Week 12 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Giants vs Bengals

Sterling Shepard
Start 'em, sit 'em fantasy picks for Giants vs Bengals, including Sterling Shepard. | G Fiume/Getty Images

Playing their first full game of the season without first-overall pick Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals will host the New York Giants, who are somehow still in contention to win the NFC East at 3-7.

If you need help with your fantasy football lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for the inter-conference showdown.

Sterling Shepard Fantasy

Start Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: Sterling Shepard has been an absolute volume hog this season. He made an early exit with an injury in Week 2, but in his other five games he's averaged 6.4 receptions on 7.6 targets per game, catching at least 6 passes in all five outings. That has only translated to two 50-plus yard games so far, but a guy with a floor of 6 receptions isn't someone you want to leave on the bench.

Tyler Boyd Fantasy

Start Tyler Boyd, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Even with Brandon Allen at QB, it's hard to give up on Tyler Boyd. He's notched at least 6 receptions in seven of his 10 games this season, and across his last four he's averaging 8.0 receptions, 73.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns on 9.8 targets per game. Even with a downgrade at QB, that production shouldn't slow down much against a Giants squad that is allowing the NFL's 12th most fantasy points per game to WRs.

Golden Tate Fantasy

Sit Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants: Even with the Giants passing game getting a great matchup against a shaky Bengals secondary, Golden Tate's just not reliable enough. He's firmly established himself as the WR3 in this offense, not recording more than 2 reception in a game since Week 5.

A.J. Green Fantasy

Sit A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals: Speaking of No. 3 WRs, that seems to be where A.J. Green has landed. With Joe Burrow slinging the ball, that has still made him fantasy viable some weeks, posting 80+ yards or scoring a TD in three of his last five. The downgrade to Brandon Allen means we're a lot more likely to see games like Green posted in Week 8 and Week 10, however, when he had just a combined 2 receptions for 19 yards.

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