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Week 12 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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Disclaimer ... Before you start reading, please understand that we are not in the business of stating the obvious and wasting your time (or ours), so you won't be reading here why you need to start Aaron Rodgers, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson or any other top-tier players. We're here to help you make a decision on players you are on the fence about.

Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton come into their Week 12 showdown in Cincinnati as the two hottest Fantasy quarterbacks over the past three weeks. It should lead to plenty of fireworks.

Palmer has been the best quarterback over that span with 78 Fantasy points. Despite six interceptions and a fumble, he has 1,094 passing yards and eight touchdowns. Dalton is right behind Palmer at 75 Fantasy points with 728 passing yards, eight total touchdowns and one interception.

I'm starting Dalton & Palmer over ...
Robert Griffin III at DAL
Josh Freeman vs. ATL
Philip Rivers vs. BAL
Matt Schaub at DET
Eli Manning vs. GB

Both quarterbacks have great matchups and we recommend starting both in the majority of leagues. Palmer is definitely motivated for a big performance going back to Cincinnati for the first time after spending the first nine years of his career with the Bengals before being traded to Oakland last season.

The Bengals have done well in pass defense of late with only nine Fantasy points allowed in their past two games against Eli Manning and Brady Quinn, but four quarterbacks have at least 24 Fantasy points against Cincinnati this season. And Palmer's worst outing in his past five games is 18 Fantasy points at Kansas City in Week 8.

Dalton has the better matchup of the two since the Raiders have been abused the past three weeks by Josh Freeman (21 Fantasy points), Joe Flacco (35 points) and Drew Brees (28 points). And Dalton has been amazing the past two games with seven total touchdowns and no interceptions, which snapped a streak of nine games in a row with a turnover.

This should be a fun game to watch with all the passing potential, and Fantasy owners will benefit. Palmer and Dalton have the chance to light up the scoreboard in this matchup.

Full Disclosure from Week 11
Start of the Week
Player Fantasy Pts. (proj.) Fantasy Pts. (actual) Start % Pos. rank
Marcel Reece, RB, Raiders 13 19 75 1
Recommended starts that made us look good
Robert Griffin III, QB, Redskins 23 40 63 2
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, Bengals 12 16 72 4
Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys 11 20 89 5
Recommended sits that made us look good
Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers 18 16 42 16
Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers 7 6 50 38
Torrey Smith, WR, Ravens 6 0 61 88
Recommended starts that made us look bad
Shonn Greene, RB, Jets 12 6 73 31
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers 10 4 69 18
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Eagles 11 0 73 87
Recommended sits that made us look bad
Lance Moore, WR, Saints 7 17 66 8
Cecil Shorts, WR, Jaguars 6 14 52 13
Vernon Davis, TE, 49ers 7 14 68 5

Quarterback

Start 'Em

Andrew Luck (vs. BUF): Luck has been great at home, averaging 25.6 Fantasy points in five games. His worst home game was Week 7 against Cleveland with 18 points and we expect his home magic to continue against the Bills. Buffalo has allowed multiple touchdowns to six quarterbacks and six have reached at least 21 Fantasy points. Kevin Kolb and Brandon Weeden are the only quarterbacks Buffalo has faced on the road who have not had multiple scores.
Tony Romo (vs. WAS): Only two quarterbacks have failed to throw multiple touchdowns or 300 yards against the Redskins. The first was Josh Freeman, who had 299 yards and one touchdown in Week 4, and the second was Nick Foles making his first NFL start last week. Romo should be on the plus side of this matchup, especially with a backfield of injured running backs. Sure, he was beat up last week against Cleveland and has offensive line issues, but Romo has at least 20 Fantasy points in three of his past six games and had 292 passing yards and three touchdowns in his last meeting with the Redskins in 2011.
Colin Kaepernick (at NO): There's obvious risk in starting Kaepernick this week since he could have a letdown and Alex Smith (concussion) has yet to be ruled out or benched. He had an amazing debut in his first NFL start in Week 11 against Chicago at home. Against a dominant defense, Kaepernick was 16 of 23 passing for 243 yards and two touchdowns and we really didn't see his rushing prowess since he ran for just 12 yards. But he also has the chance for a bigger performance this week against the Saints, who have allowed seven quarterbacks to pass for at least 300 yards and seven to score multiple touchdowns. If Kaepernick starts as expected you should buy into his upside.
Matt Schaub (at DET): We listed Schaub as a sleeper last week, but we never expected 527 passing yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions against the Jaguars for 47 Fantasy points. He's going to have a dramatic fall-off, but he should remain a starting option. Schaub now has at least 22 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and the Lions have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in each of their past four outings. For the season, seven of 10 quarterbacks have at least 18 Fantasy points against Detroit with four getting at least 21 points.
Eli Manning (vs. GB): We're backing Manning this week despite his alleged tired arm, his 10 combined Fantasy points the past three games and that the Packers haven't allowed multiple passing touchdowns in their past five outings. Manning has been phenomenal coming off a bye week, averaging 323 passing yards to go with 10 touchdowns and one interception the past four years. His worst game after a bye was in 2008 against Seattle with only 267 passing yards and two touchdowns and he's had at least two touchdowns in all four outings. He also faced the Packers twice last year with a playoff matchup and had 677 passing yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions in those games. Green Bay is still dealing with key injuries to Clay Matthews (hamstring) and Charles Woodson (collarbone), and Hakeem Nicks might finally be healthy for Manning after battling foot and knee problems all year.

