2017 NFL Week 12 Start 'em Sit 'em

2017 NFL Week 12 Start Sit help

WEEK 11 RECAP:
Running Back (RB) 
START: Jay Ajayi  Kenyan Drake struggled for just 4 yyards on 7 carries and caught just 1 pass for 10 yards.  Alex Collins took 20 totes for 49 yards and a touchdown.  Kareem Hunt was held to just 73 yards on 18 carries, and caught 3 passes for 4 yards.  Duke Johnson Jr. rushed twice for 10 yards, but added 54 yards and a touchdown on 4 catches.
SIT: Ameer Abdullah rushed 11 times for just 22 yards, but caught 2 passes for 13 yards and saved his day with a touchdown.  Doug Martin was held to just 38 yards on 19 carries, and 6 yards on 2 catches.  DeMarco Murray rushed 7 times for just 32 yards, and added another 37 on 5 catches.  
Wide Receiver (WR)
START: Julio Jones caught 5 passes for 71 yards.  Juju Smith-Schuster reeled in 4 targets for 47 yards.  Devante Parker produced just 26 yards on 4 catches.  Jeremy Maclin caught just 4 passes for 34 yards.  DeAndre Hopkins reeled in 4 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.  Tyreek Hill caught 7 passes for 68 yards and added 16 more on a single carry.  Marvin Jones reeled in 4 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown.  Michael Crabtree was limited to 61 yards on 5 catches. 
SIT: Sammy Watkins snared 3 targets for 36 yards.  Sterling Shepard sat due to an injury.   Deshaun Jackson was held to 2 passes fot 28 yards but found the endzone once.  Jordan Matthews was ultimately unavailable due to an injury.  Jordy Nelson brought in just 2 of 6 targets for just 24 yards.
TIGHT END (TE)
START: Tyler Kroft sustained an injury to his hand during the game, but caught 2 passes for 12 yards and a touchdown before getting hurt.  Evan Engram caught just 1 pass for 9 yards.  Kyle Rudolph brought in 5 passes for 58 yards.
SIT: Vernon Davis reeled in 3 targets for 67 yards.  Eric Ebron caught 4 passes for 49 yards.  Hunter Henry caught just 2 passes for 25 yards. 
QUARTERBACK
START: Matt Ryan completed 19 of 27 for 195 yards and a touchdown.  Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 33 passes for 306 yards and a touchdown, but disappointed by tossing 4 picks.  Ben Roethlisberger connected on 30 of 45 for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Derek Carr connected on 28 of 49 for 237 yards, a score, and a pick. Joe Flacco completed 22 of 28 for 183 yards, a score and a pick. 
SIT: Dak Prescott completed 18 of 31 for 145 yards and 3 picks.  He also dropped the ball once.  Andy Dalton connected on 15 of 25 attempts for 154 yards and 3 scores.  Russell Wilson completed 26 of 42 for 258 yards, 2 scores and a pick, but added 86 yards and a touchdown on 7 rushes.
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS
START: Baltimore Ravens shut out the Packers, picked off Hundley 3 times, and forced 2 fumbles.  Kansas City Chiefs allowed 12 points and picked off Eli just once.
SIT: Los Angeles Rams allowed 24 points and over 450 total yards.  Buffalo Bills scored -5 fantasy points.
WEEK 12 PREDICTIONS
RUNNING BACK (RB)
START
Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (v. Bears)
A start for Ajayi is a no-brainer here.  The Bears' defense just lost linebacker Leonard Floyd and Danny Trevathan is questionable.  If Trevathan isn't able to go, the Bears' defense could just fold like the Cowboys do without Sean Lee and the Patriots do without Dont'a Hightower.  Ajayi is a violent, powerful back and runs behind one of the better offensive lines in the league.  He's a go.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (v. Bills)
Hunt was a disappointment in his last outing against a Giants' team that looms like they rallied.  He'll be a bounce back candidate against a Bills team that's struggling on both sides of the ball.  Kansas City could play some old school, smash mouth football this week by winning the game with defense and the run game.
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots (v. Dolphins)
Sure, the Dolphins have one of the better run defenses in the league, but they have one of the worst pass defenses.  Lewis is the back that runs between the tackles, but Burkhead is the pass catcher, making him an appealing start against Miami's soft secondary.
