Fantasy football week 12: Start’em and sit’em
Thanksgiving weekend could determine which team will escapes the muddled NFC East and earns a playoff berth. At 5-5, the Giants are in the driver’s seat, but Philadelphia and a suddenly dangerous Dallas are right behind them. Can New York hold onto their slim lead?
Here are our picks for who you should start on your fantasy team going into week 12:
Start: Eli Manning, QB New York Giants
The Giants should be well rested and prepared for their matchup with the Redskins after the bye week. Manning is quietly putting together a very strong season with 21 touchdowns and 2,700 passing yards through 10 games. Washington’s pass defense ranks in the bottom half of the NFL, and they will struggle to handle Odell Beckham Jr. on the outside. Expect Manning to have a big day.
Start: Chris Ivory, RB New York Jets
Ivory has been incredibly inconsistent over the past few weeks, but a matchup against Miami is a perfect opportunity for the Jets’ running back to get back on track. The Dolphins have the second worst run defense in the NFL. Despite a two game losing streak, the Jets are very much alive in the AFC wildcard race. Sunday will be a great opportunity for them to get back what makes their offense successful, running the football between the tackles.
Start: Calvin Johnson, WR Detroit
Detroit has finally found some momentum, and Calvin Johnson has been a big part of their recent win streak. “Megatron” has recorded 28 receptions in Detroit’s last three games. Touchdowns have been hard to come by, but if Johnson keeps reeling in 9-10 catches a game, he will find the end zone eventually. The Eagles do not have anyone in their defensive backfield who can match up with Johnson physically, and their corner backs could be in for a long day.
Sit: Matt Ryan, QB Atlanta
Ryan played very poorly in last week’s loss to Indianapolis. He only completed 54 percent of his passes and threw three costly interceptions. Sunday afternoon’s game against Minnesota has some huge playoff implications. Atlanta is 6-4, and Minnesota is 7-3; the winner of this game will be in the driver’s seat for a wildcard playoff berth. The Vikings have the sixth best pass defense in the NFL and will make life very hard for Ryan and his receiving corps.
Sit: Frank Gore, RB Indianapolis
Gore has failed to find his groove so far in Indianapolis. The veteran running back has yet to rush for over 100 yards in a single game and only has four touchdowns on the season. Last week, Gore managed only 43 yards on 14 carries. His backup, Ahmad Bradshaw scored two touchdowns and is making a strong case for more playing team. The Colts will ride the hot hand on Sunday, and Gore will see his snap count decline.
Sit: Jason Witten, TE Dallas
The return of Tony Romo did not end Witten’s struggles last week. The veteran tight end only managed two catches for 28 yards. Witten has not scored a touchdown since the first week of the season and has not had a single game with more than 75 receiving yards. Carolina has one of the top 10 pass defenses in the country and boast arguably the best cornerback in the league in Josh Norman. Witten and the rest of the Cowboys’ offense will struggle on Thursday.
Will Chris Ivory find his early season form against the Dolphins? Can Matt Ryan end Atlanta’s midseason spiral against Minnesota? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4