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There's no need for a long, rambling intro this week for Start 'Em and Sit 'Em. We know you just want to get right into the players to put in your Fantasy football lineup, and the ones you want to avoid. That's why you're here. 

But before you get there, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to thank you for reading this column all season long, as well as watching our shows on CBS Sports HQ and listening to our podcasts. We appreciate it more than you know. 

While our advice wasn't always on the mark -- that's the nature of predicting sports -- hopefully we steered you in the right direction more often than not. And we hope you were entertained as well. 

So enjoy the holiday weekend with your loved ones. And good luck with your Fantasy lineups this week. 

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Start of the Week
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TB Tampa Bay • #12
Age: 43 • Experience: 21 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3.5 O/U 55.5
OPP VS QB
6th
PROJ PTS
21.5
QB RNK
9th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2955
RUYDS
8
TD
28
INT
9
FPTS/G
24.3

Tom Brady definitely looked like a 43-year-old quarterback in Week 11 against the Rams. There were throws he seemingly couldn't make, and he struggled in a 27-24 loss, finishing with 216 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It was bad, and people are starting to question if Brady is washed up. 

He certainly could be, but I'm not buying it yet. I expect Brady to rebound in Week 12 and play like a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in a potential shootout with the Chiefs. The over-under for this game is 53 points, and the Buccaneers offense should do its part to get there. 

Let's face it: Brady has been bad in prime-time games this season, scoring 16 Fantasy points or less in three of four night games, and maybe his age factors into playing in the dark. The broadcast of Monday's game against the Rams indicated Brady likes to go to sleep by 9:30 p.m. each night. 

In the daytime, however, Brady has at least 23 Fantasy points in five of seven games, and this game kicks off at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday. It also helps that the Chiefs have allowed at least 27 Fantasy points to both Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr in the past two games. 

The Buccaneers have too many weapons for the Chiefs to contend with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski. All of them are potential starters in all Fantasy leagues this week. And the same goes for Brady. 

You might be done with him as a starting Fantasy quarterback, and I get that. But I would give him one more chance. During the day on Sunday, Brady should deliver another quality performance.

