Welcome back Fantasy friends and foes to your weekly Fantasy Six Pack 2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit.
Week 12 brings Fantasy leagues closer to the playoffs but it also brings us Thanksgiving. The holiday is the perfect blend in life. Football all day, great food and time with your families.
What are you thankful for fantasy-wise? I am thankful that I do not own large shares of Ben Roethlisberger, David Johnson, Robert Woods, and O.J. Howard this season. Let me know what or who you are thankful for this Fantasy season.
Since I am in a giving mood, here is my advice on the Start-Sit this week in the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit.
2019 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit
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Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins
So you’re saying I *should* start Baker Mayfield in fantasy. ? pic.twitter.com/0Pt7MBxLtf
— Brett Brito (@DadBodBrett) November 21, 2019
There are probably plenty of leagues where Baker Mayfield has been dropped. His season has been underwhelming after being hailed as an MVP candidate for this season. Mayfield has completed 59.2 percent of his passes and has a disappointing 11-12 touchdown to interception ratio.
In his last three contests, Mayfield has averaged 18.56 Fantasy points per game. In Week 12, he gets the pleasure of facing the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins give up the seventh-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. They have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in eight of their ten games this season, including a whopping 37 points to Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills last week.
Fantasy owners can't go wrong by starting every player against the Dolphins in a promising matchup. Mayfield will produce as a top ten quarterback as he was projected before the season. How can I not recommend Baker Mayfield?
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
One score game!
— PFF (@PFF) November 15, 2019
James Conner is out again this week, which means we will get to see the Jaylen Samuels show in Week 12. Samuels had five rushes for 26 yards and caught five of six targets for 19 yards and a score in relief of Conner after his injury.
Samuels has a fantastic matchup against a Bengals defense who allow the fifth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing runners. The Bengals have given up either 100 yards rushing or a rushing touchdown to an opposing back in every game this season.
Besides not having Conner, the Steelers will be out with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster which leaves the team void of offensive weapons. Look for the Steelers to lean on Samuels in the running and the passing game.
Samuels is a must-start in PPR leagues, accumulating 21 catches on 26 targets in his previous three matchups.
Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos vs. Buffalo Bills
Phillip Lindsay posted a season-high 64% snap rate in Week 11, confirming pregame reports that he's now the undisputed lead RB in Denver.
at Bills: 20th in fewest PPR per game allowed to RBs
vs. Chargers: 27th
at Texans: 21st
at Chiefs: 32nd
vs. Lions: 31st
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) November 19, 2019
Phillip Lindsay has taken the lead-back duties from Royce Freeman and has seen 48 touches over his past three games.
The Broncos will start again with Brandon Allen behind center, and the offense will be conservative as they look to pound the ball and play tough defense. That sure sounds like every defensive-minded coach's game plan.
Lindsay will go against a Buffalo Bills defense who has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points per game to opposing backs. Lindsay will get to see plenty of touches this Sunday and will be a running back that Fantasy owners should assure that they can get him in their Week 12 lineups.
James Washington, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
#Steelers WR James Washington over the last three Weeks:
Receiving Yards: 208
Receiving Yards Per Game: 69.3
Yards Per Reception: 16.0
— Russell Clay (@RussellJClay) November 22, 2019
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a great Week 12 matchup in the Cincinnati Bengals, who are allowing a massive 8.8 yards per pass attempt (worst in the league) and are second to last against the pass.
Despite Diontae Johnson looking like he will suit up, JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) will not play in Week 12. This leaves James Washington to continue the connection that he and Mason Rudolph exhibited in their college days at Oklahoma State.
Washington has been featured lately with 13 receptions for 280 yards and a score over his last three games. He has the opportunity for more significant volume against an awful defense, which equals having Washington in all of your lineups in Week 12.
Calvin Ridley, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Calvin Ridley exploded last Sunday for eight receptions, 143 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. With Austin Hooper being out for a month, Ridley has a golden opportunity for huge numbers this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Bucs allow the most fantasy points per game to opposing wideouts. The Falcons will have no running game against the tough Bucs run defense, so look for Matt Ryan to have a field day with Ridley and Julio Jones.
In what is projected to be a high-scoring affair, it makes sense to get Calvin Ridley in your Week 12 lineups.