Week 12 quarterback sleepers
Russell Wilson (at MIA) Has at least 19 Fantasy points in four of his past five games.
Jake Locker (at JAC) JAC has allowed seven total touchdowns to quarterbacks the past two games.
Chad Henne (vs. TEN) The job is all his and he will look to exploit the TEN defense.

Sit 'Em

Joe Flacco (at SD): It's getting difficult to trust Flacco now even in two-quarterback leagues when he plays on the road. He had six Fantasy points at Pittsburgh in Week 11 and he now has single digits in Fantasy points in three of his past four road games. His best game on the road is 14 points at Cleveland, and even though the Chargers are suspect in pass defense you might not get enough from Flacco even in a quality performance to make him worth starting away from Baltimore.
Philip Rivers (vs. BAL): Rivers might be the only quarterback to consistently throw multiple touchdowns each week but fail to reach 20 Fantasy points. Rivers has at least two touchdown passes in six of his past seven games, but he has just two games with more than 18 Fantasy points over that span. It would help Rivers if left tackle Jared Gaither (groin) returns for this game otherwise he's going to get up close and personal with Terrell Suggs, and Rivers has been sacked at least four times in three of his past six games. And Ed Reed avoiding a suspension hurts Rivers also.
Sam Bradford (at ARI): The last time Bradford faced the Cardinals in Week 5 he passed for 141 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and completed just 7 of 21 passes. Only three quarterbacks have had more than 16 Fantasy points against Arizona (Ryan Tannehill, Alex Smith and Aaron Rodgers), and last week the Cardinals forced five interceptions and held Matt Ryan to 301 passing yards and no touchdowns. Bradford does have 23 Fantasy points in each of his past two road games at Miami and San Francisco, but he's just a borderline Fantasy option in two-quarterback leagues this week.
Nick Foles (vs. CAR): Foles showed us something in his Week 11 start at Washington – that we miss Michael Vick. As bad as Vick has been this season, Foles was worse. He was 21 of 46 passing for 204 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson combined for two catches for 5 yards and Foles looked lost in what should have been a great matchup. He has a tougher opponent this week in the Panthers, who have only allowed two quarterbacks (Ryan and Josh Freeman) to throw multiple touchdowns against them. We'd stay away from Foles in the majority of leagues this week.
Josh Freeman (vs. ATL): Freeman should be considered a bust alert because most Fantasy owners will continue to start him based on his impressive run, but he could struggle this week. Freeman has at least 20 Fantasy points in six games in a row, but he's struggled against the Falcons in his career. In his past five meetings with Atlanta, Freeman is averaging only 13 Fantasy points a game with seven total touchdowns and 11 total turnovers over that span. Now, you can say Freeman's playing at the highest level of his career, which is accurate, but the Falcons have also done well against opposing quarterbacks. Brees and Cam Newton are the only quarterbacks to score multiple touchdowns against Atlanta this year, including matchups with Peyton Manning, Palmer, Vick and Romo.