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Quarterbacks
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LV Las Vegas • #4
Age: 29 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL LV -3 O/U 55.5
OPP VS QB
32nd
PROJ PTS
23.2
QB RNK
8th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2431
RUYDS
124
TD
19
INT
3
FPTS/G
20.7
I was excited about Carr last week against the Chiefs, and he delivered an excellent performance with 27 Fantasy points. He should have the chance for another solid outing this week against the Falcons, who have allowed Teddy Bridgewater, Kirk Cousins, Drew Lock and Taysom Hill to all score at least 24 Fantasy points in Atlanta's past six games. Carr has played five games indoors this season and has scored at least 22 Fantasy points in four of them.
NO New Orleans • #7
Age: 30 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN NO -6 O/U 43.5
OPP VS QB
14th
PROJ PTS
23.3
QB RNK
11th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
319
RUYDS
237
TD
4
INT
0
FPTS/G
6.8
Hill was great last week and a pleasant surprise with 24 Fantasy points against the Falcons. He passed for 233 yards on 18-of-23 completions and ran for 51 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. The rushing numbers should be sustainable since he had at least 35 yards on the ground in three games in a row prior to starting for Drew Brees (ribs) in Week 11. And two of the past four quarterbacks against the Broncos have scored at least 28 Fantasy points. Hill should be considered a low-end starter in all leagues.
NE New England • #1
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI ARI -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS QB
25th
PROJ PTS
20.4
QB RNK
10th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
1900
RUYDS
341
TD
13
INT
7
FPTS/G
19.6
Newton is coming around as a Fantasy quarterback of late, averaging 20.3 points per game in his past three outings. Even though he only had 6 rushing yards in Week 11 at Houston, you can typically count on his rushing prowess, and he had four rushing touchdowns in three games prior to facing the Texans. And the Cardinals have allowed at least 35 rushing yards to quarterbacks in four games in a row. Over that span, Arizona has allowed four games in a row with a quarterback scoring at least 23 Fantasy points, and hopefully Newton makes it five in a row this week.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #10
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -5.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS QB
23rd
PROJ PTS
21.9
QB RNK
5th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2699
RUYDS
187
TD
25
INT
6
FPTS/G
29.1
Herbert should continue his dominant rookie campaign in Week 12 at Buffalo, and he has scored at least 24 Fantasy points in seven games in a row. I'm looking forward to a potential shootout with Herbert and Josh Allen, and the Bills have allowed two quarterbacks in a row to score at least 29 Fantasy points with Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray. Herbert should be in that range again and should be considered a top-five Fantasy quarterback in all formats.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN NYG -6 O/U 42.5
OPP VS QB
22nd
PROJ PTS
21.8
QB RNK
18th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2122
RUYDS
384
TD
9
INT
9
FPTS/G
15.3
Jones comes into Week 12 having scored at least 20 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and he's worth using as a low-end starter in deeper leagues. The nice thing is his rushing production of late with at least 64 yards on the ground in three of his past five games, including a rushing touchdown in Week 10 against the Eagles. The Bengals have allowed four of the past five opposing quarterbacks to score at least 21 Fantasy points, and Jones should be in that range this week.
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LAR L.A. Rams • #16
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF LAR -7 O/U 45
OPP VS QB
15th
PROJ PTS
19.6
QB RNK
15th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2823
RUYDS
44
TD
18
INT
8
FPTS/G
20.5
Goff has thrown the ball well over the past two games against Seattle and Tampa Bay with 678 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions, and he scored 29 Fantasy points against the Buccaneers in Week 12. He had 18 Fantasy points against the 49ers in Week 6, but he also has four games with at least 20 Fantasy points against San Francisco in his past six meetings with this team. And two of the past three quarterbacks against the 49ers have scored at least 36 Fantasy points.
IND Indianapolis • #17
Age: 39 • Experience: 17 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN IND -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS QB
26th
PROJ PTS
19.4
QB RNK
16th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2683
RUYDS
-3
TD
14
INT
8
FPTS/G
17.6
Rivers has become a quality Fantasy quarterback of late, and he comes into Week 12 having scored at least 27 Fantasy points in three of his past five games. He only scored 18 Fantasy points at Tennessee in Week 10, but he played well with 308 passing yards and a touchdown. And Jacoby Brissett also added a rushing touchdown in that game. The Titans have allowed seven of 10 quarterbacks to pass for at least 249 yards and two touchdowns, and Rivers can certainly accomplish that this week.
CAR Carolina • #5
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -3.5 O/U 51
OPP VS QB
24th
PROJ PTS
14
QB RNK
NR
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2552
RUYDS
196
TD
16
INT
7
FPTS/G
20.3
Bridgewater will play this week after being out in Week 11 with a knee injury, and hopefully he will pick up where he left off prior to getting hurt in Week 10. He scored at least 22 Fantasy points in three of his previous four games, and he's facing a Vikings defense that just gave up 24 Fantasy points against Andy Dalton in Week 11. Bridgewater, who started his career in Minnesota, should be considered a low-end starting option in all leagues.
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TEN Tennessee • #17
Age: 32 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS QB
3rd
PROJ PTS
17.7
QB RNK
17th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2387
RUYDS
149
TD
23
INT
4
FPTS/G
24.3
Tannehill gets a break if Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (illness) is out this week, but it will still be tough to trust Tannehill as a starter in all leagues. He was held to 11 Fantasy points against the Colts in Week 10, and he's scored fewer than 20 Fantasy points in two of his past three games overall. Only three quarterbacks have scored at least 20 Fantasy points against the Colts this year -- Gardner Minshew in Week 1, Matthew Stafford in Week 8 and Aaron Rodgers in Week 11 -- and I'd bet against Tannehill joining that group this week, even if Buckner is out.
PHI Philadelphia • #11
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA SEA -5 O/U 50
OPP VS QB
31st
PROJ PTS
19.2
QB RNK
21st
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2326
RUYDS
216
TD
19
INT
14
FPTS/G
20.2
Wentz has a dream matchup against the Seahawks, but it's tough to trust him given his recent level of play. He's scored 18 Fantasy points or fewer in three games in a row, and Eagles coach Doug Pederson could be looking at playing rookie Jalen Hurts more if Wentz continues to struggle. It's not all Wentz's fault as he's been plagued by offensive line and receiver injuries all season, but he only has one game this year without a turnover. I'd like to see Wentz have success against the Seahawks, who are No. 2 in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, but I'm only starting him in 2QB and Superflex leagues.
DET Detroit • #9
Age: 32 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU HOU -3 O/U 51.5
OPP VS QB
21st
PROJ PTS
19.4
QB RNK
19th
YTD Stats
PAYDS
2581
RUYDS
82
TD
17
INT
7
FPTS/G
19.9
Kenny Golladay (hip) is out against the Texans, and Stafford has struggled without his No. 1 receiver. He's played five games without Golladay, and Stafford is averaging just 16.4 Fantasy points per game in those outings. He only managed seven Fantasy points in Week 11 at Carolina, and Stafford is only worth starting in two-quarterbacks and Superflex leagues. While he usually plays well on Thanksgiving Day at home, Stafford needs Golladay to maximize his Fantasy production.
MIA Miami • #1
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ MIA -7 O/U 44.5
OPP VS QB
29th
PROJ PTS
21
QB RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
PAYDS
602
RUYDS
34
TD
6
INT
0
FPTS/G
12.3
Could I see Tagovailoa bounce back from last week's poor performance at Denver and play well this week? Sure, he's facing the Jets. Unfortunately, a thumb injury looks like it's going to keep him out, and even if he does play, the Dolphins figure to go with a conservative game plan to keep him from having to take risks.
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Running Backs
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #22
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN NYG -6 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
16th
PROJ PTS
13.2
RB RNK
20th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
275
REC
13
REYDS
75
TD
5
FPTS/G
8.7
The Bengals have allowed a running back to score or gain 100 total yards in four of their past five games, and Gallman comes into Week 12 having scored a touchdown in four games in a row, with five total touchdowns over that span. He's not doing as much in the passing game as I would like with only three catches for 34 yards on five targets in his past three outings, but he does have 32 carries in his past two games against Washington and Philadelphia.


