found the end zone last week against the Bills and should see somewhere around 10 targets this week. Brandon LaFell should also see an uptick in production.
5. Pierre Garcon – WR – Was @ Dal: He has looked good as of late with this high powered passing game and is facing a beat up secondary.
6. Malcolm Mitchell – WR – NE @ NYJ: Brady spoke highly of the rookie this week and he had his first TD of the year when he ran past the 49ers D.
7. Sammy Watkins – WR – Buf vs. Jax: He has great matchups going forward and has the Browns for most people’s championship week.
Honorable mention: Paul Perkins – RB – NYG, Jeremy Maclin – WR – KC (pick up for later), Devin Funchess – WR – Car (pick up for later)