Ryan Griffin, TE, New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders
Ryan Griffin's last three games without Chris Herndon:
* 90% of the snaps
* 94 routes on 113 Darnold dropbacks
* 17% target share
* 15-225-3 line
— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) November 18, 2019
The current state of the tight end position has Fantasy owners looking for any production. When Fantasy owners speak of a Jets tight end, the immediate response would be Chris Herndon. However, Herndon is in the midst of a lost season in 2019 with suspension and injuries, making him a Fantasy afterthought.
Griffin has stepped up with four touchdowns and three games with 50-plus yards over his past six matchups.
His Week 12 opponent, the Oakland Raiders, allows the third-most fantasy points to tight ends. There is an even slimmer tight end pool to choose from with three top tight ends on a bye this week. Starting Griffin is the perfect streaming option in Week 12.
Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears
Daniel Jones is having a typical rookie quarterback season. He has had plenty of ups and downs in his rookie campaign. His potential shined in his colossal Week 10 game against the New York Jets when he passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
His poor performances include multi-interception games against the Washington Redskins in Week 4 and the New England Patriots in Week 6.
Jones is projecting to have terrible performance in Week 12 when he takes on the Chicago Bears, who allow the fifth-fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
The rookie quarterback is coming off a bye in Week 11. His impressive performance in Week 10 something that Fantasy owners may view as a progression for Daniel Jones. However, Jones has yet to produce a good game against a good defense. Do not expect that to start in Week 12 against that Bears defense.
Brian Hill, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Brian Hill was a colossal disappointment in Week 11. He was the most popular add going to last week with Devonta Freeman out and Hill facing up against the Carolina Panthers, who were the league-worst rush defense. Hill proceeded to gain just 30 yards on 15 attempts.
This week's matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be quite intimidating. The Bucs play stout run defense, allowing 3.5 rushing yards per attempt and allowing just 80 rushing yards per game.
In a contest that has the highest projected point total this week at 52 total points, it might be enticing to get all players in this matchup in your lineup., However, fantasy owners should forget about Brian Hill.
The buzz was that Hill would be the every-down back, but his poor performance created the dreaded running back by committee with Qadree Ollison and Kenyon Barner getting mixed in. Avoid Brian Hill.
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
During their Week 9 Bye Week, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to bench veteran quarterback Andy Dalton and go with rookie Ryan Finley. The Bengals also determined that they need to get their best player the rock more often.
Joe Mixon has seen a whopping 45 touches over his last two games coming off the bye week. In Week 11, I promoted to start Mixon in his matchup against the Oakland Raiders, and he succeeded by scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season last week.
Unfortunately, this week the Bengals welcome in the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have yet to allow a running back to surpass 100 yards all season. The Steelers also haven't allowed a touchdown to a running back since Week 5. Don't look for his recent success to continue in Week 12, so Fantasy owners will need to find better options at running back.
John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos
There are only two WRs this season who have at least 50 yards receiving in every game:
— Bills QB Watch (@BillsQBwatch) November 15, 2019
John Brown is having a career season by finally putting his injury woes behind him. Brown has 56 catches for 817 yards and four touchdowns and is the go-to guy for Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen as evidenced by his 25 targets over the past two games.
However, he faces a tough matchup against the Denver Broncos defense in Week 12. The Broncos give up the seventh-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and Brown will be shadowed by all-world cornerback Chris Harris, Jr.
Look for Brown to be taken away by Harris Jr., leaving Allen and Fantasy owners scrambling for other options.
Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Rams
Marquise Brown is always a home-run threat but will not be someone to utilize in a projected shadow matchup against Jalen Ramsey. Brown's Fantasy value is a hit or miss with Brown receiving only four targets in each of the last three games.
His boom or bust Fantasy production is easy to get away from in a risky matchup while also battling an ankle injury. No thanks.
Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers
The TE position has been a pain for Fantasy owners this season. However, if you are still starting Jimmy Graham, you are doing something wrong.
Graham has hardly been utilized this season even with Davante Adams being out several weeks due to his turf toe.
On Sunday, the Packers go up against the San Francisco 49ers, who have allowed only 34 receptions for 231 yards and two touchdowns to opposing tight ends all season.
Do your Fantasy team a favor and sit Graham.
Still can't decide who to insert in your Week 12 Lineups? Take a look at the Fantasy Six Pack's Week 12 rankings to decide for Fantasy owners.