Bust alert: Robert Griffin III (at DAL): It's risky to sit Griffin any week, especially on Thanksgiving Day in a big matchup against the Cowboys. He's been amazing, especially last week when he passed for a career-high four touchdowns and had a season-best 40 Fantasy points. But he's facing a tough defense for the Cowboys, who have only allowed Jay Cutler to get more than 19 Fantasy points this season, including matchups with Eli Manning twice, Freeman, Flacco at home and Ryan. Keep in mind that prior to last week Griffin struggled in two games against the Steelers and Panthers with 13 Fantasy points in each outing. I projected Griffin for 19 Fantasy points, so I'm not expecting a terrible performance, but Dallas should be able to contain Griffin in this matchup.

Running back

Start 'Em

Marcel Reece (at CIN): Reece was great as the Start of the Week in Week 11 against the Saints when he had 19 carries for 103 yards and four catches for 90 yards. He now has 43 Fantasy points in his past three games since Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson went down with ankle injuries. He has another favorable matchup this week against the Bengals, who have allowed a running back to score or rush for 100 yards in eight of 10 games this season. Reece has been a great boost for Fantasy owners, and we expect him to remain hot as long as McFadden is out.
Jalen Parmele (vs. TEN): Parmele is getting the chance to start for the Jaguars, and he should be considered at least a flex option for Fantasy owners this week. Parmele was the featured rusher for Jacksonville last week ahead of Rashad Jennings at the Texans and had 24 carries for 80 yards and three catches for 3 yards. While that might not seem significant, it's the second-best rushing performance against Houston this year behind Chris Johnson (141 yards). He has a much easier matchup this week against the Titans, who have allowed 10 touchdowns to opposing running backs and nine to reach double digits in Fantasy points. There have been 10 running backs to face the Titans this year that have gotten at least 12 carries, and eight have either 100 total yards or a touchdown. It seems like Parmele will easily hit that carry total, which makes him worth the risk this week.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (vs. OAK): We had Green-Ellis in this spot last week, and he rewarded owners with his best game of the season with 16 Fantasy points. He should have a good encore against the Raiders, who have allowed 12 touchdowns to opposing running backs and seven to reach double digits in Fantasy points. Oakland has allowed six rushing touchdowns in the past three weeks, and Green-Ellis scored against the Raiders last year as a member of the Patriots.
Ronnie Hillman (at KC): Hillman gets the chance to start for the injured Willis McGahee (knee), and we like his chances against the Chiefs. He should be considered at least a flex option this week because he will still share touches with Lance Ball and possibly Knowshon Moreno. But there is plenty to like about Hillman. He has breakaway speed, and he has three games with at least five Fantasy points in his past four outings despite playing behind McGahee. The Chiefs have also allowed six running backs to reach double digits in Fantasy points in their past six games.
Andre Brown (vs. GB): We hope Ahmad Bradshaw gets going coming off the bye week, but for now you have to consider Brown the best Giants running back for Fantasy owners. If you own both, start Brown over Bradshaw this week. He has a touchdown in each of his past four games, and in Week 10 at Cincinnati he had 14 Fantasy points. By comparison, Bradshaw has just 13 Fantasy points combined in his past three outings. The Packers have allowed a running back to score or reach 100 total yards in each of their past five games.

Week 12 running back sleepers
Lance Dunbar (vs. WAS) Could get increased touches if Felix Jones (knee) is limited.
Vick Ballard (vs. BUF) Might be taking over as the lead rusher from Donald Brown.
Bryce Brown (vs. CAR) If LeSean McCoy (concussion) is out then look for Brown to shine.
LaRod Stephens-Howling (vs. STL) Still a flex option even with Beanie Wells back for this game.
Kendall Hunter (at NO) Can be a flex option in deeper leagues even playing behind Frank Gore.

