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I always like to start this column on Thanksgiving week by just saying thank you to all of you who read Start 'Em & Sit 'Em on a regular basis. It means a lot that you continue to trust us with your Fantasy dilemmas, and I hope we continue to steer you in the right direction.

Please remember to set your lineups early on Thursday with three games on Thanksgiving Day. And enjoy the holiday weekend with your families.

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While you should be relaxing during this time, you might be sweating out some Fantasy concerns over your lineup. And we want to make sure your teams are trending in the right direction with the Fantasy playoffs rapidly approaching.

Start of the Week
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MIA Miami • #23
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU MIA -13 O/U 46
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
10.8
RB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
638
REC
15
REYDS
136
TD
4
FPTS/G
11.2

The Dolphins made a small move at the NFL trade deadline to get Jeff Wilson from the 49ers, and it could pay huge dividends for their team this season. Fantasy managers are definitely reaping the benefits of Wilson playing in Miami.

In two games with the Dolphins, Wilson has scored 37 PPR points, with at least 16 PPR points in each outing. He was a star in Week 10 against Cleveland with 17 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown, along with two catches for 24 yards on five targets.

Raheem Mostert will continue to work in tandem with Wilson, and Mostert is worth using as a flex option in Week 12 against Houston. But Wilson has the chance to be a star, and he should be started in all leagues.

The Texans allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs, and a running back has scored at least 13 PPR points against Houston in all but one game this season, which was Week 2 against Denver. Eight running backs have at least 100 total yards against the Texans, eight have scored touchdowns, including four with multiple scores, and eight have at least three receptions against Houston.

While the offense goes through Tua Tagovailoa and the passing game, Wilson has provided a spark in Miami's running game. I consider Wilson a No. 1 running back in all leagues, and he could finish as a top-10 Fantasy option given the matchup with the Texans.

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Quarterbacks
Start 'Em
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MIA Miami • #1
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU MIA -13 O/U 46
OPP VS QB
3rd
PROJ PTS
23.6
QB RNK
3rd
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2265
RUYDS
35
TD
18
INT
3
FPTS/G
24.5
Tagovailoa should stay hot coming off Miami's bye in Week 11, and he scored at least 29 Fantasy points in three games in a row. The Texans, despite being No. 3 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, won't be able to stop anything the Dolphins throw at them. And two of the past three opposing quarterbacks have scored at least 21 Fantasy points against Houston. Tagovailoa, once again, has top-five upside in Week 12.
CIN Cincinnati • #9
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TEN CIN -1.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
25th
PROJ PTS
21.3
QB RNK
4th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2890
RUYDS
146
TD
26
INT
8
FPTS/G
27
Burrow will hopefully get Ja'Marr Chase (hip) back this week, which will only enhance his value. But even without Chase, Burrow has been fantastic and just scored 34 Fantasy points at Pittsburgh in Week 11. Overall, Burrow has scored at least 34 Fantasy points in three of his past five outings, and the Titans are No. 7 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. Two of the past three opposing quarterbacks against Tennessee have scored at least 23 Fantasy points, and Burrow should follow suit in Week 12.
SEA Seattle • #7
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV SEA -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
29th
PROJ PTS
24
QB RNK
8th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2474
RUYDS
218
TD
18
INT
4
FPTS/G
21.7
Russell Wilson only scored nine Fantasy points against the Raiders in Week 11, but that's more about Wilson than it is the Las Vegas defense. Smith should do what most quarterbacks have done against the Raiders this season, which is score at least 20 Fantasy points, something eight of 10 quarterbacks have accomplished. Smith has scored at least 22 Fantasy points in three games in a row, and he should stay hot in this matchup at home coming off a bye.
SF San Francisco • #10
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO SF -9.5 O/U 43
OPP VS QB
23rd
PROJ PTS
18.9
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2159
RUYDS
29
TD
17
INT
4
FPTS/G
19.9
Garoppolo just had his best game of the season in Week 11 at Arizona with 33 Fantasy points, and he has now scored at least 20 points in five of his past six games. He lived up to the hype of having a tremendous receiving corps by throwing four touchdowns to George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk, who each scored twice, and Deebo Samuel also ran for a touchdown. It's hard to expect New Orleans to slow down Garoppolo, and the Saints just allowed Matthew Stafford -- without Cooper Kupp (ankle) -- to score 18 Fantasy points through three quarters before suffering a concussion. New Orleans is also beat up on defense, with Cameron Jordan (eye), Marcus Davenport (calf), Pete Werner (ankle) and Marshon Lattimore (abdomen), all dealing with injuries.