CAR Carolina • #28
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -4 O/U 48.5
OPP VS RB
19th
PROJ PTS
13
RB RNK
3rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
449
REC
49
REYDS
305
TD
5
FPTS/G
13.9
Davis was solid as the Start of the Week in Week 11 against Detroit with 19 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown, along with two catches for 15 yards on two targets. He scored 15 PPR points, and it was the first time he had more than eight PPR points since Week 6. I expect him to build off that performance this week against the Vikings with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) still out. In Minnesota's past four games, four running backs have scored at least six PPR points with their receiving totals alone. In total, four running backs scored at least 12 PPR points over that span.
SEA Seattle • #32
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI SEA -5 O/U 50
OPP VS RB
10th
PROJ PTS
14.2
RB RNK
13th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
323
REC
22
REYDS
147
TD
6
FPTS/G
17.5
Get Carson back in your lineup now that he's on track to play Monday night at Philadelphia after being out for the past four games with a knee injury. Prior to getting hurt in Week 7, Carson scored at least 19 PPR points in four of his first five games. And in the four games he missed, the Seahawks had a running back score at least 11 PPR points in each outing, including five touchdowns over that span. Carlos Hyde might still have a role in tandem with Carson, but Carson has at least 17 total touches in three of the five healthy games he's played this year.
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HOU Houston • #25
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET HOU -3 O/U 51.5
OPP VS RB
32nd
PROJ PTS
11.7
RB RNK
27th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
164
REC
17
REYDS
129
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.3
I'm giving Johnson one more chance to be at least a flex with his matchup against the Lions, who allow the most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. Since Week 7, Detroit has allowed 12 total touchdowns to running backs, and Johnson owes us after two dud performances against Cleveland and New England the past two games with David Johnson (concussion) out.
BUF Buffalo • #20
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC BUF -5.5 O/U 53.5
OPP VS RB
24th
PROJ PTS
9.6
RB RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
RUYDS
224
REC
9
REYDS
68
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.9
Moss has scored three touchdowns in his past three games, and he should continue to be the better running back in Buffalo this week, ahead of Devin Singletary. This is a great matchup for Moss against the Chargers, who have allowed eight total touchdowns to running backs in their past five games.
NE New England • #28
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ARI ARI -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
13th
PROJ PTS
12.7
RB RNK
31st
YTD Stats
RUYDS
70
REC
33
REYDS
267
TD
0
FPTS/G
8.3
White will be the primary pass-catching running back for the Patriots with Rex Burkhead (knee) out, and hopefully White plays like he did last week at Houston when he matched his season high in carries (five) and had his most targets (nine), receptions (six) and receiving yards (64) since Week 6. White has three games this season with more than five targets, and he's scored at least 12 PPR points in all three outings.
ATL Atlanta • #23
Age: 25 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LV LV -3 O/U 53
OPP VS RB
29th
PROJ PTS
4.3
RB RNK
29th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
261
REC
16
REYDS
111
TD
1
FPTS/G
4.8
Todd Gurley (knee) is out for Week 12 against the Raiders, and that makes Hill worth using as at least a flex option this week. He will likely share touches with Ito Smith and Qadree Ollison, but Hill should get the most work since he's second on the team in carries behind Gurley for the season. Las Vegas has allowed a running back to score a touchdown in 7-of-10 games this year, and last week the Chiefs had three rushing touchdowns between Clyde Edwards-Helaire (two) and Le'Veon Bell. For the season, the Raiders are No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to running backs. The hope is Hill would get the same scoring chances that typically go to Gurley, who is tied for third in the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns. There have only been three games this year where Gurley failed to find the end zone.
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DEN Denver • #25
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -5.5 O/U 43.5
OPP VS RB
1st
PROJ PTS
9.6
RB RNK
30th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
523
REC
20
REYDS
87
TD
7
FPTS/G
12.8
Gordon and Phillip Lindsay were great in Week 11 against Miami, which was a surprise. Gordon had 15 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns, and Lindsay added 16 carries for 82 yards. However, prior to Week 11, Gordon averaged 6.8 PPR points in his previous four games, and he should struggle again this week against the Saints. New Orleans allows the fewest Fantasy points to running backs this season, and Gordon and Lindsay are both worth avoiding this week if you can.
LAR L.A. Rams • #27
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF LAR -7 O/U 45
OPP VS RB
8th
PROJ PTS
7.5
RB RNK
