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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 12 Start-Sit

Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football Week 12

November 21, 2013

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Heading into Week 12, we’re coming down to the wire in the fantasy football regular season. The choices you make on your roster each week are taking on more and more importance, and your team could be one player away from fantasy glory or another long off-season of what-ifs. That said, let’s take a look at a few players you should be aware of this week--for better or worse. Here are our start-sit recommendations for Week 12.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 12 Start-Sit

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Case Keenum, QB, Houston Texans: Keenum was a disappointing fantasy start against Oakland last week, as he posted just 170 yards, one TD and one interception. He was benched in favor of former starter Matt Schaub, but that didn’t work out too well so the Texans are going back to Keenum this week. He’s got a tasty matchup in store at home against Jacksonville, so this is the game to turn it around. Give him another shot.

Santonio Holmes, WR, New York Jets: After a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury, Holmes made his return last week against the Bills. New York was promptly blown out, but Holmes was able to nab two balls for 71 yards. The good news is that he got eight targets, so he very easily could have broken a couple more big ones. This is a “good Geno” week, so Holmes makes a decent lower-end flex against the Ravens.

Tim Wright, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: After two big weeks, Wright has fallen back to earth. He could muster just one catch for 13 yards against the Falcons, and that followed an outing of one catch for 19 against Miami. The good news is that Wright will be in Detroit this week, and the Lions have had some difficulties with the pass recently. If he can get the looks, he should thrive as a low-end TE here.

Sit ‘Em:

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: If you have the luxury of sitting Brown, now is the time to do it. He’ll be going up against Cleveland’s Joe Haden, who is the best CB in the league right now (and who frequently appears in our fantasy breakdowns each week). In his last outing, Haden limited A.J. Green to a putrid seven yards on two catches, ruining many fantasy games in the process. We don’t imagine Brown (or anyone) will fare much better.

Ray Rice, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Realistically we don’t expect you to sit Rice, given the investment you’ve got in him, but we’ll put his name up here anyway. Owners are riding high off his season-best 131 yards and a score against Chicago, but the Bears boast the second-to-worst run defense in the league. We’ll see the flip-side of that this week, when Rice faces the Jets, who own the first-ranked run defense. Expect his numbers to plummet back to earth.

Martellus Bennett, TE, Chicago Bears: Bennett has been maddeningly inconsistent this year, and he’s on a four-game run of “blah” outings. He caught just two balls against Baltimore and was only able to come up with 48 yards (the vast majority of it on a single play). Bennett will get a tough matchup this week against the Rams. St. Louis is very good against opposing tight ends, so he probably won’t get too much attention.

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