Happy Thanksgiving week to every one and what an excellent week for football it will be. We can look forward to three games on Thursday. For Fantasy Football, this is typically the last week for trades to go through and the second to last week in the regular season.
Owners should try and push for any trades before the deadline and its time to start considering known and valuable handcuffs as opposed to mediocre flex options on your bench. Some of these known and productive or speculative handcuffs include: Giovani Bernard; Malcolm Brown; Spencer Ware; Austin Ekeler. But, other handcuffs are certainly worth considering.
It may also be a good time to start planning ahead with team defenses so that you are playing the best match-ups for the Fantasy playoffs. Finally, start and sit decisions, as always, are of high importance. This article will discuss some starts and sits for the Sunday and Monday night games.
2018 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit
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Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens vs Oakland Raiders
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Jackson was a QB1 in his first start and he did this while failing to throw or run for a touchdown. That’s right he was productive with zero touchdowns on the day. Instead he threw for 150 yards and rushed the ball a whopping 27 times for 117 yards. I expect him to have touchdowns this week and to continue his success in the run game. Against a bad Raiders’ defense, Jackson is a solid start this week.
Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals
The coaching change in Cleveland has clearly benefited Johnson, as he has back-to-back games with a touchdown or more and he has seen increased usage in the passing game. Up next is a match-up against the Bengals who allow the second most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Fire up Johnson in this one.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles
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Since Evan Engram returned, Shepard’s usage has declined significantly. However, he is still a top-3 target in an offense that has to pass the ball a lot. With a game against an Eagles’ depleted secondary, who allow the second most Fantasy points to opposing wideouts, Shepard his in the flex conversation for Week 12.
Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets vs New England Patriots
Herndon has actually been a decent tight end option over his past five weeks. The tight end position is scarce, and Kelce owners might need a bye week fill in. Consider streaming Herndon this week against a Patriots defense that allows over 10 Fantasy points to opposing tight ends, third most.
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars vs Buffalo Bills
Bortles has done what Bortles has done for the past few years. He has been decent for Fantasy Football, outside of four bad weeks. However, Fournette’s impact on Bortles was clear in last week’s game as Bortles only had 104 passing yards and finished with only 3 Fantasy points. Go ahead and drop him.
Doug Martin, RB, Oakland Raiders vs Baltimore Ravens
After Marshawn Lynch went down Martin stepped into a volume role with the Raiders. However, after receiving 10 carries at the beginning of last week’s game, Martin was seemingly benched in the second half. Jalen Richard seems to be the running back the Raiders are comfortable with most and this won’t change in a tough match-up against the Ravens who allow the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Sit Martin with confidence.
Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans
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I am done with Corey Davis this year. This year’s 2017 Amari Cooper, Corey Davis is a highly talented receiver that, for fantasy purposes, has a few big games and then disappears for the rest of the season. Davis has had two big games with over 100 yards and a touchdown in both but has failed to score a touchdown or post more than 62 yards in any other game. Furthermore, Mariota reinjured his throwing elbow, meaning Davis will be catching passes from a hobbled Mariota or Blaine Gabbert. I am in full, bench Corey Davis mode and I am very close to rage dropping him. Owners should consider doing the same.
Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles
Engram has not been the same player for Fantasy that he was last year. He as scored only two touchdowns and has surpassed 46 yards just twice. Owners may not be able to bench Engram because of his upside, but if there are other options with a more favorable match-up, consider benching Engram as he goes up against the Eagles who allow the third fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends at less than 5 PPG.
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