Start/Bench - Week 12 5 years ago

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome Week 12! This week we have plenty of movement on, and especially off, the 'Studs' list. So let's not waste any time with small talk, as I'm sure we've all got some last minute food shopping to tend to.



Tom Brady

Drew Brees

Robert Griffin III

Peyton Manning

Carson Palmer

Aaron Rodgers

Ben Roethlisberger *Doubtful for Week 12. Most likely to return in Week 14*

Matt Ryan


Carson Palmer, Oakland: Has only scored in single digits once this year and has a very favorable remaining schedule.


Eli Manning, New York Giants: I hate to do it, but I can't defend him any longer. He's scored single-digit fantasy points in three straight games and has only scored more than 20 fantasy points once this year.


Chan Henne, Jacksonville vs. Tennessee: Wow, did anyone see that coming! A performance for the ages versus a Texans defense that was one of the best in the league. Henne's Week 11 performance of 354 passing yards and four touchdowns was even more impressive given that he did it on the road at Houston. This week Henne will face a Titans defense that is the sixth most generous versus quarterbacks, having allowed 20 touchdown passes on the season while only picking off nine. The Blaine Gabbert era looks to be officially over in Jacksonville.

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. Buffalo: Luck's three best games of the season have come at home and that's exactly where he'll get to face the Bills who have given up 19 touchdown passes on the season while only picking off eight. Luck will be licking his chops as he faces a defense that has allowed both Mark Sanchez and Alex Smith to pass for three touchdowns.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati vs. Oakland: Oakland is the third most generous defense in fantasy versus quarterbacks having allowed double-digit fantasy points in every game but one. Dalton has thrown three-or-more touchdowns in four out of the Bengals ten games so far this season. He's also been very efficient since the Bengals bye in Week 8, having thrown seven touchdowns and only one interception since then.


Christian Ponder, Minnesota at Chicago: Don't try and get cute here and think that after the Bears' Monday night debacle that Ponder will be able to duplicate Colin Kaepernick's effort. It's not going to happen. In fact, look for the Bears to put a beat-down on both Ponder and the Vikings after being humiliated on national television in Week 11.

Philip Rivers, San Diego vs. Baltimore: Rivers has been serviceable over the last three weeks but this week he'll be facing a Ravens defense that is the sixth toughest in fantasy versus quarterbacks. The Ravens have not allowed a touchdown pass in two out of the last three games. The Ravens defense got a boost when it was announced that Ed Reed would not miss this week's game due to suspension. Look for Reed to be extra motivated this week, as if he needed any motivation.

Russell Wilson, Seattle at Miami: Wilson has been impressive over his last three games, tossing seven touchdown passes and only one interception. But, this week he'll be facing a Dolphins defense that has allowed more than one passing touchdown in a game only three times this season.



Jamaal Charles

Arian Foster

Frank Gore

Maurice Jones-Drew *Questionable - Most likely to return in Week 13*

Marshawn Lynch

Doug Martin

LeSean McCoy *Suffered concussion in Week 11. Status uncertain.*

Darren McFadden

Alfred Morris

Adrian Peterson

Ray Rice


Reggie Bush, Miami: After scoring single-digit fantasy points in six of his last eight games I have heard the cries of the people and am dropping Bush from the 'Studs' list.


Jalen Parmele, Jacksonville vs. Tennessee: Parmele is the new starter in Jacksonville, at least for one more week, as Rashad Jennings has failed to impress. The Jaguars will be facing a Titans defense that is the fourth most generous in fantasy to opposing running backs. Obviously, Parmele should not be started over more established running backs, but makes for a nice plug-in for those suffering from injuries or lack of depth at the position.

Vick Ballard, Indianapolis vs. Buffalo: Ballard has gotten at least 12 carries in five consecutive games and with Donald Brown apparently still nicked-up Ballard should get the majority of the carries again this week. The Colts will be facing a Bills defense that is the worst in fantasy defending opposing running backs. Look for Ballard to score his first rushing touchdown of the season this week.

Ronnie Hillman, Denver at Kansas City: With Willis McGahee lost for the year, Hillman is in a great position to 'Wally Pipp' him for the starting job. This is a bit of a risky call as we don't know exactly how coach John Fox will split carries between Hillman and Lance Ball, but as impressive as Hillman has been you have to believe that he'll be featured. The Broncos couldn't have asked for a much softer opponent as the Chiefs are the sixth most generous defense in fantasy versus running backs.