37th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
491
REC
13
REYDS
129
TD
5
FPTS/G
10.5
Henderson is now fully entrenched in a three-headed backfield with Cam Akers and Malcolm Brown, and Henderson should not be started in most leagues. He's scored nine PPR points or less in five games in a row, which includes him scoring a touchdown in Week 10 against Seattle. Akers could start taking more work from Henderson, and Brown will still get touches as well. It's now been three games in a row where Henderson has nine touches or less.
ARI Arizona • #41
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE ARI -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS RB
12th
PROJ PTS
10
RB RNK
24th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
641
REC
12
REYDS
69
TD
5
FPTS/G
12.3
It was great to see Drake get four catches for 31 yards on five targets in Week 11 at Seattle, and that was the most involved he's been in the passing game all season. We'll see if that continues this week against the Patriots, but we know Chase Edmonds will also be a factor. I'm still starting Drake as at least a flex option in all leagues, but the Patriots run defense has been tough the past three games against the Jets, Baltimore and Houston. Those three backfields combined for 48 carries for 144 yards (3.0 yards per carry) and no touchdowns, as well as 15 catches for 121 yards on 19 targets. Drake could be a disappointment this week if he doesn't score a touchdown.
TB Tampa Bay • #28
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3.5 O/U 55.5
OPP VS RB
20th
PROJ PTS
10.4
RB RNK
34th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
261
REC
25
REYDS
161
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.5
The good news for Fournette this week is the Buccaneers will likely be throwing the ball a lot, which is typically in his favor over Ronald Jones. The bad news is Fournette had three drops in Week 11 against the Rams, and he's scored 10 PPR points or less in four games in a row while averaging 7.8 PPR points over that span. I wouldn't be surprised if Jones had a good game this week against the Chiefs, who have allowed a rushing touchdown in three of their past four games. But Fournette is tough to trust since he has 10 touches or less in three games in a row.
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CIN Cincinnati • #25
Age: 29 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG NYG -6 O/U 43
OPP VS RB
25th
PROJ PTS
11.2
RB RNK
26th
YTD Stats
RUYDS
191
REC
32
REYDS
244
TD
4
FPTS/G
10
The past two games have been a struggle for Bernard with eight PPR points in each outing against Pittsburgh and Washington. He does have four catches in each game, and he's still worth using as at least a flex option this week in PPR, but he's someone to sit in non-PPR leagues. The Bengals offense could be ugly with Brandon Allen starting at quarterback for the injured Joe Burrow (knee), and the Giants defense should be able to contain Bernard coming off their bye.
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Wide Receiver
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MIN Minnesota • #18
Age: 21 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CAR MIN -3.5 O/U 51
OPP VS WR
15th
PROJ PTS
14.7
WR RNK
14th
YTD Stats
REC
45
TAR
59
REYDS
848
TD
4
FPTS/G
15.6
Jefferson has been the best rookie wide receiver this year in the NFL, and he's putting up tremendous stats with Adam Thielen on the field. There's a chance Thielen (illness) is out this week after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, so hopefully that leads to more targets for Jefferson. He's had three games this season with more than five targets, and he's scored at least 21 PPR points in all three. Jefferson should be considered a starter in all leagues even if Thielen plays.
TB Tampa Bay • #14
Age: 24 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3.5 O/U 55.5
OPP VS WR
4th
PROJ PTS
14
WR RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
41
TAR
51
REYDS
465
TD
3
FPTS/G
15.1
I like all three Tampa Bay wide receivers this week between Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Godwin. Evans and Godwin are must-start Fantasy receivers in all leagues, and Brown is a low-end starter in PPR and a flex in non-PPR. For Godwin, he's scored at least 15 PPR points in three of his past four games. While Brown has taken targets from Godwin and made him seemingly less valuable as a Fantasy option, he still had 10 targets in Week 11 against the Rams. I expect Tampa Bay to be throwing a lot in this game, and all three receivers should be successful.
CAR Carolina • #12
Age: 23 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -3.5 O/U 51
OPP VS WR
28th
PROJ PTS
14.1
WR RNK
17th
YTD Stats
REC
46
TAR
80
REYDS
863
TD
4
FPTS/G
14.4
I like all three Carolina wide receivers this week with Robby Anderson, Curtis Samuel and Moore facing the Vikings. Moore is a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues, while Anderson is a starter in PPR and a flex in non-PPR. Samuel is more of a flex option in both leagues, but all three of them are in play against this inexperienced Minnesota secondary. The Vikings allow the fourth-most Fantasy points to receivers and second-most touchdowns to the position (17). Moore has scored at least 14 PPR points in five of his past seven games, and he should do well again this week with Teddy Bridgewater (knee) back for Carolina.
MIA Miami • #11
