Fantasy Football Week 12: Which Guy Do I Start?

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Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) talks to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 49-21. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) talks to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) after their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints won, 49-21. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Which Do I Start?

Hello my fantasy football friends and family! Andrew Erickson back again to help you decide which guys you need to have in your lineups for Week 12 of the NFL Season.

Quarterbacks

Jared Goff: LAR vs NO – Start – 54
Drew Brees: NO @ LAR – Sit – 54

Russell Wilson: SEA @ SF – Sit – 45

Nov 19, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff (16) throws during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Goff struggled last week against the Minnesota Vikings tough defense, but I believe that this week’s matchup is much better. For starters it is important to address the fact that the New Orleans Saints will be without their two top cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley. The Saints also have been susceptible over the last two weeks against the QB allowing the 10th most fantasy points to the position. Meanwhile the Rams have been great against fantasy QBs this season allowing the 5th fewest fantasy points to the QB. At home the Rams have allowed an average of a 64.8 QBR. Drew Brees has not been throwing the ball nearly has much as he has done in the past, so in this high scoring affair, Goff is the better option even with the loss of Robert Woods.

Now going to Russell Wilson side, just be aware of the matchup on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Wilson has struggled against the 49ers in his career especially on the road. In five career games at San Francisco Wilson has thrown for four touchdowns and four interceptions…total. You may not have another option, but you best temper expectations for Wilson in Week 12.

Running Backs

J.D. McKissic: SEA @ SF – Start – 45
Jordan Howard: CHI @ PHI- Sit – 44

Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic (21) is upended New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;
Seattle Seahawks running back J.D. McKissic (21) is upended New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) in the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

For anybody that may ask themselves, “Who could be in this situation?”, whelp you would be surprised. It is definitely a tough call, but considering the two matchups, it is easy to lean with McKissic. The San Francisco 49ers allow the most fantasy points to the RB position while the Eagles allow the third fewest. The 49ers are also not great against pass-catching backs either, as they have allowed the most receiving yards, fifth most targets, ninth most receptions, and fifth most receiving TDs to the RB. Those numbers predict McKissic should produce as the lead back for Seattle. Howard on the other hand, has a very tough task against the Eagles on the road. In Philadelphia this year the Eagles has allowed an average of 56.8 total rushing yards per game, and have yet to see a single RB exceed 38 rushing yards. The matchup and the fact that this looks like a game script where the Bears are going to have to play catch up makes Howard a sit for me this week.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis: TEN @ IND- Start – 46
DeVante Parker: MIA @ NE- Sit -47.5

Sep 10, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) rushes against Oakland Raiders linebacker Tyrell Adams (58) and middle linebacker Cory James (57) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Corey Davis (84) rushes against Oakland Raiders linebacker Tyrell Adams (58) and middle linebacker Cory James (57) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

If you have Corey Davis on your team, I think this is the week that he could breakout. Davis is facing off against the Colts who have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to the WR positon. That along with Rishard Matthews dealing with a hamstring injury make Davis  a must-start this week. DeVante Parker on the otherhand, not so much. The Patriots defense has been playing much better lately, allowing the 14th most fantasy points to the WR over the last two weeks. However, in terms of target share with Matt Moore under center Parker is behind both Kenny Stills and Jarvis Landry. Even in a descent matchup Parker is tough to trust in Week 12. Parker has not scored since Week 1, and has yet to reach the 100 yards receiving mark all year.

Tight Ends

Jared Cook: OAK vs DEN – Start – 43.5
Greg Olsen: CAR @ NYJ – Sit – 40

Nov 5, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) hauls in a catch in front of Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 5, 2017; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook (87) hauls in a catch in front of Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

This season Jared Cook comes in as the number nine TE overall, and I expect him to finish within the top ten this week against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos over that last four weeks have allowed the most fantasy points to the TE position. I expect Derek Carr to look Cook’s way often with Denver’s CBs locking down the outside receivers for the Raiders. Greg Olsen I am slightly more hesitant on starting so quickly. He has been hurt and even before he got hurt, was ineffective compiling just three catches in two games. The Jets matchup is not great as the Jets have blanked opposing TEs over the last two weeks to a total of one fantasy point. Olsen is more a wait and see player, while Cook is locked in loaded to have a top TE fantasy performance.

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