Starts of the Week: Week 12

The age o'l question, "Whom shall I Start? & Whom shall I Sit?" Start Patrick Mahomes? Seems too obvious, so you won't see that here. Instead here are some of the most-pressing questions this week. And, if you can't find a player you are looking for, please check out the latest rankings right here.


Start of the Week:

Cam Newton (CAR) The time has come! I said last week I needed to see a larger sample size from SuperCam, but he delivered for those who streamed him. He’s still available in many leagues, though, and he’s a great option whether you’re struggling with Mahomes or Murray bye weeks or if you’re looking for an alternative to take you down the stretch. This week is a particularly juicy matchup against the Dolphins, who most QBs have taken advantage of this season.

Stream of the Week:

Tyrod Taylor (HOU) This is for deeper leagues as Taylor is not close to being a reliable option, but he’s had two Top 12 finishes in his four starts this season, and he takes on the awful Jets, so he’s worth a gamble if you’re desperate.

Running Backs

Start of the Week:

Antonio Gibson (WAS) Since the bye, Gibson has been back in a big way, and the Football Team has been rolling. He didn’t get the touchdown last week, but everything else is going well for him, starting with a great matchup against the stuttering Seahawks this week. So pop him in with confidence.

Co-start of the Week:

Rex Burkhead (HOU) Even more desperate? The Texans just released Philip Lindsay, and Burkhead got the bulk of the rushing work. In the coming weeks, David Johnson may be the guy, but in a game, I expect the Texans could win (gosh, did I just say that?) Burkhead is the man.

Fade of the Week:

D'Onta Foreman (TEN) With Adrian Peterson now off the team, Foreman should be a must-start, right? No pumpkin, no. This is an awful matchup, and the Titans look poor at the moment. He’ll get some volume, but I wouldn’t anticipate any efficiency, and he’ll need a lucky touchdown to pay off.

Wide Receivers

Start of the Week:

Michael Gallup (DAL) This is such an odd situation. After spending most of the season injured, Gallup is suddenly the only healthy Cowboys starter, and he’s so obviously the most talented receiving option in Dallas. While that will make him a target for opposition defenses, there are enough other playmakers on this offense that I’d expect Gallup to be heavily involved. So start him this week and onwards if CeeDee Lamb‘s concussion becomes an ongoing issue.

Stream of the Week:

Rashod Bateman (BAL) The return of Lamar Jackson and the mediocre Browns pass defense should be enough to set the Ravens rookie alight in Week 12.

Fade of the Week:

Van Jefferson & Odell Beckham (LAR) Cooper Kupp will get his targets against any opponent, but I can’t trust the secondary options to star against this strong Packers secondary.

Tight Ends

Start of the Week:

Rob Gronkowski (TB) Speaking of guys who are back, the best version of Gronk has returned too! Eight targets for 71 yards is a good day for any tight end, and finishing top ten at the position without a touchdown is a great sign. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s a top-five option by the end of the season, but for now, I’m just reminding you to start him.

Fade of the Week:

Noah Fant (DEN) I don’t trust the target volume, but the Chargers are so bad against tight ends he’s an option. Though one I’d rather avoid.

Week 12 Stashes

'Pick up & bench, if you have an available roster spot'

Taysom Hill (QB - NO) Don’t stash quarterbacks in standard leagues, but Taysom Hill remains an interesting option in dynasty or Superflex. He just signed a huge contract, and it’s not impossible he wins back the starting job either later this season or next year.

Kadarius Toney & Kenny Golladay (WR - NYG) Jason Garrett was finally fired. So what does that mean for the stagnant Giants offense? Well, who knows, but I find it hard to believe it can hurt it. Toney and Golladay are worth stashing just to see what happens. You can add Sterling Shepard to the list, too, if you’re a patient guy.

Backup Running Backs

What’s that, you want to hear me rant about backup running backs again? Just imagine how nice it would be to have someone like AJ Dillon, Mark Ingram, Rhamondre Stevenson, or James Conner on your roster, then make that a reality by picking up one of the available backups with upside. Here’s my updated, ordered list of guys who may not be owned in your league: Tony Pollard, Alexander Mattison, Jamaal Williams, Sony Michel, Devontae Booker, Darrel Williams, Chuba Hubbard, Khalil Herbert, Jeff Wilson, Carlos Hyde, Nyheim Hines, Ronald Jones, Samaje Perine, Latavius Murray, DeeJay Dallas, Qadree Ollison



Players to Sell High On

Justin Herbert (QB - LAC) The Chargers chucker has these big boom games, with four top 2 fantasy finishes this season, and everyone so far was followed by a clunker the following week. That pattern could easily continue against the Broncos. Hence, it’s likely worth selling your Herbert shares now, so you don’t need to deal with his variability in the fantasy playoffs where he takes on Denver again in Week 17.

Zach Ertz (TE - ARI) What a whacky performance that was last week. The Cardinals suddenly looked functional again and leaned heavily on Rondale Moore and Zach Ertz with a heap of short passes. They’re now going on bye, and when they’re back, Kyler Murray likely will be too. Ertz remains a borderline starter, but his value won’t get higher than it is now. If you can get someone like Rob Gronkowski or TJ Hockenson for him, I’d do it and run.