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We'll be missing Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams, James Conner and Eno Benjamin on byes for Week 12, and many of us are trying to fill gaps left by injured Aaron Jones, Michael Carter and maybe Elijah Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson and Mark Ingram. But we carry on in Fantasy.

Jamey Eisenberg has his Start and Sit calls for RB below. His Waiver Wire column also can direct you to the best options who may be available in your leagues.  

START 'EM & SIT 'EM
Running Backs
Start 'Em
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CHI Chicago • #32
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET CHI -3 O/U 41.5
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
13.9
RB RNK
7th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
430
REC
9
REYDS
75
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.9
Montgomery's best game of the season came in Week 4 against the Lions when he had 23 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns. That's the last time he scored because he missed four games with a knee injury and hasn't found the end zone in two games since his return, so he's due. He has five total touchdowns in his past four games against Detroit, and the Lions have allowed five total touchdowns to opposing running backs in their past four games and 17 total touchdowns for the season. Montgomery has top-10 upside in all leagues this week.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #26
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs PHI PHI -3.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
30th
PROJ PTS
13
RB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
220
REC
20
REYDS
161
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.7
The Giants have a new player caller in Freddie Kitchens after offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was fired Tuesday, and that should be good for Barkley. The focus should be on getting him the ball as much as possible, especially after he had just 12 total touches (six catches) in Week 11 at Tampa Bay. Now, that was his first game back after a four-game absence due to an ankle injury, but he should get at least 20 total touches on a weekly basis whenever he's on the field. This week, Barkley faces an Eagles defense that he's beat up on historically. In four career meetings with Philadelphia, Barkley has three outings with a touchdown and at least 115 total yards in the same game. Barkley has breakout potential this week at home.
WAS Washington • #24
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA WAS -1 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
31st
PROJ PTS
12.3
RB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
601
REC
19
REYDS
158
TD
6
FPTS/G
12.5
This is a good week to trust Gibson, who seems back to his old self after dealing with a shin injury earlier this season. Since coming off the Week 9 bye, Gibson has consecutive games with at least 19 total touches against Tampa Bay and Carolina. He's averaging 14.0 PPR points over that span, and he has a favorable matchup this week against the Seahawks, who are No. 2 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Seattle has allowed seven running backs to score at least 12 PPR points in the past six games, and the Seahawks are among the league leaders in receptions allowed to running backs, which helps J.D. McKissic as a flex option in PPR.
PHI Philadelphia • #26
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYG PHI -3.5 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
27th
PROJ PTS
10
RB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
394
REC
19
REYDS
118
TD
0
FPTS/G
8.8
Sanders returned from his three-game absence with an ankle injury in Week 11 against the Saints and ran well with 16 carries for 94 yards. Unfortunately, he lost a fumble in the game and didn't have a catch on one target, but Jordan Howard (knee) was also injured and is out for Week 12 at the Giants. That should allow Sanders to keep a consistent workload, and hopefully he finds the end zone against the Giants, who have allowed seven running backs to score at least 13 PPR points in the past six games. Howard's absence also makes Boston Scott a sleeper, and he has six total touchdowns against the Giants in his past four meetings.
DEN Denver • #25
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC LAC -2.5 O/U 47.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
11
RB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
522
REC
21
REYDS
161
TD
7
FPTS/G
12.8
I like Gordon and Javonte Williams as starters this week, and both Broncos running backs should take advantage of a Chargers defense without defensive tackle Linval Joseph (COVID-19). The Chargers defense has struggled against the run all season, and they have allowed seven running backs to score at least 13 PPR points against them in the past six games. Gordon has at least 17 PPR points in two of his past three outings, and this is a revenge game for him. And Williams has scored at least 11 PPR points in two of his past four games. I'd love to see Williams take the lead in this backfield, but Gordon is still the preferred choice heading into Week 12 -- for now.
Sleepers
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SF San Francisco • #25
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIN SF -3 O/U 48
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
7.9
RB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
RUYDS
560
REC
9
REYDS
73
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.9
As of Wednesday, there's no guarantee that Mitchell will play as he's still dealing with a broken finger. Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Mitchell was day-to-day, so hopefully he's out there. But whether it's Mitchell or Jeff Wilson, consider the 49ers starter a quality Fantasy option in all leagues against the Vikings. Minnesota will be without defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson (COVID-19) for this game, and fellow defensive tackle Michael Pierce (elbow) is still out. That should help Mitchell or Wilson have easier success on the ground. Don't plan on using Wilson in most leagues if Mitchell is active, and he scored at least 12 PPR points in three of his past four games.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #25
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ HOU HOU -2.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
21st
PROJ PTS
15.3
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
144
REC
25
REYDS
271
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.3
