Fantasy Football: Top 10 players to sit for Week 12


When it comes to fantasy football heading into Week 12 NFL action, make sure to stay away from these top 10 players who won’t deliver.

Nov 9, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) pass during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

This season has been very rocky for fantasy owners having lost some pretty valuable fantasy starters to season ending injuries. We enter Week 12 with a few more names on that list.

Quarterback Joe Flacco is out for the duration of the season. Justin Forsette broke his right arm. Marshawn Lynch has been ruled out for the rest of the season, while Danny Amendola remains questionable after his Week 11 victory. Did I mention the Green Bay Packers are missing five starting offensive players?

With playoffs around the corner, it is critical for fantasy owners to pick up the slack and replace non-relevant players. As you enter Week 12, make sure your line-up is playoff worthy. Check out these top 10 players to hold off on and be thankful you won’t start them in this week’s games.

Next: 10. Stay away from this defense

Nov 22, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) is forced out of bounds by Chicago Bears outside linebacker Jonathan Anderson (58) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

10. Chicago Bears defense

This Thanksgiving match-up offers a lot of food for thought. The Green Bay Packers take on the Chicago Bears in Thursday’s game.

The Green Bay Packers are missing the majority of their starting offense line. But, Chicago is still Chicago.

Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s past history with Chicago doesn’t seem promising. In Week 1, Chicago allowed Rodgers three touchdowns for over 20 fantasy points. With that history and Rodgers prestigious quarterback skills, the Bears’ defense is a must sit in this Thanksgiving brawl.

Next: 9. A fish out of the water in Week 12

Nov 22, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee (50) and safety Barry Church (42) tackle Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller (26) in the second half at Sun Life Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports

9. Lamar Miller

Lamar Miller has been a week to week player in many fantasy leagues. He has offered double-digit points some weeks, but has also failed to reach 10 points per game in other weeks.

Miller rushed seven times for 44 yards and had two receptions for a total of only 11 yards in his Week 11 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Miller has been the most productive offensive player for Miami this season however, but his Week 12 match-up doesn’t look good.

Miami meets division rivals the New York Jets in this Week 12 game. Miller is ranked a RB2 against a tough New York defense. New York ranks seventh against opposing running backs, and should not be started in this week’s face off.

Next: 8. Stay away from this popular Steeler

Nov 15, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) reacts after a touchdown catch against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

8. Antonio Brown

This next player may come as a shock to many fantasy owners. Antonio Brown has offered over 20 fantasy points per game numerous times this season.

Brown caught 10-of-14 targets for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 10 victory over the Cleveland Browns. Coming off a bye, he seems like a good starting option.

However, in this Week 12 match-up against the Seattle Seahawks, Brown’s success is iffy compared to his outrageous points in past weeks. Although he is projected to earn double-digit points, he faces a defense that ranks third against opposing wide receivers. If you can afford to bench Brown, do it!

Next: 7. This Chief is too inconsistent

Nov 22, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs after a catch as San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) defends during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

7. Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce is another fantasy hit or miss tight end. With fantasy playoffs around the corner, he may not be the best starting option.

Kelce secured 5-of-7 targets for just 46 yards in last week’s win over the San Diego Chargers. Although Kelce has the potential and talent to score big, he is just not seeing enough passes to win big.

The Kansas City Chiefs prepare to take on the Buffalo Bills who rank eighth against opposing tight ends. This risk factor offers Kelce a spot on the bench in Week 12’s game.

Next: 6. Stay away from this 49er

Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Quinton Patton (11) celebrates with tight end Vernon Davis (85) after scoring a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens during the fourth quarter at Levi

6. Quinton Patton

This San Francisco 49ers’ wide receiver does not look promising entering Week 12. Patton set his season high early in the month with only 70 yards.

Patton has not offered owners consistent fantasy points per game. He has averaged less than five points per game in half of his games this season.