Sit 'Em

Reggie Bush (vs. SEA): Bush has been one of the most frustrating Fantasy options of late because he's had great matchups against Indianapolis, Tennessee and Buffalo the past three weeks but has just 15 Fantasy points combined to show for it. He hasn't had more than 15 touches in the past four games, and he continues to come off the field in favor of Daniel Thomas. Seattle also is a tough matchup with only two touchdowns allowed to an opposing running back in the past seven games. Bush needs a "prove it" game before Fantasy owners can rely on him again.
Mark Ingram (vs. SF): Ingram has been great of late with 24 Fantasy points in his past three games, but Darren Sproles (hand) should return this week and is the best Fantasy running back for the Saints in this matchup. New Orleans will be throwing a lot this week, and Sproles had 15 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown against the 49ers in the playoffs last year. We know the 49ers run defense has not been the same this season as in years past, with three running backs scoring or reaching 100 rushing yards in the past five games, but Ingram's production should be limited.
James Starks (at NYG): Another week, another comment from Packers coach Mike McCarthy about his frustration with a running back. It was Alex Green first, and now McCarthy is fed up with Starks, who had 25 carries at Detroit in Week 11 but finished with just 74 rushing yards. Starks is now expected to lose touches to Green, and the two might not produce enough against the Giants to be successful. Starks hasn't scored since Week 1 in 2011, and it's doubtful he'll score this week. The Packers haven't had a running back score since Cedric Benson in Week 3 (fullback John Kuhn scored in Week 5), and Benson in Week 4 is the last Green Bay running back to get double digits in Fantasy points.
Rashard Mendenhall (at CLE): Mendenhall returned in Week 11 against Baltimore after being out four games with an Achilles injury but was limited to 11 carries for 33 yards and three catches for 17 yards. He will continue to share playing time with Jonathan Dwyer, who had one more touch (15) than Mendenhall against the Ravens, and this tandem looks messy. We expect Mendenhall to eventually take the lead, but he should be considered just a flex option this week. He also has just one game with double digits on the road in his past nine outings away from Pittsburgh.
Jonathan Stewart (at PHI): Stewart had his best game of the season in Week 11 against the Bucs with 13 Fantasy points, but we're not ready to trust him as a starting option. He combined for 27 Fantasy points in his previous six games, and he has yet to score a touchdown on the road this year. The Eagles have allowed six touchdowns to opposing running backs but only two on the ground, and no running back has run for 100 yards against Philadelphia. We would still consider Stewart a flex option this week, but he's not a must-start running back in standard formats.

Bust alert: Mikel Leshoure (vs. HOU): Leshoure has been great of late with double digits in Fantasy points in two of his past three games with four touchdowns over that span. But he has a tough matchup this week. The Texans have only allowed one running back to score this season, which was Maurice Jones-Drew on a reception in Week 2. And the last running back to get double digits in Fantasy points was Johnson in Week 4. The running backs they have limited include McGahee, Greene, Ray Rice, Spiller, Jackson and Matt Forte. At some point the Texans run defense will crack, but Leshoure should be considered a risky starting option on Thanksgiving Day.

Wide receiver

Start 'Em

Cecil Shorts (vs. TEN): All Shorts does is produce, and it's time Fantasy owners make him active in the majority of leagues. He has double digits in Fantasy points in four of his past five games with 24 catches for 437 yards and three touchdowns over that span. He showed no letdown from Blaine Gabbert to Chad Henne, and we actually expect Henne to help Shorts improve. Also, No. 1 receivers have done well against the Titans as six have either scored a touchdown or had over 100 receiving yards.
Danario Alexander (vs. BAL): Alexander could finish the season as the best receiving option for the Chargers, including Antonio Gates. In only three full games in San Diego he has 15 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns with 46 Fantasy points over that span. He also has a great matchup against the Ravens, who have allowed five touchdowns to opposing receivers since Lardarius Webb (knee) went down. Five receivers also have at least 80 receiving yards against Baltimore over that span.
Michael Crabtree (at NO): Crabtree is on an impressive run of late, and he should continue to play well in a positive matchup at the Saints. New Orleans allows the most Fantasy points to opposing receivers as 15 have scored touchdowns and 13 have reached double digits in Fantasy points. Crabtree has four touchdowns in his past three games with 41 Fantasy points over that span. He had four catches for 25 yards and a touchdown against the Saints in the playoffs last year, and we expect him to play well again in this matchup.
Hakeem Nicks (vs. GB): Nicks went into the bye in Week 11 with a positive outing in Week 10 at the Bengals with nine catches for 75 yards on 14 targets. He said the nagging foot and knee problems that have plagued him all season are feeling better, and we're buying in. We like Nicks to do well this week since they've allowed double digits in Fantasy points to a No. 1 receiver in three consecutive games (Shorts, Larry Fitzgerald and Calvin Johnson). Nicks also dominated the Packers last year with 14 catches for 253 yards and four touchdowns in two meetings. We hope this is the start of a strong finish for Nicks, who should excel as long as he's healthy.
Steve Johnson (at IND): The Colts have struggled with opposing receivers as they have allowed 14 touchdowns and 12 have reached double digits in Fantasy points. No. 1 receivers have really excelled against the Colts with six getting either 100 receiving yards or a touchdown, and Johnson has actually played well of late. He has 12 catches for 165 yards in his past two games against the Patriots and Dolphins on 18 targets, and if he can find the end zone again like he did in his first three games then his value will rise. We consider him a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in this matchup.