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NYJ MIA -7 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
27th
PROJ PTS
14.7
WR RNK
25th
YTD Stats
REC
44
TAR
65
REYDS
523
TD
4
FPTS/G
12
In their past four games, the Jets have allowed opposing wide receivers from Buffalo, Kansas City, New England and the Chargers to catch 78 passes for 972 yards and six touchdowns on 104 targets. Over that span, eight receivers have scored at least 11 PPR points, including five with at least 22 PPR points. Parker hasn't been great with Tua Tagovailoa starting for the Dolphins, but the two have connected for two touchdowns in the past four games. Parker also has at least seven targets in three games in a row, and there have been 15 receivers with at least seven targets against the Jets this year. Of those 15, 10 have scored at least 11 PPR points.
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET HOU -3 O/U 51.5
OPP VS WR
20th
PROJ PTS
15.7
WR RNK
21st
YTD Stats
REC
47
TAR
73
REYDS
634
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.8
Cooks didn't have a great game in Week 11 against New England, but he was once again solid with four catches for 85 yards on five targets. He has now scored at least 12 PPR points in five of his past six games, and he should have another quality outing this week against the Lions. Detroit has allowed five receivers to score at least 11 PPR points in the past two games against Washington and Carolina, and Cooks and Will Fuller should add to that total this week. It doesn't help that the Lions will be without rookie cornerback Jeff Okudah (shoulder) this week as well.
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IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN IND -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS WR
29th
PROJ PTS
12.5
WR RNK
47th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
31
REYDS
302
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.9
Pittman is emerging as the best receiver for the Colts and has scored 34 PPR points in his past two games. Included in that was his outing in Week 10 at Tennessee when he had seven catches for 101 yards on eight targets, as well 21 yards on the ground, and hopefully he has similar production in the rematch this week. He has 18 targets in his past three games, and he's building solid rapport with Philip Rivers.
NYG N.Y. Giants • #87
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN NYG -6 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
13.8
WR RNK
39th
YTD Stats
REC
34
TAR
42
REYDS
295
TD
1
FPTS/G
12
Shepard comes off his bye with a great matchup against the Bengals, who are tied for third in touchdowns allowed to receivers this year with 14. Shepard has at least six targets in every healthy game he's played this year, and he's scored at least 15 PPR points in two of his past four outings. Shepard and Darius Slayton should be considered sleepers in Week 12 as No. 3 Fantasy receivers.
LV Las Vegas • #15
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ ATL LV -3 O/U 54
OPP VS WR
30th
PROJ PTS
12.2
WR RNK
48th
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
38
REYDS
443
TD
6
FPTS/G
10.4
Agholor has been the best Fantasy receiver for the Raiders this season, and he's scored at least 13 PPR points in five of his past seven games. He just had six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown on nine targets against the Chiefs in Week 11, and he has a great matchup in Week 12 at Atlanta. The Falcons allow the most Fantasy points to opposing receivers, and Agholor can be a solid No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues.
BUF Buffalo • #11
Age: 31 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC BUF -5.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
6th
PROJ PTS
12
WR RNK
35th
YTD Stats
REC
55
TAR
67
REYDS
642
TD
3
FPTS/G
13.7
It appears like John Brown (ankle) will be out this week against the Chargers, and that should be a good thing for Beasley. He's been successful with or without Brown in the lineup, having scored at least 11 PPR points in seven of 10 games this year. However, in the two games Brown has missed in Week 5 at Tennessee and Week 7 at the Jets, Beasley has a combined 17 catches for 165 yards on 18 targets.
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #82
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs MIA MIA -7 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
16th
PROJ PTS
13.5
WR RNK
36th
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
51
REYDS
425
TD
3
FPTS/G
15.4
It appears like Sam Darnold (shoulder) will play this week, which should help Crowder get back to being a reliable Fantasy receiver. In his past two starts with Joe Flacco, Crowder had three catches for 42 yards on five targets. But in three previous games with Darnold, Crowder had 33 targets for 22 catches, 268 yards and a touchdown, and he scored 11 PPR points at Miami in Week 6. Crowder will be at least a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues if Darnold is back.
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CIN Cincinnati • #85
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NYG NYG -6 O/U 43
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
41st
YTD Stats
REC
43
TAR
71
REYDS
629
TD
4
FPTS/G
13.1