Damien Williams, RB, Miami Dolphins (@ Patriots)
Drake struggled in his second start of the season, but Williams excelled, ripping off a 69 yards run.  Williams is also a proven dual threat and could be targeted out of the backfield thanks to the Dolphins' patchwork offensive line.  This at least makes him a PPR commodity.  He's a receiver out of the backfield with big play potential.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens (v. Texans)
Woodhead looks like he could go full speed after returning last week from an injury sustained earlier this season.  He's poised to take over more snaps and catch more passes out of the backfield, especially with Clowney getting after Flacco this week.  He's a must-start against the Texans' suspect secondary, and is flex-able in all formats.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans (@ Colts)
Murray has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments this year, but one of his few decent games was against the Colts, when he found the endzone.  Murray and Henry should get plenty of work as the Titans try to keep their leaky secondary off of the field.  Murray will be coming off of a mini-bye after playing the Steelers last Thursday night.  He should be rested and ready to go.  
SIT
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos (@ Raiders)
Anderson isn't exactly a bust this week, but he's a definite sit.  He coughed up the ball on a critical possession and ultimately gave the Bengals the game.  The Broncos' backfield has become a full-on timeshare, and Anderson will face Khalil Mack and a stout Raiders front in the Black Hole of the Coliseum.  Anderson could struggle even if he gets the larger share of the workload.
Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers (@ Steelers)
The Steelers' defense plays fast and has an elite linebacking corps.  The Packers have one of the worst offensive lines in football.  Williams struggled to gain 57 yards on 18 carries, but caught 4 passes for 38 yards against the Ravens.  He has the Steelers this week and could put up another flop.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions (v. Vikings)
The Vikings' defense effectively shut down an explosive Rams offense last week and limited Todd Gurley to just 37 yards on the ground.  Sure, Abdullah could go off for 94 yards and a touchdown like he did last time these division foes met, but is that really a risk worth taking?  Abdullah isn't typically involved in the passing game either, nullifying him in PPR formats.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Arizona Cardinals (v. Jaguars)
The Jaguars are like a sledgehammer that pounds its opponents into submission.  Gabbert, Peterson, and the Cardinals' struggling offensive line don't stand a chance behind a dominant Jaguars defensive front.  
Isaiah Crowell, RB, Cleveland Browns (@ Bengals)
Crowell just hasn't done much.  The Browns will probably fall behind early thanks to their sorry secondary, which means they'll need to throw the ball and chase points.  This also means they'll be throwing to Duke Johnson out of the backfield, not Crowell.
WIDE RECEIVER (WR)
START
Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams (v. Saints)
The third round rookie out of Eastern Washington has been a favorite target of sophomore signal caller Jared Goff.  Kupp will look to fill the shoes of Robert Woods who could miss a couple of weeks to a shoulder injury.  The Rams' aggressive playcalling and the Kupp's playmaking ability make him a decent dice roll this week.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens (v. Texans)
Maclin could come up big this week.  The Texans front is struggling, but the Ravens do still need to stop Clowney.  Houston's secondary has been one of the worst in the league.  If Flacco needs to throw it quick, Maclin could have a big day catching passes at all distances.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (v. Titans)
Somehow, some way, Brissett is finding ways to make plays and throw the ball downfield.  The Titans have struggled to defend the pass which could mean big plays for Hilton.  He caught 5 passes for 175 yards and 2 touchdowns in Houston and will try to repeat this week.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (@ Steelers)
Adams might just be matchup-proof, especially in PPR leagues.  He was initially targeted just 5 times in week 7 against New Orleans.  However, was thrown to 28 times over the last 3 weeks, and reeled in 20 of those targets for 269 yards and a touchdown.  He's by far and away the favorite target of Jacoby Brissett and gets the nod this week for his potential volume.  Oh, and Joe Haden's leg is still broken.
Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins (@ Patriots)
Stills is a conditional start this week.  He is still a favorite target of Matt Moore and snagged 7 passes for 180 yards and a score last week against the Buccaneers.  He could see similar numbers if Cutler is benched or forced to miss time and Moore gets the start.  If Moore sits, all bets are off.
SIT
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (v. Jaguars)
Fitz will undoubtedly be lined up opposite Bouye and Ramsey.  The defensive back tandem have shut down the top wideouts of every team all season.  Even if Fitz gets free, Gabbert may not have time to throw to him thanks to Sacksonville's pass rush.  Sit Fitz.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers (@ Steelers)
The Packers' number one wideout has been a bust since Rodgers got hurt.  He hasn't caught many passes (just 10 in the last 4 games) and doesn't have much of a rapport with Brett Hundley.  This week could be no different when the Packers match up with a stout Steelers front. 
Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Cardinals)
Marqise Lee has been on a tear lately, but that could stop this week.  Blake Bortles hasn't exactly been stellar, and Lee could be matched up with Peterson and Mathieu.  The Jaguars could go run-heavy with their talented backfield, limiting Lee's opportunities.
Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets (v. Panthers)
Anderson has had a nice run.  The Jets are coming off of a bye week which means they're rested and ready to take on a tough Panthers defense.  The problem is Anderson is a one-trick pony.  He's tall, fast, and is a go-route specialist.  This type of predictability puts Anderson at risk of having a down week against an underrated Carolina secondary.  
TIGHT END (TE)
START
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders (v. Broncos)
The Broncos have allowed 77 or more yards and/or a touchdown to tight ends in 6 of their last 7 games.  Injuries to Ertz and Kroft limited their production.  Prospects are looking pretty good for Jared Cook this week.
Vernon Davis, TE, Washington Redskins (v. Giants)
On the same note as Cook, the Giants have allowed 1 or more touchdowns in all but one of their games this season.  Sure, they kept Travis Kelce out of the endzone, but they also game up 9 catches for 120 yards to the Chiefs' superstar.  Davis could have a pretty big day even if Reed is ready to go.
SIT
Tyler Kroft, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (v. Browns)
Yes, the Browns present an inviting matchup, but Kroft was limited by a hand injury for the better part of last week's game against the Broncos.  Monitor Kroft's status before Sunday's kickoff.  He could be limited again even if he gets the start.
Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions (v. Vikings)
Ebron's targets have been trending up, but he could struggle this week against a tough Vikings defense.  Even if he does get thrown to, the drops could always come back. 
QUARTERBACK (QB)
START
Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints (@ Rams)
Yes, the Rams' defense is tough, but clearly not that tough after allowing 280 yards and a touchdown to Case Keenum and the Vikings.  Brees could have a big day this week in a possible NFC Championship Preview.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (v. Browns)
Dalton has struggled at times, but the Browns' secondary is even worse.  The Red Rifle threw for "just" 154 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Broncos' No Fly Zone.  He should put up better numbers this week.
Case Keenum, QB, Minnesota Vikings (@ Lions)
Keenum got the Vikings to the goal line and Murray punched them in.  Things should look better for the Vikings' QB this week.  Diggs and Thielen should have better weeks this week against a Lions defense that just allowed 24 points to the Bears.  
SIT
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions (v. Vikings)
Stat Padford nay have a tough week this week against a Vikings' defense that limited the Rams to just 7 points last week.  If Stafford is a start, expectations need to be tempered.
Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (@ Redskins)
Manning is struggling to produce, especially without any real receiving options other than Evan Engram.  Shepard's absence from a Thanksgiving matchup this week should mean Eli's absence from starting lineups.
Josh McCown, QB, New York Jets (v. Panthers)
McCown has found ways to produce and get a struggling Jets defense going.  He could have a tough time this week against a tough Panthers defense.  
DEFENSE / SPECIAL TEAMS (D/ST)
START
Cincinnati Bengals (v. Browns)
Because it's the Browns.  
Philadelphia Eagles (v. Bears)
The Bears have struggled throughout the season, and this week will be no different.  Philly's defense has been tough everywhere but the secondary.  This isn't much of a concern since the Bears don't have many pass catchers.  
Los Angeles Chargers (@ Cowboys)
This is a conditional start.  If Tyron Smith returns, it could mean a tough matchup for the Chargers.  If the Cowboys' tackle is out, Prescott could be running for his life again and the Cowboys' backfield could struggle to find room to run again. 
SIT
Los Angeles Rams (v. Saints)
The Rams defense allowed 24 offensive points to the Vikings and couldn't produce a takeaway.  They'll be in trouble again this week against an elite Saints offense.
Kansas City Chiefs (v. Bills)
Sure it's tempting to start the Chiefs against a Bills offense that gave the ball away 6 times last week.  Well, Head Coach Steve McDermott fixed that real quick and Tyrod Taylor is once again calling the signals.  Also, in case anyone forgot, the Chiefs can actually be run on and the Bills still have one of the best backs in the business.  
Detroit Lions (v. Vikings)
Last time these 2 teams met, Keenum was struggling to find rapport with his 2 star wideouts.  The Vikings were trying to figure out what to do with Dalvin Cook, and the offense was a mixed hodgepodge that lacked an identity.  Keenum could have a much better day this time around after shredding the Rams for 280 yards, a touchdown, and no turnovers.  The Lions' defense gets the bench this week.

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