Fantasy Football Week 12 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Jarrett Boykin, Green Bay Packers

You can stress about the prospect of Scott Tolzien getting another start for the Packers in place of Aaron Rodgers (shoulder), but you can relieve some of that with the quality of matchup these receivers are facing this week. The Vikings are fourth-worst against the pass and sixth-worst in fantasy against wide receivers. With a Thanksgiving Day game looming, expect the Packers to save the running game at least a little and work on lower-impact touches in the passing game against the woeful Vikings defense.

Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After a couple of lean weeks against good secondaries, Jackson went off for season highs 10 catches and 165 yards against the Falcons in Week 11. His matchup this week is even more favorable against the Lions, who have been second-worst in fantasy against wide receivers and third-worst against the pass. Jackson is a must-start here.

Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle, New York Giants

We cannot seem to get away from advising you to use this trio in fantasy despite Eli Manning’s lack of consistent pass protection or production. The Cowboys are dead last in the NFL against the pass and eighth-worst in fantasy against wide receivers. You should be a bit worried about the windy forecast, but each of these receivers can reach the end zone in a must-win home game for the Giants.

Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

There is no longer any question as to who the Titans view as their No. 1 wide receiver, regardless who is taking snaps from under center. Wright has just one touchdown reception and no 100-yard games, but he has been a high-volume receiver in terms of targets every week of the season. He has averaged six catches for 66 yards a game this season, and the Raiders are fifth-worst in fantasy against wide receivers. We say Wright cracks 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown finally.

Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

The 33-year-old vet has been consistent this season, and Colin Kaepernick has struggled, but Boldin is coming off a solid week against a good Saints secondary. His matchup this week against the Redskins on Monday night is arguably his most favorable one of the season now too. Washington is seventh-worst against the pass and against fantasy wide receivers.

Sit ‘Em

Rishard Matthews, Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Not only has Wallace failed to distinguish himself with Ryan Tannehill in a struggling Dolphins offense getting no help from its patchwork offensive line, but these three have proven to be interchangeable parts week to week. They are bad options in fantasy against the Panthers defense that is No. 5 against the pass and No. 2 against fantasy wideouts.

Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars

He was supposed to take off when Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL (at least for the rest of the season). Instead, Shorts is making headlines only because he is complaining about his lack of involvement in the offense. Don’t expect him to get healthy against the Texans this week, no matter how much they have struggled this season. The Texans are still No. 1 in the NFL against the pass, believe it or not, and fifth-best against fantasy wideouts.

Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford and Brice Butler, Oakland Raiders

Don’t fall in love with Matt McGloin just yet. Even though McGloin is coming off an eye-opening debut, his second game will come with Denarius Moore (shoulder) ruled out. This would seemingly make Streater, a fantasy gem a week ago, a potential start this week, right? Nope. The Titans are No. 1 in fantasy against wide receivers and No. 7 against the pass. All of the Raiders receivers are too difficult to trust this week, even with Moore out.

Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Although we list Brown as the No. 16 wide receiver this week, there is some justification to sit this every-week fantasy play. The Browns’ shutdown cornerback, Joe Haden, is on the schedule this week. Cleveland is fourth-best against the pass and sixth-best against fantasy wideouts—mostly because of Haden’s one-on-one skills.

Haden held A.J. Green to two catches for seven yards last week and previously shut down Calvin Johnson (three catches for 25 yards) and Stevie Johnson (two catches for 19). Sit Brown if you have a viable alternative in a more favorable matchup.

Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

Not only has Allen’s production waned in the past two games—seven catches for 86 yards combined—but the Chiefs are next up on the schedule. They boast a top-10 pass defense, and Philip Rivers has other options to go to if Allen draws the attention of the Chiefs defense like we would expect. You likely have a better alternative to start in a crucial week such as this one.

