Heading into Week 12 Fantasy Football, make sure to sit these top 10 players that won’t be worth much of anything in the grand scheme of things.
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws a pass against the New York Giants during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to Week 12 of fantasy football. Thanksgiving week in the NFL is always so exciting; food, family, and football, what’s better than that? Not only are there three football games on Thursday but, there are no bye week teams in Week 12. This is music to the ears of fantasy owners everywhere.
Yes, there are still some difficult choices to be made but, you don’t need fillers unless you’re dealing with injuries. As for those difficult decisions, this is the week you need to choose who to start and sit without bye teams offering a little help.
Starting the wrong players this week could ruin all playoff chances for your fantasy team. So, when setting this week’s lineup, be sure to keep invaluable players off your roster. Based on past performances and the Week 12 matchups, I have identified players whose fantasy value decreases this week. Without further ado, here are the top 10 players to sit in Week 12.
Next: 10. This running back won't clear 100 yards
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
10. Jeremy Hill, RB – Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremy Hill hasn’t been as much of a fantasy football asset as owners hoped. Hill has only earned double-digits points in three of his last 10 games.
Last week, Hill rushed 16 times for a little over 60 yards. He also added a yard on two passes. Even after out-touching Giovani Bernard, Hill only brought home about eight fantasy football points.
Bernard has torn his ACL and is expected to be out for several weeks. Even with Bernard out, Hill’s fantasy value won’t increase this week.
The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Baltimore Ravens in their Week 12 matchup. In their last five games, the Ravens haven’t allowed the position to top 100 yards. With Hill’s only 100-yard game against the Cleveland Browns, I don’t expect to see Hill come to life.
Don’t chance it with a season long bust this week. Hill is a must sit in all leagues.
Next: 9. This receiver hasn't topped 65 yards all season
Oct 30, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Donte Moncrief (10) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kansas City defeats Indianapolis 30-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
9. Donte Moncrief, WR – Indianapolis Colts
With no bye teams this week, I felt the need to add Donte Moncrief to this week’s sit list. Although he hasn’t been a huge bust when healthy, he doesn’t earn a ton of points for a receiver.
Moncrief has scored a touchdown in his last three games and still only managed to earn about 11 points in each of those matchups. He hasn’t topped 65 yards all season.
Last week, Moncrief caught 4-of-7 targets for a little over 35 yards and a touchdown. He’s been held to 55 yards or less since Week 1.
This week he takes on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers rank 12th in touchdowns allowed this season, however, the Indianapolis Colts won’t have Andrew Luck this week.
Luck suffered a concussion in last week’s game. With the Colts playing on Thanksgiving, Luck’s short week won’t allow him to clear the league’s protocol before the Week 12 matchup.
What does this mean for the Colts receiving corps? Sit them all!
Next: 8. This tight end doesn't earn double-digit points
8. Julius Thomas, TE – Jacksonville Jaguars
Julius Thomas is another struggling receiver this season. Thomas had his best game in Week 1 and hasn’t been impactful since; unless you want to count Week 10 where he earned 10 fantasy football points.
Thomas has only had two double-digit outings this season. He has drastically lost playing time this season and it has affected his fantasy value.
Last week, Thomas had a lousy 12 yards on three catches. The Week 11 Detroit Lions matchup should have been easy for Thomas to take advantage of as, the Lions rank 3rd in points allowed to the position.
Even with Marcedes Lewis on injured reserve, Thomas has no reason to appear in your starting lineup. Especially this week, against a strong Buffalo Bills defense.
Next: 7. This quarterback takes on a top pass defender
Nov 20, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) looks for an open man during the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
7. Matthew Stafford, QB – Detroit Lions
I am a firm believer in Matthew Stafford. Aside from his random bust, he adds fantasy value in any QB2 league.
Stafford has only had one week where he didn’t earn double-digit fantasy football points. He has even had three games he topped 30 points.
Last week Stafford completed 24-of-33 passes for almost 280 yards. Although he had no touchdowns, he also had no interceptions, he still managed to find Eric Ebron for a 60-yard pass that later turned into a rushing touchdown.
This week, Stafford takes on the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 9, Stafford threw two touchdowns against the Vikings. Even with those two touchdowns, he still only managed to earn about 12 fantasy points; one of his lowest-scoring games all season.
The Vikings also have surrendered the seventh-fewest touchdowns in the league. Even if Stafford can throw a touchdown against the Vikings, it won’t be enough to earn above average points.
If you can afford to sit Stafford in this week’s game, I would. Otherwise, he is nothing more than a QB2 option this week.
Next: 6. This running back is too inconsistent to trust
Nov 21, 2016; Mexico City, MEX; Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray (28) carries the ball against the Houston Texans during an NFL International Series game at Estadio Azteca. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
6. Latavius Murray, RB – Oakland Raiders
Latavius Murray has been hit or miss this season. After missing a few games with an injury, Murray hasn’t been able to consistently keep fantasy football owners afloat this season.