DAL Dallas • #4
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG DAL -9.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
9th
PROJ PTS
20.4
QB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1132
RUYDS
67
TD
9
INT
4
FPTS/G
19.6
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TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -1.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
4th
PROJ PTS
16.6
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1685
RUYDS
38
TD
11
INT
4
FPTS/G
15.9
We'll see if Tannehill can stay hot in Week 12 against the Bengals, and he comes into Week 12 having scored 23 Fantasy points in consecutive games against Green Bay and Denver. He now has at least 20 Fantasy points in four of seven healthy games this year, and he might have found a No. 1 receiver in Treylon Burks after he had a breakout game against the Packers. Only one quarterback has scored more than 17 Fantasy points against Cincinnati this year, but Tannehill also excelled in tough matchups against Green Bay and Denver. He's worth trusting as a low-end starter in all leagues.
LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SEA SEA -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS QB
18th
PROJ PTS
18
QB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2435
RUYDS
67
TD
15
INT
5
FPTS/G
18.4
Carr comes into Week 12 having scored at least 21 Fantasy points in three games in a row, including a season-high 24 points in Week 11 at Denver. He faces the Seahawks this week, who have allowed three of their past four opposing quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points. Carr is doing what Aaron Rodgers has done for years -- leaning on Davante Adams. I like Carr as a low-end starter in all leagues in this matchup.
PIT Pittsburgh • #8
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -2.5 O/U 39
OPP VS QB
19th
PROJ PTS
15.3
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1426
RUYDS
163
TD
6
INT
8
FPTS/G
13
I like Pickett as a low-end starter in all leagues for Monday's game at Indianapolis. He has looked better in two games after Pittsburgh's bye in Week 9, scoring 18 Fantasy points against New Orleans in Week 10 and 17 points against Cincinnati in Week 11. The Colts have allowed three of their past four opposing quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points, and they have struggled with rushing quarterbacks. Trevor Lawrence, Taylor Heinicke and Jalen Hurts have all scored at least eight Fantasy points on the ground against Indianapolis since Week 6, and Pickett has run for at least 37 yards in two of his past three games. He's a sneaky sleeper in deeper leagues for Week 12.
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -9.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS QB
5th
PROJ PTS
17.2
QB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1937
RUYDS
437
TD
13
INT
4
FPTS/G
18.9
MIN Minnesota • #8
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE MIN -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
10th
PROJ PTS
17
QB RNK
18th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2461
RUYDS
50
TD
16
INT
8
FPTS/G
18.4
ATL Atlanta • #1
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -4 O/U 42
OPP VS QB
24th
PROJ PTS
15.7
QB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1878
RUYDS
372
TD
17
INT
7
FPTS/G
18
Mariota has scored at least 19 Fantasy points in two games in a row and three of his past four outings. But I don't like this matchup for him against the Commanders, especially with Kyle Pitts (knee) now out. Chase Young (knee) could make his 2022 debut this week, and Washington has eight sacks and four interceptions in the past three games against Kirk Cousins, Jalen Hurts and Davis Mills coming into Week 12. Mariota should only be started in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
DEN Denver • #3
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR DEN -2.5 O/U 36
OPP VS QB
20th
PROJ PTS
16.1
QB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2227
RUYDS
129
TD
8
INT
5
FPTS/G
15.6
I thought Wilson would do well last week against the Raiders because of the matchup. I was wrong. Wilson was a Fantasy disaster again, scoring just nine points in overtime, and he now has five games in a row with 15 points or less. He also has scored more than 19 Fantasy points just once this season, which was against the Raiders in Week 4. Denver's offensive line is a mess -- Wilson has been sacked at least three times in eight games in a row and 32 times for the season -- and Jerry Jeudy (ankle) could still be out. Wilson is a questionable starter in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues this week.
JAC Jacksonville • #16
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL BAL -4 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
15th
PROJ PTS
17.3
QB RNK
14th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2334
RUYDS
178
TD
16
INT
6
FPTS/G
18.7
Lawrence scored 24 Fantasy points in Week 10 at Kansas City, but that's only the fourth time this year he's been above 20 points. Coming off a bye in Week 11, he should have a down performance this week against the Ravens. Baltimore hasn't allowed a quarterback to score more than 19 Fantasy points since Week 4, including matchups with Joe Burrow and Tom Brady. I'm not expecting Lawrence to have a big game against this defense, even at home. He's only worth using in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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GB Green Bay • #12
Age: 39 • Experience: 18 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -7 O/U 46.5
OPP VS QB
1st
PROJ PTS
16
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2542
RUYDS
64
TD
19
INT
7
FPTS/G
18.3
Rodgers comes into Week 12 having scored at least 23 Fantasy points in each of his past two games against Dallas and Tennessee. It's his best stretch of the season, but I'm concerned about his production in this matchup with the Eagles. Philadelphia is No. 1 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. No quarterback has scored more than 18 Fantasy points against the Eagles, and they allow an average of just 10.4 points to the position. Now, Philadelphia hasn't exactly faced a tough quarterback schedule this season. The Eagles best competition has been Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence and Kyler Murray, so maybe Rodgers will be the first quarterback to top 20 Fantasy points against Philadelphia. But the stats suggest otherwise, and Rodgers should only be started in deep, one-quarterback leagues in Week 12.
