Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Start’em column, which takes a look at favorable match-ups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you’ll want in your lineup for Week 12. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Running Backs

BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN VS. OAK

I have been dogging the Law Firm all season as he’s proven to be an overrated mediocre fantasy draft pick this season. Last week though he topped the century mark in rushing yards for the first time in the orange and black. So it’s a case of the so what have you done for me lately and I’m looking at last week’s performance and seeing if he can build on it this week. Thankfully for all BGE owners he’ll be rushing against the team ranked dead last in rush defense this weekend. The Raiders look like “Raiders of the Lost Defense” after some thrashings in back to back weeks by the Ravens and Saints. So expect the Law Firm to improve on his effort against the Chiefs. I see lots of Dalton to Green, setting up TD plunges for the law firm. I’m saying he’ll be good for 2 TDs and another 100 plus effort on the ground as he’s my “Pull-Proof Tiger” performer this week. That’s an appropriate moniker since he’s a Bengal, for this gumbo-loving Cajun born tailback who should find ways to feast on the Raiders this Sunday.

Alfred Morris WAS VS. DAL

Alfred “the dump truck” Morris, as I like to call this rookie running back, has been the every down back that the Redskins have missed since the days of Clinton Portis. Come Turkey Day he looks to feast his eyes on a Dallas run defense that is just middle of the road. They’ve forfeited on average, over 20 fantasy points to opposing RBs the last 3 weeks. With Coach Shanahan’s confidence growing in Morris to handle the load, he hit 20 carries last week, it should only be a matter of time before he busts the big one and finds the end zone. This is a heated rivalry amongst a pair of teams that just plain don’t like each other. I expect a physical game with some big plays and that Morris will use his bulldozing mentality to find enough space for a TD or two in Thursday’s action in Dallas. If the Cowboys lose to the Skins this weekend it’ll be Coach Garrett who will be getting dump trucked by Jerry Jones.


Jake Locker TEN VS. JAC

OK, here we go again coming up with these off the wall start’em picks for QB. Hold up suckers! What happened with Matt Schaub last week? Cough…cough…I want to see the subscribers who read and heeded my advice come forward and acknowledge I was on point. The guy had a career day against the Jaguars in an OT win and even though I was a little off on the Palmer pick to click as a sure fire starter I think that Schaub more than justified me for the week. So here comes Jake Locker facing that same daunting Jaguars defense. I mean if Jacksonville can give up over 525 yards passing to the bald headed wonder from the Texans, then Jake can surely find a way to put up half those yards and accumulate with his running ability as well for at least 2 scores. In the “Panty-Dropping” call for week 12 I’ve got 20 plus points for Jake Locker to seal the deal against the Jaguars’ trashy defense. Lock it up for those who are scrambling with QB injuries and pick up Locker this week. If this UDub Husky product can stay healthy then he’s got enormous potential in the league.

Andrew Luck IND VS. BUF

Andrew Luck is a terror for defenses while playing at home in the Lucas Oil Dome. Last week Brady took the rookie QB to school, showing him how to out-smart and dissect an opposing defense with acute precision and accuracy. Luck should find the Bills a much less formidable opponent than the Patriots. I expect the trend for excellent play at home to continue, as the ChuckStrong Colts play their hearts for their embattled coach. Luck’s Stanford Cardinal took down the mighty Oregon Ducks last weekend and now it’s his turn to take down the team with perhaps a QB that is as smart/if not smarter than him from Harvard. Luck’s got big time upside this week. Bank on a nice bounce-back performance that should reward fantasy owners this week.

Wide Receivers

Danario Alexander SD VS. BAL

Danario isn’t your Italian cousin that you have to hide from your wife. He’s more like the local butcher who cuts the finest slices of meat and then disappears with the roast, leaving you starved. Alexander has played exceptionally the past two weeks and it’s beginning to serve notice, as his number of targets from QB Philip Rivers has increased. Baltimore will have Ed Reed in the secondary, as his appeal to his suspension stood up, reversing the suspension imposed by the No Fun League. So it’s not going to be easy for Alexander, but I think playing at home against a team that has had trouble against the deep ball makes Alexander a must start in all formats. Third time is a charm, expect him to bring those numbers again for the third straight week – trifecta me!

Justin Blackmon JAC VS. TEN

What a difference a Henne makes! With Blaine Gabbert wobbling ducks from under center the Jags offense was pretty pathetic and then ba-da-boom! Blackmon struck it rich with Henne under center in Houston against one of the top defenses in the NFL. His 236 yards receiving yards and touchdown performance easily vaults him from irrelevancy to a must start this week against a Titans defense that’s just not very good. The game plan will likely involve more routes to Blackmon and Cecil Shorts to move the chains and look for Blackmon’s 1st round draft pick speed to be able to break the big one. Find a way to put him in your lineup this week.

Tight Ends

Aaron Hernandez NE VS. NYJ

What’s Brady to do without his favorite Gronk? Hernandez has been banged up all season and like every other Patriot he’s listed on the Questionable list for this Thursday’s action vs. the Jets. I would venture to say that Hernandez will find a way to suit up and have an impact on the game. The Jets have been primarily underwhelming defensively minus some of their play-makers who are out due to injuries. Given the fact that Rex Ryan has down played the Jets potential for an upset and has been sucking up to the Patriots offense I would say he’s not as confident in his team’s ability to stop this fine running Patriots offensive machine. This just IN live from SportsCenter, Hernandez is a go. He’s got a history of making the big play, so remember to plug him in for Turkey Day feasting on the Jets.

Dustin Keller NYJ VS. NE

Dustin Keller will come to play against the Pats. He has no other choice, as Sanchez will need him, given that it’s likely the Jets will be playing from behind. Keller had his only TD this season and a 93 yard effort against the Patriots earlier this season. He definitely rises to the occasion and the occasion is Turkey Day’s matchup versus their dreaded division and AFC Champion rival. It won’t take much to get the Jets up for this game and Keller should prove to be more beast than turkey. The key for the Jets Thursday night is Keller, lock it up!


Denver Broncos DEN VS. KC

The trend for the past couple weeks continues. Let me introduce your fantasy football defense for week 12 pick of the week – it’s the team who faces the KC Chiefs offense. Why hello there Denver Broncos. Here’s your juiciest hanging changeup, it’s now time to unload. This should be smooth operating for a Broncos team that is riding a 5 game winning streak and has been able to really cut down on big plays and step up to keep teams out of the end zone. Peyton’s got a nice matchup, but it should be a Champ Bailey type encore for the Denver secondary that should be equally up to the task of feasting on these Chiefs.