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Week 12 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns
Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns /
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We've got our final batch of bye weeks in Week 12, and that means that we're going to start facing more decisions around who to play in fantasy football every week.

Who to Start in Fantasy Football

All of these options make it especially important that you stay on the ball with the top fantasy football plays in Week 12.

Fantasy Start Sit

If you need some help with your Week 12 lineup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 12 Quarterbacks

Start Baker Mayfield (CLE vs MIA): Baker Mayfield has been a huge disappointment in fantasy football this season, but a matchup with the Miami Dolphins should cure that for a week. Giving up the NFL's second-most points per game and ranking dead last in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric, the Dolphins are giving up top-five fantasy production to opposing QBs. Three of Mayfield's four highest fantasy scores this season have come in the last three weeks, including a season-best 21.8 points in Week 11. Despite his ranking of QB22 on the year, he sits at QB9 in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings.

Sit Jared Goff (LAR vs BAL): Only one spot ahead of Mayfield, at QB21 for the season, Jared Goff has only managed 8.9 fantasy points combined in his last two starts. The Baltimore Ravens have given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points per game to QBs, and Goff shouldn't be expected to bounce back too much in this matchup.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 12 Running Backs

Start Kareem Hunt (CLE vs MIA): Once again exploiting the Cleveland Browns' matchup with Miami, both of their backs could be in for huge games against a Miami defense that has also given up big fantasy production to RBs. Hunt has played 55 percent of Cleveland's offensive snaps in each of his two games since debuting in Week 10, and he's racked up 10 carries to go with 17 targets. An average of 13.5 opportunities per game is nothing special, but in general RBs average significantly more fantasy points per target than per carry (even in standard scoring), and a matchup with the Dolphins should also lead to a big increase in efficiency.

Sit Royce Freeman (DEN at BUF): The Denver Broncos said they were going to start featuring Phillip Lindsay more heavily before their Week 11 game, and that came true, leading to Royce Freeman seeing his lowest snap share of the year. This offense isn't explosive enough for a back to offer much value on a 30 percent snap share, particularly in a tough Week 12 matchup. Freeman should be left on the bench unless we see his workload climb back to its early-season levels in the coming weeks.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 12 Wide Receivers

Start Jamison Crowder (NYJ vs OAK): In seven games with Sam Darnold at QB this season, Jamison Crowder has averaged 8.4 targets, 6.4 receptions, 69.6 yards and 0.4 TDs, scoring 16.0 PPR fantasy points per game. That would tie him for 17th among WRs on the year. He's in an especially promising spot this week against the Oakland Raiders, who've allowed top-12 PPR fantasy numbers to opposing wideouts.

Sit Mohamed Sanu (NE vs DAL): N'Keal Harry's debut seems to be a real hit for Mohamed Sanu's fantasy value. Even with Phillip Dorsett banged up, Sanu played just 55 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps, turning four targets into two receptions and four yards in Week 11. He had a big game in Week 9, but Week 11 was his second time being held to two receptions and fewer than 25 yards in his three games with the Patriots. His upside still makes him worth stashing on the bench for the time being, but he shouldn't be trusted as a Week 12 starting option.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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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