His last three games really speak for his inconsistencies. In Week 8, he earned a little under 10 points but, the following week he topped 30.
Then, last week he carried the ball 12 times for a little of 30 yards. He also completed all five targets for an added 59 yards and still only earned about 12 points in standard leagues.
This week, the Oakland Raiders take on the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers have had a rocky season compared to last year, they recently held Spencer Ware to 60 yards, no touchdowns, and only about 10 fantasy points.
This is not the week to start Murray. Stash him on your bench for Week 12.
Next: 5. This receiver may struggle to find the end zone
Nov 20, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) makes a first down reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Steelers won 24-9. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
5. Terrelle Pryor, WR – Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns haven’t been able to get it together this season. Although they haven’t won a game yet this year, ironically, they still stand up to big competition.
Terrelle Pryor has a had a decent season considering. With double-digit fantasy football points in at least half of his games, Pryor has been a valuable WR2.
Pryor completed half of his 10 targets for a little under 100 yards in last week’s game. He earned about 12 points. This week, the Browns play the New York Giants. The Giants have only surrendered one touchdown to the position in their last five games.
His weekly matchup and past histories don’t offer a positive outlook. Play it safe and sit Pryor this week.
Next: 4. Not what anyone expected from this running back
Nov 13, 2016; New Orleans, LA, USA; Denver Broncos running back Devontae Booker (23) runs against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Broncos defeated the Saints 25-23. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
4. Devontae Booker, RB – Denver Broncos
When fantasy football owners heard C.J. Anderson was placed on injured reserve, their immediate reaction was to pick up Devontae Booker if he was available. Unfortunately, he hasn’t offered the value we expected.
In his Week 9 matchup, he had 22 rushing yards and eight receiving yards; he earned about two fantasy points. Then, in Week 10, he finished with a little over 75 yards and 12 receiving yards earning almost 10 points if your leagues point values are generous.
Booker scored back-to-back touchdowns in Week 7 and 8 and hasn’t scored since. And, Booker is a touchdown-dependent player.
This week he takes on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs recently held Jonathan Stewart to 39 yards and no touchdowns. He barely earned one point against the Chiefs.
Booker isn’t even averaging three yards per carry and struggles to score touchdowns. This is not the running back you want to start in your Week 12 lineup.
Next: 3. This quarterback lost his receivers
Nov 20, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton looks to throw against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bills won 16-12. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
3. Andy Dalton, QB Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton has kept fantasy football owners happy this season. With only one non-double-digit points week, he’s managed to earn close to 20 or more fantasy football points per game.
Dalton has 11 passing touchdowns this season but, will struggle to keep it going this week and possibly for the rest of the season. Not one but two of his strong receivers are out.
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Bernard tore his ACL and has been placed on injured reserve. A.J. Green slightly tore his hamstring and is hopeful to return for the end of the season.
I would give Dalton a spot on the bench this week. Let this week’s performance be an audition for the rest of the season if Green misses the rest of the season also.
Next: 2. This receiver had his best career game last week
Nov 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) catches a fourth quarter pass against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
2. Tyrell Williams, WR – San Diego Chargers
Tyrell Williams hasn’t been a weekly fantasy football starter. However, given the right matchup, Williams earned over 20 and well over 30 points in a few of his games.
It’s unfortunate his post-bye week game is against the Houston Texan because prior to his bye, Williams had his best season game. He earned over 40 fantasy football points in some leagues.
Williams caught 5-of-11 targets for over 120 yards and a touchdown. However, his Texans matchup offers some doubt for Williams success this week. The Texans held Amari Cooper to about 12 fantasy football points and Michael Crabtree to only one. The Texans also held Julian Edelman to 38 yards earning only about eight fantasy points.
Although Williams is coming off his best season game, the Texans aren’t the defense to challenge. Sit Williams in this week’s matchup.
Next: 1. This running back lost snaps in Week 11
Oct 9, 2016; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) rushes with the football during the second quarter against the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
1. James Starks, RB – Green Bay Packers
James Starks received the starting role in his Week 10 return. He rushed 10 times for a little over 30 yards while adding 11 receiving yards for about 12 fantasy football points.
Last week, he carried the ball nine times for 25 yards. He also completed 5-of-6 passes for a little over 45 yards and a touchdown.
Starks lost playing time to Ty Montgomery last week. Ironically enough, he still earned about 16 fantasy points. The Packers take on the Philadelphia Eagles this week. The Eagles have only allowed five rushing touchdowns this season.
Given that Starks lost snaps to Montgomery, and his Eagles matchup, I’d stash him on your bench. He’s not worth a start, and should you feel the need to start Starks, his value is nothing more than an RB3.