Fantasy Football: Week 12 starts, sits
|11.25.12 at 8:13 am ET|
Welcome to the Week 12 starts and sits. With so many games having already been played, I’m offering fewer players here than usual. If I fail to cover the player or players that you want feedback on, please feel free to stop by our chat Sunday morning at 11 a.m. We also offer full Week 12 positional rankings at Rotobahn.com.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers at Saints
If you need a quarterback and Kaepernick’s available, I love the move. You might need to be ready to make a switch, and there are limited options due to the late start. That being said, I think he’ll start over Alex Smith. Harbaugh wants to win, and San Francisco has more Super Bowl potential with Kaepernick at the helm. If he starts, I expect good fantasy numbers.
Chad Henne, Jaguars vs. Titans
He’s locked in with no competition, and this is a very good matchup. Henne’s also shown a solid rapport with all of his receivers. If you need a quarterback for Week 12, Henne will work in any format.
Joe Flacco, Ravens at Chargers
He’s just not trustworthy on the road and I’d much rather go with Henne, just to give you a baseline for comparison. Flacco has upside, and he can always have a good day, but you are pressing your luck when you play him on the road against decent competition.
Ronnie Hillman, Broncos at Chiefs
With Willis McGahee out for the year, Hillman should end up being the most valuable back in Denver for fantasy purposes. He is viable in any league and is a legit RB2 option in 12-team leagues.
Fred Jackson, Bills at Colts
With C.J. Spiller now starting, the first instinct might be to sit Jackson, but we’d play him this week in 12-team leagues. The matchup is good and they will still get Jackson the ball enough to be viable, and he is likely to get goal-line touches as he always has. He’s viable this week.
Bush was a high draft choice, so some folks may still be sticking with him, but I would definitely be looking for other options this week. In reality, Bush is still living off that one huge game that occurred in Week 2, before he injured his knee. He’s been a bad play in six out of the eight games since that time. Avoid if possible.
Danario Alexander, Chargers vs. Ravens
He’s healthy and he has a very good thing going with QB Philip Rivers, who has been looking for a dynamic target all year since losing Vincent Jackson. While Alexander’s long-term value is sketchy due to serious injury concerns, his weekly value is very high right now. Start him with confidence in all formats.
Cecil Shorts, Jaguars vs. Titans
With Henne at quarterback and with WR Laurent Robinson out for the year, things are looking up for our guy Cecil. He should produce with guaranteed playing time and a great matchup. Start him with confidence in any format as a WR3.
Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers at Browns
He will get plenty of snaps, but we just don’t like the Steelers receivers without Ben Roethlisberger under center. We’d sit Sanders in any league with fewer than 14 teams.
Jermaine Gresham, Bengals vs. Raiders
He’s a weekly play in our view, but even if you are using him as a matchup play, this is a week to use him. The Raiders are easy to throw on and they will be hyper-focused on stopping A.J. Green. It’s a great spot for the big tight end.
Jermichael Finley, Packers at Giants
The feud between Aaron Rodgers and Finley seems to be over and that is good news for owners of Finley. The Giants will offer plenty of opportunity for Finley and based on last week, we like his chances of being productive enough to start for you in 12-team formats.
Brent Celek, Eagles vs. Panthers
He’s not a dependable option right now and has struggled a bit with his hands. You can do better in 10-team leagues off of the waiver wire. Avoid Celek for now.