Maybe Brandon Allen will be good for Higgins as the replacement quarterback for Joe Burrow (knee). Or Allen could be awful, and Higgins could struggle. I'm not going to risk it this week against the Giants, who could use cornerback James Bradberry to shadow the rookie, even though he's been fantastic. Higgins comes into Week 12 with at least 13 PPR points in four of his past five games, and he has at least nine targets in three games in a row. I'll still use Tyler Boyd as a low-end starter in all leagues, but Higgins and A.J. Green make me nervous. Hopefully, I'm wrong, and Allen to Higgins will be a strong connection this week and for the rest of the season.
ARI Arizona • #13
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ NE ARI -2.5 O/U 49.5
OPP VS WR
12th
PROJ PTS
13.3
WR RNK
33rd
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
52
REYDS
477
TD
6
FPTS/G
12.8
Kirk has been a disappointment for the past two games with a combined 15 PPR points against Buffalo and Seattle. He has 12 targets over that span for eight catches, 77 yards and no touchdowns. Prior to that, Kirk had scored at least 20 PPR points in three games in a row, and hopefully he gets back to that level of production. But this week could be a problem for Kirk against a good New England secondary. Along with Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson has been doing a nice job against opposing receivers, and Kirk could have a bad game in Week 12 on the road, especially if he doesn't score. I'm still starting Kirk as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver, but he's not a must-start option this week.
DEN Denver • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -6 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
17th
PROJ PTS
11.3
WR RNK
43rd
YTD Stats
REC
36
TAR
56
REYDS
563
TD
3
FPTS/G
12.3
Patrick has been Denver's best receiver this season, and he should be added in all leagues where available. But this wouldn't be the week to use him as a starter even if the Broncos weren't about to start a practice squad wide receiver at quarterback. While he does have a touchdown or at least 100 receiving yards in five of his past seven games -- and the two outings where he failed to reach that mark he got hurt (Week 7) or was ejected (Week 10) -- he should have minimal production against the Saints. Only one receiver has scored against New Orleans in the past three games, which was Brandon Aiyuk in Week 10, and Aiyuk and Calvin Ridley are the lone receivers with more than 64 receiving yards over that span.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #81
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -5.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS WR
10th
PROJ PTS
10
WR RNK
34th
YTD Stats
REC
29
TAR
52
REYDS
503
TD
4
FPTS/G
11.5
Williams has been great of late with at least 13 PPR points in three of his past four games, but he could struggle in a matchup with Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White this week. While White hasn't been as dominant in 2020 as he was in 2019, he should still make things tough on Williams, who did have only five PPR points in his last road game at Miami in Week 10. Williams is likely a touchdown-or-bust No. 3 Fantasy receiver in most leagues.
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PHI Philadelphia • #13
Age: 25 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SEA SEA -5 O/U 50
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
11.7
WR RNK
44th
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
56
REYDS
451
TD
4
FPTS/G
14.3
Fulgham should be great against Seattle since the Seahawks allow the most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, but it's hard to trust him given Carson Wentz's level of play. And since Jalen Reagor and Alshon Jeffery have returned from injury, Fulgham has two catches for 16 yards on 12 targets in his past two games. Now, Zach Ertz (ankle) might return in Week 12 against Seattle, which could further impact Fulgham, and he should only be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver at best in the majority of leagues.
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Tight End
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #88
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ CIN NYG -6 O/U 43
OPP VS TE
28th
PROJ PTS
11.6
TE RNK
9th
YTD Stats
REC
38
TAR
67
REYDS
347
TD
2
FPTS/G
8.7
Engram had a down game in Week 10 against the Eagles with two catches for 15 yards on three targets, but that was his first game with fewer than nine targets since Week 6. It also snapped a three-game streak with Engram scoring at least 10 PPR points. I expect him to get back on track in Week 12 against the Bengals, and Cincinnati is No. 4 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends. Engram has top-five upside in all leagues this week.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #86
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ BUF BUF -5.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS TE
30th
PROJ PTS
9.2
TE RNK
6th
YTD Stats
REC
41
TAR
66
REYDS
435
TD
3
FPTS/G
10.3
Henry hasn't had more than four catches in any game since Week 3, but he does have at least six targets in three games in a row. More importantly, he has scored in two-straight games, and hopefully his touchdown streak continues this week against the Bills. Buffalo hasn't allowed a tight end to score since Week 6, but I'll take my chances with Henry this week on the road.
TB Tampa Bay • #87
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs KC KC -3.5 O/U 55.5
OPP VS TE
12th
PROJ PTS
8.8
