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Week 12 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Jaguars

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars Week 12 matchup, including James Robinson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Matt Ryan.
Fantasy football picks for the Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars Week 12 matchup, including James Robinson, Cordarrelle Patterson and Matt Ryan. / Don Juan Moore/GettyImages
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A pair of teams in the midst of two-game losing streaks meet head-to-head in Week 12 as the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Atlanta Falcons. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Falcons slated as 2.5-point favorites in a game that could easily come down to the fourth quarter.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 12 showdown.

Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy

Start Cordarrelle Patterson, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Running back Cordarrelle Patterson returned to Falcons' practice on Wednesday and it's possible he will be able to suit up on Sunday. If that is the case, he is worth sliding right back into a starting spot. The ninth-year pro ranks as the RB10 in PPR scoring leagues and had seen double-digit touches in each of his last six games played before getting injured in Week 10. Patterson draws a great matchup in Week 12 facing a Jacksonville defense that is allowing the 12th-most total yards per game in the NFL (363.1). With a spread set at just 2.5 points, Patterson should see touches up until the final whistle. Start him with confidence.

James Robinson Fantasy

Start James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: The only player worth starting every single week on this Jaguars' offense is running back James Robinson. The second-year pro has scored 7 touchdowns across his last seven games played and is averaging 5.1 yards per rushing attempt on the year. He has a shot to run wild in Week 12 against an Atlanta team that has posted Football Outsiders' ninth-worst rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Overall, the Falcons are giving up the fourth-most PPR fantasy points to opposing running backs and 123.3 yards on the ground per contest (No. 25 in NFL). Everything lines up for Robinson to post RB1 numbers on Sunday.

Matt Ryan Fantasy

Sit Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons: This may look like a perfect matchup to stream quarterback Matt Ryan, but the veteran signal-caller has shown no reason to trust him in fantasy football. He has struggled mightily over his last two games, throwing for a combined 270 yards, 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. While the Jaguars have been torched by opposing passing attacks all season, they are giving up the 14th-fewest fantasy points to the position. The Falcons have found success when focusing on the rushing game and controlling the clock. Ryan has little upside in Week 12 and should not be started.

Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST Fantasy

Sit Jacksonville Jaguars D/ST: Yes, starting defensive units facing the Falcons' offense has been a smart strategy so far this season. However, this Jacksonville squad has not looked impressive at all. The Jaguars have forced just 5 takeaways all season, which is the lowest total in the NFL. They are also allowing the eighth-most points per game (26.2) as well as 5.7 yards per play (No. 21 in NFL). Keep in mind that the Jaguars D/ST has scored more than five fantasy points two times this season and has finished with negative points three times. Fantasy managers looking to stream a defense this week can find much better options than this team.


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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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