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Week 12 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Titans vs Patriots

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Tennessee Titans vs New England Patriots Week 12 matchup, including Kendrick Bourne, Ryan Tannehill and Hunter Henry.
Fantasy football picks for the Tennessee Titans vs New England Patriots Week 12 matchup, including Kendrick Bourne, Ryan Tannehill and Hunter Henry. / Maddie Malhotra/GettyImages

The Tennessee Titans will aim to bounce back from a tough Week 11 loss when they go on the road to take on the New England Patriots in Week 12. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Patriots slated as 6.5-point home favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.

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

Dontrell Hilliard Fantasy

Start Dontrell Hilliard, RB, Tennessee Titans: It's hard to find anyone to get excited about on this Titan's roster with star wide receiver AJ Brown banged up due to a chest injury. The Patriots have been dominant on defense over the last month, but they have been susceptible to pass-catching RBs. In fact, New England has given up the second-most receiving yards to the position this season (682). That reason alone gives Dontrell Hilliard underrated FLEX value this week. The practice squad call-up hauled in 8 of his 10 targets last week for 47 yards (63% snap rate). Hilliard is worth an add off the waiver wire at the very least.

Kendrick Bourne Fantasy

Start Kendrick Bourne, WR, New England Patriots: Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has turned into a reliable FLEX option across all league formats over the two weeks. The fifth-year pro has racked up 190 total yards on 12 touches during that span despite playing in under 50% of the offensive snaps. That goes to show just how much quarterback Mac Jones trusts Bourne in the passing attack. The Titans have been unable to shut down opposing WRs all season, giving up the most PPR fantasy points to the position of any NFL team. Tennessee has also allowed 14 touchdowns to opposing wideouts, which is the second-highest mark in the league. Bourne has borderline WR2 upside this week.

Ryan Tannehill Fantasy

Sit Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been up-and-down all season from a fantasy football perspective. The Titans' starter ranks as the QB10 in fantasy scoring, yet he has thrown just 3 touchdowns compared to 5 interceptions over his last three games. This doesn't line up to be a breakout game for the 33-year-old by any means. The Patriots have posted Football Outsiders' second-best pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL and are allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Titans lean on the rushing attack as long as they do not get down early on. Avoid starting Tannehill on Sunday.

Hunter Henry Fantasy

Sit Hunter Henry, TE New England Patriots: It's become clear that tight end Hunter Henry's fantasy production simply comes from scoring touchdowns. While the first-year Patriot has reached the end zone seven times this season, he has surpassed 45 receiving yards just once this season and hauled in less than 4 catches five different times. He posted a season-low 50% snap rate in Week 11 and now faces a Titans' defense that has allowed the fifth-fewest PPR fantasy points to the position this year. An opposing TE has scored a touchdown against Tennessee just three times this season, which makes Henry a sit candidate.

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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.