TE RNK
10th
YTD Stats
REC
31
TAR
55
REYDS
399
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.6
The Chiefs had a problem with the Raiders tight ends in Week 11 as Darren Waller had seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown on seven targets, and Jason Witten also scored. We'll see if Gronkowski can find the end zone as well, and he has a touchdown in four of his past six games. As you can see, I like the Tampa Bay pass catchers this week, and Gronkowski should again be considered a top 10 Fantasy tight end in all leagues.
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HOU Houston • #88
Age: 28 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DET HOU -3 O/U 51.5
OPP VS TE
8th
PROJ PTS
8.2
TE RNK
20th
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
26
REYDS
275
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.9
Jordan Akins (at DET): Akins could be in a good spot for the Texans with Randall Cobb (toe) and Kenny Stills (quad) hurt, and Akins just had his best game of the season in Week 11 against New England with five catches for 83 yards on six targets. The problem is Darren Fells is still a factor for the Texans at tight end, as well as Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks at receiver. Still, the potential absences for Cobb and Stills is a positive for Akins against the Lions, who have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in their past four games.
CLE Cleveland • #81
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ JAC CLE -6.5 O/U 49
OPP VS TE
23rd
PROJ PTS
9.1
TE RNK
16th
YTD Stats
REC
26
TAR
40
REYDS
249
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.1
Hooper hasn't been great in two games back following a two-game absence due to an appendectomy, but hopefully his matchup with Jacksonville in Week 12 will lead to positive results. And, for what it's worth, he did have five targets in Week 11 against the Eagles, which tied for the team lead, although he only had three catches for 33 yards. The Jaguars have allowed three touchdowns to tight ends in their past four games.
DAL Dallas • #86
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs WAS DAL -3 O/U 46
OPP VS TE
19th
PROJ PTS
8.6
TE RNK
13th
YTD Stats
REC
39
TAR
61
REYDS
408
TD
3
FPTS/G
9.6
Schultz has at least six targets in three games in a row, and he just scored in his first game back with Andy Dalton in Week 11 at Minnesota. He had four catches for 25 yards on six targets against the Vikings, and hopefully Dalton continues to look for him in the red zone in this matchup against Washington.
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LAR L.A. Rams • #89
Age: 28 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs SF LAR -6.5 O/U 45
OPP VS TE
2nd
PROJ PTS
8
TE RNK
21st
YTD Stats
REC
27
TAR
35
REYDS
315
TD
3
FPTS/G
8.7
Higbee hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2, and he's scored nine PPR points or less in seven games in a row. He faced the 49ers in Week 6, and he had three catches for 56 yards on four targets. That's likely the stat line you can expect from Higbee this week as well, and he's not worth starting in most leagues.
DEN Denver • #87
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -6 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
18th
PROJ PTS
8.8
TE RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
39
TAR
58
REYDS
422
TD
2
FPTS/G
10.6
Like Higbee, Fant hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 2. Unlike Higbee, Fant does have one game with more than nine Fantasy points in his past seven outings, but it's only one. He does have 12 targets in his past two games against the Raiders and Dolphins, but Fant isn't worth trusting against the Saints. New Orleans hasn't allowed a tight end to score in four games in a row.
NO New Orleans • #87
Age: 33 • Experience: 12 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ DEN NO -6 O/U 43.5
OPP VS TE
10th
PROJ PTS
7.3
TE RNK
23rd
YTD Stats
REC
22
TAR
35
REYDS
285
TD
4
FPTS/G
8.1
Cook has been awful of late, and it's hard to trust him in Week 12 against the Broncos. In his past three games, Cook has six targets for three catches, 36 yards and no touchdowns. He had one catch for 6 yards on one target from Taysom Hill last week against Atlanta, and Hill doesn't seem inclined to lean on Cook. On top of that, Denver hasn't allowed a tight end to score since Week 1, including matchups with Eric Ebron, Gronkowski, Travis Kelce, Henry and Darren Waller. Don't expect Cook to end that streak this week.
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CHI Chicago • #80
Age: 34 • Experience: 11 year
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ GB GB -8.5 O/U 45
OPP VS TE
3rd
PROJ PTS
8.3
TE RNK
14th
YTD Stats
REC
35
TAR
56
REYDS
302
TD
5
FPTS/G
9.5
The good news for Graham is the Packers just allowed two tight ends to score touchdowns against them in Week 11, with Trey Burton and Jack Doyle finding the end zone for the Colts. The bad news is Graham only has one touchdown in his past five games, and he only had two targets for no catches in his last outing in Week 10 against Minnesota. And even though Green Bay gave up those two touchdowns last week, the Packers have allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends on the season. Ignore Graham in most leagues even though this is a revenge game for him against his former team.
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DST
Start 'Em