Week 12 wide receiver sleepers
Golden Tate (at MIA) MIA has struggled with secondary receivers all year.
Harry Douglas (at TB) Should see a boost in targets if Julio Jones (ankle) is out.
Julian Edelman (at NYJ) Might benefit the most with Rob Gronkowski (forearm) out.
Ryan Broyles (vs. HOU) Titus Young is benched, meaning more targets for Broyles.
T.Y. Hilton (vs. BUF) If Donnie Avery (concussion) is out then Hilton becomes a star.

Sit 'Em

Brandon Lloyd (at NYJ): Lloyd appears to be getting pushed aside in favor of Julian Edelman, and his production might have warranted a demotion. In his past two games he has nine catches for 90 yards, and he's only scored in two games this season. He also has a tough matchup this week against the Jets, and he could face standout corner Antonio Cromartie again. In their first meeting in Week 7, Lloyd had eight targets but was held to one catch for 6 yards. He's just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at this point, especially this week against the Jets.
Mike Wallace (at CLE): Wallace will have his third different starting quarterback in the past three weeks with Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder/ribs) and Byron Leftwich (ribs) both out, and Charlie Batch throwing passes to Wallace isn't very promising. He also is expected to see a lot of Joe Haden, who has the chance to frustrate Wallace. In two games against the Browns last year Wallace combined for five catches for 68 yards, and we would only start him as a No. 3 receiver this week in most formats.
Mike Williams (vs. ATL): Williams' production has started to fade of late with poor outings in his past two games. He has combined for five catches for 93 yards and no touchdowns against San Diego and Carolina, and he has a tough matchup this week against the Falcons. Atlanta has only allowed six touchdowns to opposing receivers this year, and the Falcons shut down Williams last season with six catches for 74 yards in two meetings. He's still worth the risk as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in most leagues, but he's not a Top 24 option in this matchup.
Brian Hartline (vs. SEA): For as good as Hartline has been this season he has just one touchdown, so he has to rely on big yards to help Fantasy owners. That might be tough to come by this week since the Seahawks have only allowed two receivers to gain more than 100 receiving yards, which was Wes Welker and Titus Young. Now, Seattle has allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers, but Hartline probably won't be doing any touchdown celebrations at home. His last touchdown in Miami was Week 1 of 2011.
DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin (vs. CAR): It's hard to trust the Eagles receivers after what happened in Foles' first start at Washington last week. Maclin had three targets but finished with no catches, and Jackson had eight targets and finished with two catches for 5 yards. We expect both to improve, but it's hard to trust them in what should be a tougher matchup. The Panthers have only allowed seven touchdowns to opposing receivers, but only three receivers have gained over 100 yards. We'll start to like the Eagles receivers again once Vick returns from his concussion.

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Bust alert: Larry Fitzgerald (vs. STL): Like the Eagles receivers, it's tough to trust Fitzgerald this week with backup Ryan Lindley starting at quarterback for the Cardinals. Fitzgerald had one catch for 11 yards in Week 11 at Atlanta on seven targets when Lindley stepped in for the ineffective John Skelton. The last time Fitzgerald faced the Rams was in Week 5 when Kolb was the starter, and he had eight catches for 92 yards on 15 targets. Fitzgerald could definitely post those kinds of stats again, even with Lindley, but it's risky. It's hard to bench Fitzgerald, but just lower your expectations if he's in your starting lineup.

Tight end

Start 'Em

Dustin Keller (vs. NE): The Patriots have been among the worst teams at defending tight ends this season, and Keller played a part in that in Week 7 when he had seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. The Patriots have allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends and eight have had either 60 receiving yards or a touchdown against New England this year. Keller hasn't scored since the New England game, but he does have two touchdowns in his past five meeting with the Patriots.
Brandon Myers (at CIN): Myers continues to post quality stats yet still isn't considered a starter in every league. He now has three touchdowns in his past three games with 33 Fantasy points over that span. He has at least seven targets in five of his past six games, and he has at least five catches in seven outings this year. He faces a Bengals defense that has allowed a touchdown or at least 70 receiving yards in seven of 10 games, and Myers should have another productive outing in this matchup.
Jermaine Gresham (vs. OAK): Bengals coach Marvin Lewis continues to heap praise on Gresham, and it's well deserved. He has at least six catches for 69 yards in two of his past three games with 23 Fantasy points over that span. He had a touchdown called back last week at Kansas City, but he has the chance to score this week against the Raiders. Oakland has allowed six touchdowns to opposing tight ends, including two in the past two weeks against Dennis Pitta and Jimmy Graham. As you can tell, we like a lot of the players in this game, so look for Gresham and Myers to play a prominent role.