Johnson and Tevin Coleman are both in play this week with Michael Carter (ankle) out. Most likely, Coleman will play on rushing downs, with Johnson continuing to have a role in the passing game. Based on the Jets offense this season, I like Johnson better than Coleman. Johnson, in tandem with Carter, scored at least 11 PPR points in four of his past six games, including three games with at least five catches over that span. Coleman hasn't done much this season and missed four games due to injury but is likely going to run between the tackles. This week, the Jets face the Texans, who have allowed a running back to score a touchdown in seven of their past eight games.
HOU Houston • #31
Age: 29 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYJ HOU -2.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
10.8
RB RNK
30th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
137
REC
26
REYDS
198
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.4
Johnson and Rex Burkhead are both in play this week with their matchup against the Jets, and it helps that Phillip Lindsay is no longer on the team. The Texans have the best matchup of any backfield in Week 12 against the Jets, who are No. 1 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. Johnson just had 16 total touches in Week 11 at Tennessee (three catches) but scored only five PPR points. And Burkhead had 18 carries for 40 yards with no catches. I like Johnson better in PPR, with Burkhead slightly better in non-PPR, but both Texans are in consideration for flex plays in Week 12.
DAL Dallas • #20
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV DAL -7.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS RB
25th
PROJ PTS
9.9
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
495
REC
25
REYDS
224
TD
1
FPTS/G
10.3
Pollard can be considered a borderline starter in all leagues this week against the Raiders. Ezekiel Elliott is expected to be fine, but he's dealing with a slight knee injury that could limit his touches. That could lead to more work for Pollard, and he could be needed with Dallas' injuries at wide receiver. The Cowboys also get a boost with the healthy return of standout left tackle Tyron Smith (ankle). Pollard hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2 and has scored more than nine PPR points just twice in his past six games. But the Raiders have allowed four running backs to score at least 15 PPR points in their past four games, and I hope Pollard and Elliott go off in this matchup.
Sit 'Em
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BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NO BUF -6 O/U 45.5
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
5.3
RB RNK
43rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
265
REC
18
REYDS
166
TD
5
FPTS/G
9.9
Matt Breida's involvement the past two games, as well as the matchup with the Saints, means you should sit Moss and Devin Singletary this week. Moss hasn't topped 10 PPR points since Week 5, and he has just one touchdown over that span. He's been at eight carries or less in five games in a row and seven total touches or less in three consecutive outings. Brieda looks more explosive than Moss and Singletary, but none of these running backs should be started against the Saints, who are No. 3 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs.
SEA Seattle • #41
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ WAS WAS -1 O/U 46.5
OPP VS RB
15th
PROJ PTS
8.1
RB RNK
36th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
381
REC
7
REYDS
73
TD
2
FPTS/G
7.2
Collins is the starter for the Seahawks with Chris Carson (neck) out, but he needs to start producing or else DeeJay Dallas might get more work. In his past four games, Collins has combined for just 16 PPR points. He hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 6, and he only has three catches for 14 yards in his past three outings. Washington has only allowed one rushing touchdown to a running back since Week 6, and Collins could be in trouble if he doesn't score. At best, he's a flex option in non-PPR leagues.
TEN Tennessee • #7
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE NE -6.5 O/U 44.5
OPP VS RB
22nd
PROJ PTS
6.9
RB RNK
35th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
84
REC
3
REYDS
63
TD
0
FPTS/G
5.9
Foreman will be the lead running back with Adrian Peterson no longer on the team, but we're still looking at a committee for the Titans with Dontrell Hilliard and Jeremy McNichols (concussion) if he's healthy. Based on how this game should go, I like Hilliard as a sleeper in PPR, and I would prefer to avoid Foreman in most formats. The Patriots have allowed just two rushing touchdowns to a running back all season, but they do struggle with running backs in the passing game. Hilliard just had eight catches for 47 yards on 10 targets in Week 11 against Houston, and he could be needed again with the injuries for the Titans at receiver. Foreman should only be used as a flex option in deeper, non-PPR leagues. Hilliard is a strong flex play in PPR if McNichols remains out.
MIA Miami • #37
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR CAR -1.5 O/U 42
OPP VS RB
3rd
PROJ PTS
11.7
RB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
433
REC
41
REYDS
209
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.1
Gaskin is more of a bust alert than a must-sit running back, but this could be a tough spot for him. He's facing a Panthers defense that is No. 2 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, and they allow the fewest receptions to running backs with only 33 on the season. Along with that, Carolina has allowed just five touchdowns to running backs all year. Gaskin has one rushing touchdown on the season, and he only has four receptions in his past two games against the Ravens and Jets. I like Gaskin as more of a flex play at best in Week 12 given the matchup.
Bust Alert
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LV Las Vegas • #28
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DAL DAL -7.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS RB
4th
PROJ PTS
13.4
RB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
333
REC
28
REYDS
173
TD
5
FPTS/G
13.6
It's hard to sit Jacobs, but he's struggling lately and could have another down outing against the Cowboys. Jacobs hasn't scored a touchdown in three games in a row, and he's been at nine carries or less in each of his past two outings against Kansas City and Cincinnati. Now, he does have at least four catches in three games in a row, which is encouraging. But the Cowboys are No. 5 in fewest Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs and have only given up six total touchdowns to the position all season. I still have Jacobs ranked as a low-end starter in all leagues, with his value higher in PPR, but I'm not optimistic he's going to have a big game on Thanksgiving Day.

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