This week’s match-up brings San Francisco and the Arizona Cardinals to the battle field. Arizona ranks 8th against wide receivers; this Patton match-up seems like a Week 12 bust. Trust me when I say, sit him!

Next: 5. This duo on the Packers won't shine this week

Oct 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Richard Rodgers (82) tries to go over St. Louis Rams safety Rodney McLeod (23) after catching a pass in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

5. Richard Rodgers

Richard Rodgers was a huge upset in Week 11 for fantasy owners. This Rodgers duo was definitely not in sync last week.

Rodgers caught 3-of-5 passes for a whopping 7 yards in last week’s triumph over the Minnesota Vikings. Rodgers epic Week 11 bust offered owners less than five points.

With teammate Andrew Quarless projected to return in Week 12, Rodgers could see fewer opportunities than he is already seeing. Not to mention he faces the Chicago Bears in Week 12 who, rank ninth against opposing tight ends. This Packer won’t do much of anything in Week 12.

Next: 4. Send him down the River without a paddle

Nov 22, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah (39) looks at San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) as Rivers reacts after an incomplete pass during the fourth quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

4. Philip Rivers

In recent weeks, quarterback Philip Rivers has offered over 20 fantasy points per game in nearly half of his match-ups. But, Rivers disappointed everyone in his Week 11 flop.

Rivers completed 19-of-30 passes for a total of 178 yards. He also offered no touchdowns in Week 11’s miserable loss to the Chiefs.

Week 12’s match-up ranks twenty-fifth against opposing quarterbacks but, that doesn’t mean that Rivers will have a victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. With Keenan Allen out for the season and a slowly falling offense, Rivers fantasy future is in danger.

Next: 3. This Chief won't be at full strength

Nov 22, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) cannot bring down Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West (35) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

3. Charcandrick West

Charcandrick West is a player to keep an eye on this week. West left Week 11’s game against the San Diego Chargers with a hamstring injury. His Week 12 fate is being determined day to day.

Although this running back offers fantasy owners double-digit fantasy points per game, the playoffs are around the corner, and owners cannot afford to start a questionable player.

After exiting Sunday’s game, West was replaced by Spencer Ware who had 11 carries for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. With West’s back-up stepping up and his questionable status, he is a smart sit for Week 12 and can rejoin your team in Week 13.

Next: 2. This Lion from great to non-existing

Nov 15, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron (85) leaps over Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall (23) in the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

2. Eric Ebron

Once offering fantasy owners double-digit points, Eric Ebron has been a fantasy bust in the past few weeks. Although listed as probable, Ebron is expected to start in this week’s Thanksgiving match-up but, this doesn’t mean you should start him though.

Ebron did not assist in Detroit’s Week 11 win over the Oakland Raiders. Ebron was targeted twice last week but, didn’t complete either of the passes.

Although Ebron’s injury is not a concern, his horrible Week 11 performance is. His Week 12 match-up appears to be another Ebron bust against the Philadelphia Eagles who rank third against opposing tight ends. This week’s expected bounce back doesn’t seem feasible for this tight end.

Next: 1. This Bear went from sleeper to bust

Nov 15, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Bears running back Jeremy Langford (33) celebrates after scoring a 83 yard touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

1. Jeremy Langford

This player was once listed on multiple sleeper lists, but since then has been an inconsistent fantasy starter. Jeremy Langford wowed fantasy owners as a Matt Forte replacement, but with Forte returning this week, his fantasy fate is questionable.

Langford caught 3-of-6 targets for 17 yards. He also rushed 13 times for 25 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. When Langford was under pressure in the final minutes of a possible over-time game, he failed to score a two point conversion that not only upset the Chicago Bears, but it upset fantasy owners as well.

Next: Top 10 fantasy football sleepers for Week 12

Chicago faces the Packers this week, whose ranked tenth against opposing running backs. With this week’s match-up and the return of Forte, Langford is a certain sit in Week 12.