2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit

by Dylan Clemons
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Welcome back, Fantasy nerds, it is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit article.

There are two big fantasy teams on bye this week, The Arizona Cardinals and Kansas City Cheifs. So make sure to pull your guys from those teams from your lineup.

We are three weeks away from the start of most leagues playoffs, so this is a must-win for your team.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are winning your matchups so far after the Thursday games. If you're down big after the Thursday games you may need to start one of the guys with more upside to make up for what you're down.

In the 2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position.

In addition, I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week but whom I can't entirely agree with.

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Now let's help you win your pivotal matchup this week with my 2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit!

2021 Fantasy Football Week 12 Start-Sit

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Tyrod Taylor, QB, Houston Texans (ECR QB16)

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I know, nobody really wants to start the quarterback from the Houston Texans but Tyrod Taylor has been solid the games he's been able to play.

If you throw away Week 9 when he only had nine fantasy points, Taylor has scored over 16 fantasy points in every other start this season.

The best thing about Tyrod is that he has a rushing floor every week. He has scored on the ground three times this season so far which ranks fourth in NFL at the quarterback position.

Taylor has done that, and he has only played in four games this season. He has also rushed for at least 20 yards in three out of his four starts.

The Matchup - New York Jets

The New York Jets defense is a defense that I try to attack in this article weekly. They have been so bad this season, and especially against quarterbacks, they allow the third-most fantasy points to the quarterback position this season.

They also allow the ninth-most rushing touchdowns to the position as well. Tyrod Taylor is absolutely a top-12 quarterback for me this week, and I will be starting him over Cam Newton and Cam is ranked seven spots higher than Taylor.

Miles Sanders, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR RB18)

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Miles Sanders came back last week after missing three games with an ankle injury. He had a solid game on the ground seeing 16 carries for 94 yards.

The unfortunate part was that Sanders lost a fumble, and he also put the ball on the ground at another point of the game, so he was only able to put up 7.4 fantasy points. That has been Sanders bugaboo so far in his young career, lets hope he can battle through that.

The biggest reason why I have been high on Sanders since he came back from injury is the volume the running backs are receiving in the Eagles offense. Since Week 8 the Eagles running backs have seen over 30 carries a game.

Jordan Howard had been leading the backfield while Sanders was gone, which made the rookie Kenneth Gainwell a healthy scratch last week. However, Howard went down with a knee injury last week which means Sanders should get even more run this week.

The Matchup - New York Giants

The Eagles are traveling to New York to take on the Giants in a divisional matchup. It's a solid matchup for Miles Sanders on the ground as the Giants give up over 22 fantasy points at the running back position.

The Giants have also allowed the fifth-most receptions to the position as well, which we know Sanders can be involved in the passing game.

Sanders is a solid start this week and possesses top-12 running back upside this week.

Brandon Aiyuk, WR, San Fransico 49ers (ECR WR30)

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I think it is safe to finally say that Brandon Aiyuk is officially out of Kyle Shanahan's doghouse.

Brandon Aiyuk has posted a top-12 fantasy week in two out of his last three games scoring over 15 half PPR points in Week 9, and 18 fantasy points last week which was a season-high in points for him.

Aiyuk also led the team in snap share at the position with 92% of the snaps.

With Elijah Mitchell being injured last week, the 49ers' usual number one receiver Deebo Samuel was being used more as a running back than a wide receiver, to try and help out the backfield.

If this continues this week and it should Aiyuk needs to be in starting lineups as low-end WR3 in your lineups this week.

The Matchup - Minnesota Vikings

The matchup against the Minnesota Vikings is an awesome one for the 49ers receiving options. The Vikings allow the 5th most fantasy points to wide receivers at just over 26 fantasy points per game.

They also have allowed the second-most touchdowns to the position as well. This bodes well for Aiyuk who has become a red-zone threat after he has caught touchdown two out of the last three weeks. Aiyuk needs to be fit in your lineup this week.

Dan Arnold, Jacksonville Jaguars, TE (ECR TE15)

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Dan Arnold really disappointed last week and might have killed your lineups for the week after he put up a goose egg. It was a weird game for the bad Jaguars offense that just couldn't get anything going.

The Jaguars' offense will be bad moving forward still, but I believe that we won't see another game like that from Arnold.

Before the last game, Arnold had seen 25 targets over the past three games which were the most in the NFL at the tight end position.

