Our Week 12 start ‘em features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup. 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.


Drew Brees NO VS BAL

The good, the bad, the Saints and Drew Brees. While the NFC South has been a huge bust so far, Brees has been a rollercoaster all the same for fantasy owners. Last week was a huge let down against underdog Bengals squad, but the week before he put up solid numbers against a much better 49ers defense. It’s tough to figure this team out, but we do know what Baltimore let Big Ben do to them with 6 touchdown passes. I like Brees to bust out in the Superdome on Monday night.

Blake Bortles JAX @ IND

Looking for a Big Ben or Cam Newton (I hope you don’t start him regularly) replacement on bye-week? Look no further than this Golden Knight from UCF. He already has a couple touchdown tosses against the Colts from earlier this year. The words garbage time and throwing the pigskin at least 40 times will be twitter trends for this game in Indianapolis. Bortles will likely be playing from behind, given the Jags slap-ass defense. Bortles has 20+ point potential.

Running Backs

Arian Foster HOU VS CIN

Give him a Foster, it’s Australian for I’m not injured so give me the football and a beer. Foster should be back to full strength Sunday. Let’s not confuse the Bengals for a juggernaut defensive unit anymore this year. Foster is one of the top running backs in the game and he’s earned the right to be a starter no matter what the matchup is when he’s healthy. Deploy this Tennessee Volunteer Sunday.

Tre Mason STL @ SD

Mason had a workman like day at the office last Sunday in their surprising upset victory over the Broncos. Surpassing 100 yards for the first time in his rookie campaign, this Auburn Tiger will likely get the majority of the carries again in San Diego. The Rams like to spread the field and Mason should be able to find some running room in this juicy matchup. He’s a great flex play this week.

Wide Receivers

Brandon Marshall CHI VS TB

Marshall should make the Tampa Bay secondary look like marshmallows in the windy city on Sunday. While Marshall has been known to disappear at times this season, he can be very streaky. Coming off 2 touchdown performance, I like the odds that continuing and the chances that the Bucs defense falls back to reality after their thrashing of the Redskins.

Randall Cobb GB @ MIN

It’s time to jump on the Cobb bandwagon. He’s the #2 option and should probably be #1 for Aaron Rodgers in the Packers dominant offensive machine. Jordy Nelson is great and makes some amazing catches, but he also looks pedestrian at times. I like Cobb to be a #1 wide receiver the rest of the way this season and I like for the Vikings to get pounded, the way the Bears and Eagles were bounced around the last 2 weeks. Ride the Rodgers train and his weapons like Cobb to the fantasy playoffs.

Tight Ends

Travis Kelce KC @ OAK

Kelce is an up and down tight-end option. My guess is that the Raiders, who aren’t good at defending much of anything, will be a push-over Sunday. Kelce has a tremendous catching radius and his athleticism will allow him to do the things that Julius Thomas did to Oakland 2 weeks ago. If Kelce puts up less than a dozen then I’ll change my FB profile picture to an Oregon Duck. Ha, no way ever!

Marcedes Lewis JAX @ IND

The Marcedes will be Bortles’ ride to the touchdown freeway on Sunday. Indy is average defensively against tight-ends and not only that, but with Cecil Shorts back in the mix there should be more room down the middle of the field. Lewis is athletic enough to beat up a Colts defense that got smacked in the mouth by the Patriots Sunday. Just remember what Gronk did to them last weekend, while Lewis isn’t Gronk he should have an early Thanksgiving feast.


San Francisco 49ers SF VS WSH

The 49ers should be feasting on the Skins and licking their chops against a 3-7 team coming off a terrible loss to the Bucs last Sunday. Even without some big playermakers on the defense, the 49ers should find ways to bother a quarterback in RGII that is purely “focused on San Francisco.” I suggest a better PR strategy for RGIII and predict he will have more questions than answers for the 49ers on Sunday. No #HTTR this week, it’s more like Hailmary.