Saints (at DEN): The Broncos did a nice job against the Dolphins defense in Week 11 with no sacks and just one interception from Drew Lock. However, prior to that, Denver had allowed 10 sacks in the previous five games, with 10 interceptions over that span. And that was with their quarterbacks playing quarterback. And the Broncos scored 18 points or less in three of those games. The Saints have held their past three opponents (Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Atlanta) to 25 points with 13 sacks, seven interceptions and two fumbles over that span. They should dominate with Kendall Hinton at QB. 

Sleepers

Giants (at CIN): The Giants get to face Brandon Allen in his first start this year, and this should be a good week to trust their defense. Allen appeared in three games last year for the Broncos, and he had two interceptions and was sacked nine times. The Giants have 13 sacks and five interceptions in their past five games.

Seahawks (at PHI): Carson Wentz has been sacked at least three times in eight games in a row, with 32 sacks over that span. He has a turnover in all but one game this season, with 14 interceptions on the year. And the Eagles have scored 17 points in each of their past two games against the Giants and Browns. 

Packers (vs. CHI): It appears Mitchell Trubisky will start for the injured Nick Foles (hip) this week, but either quarterback will make the Packers defense attractive in this matchup. In the three games Trubisky started this season he was sacked six times with three interceptions. The Bears have allowed 14 sacks in their past four games, and Chicago has scored 17 points or less in three of its past four games. 

Sit 'Em

Chargers (at BUF): I liked the Chargers DST last week with the matchup against the Jets, and the unit had a touchdown, a sack and an interception. But the Chargers also allowed 26 points, and opponents have scored at least 26 points in six of their past seven games. The Bills have scored 74 points in their past two games, and Josh Allen wasn't sacked in Week 10 against the Cardinals. This should be a big game for Allen and the Bills on offense.

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KICKERS
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IND Indianapolis • #3
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs TEN IND -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS K
8th
PROJ PTS
7.8
K RNK
2nd
Blankenship scored 10 Fantasy points at Tennessee in Week 10 with two field goals and four PATs, and he followed that up with 14 Fantasy points against the Packers in Week 11. Justin Tucker had 10 Fantasy points against the Titans in Week 11 as well.
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BUF Buffalo • #2
Age: 23 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs LAC BUF -5.5 O/U 52.5
OPP VS K
20th
PROJ PTS
9.8
K RNK
18th
Bass has scored at least 14 Fantasy points in three of his past four games, and he made three field goals and five PATs in his last home game against Seattle in Week 9.
CAR Carolina • #4
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ MIN MIN -3.5 O/U 51
OPP VS K
32nd
PROJ PTS
8.5
K RNK
17th
The Vikings are No. 2 in Fantasy points allowed to opposing kickers, and five kickers have scored at least 11 Fantasy points against Minnesota this year. Slye just had 10 Fantasy points in Week 11 against Detroit with two field goals, including a 56-yarder, as well as two PATs.
GB Green Bay • #2
Age: 36 • Experience: 14 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CHI GB -8.5 O/U 45
OPP VS K
29th
PROJ PTS
8.2
K RNK
7th
Five kickers have scored at least 10 Fantasy points against the Bears this year, and Chicago leads the NFL in made field goals with 26. Crosby also has scored at least 10 Fantasy points four times this season.
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TEN Tennessee • #3
Age: 36 • Experience: 15 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ IND IND -3.5 O/U 51.5
OPP VS K
4th
PROJ PTS
5.7
K RNK
NR
Gostkowski scored 10 Fantasy points in Week 11 at Baltimore, but that was his first game with double digits in Fantasy points since Week 3. He missed a field goal in Week 10 against the Colts on two attempts and made just two PATs, and Indianapolis is among the league leaders with just 12 field goals allowed on the season.

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