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Running Backs
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BUF Buffalo • #26
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET BUF -9.5 O/U 54.5
OPP VS RB
18th
PROJ PTS
12.9
RB RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
480
REC
30
REYDS
218
TD
4
FPTS/G
12
DAL Dallas • #21
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG DAL -10 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
13th
PROJ PTS
11.2
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
485
REC
7
REYDS
37
TD
6
FPTS/G
12
ARI Arizona • #6
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
30th
PROJ PTS
14.4
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
356
REC
24
REYDS
151
TD
4
FPTS/G
12.3
Conner is not going to look pretty how he produces, but he's now scored at least 13 PPR points in consecutive games against the Rams and 49ers. He has three touchdowns over that span, which has saved him, and hopefully he'll score again in Week 12 against the Chargers. It's a good matchup since the Chargers have allowed a running back to score or gain over 100 total yards in four games in a row, and for the season, Los Angeles is No. 3 in most Fantasy points allowed to running backs. Conner should be considered a solid No. 2 running back in all leagues in Week 12.
WAS Washington • #24
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL WAS -4.5 O/U 42
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
11.3
RB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
444
REC
37
REYDS
284
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.7
Gibson has proven to be the best running back in Washington of late, and he's scored at least 13 PPR points in four of his past five games, including two in a row. He should have the chance for another quality outing against the Falcons, who have allowed a running back to score at least 18 PPR points in five games in a row, with total touchdowns over that span. Brian Robinson can be a flex option in non-PPR leagues for this week, but Gibson should be considered a No. 2 running back in all formats. It's great that he has at least 17 total touches in each of his past two games against the Eagles and Texans.
PHI Philadelphia • #26
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs GB PHI -7 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
26th
PROJ PTS
12.4
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
757
REC
12
REYDS
43
TD
6
FPTS/G
12.8
Sanders has been tough to trust lately with a combined 10 PPR points in his past two games against Washington and Indianapolis. He has one reception in his past four games on just two targets, and he's basically become a touchdown-or-bust running back. But I'm expecting him to rebound this week against the Packers, who have allowed a running back to score in each of the past two games with Tony Pollard and Derrick Henry. The Eagles relied on their run game to beat the Colts late in Week 11, and that will hopefully carry over to this matchup against the Packers in Week 12. Sanders is better in non- and 0.5-PPR leagues, but I would rely on him as a No. 2 running back in all formats for this week.
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DEN Denver • #28
Age: 32 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CAR DEN -2.5 O/U 36
OPP VS RB
28th
PROJ PTS
9.1
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
266
REC
12
REYDS
64
TD
4
FPTS/G
11.6
Murray is in a great spot with Melvin Gordon no longer on the Broncos roster, and Chase Edmonds (ankle) is on injured reserve. Murray just had 21 total touches in Week 11 against the Raiders with Gordon playing, so another outing with 20-plus touches should happen against the Panthers. He also has seven catches in his past two games on seven targets, so he should remain involved in the passing game (Gordon had nine catches on 11 targets over that span), and Gordon has scored a touchdown in three of his past four outings. The Panthers have allowed seven running backs to score at least 13 PPR points this season, and Murray should be considered a flex option in all leagues.
BAL Baltimore • #17
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC BAL -4 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
20th
PROJ PTS
8.4
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
390
REC
11
REYDS
52
TD
4
FPTS/G
9.9
We'll see if Gus Edwards (hamstring) will play this week against the Jaguars, and Edwards will impact the status for Drake. If Edwards is out then Drake has the chance to be a No. 2 running back in all leagues. While he only had six PPR points against Carolina in Week 11, he did score at least 16 PPR points in three of his previous four games. It's a favorable matchup with the Jaguars, who have allowed six running backs to score at least 11 PPR points in their past five games.
