Fantasy Football: Week 12 starts, sits
|11.22.13 at 10:28 am ET|
Welcome to the starts and sits for Week 12. I’ve done my best to find some options from across the spectrum while avoiding the really obvious stuff. This is the last bye week for the NFL, so things get a lot easier going forward for those whose teams are still in the thick of things. If you require more assistance or clarity, head over to Rotobahn and check out our full lineup rankings. Also, make sure you check out the Fantasy Football Podcast with Jim Hackett sponsored by our friends at Mohegan Sun. And, as always, I’ll be here Sunday morning for our chat to help with your Week 12 lineup decisions.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Browns
He’s gone off in two out of the last three games, and he’s worth a look based on upside alone. He probably will have his best receiver taken away because Cleveland’s Joe Haden is one of the league’s best cornerbacks, but Big Ben has other places he can go with the ball.
Carson Palmer, Cardinals vs. Colts
He’ll have his ups and downs in this weekend’s game because Indy can get a pass rush going sometimes, but he’ll have enough moments throwing to Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd to have a solid fantasy outing.
Josh McCown, Bears at Rams
He’s not fun to watch, but like Shaun Hill on the Lions, he gets the job done. Coach Marc Trestman has done his usual magnificent job with his quarterbacks, and you can expect some solid stats in Week 12. The Rams simply cannot match up with the size and athleticism of the Chicago receivers and tight ends. The Rams could get lit up if they fail to rush the passer, which is the strength of their defense. McCown is a solid option in 12-team leagues.
Mike Glennon, Bucs at Lions
This is a deep play. Glennon is a bit risky on the road, but I like the matchup with the Tampa receivers going against the Detroit defensive backs. I also think the Bucs can hold up better than most teams against the Lions’ nasty front four. Glennon can play for you in a 12-team league if you’re in a bind. The same can be said for Scott Tolzien of the Packers and and Case Keenum of the Texans.
Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins vs. Panthers
He’s got bad protection, broken weapons and a bad Week 1 matchup. He may get some volume stats, but you can do better in most formats. Leave Tannehill on the bench this week if you have other options.
Zac Stacy, Rams vs. Bears
Stacy was one of our most underrated backs heading into the 2013 draft, and I see no reason to doubt him here. The matchup is solid and at home, plus Stacy has fresh legs coming off the bye week. He should get the carries, and he’s looked way too good to bench at this point in any league size.
Andre Brown, Giants vs. Cowboys
He’s a very solid play this week in a game that should be high scoring. Brown is the clear lead option for the Giants, and he’s active in all phases of the game. Start him as an RB1 in any format this week. Not bad for a waiver wire pickup, right?
I’ve been begging folks to pick up Vereen for well over a month now, and this week you should see why. Vereen is the back who can truly unlock all of the Patriots’ offensive capabilities because he can run the ball, he can perform diverse receiving duties and he holds up in pass protection. I expect him to play more than half of the team’s offensive snaps this week after playing 47 percent in his first game back. Start him in all leagues.
Donald Brown, Colts at Cardinals
Brown is a deeper option for large formats. He has played very good football over the last eight weeks or so, and it’s finally starting to show up in the box score. He played more snaps than Trent Richardson last week, and he got more love at the goal line, too. I like Brown as a flex option in 12-team leagues if you need some help.
Rashard Mendenhall, Cardinals vs. Colts
Not the matchup to play him in. Mendenhall scored last week, and I’d be careful not to chase that production in Week 12 unless you don’t have other options. He’s a reach as a flex in 12-team formats.
Lamar Miller, Dolphins vs. Panthers
He’s a talented back, but he’ll have to do it all on his own in this matchup, and I am not going to wager on that if I have other options. Bench Miller for now and hope that Miami gets things together at some point. Right now, the Dolphins are very much adrift.
Kendall Wright, Titans at Raiders
He’s playing very well since getting over his knee and concussion woes in September. With Ryan Fitzpatrick now starting at quarterback, Wright’s skill set is a keystone of the Titans offense. He’s a must start in all PPR formats and a solid play in standard leagues, too.
Michael Floyd, Cardinals vs. Colts
Make sure he’s healthy, as he’s nursing a shoulder injury, but since he lit up the Jaguars last week while playing with same injury, I’d be looking to keep Floyd active in most formats. He’s a big play waiting to happen and was one of our favorite second-year receivers going into 2013.
Aaron Dobson, Patriots vs. Broncos
Dobson, another Rotobahn favorite, is starting to come into his own. He played more snaps than Danny Amendola in Week 11, and he has a very good chance to put up solid fantasy stats this week against Denver, because you must throw to beat the Broncos. I’d start him in all 12-team leagues and some smaller formats, too.
Rueben Randle, Giants vs. Cowboys
He continues to get it done on most weeks as New York’s third receiver, and he should get enough opportunity in Week 12 to make him a nice flex option in 12-teams leagues. Randle has a solid chance to score and should be matched up with the Cowboys’ third corner most of the time.
Vincent Brown, Chargers at Chiefs
The matchup is not good, and he just hasn’t produced the kind of stats that make him a risk worth taking at this point. He’ll play significant snaps and he certainly has the chance to make a big play, but on the whole, he’s a light option.
Coby Fleener, Colts at Cardinals
Fleener’s playing time now is consistent week to week, and that is leading to more consistent production. He’s been a solid option for the last month, and he can help you this week if you need him.
Delanie Walker, Titans at Raiders
Here’s a player I underestimated. Walker has really responded to his expanded role in Tennessee and will continue to be a big part of the offense with Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm. Walker can help you in 12-team leagues, especially PPR formats.
Rob Housler, Cardinals vs. Colts
Housler, one of our guys, is starting to come alive. He’s not a bad option if you are looking for help in a league with 12 or more teams. The third-year tight end is showing signs, finally scoring his first touchdown. He has some breakout potential in 2014 if the Cardinals get things together on the offensive line.
John Carlson, Vikings at Packers
He has played very well since taking over for the injured Kyle Rudolph. He really surprised us last week with a strong performance against Seattle, and we are buying in this week against the Packers. Carlson can help you in 12-team leagues.
Charles Clay, Dolphins vs. Panthers
He’s a good player, but this matchup stinks, and he may be called on to protect more than usual. He’s more of a viable option in PPR, but I’d look to avoid him in Week 12 if possible.