NFL Week 12 Start’em Sit’em

Start’em

QB- Aaron Rodgers

Is there any other player in the NFL playing at a higher level than Aaron Rodgers?  After back to back weeks of putting up 50 plus points, the Packers offense looks to keep the ball rolling when they take on division rivals the Minnesota Vikings.  Rodgers is spreading the ball around to all receivers on offense, and having already torched the Vikings earlier this season, there is no reason why the Packers can’t have a repeat performance this Sunday.

QB- Tony Romo

Coming off of a bye week and well rested, Tony Romo should be close, if not 100% healthy when the Cowboys hit the road to face a struggling Giants team.  Look for Romo to take some shots deep early against a Giants team who hasn’t been able to stop the pass all season.

RB- Trent Richardson

With fellow back Ahmad Bradshaw suffering a season ending injury; it finally looks like Trent Richardson will have a chance to be the Colts full time back.  Richardson has produced decently in his limited carries this season, but with a full workload, look for his production to sky rocket, especially this Sunday when the Colts host the Jaguars this Sunday.

RB- Lesean McCoy

Although he has had an up and down season, Lesean McCoy has a very favorable matchup this week when the Eagles host a slumping Titans team.  McCoy has struggled to break off big runs this season; however, that will change as the Titans possess one of the league’s worst run defenses.  Look for McCoy to have an impact in the passing game as well, as Coach Kelly will look to get McCoy as involved as he can.

WR- Sammy Watkins

When the Bills faced the Jets a few weeks ago, Sammy Watkins had just three catches but gained 157 yards and a touchdown.  Look for Kyle Orton to take some deep shots to Watkins early on and look for the big play.  Watkins is coming off two below average performances, so look for a nice bounce back game against the Jets.

WR- Dez Bryant

The Cowboys number one target continues to show the NFL that he is one elite receiver.  Dez Bryant will continue his solid season in prime time this Sunday in New York.  Bryant is averaging almost ten targets per game, and just below 80 receiving yards.  He will continue to get many looks this Sunday, and look to keep his stellar season going.

WR- Stevie Johnson

As each week passes, it seems like Stevie Johnson has a bigger role in the 49ers offense.  Johnson is the only receiver on the 49ers to eclipse the 100 yard mark, and leads the starters in yards per reception.  Look for Johnson to get some targets, mainly in the slot or the occasional deep ball down the middle.

TE- Martellus Bennett

The Bears look to continue their winning ways when they host the Bucs on Sunday.  Martellus Bennett is second on team in yards and average targets per game.  Look for Cutler to take some shots to Bennett in the red zone, where there is often height mismatches in favor of Bennett. The Bucs have one of the worst red zone defenses in the NFL.

K- Dan Carpenter

The Bills will most likely be playing in Detroit on Monday, due to the amount of snow that the city of Buffalo has accumulated over the past few days.  This means that Dan Carpenter will be kicking in a friendly environment come Monday when the Bills face off with the Jets.  Carpenter will have plenty of opportunity to put up points against a weak Jets defense.

DST- Kansas City

The Chiefs have a primetime matchup against the winless Raiders.  Oakland really lacks weapons on the offensive side of the ball, and with a rookie making the start in primetime; you’d have to imagine there will be some turnovers by Derek Carr.  Look for the Chiefs to apply pressure early and get to the young QB throughout the duration of the game.

Sit’em

QB- Philip Rivers

The Chargers season is hanging by a thread as we enter week 12.  Philip Rivers and the Chargers will host the cagey Rams, who have been able to generate turnovers against the league’s best QBs.  Although the Rams have just four wins, they have a dominant defense, which have shut down quarterbacks among the likes of Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick.

QB- Peyton Manning

The Broncos may be thin on offense when they host the Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.  Peyton Manning may be without essential pieces to the offense, as it is yet to be seen whether Emmanuel Sanders, Julius Thomas and Montee Ball will be playing.  Manning will be in trouble as he is facing the league’s second best pass defense led by Brent Grimes.

RB- Marshawn Lynch

The Seahawks have a must win game on Sunday when they host the league’s best team in the Cardinals.  What makes the Cardinals so dominant is their illusive defense.  Opposing running backs haven’t been able to muster much on the ground when the face the Cardinals aggressive defense.

RB- Chris Ivory

Chris Ivory doesn’t have a favorable matchup as the Jets will be facing the Bills.  The front four led by Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus have been near impossible to run the ball against, and will look to continue to take advantage of a below average Jets offensive line.

WR- Greg Jennings

The last time Greg Jennings faced his former team, he was held to just two catches on the night.  The Vikings are yet to develop a consistent passing game and until they do, it would be wise to keep Jennings on the bench.

WR- Vincent Jackson

It looks like the Buccaneers have a new number one receiver as rookie wide out Mike Evans has lit up the NFL over the past three weeks.  Jackson still continues to get targets; however it is clear that the Bucs are slowly working in their young talent onto the field, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

WR- Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson will be making a visit to Revis Island on Sunday afternoon.  Johnson will struggle to get separation on Revis and will not be getting as many targets as he is used to getting.  Receivers have not put up good numbers at all this season when being matched up on Darrelle Revis.

TE- Larry Donnell

The Dallas Cowboys defense has not been kind to opposing tight ends this season. Larry Donnell relies on red zone targets to produce the bulk of his points.  Don’t expect Donnell be targeted much against a speedy, aggressive Cowboys defense.

K- Brandon McManus

The Denver Broncos simply just don’t attempt too many field goals.  Brandon McManus has tried just 11 field goals all year, while going just 2/5 on kicks of 40 yards or longer.

DST- New England

The Patriots will be facing the high powered Detroit Lions offense.  If the Pats defensive line is unable to get pressure on Matthew Stafford, they will be in for a very long day and will give up points.

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