TB Tampa Bay • #29
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE TB -3.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
10.2
RB RNK
28th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
222
REC
20
REYDS
135
TD
1
FPTS/G
6
It appears like White will take over as the lead running back for Tampa Bay coming off the bye in Week 11, and White was the best running back for the Buccaneers the last time they played in Week 10 against Seattle in Germany. Leonard Fournette injured his hip against the Seahawks, and White finished the game with 22 carries for 105 yards. If he stays in the lead role against the Browns, White should be considered a strong flex play in all leagues. Fournette can also be considered a flex, but White is trending in the right direction and has more upside. And Cleveland has allowed five running backs to score at least 12 PPR points in the past three games.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #32
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI NYJ -4.5 O/U 39.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
9.9
RB RNK
31st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
349
REC
26
REYDS
194
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.9
Carter and James Robinson should both benefit with Mike White taking over as the starting quarterback for the Jets. White played the majority of three games for the Jets in 2021, and Carter had 21 catches over that span, including two outings with at least eight receptions for 67 yards. We'll see how the Jets use Carter and Robinson against Chicago, but both should be considered high-end flex options. The Bears have allowed eight touchdowns to running backs in their past five games, and Carter and Robinson both scored touchdowns in the same game as recently as Week 9 against Buffalo. Hopefully, the same thing happens again in Week 12.
KC Kansas City • #10
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR KC -14.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
9.3
RB RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
386
REC
3
REYDS
13
TD
1
FPTS/G
4.7
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) is on injured reserve, and Pacheco's stock is on the rise for the past two weeks. Over that span against the Jaguars and Chargers, Pacheco has 31 carries for 189 yards. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 1 and has just one catch for 4 yards in his past four games on one target, but he's worth using as a flex option in all leagues, with his value higher in non-PPR formats. The Chiefs are favored by two touchdowns against the Rams at home, and hopefully Pacheco gets plenty of work to help Kansas City finish off a win in Week 12. And the Rams have allowed a running back to score at least 11 PPR points in seven games in a row. Jerick McKinnon can also be considered a sleeper in this matchup.
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DET Detroit • #32
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BUF BUF -9.5 O/U 54.5
OPP VS RB
12th
PROJ PTS
12.7
RB RNK
35th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
273
REC
20
REYDS
162
TD
5
FPTS/G
13.4
CLE Cleveland • #27
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -3.5 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
3rd
PROJ PTS
8.6
RB RNK
40th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
346
REC
22
REYDS
149
TD
4
FPTS/G
9.6
Hunt had another disappointing game in Week 11 at Buffalo with five carries for 32 yards and two catches for 22 yards on two targets. That's now four times in his past five games with seven total touches or less, and he only has one touchdown over that span. It's hard to expect a breakout game against the Buccaneers as long as Nick Chubb is healthy, and Tampa Bay is No. 6 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs for the season. Hunt is barely worth using as a flex option this week in the majority of leagues.
ATL Atlanta • #84
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -4.5 O/U 42
OPP VS RB
7th
PROJ PTS
8.3
RB RNK
34th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
454
REC
8
REYDS
46
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.3
Patterson was awesome in Week 11 against Chicago if you get points for kickoff returns. He had a 103-yard kickoff return against the Bears, but his production as a running back was minimal with 10 carries for 52 yards, along with two catches for 7 yards on two targets and a lost fumble. He's now combined for just seven PPR points in his past two games against Chicago and Carolina, and he will likely struggle again in Week 12 at Washington if he fails to score an offensive touchdown. The Commanders defense has been dominant against running backs in the past two games, holding Miles Sanders (54 total yards) and Dameon Pierce (17 total yards) to a combined eight PPR points. Washington should be able to contain Patterson this week as well.
LAR L.A. Rams • #3
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -14.5 O/U 44
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
7.9
RB RNK
46th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
237
REC
2
REYDS
18
TD
1
FPTS/G
3.9
Akers is now the lead back for the Rams with Darrell Henderson no longer on the roster, but that doesn't mean Akers is worth starting in the majority of leagues, even as a flex. While he had 14 carries for 61 yards in Week 11 at New Orleans, he failed to score or catch a pass, which is a common theme for him this season since he has one touchdown and two catches for 18 yards on six targets in eight games. Kyren Williams will have a bigger role in the passing game, and Akers could be in trouble behind a bad offensive line, along with Matthew Stafford (concussion) likely out.
