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Week 12 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Vikings vs 49ers

Devon Platana
Fantasy football picks for the Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers Week 12 matchup, including Kirk Cousins, Jeff Wilson Jr. and Trey Sermon.
Fantasy football picks for the Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers Week 12 matchup, including Kirk Cousins, Jeff Wilson Jr. and Trey Sermon. / David Berding/GettyImages
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The NFL's Week 12 slate is filled with several intriguing matchups, including a later game between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently listing the 49ers as the 3-point home favorites.

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

Kirk Cousins Fantasy

Start Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings: While the Vikings have had their ups and downs this season, Kirk Cousins has been reliable over his last five games. He's completed 66.7% of his passes during that stretch for 1,379 passing yards and 11 touchdowns without an interception. Adding to that, he's been the QB5 since then. Now, he gets a matchup against a 49ers defense that's been generous to quarterbacks, surrendering 19.0 fantasy points per game (11th). Start Cousins unless you have a legitimately better option.

Jeff Wilson Jr. Fantasy

Start Jeff Wilson Jr., RB, San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Wilson Jr. was a disappointment last week with Elijah Mitchell out, finishing as RB32 in PPR with 6.8 points. While that may scare off some fantasy managers, it's important to point out that Wilson saw a whopping 21 opportunities (19 carries, 2 targets) last week. If that volume continues in Week 12, it's hard not to like him against the Vikings, who give up the 11th-most fantasy points to RBs in 2021.

Tyler Conklin Fantasy

Sit Tyler Conklin, TE, Minnesota Vikings: Fourth-year tight end Tyler Conklin has had his bright spots this season, entering the week as TE13 in PPR formats. On the other hand, he's found the end zone just twice since Week 4 and both of those instances happened in the same game. He's failed to break 50 receiving yards in each of his last three games and finished with only three receptions in his last two. That just doesn't bode well on paper against the 49ers, who have been a top-10 team when it comes to defending the position this year.

Trey Sermon Fantasy

Sit Trey Sermon, RB, San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers gave rookie RB Trey Semon his first real look since Week 4 last Sunday. The result? 6.5 fantasy points and an RB33 finish. If he had significantly outplayed Wilson last week, Sermon could have been in the start column. Nevertheless, he doesn't really hold much fantasy value until proven otherwise. After all, he could be back in the doghouse again as quickly as he left it. Even if Mitchell is out again, expectations should be fairly low for Sermon even if he sees 35% of offensive snaps again.


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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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