Week 12 tight end sleepers
Dallas Clark (vs.ATL) Getting going of late with 17 Fantasy points in his past two games.
Marcedes Lewis (vs. TEN) Maybe the addition of Henne can spark Lewis, who scored twice last week.
Tony Moeaki (vs. DEN) Could be the best receiving option in KC with Dwayne Bowe (neck) hurt.

Sit 'Em

Scott Chandler (at IND): Chandler has been hit or miss this season. He has three touchdowns in two games against the Patriots but two touchdowns in his other eight games. When he hasn't scored a touchdown his best output has been five Fantasy points, and he has just one game with more than five targets since Week 5 (which, no surprise, was against the Patriots in Week 10 with eight). The Colts have been fantastic against tight ends this season with only three touchdowns allowed, but two came against Rob Gronkowski last week. He is the lone tight end to reach double digits in Fantasy points against the Colts.
Brent Celek (vs. CAR): Like most of the Eagles, the Foles era did not start well for Celek, who had five catches for 42 yards on eight targets in Week 11 at Washington. In fact, he's struggled all season with just one touchdown and one game with double digits in Fantasy points. The Panthers have allowed four touchdowns to opposing tight ends, including one last week against Dallas Clark, but we just can't trust Celek as a starting option in the majority of leagues.
Jared Cook (at JAC): It was interesting to see the Jaguars allow two touchdowns to Garrett Graham last week because he is the first tight end to score against Jacksonville this year, including matchups with Kyle Rudolph, Owen Daniels, Gresham, Myers, Jermichael Finley and Brandon Pettigrew. No tight end had more than six Fantasy points against the Jaguars before Graham, and Cook has one touchdown against the Jaguars in his past five meetings. Now, Cook did score at Miami in Week 10, but he has just one game with double digits in Fantasy points on the year, which was Week 4.

Bust alert: Heath Miller (at CLE): Miller heads into Week 12 at Cleveland mired in a season-worst three-game scoring slump. He might have trouble ending the skid this week since only Clay Harbor and Gresham have scored against the Browns this year. Miller also gets his third quarterback in three weeks with Batch stepping in for the injured Roethlisberger and Leftwich, and the two don't have a strong history. In the last three games Batch has started for Pittsburgh since 2010, Miller has totaled five catches for 75 yards and no touchdowns. We wouldn't cut Miller yet because we hope Roethlisberger will return soon, but until he's back Miller might remain on your bench. He had just two catches for 22 yards with Leftwich starting in Week 11 against Baltimore.

Defense/Special teams

Start 'Em

Week 12 sleeper DSTs
Cardinals vs. STL
Titans at JAC
Panthers at PHI

Rams (at ARI): The Rams DST was a disappointment last week against the Jets at home when they finished with seven Fantasy points. They have the chance to make up for that outing with a positive matchup against the Cardinals this week. In the first meeting against Arizona in Week 5, the Rams had 21 Fantasy points in a standard league with nine sacks, a fumble recovery and just three points allowed. And that was with the Cardinals starting Kolb, who has been their best quarterback to date. This week, the Cardinals are going with Lindley, who is making his first NFL start. Only the Eagles DST in Week 3 failed to reach double digits in Fantasy points against the Cardinals this season.

Sit 'Em

Falcons (at TB): The Bucs are among the league leaders in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing DSTs at 4.8 points per game, trailing only the Saints (4.6) and Patriots (2.9). The only teams to reach double digits in Fantasy points against the Bucs this year were the Cowboys, Chiefs and Panthers. The Falcons DST had a season-high 21 Fantasy points last week against the Cardinals, but prior to that they struggled with 19 Fantasy points combined against Philadelphia, Dallas and New Orleans. We can see another low total for the Falcons this week with Doug Martin leading a strong charge for this Tampa Bay offense.