Bust Alert (Start/Sit)
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CAR Carolina • #33
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN DEN -2.5 O/U 36
OPP VS RB
11th
PROJ PTS
8.2
RB RNK
25th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
450
REC
4
REYDS
25
TD
4
FPTS/G
7.1
Foreman will hopefully benefit with Sam Darnold taking over at quarterback for the Panthers, but this could still be another shaky performance against the Broncos at home. While Denver's run defense has been suspect at times this season, only four running backs have scored touchdowns against the Broncos. Foreman has scored four PPR points or less in two of his past three games, and he was wrecked by the Ravens in Week 11 with just 11 carries for 24 yards and no catches on one target. I still consider him a flex play in the majority of leagues because he should lead Carolina in touches, but if he doesn't score then his Fantasy production could be minimal given his limited involvement in the passing game (four catches for 25 yards on eight targets in his past five games). And Foreman played fewer snaps than Chuba Hubbard against the Ravens, which hopefully isn't a sign of things to come.
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Wide Receivers
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SEA Seattle • #16
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV SEA -3.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
16th
PROJ PTS
16.3
WR RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
54
TAR
71
REYDS
640
TD
5
FPTS/G
14.4
Lockett and DK Metcalf are both worth starting in all leagues for Week 12 against the Raiders. Lockett comes into this game having scored a touchdown in three games in a row, and he only has two games this season with fewer than 11 PPR points, which means he has a safe floor. Metcalf has scored at least 13 PPR points in three games in a row, including two touchdowns over that span, and he's averaging 13.0 PPR points in three home games this year. The Raiders have allowed 13 receivers to score at least 12 PPR points against them this season, and Lockett and Metfalf should both do well in this matchup.
TB Tampa Bay • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CLE TB -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
13th
PROJ PTS
13.4
WR RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
48
TAR
73
REYDS
475
TD
1
FPTS/G
12.8
Godwin finally scored in Week 10 against Seattle, and hopefully that will start a streak of him continuing to find the end zone. He has at least eight targets and six catches in five games in a row, and he has at least 71 receiving yards in three games over that span. He should have a floor of 13 PPR points on a weekly basis, and his ceiling should continue to rise with Tampa Bay coming off a bye in Week 11. The Browns have allowed six receivers to score at least 12 PPR points in their past five games, which should bode well for Godwin and Mike Evans in this matchup on the road.
SF San Francisco • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO SF -9.5 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
24th
PROJ PTS
11.8
WR RNK
24th
YTD Stats
REC
46
TAR
66
REYDS
587
TD
6
FPTS/G
13.9
Aiyuk needed to score to save his Fantasy production in Week 11 at Arizona, but his two touchdowns on two catches for 20 yards with four targets allowed him to score at least 12 PPR points in five games in a row. The 49ers have a lot of mouths to feed with Aiyuk, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Christian McCaffrey, but Aiyuk had at least six targets in four games in a row prior to Week 11, which will hopefully be the norm. The Saints could get Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) back this week, which might be a problem for Aiyuk, but he's worth trusting as a No. 2 receiver in all leagues given his recent stretch of production. New Orleans has allowed five receivers to score at least 13 PPR points in the past five games, which bodes well for Samuel also playing well in this matchup.
IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PIT IND -2.5 O/U 39
OPP VS WR
31st
PROJ PTS
12.2
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
67
TAR
92
REYDS
678
TD
1
FPTS/G
13.9
Pittman had a tough matchup in Week 11 against Philadelphia but still managed six catches for 75 yards on seven targets. He's now scored at least 12 PPR points in three of his past four games, and he should have the chance for another quality outing this week against the Steelers. It would be great if he scored a touchdown for just the second time since Week 1, but Pittsburgh allows the most Fantasy points to opposing receivers this season, which should mean good things for Pittman and Parris Campbell. I like Pittman as a No. 2 receiver in PPR, with Campbell as a high-end No. 3 receiver/flex.
NE New England • #16
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
27th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
58
REYDS
509
TD
3
FPTS/G
14
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CLE Cleveland • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TB TB -3.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
14th
PROJ PTS
10.1
WR RNK
35th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
61
REYDS
577
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.2
Peoples-Jones just continues to produce, scoring at least 11 PPR points in five games in a row after he had five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against Buffalo in Detroit. We should see him in that range again in Week 12 against the Buccaneers, who have allowed seven receivers to score at least 12 PPR points in their past five games, with five touchdowns over that span. Amari Cooper is a must-start receiver in this matchup, especially since the game is in Cleveland, and Peoples-Jones should be considered a high-end No. 3 receiver in all leagues as well.