I'm chalking last week up as a one-time thing, and Arnold should be back in your lineups again.

The Matchup - Atlanta Falcons

The biggest reason why you should feel comfortable throwing Arnold back in your lineup is the fact the Atlanta Falcons are awful against opposing tight ends.

They rank in the top five worst in fantasy points allowed to the position, touchdowns allowed, receiving yards allowed, and catches allowed to the position as well.

Fire Arnold up this week and feel comfortable about it, he should return to top 10 upside this week in this matchup.


Matthew Stafford, QB, Los Angeles Rams (ECR QB8)

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Through the first 11 weeks of the season, Matthew Stafford is currently QB7 on the season. Unfortunately, the last two weeks we have seen his floor scoring only 15 fantasy points in Week 10 and 11 points in Week 11.

During that two-game span, Stafford has only thrown two touchdowns compared to four interceptions.

Stafford just doesn't quite look like the quarterback we saw the first nine weeks of the season. Losing Robert Woods with an ACL is a big loss for Stafford and the whole Rams offense and it has shown last week.

The Rams acquired Odell Beckham Jr. after he was released by the Cleveland Browns, but it did not look good in his first game with the team, which was to be expected.

There arent many examples of receivers making a big impact on teams when they get there in the middle of the season in years past.

The Matchup - Green Bay Packers

The Rams offense has been struggling the last two games, and I don't expect that to change in this matchup against a solid Green Bay Packers defense.

The Packers defense has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

With Stafford struggling these last few weeks I don't want to play him in this matchup. I would rather start Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins over Stafford this week.

Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins (ECR RB23)

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Myles Gaskin was my start running back last week in this article with a really good matchup against the New York Jets and it paid off after he scored just over 17 fantasy points.

Gaskin rushed for 89 yards which were his season-high in yards and found his way into the end zone finishing as RB9 for the week.

Gaskin has been so frustrating if you have rostered him this season. He has scored double-digit fantasy points every other week since Week 5.

The Dolphins backfield has gotten a little cloudier this week as well after the Dolphins claimed Philip Lindsay off of waivers.

I don't really expect Lindsay to take a ton off of Gaskin's plate this week, but moving forward it's something to keep an eye on since Gaskin has at least 15 touches since Week 7.

The Matchup - Carolina Panthers

Another reason why I'm staying away from Gaskin this week is the matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

The Panthers are tough against opposing running backs only allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points per game to the position.  I'm out on Gaskin this week, and I'd rather start Ty Johnson and Jeff Wilson Jr over him this week.

Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (ECR WR30)

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Let me start by saying this, I love Courtland Sutton as a player. He has already had some big weeks for your fantasy team, but unfortunately, he is starting to slow down at an important time of the season.

Sutton has failed to finish with double-digit fantasy points in the last four games he's played. These weeks are the most important weeks to your season as we try to make a playoff push, and he is just killing lineups.

Ever since Jerry Jeudy has returned to the lineup for the Broncos, Sutton has just become irrelevant in this offense.

Sutton has seen only seen 14 targets in the last four games compared to Jeudy seeing 17 targets in his last two games. It's clear that Jeudy is the alpha receiver in this offense, and will be moving forward.

The Matchup - Los Angeles Chargers

There is a decent possibility that both Jeudy and Sutton struggle in this tough matchup against the Los Angelos Chargers.

The Chargers are only allowing 19.9 fantasy points which is the seventh-best in the NFL. The way you beat the Chargers is on the ground, so we should see a heavy dose of Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon in this one.

Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (ECR TE8)

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Dallas Goedert hasn't been quite as good as we thought he would be with Zach Ertz no longer in town. Goedert hasn't scored double-digit fantasy points in either of his last three games.

Goedert has seen almost a 30% target share over the past four games which is a great sign.

Unfortunately for Goedert and his owners there just isn't enough targets to go around with the way the Eagles have been running the ball.

The Eagles have run the ball on over 65% of their snaps the past four games, and shouldn't change in this matchup.

The Matchup - New York Giants

I look for the Eagles to stick to what they have been doing these past few games and that's run it down the Giants' throat this weekend.

That's what's been winning the Eagles games so I don't see why that would change. The Giants have allowed the second-fewest touchdowns to the tight end position this season.

I would start Dan Arnold over Dallas Goedert this week, and possibly moving forward.

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