Our Week 12 sit ’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 12 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Robert Griffin III
RGIII is straight up focused on San Francisco. At least that is what he’s been paid to say to the media. He took a licking in the press after his post-game comments last Sunday when they got torn apart by the previously 1-8 Tampa Bay Bucs. Managing just 7 points against a team like Tampa doesn’t invoke much confidence from fantasy owners going forward. San Francisco picked off Eli Manning five times last week so maybe the silver-lining is that he won’t replicate those numbers. But not so fast, they have not played the game yet. It’s not looking good for RGIII, might be time for Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins to start focusing on San Francisco too if things haven’t improved by halftime.
Stafford should have a favorable schedule after this weekend, so let’s not write him off moving forward. It’s just that the Patriots are playing awfully well right now and with the crazy weather circling around the northeast right now, the conditions might not be favorable either. Stafford struggled against a very good Arizona Cardinals team last week and I expect similar results this week.
It was the Jonas Gray coming out party for the Patriots on Sunday night. This only spells trouble for Vereen, who was supposed to be the premier tailback with the season ending injury to Ridley. Throw in the fact that Detroit is a sound defensive team that doesn’t give up a lot of rushing yards and you have a less than 8-point projection from this guy. Coach Belichick loves to ride the hot hand and its Gray, not Vereen this week, unless he fumbles.
The entire Redskins offense might as well be on the sit ’ems column for this week. Team morale does not appear high, the local D.C. press and fan base are sick and tired of losing and even Redskins great, Brian Mitchell is over this team. It’s “embarrassing, atrocious, despicable. It’s pathetic. I think it’s asinine.” If it was hard to move the ball against the Bucs, it will be even harder to find room against the 49ers. No cold-cuts or homerun swings for Morris on Sunday.
The return of Josh Gordon has been over-hyped probably, but his impact will certainly affect the value of other possession receivers like Hawkins. Atlanta gives up a plethora of points in the passing game, so there is upside here, but Hawkins can be a hit or miss guy. I think sitting him is wise until it’s a little more certain how he’ll be used with Gordon back at center stage for the Browns.
Roddy White has turned in back-to-back weeks with a touchdown. So things appear to be looking up for him and the Falcons as they put their 4-6 division leading record on the line against the Browns. The only problem is that Joe Haden is one of the best shutdown corners in the game and he will certainly be covering him all game long. I think this is the week to own Julio Jones instead.
The Clay experiment is over boys and girls. Marcedes Lewis is back from injury this week and Clay will be receiving much less attention from quarterback Blake Bortles. Harbor was not exactly torching it up on the field without Lewis there so there is not much upside for him to begin with anyways. Harbor your thoughts on starting Clay anytime in the near future with Marcedes back in the fold.
In Rudolph’s first game back from injury last week, he spent a bulk of his time not being targeted by Teddy Bridgewater. He managed to throw up a goose egg of points for owners that were just risky enough to give him a go. I can admit, I was one of those suckers who needed a Jordan Cameron replacement and got hosed. Not again, and not this week against an improved Packers defense.
The Lions have been an excellent fantasy surprise for owners this season. Holding opponents to low scores and being very opportunistic with turnovers has made Jim Caldwell’s bunch a very competitive NFC North squad. However, it’s Tom Brady and the red-hot Patriots at home this week. I don’t like to bet against teams that are scorching hot like the Packers or Patriots so leave the Lions in the cage on your bench.