ARI Arizona • #83
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
10.6
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
34
TAR
39
REYDS
324
TD
2
FPTS/G
7
We'll continue to monitor the thumb injury for Dortch, but he should have the chance for a prominent role if healthy against the Chargers since Rondale Moore (groin) has been ruled out for Week 12. And the status for Marquise Brown (foot) is up in the air, but even if Brown plays we should see Dortch play in the slot, which is great. Remember, Dortch started the season as the slot receiver for the Cardinals when Moore was out with a hamstring injury, and Dortch scored at least 13 PPR points in each of the first three games. Then on Monday, after Moore was injured on the opening drive against San Francisco, Dortch stepped in and finished with nine catches for 103 yards on 10 targets. He has the chance to be a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues if he's able to play without any restrictions, especially with Kyler Murray (hamstring) expected to return.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #5
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI LAC -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS WR
21st
PROJ PTS
12.3
WR RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
45
TAR
68
REYDS
496
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.6
Mike Williams (ankle) might be able to play in Week 12 at Arizona, but hopefully Palmer continues to have a prominent role even with Williams and Keenan Allen on the field. Palmer was amazing in Week 11 against Kansas City in the game where Williams re-injured his ankle, finishing with eight catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 10 targets. Palmer has scored at least 13 PPR points in five of six games this season when he has at least eight targets, so hopefully Justin Herbert continues to lean on Palmer whether Williams plays or not.
KC Kansas City • #24
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAR KC -14.5 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
6.3
WR RNK
44th
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
20
REYDS
169
TD
0
FPTS/G
2.5
On Wednesday, JuJu Smith-Schuster practiced but remained in the concussion protocol, and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was out. With Mecole Hardman (abdomen) on injured reserve, any absence for Smith-Schuster or Toney should put Moore in a good spot to be a potential No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Week 12 against the Rams. After Toney was hurt in Week 11 against the Chargers with Smith-Schuster already sidelined, Moore ended up leading the Chiefs in targets with six and finished with five catches for 63 yards. Hopefully that's a sign of things to come, and he could really benefit if either Smith-Schuster or Toney is out for this week.
BAL Baltimore • #10
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC BAL -4 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
7.9
WR RNK
46th
YTD Stats
REC
25
TAR
38
REYDS
280
TD
1
FPTS/G
5.9
We'll keep an eye on Lamar Jackson (hip) to make sure he's OK, but he seems to like Robinson as his No. 1 receiver. He just had a huge game in Week 11 against Carolina with nine catches for 128 yards on nine targets and now has at least 12 PPR points in two of his past three games. There's always the chance he disappears because Mark Andrews goes off or the run game is clicking in Baltimore, but Robinson appears to be the most competent receiver for the Ravens with Rashod Bateman (foot) out. And the Jaguars have allowed eight receivers to score at least 13 PPR points in their past five games, with eight touchdowns over that span. Robinson is worth using as a No. 3 receiver in all leagues.
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CAR Carolina • #2
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DEN DEN -2 O/U 36
OPP VS WR
2nd
PROJ PTS
10.8
WR RNK
45th
YTD Stats
REC
42
TAR
82
REYDS
502
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.4
Moore will hopefully benefit with Sam Darnold under center, but it's hard to trust him in a matchup against the Broncos and likely cornerback Patrick Surtain. Moore, with the combination of P.J. Walker and Baker Mayfield, has just three touchdowns on the season and seven games with nine PPR points or less, including three in a row. Denver is No. 3 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, and only three receivers have scored touchdowns against the Broncos this year.
PIT Pittsburgh • #18
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -2.5 O/U 39
OPP VS WR
3rd
PROJ PTS
12.4
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
51
TAR
86
REYDS
456
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.1
George Pickens is worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, and he has scored at least 14 PPR points in three of his past four games. Johnson has scored 10 PPR points or less in five games in a row and is still searching for his first touchdown on the season. The matchup isn't easy against the Colts, who are No. 1 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers, although that's a little deceiving when you look at their opponents. That being said, it's not like Johnson has been producing against easy competition either, so he's difficult to trust as even a No. 3 PPR receiver on Monday night.
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIA MIA -13 O/U 46
OPP VS WR
15th
PROJ PTS
9.7
WR RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
39
TAR
66
REYDS
461
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.2
Cooks will get a new quarterback in Kyle Allen this week with Davis Mills getting benched, and we'll see if that improves what has been a disappointing season for Cooks. He wasn't awful in Week 11 against Washington with three catches for 70 yards on six targets, but he's now scored 10 PPR points or less in four of his past five outings. He also has just one touchdown on the year. The Dolphins could elect to put Xavien Howard on Cooks this week, and that would be tough for Cooks with a new quarterback. At best, he's a No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues at Miami.