Kicker

Start 'Em

Week 12 sleeper Ks
Dan Bailey vs. WAS
Alex Henery vs. CAR
Greg Zuerlein at ARI

Rob Bironas (at JAC): Bironas is coming off his best game of the season prior to the bye in Week 11 with 15 Fantasy points at the Dolphins in Week 10. He has three games this season with at least 14 Fantasy points, and this is a good matchup for him. The Jaguars have allowed multiple field goals to seven kickers this year with four reaching double digits in Fantasy points. And Bironas has at least 11 Fantasy points in four of his past five meetings with Jacksonville.

Sit 'Em

Connor Barth (vs. ATL): The Falcons have been stellar against opposing kickers prior to last week when Jay Feely had four field goals and finished with 13 points. He is the lone kicker to reach double digits in Fantasy points against the Falcons this year. Barth has been solid all season, including three games with at least nine Fantasy points in his past four outings. But in his past five meetings with the Falcons he has just one game with multiple field goals.

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by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Saints tight end Benjamin Watson told ESPN that the the team's arbitration fight with Jimmy Graham over whether he's a receiver or a tight end won't have a longterm detrimental effect. Watson is hopeful the sides will reach a multiyear contract agreement by Tuesday's deadline.

"I’m very confident that it’ll be resolved the right way and guys can move forward," Watson said. "Obviously it’s always tough when you go through litigation with somebody, and it can probably get heated. And I’m sure there are emotions on both sides. But that is the business side of the game. 

"And it’s unfortunate that it came to that and that it was so public. But I really think -- I know, I don’t think -- I know that Jimmy loves New Orleans and I know that he loves our team and the organization and he loves playing here. And we love him, everybody wants him here, coaches included. So when it comes down to contract situations, that’s just a necessary evil ... not even evil, but just a necessary progression of getting a player here."


Dallas Thomas eyes starting job
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Dolphins coach Joe Philbin named Dallas Thomas one of the team's most improved players, and he has a good chance to start at left guard, according to the team's website. A third-round pick in last year's draft, Thomas played only four offensive snaps last season.

Thomas worked with the first team during spring drills and is much further along than he was in 2013. He stayed in South Florida throughout the offseason to get better prepared.

"You’ve got to know your material, you’ve got to know what you’re doing on the field because stuff happens so fast," Thomas said. "You’ve got to be able to just react to it and not even think about what’s happening on the field."


Spencer Nealy hit with four-game ban
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The NFL suspended Vikings defensive end Spencer Nealy four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. An undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M, the 24-year-old Nealy did not play in a game last season.

Nealy apologized and took responsibility in a statement, saying he took a supplement containing a banned stimulant.


Jarrett Boykin will be 'hard to dislodge'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Jarrett Boykin improved dramatically last season and "will be hard to dislodge" from the Packers' No. 3 receiver job, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Boykin will have to hold off second-round pick Davante Adams, fifth-rounder Jared Abbrederis and seventh-rounder Jeff Janis.

Boykin, 24, caught 49 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns last season.


Trent Richardson might not get long leash
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Averaging 2.9 yards a carry, like he did last year, will get Trent Richardson benched quickly, reports ESPN.com. Richardson "will have to produce right away because it's unlikely the Colts will wait for him to get going" if running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard are healthy and productive, the website said.

Richardson likely will get the first shot at the starting job. He has a much better grasp of the playbook than he did in 2013 and the belief is he'll be able to run on instinct as opposed to overthinking, the report said.


Bruce Ellington trying to overcome stature
by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(7/11/2014) At 5-foot-9, Bruce Ellington is the shortest receiver on the 49ers' roster. But the fourth-round pick out of South Carolina should not be discounted, his high school coach, Jerry Brown, told the Sacramento Bee.

Brown said Ellington is relentless at finding open space and catching everything thrown his way. "Football's played on a big field and it's hard to track someone like Bruce who's got so much agility," Brown said.

Ellington believes he has lots of room for growth because he only gave up basketball last year. Also a former track competitor, Ellington clocked a 4.45 forty at the combine.

"I'm just going to work hard, give it a hundred (percent) every time I step on the field and keep on chasing the dream," he said.


Colts dump LaVon Brazill, sign Aaron Burks
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) The Colts waived suspended wideout LaVon Brazill and signed receiver Aaron Burks, an undrafted free agent from Boise State. Brazill, 25, is suspended for at least a year for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Burks caught 18 passes for 309 yards and three touchdowns for the Broncos last season, averaging 17.2 yards per catch.


 
 
 
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