Fantasy Football: Week 12 Start’em & Sit’em

Bengals Seahawks FootballIt can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough match-ups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Carson Palmer vs. CLE – Palmer hasn’t exactly lit up scoreboards this season, recording only 14 touchdowns, but he should be able to improve that number this weekend when the Bengals host the Browns. Cleveland ranks near the bottom of the league in pass defense, allowing 247.1 YPG and 15 touchdowns through the air in ten games. Palmer recorded 21 fantasy points in their first meeting this year, and even though he has slowed down dramatically since the bye, recording only one touchdown through those three games, he should continue his success against the Browns and provide owners with nice stat line.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Matt Ryan vs. TB, Matt Hasselbeck vs. STL, Alex Smith vs. JAC

Sit’em: Joe Flacco vs. PIT – Flacco is a tough guy to bench after the great start he had this season, but he has cooled down as of late, recording only 17 fantasy points over the past three games. This weekend his struggles should continue as the Ravens take on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have allowed just over 200 yards and one touchdown per game through the air thus far this season. Their defense will be especially motivated to punish their division rivals and stay ahead of them in the standings. That will likely mean a long day for Flacco, accompanied by a rather disappointing stat line.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Jake Delhomme vs. NYJ, Mark Sanchez vs. CAR, Chad Henne vs. BUF

Running Backs

Start’em: Ricky Williams vs. BUF – We knew Ricky Williams’ stock would rise with the departure of Ronnie Brown to injured reserve, but I don’t think anyone expected the three touchdown 100+ yards that he provided last Thursday against the Panthers. Now he will have the pleasure of taking on the Buffalo Bills and their 31st ranked run defense. They have allowed 15 touchdowns and 165.9 YPG on the ground through their first 10 games and the Dolphins will look to take advantage of that. In their first meeting this year, Williams rushed 16 times for 85 yards and a TD, and Brown had 20 carries for 115 yards and 2 TDs. With Williams taking on the full load, expect him to put up another monster stat line as the Dolphins running game once again flourishes against the Bills.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: LaDanian Tomlinson vs. SD, Thomas Jones vs. CAR, Joseph Addai vs. HOU

Sit’em: Matt Fortevs. MIN – It is tough to bench your first-round pick, but Matt Forte has done little for fantasy owners thus far this season and his matchup against the Vikings this weekend will not change that. The Vikings have allowed only three rushing touchdowns against this season and less than 65 YPG against on the ground at home. When you consider Forte himself has only three touchdowns thus far this season, you can’t possibly like those odds.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Marshawn Lynch vs. MIA, Jamal Lewis vs. CIN, Pierre Thomas vs. NE

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Roddy White vs. TB – When it comes to starting receivers, it is always nice to see them up against an opponent who is prone to allowing touchdowns through the air. That is the perfect description for the Bucs secondary. Tampa has allowed 22 touchdowns through the air, 3rd most in the league. Matt Ryan will be looking to expose this weakness and Roddy White should be the beneficiary. He hasn’t recorded a touchdown in his past three games, but expect him to break that trend on Sunday.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Chad Ochocinco vs. CLE, Michael Crabtree vs. JAC, Anquan Boldin vs. TEN

Sit’em: Steve Smith vs. NYJ – Steve Smith seems to have produced some nice numbers for fantasy owners over the past two weeks, but week 12 will be the time to get him back on your bench. He will likely draw the attention of Jets cornerback Darnelle Revis, and that is bad news for anyone. Just ask Randy Moss, who was held in check for the most part last week by the man many consider to be one of the league’s best cover corners. Smith will once again struggle and should disappoint many owners this week, unless of course you are one of the owners who kept him on your bench.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Braylon Edwards vs. CAR, Derrick Mason vs. PIT, Chris Chambers vs. SD

Tight Ends

Start’em: Fred Davis vs. PHI – Fred Davis broke out earlier in the season against the Eagles after Chris Cooley left the game with an injury. He will get the chance to find the end zone once again when the Redskins travel to Philly. It should help his cause that the Eagles have allowed more fantasy points to tight ends than any other team in the NFL. That makes Davis a rather attractive start.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Tony Gonzalez vs. TB, Greg Olsens vs. MIN, Kellen Winslow vs. ATL

Sit’em: Heath Miller vs. BAL – Miller is a tough player to bench, but he has struggled against the Ravens in his career, averaging under 20 YPG in his last six against them. This game should be a hard hitting, tight, physical contest with points being rare. Don’t expect much out of Miller in this one.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Dustin Keller vs. CAR, Jeremy Shockey vs. NE, Todd Heap vs. PIT


Start’em: Rian Lindell vs. MIA – Miami has been a goldmine for opposing kickers as they have allowed over 10 fantasy PPG against through ten games to the position. The Bills offense decent enought to get it down the field against the Panthers, but likely not good enough to get into the end zone often. That should mean a lot of settling for field goals by Lindell in this one.

Sit’em: John Kasay vs. NYJ – Kickers have struggled thus far this season against the Jets, averaging only 6 PPG. The Panthers may struggle to move the ball against a stout New York defense, and Kasay has been inconsistent this year, making him a risk in this game.


Start’em: Eagles vs. WSH – The Eagles took advantage of a weak Redskins offense earlier this season, and they should do the same this time around with the home crowd on their side. The Redskins have been especially kind to opposing fantasy defenses, and that should once again be the case against the Eagles.

Sit’em: Saints vs. NE – The Saints are tops in points among fantasy defenses, but they likely will not be as productive on Monday night when the Patriots visit the Superdome. Tom Brady appears to be back in form and has already helped his team produce big points against the colts and Jets the past two weeks. Those are two stellar defenses, as are the Saints, but it appears as though there is no slowing down New England’s offensive attack at the moment.

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