MIN Minnesota • #19
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NE MIN -2.5 O/U 42.5
OPP VS WR
1st
PROJ PTS
11.4
WR RNK
43rd
YTD Stats
REC
45
TAR
67
REYDS
492
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.8
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GB Green Bay • #9
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -6.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
10
WR RNK
29th
YTD Stats
REC
18
TAR
28
REYDS
243
TD
6
FPTS/G
10.1
Watson has been amazing for the past two weeks with eight catches for 155 yards and five touchdowns on 14 targets. He scored 52 PPR points over that span, and it's been great to see his development after a disappointing start. But with the rise in production comes extra attention from opposing defenses, and this Eagles secondary will likely be a challenge for Watson on the road. He's still worth using as a No. 3 receiver in the majority of leagues based on his upside, but I wouldn't consider him a must-start option. I also like Allen Lazard slightly better this week because Lazard should get more targets. Philadelphia has only allowed one touchdown to a receiver since Week 5, so Watson could be in trouble if he doesn't find the end zone.
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Tight End
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PIT Pittsburgh • #88
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -2.5 O/U 39
OPP VS TE
24th
PROJ PTS
11.5
TE RNK
3rd
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
67
REYDS
482
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.9
Freiermuth was a star in Week 11 against the Bengals, and he should have the chance for another quality outing on Monday night in Week 12 against the Colts. Against Cincinnati, Freiermuth had eight catches for 79 yards on 12 targets. He now has seven games this year when he had at least seven targets, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in five of those outings. The Colts have allowed five tight ends to score at least 11 PPR points this season, and Freiermuth has top-five upside in this prime-time matchup.
DAL Dallas • #86
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG DAL -10 O/U 45.5
OPP VS TE
19th
PROJ PTS
9.1
TE RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
42
REYDS
279
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.6
BUF Buffalo • #88
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET BUF -9.5 O/U 54.5
OPP VS TE
29th
PROJ PTS
9.8
TE RNK
11th
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
40
REYDS
310
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.2
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #7
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI LAC -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS TE
32nd
PROJ PTS
9.6
TE RNK
NR
YTD Stats
REC
34
TAR
55
REYDS
364
TD
2
FPTS/G
9.2
Everett (groin) will hopefully play in Week 12 against the Cardinals after sitting out in Week 11 against the Chiefs because playing Arizona is the dream matchup. The Cardinals are No. 1 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends, and nine tight ends have scored at least 10 PPR points against this defense, including three in a row (Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee and George Kittle). Everett might struggle for targets if Mike Williams (ankle) plays with Keenan Allen back and Josh Palmer playing well, but Everett is worth trusting as a starter in all leagues given the matchup with Arizona.
NO New Orleans • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -9.5 O/U 43
OPP VS TE
5th
PROJ PTS
6.9
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
47
REYDS
349
TD
5
FPTS/G
8.7
Johnson doesn't have an easy matchup in Week 12 at San Francisco, and the 49ers have allowed just two touchdowns to tight ends this season. But Johnson is worth using given his recent production. He has scored a touchdown in three games in a row and in four of his past five outings. While you don't want to count on touchdowns, we are looking for tight ends who produce at this point, and he definitely qualifies. Hopefully, he can find the end zone once again and be the fourth tight end with at least 10 PPR points against San Francisco this year.
TEN Tennessee • #81
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CIN CIN -2 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
12th
PROJ PTS
6.8
TE RNK
15th
YTD Stats
REC
21
TAR
29
REYDS
227
TD
2
FPTS/G
5.6
One reason for Ryan Tannehill playing better of late has been the production from Hooper. He has 11 targets in his past two games against Denver and Green Bay and has finished with nine catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns over that span. The Bengals have allowed four tight ends to score at least 12 PPR points this season, including Pat Freiermuth in Week 11, and hopefully Hooper can stay hot in this matchup. He's worth using as a low-end starter in all leagues.
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GB Green Bay • #85
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -6.5 O/U 46.5
OPP VS TE
9th
PROJ PTS
6.6
TE RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
41
TAR
51
REYDS
342
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.4
Tonyan hasn't been the factor in the passing game that I hoped for this season, and he comes into Week 12 at the Eagles having scored eight PPR points or less in five games in a row. He also has just one touchdown on the season. The Eagles have allowed three tight ends to score at least 10 PPR points this season but none since Week 6. There's little reason to trust Tonyan at this point in the majority of leagues.