Week 12 Wide Receivers Rankings – Eric Mack
1 Calvin Johnson Det vs. TB 1 0
2 Andre Johnson Hou vs. Jac 2 0
3 Dez Bryant Dal at NYG 5 +2
4 Brandon Marshall Chi at StL 6 +2
5 Demaryius Thomas Den at NE 4 -1
6 Wes Welker Den at NE 9 +3
7 Vincent Jackson TB at Det 3 -4
8 Victor Cruz NYG vs. Dal 7 -1
9 Jordy Nelson GB vs. Min 8 -1
10 Larry Fitzgerald Ari vs. Ind 17 +7
11 Eric Decker Den at NE 15 +4
12 Alshon Jeffery Chi at StL 11 -1
13 Josh Gordon Cle vs. Pit 10 -3
14 T.Y. Hilton Ind at Ari 16 +2
15 Pierre Garcon Was vs. SF 12 -3
16 Antonio Brown Pit at Cle 14 -2
17 Roddy White Atl vs. NO 31 +14
18 Marques Colston NO at Atl 18 0
19 Torrey Smith Bal vs. NYJ 13 -6
20 James Jones GB vs. Min 33 +13
21 Hakeem Nicks NYG vs. Dal 23 +2
22 Steve Smith Car at Mia 28 +6
23 Kendall Wright Ten at Oak 20 -3
24 Danny Amendola NE vs. Den 19 -5
25 Anquan Boldin SF at Was 26 +1
26 Jarrett Boykin GB vs. Min 22 -4
27 Michael Floyd Ari vs. Ind 24 -3
28 Keenan Allen SD at KC 21 -7
29 Rueben Randle NYG vs. Dal 32 +3
30 Aaron Dobson NE vs. Den 27 -3
31 Dwayne Bowe KC vs. SD 30 -1
32 DeAndre Hopkins Hou vs. Jac 37 +5
33 Emmanuel Sanders Pit at Cle 35 +2
34 Cecil Shorts Jac at Hou 29 -5
35 Harry Douglas Atl vs. NO 25 -10
36 Tavon Austin StL vs. Chi 51 +15
37 Rishard Matthews Mia vs. Car 42 +5
38 Mike Wallace Mia vs. Car 34 -4
39 Rod Streater Oak vs. Ten 44 +5
40 Greg Jennings Min at GB 50 +10
41 Jerricho Cotchery Pit at Cle 43 +2
42 Miles Austin Dal at NYG 49 +7
43 Dexter McCluster KC vs. SD 57 +14
44 Kenny Stills NO at Atl 41 -3
45 Brandon LaFell Car at Mia 39 -6
46 Santonio Holmes NYJ at Bal 40 -6
47 Brian Hartline Mia vs. Car 38 -9
48 Marlon Brown Bal vs. NYJ 46 -2
49 Ted Ginn Car at Mia 64 +15
50 Mario Manningham SF at Was 62 +12
51 Donnie Avery KC vs. SD 58 +7
52 Kris Durham Det vs. TB 45 -7
53 Terrance Williams Dal at NYG 36 -17
54 Nate Washington Ten at Oak 54 0
55 Chris Givens StL vs. Chi 53 -2
56 Eddie Royal SD at KC 60 +4
57 Jacoby Jones Bal vs. NYJ 72 +15
58 Lance Moore NO at Atl 52 -6
59 Darrius Heyward-Bey Ind at Ari 77 +18
60 Greg Little Cle vs. Pit 68 +8
61 Julian Edelman NE vs. Den 61 0
62 Andre Roberts Ari vs. Ind 76 +14
63 David Nelson NYJ at Bal 74 +11
64 Cordarrelle Patterson Min at GB 55 -9
65 Davone Bess Cle vs. Pit 75 +10
66 Tiquan Underwood TB at Det 56 -10
67 Mike Brown Jac at Hou 67 0
68 Vincent Brown SD at KC 70 +2
69 Stephen Hill NYJ at Bal 80 +11
70 Justin Hunter Ten at Oak 59 -11
71 Markus Wheaton Pit at Cle 91 +20
72 Austin Pettis StL vs. Chi 71 -1
73 Jerome Simpson Min at GB 83 +10
74 Jarius Wright Min at GB 63 -11
75 Ace Sanders Jac at Hou 65 -10
76 Lavon Brazill Ind at Ari 85 +9
77 Santana Moss Was vs. SF 79 +2
78 Robert Meachem NO at Atl 69 -9
79 Earl Bennett Chi at StL 101 +22
80 Cole Beasley Dal at NYG 92 +12
81 Brian Quick StL vs. Chi 96 +15
82 Jacoby Ford Oak vs. Ten 105 +23

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