2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2020 Fantasy Football Week 8 Quarterback Streaming

Welcome Fantasy nerds, and happy Thanksgiving week to all. It's my favorite time of the year, I’m a big fan of Thanksgiving. Great food, great company, Fantasy seasons are going down to the wire and we get to watch three football games. What’s better than that? But let's get to what you’re here to read about, some Week 12 Start-Sit decisions.

We are eleven weeks into the season, and boy has it been a wild ride so far. With games being postponed, and teams' bye weeks being changed, I can honestly say that this has been the wildest fantasy season that I’ve been apart of. Two weeks left to go of the regular season for the most part, and I’m here to help you make the right decision that could make or break your season.

Hopefully, most of your teams are still in good shape and are ready to make a playoff push. For those of you whose teams have been hit with the injury bug, try and hang in there and keep battling. Now let's jump into the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit

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Start

Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders vs Atlanta Falcons

Derek Carr has been a quietly good quarterback for the Raiders this season, but for fantasy football purposes he has just been okay. He is currently QB20 on the season, which is borderline QB2 range. However, Carr has scored 20 plus fantasy points in five out of his eleven games this year.

He is coming off his second-best fantasy performance of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns and one interception for 22 fantasy points, in a not so friendly matchup.

This week however, Carr and the Raiders have a fantastic matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. I know we have targeted the Falcons defense in this article in the past. But to reiterate how porous the Falcons defense is they have allowed 26.6 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season which is the worst in the league. They are also the worst team against opposing tight ends as well, and Derek Carr’s favorite target is Darren Waller, so these two should feast this week. You should be sprinting to the waiver wire to pick Carr up this week.

Wayne Gallman, RB, New York Giants vs Cincinnati Bengals

Gallman is coming off of his bye this week, but before that, he was starting to really produce in that Giants backfield. In his last four games against tough matchups, he scored at least 13 fantasy points in all of them. He has also scored a touchdown in each of his last four games as well.

Its safe to say that Gallman was a steal off of your waiver wire. As long as Devonta Freeman is out, Gallman is still getting the bulk of the carries. It's safe to say that he is a red zone threat as well, with that leaping ability you saw in the video above.

The matchup this week is also a solid one against the Bengals. I’m assuming the Bengals are feeling pretty crushed after losing their star quarterback Joe Burrow for the season to a torn ACL, and MCL. The Giants should have the lead for most of this game, so that should lead to Gallman getting 15 plus touches this week. The Bengals have given up the 11th most fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. I expect Gallman to be a borderline RB1 this week, in this matchup, with his touchdown upside.

Michael Pittman Jr., WR, Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans

I’ll start by saying this: if Michael Pittman Jr. is available on your waiver wire, go pick him up immediately. Pittman is clearly one of Philip Rivers favorite targets in this offense. Pittman only saw three targets last week, but he made the most of them catching all three of them for 66 yards and his first career touchdown.

The two weeks before that he racked up 15 total targets, catching eleven of them for over 15o yards. In his last three games, he has also played at least 80% of the snaps, which you love to see out of a rookie.

One of the big reasons why I like Pittman this week is due to the matchup. The Tennessee Titans have given up the 11th most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. Also two weeks ago against this Titans defense, Pittman torched them for seven catches and 101 yards for 19 fantasy points. In this matchup, Pittman should at least bring you WR3 value this week.

Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Coming out of the bye week two weeks ago I thought Austin Hooper was going to be a steal off of waiver wires if you where able to get him. Unfortunately, I am not a weatherman, and I could not predict that the Cleveland Browns would be hit with the most unfortunate weather possible in the last two weeks.

But moving forward I still trust Hooper to get it going. The bright side of things is that at least he saw five targets last game, but he only caught three of them for 33 yards. But Baker Mayfield missed him wide open in the back of the end zone. If Mayfield hits him there, the week for Hooper is completely different.

The matchup this week is too good to pass up. Jacksonville is allowing the second-most fantasy points to tight ends this season. The Browns should be able to do whatever they want to against this Jaguars defense, so I expect them to try and get Mayfield and Hooper going in this game.

Sit

Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers

It pains me to be writing this, but I firmly believe Lamar Jackson should be on benches Thursday night against the Steelers. Lamar has been a disappointment this year considering where you drafted him.

Since the bye week in Week 7, Jackson has scored over 20 fantasy points in only one of four games. His matchup this week against the Steelers is also a tough one. The Steelers have given up the least amount of fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks at 14.9 points per game.

Jackson also played the Steelers in Week 8, and he only went 13-28 for 208 yards two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He did also add 65 yards on the ground but finished with only 16 fantasy points. That is not what you’re looking for while you’re battling to make the fantasy playoffs. I would start Derek Carr over Lamar Jackson this week.

Fortunately, his schedule lightens up after this week.

Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos vs New Orleans Saints

Melvin Gordon is coming off of a week where he gave som fantasy managers hope, but I, for one, believe it is false hope. Gordon rushed the ball 15 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns for 18 fantasy points. He also should have had a third touchdown but unfortunately fumbled on the goal line, which was his fourth fumble this season.

While Gordon did do that last week against a tough defense, I don’t expect that to keep happening. Gordon played 50% of the snaps along with Phillip Lindsay playing the other 50%, so it is an absolute split backfield.

The matchup for Gordon this week is also a brutal one. I had Todd Gurley on the sit portion of this article last week because he was playing the Saints, and I’m continuing that trend this week. The Saints have allowed the fewest amount of fantasy points to running backs this season. They have also allowed the fewest number of touchdown as well with only three. Gordon should find his way to your bench this week.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens

JuJu Smith-Schuster has started to bounce back from a slow start to the fantasy season, and rewarding owners who stuck with him throughout the season. The four games prior to the Jacksonville game he scored over 15 fantasy points in three of those games.

Unfortunately last week he had a slow week, only catching four of five targets for 19 yards. He also suffered an unfortunate injury as well when he rolled his ankle on one of the referee's flags during the game as well, so that is something to monitor.

Even though the last time the Steelers played the Baltimore Ravens Juju had a solid game, I still don’t trust him. He caught seven of eight targets for 67 yards in that game. The Ravens have allowed the fourth fewest fantasy points to wide receivers this season. With Smith-Schuster banged up and with the Steelers on a short week, I can’t trust putting him in my lineups, especially if I’m fighting for a playoff spot.

Hayden Hurst, TE, Atlanta Falcons vs Las Vegas Raiders

Hayden Hurst had been a solid option for you the last four weeks. He had scored over ten plus fantasy points in each f those games through that time span. But last week was just an absolute clunker. Hurst only saw two targets and he didn’t catch either of them, and he quite possibly might have lost you your week.

Julio Jones was on and off the field last game due to a hamstring injury, and we all know what that does to the Falcons offense when he’s unable to go. Hurst in particular has scored under 10 fantasy points in each game Jones has not suited up for.

The matchup is an okay one this week against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Raiders are in the middle of the pack in the NFL at slowing down opposing tight ends, as they give up about eight fantasy points per game. I have just lost trust in Hurst moving forward, especially if Jones is banged up. I’m keeping Hurst on my bench until further notice.


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