CIN Cincinnati • #88
Age: 29 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ TEN CIN -2 O/U 42.5
OPP VS TE
25th
PROJ PTS
7.9
TE RNK
14th
YTD Stats
REC
40
TAR
51
REYDS
331
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.5
Ja'Marr Chase (hip) will hopefully return this week for the Bengals, which should limit the production for Hurst. He also has a difficult matchup against the Titans, who have not allowed a tight end to score since Week 4. Hurst hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 5 and has averaged just 6.7 PPR points per game in his past three outings against Cleveland, Carolina and Pittsburgh. If Chase plays then consider Hurst just a low-end starter in deeper leagues in Week 12.
JAC Jacksonville • #17
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs BAL BAL -4 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
17th
PROJ PTS
8.4
TE RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
36
TAR
51
REYDS
352
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.9
Engram went into Jacksonville's bye in Week 11 on a two-game slump with a combined five PPR points against the Raiders and Chiefs. He combined for four catches for 22 yards on six targets over that span, and he's still sitting on one touchdown for the season. It's hard to count on him improving against the Ravens, who have allowed one touchdown to an opposing tight end in their past four games. I'm hopeful that Engram will see an uptick in targets, especially if the Jaguars are chasing points in this matchup, but Engram is a low-end starter at best in deeper leagues for Week 12.
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CHI Chicago • #85
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ NYJ -6 O/U 38.5
OPP VS TE
14th
PROJ PTS
8.3
TE RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
37
REYDS
309
TD
5
FPTS/G
8
We'll see if Justin Fields (shoulder) is able to play this week against the Jets, but it will be hard to trust Kmet no matter who is under center in this matchup. The Jets and Bills are the only teams this season yet to allow a tight end to score a touchdown. That includes matchups with Mark Andrews, David Njoku, Mike Gesicki and Dawson Knox. Pat Freiermuth and Robert Tonyan each had over 85 receiving yards against the Jets, but Kmet has relied on finding the end zone for most of his Fantasy production this year. Given the matchup and uncertainty at quarterback, consider Kmet a low-end starting option in deeper leagues at best in Week 12.
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DST
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Dolphins (vs. HOU)

The Texans are making a quarterback switch from Davis Mills to Kyle Allen, and we'll see if that changes anything for their struggling offense. Houston has been held to 17 points or less in four games in a row, and the Texans have allowed 15 sacks in their past four games against the Titans, Eagles, Giants and Commanders. The Dolphins defense should be tough in this matchup, especially with newly-acquired pass rusher Bradley Chubb even more immersed in the game plan. And in Miami's last game in Week 10 against Cleveland the Dolphins had three sacks, a fumble recovery and allowed just 17 points. This should be a big week for the Dolphins DST.

Sleepers
  • Chiefs (vs. LAR)
  • Steelers (at IND)
  • Broncos (at CAR)
DST to Sit

Bengals (at TEN)

The Bengals DST was supposed to be a quality Fantasy option in Week 11 at Pittsburgh, but Cincinnati managed just two sacks and no turnovers while allowing 30 points. The Bengals have allowed at least 26 points in their past three road games against the Saints, Browns and Steelers, and the Titans offense isn't a great matchup for this DST. Tennessee only has two interceptions and three fumbles since Week 3, and the Titans have been sacked three times or less in five games in a row. There are a lot of great DST options for Week 12, and you should avoid the Bengals DST in this matchup on the road.

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KICKERS
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WAS Washington • #6
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL WAS -4.5 O/U 42
OPP VS K
25th
PROJ PTS
7.3
K RNK
17th
Slye has been one of the hottest kickers in the NFL coming into Week 12 with seven field goals and four PATs in his past two outings against the Eagles and Texans. He has two 50-yard field goals over that span, and the Commanders are putting Slye in plenty of positions to score. Additionally, the Falcons have allowed three kickers to make multiple field goals in their past four games, and Slye is worth using as a No. 1 Fantasy option in all leagues in Week 12.
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LAC L.A. Chargers • #15
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ARI LAC -4.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS K
26th
PROJ PTS
8.3
K RNK
15th
SF San Francisco • #9
Age: 39 • Experience: 18 yrs.
MIA Miami • #7
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU MIA -13 O/U 46
OPP VS K
22nd
PROJ PTS
8.5
K RNK
11th
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NO New Orleans • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -9.5 O/U 43
OPP VS K
1st
PROJ PTS
5.8
K RNK
20th
Lutz has been a solid Fantasy kicker this season, but he comes into Week 12 at San Francisco having scored nine Fantasy points or less in four games in a row. The 49ers have allowed one kicker since Week 5 to make multiple field goals, which was Cameron Dicker in Week 10, but five kickers this season against San Francisco have failed to make even one field goal. I would avoid Lutz in Week 12 with this matchup on the road.