Beanie Wells, Arizona vs. St. Louis: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Wells claims to be 100% healthy and will get a matchup versus a St. Louis defense that has allowed over 100 yards rushing in each of its last three games to go along with five total rushing touchdowns. It's now or never for those fantasy teams that have been waiting on Wells as the fantasy regular season is almost over.


Pierre Thomas/Mark Ingram/Chris Ivory, New Orleans vs. San Francisco: The Saints backfield is a total nightmare for fantasy owners, especially with the impending return of Darren Sproles in Week 12. Obviously, if Sproles is active you have to start him but as for the other three, take your pick as to which one you think may find the end zone. Given that the 49ers defense has only allowed two rushing touchdowns on the season, your best bet is to bench all Saints running backs but Sproles for Week 11.

Daniel Thomas/Reggie Bush, Miami vs. Seattle: It's a double-whammy for Reggie Bush this week as he not only gets booted from the 'Studs' list but he gets sent to the 'Bench.' The Dolphins will be facing a Seahawks defense that hasn't allowed a rushing touchdown to anyone not named Adrian Peterson since Week 3. The Dolphins backfield has become another frustrating RBBC in which neither back can be trusted.

Mikel Leshoure, Detroit vs. Houston: How does a matchup versus the No. 2 ranked rushing defense in fantasy sound? Not very appealing. The Texans have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season and will be looking to atone for their shoddy defensive effort last week versus the Jaguars.



Victor Cruz

Larry Fitzgerald

AJ Green

Percy Harvin *Status uncertain for Week 12*

Vincent Jackson

Andre Johnson

Calvin Johnson

Brandon Marshall

Demaryius Thomas

Reggie Wayne

Wes Welker

Roddy White


Demaryius Thomas, Denver: He has 933 receiving yards and five touchdowns. Welcome to the list!


Marques Colston, New Orleans: Four consecutive games of 10 fantasy points or less in non-PPR formats and six out of ten games in single-digit scoring have gotten Colston the boot from the 'Studs' list.

Jordy Nelson, Green Bay: Only 577 yards receiving and five touchdowns.

Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants: Only 465 yards receiving and one touchdown.

Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh: Double-digit fantasy scoring in only two out of his last seven games.

Steve Smith, Carolina: Has not scored more than 11 points in non-PPR leagues all season.


Dez Bryant, Dallas vs. Washington: Bryant has been wildly inconsistent while scoring single-digit fantasy points in six out of ten games. But after being targeted 15 times last week and with positive comments coming from Tony Romo, Bryant looks to be primed for a huge second half of the season. Look for Bryant to stay hot as he faces a Redskins defense that is the third most generous in fantasy to opposing wide receivers.

T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. Buffalo: Hilton has gone over 100 yards receiving in two of his last three games and has scored three touchdowns during that span. With a high-scoring affair on tap versus the Bills and Donnie Avery looking like he'll miss this week with a concussion, Hilton should see plenty of targets.

Kenny Britt, Tennessee at Jacksonville: This is a gut-call. But one that I think can payoff big. Britt only has one touchdown on the season and has been a fantasy non-factor up to this point, but after seeing the Jaguars defense get ripped apart by a declining Andre Johnson, I'm going to take the gamble. With a bye week off to rest and prepare for this week we should see a breakout game from Britt.


Brian Hartline, Miami vs. Seattle: Take away Hartline's massive Week 4 performance and he hasn't scored more than 11 fantasy points in non-PPR leagues this season. Throw in a matchup with the No. 1 rated defense versus wide receivers and you have a recipe for disappointment.

Malcom Floyd, San Diego vs. Baltimore: Not exactly sure that I'd want to be heading across the middle with an angry Ed Reed looking to prove to the league office that he can still be a vicious hitter while not delivering blows to the head. As mentioned earlier, I expect quarterback Philip Rivers to struggle, hence, the trickle-down to Floyd.

Julian Edelman, New England at New York Jets: For whatever reason, Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided that it was time to feature Edelman in Week 11. Edelman caught five passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. We all know how Belichick likes to use Ridley, Vereen and Woodhead to frustrate us and now he's going to add Edelman into his wide receiver/tight end mix causing us the same consternation. Will Belichick go back to Edelman two weeks in a row? I'm not willing to take the risk.



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