Week 12 – Start ‘em or Sit ‘em


Teams on the bye: Rams, Chiefs. This is the last week with teams on the bye.


Start ‘em



Baker Mayfield (Browns):

Mayfield has been consistent all season. This week he faces a Bengals defense who love giving up fantasy points to opposition QBS. In fact, they are the worst in the league at it. Expect Mayfield to have a day out against a side who give up on average nearly 300 passing yards against and 150 on the ground.

Prediction: 300+ yards, four touchdowns, zero intercepts.


Drew Brees (Saints):

The Saints put 48 points on the Super Bowl champs in their last game, this week they have a Falcons team who are terrible on defense. They allow an average of 400 plus yards of offense per game and leak more than 27 points. Brees and the Saints offense will have a field day with this team. Expect big numbers again.

Prediction: 300+ yards, five touchdowns, zero intercepts.


Wide Receivers

Amari Cooper (Cowboys):

Cooper has found a new home in Dallas and new lease on football. He has paired very well with Dak Prescott. This trend will continue to rise against the poor cornerbacks at the Redskins. This is the biggest game of the season so far for the Cowboys. Cooper will feature heavily.

Prediction: 10 receptions for 150 yards, one touchdown.


Tre’quan Smith (Saints):

This rookie has had an incredible start to his NFL career. The Saints are stacked with talent, but are still finding Smith for plenty of yards this season. He has 22 receptions for 371 yards and four touchdowns this season. Expect those numbers to rise this week against a terrible Falcons defense.

Prediction: 10 receptions for 120 yards, one touchdown.


Running Backs

Melvin Gordon (Chargers):

After a relatively quiet week 11, Gordon will bounce back in a big way when the Chargers play the rubbish Cardinals at home. It will be a huge week for the running back as they play one of the worst teams in the NFL.

Prediction: 20 carries for 150 yards, two touchdowns.


Zeke Elliott (Cowboys):

This week Zeke faces a banged-up Redskins side. They don’t allow a lot of points for opposition QBs, but they cannot stop the run lately. This could be the biggest game Zeke will have all season. Feed him.

Prediction: 30 carries for 170 yards, three touchdowns.


Tight ends

Eric Ebron (Colts):

Last week Ebron failed to get a single target. This is rare for such a quality tight end. He has nine touchdowns for the season and will bounce back this week. Take him to run riot over the Dolphins defense in a must win game for the Colts.

Prediction: 10 catches for 100 yards, one touchdown.


George Kittle (49ers):

Kittle should be a starter every week. He has had a sensational season and that will not change this week against a rubbish Buccs team. Kittle combined with Mullens will win this game alone. Expect big numbers from the tight end.

Prediction: 12 catches for 120 yards, two touchdowns.


Sit’ em



Derek Carr (Raiders):

It seems obvious to sit Carr, not just this week, but every week. Don’t be fooled by the great numbers he put up last week. Carr and the Raiders face the best defensive team in the NFL this week, the Ravens. Yes, that is right, the Ravens. They give away on average only 300 total yards per game and allow just 18.1 points. Best to sit Carr this week as he may be destroyed.

Prediction: 150 yards, one touchdown, two intercepts.


Dak Prescott (Cowboys):

Despite the match up with the Redskins for Thanksgiving, Prescott needs to be a nonstarter for fantasy. The Redskins are good on D and don’t allow a lot in the way of fantasy points. Don’t let the hype of last week fool you. Dallas will be too good at home, but Prescott’s numbers will be poor.

Prediction: 150 yards, two touchdowns, one intercept.


Wide Receivers

Devin Funchess (Panthers):

Funchess is having a great season for the Panthers but has dropped in production of late. He has just two receptions last week for 49 yards. We expect that trend to continue against a surprisingly good Seahawks defense this weekend.

Prediction: Three catches for 40 yards, zero touchdowns.


Corey Davis (Titans):

Back in week nine, Davis has 100+ yards and a TD against the Patriots, last week he had two catches for 30 yards. This week he faces a tough Texans defense. He won’t do a lot this week. Best to stay away from him.

Prediction: Two catches for 25 yards.


Running Backs

Theo Riddick (Lions):

Riddick shares the duties with Blount of late and this will continue against the Bears this week. The Bears are incredible on D and don’t allow anyone to have anything for free. Expect a hard day at the office for the Lions running backs.

Prediction: 10 carries for 35 yards, zero touchdowns.


Aaron Jones (Packers):

Jones has had several great weeks in a row, but that ends this week. The Vikings are tougher at home and have a great defensive structure. They are going to make life hard for Jones. Best to give him a rest this week.

Prediction: 10 carries for 40 yards, zero touchdowns.


Tight Ends

Austin Hooper (Falcons):

In recent weeks Hooper has dropped out of favour with Matty Ryan. He was well covered last week against the Cowboys and will struggle to find the football this week against a solid Saints team. Steer clear of Hooper this week.

Prediction: Four receptions for 25 yards.


Jordan Reed (Redskins):

Reed has been good this season, but he is about to face one of the best defenses in the league the Cowboys. The nullify tight ends like no one else. Do not play Reed this week. He is going to struggle for the ball.

Prediction: Four receptions for 20 yards.


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